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BrewBot.us’s Evening Links: Goats Unable To Differentiate Three Leading Light Beers
Jun 8th, 2009 by BrewBot.us

BrewBot.us has lapped up some links for your enjoyment.

  1. Yesterday’s Brooklyn Beer Experiment is recounted here and here.
  2. Nate Silver suggests raising DUI fines instead of beer taxes.
  3. Beer Eyed Blog reviews 5 Italian beer and food pairings at Lusso in NYC.
  4. The 15 best beer selections in Toronto.
  5. Coverage of Savor still permeates the news.
BrewBot.us’s Weekend Links: Shark Spares Diver’s Life In Exchange For A Pint
Jun 7th, 2009 by BrewBot.us

BrewBot.us has prowled the internet depths to put together these Weekend Links.

  1. Now that the state of Tennessee has passed a law allowing guns in bars, Nashville council members are looking to ban firearms from establishments serving beer. Opposition is forming to the proposed measure.
  2. To save money, consumers are shifting their spending on alcohol from bars and restaurants to liquor stores.
  3. A writer for the LA Times Travel section recounts his brew pub crawl along California’s coast.
  4. Jim Koch, the founder of Samuel Adams, discusses the Craft Beer Revolution.
  5. A Vietnamese website has an article titled “Beer Wars: Branding Lessons of the Independents.” It discusses the movie Beer Wars, the decline of the macro-brewers, and the rise of craft beer.
BrewBot’s Evening Links: New Beer-fed Kobe Chicken
Jun 5th, 2009 by BrewBot.us

BrewBot.us has surveyed the blogosphere to put together the Evening Links.

  1. New Belgium Brewing Co. gives their employees free beer, bicycles, and equity stakes.
  2. A Maine man with a suspended license gets a OUI for taking his lawnmower on a drunken beer run.
  3. Philly Beer Scene Magazine has launched their website.
  4. Skinny Blonde, the Austrialian beer with a pin-up girl on the bottle whose top disappears as you drink, has launched a new advertising campaign featuring topless skinny blondes. [Obv, NSFW]
  5. A Scientific American blogger discusses Dogfish Head’s new 9000 year-old brew.
BrewBot’s Evening Links: MillerCoors Pulls Ad Offensive To Canines
Jun 4th, 2009 by BrewBot.us

BrewBot.us has tirelessly crawled the Web to compile today’s Evening Links.

  1. The Senate Finance Committee is considering hiking taxes on alcoholic and sugared beverages.
  2. Lobbyists opposing the proposed bill have snapped into action.
  3. Delware’s House is considering legislation that would allow for the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores.
  4. The Baltimore Sun’s beer blogger writes, “Science says” that you should drink after your workout.
  5. A Miller Lite ad was pulled after MillerCoors was pressured by Italian-American groups.
Review: Sierra Nevada Summerfest 2009
Jun 3rd, 2009 by Ian
Sierra Nevada Summerfest 2009

Sierra Nevada Summerfest 2009 - ABV 5.00%

Every year to kick off the beginning of the summer, Sierra Nevada releases their Summerfest Lager. It is a mainstay in my refrigerator throughout the season. I sampled it for this review with a delicious lunchtime bacon cheddar cheeseburger with collard greens.

Appearance: I emptied the 12 fl oz. bottle into my favorite mug. The beer had a deep translucent golden color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. The beer left a light, nearly undetectable lacing on the glass.

Smell: The smell of this beer was quite light, consisting mainly of floral hops and light malt notes.

Taste: Upon taking a sip of Summerfest, hops immediately overwhelmed my tongue, eventually giving way to bready malt flavors. There were also notes of lemon, spice, and grass. As I continued to drink, the malt became increasingly prominent. The carbonation was very fine, almost tickling the tongue. The mouthfeel was light, brisk, and refreshing.

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger with Collard Greens

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger with Collard Greens

Notes: I found Summerfest to be very hoppy for a bottom-fermented beer; many people will find it to be overly so.

Ratings:

BrewBot B+
BeerAdvocate B/B+
RateBeer 3.01/5.0

Summerfest is a solid summer lager beer. While a bit hoppy, it is the sort of brew that I have come to expect from Sierra Nevada. This is a great beer to cool off with after spending a few hours in the heat of a midsummer day. If you prefer your lagers a bit less intensely hoppy, Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a good substitute.

BrewBot’s Evening Links: Inebriated Duck Starts Bar Brawl
Jun 2nd, 2009 by BrewBot.us

BrewBot.us brings you the best of the tubes.

  1. The Great Recession has not hurt MillerCoors sales.
  2. Digital City evaluates methods to chill beer.
  3. An Idaho Falls woman attacks her husband with a knife after he denies her a beer.
  4. BrewBot.us missed the Bacon and Beer Happy Hour at Bad Decisions in Baltimore. Maybe next time…
  5. A glassblower converts old beer bottles into drinking glasses.
Opinion: Beer Taxes — Inefficient, Harmful, and Unfair
Jun 1st, 2009 by Ian

No Beer Tax

Within the legislatures and media of cash-strapped states, beer taxes have become a topic of hot debate. At first glance, it may seem like taxing a vice-producing industry is a simple, common sense approach to fund state health services or government buy-outs of stadiums. Some commentators argue that it is the duty of the beer industry to offset the negative externalities (a.k.a. spillover effects) of their industry with higher taxes. Unfortunately, these arguments’ approach to the issue is flawed and potentially harmful to society at-large.

