By being open on Sunday March 12th, Jim Surdyk knowingly and willingly violated the law. When told to close, he again chose to disregard the law and remain open. He laughed about it and dared the City of Minneapolis to do something. When they did, he tried to negotiate for a punishment that wasn’t a punishment at all. Luckily the Minneapolis City Council held strong, believing he deserved more than a slap on the wrist. Now is your chance to tell the City Council’s Community Development and Regulatory Services committee to remain strong and give Surdyk a punishment he deserves.
Like the beer industry that uses them, hop growers have seen great growth with the resurgence in craft beer. Though they don’t get the attention that the beer we imbibe does, without them we’d have none of the brews we all love. That’s why Goose Island is looking ahead, and staying on top of the hops.
I think most of us know that beer is best closest to it’s home. A study conducted on 103 pints of Guinness in 71 pubs and 14 countries found that the beer brewed and consumed in Ireland rated the highest (although at the brewery itself wasn’t the highest scoring). The study was conducted under the Institute of Food Technologists which is a Chicago-based not-for-profit. One issue not factored in was the ambience of drinking it in Ireland. I know I seem to enjoy beer more when I’m drinking it in the brewpub/brewery where it’s made or even when drinking it in your favorite beer bar vs a dive bar. They did find evidence of what most of us have known for years. Beer tastes best at places where the demand is high so that the beer is never sitting in the lines for long. That’s why while my local American Legion has a couple craft beer taps, I stick to macro there since it hasn’t been sitting there for weeks or even months.
Surly just received label approval for their bottles of 2011 Darkness (if you can’t read the print click the picture to view the full-size version). Available on Darkness Day 2011, Saturday October 22nd, this big Russian imperial stout will look to feed the hunger of the thousands of craft beer fans from all over the country journey to the brewery each year in search of it. Bottles are also available in local liquor stores the week following Darkness Day.
How old were you when you had your first sip of beer? 10? 12? Did your dad or uncle let you have a sip of their beer once or twice. How about being 3 years old and being treated for alcoholism? That’s whats happeneing to a kid in the UK. Seems his parents let him have more than just a sip and over a long period of time, he became addicted.
News stories like this do make you pause to wonder what effect that allowing your kids to taste beer or alcohol at an early age may have one kids. These days I’ve frequently heard craft beer fans talk about letting their kids taste their beer and how its so important to show them that beer isn’t a bad thing but this seems to point to the contrary. Also makes you hope that the parents of this child will get a visit from the British equivalent of Child Protective Services.
Lets get this kid together with the smoking 3 year from Indonesia and maybe find a couple meth babies and we should be for the next Fox/MTV reality show. Throw in this 4th grader that brought cocaine to school too.
For quite some time, treatment many wondered why beer has such a strong draw for men. Wonder no longer as this graphic shows the relation of beer to men.