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Landing on a Wing and an Ale? Three bottles of Redhook ESB were used to softened the landing of a small plane in Colorado recently. The landing gear on Ben Cahan's plane could not be lowered as he and a friend returned from a fishing trip. After reportedly circling the airport for about an hour, Cahan obeyed the suggestion of a mechanic, who radioed him to "pour all the liquid we had into the hydraulic system." They poured the contents of three Redhook ESBs, the front wheel came down a little farther, and the back wheels moved a little, too. Then they landed. A serious crash landing had been averted. If the wheels had not come down far enough, the propeller could have hit the ground first. Moral: Don't drink and fly — but always have a six-pack handy!

Shaun O'Sullivan (he formerly of Triple Rock/Twenty Tank fame) with the new Steelhead Brewery at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, reports that famed Publican and heart-attack survivor Judy Ashworth stopped by the new brewery with Julie Nickels. "She told everyone that she sold Lyons Brewery and has purchased a fishing license," Shaun said. "I asked her if she saw the light at the end of the tunnel when her heart stopped." Judy replied, "No! All I saw was the BUD LIGHT and I came back." Yep! Judy's back...

When the Wit Hit the Fan Dept: Sailor Häger's Brewpub in North Vancouver is well known for their Belgian style wheat beer, which may have something to do with their equally famous t-shirt that sez, "Wit Happens!"...

Cheeseheads Happen too! This football season, as the Green Bay Packers defend their Super Bowl title, they'll get an extra promotional sudsy boost from "Cheesehead Beer" to be marketed by Mike Dunlap and Steve Schuster of Milwaukee. Will it be contract brewed by the "Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous?" Actually, the good folks at Capital Brewing Co. in Middleton, WI will brew a traditional Pilsner-style lager. The Cheeseheads who drink Cheesehead will only have 15,000 cases the first year. Severe rationing predicted...

Beware the new Beer Literati: New York Magazine recently convened a panel to taste some 40 or so beers with "strange ingredients" (like fruit and honey) and came up with the following best and worst: "Best" included Wit Amber, Pete's Wicked Mardi Gras and Rhino Chasers Peach Honey Wheat (one taster wondered whether "Rhino" means it's a reissue!). "Worst" included Sam Adams Cherry Wheat ("group gag bordering on group ralph"), Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin, Oregon Blackberry Brew ("Toejam beer! And not even my own toes!") and Rogue Old Crustacean Barley Wine ("a dark, evil substance in a thankfully tiny bottle"). Hopefully, this means that there will be more gold medal winning "Old Crusty" available for the left coast. Are we beginning to think that New York City didn't deserve Zip City?...

Meanwhile, New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani got a marketing agency and is lining up corporate sponsors for playgrounds, police cars and garbage cans, according to Newsweek. However, hizzonor states that "We are never going to change Central Park to 'Budweiser Park.'"

If you like hot food it don't get any hotter than Jack Curry's Haba–ero Hamburger he calls the "World's Hottest Hamburger." It is featured at the Prince of Wales Pub in San Mateo, CA and fortunately he has a lot of good beer as an antidote. I would not, however, include their Mickey's Red Haba–ero Ale. That's hot too!...

When you're in Brewski's Brewpub in Hermosa Beach be sure to check out the taster. The four or five taster glasses come on the end of a real snow ski! Get it? Brew Ski? Blame the Brew Board Company in Erie, PA...

Beer and Baseball Dept: The very day that Hayward-based CommPre, an alcohol reduction program, created an "alcohol-free sports zone" for some 125 people at the Oakland A's game against the Chicago White Sox, Hayward-based Celebrator Beer News hosted their annual "Tailgate Tasting" for some 200 people at the same game! Talk about Too Many Ironies in the Fire, the "drys" were sitting in section 207 while the Tailgate Tasters were field level in section 107! "We asked for 107 because that's where most of the good beers are," said Publisher Tom Dalldorf. There were no incidents of bad behavior... Meanwhile, rumor has it that the Coliseum only buys 'specially made keg products at 3.2% alcohol or lower — even from the "craft" brewers! Hummmm... maybe that alcohol reduction program is working...

The summer's off-beat hit "Chasing Amy" offers more than the standard "Hetero meets Lesbian, Hetero loses Lesbian" theme. Somehow director Kevin Smith ("Clerks" and the disappointing "Mallrats") has managed to interject craft beer into the Gen-X angst-ridden comedy. A still from a scene getting national publicity clearly shows several bottles of Pete's Wicked Ale on the table between the movie's main characters. No glasses are in evidence, however. Isn't it possible to be have a goatee, be insufferably hip/blasé AND drink a good (if somewhat "wicked") beer from a glass? Geez...

 

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