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New beer dispenser cuts costs 90%

Submitted by tresero on Sat, 05/17/2014 - 22:04

Is this a "magic" beer dispenser?

Heineken has created a system that they claim cuts a pubs energy use by up to 90%.

The new dispensing system dubbed SmartDispense was developed by Heineken as part of their green brewing initiative.

No more lines to clean weekly

One of the big complaints besides cooling beer is having to keep lines cleaned at least weekly. With the new system Heineken claims that the average bar can save 75% of the water and chemicals as well as beer that have been traditionally used during the cleaning process.

Home brewing now legal in all 50 states

Submitted by tresero on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 09:10

There's nothing like a cold beer!

Jon Griffin here, your professor at AskTheBeerGuy.com, with another quick beer update.

As some of you may know, home brewing beer has not been legal in the United States forever. In fact, there are still some states, up until recently, which is what this podcast is about, that actually prohibited home brewing. It wasn't until the Jimmy Carter administration legalized home brewing beer at the federal level, February 1st 1979, that home brewing became legal at all.

Beer commercials shootout

Submitted by tresero on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:01

Even if I don't necessarily like the beer, I find beer commercials can be funny and creative.

I saw an email claiming to have the most EPIC beer commercial ever and thought about putting up a few of my favorites.

Do you think that ads like these make people buy beer? Or are they just for fun and to keep the name alive and only indirectly impacting sales?

Please leave a comment to your favorites and if they are good I will add them to the page.

Who has the cheapest beer prices in the world?

Submitted by tresero on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 10:19

An interesting article in The Economist, in honor of Oktoberfest, used data from UBS (the Swiss bank) to compare the cost of a beer around the world.

Before you get all excited and think this is a direct comparison, it isn't. It is a comparison of how many hours a worker earning the median income has to work to buy a half liter of beer.

Beer helps you sleep

Submitted by tresero on Thu, 09/20/2012 - 10:23

If you are like me, life is hectic and sometimes it is hard to sleep. Well, drink a beer. There is more evidence that beer is healthy. I know that is a relief for many of you!

A study  in PLoS ONE (2012) did a study on the effects of non-alcoholic beer in female nurses. They wanted to know how it affected  their sleep. Specifically, they wanted to see if hops helped to regulate sleep better.

It ends up that hops help regulate sleep patterns, especially when taken with valerian (Valeriana officinalis). That is one case where drinking beer with your medicine is a good thing.

Illinois hopes to change draconian home brew beer laws

Submitted by tresero on Wed, 09/19/2012 - 10:26

President Obama, who was also a Senator from Illinois, likes beer. He also likes homebrewing.

Why then does Illinois have some of the most backward home brew laws in the country. Not the worst, but among the worst.

It is legal to make your own beer in Illinois, unlike a few other states, but that is where the sanity ends.

Braveheart brews

Submitted by tresero on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 10:27

Are they just a bunch of punks playing around who got lucky or are they marketing geniuses who are really onto something?

At 24 years old in 2007, Martin Dickie and James Watt, of Aberdeen, Scotland, decided mainstream beers were boring and tired, uninteresting and flat. They had no money, no property, and no means, but what they did have was a lot of attitude! And it appears with that, everything else followed suit.

French craft beers in the U.S.

Submitted by tresero on Wed, 08/22/2012 - 10:35

It can certainly be argued the French know their stuff when it comes to wines; it seems now beer is the next frontier for them in the U.S.

In a press release issued in 2011, The French Craft Brewers said, "the association wishes to promote the know-how of the French craft breweries and to conquer new markets abroad."

Nine French craft breweries united in 2009 with 3 common goals:

Organic beer soon to have organic hops

Submitted by tresero on Sun, 08/19/2012 - 10:33

Organic beer lovers: did you know your organic beer is probably not made with organic hops? That will change as of January 2013, when new legislation filed with the USDA will require any beer using the USDA Organic Logo must use 100 percent organic hops.

“Any remaining product ingredients must consist of non-agricultural substances approved on the National List, including specific non-organically produced agricultural products that are not commercially available in organic form,” according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) website.