My friend and colleague, Gerard Walen, has an interesting story on CraftBeer.com about a mobile brewery that drove from Florida to Oregon. In Collaboration On the FL-ORegon Trail, Walen details the rolling brewery built by the Dunedin Brewery and its journey to Oregon, and then on to Denver for GABF. Check it out. Gerard can normally be found on Road Trips For Beer, and recently finished the Florida Breweries book in the same series as my northern California guidebook, which will be published this April.
Today’s infographic, since today is the day in 1933 when the 21st Amendment passed, repealing Prohibition, is one I’ve posted before, entitled Prohibition Did What?! It goes in to many of the effects that Prohibition had on the country, none of them particularly positive.
Today’s infographic is an overview of drinking laws in the United States created by Medical Insurance.org, although the website no longer seems to work. To be fair, it appears to be from around 2007, and shows an interesting quartet of U.S. maps illustrating different aspects of alcohol laws followed by a list of control state info and sale hours by state.
Today’s infographic is an interactive beer map of “the consumer followers of over 2500 beer and microbrewery Twitter accounts.” It was created by PeekAnalytics, who “is an enterprise-class social audience measurement platform that provides rich demographic insights to marketers allowing them to better identify and qualify social consumers. What Nielsen® does for television and radio audiences – PeekAnalytics does for social.”
The default map is the New York City area.
But you can “discover the most popular beer in over 15000 cities across the US, Canada, the UK, and Ireland” using their interactive map. Here, for example is California.
And here’s the greater Bay Area.
But check out your own city using PeekAnalytics Beer Map.
While it’s been a rumor for a number of years — I first learned about it at least four years back, but like a monk was sworn to silence — finally it’s out in the public. America is getting its first officially sanctioned Trappist brewery. St. Joseph’s Abbey of Spencer, Massachusetts will be adding brewing to its daily routine, and selling under the name Spencer Brewing Co.
The abbey was established in upstate New York in 1950, and is part of the Catholic Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (O.C.S.O.), better known as “Trappists.” Many reports have indicated there’s 180 of them worldwide, but I count 175 at the list on the order’s official website.
The abbey already sells preserves, and has done so for a long time, since around 1954. They also sell “liturgical vestments, and run a farm” to fund the abbey. Apparently the Scourmont Abbey, which makes Chimay, is helping the monks of St. Joseph’s in some capacity, whether through education, logistical support or just consultation I’m not sure. I also know that Dann Paquette from Pretty Things had been helping out, at least in the early stages, as he’d befriended a couple of the monks there as they gathered information and were considering the project of opening a brewery. Records indicate the building for brewing will be 50,000 square feet and their goal to brew 10,000 bbl per year. The first beer will be a Pater, a type of beer made by several Belgian breweries. Here’s how the back label describes the beer:
“Inspired by traditional refectory ales brewed by monks for the monks’ table, Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued Trappist ale with fruity accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness.”
The brewery website is still empty, with just a Go Daddy holding page, and there’s no word on when the beer might be available. With the now Belgian-owned Anheuser-Busch InBev, Sierra Nevada working with Ovila, Moortgat buying Boulevard Brewing, and now this, there’s going to be a lot more Belgian-inspired, and Belgian-made, beer in the U.S. in coming years. But it’s hard not to be excited about this development.
And the hexagonal Trappist logo is on the back label.
Today’s infographic is a second one from Blowfish, an over-the-counter hangover remedy. This one shows “how we are drinking and dealing with our hangovers,” which includes several data points about who, and what, Americans drink. The data was compiled for Blowfish by a third-party research firm.
As so often happens, while searching around for something in particular, I stumble on something else interesting. Today I found an article from 2011 on AdAge entitled Bottom’s Up! A Look at America’s Drinking Habits. As of 2010 (or maybe it’s 2005), on a per capita basis, more American drink soda than any other liquid. Water is second (it’s sad it’s not first) and beer is third, with milk a close fourth. Wine is only ninth, despite those obnoxious annual polls that try to convince people wine’s more popular than beer, and spirits is tied for tenth with value-added water, whatever that means (presumably with vitamins or oxygenated?). Worldwide, water is first, while Tea, only seventh in America, is second. While certain people complain about beer drinkers here, I find it far more worrisome that more people drink soda than water. Frankly, soda is far more unhealthy to drink than beer.
Today’s infographic is a map of the United States, showing the beer that’s most popular in each of the states. One thing is clear, if you want to be popular, your label should be mostly blue. The map was compiled by Blowfish, an over-the-counter hangover remedy. When I look at California, I can only shake my head, slowly, and with sadness.