On this day in 1863, a group of citizens of Geneva, Switzerland, founded an organization called the International Committee for Relief to the Wounded–now known as the International Committee of the Red Cross.
And now….The Mash!
We begin in England, where festival organizers in two of the country’s most famous beer cities, Norwich and Sheffield, are joining forces to promote their local products and attract beer tourists.
The Norwegian supermarket chain Rema 1000 is feeling the backlash after it took several local breweries’ products off the shelves. Some Rema customers switched to competitors’ stores.
Are you a DIYer who loves craft beer? You might like the Kinkajou Bottle Cutting and Candle Making Kit. You can give the candles to friends—and show off your collection to them.
“Pepper”, a robot from Japan’s SoftBank, has his first job: greeter at the Pyramid Taproom in Oakland International Airport. When not posing for selfies, he’s working on his speech-recognition skills.
A faith ministry in Nebraska has started a fund-raising campaign to buy out four stores that sell millions of cans of beer in a tiny village next to the alcoholism-plagued Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Heroica, a brewery in Brazil, is flavoring its Kuromatsu Kamikaze IPA with branches of bonsai trees, brought over by a Japanese family more than a century ago. Some bonsai trees are worth $20,000.
Finally, Bart Watson, the Brewers Association’s chief economist, told a gathering of brewing professionals that it’s still possible for a microbrewery to grow to regional status, but very few will succeed in doing so.
According to Ludwig’s stats, January is the slowest month of the year for beer festivals. However, that’s beginning to change. Here are two events scheduled for January 30:
The Brewing Network, the East Bay-based craft beer radio company, will hold its inaugural Winter Brews Festival at the newly-opened Linden Street Brewery in Oakland. Organizers expect to have a lineup of seasonal beers from more than 30 world-class breweries.
In Madison, Wisconsin, the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest will take place at the Alliant Energy Center. What could be better than indulging in the two products that made Wisconsin famous?