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HEARD IT THROUGH THE HOPVINE

The clever folks at Otter Creek Brewing in Vermont partnered with several local ski areas to offer beer lovers the chance to ski midweek for free (when your doofus buddy pays, natch). The promo is valid January through March. Talk about a nifty brewski…

Consider also that 15 years ago, in a small rented warehouse in Middlebury, Vt., Otter Creek brewed its first batch of beer. Five years later, Otter Creek built its own bigger and better brewery. To celebrate, Otter Creek's brewmaster Steve Parkes belies his West Coast roots with a rich, bold and hoppy India pale ale…

A woman pleaded guilty in Magistrates Court to three counts of gaining money by false pretenses when she offered three cases of "Duff" brand beer — the favorite brew of cartoon character Homer Simpson — on eBay. She received a total of $1,511 from three separate buyers after advertising the nonexistent beer on the Internet auction site. She was caught because she listed her correct name and address. Doh!…

Man pees his way out of avalanche! A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it. Rescue teams found Richard Kral drunk and staggering along a mountain path four days after his Audi car was buried in the Slovak Tatra Mountains. Kral told his rescuers that, after the avalanche, he had opened his car window and tried to dig his way out. But as he dug with his hands, he realized the snow would fill his car before he managed to break through. He had 60 half-liter bottles of beer in his car, as he was going on holiday, and after cracking one open to think about the problem he realized he could urinate on the snow to melt it, local media reported. Kral said: "I was scooping the snow from above me and packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to melt it. I'm glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful and I managed to get out of there." Moral: Always carry an emergency supply of beer…

When the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza, marries Maria Asunción Aramburuzabala, known as Mexico's "beer queen," he'll be married to one of the world's richest women (according to Forbes Magazine). She, if you did not know, has a serious stake and an executive post in brewer Grupo Modelo, makers of Corona beer. Garza has been ambassador to Mexico since November 2002. Sources said the two have been dating for some time and made their first public appearance last November. No wedding date has been announced. Bring plenty of limes…

According to its makers, "Karla," a honey-colored beer in a curvy transparent bottle, brings "calmness and equilibrium" thanks to its mix of hops and herbs and its low-alcohol content of 1%. "Karla Well-Be," meanwhile, boasts ingredients such as folic acid, lecithin soya extract and vitamins that "add to the body's well-being." Chemists in Saarland, Germany, claim to be so convinced of the health benefits of "Karla" that they have started stocking the "Frauenbier" (ladies' beer) at £1.22 a bottle. "On some days I sell more beer than aspirin," said one chemist. Another said that some customers have even started buying the beer instead of sleeping tablets. But addiction experts are highly skeptical of the development. "Beer is not healthy and has no place in the chemist," said Rolf Hüllinghorst, head of the German Centre for Addiction Queries. "Now everyone can say, 'My beer consumption is not serious. After all, you can buy it in the chemist.'" Um, yeah…

Consider "Xan," from the Bavarian brewing university Weihenstephan. It is said to help stop cancer due to its high content of xanthohumol, an antioxidant whose anti-inflammatory properties supposedly also relieve heart problems, osteoporosis and even malaria. "Not now, honey, I'm taking my cancer treatment"…

Three-quarters of German men are regular beer drinkers, against just 29 percent of women. In contrast, in the U.K. and Spain, the percentage of female beer drinkers is around 40 percent. Sounds like a need for "Frauenbier," ja?…

Well-known female Madonna is said to be a beer fanatic. Madonna's secret tonic for getting over her recent horse-related injuries has been revealed. The singer is said to have barrels of her favorite real ale delivered to her home. While most are happy popping down to the pub, the Material Girl has 72-pint barrels of Timothy Taylor's Landlord bitter delivered to her Wiltshire home from the brewery in West Yorkshire, according to the Sun newspaper.

An Irish man walks into a bar. (That's not the joke) The bartender looks at him and notices he has a steering wheel stuck down the front of his pants. "Hey," he says, "what's with the steering wheel down your pants?" "Ach," says the Irish man, "it's drivin' me nuts!"

 

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