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From the country that brought you milk beer and horseradish beer, comes another new brew that is simply out of this world: Space Beer. Japanese brewery Sapporo Holdings plans to use the third generation of barley grains grown on the International Space Station to make its special beer. In collabor...

By Sally Toms from Issue 19 published on 30/07/2008

Waves of beer were sent sloshing over an Austrian autobahn recently after a German truck hauling the precious load overturned. The vehicle was carrying the beer to thirsty football fans at the European Championship 2008 when it tipped over, close to Vienna, spilling all 350 cases. As thousands of ...

By Sally Toms from Issue 19 published on 30/07/2008

Yep, believe it or not, this is an actual device somebody designed to stop your beer getting too warm by providing shade for your glass. It was spotted by Andy Neil of Bier-Mania, cultural beer tours, at the L’Estaminet bier-cafe deep in the Ardennes. Great idea, and more simple than anything Fost...

By Sally Toms from Issue 19 published on 30/07/2008

Beer lovers have found the world’s cheapest lager, costing an incredible 10p a pint (or, 20 cents for 568ml, if you like). Trouble is, you have to get to Mogadishu in war torn Somalia to get it. A new website called pintprice.com collects info from drinkers around the world and makes an online data...

By Sally Toms from Issue 19 published on 30/07/2008

Last issue’s film was TOP GUN. Well done to Gary Greenwood from Castleford, UK, who receives some rather excellent beers. Answers on a postcard to BOTW towers, or sally@beers-mag.com...

By Sally Toms from Issue 19 published on 30/07/2008

Each issue we feature some of beer's stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense.

Fancy dress fun Costume party coming up? Or just fancy dressing like can of beer for a few days? Then look no further! www.buy costumes.com supplies all sorts of beer related apparel. The keg costume even dispenses actual beer! Prices start at around $34.99 Weed beer busted Who’d have thought b...

By Sally Toms from Issue 18 published on 19/06/2008

Our kind of pump clip All right we know this issue publishes in summer and Easter was a long time ago – but we just had to mention the seasonal pump clip produced by Bateman’s to celebrate its Easter beer. The beer, Eggs-B, was a homage to the brewery’s flagship ale XB: a dark amber coloured bitte...

By Sally Toms from Issue 18 published on 19/06/2008

Each issue we feature some of beer’s stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense

Pints of style For anyone who just doesn’t feel comfortable without a pint in their hands, and yet isn’t ready to drink tea or coffee in such quantities, BOTW may have the solution. Homewares designer Innermost has come up with a perfectly formed piece of glazed earthenware, or glass, shaped just...

By Sally Toms from Issue 17 published on 30/04/2008

Carryaround to the rescue You know how it is… You’re at a music festival/ cricket/rugby match and it’s your round. You’ve beaten your way to the bar and ordered six pints of the most thirst quenching beer for you and your friends. But unless you’re one of those German waiters that can carry 15 be...

By Sally Toms from Issue 17 published on 30/04/2008

Each issue we feature some of beer’s stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense.

Toast tribute A brewer and eccentric Antipodean artist has paid a personal tribute to the late great Michael Jackson using the underrated medium of toast. Maurice Bennett, beer lover and small brewer, created a portrait of the beer hunter using more than 4,000 slices of cocktail toast. “I had a d...

By Sally Toms from Issue 16 published on 25/01/2008

Each issue we feature some of beer's stranger and funnier stories as well as sorts of other nonsense.

It's all in the wrist CollegeHumor.com offers a list “revealing” what your beer of choice says about you. It was based on a 2001 study commissioned by Guinness about what can be learned from how people hold their glasses. Dr. Aric Sigman, a psychologist and biologist identified six basic drinkin...

By Sally Toms from Issue 15 published on 01/12/2007

Each issue we’ll feature some of the stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense

Can car A student from Hertfordshire, England has built a life-size Ford Mustang from 4,000 empty cans of Bud. An original 1965 Ford Mustang was being offered as a prize as part of the Bud Bucks promotion in the United Kingdom, giving consumers the chance to buy, bid or win a series of prizes via ...

By Sally Toms from Issue 14 published on 04/10/2007

While other clothing and accessory stores offer sales, discounts and reductions, North American retailer Crumpler encourages shoppers to haul beer, by the case or can, into its stores in Toronto and New York and exchange them for top quality gear. The Beer for Bags Wheel, distributed in newspapers ...

