The people must have something good to read on a Sunday. — The Clash, from “The Leader
• In a follow-up to the Gandhi-Bot controversy, a NBC News story reported that Connecticut legislator Prasad Srinivasan was scheduled to meet with reps at the New England Brewing Company on Wednesday [1.14]. Srinivasan said, “I think they must take it one more level — to reconsider and rename that brand of beer. I find it despicable that they should use the name of Mahatma Gandhi.” There have been no updates since Wednesday. Also, NEBCO has removed the apologies they had posted on their Facebook page on January 3 and 7; you can read those entries here. And a post on the Beer Advocate “NEBCO whats on tap thread” on Saturday [1.17] night noted, “Had sea hag and #14 on tap today. Chalkboard said coming soon: g of the b..a good sign.”
• Belly up, baby! NH mulls change to alcohol labels, by Rik Stevens of Associated Press via the Concord Monitor [“Murphy says it’s misguided to suggest a chubby baby eating breakfast would lure an underage drinker to a specialty beer that sells for a comparatively pricey $12 for four, 12-ounce bottles.”]
• Do you live in beer country or wine country? These maps will tell you, by Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post [“The number of American wineries has increased by about 260 percent since 1998. Breweries are up 175 percent, with almost all of that increase happening since 2010.”]
• Icelandic Brewery Debuts Beer Made With Endangered Whale Testicles, from Inquisitr [“The beer, Hvalur 2, utilizes the testicles of fin whales, which are first smoked in a traditional fashion using dried sheep dung.”]
• And as a cheeky commentary on the trademark infringement flap between Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada, Stone made this post on their Facebook page on Saturday:
In light of recent news, perhaps it’s the right time for us to release a special new IPA?
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