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Thanks to Susan Cartwright of Monroe, Ga., for forwarding yet another use for beer cans… after you drink the beer, silly. Using a razor knife, you can slice up a used beer can just so to make an antenna that will give you one to two bars of better transmission on your Wi-Fi router. Just search beer can Wi-Fi and see what you get. Homer Simpson would be proud… Researchers at the University of Nebraska have found that people who imbibe lots of alcohol (i.e., our kind of people) are less likely to be bitten by bedbugs. The author of the study said, “I’m not going to suggest that someone consume alcohol to control bedbugs.” Of course you wouldn’t. But we know, don’t we… and we’re willing to bet that the bedbugs of those who imbibe are much happier too. Once bitten, twice high…

The top U.S. brewmasters for Anheuser-Busch from all across the country recently participated in a Budweiser “Made in America” music festival in Philadelphia. They were sampling six of their experimental beers at a special “Project 12” area of the festival. Ah, remember the good old days when Budweiser was also “owned in America”?…

In a general f-you to the Olympic Committee, those irreverent rascals at the BrewDog brewery in Scotland were once again stirring the trub with a new brew designed to “undermine global sponsorships” for the recently completed London Olympics, given its restrictive contracts favoring Budweiser, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and others. The beer, “Never Mind the Anabolics,” is a thorn in the side of the Olympic Committee. “It seems a beer laced with performance-enhancing ingredients isn’t actually illegal, but it is definitely frowned upon,” said James Watt, cofounder of BrewDog. The beer contains creatine, guarana, lycii berries, kona nut, ginkgo, matcha tea, maca powder and steroids — all banned for athletes. No word on where we can get some…

What will people be drinking at kickoff in 2012? A SaveOnBrew study of 500 beer lovers identifies the trends behind football-season drinking. Thirsty beer drinkers can use the beer price search engine at SaveOnBrew.com to find beer sales and lowest beer prices by zip code. What a loathsome opinion some companies must have of beer drinkers, to think that what they care about most regarding their beer is the price. But, I’ll check just to be sure…

Boxford’s Beery Backyard Bovine Bash: Massachusetts police responding to a call from a neighborhood party discovered, very literally, some wild party animals on their hands. Police in Boxford, Mass., arrived at the scene of a backyard party to find six cows helping themselves to a table full of beer. The cans of beer were left behind by the 12 or 13 young adult females who had been enjoying themselves when the cows crashed their party in a Boston suburb. “I could hear them [the partygoers] screaming in the backyard, and I hoped they weren’t getting trampled,” said an officer on the scene. “I saw one cow drinking the beer on its way down as it spilled off the table,” he said. In Wisconsin, they’d be drinking Spotted Cow for sure…

Greenville County deputies in South Carolina said they are still looking for the person who stole a 14-foot beer trailer from the Thomas Creek Brewery. “It’s a one-of-a-kind trailer,” said owner Tom Davis. The trailer was used to haul and serve his brewery’s beer at events. “You can run 16 taps on it, eight on each side,” Davis said. “It’s fully refrigerated and fully self-contained. It will be sorely missed.” Davis said the trailer was insured, but it’s the uniqueness of the towable tank that has him wanting to get it back. Meanwhile, the missing trailer is probably providing a nice centerpiece for some South Carolina barbecue sessions…

Announced on the anniversary of 9/11 was the new American Patriot lager and its sibling, American Patriot Light. Those are trademarked terms, by the way. These beers from the All American Beer Company were launched July 27 — missing July 4 (what were you guys thinking???) by only a number of days. The slogan for American Patriot beer is “Taking Back America… One Beer at a Time!” One wonders from whom they are taking America back. Oh, wait, could it be them pesky commie micro-botique crafty brewers, now numbering over 2,000 in America? The All American Beer Company claims to have sold over half a million bottles and cans since its launch in July. Not bad for an all-American start-up. “American Patriot beer and American Patriot Light are as strong and straightforward as the American spirit. Declare your independence,” sez the promotional people. AND, they have a heavy social media presence at Facebook.com/AmericanPatriotBeer, so it must be hip. The final tag sez the All American Beer Company was born in St. Louis, Mo. Hey, wait… isn’t that Budweiser? But noooo, further investigation indicates the founder is based in a St. Louis suburb, and the beer is contract-brewed by City Brewing in La Crosse, Wis. (according to TTB filings). Is Bud getting punked?…

Food (drink) for thought: It does not matter if the glass is half empty or half full. It simply means there is room for more beer…
 

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