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So, how’s the recession going for beer at baseball stadiums? Well, now... The big beer buzz is all about the beer scams at certain baseball stadiums. A local TV station in the Bay Area recently had the small, medium and large cups on camera. The small cup, filled to the top with water, actually nearly filled the medium cup and filled the large cup to about two inches from the top. For the price, get two of the smalls. The others are a sucker bet... Then there is the price of beer at some venues. The New York Post had an article chastising the Yankees for raising the price of a beer at the new stadium to nine dollars and fifty cents per cup! $9.50? For a beer??? I’m afraid to ask just what brand of beer commands such a lofty ransom. But unless it’s in a “bomber” bottle (the Bronx Bomber?), it just ain’t worth it — unless maybe it’s Allagash Tripel. One wag said, “Heck, for a sawbuck, you could sit at the Brick House Tavern & Tap with Barcaloungers, HDTVs and skimpily clad lasses, enjoy the game and at least two brews in comfort, and have the added plus of no parking fees, traffic hassles or lavatory crowds. Hasn’t the Yankee brass heard we’re in a recession?” As the Post pointed out, that price hike is going to ensure that the beer vendor is going to get only a fifty-cent tip, too. Trickle-down economics...

With so much negative stuff going on in the world, it’s no wonder San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders saw fit to proclaim June “San Diego Craft Beer Month.” He did so at a press conference held at Green Flash Brewing Company’s facility, where there were impassioned speeches from Ballast Point specialty brewer Colby Chandler, White Labs Vice President Lisa White, Green Flash owners Mike and Lisa Hinkley, and Adam Carbonell of the San Diego Brewers Guild. The event also included an edict from Sanders: “If you’re over the age of 21 and live in San Diego, it’s your civic duty to drink San Diego beers.” Ah, politics you can believe in... An active supporter of the local beer scene, White Labs often donates supplies to brewers when they manufacture special beers for charitable causes. The most recent instance of this generosity was when they provided yeast to Green Flash to produce Treasure Chest, a Belgian-style pale ale brewed to fight breast cancer. All proceeds earned from Treasure Chest will go directly to Chicks for Beer, a nonprofit organization that started as a beer education group for women but changed focus after its founder, Ingrid Qua, of craft beer bar and restaurant The High Dive in Bay Park, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

And here you thought surfers never contributed much to the country. Meet Rich Morrison, surfer and beer lover, who created the first surfboard from recycled beer cans! Rich believes he is saving the planet one case at a time. Go, Rich! His one-of-a-kind surfboard is made out of 72 empty beer cans (six different brands). The board is six feet, two inches long and has two fins. Rich included the board in his “Enviro Surf Art” series on Facebook.com. Transworld Surf magazine will do a feature on the beer can surfboard plus an interview with Rich. He has also been featured in Surfer magazine, the Surfrider Foundation’s Soup newsletter, and TreeHugger magazine. Check out the beer can surfboard on Facebook. Meanwhile, Rich asks that you please drink and surf responsibly. Dude!...

Product Placement Department: Marty Jones checks in from Denver with the news that Wynkoop Brewing Company’s hand-canned beers Rail Yard Ale and Silverback Pale Ale made a cameo appearance on a recent episode of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. “Our canned goods appeared in a scene in the men’s team boardroom. The team includes such stars as John Rich, Gary Busey, Lil Jon (seen sipping a Silverback) and other stars.” Nice work, Marty!...

Beer can kill you! Well, if it’s heavy enough and dropped from a sufficient height. “And the bigger it is, the more dangerous it is,” read a recent e-mail notice from Portland’s famed Oregon Brew Crew homebrew club. “And we all know there are not many beers bigger than imperial stouts. Therefore, the way to keep yourself, your family and your friends safe is ... to drink it before it drops on your head!” (The logic is impeccable.) “The best place to do that?” (Drumroll, please...) “The sixth annual Imperial Stout Rampage!” Now these guys know how to drum up interest in a beer event...

Our good buddy Gregg Glaser, editor of Yankee Brew News and publisher of Modern Distillery Age magazine, has been touched by Hustler magazine to write a beer column. Be sure to check out “Bottoms Up” in the current issue. And if someone questions you about having Hustler magazine, be sure to tell them you buy it only for the beer articles...
 

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