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Hey, hop-heads! Now you can be hop-pits too, thanks to those organic folks at Tom’s of Maine who make the earth-friendly toothpaste. Check out Tom’s of Maine’s Sensitive Care Deodorant Stick, which uses botanical hops (our friend Humulus lupulus) to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. And many thanks to John Siston for trying it and passing this along.… Add this to your collection of great beer names. Main Street Brewery in Corona, Calif., garnered gold in the competitive Belgian-Style Abbey Ale category for its… wait for it… Bishop’s Tipple Trippel. Right up there with Bishop’s Finger…

Brewing pioneer Bill “Buffalo Bill” Owens turned 70 recently and sent a note to the San Francisco Chronicle gossip columnist that proclaimed that “70 is the new 50; in addition to two photo books out this year, [I’ll] publish one on whiskey distilling; and I don’t need Viagra.” Thanks for sharing, Bill. And be sure to check out Bill’s website for an, ah, interesting photo of him in his underwear. Go to billowens.com and click on Bio. I double dog dare you…

One ringy dingy, two ringy dingies. Imagine the surprise at the Brooklyn Brewery when its new proprietary bottle with two rings at the base of the neck, designed for its fabulous Local 1 beer, came under fire from the august Trappist monks of Westmalle. It seems that the Belgian brewer’s single ring bottle was trademarked, and its veracity was being defended in the U.S. by none other than New Belgium Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colo. Steve Hindy, president and cofounder of Brooklyn Brewery, didn’t think his design was that similar to the Belgian and New Belgium bottles, but the trademark owners thought otherwise. Hindy, a survivor of many battles on the streets of New York, saw the obvious and ate the $60,000 redo of the bottle mold. Now in a ringless bottle, the Local 1 remains one of the best beers coming from the East Coast. Mr. Hindy, quoted in The New York Times, was prepared to concede the monks’ strategic advantage: “God is on their side.”…

What looks like an out-of-registration print job on the new label for Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant’s new Triple Bock, a heady, high-alcohol winter brew, is actually a 3-D picture of a ram. Triple Bock, at 13.2 % alcohol, will be sold in the Northeast in 375-ml bottles. Bottles will retail for $12, or $25 with a limited-edition Triple Bock 3-D T-shirt. Both the beer and the T-shirt will come with complimentary 3-D glasses that make the ram’s horns appear to leap off the bottle. Of course, those who consume three or more bottles of the heady brew probably won’t need the 3-D glasses to get the 3-D effect…

Glenn Payne checks in from the U.K. with some retailer talking points on beer and food. It would appear the U.K. arm of the world’s largest retailer gave beer and food matching all of 10 minutes’ consideration for its shelf talkers. The store’s offending notes suggests that “beers from Asia go great with Chinese or Indian food.” Really! That seems a bit of a reach. Beers from South America? “Drink with Mexican food.” (That should go over well with the Boys from Brazil.) Ah, but North America? “Great with classic burgers,” sez the shelf talker. That should help move the “good beer and food” agenda forward…

Did you make the annual Halloween party at Oskar Blues in Lyons, Colo.? Something new and ghoulish this year was the presentation of a unique “casket-conditioned” beer for its Halloween festivities. From the custom-made casket, the brewery served its Rest in Peace Ale (aka RIPA). It’s a special version of Dale’s Pale Ale that is wet-hopped with fresh Warrior hops flown in from the Northwest. Don’t give the Rogue people any ideas. They have Dead Guy Ale, you know. … Alaska’s head beer geek, Jim “Dr. Fermento” Roberts, checked in with an interesting item. Blues Central in Anchorage just had a Sarah and Todd Palin Look-Alike Contest. Not to be outdone, the awesome Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse held a St. Pauli Girl Look-Alike Contest…

How the Westvleteren Was Won Department: The Phillies finished the World Series in grand style with a celebration at the Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia. The Memphis Taproom celebrated with a couple of six-packs of Westvleteren 6 and 8 for fans in attendance. The Westvleteren beers, made by the monks at the St. Sixtus monastery in Belgium, are among the most sought-after beers in the world. What a perfect way to show love for the Phillies and celebrate raging beer-geekdom…

This has been floating around the Internet for cyber-years, but it’s still interesting to consider. If you had purchased $1,000 of Delta Air Lines stock one year ago, you would have $49 left. With AIG, you would have less than $15 left. With Fannie Mae, you would have $2.50 left. But if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drunk all of the beer and then turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling refund, you would have $195 cash. The best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle…

 

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