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HEARD IT THROUGH THE HOPVINE
Crime in the BrewPubs Dept: Some thief ran off with a woman's coat at the Gordon Biersch Brewery in San Francisco. On the way out, the baddie left the victims house and car keys with the doorman. He or she also mailed all the bills that were stamped and ready to go in the pocket. Verrry nice gesture, but the she'd still like her coat back, thank you very much...

With the ink not yet flowing on Hawaii's new legislation allowing the establishment of brewpubs, the folks at Gordon Biersch are already in the news with plans to open one of their signature brewery-restaurants on the Honolulu waterfront, according to the Honolulu Advisor. Let's see, I think I'll have a Mai-tai Marzen. No, make that a Pi– a Colada wheat... but hold the pineapple.

Hard to believe that the famed "Last remaining Liberty Ship" Jeremiah O'Brien set sail from San Francisco for D-Day celebrations in the English Channel with 250 cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon on board... and NO LIBERTY ALE FROM ANCHOR! Someone's asleep at the helm. Oh well, me harties, Anchor's away...

Things may be looking up for the Alcoholic Beverage Control gang in California. One of their staffers is a Ms. Brandi Bliss...

Feeling Blissfully Brandied at the Micro/Pubbrewers Conference in Portland, ace lager brewer Karl Eden of Sudwerk in Davis got into a "show us your belly" contest with a statue of Buddha one evening at the Pilsner Room across from the conference Hotel. Amazingly, Karl won! The Pilsner Room became the "unofficial headquarters" for the visiting brewers and "wannabe" brewers. The "power table" in the center of the room kept growing beyond its normal capacity (let's say 10 people) and boasted some of the top brewers, journalists, suppliers and brewery owners in the business. It made for some interesting action when the various checks arrived...

Bob Keller keeps busy with start-ups. He, late of Los Gatos Brewing Company and more recently late of Pacific Tap & Grill in San Rafael, has turned up in the town of Sonoma where he will open a restaurant in the Sonoma Hotel on the square. Working name is Bistro Lunel. Chances are slim that he'll be serving brew from the former two breweries...

The practice of bring our own wine to a restaurant is called "corkage." Try calling your favorite restaurant and asking if you can bring a special bottle of microbrewed beer to enjoy with their food. Be sure to tell them you don't mind paying "cappage."

The folks in San Antonio were delighted to hear that Miller Brewing Company wanted to donate a million buckeroos to their new minor league ballpark. The only stipulation was that it be called "Miller Lite Stadium." "Thanks, but no thanks," said the city. (Is this any way to treat the company that gave us Miller Velvet Stout AND Miller Lite Ice - the nation's first low-calorie ice beer?)...

Obscure Historical Reference Dept: A pub was built in England in 1845 called the Warren House. On the stone hearth they lit a fire that the owners said would never be allowed to go out. It's still burning... 150 years later!...

Meanwhile, across the pond, during the same period of time (post-Revolutionary War - pre-Civil War) the greatest consumption of alcohol per capita in U.S. history was recorded! The average American drank a half pint of whiskey every day!!! Average! At no time, before or since, has alcohol consumption been so great...

And leave it to European scientists to come up with the good news that a few pints of ale is just as beneficial as red wine... and cheaper too! Professor Thorkild Sorensen of the Copenhagen Institute of Preventive Medicine found the mortality rate for those who drink up to 69 units of alcohol a week is equal to the rate for non-drinkers! Since one unit is a half-pint of ale, that would mean five pints a night is unlikely to do any harm!!! The long-term study suggest that although red wine absorbs cholesterol, beer can mop up aluminum (which has been linked to aging and Alzheimer's). So have a pint of mild, mate. Remember our goal: we don't want people to drink more, we want more people to drink!

 

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