20100326

LSU considers on-campus brewery

Beer and colleges go hand in hand. At Louisiana State University, that situation might become even more hands-on if a proposal to build a micro-brewery ON CAMPUS goes through.

LSU Chancellor Michael Martin, whose school regularly is named one of the nation's top party schools in campus polls, has unveiled a proposal to build a microbrewery to serve as a laboratory for food science students and a training center for aspiring brewers.

The plans are in a preliminary stage, as legal and logistical matters are studied, including how to make the beer available for sale on campus.

“I’m not even familiar with the different types, light and dark,” said Charlie Roberts, president and CEO of the LSU Alumni Association, “but we joked and said we’d make a purple-and-gold beer” — LSU’s school colors.

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20100324

A celebri-quote: Claudia Schiffer

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer, 39, and her husband, the director Matthew Vaughn, are expecting a baby girl in May. They have two children, Clementine, 5, and Caspar, 7. Claudia discussed her pre-natal nutrition with the UK's Daily Mirror newspaper.

"I'd love a beer. That's all I've been craving.

"I didn't even like it before I was pregnant. Alcohol's bad for you when you're pregnant, but I just want beer."

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20100321

Indiana eases alcohol restrictions

Indiana has become the latest state to loosen some restrictions on its alcoholic beverage sales.

Under legislation overwhelmingly passed in the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels, the state's bars, restaurants, microbreweries and liquor stores will, as of July 1:

• Be allowed to extend Sunday drinking hours to 3 a.m.
• Sell alcohol on Election Day.
• Conduct Sunday carryout sales at microbreweries.

The legislation, known as Senate Enrolled Act 75, also requires any establishments that have carryout sales to card all customers who appear younger than 50.

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20100304

Oklahoma's home brewers now legal

Oklahomans, who already were allowed to make wine and cider for personal use, may add beer to that list.

House Bill 2348, sponsored by Rep. Colby Schwartz, was passed yesterday, allowing Oklahomans to brew up to 200 gallons, or about 80 cases, a year.

They must obtain a permit from the state liquor agency, as home wine- and beer-makers do now. Beer made for personal use would not be taxed.

A similar bill advanced in the Alabama legislature last month.

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