Is it good news or bad news for U.S. hops?
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SPECIAL BREWERY RELEASEWEDNESDAY FEB 29TH @5PMSPRECHER BREWERYWe will have 9 Sprecher beers on draft and 1 bottled beer.THE LINE UP ON DRAFT:Mai BockHefeweissRussian Imperial StoutDouble IPASpecial AmberBlack BavarianPiper Scotch AleAbbey TripleDopplebockIN BOTTLESBlack IPA in 22oz Bottles______________________________________-SPECIAL KEG TAPPING:WEDNESDAY FEB 29TH @6PMOSKAR BLUES DEVIANT DALESThis is a special keg with a whole lot of hops....
From 1995 through 2006, Rick Santorum was one of the upper chamber's biggest beneficiaries of beer industry cash. Wholesalers, brewers, and their top executives filled Santorum's coffers with at least $80,000 in campaign donations. And they got their money's worth: Four times during his two Senate terms Santorum pushed to cut the beer excise tax [which had been doubled in 1990] by half, over the protests of economists and public health experts who say that a lower tax would lead to a loss of revenue and lives.(Gotta love the "people will die" spin at the end.)
"The name of the game is to deflect attention at all costs from the fact that really we should be raising beer taxes and the most brilliant way to do that was devised by the beer industry by creating this 'roll back the beer tax' campaign," explains Michele Simon, president of the industry watchdog Eat Drink Politics. Santorum took up the industry's agenda in Congress. "He was just parroting what the beer industry had told him to say," Simon says.[Emphasis added.]
According to public health researchers, when the beer industry saves money, the rest of society ends up picking up the tab.A rebuttal by Sullum:
Lowering the beer excise tax "would lead to an increase of sales of alcohol and an increase in drinking, and that would lead to an associated or proportionate increase in the health problems associated with alcohol," says Alex Wagenaar, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida who has studied the impact of the tax on public health. "It's chronic disease for people that drink heavily, it's also, just for people that occasionally drink more than a very small amount, [an] increased risk for car crashes, pedestrian injuries, fights and assaults and things like that."
It seems to me that "sin taxes" are fundamentally unjust because they punish the responsible majority for the misdeeds of a minority. If my own beer consumption does not impose costs on others, why should I have to pay a levy supposedly aimed at recouping those costs? In my view, Santorum took the wrong position because he called for cutting the beer tax in half, as opposed to eliminating it altogether. I realize Tim Murphy, Michele Simon, and Alex Wagenaar disagree. But the strength of their conviction does not transform an opinion into a fact.I'd like to examine this presumption that the only rationale for proposing a reduction in taxes is because you're corruptly "on the take" from industry lobbyists and their campaign donations......
Camden Yards is hoping for a home run off the field this season.More information as it becomes available.....
The stadium is building on the winning combination of beer and baseball by creating a brewpub and on-site brewery inside Camden Yards.
The new restaurant planned for Oriole Park at Camden Yards will be a family-friendly brewpub with a sports focus and will open around opening day this spring, says Delaware North Cos. Delaware North Cos. provides food, beverage and retail merchandise services at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
While the name and menu of the restaurant is still being determined, the brewpub plans to brew its own beer on-site and offer a traditional brewpub menu including burgers and sandwiches. The company cannot yet disclose the number of seats or square footage.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards hopes to become a year-round destination by creating concession areas that overlook the baseball field. In late December, the Stadium Authority requested $1.8 million from the state's Board of Public Works to renovate picnic-areas and create a year-round "park-like destination."
Delaware North Companies Cos., a hospitality and food service company headquartered in Buffalo, is receiving consulting on the restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. a corporation in Chicago that owns restaurants in Illinois, Nevada, Washington, D.C, Minneapolis and Arizona. It owns Bethesda French bistro Mon Ami Gabi.
The restaurant has started the hiring process and expects to employ between 30 and 50 employees at its location at 333 W. Pratt St. [the corner of the new building across Howard Street from the Convention Center].