By Sally Toms from Issue 13 published on 03/08/2007

Residents of a small Australian town cut off by floods recently received more than just essentials when emergency workers dropped off a large amount of beer. Hinton in New South Wales was isolated by surging floodwaters following days of severe storms which left nine people dead and caused millions...

By Sally Toms from Issue 13 published on 03/08/2007

The ashes of Montgomery Scott, better known as “Scotty” the engineer on the classic sci-fi television series Star Trek, flew alongside another special payload on a brief space flight. The companion package held the ingredients of the “first true space beer.” Linda Strine, spokeswoman for Microgravi...

By Sally Toms from Issue 13 published on 03/08/2007

Beer and movies go together like… well, like peas and carrots. And to celebrate the release of Die Hard 4.0, we were sent this Bruce Willis bottle vest courtesy of a wellknown British film mag. It may be designed to stop the warmth from your hand turning the liquid warm, but we just couldn’t resist...

By Sally Toms from Issue 13 published on 03/08/2007

If you love beer, you might appreciate having one dangling from your phone. You can’t drink it, of course, but you can gaze at it and daydream about a cold one 100 times its size. The bubbles fizz up realistically when the pint is inverted, sort of like a snow globe you might have had as a kid...e...

By Sally Toms from Issue 13 published on 03/08/2007

Sounds disgusting? Give it a try and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. We found this one on the ‘net (www.starchefs.com) amongst many more. Beer ice-creams made from cherry or raspberry kriek sound particularly appealing, but we fancied this recipe made with stout. You’ll need an icecream m...

By Sally Toms from Issue 13 published on 03/08/2007

Self service by Lubomir Sedlak Chocolate, fizzy drinks, over-priced bottles of water; this is the usual stuff dispensed from vending machines, but beer is soon to join the line up. Czech brewery Plzensky Prazdroj (owners of Pilsner Urquell) has begun to sell its beer in vending machines. Spokesma...

By Sally Toms from Issue 12 published on 25/05/2007

Each issue we’ll feature some of the stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense

Trading up A canny internet wheeler-dealer has converted a bottle of beer into his dream motor in just five trades. Pete Genders, brewer and owner of The Beer Cellar in Lincoln, could not afford the camper van he wanted to take wife Verity on a second honeymoon to Italy. So the 28-year-old set up ...

By Sally Toms from Issue 11 published on 23/03/2007

Pretty in Pink It’s one of the last great untapped markets. Just how do you get more women to drink and appreciate beer? A microbrewer from Ishikari, Japan just might have found a way. With help from 30 female students at Japan’s Fuji Women’s University, brewer Yasuharu Osugi has come up with Can...

By from Issue 10 published on 26/01/2007

Whilst doing a bit of Christmas shopping at BotW HQ, we happened upon ultimate gadget site Firebox.com and discovered a beer belly you’ll actually want. This ingenious device (right) may look like a spare tyre when worn under clothing, but it’s actually a hitech stealth beer dispenser. Made from an...

By from Issue 9 published on 22/11/2006

Here’s something else we stumbled across whilst trawling the ‘net for beer related oddities: the world’s first inflatable pub. Designed and built by Airquee Ltd, the 40ft long pub can be erected in under 10 minutes, fitted out with beer pumps and customised for use as a fully working pub, with room...

By from Issue 9 published on 22/11/2006

In Calgary, Alberta USA a man suspected of stealing a loaded beer truck was nabbed after a police dog followed a trail of beer to find him. The police dog was called out to a parking lot in the western Canadian city where a beer delivery truck, recently stolen outside a liquor store, had been aband...

By from Issue 9 published on 22/11/2006

A Vermont brewpub ran dry – quite literally – after staff forgot to pay the water bill and the supply was cut off. The doors were closed for a few days recently at the Black River Brewing Company in the ironically named Watertown area of Vermont. The brewery was more than two months in arrears, but...

By from Issue 9 published on 22/11/2006

REDHOOK We have two worthy winners this issue, the Hidden Brewery from United Kingdom and Red Hook Ale from the United States, whose interactive website (www.redhook.com) is one of the best we’ve seen. It’s designed as if you’re standing at a laid back, red brick US bar, complete with pumps, anima...

