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Heard It Through The Hopvine
By Hop Caen

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"Beerfest,” the movie: I'm not joking. (As regular readers will attest, I never joke.) This is a real movie and should be released (along with the protagonists) this summer. It features a beer storyline that goes something like this: Two American brothers discover a centuries-old secret drinking competition on a visit to Germany (which the Celebrator didn't know about?) and return a year later with their own team of insatiable frat-boy chuggers determined to drink the hometown boys under the table. Think Olympics meets Oktoberfest and let the hilarity begin. I think I'll wait until “Beerfest” is double billed with “Barfly”…

Longtime Ashburn, Va., brewer Jerry Bailey finally did the deal with Marketing Director Terry Fife and a partner to keep the iconic Old Dominion Brewing in Virginia on track after Jerry "retires." He started the brewery as a way to escape his government job. Now he's wondering if Old Dominion was doing better than he thought, since the recent arrest of his longtime bookkeeper for felony embezzlement. Seems that more than $100K went missing over a five-year period. That would buy a lot of Old Dominion brew at Jerry's ex-employee price…

Czech, please! Wearing only his gold necklace and grasping a large beer, a young Russian businessman kicked back in an herbal beer bath, the hot new concept that is all the rage in the Czech Republic. The "therapeutic" beer spa is wildly popular with wealthy Moscovite spa lovers. "We Russians love natural products. Here, the beer is the best quality, brewed in the old style, without any chemicals," the Russian explained with enthusiasm. The Marianske Lazne spa in west Bohemia is the country's first "beer spa" and is located in the town of Chodova Plana. Owners of the town's Chodovar brewery started the beer baths to cash in on the success of the spa resorts in the area. Slightly sulfuric mineral bath water is mixed with dark beer (classical lager was tried but didn't smell too good) and aromatic herbs. Clients are given free beer to drink during the session, which costs 550 koruna (around 20 euro). Drinking from the actual bath is frowned upon … Also worth Czech-ing out is a new Czech beer specifically brewed to ease the discomforts of menopause. The low-calorie, low-alcohol beer contains heightened levels of phytoestrogen, a plant form of the hormone estrogen, often lacking in menopausal women. Regular beer (possibly barley wine) is suggested for the husbands of menopausal women…

They Hate Our Freedom AND Our Beer Dept.: An alleged al-Qaida terrorist plotting a bomb attack on Britain told accomplices to sell contaminated beer at soccer games. He was also planning to sell poisoned hamburgers from street vending stalls, according to an FBI informant. I wonder if these people realize what the consequences are of messing with a nation's beer and hamburgers … A Norwegian woman thought she was in heaven when beer instead of water flowed from the faucets in her apartment in west Norway. “I turned on the tap to clean some knives and forks, and beer came out,” Haldis Gundersen told Reuters from her home in Kristiansund. “We thought we were in heaven.” Beer in Norway is among the most expensive in the world, with a 0.7 pint costing about $7.48 in a bar. It turns out that a plumber in an adjacent pub had confused the plumbing…

Live longer — drink beer! Irene Alice Goguen has a secret potion for longevity. "Drink beer," she said. "I did. I'm still living." Goguen celebrated her 100th birthday this spring and joked that she enjoyed a beer now and then while she and her late husband, Jack, owned a bar and restaurant. But her husband never drank, she said. "We sold beer over the counter for years, and he never drank any of it," said the surviving widow. Hmmmmm…

Beer Saves Car-Crazy Culture: Coors Brewing Company and Merrick & Company are using beer waste to process 1.5 million gallons of the gasoline substitute called ethanol. Across a sliver of Clear Creek that cuts through the Coors brewery, a maze of stainless steel pipes rises amid the delightful aroma of beer. The plant distills residuals from beer-making and has been such a success, according to officials from the brewer and the engineering company, that a second, $2.3 million plant will open later this spring on the same site. This will double ethanol production, partly through inputting millions of gallons of spilled Coors, George Killian's Irish Red and other beers directly into the process via an underground pipeline. New Coors slogan: "It's NOT the water — it’s the ethanol!" … Punk legends Dead Kennedys canceled an American show because it was sponsored by Coors. In Los Angeles last fall, Coors was behind the gig at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, so the band axed the gig. Band guitarist East Bay Ray added: "Dead Kennedys have always been wary of corporate sponsorship and steer clear of lending our name to promote a product."…

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