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Nothing sez Oregon like a nekkid brewery owner. Just got a copy of the 2008 Men of the Oregon Coast calendar. Oh boy. It's a veritable Who's Who of Oregon manpower, with movers and shakers bereft of briefs, each displayed in a separate month dressed the way they came into this world. And proud of it. Mr. February is none other than our favorite rogue, Jack Joyce, owner of Rogue Ales. He is pictured standing behind a perilously low counter with his, ah, important parts shielded from our curious view by a bowl of potato chips. Not all men are created equal, as you well know, and we are impressed by the size of the bowl required to do the job here. The calendar is a fundraiser (and fun-raiser!) for the Newport Senior Activity Center. Get yours by calling 541-265-9617. Meanwhile, check to see what size bowl of chips YOU require…

Phillips Distilling may or may not be a marketing company designed to move product for the behemoth Gallo group. Whatever. I used one of its products, Phillips UV Vodka, and mixed it with orange juice to create a new cocktail I'm calling the Phillips Screwdriver. Remember, righty-tighty, lefty-loosey… Beer combats Alzheimer's? A Spanish research institute has determined that, because of beer’s content of silicon, moderate levels of beer consumption can reduce the bioavailability of aluminum, possibly affording a protective factor against Alzheimer's disease. Consequently, beer drinkers who can't find their way home after a session can find comfort in the possibility that it's not because of Alzheimer's…

New Belgium Brewing Company in the Guinness Book of World Records? It could happen. The Fort Collins, Colo., brewer has long been a proactive proponent of pedal power. New Belgium’s iconic Fat Tire Ale is dedicated to the bike and biker, and the company-sponsored Tour de Fat bike "happenings" have brought hundreds of beer-loving bike fans together around the country. The world's record for a bike parade is currently held by an event in Taiwan in which some 1,900 riders gathered at one time. New Belgium kicked it into high gear last summer at the mother ship brewery, where its Tour de Fat 2007 drew 3,635 riders by actual count (photographed and videotaped). Documentation has been sent to the editors of the Guinness Book of World Records, and we eagerly await the announcement that the Taiwanese have been re-Fat Tired…

Shelton Brothers a Pain in Maine? The state of Maine (the Pine Tree State) has barred a beer distributor from selling its English beer with a label of Santa Claus enjoying a quaff. The Brothers Shelton have sued the Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement for denying the applications for labels for Santa's Butt Winter Porter and two other beers it wants to sell in Maine. The episode seems a repeat of last year, when Connecticut told Shelton Brothers it had problems with its Seriously Bad Elf ale. But the state says it's within its rights. The label with Santa might appeal to children, said Maine State Police Lt. Patrick Fleming (children being notorious beer-bottle shoppers). The other two labels are considered inappropriate because they show stylized drawings of bare-breasted women (a sight foreign to Americans… except every time they log on to the Web). "There is no good reason for the state to censor art, even art found on a beer label," said Zachary Heiden, staff attorney for the Maine Civil Liberties Union. Is this the American version of naming a teddy bear Mohammed?

Kid-Unfriendly Pub Chain in U.K. Limits Parents' drinks! J. D. Wetherspoon pubs, some 683 strong in the U.K., have restricted adults to two alcoholic drinks and are "uncomfortable" with children on the premises even when their parents are drinking nothing but water. A spokesman said parents visiting its pubs could even be refused soft drinks or coffee to curtail their stay. The drinks policy came to light when Stephen Gandy contacted the BBC after visiting a Wetherspoon pub in Wallasey on Merseyside for a meal with family and friends. His group was told that they could not have more than two alcoholic drinks each because they were with a child, even though the child's mother was drinking only water. Mr. Gandy said they were told by the bar's manager that the aim of the restriction was to comply with "child-cruelty legislation." Makes you long for the Thatcher years… Jeremy Cowan, brain-mench behind Shmaltz Brewing, which brought us He'Brew, the Chosen Beer; Genesis Ale; and Jewbelation, among others, celebrates 11 years with a rockin' Marshall amp that goes to 11. (Spinal Tap fans will appreciate that.) No doubt about it, Jeremy is on a roll. Or is it a bagel? Oy. Perhaps for his next beer he might consider Working for Tips Circumcision Red. Could be a big hit at the bris…

 

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