Beer tax boosters claim that beer taxes are justified in that they impose costs on an industry which has ruinous effects upon society (read: Pigovian tax). Further, they argue that the revenues will fund services to offset the damage done by this industry. Sadly, these arguments fail to address benefits to society produced by the beer. To properly assess a beer tax, you must study the tax’s merits vis-à-vis its drawbacks. Taxes impose inefficiencies on the industries upon which they are levied. The sale of our favorite beverage employs multitudes at breweries, distributors, stores, bars, and restaurants. Every extra dime taxed, is a dime that cannot be used in the employ of these industries, a decidedly negative externality. Additionally, moderate consumption of beer is good for you. If these studies are to be believed, beer consumption has the potential to reduce government health expenditures.

If one could evaluate the specific cost and benefits to society under differing beer tax regimes, one could easily select the ideal tax rate. Unfortunately, this is not possible. The complexities of even a single industry within a modern capitalist economy make determining the true effects of a tax increase virtually unknowable. As it is conceivable that the tax could do more harm than good, the best action is inaction. Regrettably, this is not the bias of policymakers; they prefer activity.

Singling out specific industries for taxation is unfair. Even if increased tax revenues from a beer tax were guaranteed to improve society’s well-being, taxing specific industries violates the rule of law. In a liberal state, laws should be applied consistently and evenly; doing otherwise opens the possibility for public corruption. Why should the beer be taxed for imposing externalities while the blogs are not? Both have the potential in excess to decrease worker productivity, interfere with personal relationships, and be deleterious to one’s health. If the benefits of a tax will be captured by all of society, it is only fair that all of society share the burden of its cost. There is no reason to single out individuals, groups, or companies for taxation; that is the way of tyrants.

A beer tax is moralistic way to punish what some consider an unseemly activity. Everyone does not share the moral propensities of the beer tax supporters. A beer tax penalizes the voluntary activities of adults within their private life. I know from my own experience that beer produces many positive externalities. It relaxes me, gives me something to write about, and provides a simple pleasure. I see beer as offering more benefit than harm, and as such I must stand in opposition to beer tax increases and their supporters.

BrewBot’s Evening Links: Beer Drinking Ferrets Healthier Than Their Temperate Brethren
Jun 1st, 2009 by BrewBot.us

BrewBot.us has calculated today’s most notable beer links on the nets.

  1. Drinking alcohol can help prevent gallstones.
  2. Local brewing takes off in Hong Kong.
  3. A batch of Coors Light is recalled after MillerCoors determines it is below their standards.
  4. A Baltimore Sun blogger calls Savor in D.C. beer drinkers’ paradise.
  5. A digital agency in NY has setup a tap to tweet everytime a beer is poured.
BrewBot’s Weekend Links: What To Do With Miller Chill
May 31st, 2009 by BrewBot.us

LOL

Fresh from the internet taps are your BrewBot weekend links.

  1. Molson Coors has obtained a controlling share of Cobra Beer UK.
  2. Community residents protest scantily clad Beer Barn Babes.
  3. Munich’s famous Hofbräuhaus is coming to Manhattan.
  4. Oregon and Michigan debate raising beer taxes.
  5. Beer is useful for all sorts of things!
Review: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
May 31st, 2009 by Ian
Southern Tier 422 Pale Wheat Ale

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - ABV 5.40%

Produced by the world’s oldest brewery (founded in 1040 and now owned by the state of Bavaria), Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier represents the standard-bearer among Bavarian Hefeweizens.  The style is an unfiltered combination of yeast (hefe) and wheat (weizen).  This is one of my favorite beers for a warm summer day. Temperatures have been rising, so I was compelled to pickup a sixer at my neighborhood beer and wine shop.  It’s a great beer to pair with food or simply to drink on its own.

Appearance: Unfortunately, I don’t have a Weizen glass in my collection, so the 12 fl oz. bottle was poured into a typical pint glass.  The weissbier had a cloudy light golden color and a 1.5 inch thick wispy head.  A beautiful effervescent effect was produced by steady streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: This beer smelled of sweet banana and clove from the esters and phenol.  The malt and yeast both contributed to the almost playful scent.

Taste: The sweet fruity flavors, produced by the German yeast, overwhelmed my tongue immediately.  Soon after, the flavor imparted by the wheat became apparent.  The finish was crisp and left a light lingering sweetness.  Hops were present, but barely noticable.  The mouthfeel was sparkly, inviting me to drink more.

Notes: This is undoubtedly one of my favorite wheat beers.  It is amazingly drinkable and refreshing.  I have yet to try an American wheat beer that can come close to the quality of this brew. The german yeast lends a unique flavor, while the wheat gives it a light and balanced body.

Ratings:

BrewBot A+
BeerAdvocate A/A+
RateBeer 3.76/5.0

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is a beer that more people should know about.  Impress your friends by bringing it to a garden party, picinic, or sporting event; this is a beer that nearly anyone can enjoy. It’s also the perfect beer with which to kickoff a lazy Sunday.

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