By from Issue 9 published on 22/11/2006

Each issue we’ll feature some of the stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense in association with the Little Beer Company

This edition of Beers of the World we bring a couple of cautionary tales about being desperate for a pint. Our first little tale comes from the vaults of the Darwin Awards. For those yet uninitiated to these awards they are worth checking out. Named in honour of Charles Darwin, the father of evolut...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 8 published on 27/09/2006

Yet more goggles Those of you who read these pages closely will know in the beer lovers’ world there is a certain fascination with beer goggles. Normally these refer to men being lonely at the end of an evening and mistaking a lady who is less than lovely for a supermodel. Now before BoTW loses a...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 8 published on 27/09/2006

Each issue we’ll feature some of the stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense in association with the Little Beer Company

Beer history If you thought heavy handed Government legislation, streets awash with drunken people and drinking binges were just a thing of modern times, then think again. A new exhibition running at the National Archives in Kew – DRINK: The History of Alcohol (1690-1920) – looks at four centurie...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 7 published on 28/07/2006

Each issue we’ll feature some of the stranger and funnier stories as well as all sorts of other nonsense

Just tops! Drinkers and school pupils are not two sections of society you would say often go well together. However in Chester the two social groups have been collecting beer bottle tops together in a bid to beat a world record. More than 220,000 bottletops were massed by schools, with local pubs...

By from Issue 6 published on 18/05/2006

With all the talk in England of metatarsals, talented teenagers and the threat posed by Trinidad and Tobago as we went to press you might be forgiven thinking that some sort of footballing event might be taking place. Unless of course you cannot understand why 22 grown men get paid twice the amount...

By from Issue 6 published on 18/05/2006

Bungling thieves recently raided Little Downham's Fenland Brewery - and left half their haul behind because they couldn't fit it in their van. They used wire cutters to slice through a six foot fence but the hole was four feet off the ground, so they were forced to lift their haul of empty stainles...

By from Issue 6 published on 18/05/2006

Now in the last edition we featured a sublime beer game based on the fabulous Splinter Cell games. This edition we are moving slightly towards the ridiculous with a very tough little game. This is really one for the boys though. If you ever meet the genius who came up with this beauty shake their ...

By from Issue 6 published on 18/05/2006

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company’s Christmas party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the beer was particularly palatable. He didn’t even remember how he got home from the party. As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong. Jack had to force himse...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 6 published on 18/05/2006

A bear walks into a bar in Billings, Montana and sits down. He bangs on the bar with his paw and demands a beer. The bartender approaches and says: “We don’t serve beer to bears in bars in Billings.” The bear, becoming angry, demands again that he be served a beer. The bartender tells him again,...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

Design student has come up with the idea of a hand-held, portable drinks cooler – called The ‘Coolboy’ – and says this is how we will be chilling our drinks in 2020. The ‘Coolboy’ concept is a lightweight device, about the size of a cocktail shaker. It plugs into the mains and is fitted inside with...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

There are rumours in the film world that The Dukes Of Hazzard’s director Jay Chandrasekhar is working on a beer-related film. The film is being billed as Fight Club with booze, and may possibly be called Beerfest. Apparently it is the tale of two brothers who stumble on an old German drinking comp...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

Several members from Everards’ football team got in touch with their feminine side when modelling for the company’s charity calendar. The staff from the Leicestershire based brewery borrowed clothes and make-up from their female colleagues to pose for the calendar in aid of Children in Need. Pete ...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

Last edition we featured four games, but the Splinter beer game is possibly one of the best things out there in cyberspace for the beer devotee. We have all been in the scenario: home late, slightly worse for wear and everything, including doors and locks, seems to be on high volume. The idea is t...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

Brahma beer website Worthy of a mention in this month’s edition is the website of Brazil’s number one beer, Brahma. The site really does reflect the colour and vibrancy of Brazilian life and has been lovingly put together with some very thoughtful artwork. There are four main sections to the map...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 5 published on 24/03/2006

Despite fears that the United Kingdom would become engulfed by 24-hour binge drinking, new licensing laws came into being recently – with very little trouble. The British media predicted city streets awash with regurgitated alcohol and legless abusive drunks, but the police authorities reported tth...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 4 published on 27/01/2006

Many of us have experienced Beer Goggles – the source of many regrets after a heavy night out. But now science can explain how it happens, from the first glimpses across the bar, to the bitter end. The drink-fuelled phenomenon has long been said to transform less attractive people into beauties - ...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 4 published on 27/01/2006

