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HEARD IT THROUGH THE HOPVINE
CYBER-BABBLE DEPT: Our ex-pat Portland, OR, beer writer William Abernathy checks in from Brooklyn with yet another example of why you should never believe anything you pick up from the Internet: "In July, the Lomsko Pivo brewery in Lom, Bulgaria, announced that Brewmaster Yordan Platikanov has developed a beer that could neutralize any lingering amounts of uranium 134 and strontium in the body after exposure to nuclear radiation. Platikanov said the new beer should be urged on nuclear power plant workers relaxing at the end of a shift." Yeah, right. The science-geek response to this would be: "A) Uranium doesn't ever weigh down in the 100-200 AMU range, and B) anything which could get radioactive strontium out of your system would also flush calcium out of your system, which would be a bad thing indeed for your bones." Thanks, William.

Check out Saxer Brewery's mascot goat, Johann, who was getting everyone's "people" during a Maibock rollout this spring in Portland. Don't tell me, his full name is Johann Sebastian Bock!? Ouch!...

Just heard about the newest beer mixed drink – He'Brew (the Chosen Beer) and Guinness (the black beer). It's called the Sammy Davis, Jr. (Yeow!) Malt Advocate publisher John Hansell suggests floating an eyeball in it...

Some new ground was covered at this year's Craft Brewers Conference in Atlanta when brewer/after-dinner speaker David Geary, DL Geary Brewery, asked the provocative question, "Is a conspiracy to obey the law illegal?" He sought a lawyer's opinion from those attending the banquet and one fellow said, "Give me Executive Privilege and I'll tell you." (Big laugh from the crowd.) Geary shot back with, "Is a blowjob involved?" (Bigger laugh). He concluded by reminding us of the scene in the '60s movie "The Graduate" during which a family friend tells Ben that the key to the future is... "Plastic!" Geary's comment for the brewing world: "Maybe the future lies in one word... Hemp!" (Huge laugh!)...

One of the more curious t-shirts to be seen at the Brewers Conference in Atlanta, check out Dave's Brew Farm Brewery Restaurant with its featured "Cow Pie Stout." The motto? "Don't Step In It – Have a Pint!" As the guys in Las Vegas would say, "Holy Cow!"...

The Hot-lanta brewpub scene is especially hot in the Buckhead area where you can walk to over a dozen great brewpubs and pubs. John Harvard's has successfully transported the New England ambiance to Georgia and has contributed to its art scene as well. The "Fire Your Own Mug" club provides a great back-bar collection of hand-painted beer mugs whose owners can then claim them for their drinking pleasure. Your personal mug is just the vessel to contain John Harvard's uniquely-named high gravity unfiltered beer — "Hefe-duty!"...

What's fun about taxes? The Lucky Labrador in Portland, OR, taps a keg of well-aged Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale every year on April 15, just in time to soothe the thirsty palates of neighborhood taxpayers. Very cool idea indeed! ... Boston Beer Works was the primary benefactor in the Boston Red Sox decision not to serve beer during the Sox home opener (which coincided with good Friday and Passover). Situated just across the street from famed Fenway Park, the Beer Works was jammed with baseball fans unwilling to go beerless for the afternoon game. Newsweek quoted one fan as saying, "It doesn't make sense; there was a lot of alcohol consumed in the Bible." Amen, brother...

ONLY IN SAN FRANCISCO DEPT: A team of dudes dressed as Dalmatians pulled a shopping cart full of beer up Beach Street during the San Francisco Urban Iditarod. The event was designed to coincide with Alaska's 26th running of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race from Anchorage to Nome. The Ess Eff version had people dressed as dogs prowling the streets, stopping in local bars to fuel up and, well, mark their territory... BTW, the Legal Beagles retained their title edging out the Dalmatians for Top Dog status...

Don't drink and drive — drink and draw! Beer and nudes in the City of Brotherly Love? You're in a beer bar and a shapely woman sits down in the middle of a bunch of tables and lets her robe fall to the floor. She is nude. The patrons sitting around her casually grab their note books and a glass of beer and begin to sketch. Welcome to Philadelphia's Art Bar. Think of it as an art school with beer. From Rolling Rock to Guinness, the brew is up to you but the models are supplied by the house. And, there is no one there to criticize your efforts! The "Drink and Draw" concept could catch on...

Shopping centers never looked so good. In Pleasanton, CA, the yup-scale Stoneridge Shopping center boasts a beer bar with craft-brewed beer including the local HopTown IPA! That's the sort of inducement that could get some people into the shopping scene even when it's not Christmas...

Not to be confused with Chicago's Yuppie puppies! The diminutive doggies have long been popular doggie date-bait but in Chicago's trendy Lincoln Park there are several "dog-friendly" pubs (identified by the paw-shaped stickers in the windows) that encourage dog owners to come in and sniff each other's... ah, Dunn and Bradstreet. A pub, a pup, a pint and thou. Woof!

 

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