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Why Didn't I Think of That Dept.: Those of you familiar with multi- media computer stuff will appreciate those wacky dudes responsible for CAMRA Victoria's Beerfest Programme (Dave Preston and Scottie McLellan) who also came up with a name for their beer- related PR venture - Malty Media Productions!...

The irrepressible Alan Eames (go ahead, try to repress him!) scored again by naming a pub he no longer has an interest in after an expression from the "Good Olde Days." $3 Dewey's got its name after he discovered a sign from an old saloon that read: "$1 for a Lookie, $2 for a Feelie and $3 for a Dooie." Alan felt that altering the name to "$3 Dewey's" would fool the Sisters of Perpetual Indignance and other forces for good in the community...

You have to go to the Evergreen Brewing Supply store in Bellevue, WA, for the first homebrew Bridal Registry! At least, that WE know of...

Quotable Quotes: Who Said This? "I'm not married to beer - give me some variety." Try Mike Zislis of Bohemian Brewery Importers, said to Michael Jackson, while riding in Mr. Z's red Mustang Cobra, blasting down the PCH... OK, who said, "If I had back all the money I've spent on beer, I'd spend it on beer"? Most recently, Emily Miller at Bison Brewery in Berkeley...

Dining with Michael Jackson is always a delight and a treat - usually someone else's.

While dining recently at this year's GABF at the wonderful Denver Chop House and Brewery in the now very trendy LoDo district, our host, Mitsuo Iwamoto, and his son Kozo (owner of Cafe Pacifica Brewery in San Francisco) treated all of us at the table to a delightful bottle of Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, one of California's finest (and more expensive) wines. A fan of Mr. Jackson's, sitting at an adjacent table, had his waiter send over another bottle of the exclusive nectar, probably without seeing what he was drinking. Fortunately, the Chop House staff was trained in CPR...

This Bud's Not for You Dept.: Since Anheuser-Busch's bottom-liners decided to sell the St. Louis Cardinals (is nothing sacred?!), who steps up to the plate but Tom Schlafly, president of the Saint Louis Brewery and Tap Room (the OTHER brewery in that town). Tom rather ambitiously announced his intention of acquiring the team in order to keep them in St. Louis. Donations are being accepted at the bar. Only 200 million dollars to go. Fax your support to the brewery at 314-241-8101...

The Beer Can Collectors of America have decided: The "U.S. Can of the Year" is (drumroll, please) Pabst/Harley-Davidson's Anniversary Beer! (I wonder if a Harley beer can leaks oil?)...

The Celebrator Beer News just picked up a new subscriber by the name of Bud Miller. You don't suppose his middle name is "Coors," do you?...

Remember, BEERS is an acronym for Basic Energy Electrolyte Replacement System...

Herb Caen, who writes a column that looks suspiciously like this one (AND he had the audacity to do it several decades BEFORE this one!), wrote recently: "God, I love this town! So what if the 'Niners lost to Detroit? We have a new church that advertises its location as 'across the street from the Anchor Steam Brewery.' That's St. Gregory's... "

Wagnarian Excesses: The folks from Pennsylvania Brewing Company in Pittsburgh are doing their best to keep history alive. Remember the mythical women on horseback called "Valkyries" (Die Walküre) who led slain warriors to Valhalla to spend eternity feasting and drinking? (Maybe you missed school that day?) Well...

Tom Pastorius, Penn Brewery's owner, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, decided to hold a "Miss Valkyrie" contest whereby young Valkyrie wannabees would audition for the honor of being Miss Valkyrie. The contest was held during the 11,000-member Society of Creative Anachronism's annual Pennsic Wars near Pittsburgh.

Dozens of entrants were photographed sitting on a giant blowup of the Penn Dark beer label and were judged on costume, looks and personality. Rosanna Fichera of North Olmstead, OH, was unanimously selected as the winner. Check out her picture elsewhere in this publication and tell me if she and a keg or so of Penn Dark wouldn't get YOU to Valhalla.

Beer Lovers Have Much to Give Tanks for Dept.: Triple Rock Brewing, open 365 or so days a year since it first opened nearly a decade ago, has been a popular home away from home for Berkeleyans far from their families on Thanksgiving. This year they featured a traditional holiday fare of Turkey Hot Dog or Turkey Chili with a side of Cranberry Jello. Combine that with Triple Rock's Spiced Autumn Ale and a little football... mmmmmm good! Hope your holidaze are equally wonderful.

 

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