Drinking beer to support Easton firefighters – The Star Democrat

EASTON — Craft beer enthusiasts will have a chance to support a local cause from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Easton Volunteer Fire Department is prepping for its second annual Easton Beer Fest — a major fundraiser for the all-volunteer fire department.

Chris Hash, who is organizing the Beer Fest, said the idea for a craft beer festival came about as a replacement for the fire department’s bull roast and casino night, “which was, unfortunately, just dying.”

“(The bull roast) had become old. The times had changed,” Hash said. “We looked at coming up with something new, and being a craft beer fan myself, with a couple other guys, we thought it would be an interesting concept, something new, and it took off and really exceeded our expectations.”

EVFD held its first Easton Beer Fest last year, and Hash said about 750 people attended the one-day event at the firehouse at 315 Aurora Park Drive. The fire department’s goal is to get 1,000 people to this year’s event, which is being sponsored by Harrison’s Wine & Liquor.

The number of craft beer enthusiasts has grown in recent years. Hash attributed this to the many varieties of craft beer available, giving any consumer something to please their taste buds. Those options will be available at this year’s Easton Beer Fest.

There are 43 brewers from the Mid-Atlantic region committed to pouring close to 100 craft beers at this year’s Easton Beer Fest.

“We have Maryalnd, Delaware, Washigton, D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey represented,” Hash said. “One of our things, and it’s kind of our motto, is support local, drink local. For supporting us as a fire department, supporting our local regional craft beer, because they all bring jobs and support one another in the region.”

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The best two weeks of the year, for a beer columnist at least – Kankakee Daily Journal

It is that time of year again to pull up your lederhosen and celebrate international beer week(s).

Millions of festgoers flock to Munich during these two weeks to celebrate the tapping of the kegs with their Tyrolean hats, tubas, oompah music, pretzels and sausages. I love Oktoberfest festivities, but you don’t have to travel to Germany to celebrate this tradition.

I also love the marzen — the lager originating in Bavaria that started off the festival more than 200 years ago. Luckily, this year, BrickStone made finding the right Oktoberfest beer so much easier for the fine people of Kankakee County. BrickStone Brewing partnered with Manteno Oktoberfest to brew their own Oktoberfest beer: Bricktoberfest.

Manteno Oktoberfest is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It started Thursday and continues through Sunday. Once again, this year they will be having the Lighted Parade Saturday night; new this year is Penelope Riley, an adorable 2-year-old and my daughter, who will be marching with her Dance Alive Studio class.

BrickStone will be available on draft, so grab up a pint or two amongst the other festivities. Also find fest-stalwart Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Manteno will also throw a knock-off of Samuel Adams’ Stein Hoisting tradition.

In the Stein Hoisting competition, contestants compete to see who can hold a 1-liter stein full of Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer the longest, without bending, sipping or spilling. There are categories for men and women. See how you might stack up to national winners at samueladams.com/steinhoisting.

Goose Island’s 312 Block Party is coming back to the west side of Chicago Sept. 22-23. While not officially an Oktoberfest event, it definitely is inspired by the tradition of taking over a city street or park and celebrating

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Alcohol tax revenues are drying up – Financial Times

What does this show?

It shows a dramatic fall in the tax haul from the sale of booze, compared with other taxes. It has halved to 1.6 per cent since 1979.

It also shows the effect of Britons uncorking more wine and pulling fewer pints of beer. Wine’s share of alcohol duty nearly tripled from 13 per cent to 37.5 per cent, while beer’s share fell from 39 per cent to 32 per cent. The share relating to spirits dropped from 48 per cent to 30 per cent.

Why the drop for spirits? I thought there was a gin craze

Gin has shaken off its stuffy image and its popularity has soared, particularly with younger drinkers. The vogue for ever more exotic gin flavours — coupled with the decline in beer sales — meant that spirits generated more duty than beer last year for the first time ever.

Relatively speaking, spirits are nearly as popular as in 1979, when they accounted for nearly a quarter of all alcoholic drinks.

The reason their tax contribution has not held up is that in real terms the rate of duty is little more than half what it was in 1979.

I bet the health campaigners don’t like that.

Too right. The Alcohol Health Alliance UK complains that “cheap, strong alcohol continues to be sold for pocket money prices”.

That is not how the industry sees it. The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says the UK alcohol industry is one of the most heavily taxed in Europe, with duty and VAT accounting for 56 per cent of the average bottle of wine in shops and 77 per cent of a bottle of spirits.

Part of the problem is that some strong drinks, such as certain ciders, are relatively lightly taxed. The Institute for Fiscal

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Hot Spots: Craft Beer Bar in Cuyahoga Falls is a crowd-pleaser – Akron Beacon Journal

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Device May Help Drinkers Avoid Alcohol Tainted With Deadly Chemicals – Newsweek

The mysterious death of a 20-year-old American tourist in Mexico brought light to the devastating effects of consuming tainted alcohol. The case was one of many that led the U.S. State Department to caution travelers about the harms of fake booze. The tricky part of telling if your vacation cocktail is contaminated is that it typically tastes no different than untainted versions. For those concerned, there’s a device that may be able to detect fake spirits before the bottle is even opened.

The handheld device (as seen in the video below), uses a laser to shine through materials such as colored glass and opaque plastic. Within one minute, information is readily available about the contents of the bottle. Interestingly enough, the instrument was not initially designed to be used for the food and drink market. In fact, you may have even seen a SORS (spatially offset Raman spectroscopy) device before.

“Although you have not seen them in American airports yet, there are many SORS devices deployed through European airports which currently check for explosives” within plastic and glass bottles, lead researcher Roy Goodacre, a professor at the University of Manchester, tells Newsweek via e-mail.

Fake alcohol—including counterfeit, contraband, illicit and surrogate products—pose many public health challenges and add up to substantial revenue losses for governments, Robert Tobiassen, a former chief counsel for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, who was not involved in the research, tells Newsweek via e-mail.

“Combating these products requires a multi-tool strategy. Science-based tools like SORS are an important part of this strategy along with other tools such as effective law enforcement to prevent these products from being manufactured or sold,” Tobiassen says.

Goodacre and his colleagues used the gadget to analyze 141 brands of Scotch whisky, rum, gin and vodka in

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