Budweiser begins space experiments to be first to brew beer on Mars – Digital Trends

When Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch announced earlier this year that it wanted to be the first company to brew beer on Mars, most commentators thought that it had its tongue lodged so firmly in its cheek that delicate surgery would be required to remove it.

But the beer brand clearly isn’t letting go of the idea, this week announcing that it’s “upholding its commitment” and moving forward with the first stage of the plan. It involves sending barley seeds to the International Space Station (ISS) this December to learn about how beer ingredients react in a microgravity environment.

Budweiser is predicting, perhaps wisely, that when we finally build a city on Mars as hoped for by the likes of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and officials in Dubai, its inhabitants may want to quaff a beer or two from time to time. And Budweiser wants to be there to brew it.

To get the ball rolling, the famous beer brand is partnering with the Center for Advancement of Science in Space, which manages the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, and Space Tango, a payload development company that operates two commercial research facilities within the National Laboratory.

Working with Budweiser’s innovation team, the group will send two barley-based experiments to the ISS aboard SpaceX’s next cargo supply mission, scheduled for December 4.

Budweiser’s barley seeds will stay in orbit for around a month before returning to Earth for analysis.

“Malting barley is a process that results in the high-quality malt used in the Budweiser enjoyed today and the research on the ISS will unveil how the barley seeds react in a unique microgravity environment,” Budweiser explained in a release.

“One of the experiments will focus on barley seed exposure with the second testing barley germination. Not only will the research offer insights on steps to

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Bar offers free beer until Packers score, forced to give away 300 cups during shutout – CBSSports.com

Nobody misses Aaron Rodgers more than the Green Bay Packers, who went from a Super Bowl contender to an afterthought when Rodgers broke his collarbone back in Week 6. The Bavarian Bierhaus, a pub based in Glendale, Wisconsin, is a close second.

As CBC Radio reported on Tuesday, The Bavarian Bierhaus always offers free beers on Sundays from kickoff until the Packers score. As you can imagine, they’ve been churning through a ton of free beer ever since Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone. 

On Sunday, disaster struck. The Packers got shut out by the Ravens, which meant free beer during the entire game.

“What happens is that people come to the Bierhaus to watch the Packer game and at kick off we start serving free beer to anybody who would like it … We serve the first initial free beers and, typically, historically, we’ve been done serving free beer by the middle of first quarter,” Scott Bell, the bar’s general manager, explained to “As It Happens” host Carol Off. “Sunday’s game didn’t work out that way.”

As a result of the shutout, The Bavarian Beirhaus gave away somewhere between 275-300 cups of free beer, according to Bell.

“I have to tell you, Carol, that so many people, when they came back after the halftime and in the third quarter, actually apologized for drinking my beer, hoping the Packers would score,” he said.

Just how bad has it been? In the six games started by Rodgers, the Packers failed to score in the first quarter only twice (including the game in which Rodgers got hurt). Hundley has already failed to get the Packers on the board in the first quarter twice in four starts. In five full games with Rodgers, the Packers averaged 27.4 points per

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Utah man sentenced to prison for deadly alcohol-related crash – Salt Lake Tribune

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to prison for an alcohol-related crash that killed a woman in Utah County last year.

Ricardo Oswaldo Estrada, of Midway, had pleaded guilty to third-degree felony automobile homicide in the Nov. 20, 2016, death of 54-year-old Maria Rodriguez.

On Wednesday, 4th District Judge Thomas Low sentenced Estrada to zero to five years at the Utah State Prison.

At about 1:50 a.m. on the day of the crash, Estrada was driving north in a southbound lane on University Avenue when his Jeep crashed head-on with a sedan driven by Rodriguez at about 800 North, near the mouth of Provo Canyon, witnesses told police.

Rodriguez’s car caught on fire “immediately after the collision,” charging documents state, and paramedics who found her unresponsive and without a pulse pronounced her dead at the scene.

Police and medical personnel reported that Estrada smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. He was confused, charges state, and didn’t know what city he was in. He also admitted to drinking alcohol before getting in his car to drive home.

Estrada was initially charged with second-degree felony auto homicide, as well as driving on a denied license, a class C misdemeanor, and driving on the wrong side of a roadway, an infraction.

In 2011, Estrada pleaded guilty to driving with a measurable amount of a controlled substance in his system, a class B misdemeanor, and driving on a denied license, a class C misdemeanor. His sentence of 60 days in jail was suspended, and he paid more than $1,000 in fines and was ordered to complete 24 hours of community service.

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Forget TVs And Xboxes, These Black Friday Shoppers Camp Out For Beer – Forbes

Adam Callans is excited to spend Thanksgiving Day and night waiting in line at Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago, camped out among hundreds of fellow beer enthusiasts.

They brave Chicago’s cold November weather huddled under blankets in tents for the opportunity to buy several bottles of Goose Island Beer Company’s Bourbon County Brand Stout beer once the store opens at 9 a.m. Black Friday.

“I’ve never been one to go to a Target or a Best Buy to go get a TV, but I’m willing to sit outside and wait for beer,” said Callans, 33, of Chicago.

Credit: Binny’s Beverage Depot

Customers line up to purchase Goose Island Beer Company’s Bourbon County Brand Stout at Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago in this 2015 photo.

He joined about 1,300 people who lined up at Binny’s in Chicago’s Lincoln Park last year, and the store is expecting more this year. People have showed up as early as Wednesday evening, said Hilary Jurinak, spokesperson for the Lincolnwood, Ill.-based retailer with 38 locations in Illinois. She said the store’s other locations typically see about 100 to 400 people for the release.

“There’s a lot of camaraderie with these people; they become friends from this,” said Jurinak, who said the release is great for beer sales. “We’d rather they come the day of, but it’s cool that they do enjoy camping out and hanging out with each other for the love of beer.”

Beer lovers have come from as far as Canada, Florida, California and Texas, said Jurinak. While much of the hype is centered on the Chicago area, shoppers have lined up for the beer at other retailers elsewhere throughout the country.

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High strength 'problem' alcohol to rise in price as cost of an average pint frozen – Telegraph.co.uk

High-strength “problem” alcohol is due to get more expensive as the cost of an average pint remains static, the Chancellor said. 

Announcing a freeze on duty paid on ciders, wines, spirits and beer, Philip Hammond said the Government was “recognising the pressure on household budgets and backing our Great British pubs”. 

“This will mean a bottle of whisky will be £1.15 less in 2018 than if we had continued with Labour’s plans, and a pint of beer 12p less,” he said. 

He said duty on “cheap, high strength, low quality products, especially so-called white ciders”, would be increased, following a campaign launched earlier this year by Fiona Bruce, Conservative MP for Congleton and chair of the APPG on alcohol harm. 

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