20090731

Ale to the chief

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The official White House photo of the Suds Summit.

So El Presidente decided to have the Cop and the Prof over to the White House for beers after he put his foot in his mouth over The Great Harvard Break-in Brouhaha, saying the cops "acted stupidly" well before he knew the particulars of what had transpired.

Perhaps getting opposing parties together for a drink will become part of his stimulus program -- stimulating peace on Earth, for example. Imagine all the bickering parties he could arm twist over a brew. Here are just a few that immediately spring to mind.

• Jon and Kate

• Kobe and Shaq

• Chris and Rihanna

• Bryce Dallas Howard and Rachelle Lefevre

• Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

• Plaxico Burress and Robert Morgenthau

• Sarah Palin and Reality

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20090725

Ithaca microbrewry in the works

ITHACA, NY -- The owners of Madeline's on The Commons plan to open a second restaurant at the spot currently occupied by the Lost Dog.

And, those involved say, some of the Lost Dog's owners and employees plan to move up Cayuga Street to start a brew pub, something that sounds pretty good in a small Finger Lakes town dominated by thousands of Cornell University and Ithaca College students.

Teresa and Scott Miller have announced plans to open by September a restaurant called Wildfire: An American Bistro, at 106 South Cayuga Street which now is occupied by the Lost Dog.

The space became available when some of the Lost Dog's owners decided to concentrate on the original Binghamton Lost Dog (above), and others plan to create the Bandwagon Microbrewery.

The original was founded in an old garage at 60 Main Street in 1994, before moving to larger downtown quarters at 222 Water Street.

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Oregon brewer fighting EPA water rules

From KPTV.com

PORTLAND, OR -- A popular local brewery is urging the city to fight against federal government water quality standards because the regulation will affect the taste of beer.

The Widmer Brothers Brewery is leading the filtration order fight. City officials said the water from the Bull Run reservoirs is perfectly clean and free of the intestinal parasite that the Environmental Protection Agency requires all municipal water systems to filter out.The city's argument, bolstered by the beer-brewing Widmer brothers, is that the city's water supply is safe just the way it is and has been for more than a century.

Portland is home to more breweries and sells more draft beer per person than any city in North America.

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20090703

News flash: N. Korea launches .. a beer ad

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Flying in the face of world opinion strict communist philosophy, the mad regime government of North Korea has allowed the launch of a missile a TV advertising campaign for a locally-brewed beer.

The beer is billed as the "Pride of Pyongyang," (for those of you who are geographically disadvantaged, that's the capital city of North Korea). It tells viewers the brew will help ease stress.

The Taedonggang Beer Factory has been making the beer since buying a British brewery and shipping it in pieces from the UK to Pyongyang for reassembling. The beer has sometimes been available in South Korea, and gets good consumer reviews.

Go here to view the entire 150-minute commercial, which shows up after the bank commercial sponsoring it.

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