I'm a regular reader of your blog and was hoping you could help me get the word out about a bill that is heading to the state Senate and House next week that will create a Class 8 Farm Brewery License. This will allow farms to inexpensively get the right permits to begin brewing on their farm. This bill is similar to what was previously passed to support the Maryland wine industry but this bill focuses on the production, sale, and storage of beer.I am a hop grower with a farm in Carroll County Maryland. I am a member of the board of the North East Hop Alliance and our expanding Maryland Chapter (Maryland Hop Growers Association) has many members who have serious plans to brew on farm.If you think touring a vineyard just before picking season with a glass of wine is cool, wait until you are walking through Maryland's hop yards and barley fields in late August with an ice cold IPA.Please ask your readers to support our farms and support beer by writing to their state senator and state delegate.To find your state senator and delegate go here and enter your address: http://mdelect.net/House bill: HB 1126 - Class 8 Farm Brewing Licensehttp://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/billfile/SB0579.htmSenate bill: SB 579 - Class 8 Farm Brewing LicenseThanks for your support,Brad Humbert
This Thursday February 9th we will convene upstairs at Metropolitan in Federal Hill for a very special cask of J.W. Lee’s Vintage Harvest Ale. Brewed only once a year for release on December 1 of each year, Harvest Ale is brewed to celebrate the first brew from each years first harvest of barley and hops. An English barley wine at around 11.5% ABV, Harvest Ale has both fruit and malt characteristics with a smooth, dry, hoppy finish. We will convene at 7:00 p.m. but I encourage you to come early to taste the cask and get a seat at the bar. Note, please bring your $10.00 dues for 2012 to the meeting! Metropolitan Coffeehouse & Wine Bar, 902 N. Charles St, Baltimore MD 21230
Saturday February 25th marks the 15th Anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the SPBW, and we would like to invite all past and present members to join our host Jen Oliver at The Wharf Rat, 801 S. Ann in Fells Point at “high noon” as we give a tip of the cap and tip a pint to the organization and all its members over the years.
Thursday, March 8th we get back to our regularly scheduled events calendar with the monthly beer social to be held at Frisco Taphouse & Brewery at 6695 Dobbin Rd.in Columbia, MD.
Hold St. Patrick’s Day open as we are plotting an alternative to the usual Canton/Federal Hill drunk-fests with “Stout Day”; on Saturday, March 17th at Pratt Street Ale House featuring cask, pin and draught stouts from around Baltimore and the world.
Tentative date for the 2012 Spring Ale Festival is Saturday, April 21st. We are checking for conflicting events in the larger beer community-if you know of events that conflict with those dates please let us know.
Reception Course: Pita Crisps with Tzatziki Dip paired with "Prickly Passion Saison".*Did y'all catch the recent articles in the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun on legislation to allow greater growler sales?
Second Course: Chesapeake Peel-n-Eat Shrimp paired with "Fat Tire Amber Ale".
Third Course: Crab Cake Benedict paired with "Trippel Belgian Style Ale".
Fourth Course: Delmonico Steak with Sherry Cream paired with "Ranger IPA".
Dessert Course: Chocolate Coconut Bread Pudding paired with "1554 Enlightened Black Ale".
Reception Course begins at 5pm. The cost of the dinner is $45 (includes tax and gratuity), reservations MUST be made ahead of time. You can either contact Mike Stavlas by phone or email at 410.733.1009 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Canton's getting another beer bar and restaurant this fall. Called Canton Beer Exchange, it will feature a novel concept where draft beer prices change according to consumption.More at the link.
Consulting for the bar, which takes over at 2522 Fait Ave. from Lager's Pub, is a familiar face: Jason Zink.
Until now, Zink had mostly worked out of Federal Hill. He owns No Idea Tavern and until June, Don't Know Tavern, which he sold to pay off legal bills stemming from a labor lawsuit brought on by former employees.
The bar is planning on installing between 24 and 40 draftlines, with a focus on Mid-Atlantic beers, especially Maryland beers. Zink promises there will be Stillwater Ales and Oliver Breweries in addition to the more well-known Flying Dog and Heavy Seas. The bar will also carry cask-conditioned ales.
The Exchange, which Zink has already dubbed a hashtagable 'CBX,' will also have a dinner menu that he describes as "family-friendly."
All of that is still a long way off. Though the new bar got its liquor license last week, it will need a full face-lift and construction is still two months off.