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Has anyone noticed that ex-Republican Presidential candidate Lamar Alexander seemed to be primarily (get it? Primaries?) supported by Pete's Wicked Ale fans? The red plaid shirts, the hiking boots...

Sorry to have to tell you that the flannel image is all the work of a GOP political consulting firm. Hey, maybe the real Pete could be a candidate for President? He could run on the "wicked" platform (for the Party Party?)...

Speaking of partying in the halls of government, legislators at the capitol in Jefferson City, MO, have introduced a bill that would ban alcohol consumption at the statehouse! The Kansas City Star reports that legislators occasionally meander down the hallways with drinks in hand and some have been known to have a cold one during hot debates on the House floor! This is a problem?...

It's Good Firkin Beer Dept.: The BridgePort Brewing Company, in a radical departure in style, has decided to market cask-conditioned beer in traditional English firkins and has trademarked the term "firkin" for its own use. Expect to soon be hearing, "Hey, where'd you get that firkin'a beer, mate?" Or, "Gimme a firkin'a beer, would you, Miss?"...

Poetic License Renewed Here: Let us turn to none other than the master wordsmith his-own-damn-self who writes a column similar to this one (but has been doing it infinitely longer!), Mr. Herb Caen, of the S.F. Chronicle , who recently offered up the classic, "The Ballad of Steam Beer," by William S. Barnes. "You may talk of your Moaet and Chandon/And all the cuvees of Champagne;/Of Burgundy, ruby and royal/From Romanee 's storied demesne;/Of Lafitte and Lachrimae Christi;/Or the warm blushing vintage that grows/Where Chateau d'Yquem and the premier grands vins/Gush forth from the hills of Bordeaux;/Of crusty old Port and Madeira/And all the Sherries of Spain,/All the liquors of castle and convent/That ever came over the main;/But I chant out a hymn to Gambrinus/The god of small change and good cheer,/For singing a song of the nickel,/That buys the big glass of steam beer."... Billy Barnes was District Attorney of San Francisco in... are you ready?... 1902! Cheers, and thanks, Herb!...

San Francisco's new mayor Willie Brown asserts that his administration will feature local products. The Napa Valley wines with "Da Mayor" on the label are cute, but has His Honor ever heard of the fabled Anchor Steam Beer? It' s made in San Francisco!... Hello?...

Herb also noted that Sara Ledoux visited the Angel Brewery in Angel, OR, "where she enjoyed a glass of, yes, Ale Mary, after which she left full of grace"...

Market research asserts that people brewing beer at home now number over one million! Several of them entered their beer in Boston Beer Co.'s Homebrewing Competition (judged by Michael Jackson, among others). A few lucky winners will have their beers produced commercially on the Long Shot label by BBC and distributed by Seagram. Once again we ask, "Does Jim Koch ever sleep?"...

Wait till Jim hears about a new craze sweeping the pubs in England -- topless darts! "Careful where you stand during the match, Miss."

Even Hollywood Is Starting to Get It Dept.: The four-color print ads for the new "feel good" movie "Beautiful Girls" features the young and hip cast at a bar with five mugs of bee r showing, all of which are amber colored -- no yellow beer!... A chain of Carl's Jr. brewpubs can't be far off!...

Ben Jankowski called from Long Island to say that a recent episode of "Nowhere Man" appeared to have been shot at McMenamin' s Manor House at Edgefield Village in Troutdale, OR. I tuned it in and sure enough ... I wonder what they charged for that?...

TV coverage didn't hurt the folks at Mountain Valley Brew Pub in Suffern, NY. Their beer and rustic charm were the focus of a pre-show bit dur ing the Super Bowl! Only a few million watching!... Better tell Brewmaster Jay Mission to brew up a little extra...

Through the miracle of Brew-a-vision (and the AP wire), we take you to Halle, Germany, where tavern owner Bernd Helbig has gained notoriety by introducing "Beersicles," frozen beer on a stick! Reinheitskawhat? Talk about "having a cold one!" Not content to rest on his laurels, or even his hardys, Bernd has other beer products to market, including beer pudding, black beer jelly and beer cream with pineapple!... Yummm!

If you're not careful where you hang out, you may get to see/hear a rare performance by the legendary (in their own minds) Rolling Boil Blues Band. "The Who?" you may ask? No, not The Who, The RB3. They are a loose (read barely there) assemblage of beer industry pros who also play passable blues and do some silly beer-oriented songs. The fact that some of the members are of the older persuasion may account for the summer gigs being designated the "Who Farted? Tour." You may even catch them at this year's Great American Beer Festival... Pray for air-conditioning...

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