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Welcome to the world of President Trump. During the waning days of the presidential campaign, Richard “Dick” Yuengling Jr., owner of the eponymous and oldest family-owned brewery in America, was quoted as saying that businesses like his would prosper if the billionaire reality TV host were elected to the presidency: “We need him in there!” It’s going to be an interesting four years with our new president, but so far Dick’s endorsement has caused the venerable Pennsylvania brand to see a serious drop in sales. Welcome to the Trump backlash, Dick…

London’s first “naked” restaurant, The Bunyadi, is to return with a permanent site. London’s Evening Standard reported that restaurateur Seb Lyall is on the prowl for a permanent site for his naked restaurant after the three-month pop-up in the beer-themed Elephant & Castle proved such a success. The pop-up encouraged London’s daring diners to disrobe at the door and leave their clothes in lockers. The concept is the brainchild of Lollipop, the company behind ABQ, a pop-up cocktail lab in an RV trailer inspired by the hit TV show Breaking Bad. (And if you’ve seen Breaking Bad, you’re probably not on board with their dining recommendations.) The news follows the launch of a naked rooftop bar this summer overlooking Big Ben and featuring a trampoline (!), inflatables and sun loungers. One wonders what the Queen must think of all this. And thanks, Gregg Glaser, for baring all for our readers…

The Danish String Quartet, who appeared recently at Carnegie Hall in New York, is a group that embraces the classics while experimenting with the new and unusual. The members met as kids at a music camp, where they played a lot of soccer, along with music, and drank a lot of beer. Europeans, you know, are much more open to youthful beer appreciation. How does the quartet choose its repertoire? “Sit down with a lot of beers,” was the response. In Copenhagen, one of the quartet’s concert series has its own line of craft beer brewed by the Frederiksberg Bryghus. Roll over, Beethoven, and hand Tchaikovsky the brews…

Great American Beer Festival 2016 tickets sold out one hour and seven minutes after being offered to the public, 10 minutes faster than they sold out in 2015, demonstrating that beer geeks DO have a sense of time and space. The Brewers Association allocated about 60,000 tickets for the event. At the festival, about 800 breweries served around 3,800 beers. Visit Denver has estimated that the GABF generates an annual economic impact of $28.5 million, as beer industry peeps host more than 200 events around the Denver area, and downtown hotel rooms typically book up months in advance. Colorado may have legal pot, but it’s beer that gets the masses mile high…

In the new book Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die, the author explores the best destinations to crack open a cold one, reflect on the day and take in the scenery. As a member of the “older” generation, may I suggest to authors that reminding readers of their impending mortality is a curiously misguided way to sell books, no matter their beery intent…

Games and beer go together like peanut butter and banana or like bacon and… ah, more bacon. That’s why Narragansett Beer and Bananagrams are teaming up for Hi-Neighbor! Have a Hefeweizen! as the latest collaboration in ’Gansett’s “Hi-Neighbor Mash-Up” series. Bananagrams does have its appeal, however… “Bananagrams for Mongo!”…

Portland’s beer sage Jeff Alworth (@Beervana) invented a new category of brewery: “purpose-built to be acquired” (aka “consummately generic”). Nice, Jeff. Take the rest of the day off… A new report showed pictures of a driverless Uber truck making beer deliveries. A driverless beer truck? This opens a whole new world to possible electronic crime. Now where are my Russian hacker buddies???…

“Mexico will pay for the wall. One hundred percent. They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for the wall,” Republican president-elect Donald Trump continues to assert. It was this thinking that encouraged founder Mario García of Mexican craft brewery Cerveza Cucapá to sell pro-Trump shirts to Trump supporters. García said Trump would “pay for our beers, even though he doesn’t know it yet,” following Trump’s campaign rhetoric. The shirts, which said “I Support Donald,” when exposed to heat, revealed the image of Trump morphing into a clown, and the phrase on the shirt changed to “Donald el que lo lea,” a variation of a well-known Mexican saying. Funds earned from shirt sales will go toward funding a party in Mexico City. The remainder of the money will subsidize a beer giveaway across Mexico, “so that everyone gets a beer paid for by Donald Trump.” I’m sure our presidente-elect will be proud…
 

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