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Least and Most Spendy Beer Dept.: Bateaux London, a leading restaurant cruise line based in the British capital, recently calculated the average cost of a pint of beer based on 150 bar and restaurant prices in 20 of world’s most popular tourist cities. You know, news you can use. Prague and Madrid are currently the most inexpensive places to drink beer (under $2.50). Prices go up a bit around Europe, with Budapest and Vienna ($3.85 or so) followed by Berlin ($4.50) and Rome ($5.10). According to Bateaux London, “You can get beer cheaper in some European capitals, like Bratislava and Kiev,” but crime and political unrest make it problematical. On the spendy side, go no farther than Reykjavik, where a pint could set you back $15.50! Quenching your thirst in Dubai, in the UAE, would be $10.80, followed by Singapore at $9.50, Hong Kong at $8.45 and New York, where even a light lager is well over $8 a pint…

That beer is a pisser, mate! A Danish brewery has collected 50,000 liters of human urine from a music festival to help produce its latest beer. In what the Agriculture and Food Council has called “beercycling,” the Nørrebro Bryghus brewery created the beer by fertilizing fields of malting barley with human urine instead of more conventional nutrients. The brew has been dubbed “Pisner” by the punning Danes… Meanwhile, Republican congressmen celebrated the passage of the repeal of the health care bill at the White House with … Bud Light (very close to a Pisner)…

The Republicans must have seen that study at the University of Greenwich in England that concluded that three or four beers can ease pain better than some over-the-counter painkillers. The study found that a person’s pain threshold is elevated when blood alcohol content reaches .08%. The researchers found that “Alcohol is an effective analgesic [pain reliever] that delivers clinically relevant reductions in ratings of pain intensity.” Well, duh. How do you think we got the phrase “feeling no pain”?…

The Telltale Cap: Brooklyn Brewery’s Steve Hindy posted a picture on Facebook (so it MUST be true) of a bottle of 10 Barrel Brewing’s Joe 10 with a curiously inappropriate Bud Light cap on it. Now, we all know anyone can put a cap on any bottle, but Steve wouldn’t do that, would he? And we DO know that 10 Barrel, now owned by A-B, can be produced in the bowels of Bud along with Space Dust, Goose Island and many others, don’t we…

When hiring help, try the Scudamore test. Brian Scudamore, CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, realized “I wasn’t enjoying working with these people” and cleaned house. That's where the “beer and barbecue” hiring test comes in. When he started rehiring, he made it a point to ask himself, “Would I have a beer with this person? Would I have them over for a barbecue? I want people, as friends and as employees, that are ambitious and driven and have a zest for life.” Scudamore continued, “Do you like this person? Do you find them interesting? Are they asking you questions? Are they a likable person? And do they have a passion for something?” Beer and barbecue. You need go no further…

A man faces obstruction charges after police in South Dakota said he ignored orders from firefighters and ran into a burning building… to “save” his beer. Sioux Falls police officer Sam Clemens said that Michael Casteel, 56, ignored a police officer who tried to stop him from running into a burning apartment building. Casteel even ran into the building a second time, despite protests from firefighters. Must have been something special, eh? On his second exit, the police said he carried a pair of Bud Ice beers with him…

April Fools’, Beer-style! You wake up Saturday morning, browse your social feeds and see unbelievable story after unbelievable story. Then it occurs to you: It’s April Fools’ Day 2017, and you’ve been had. And the beer industry was no slouch in this regard. No less an authority than CraftBeer.com recognized the NE IPA (the underappreciated Nebraska IPA) as an official beer style. Coronado Brewing Company in San Diego announced the release of a beer can designed for lefthanded people. Craft Dome, the mount Rushmore-like brewery monument, opened April 1 with the likenesses of four craft brewing pioneers chiseled into the side of a mountain. Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada), Kim Jordan (New Belgium), Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewery) and Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head) were featured in the monumental erection. (No Fritz Maytag?) And Stone, also in San Diego, released its Asparagus IPA. Bet it makes your pee green… April Fools’!

Working for Tips Dept.: When a mohel (pronounced “mo-el” or “moi-hel”) walks into the room with his sacred ritual instruments steeped in Jewish significance and honed with years of handiwork, the adults (and one particular eight-day-old male child) could generally use a beer… or several. A new beer from the always fastidiously appropriate Shmaltz Brewing in Clifton Park, N.Y., captures 4,000 years of Jewish tradition carried down from Abraham to Jon Stewart and offers up the perfect bubbly balm to soothe the bubbes and other bystanders and sanctify such a precious moment. If you’re destined for a session with a circumcision, a Circum Session Ale might be perfect for you. Oy…
 

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