Well fancy that – we’ve been enjoying a high profile since we launched a few months back but it seeems that even the most serious establishment media are catching on. We were chosen as the London Daily Telegraph’s favourite magazine in a food and drink feature recently. Food and Drinks journalist ...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 4 published on 27/01/2006

Want to play a beer game while enjoying a glass or two? Here are some of the best ones on line

BEER GOLF www.widmer.com/games/go lf.html This is a well-designed game that pops up quite a lot on the internet, but brewers Widmer have given it a welcome beer slant. The addictive game features beer bottles for added interest as you try to sink a putt. Some of the holes are quite challenging ...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 4 published on 27/01/2006

www.samueladams.com For the discerning beer lover then a quick visit here is a must, particularly lovers of this great American beer. In the downloads section, the first thing of real interest is the little film clips showing how the iconic brew is made. Then the serious beer drinker and compute...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 4 published on 27/01/2006

What a difference a year can make! In the past year Everards Brewery has seen major make overs of its main brands and the launch of a new campaign ‘Support Your Local’. The pace of change looks set to sweep into next year with the firm’s Sunchaser Blonde beer being added as a permanent brand and t...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 3 published on 12/01/2006

A Cumbrian landlord has been crowned the World’s Biggest Liar, an international competition to find the person who can tell the most outrageous whoppers. Beating competition from around the world, 49 year old Michael Naylor scooped the Jennings trophy for the second year running, with tales of Wass...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 3 published on 12/01/2006

The world of marketing and promotions is littered with spectacular own goals, particularly when the ad men start messing around with foreign languages. So what will become of Nissan’s latest offering to the world of driving technology, unveiled recently at the Tokyo Motor Show. It’s a car with a c...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 3 published on 12/01/2006

Fancy brewing your own but can’t face the effort? Help, it seems, is at hand. The Beer Machine is a selfcontained, single-step brewer that makes brewing your own fresh premium naturally made beer as easy as brewing coffee. The idea is simple: after assembling it, you can make any of dozens of inte...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 3 published on 12/01/2006

You may recall that in the first issue of Beers of the World we wrote about a beer website in which you had to try and glance at a blonde woman sat on the couch next to you without her noticing. This issue we’d like to draw your attention to Beer.com and its virtual barmaid – or barmaids, as the si...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

Nothing like officialdom, eh? In Cambridge brewery staff are having to roll barrels 43 yards down a busy road to deliver them to The Fountain Inn – or else run the risk of a parking ticket. The City of Cambridge Brewery, based at Chittering, has been making weekly deliveries to The Fountain Inn, i...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

Stockport pensioner Ernie Cross was so attached to his local pub that when he died his family asked if his cremated ashes could be sprinkled over the pub’s flower boxes. Licensees at the Hatter’s arms, Marple, agreed. And next thing they know they’ve won the ‘best pub in bloom’ award in a competiti...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

The recent worldwide move to severely restrict or completely ban smoking has been continuing apace, and with it have come all sorts of ideas to get round the rules. But among the most bizarre come from Germany, where a lager has been introduced containing nicotine. The new anti-smoking drink is ca...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

An apology to all our non-English readers but there can only be one winner of our inaugural Personality Award. His name’s Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff and he plays cricket. If you’re not familiar with the game it’s enough to say that each game can last five days, it is incredibly gripping if you under...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 2 published on 16/11/2005

When a group of 20 Poles started a regular Sunday drinking session in the Rising Sun, manager Ian Gardner could tell something was missing. “We like your pub,” said one of the group, almost all of whom had arrived within six months to work in Redditch. “But we miss Zamkowe Jasne.” “Who’s she?” sai...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 1 published on 26/08/2005

American-based spirits writer Gary Regan found himself in the middle of an unholy row when he ran a joke competition on his website recently. He chose what he thought was the best joke and awarded the prize to the winner, who will remain anonymous but who happens to be a beer writer and writes for ...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 1 published on 26/08/2005

Ah, the internet. Our office has just managed to pry itself from a baseball game when we discovered an amusing game from Milwaukee’s Best Light, brewed by Miller. It’s called Beer Ogle-Meter and it features a man and a woman on a couch. Your mission is to control the man and (how can we put this?) ...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 1 published on 26/08/2005


 
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