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On the subject of the occupation of federal lands in Oregon, there was this comment on a late-night TV show: “I have not seen this many angry, bearded men in Oregon since I referred to Blue Moon as a craft beer.” — Stephen Colbert… Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands, Calif., is famous not only for its location at the Redlands airport but also for its aviation-themed beer labels. The brewery’s newest addition to the plane crazy line is a hoppy session beer called Easy Glider IPA. Dennis Hopper would be proud… and would drink several… “Bush 43 stopped drinking when he gave up cocaine,” observes Philly’s Don “Joe Sixpack” Russell. “Obama opened a home brewery in the White House kitchen. Donald Trump is a teetotaler. Bernie Sanders drinks Heady Topper. Just saying.” Point taken, Mr. Sixpack…

What do Four Peaks, Camden Town and Breckenridge brewing companies all have in common? Announcements of their buyouts from Anheuser-Busch InBev all came within a span of less than a week. And they are just the latest breweries to be devoured by the voracious acquisitional appetite of the Boys from Brazil (and Belgium). In a very cheeky move typical of uppity creative craft brewers, John Falco, the owner of Miami’s soon-to-be-open Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Company, had something to say about it and wrote an open letter to AB InBev with an offer to buy the corporation — for $26,000! “Who knows,” said Falco, “they might accept. After all, they make Bud Light.”…

Drunken-driving charges against an upstate New York woman were dismissed based on an unusual defense: Her body is a brewery! If this woman sounds like your dream date, hold on, there’s more to this than meets the, well, gut. The woman was arrested while driving with a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit. She then discovered she has a rare condition called “auto-brewery syndrome” in which her digestive system converts ordinary food into alcohol, her lawyer Joseph Marusak asserted. A town judge in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg dismissed the drunken-driving charges after Marusak presented a doctor’s research showing the woman had the previously undiagnosed condition in which high levels of yeast in her intestines fermented high-carbohydrate foods into alcohol. The rare condition, also known as gut fermentation syndrome, was first documented in the 1970s in Japan. Dr. Anup Kanodia of Columbus, Ohio, eventually diagnosed the woman with auto-brewery syndrome and prescribed a low-carbohydrate diet that brought the situation under control. The woman is currently free to drive without restrictions. And thanks, Tomm Carroll, for this Yeast of Eden story…

The never-shy-about-publicity Scottish brewer/marketer BrewDog launched “No Label,” a “non-binary, transgender beer” that is made using a variety of hops that changes sex prior to harvest. The dogged founders say their new “transgender beer” is not a gimmick (so stop laughing) and is a genuine effort to help the LGBT community. But the beer has provoked a bit of a backlash. Some people have taken to Twitter to criticize BrewDog’s apparent use of transgender identity as a marketing ploy. The launch of the beer does coincide with the opening of BrewDog’s new bar in Soho, London. BrewDog said that the new beer is “designed to reflect the diversity of the area and champion inclusivity.” James Watt, founder and CEO of BrewDog, said, “People have got to look at what we’ve done here. We’ve worked with the charity Queerest of the Queer to put this together. They co-designed the packaging. They worked with us on the project. We’re donating all the proceeds of sales of this beer to charity.” Well, now, you can’t get much more queer than queerest of the queer, can you?…

A St. Cloud, Minn., woman was arrested after biting her husband’s ear off during an argument over a beer, according to a criminal complaint filed in the Stearns County District Court stating that Jamie Elrod, 37, of St. Cloud is facing a first-degree assault charge. According to the complaint, officers were called on a Friday evening regarding a domestic assault on Seventh Avenue South, where they met with Elrod and her husband. Officers noted in the complaint that the husband was missing part of his right ear. During a search of the apartment, officers found blood as well as part of the victim’s ear on the floor. The victim told officers that he and Elrod had gotten into an argument over a beer and that Elrod was yelling at him and then followed him into the bedroom, where she reportedly “went off at him.” The complaint also said it appeared that Elrod had been drinking and, when asked what happened to the victim’s ear, she said she did not know. A review of the jail’s phone calls made by Elrod revealed that she had admitted to biting the victim’s ear off, according to the complaint. Elrod is currently being held at the Stearns County Jail on $30,000 bond.
 

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