Dribs and Drams - Sept 3

The Muncie Star-Press has a new beer column hosted by Dave Bilger and Darrick Ayers. Quotes: "Large brewers spent sizable fortunes on advertisements that homogenized the idea of what beer is or what it could be." "Beer was sold by large horses, bikinis, pool parties, dogs, talking frogs and catch phrases."

Speaking news, the Sun King / Oskar Blues Chaka Belgian ale collaboration got a shout-out in Food & Beverage Packaging. Not for the beer though, for the "distinctive 16-ounce resealable Alumi-Tek bottles by Ball Corp."

The Brewers Association says there are now 2,126 breweries in the U.S., up 350 from a year ago. They also say there are 1,252 breweries in planning (although the methodology about that number is missing). article
Indiana has 48 licensed breweries operating now. That's six more than six months ago. The high point was 86 Indiana breweries in 1875.

If you happen to see an 800-lb canning line please contact Great River Brewery of Davenport, IA where there's was stolen. article

Video: Here's how to make a beer commercial.


Colombians fight to keep 'Simpsons'-inspired DuH beer. Legal challenges have halted sales of the microbrew in Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Mexico and New Zealand. article
Bear family consumes 100 cans of beer. This news story is from Norway where a momma and three cubs broak down a wall of a cabin and had a party. Beer, marshmallows, honey, chocolate. Sounds like a good time. article

Homemade Beer Ice Cream. He's tried making it with Sam Smith Stingo, Oskar Blues Old Chubb, Sam Adams’ Maple Pecan Porter, Southern Tier Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Founder’s Breakfast Stout, Maudite and Stone’s barleywine. article

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