Dribs and Drabs Pen-Ultimate 2015 edition

At the end of 2015 Indiana has 50 breweries, 66 brewpubs and one brew on premise. In planning are 20 more breweries and 6 brewpubs. It's great that so many are setting up nano-breweries since the law allows them to make a living for one or two families by selling on-site and bringing in tasters with rudimentary food or food trucks.

Only one brewery went out of business - Cutters in Avon which couldn't pay their $77k sewage bill.

I gave a talk last month to the Indiana Legislature education program concerned mainly with the prohibition laws we have had in the Hoosier state over the last 200 years. I also made a big deal of thanking the 50-or-so officepeople for helping make brewing a going and thriving business.

Girls Pint Out is five years old. Rita tells us what GPO is. Bonus picture of seven, SEVEN, Hoosier brewsters. Plus a bit about Omar, late of Alcatraz.

Last week she passed on that Bloomington Brewing's Ruby Bloom can now drink itself. It was Floyd Rosenbaum's initial beer at the new brewery. And I feel old.

Plus a recipe for Bad Elmer's Chocolate Cake.

Tyranena's well-reviewed The Devil Made Me Do It (28% ABV) will be coming to Indiana according to USA Today. It's banned in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississipi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Washington. Could it be just random that most of these states think government should keep off our backs? Our poor, poor, inebriated backs.

Neal passes on the UKeg 64 Copper-plated pressurized growler. 64oz, $149. Sold out until February. Retro cool. Do hipsters drink slowly?

Beer Advocate reviews their beer cocktails from 2012. Not sure I'm enthralled about Pomegranate Fizz.

Brokkston Beer Bulletin has a new Periodic Table of Beer. The full-sized one online is suitable for printing. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any organization to the table.

A-B InBev looks to buy Arizona's Four Peaks Brewing. They bought Breckenridge of Colorado and Camden Town of England last week. Here's Roger's take.

You know about the rice and the Budvar dispute but what don't you know about Bud? Look here.

Headline: Top 10% of Americans enjoy and average of 74 alcoholic drinks per week.

Climate change impact: Beer. Per Naked Capitalism:

It’s sad, but true. Beer is already a victim of a changing climate, with brewers increasingly finding it more difficult to secure stable water supplies. According to a 2010 report commissioned by the National Resources Defense Council, about a third of counties in the United States “will face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as the result of global warming.” Between 2030 and 2050, the difficulty in accessing freshwater is “anticipated to be significant in the major agricultural and urban areas throughout the nation.”
Some specialty hops used by craft brewers have already become harder to source, since warming winters are producing earlier and smaller yields. “This is not a problem that’s going to happen someday,” said Jenn Orgolini of Colorado’s New Belgium Brewery. “If you drink beer now, the issue of climate change is impacting you right now.” She said that in 2011, the hops her brewery normally uses weren’t available due to Pacific Northwest weather conditions.

Salt Creek has a perfect put-down of Bud. Brad on a Bud.

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