1. For the first time in history, craft beer accounts for more than 10 percent of all beer sold in the US… and that number’s only climbing.
2. Oregon-based brewing company Nikasi has released a beer made with hazelnuts, cocoa nibs and, oh yea, yeast that’s traveled into outer space…
3. Everything’s bigger in Texas… almost. Houston lawmaker Senfronia Thompson wants to reduce the number of barrels produced by craft breweries with a self-distribution license from 40,000 to a measly 5,000.
4. It’s the 10th year for the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, the second largest drunk fest beer festival in the country. CMB will be on site this weekend, pouring four different brews.
5. California’s FiftyFifty Brewing Co is known for creatively naming their beers (we’re looking at you, Donner Party Porter), so who would have thought that their innocuous-sounding Barrel Aged Really Tasty (or BART for short) would be the one that causes trouble. But the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (also BART for short) says the brewery is stepping on its toes. FiftyFifty owner Andy Barr points out that “beers and trains are very different things,” and that the brew is actually named for a late dog.
6. Munich officials have failed to report 1.2 million liters of the 7.7 million liters of beer sold at last year’s Oktoberfest.
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8. We don’t drink as much as our ancestors, according to a booze-related exhibit currently on display at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. “Turns out, American booze consumption peaked in 1830 at 7.1 gallons of pure alcohol per person a year,” reports an article in FWx. “Compare that to the mere 2.3 gallons guzzled today and it’ll finally make sense why we’re so much more technically advanced than our sloppy forefathers.”
9. There are NCAA tournament brackets. There are The Bachelor brackets. And now, there are craft beer brackets. G’luck!
10. Spring has arrived. It may be snowing, but you can console yourself with this kickass spring release.