Weird Beer News

Eno Sarris, December 05, 2013

Man this craft beer bubble is making people do weird things.

Take the owner of Brew Dog in Changzhou. Perhaps he thought that adding a space between "Brew" and "Dog" was enough to separate his bar from the BrewDog bars in England. Maybe that's why he went with the same canine logo on his bar that graces the beers and bars for the original. Or maybe he doesn't give a crap. BrewDog co-founder James Watt does give a crap, so he penned a letter to the owner of the fake one, with some choice words in it. It's worth reading the whole thing. But here's a sample for you, from the opening paragraph: 

Thank you. It’s not every day someone pays you the compliment of copying what you do. I mean, I’ll admit we were surprised when we saw a picture of the bar you’ve constructed in our image in Changzhou, and maybe a little terrified, but mainly we were peculiarly proud. There’s something that says ‘you’ve made it’ when a weird replica of your craft beer brand is peddling beers through counterfeit taps somewhere in the world’s biggest country. I honestly cannot wait to visit (fake) BrewDog China. Is there a fake James and Martin we can meet? Because that would be awesome.

Great beer inspires great copycatting, maybe.

Great beer also inspires poorly thought out schemes, as well. A Vermont woman tried to sell 120 Heady Toppers for $820 bucks online. That's a bad idea. Trading works because no money changes hands and the volume is low. Selling 120 cans... that says you're selling alcoholic beverages. And there are a whole lot of hoops you have to jump through before you're allowed to do that sort of thing.

At least there's a bit of weird respect going on with these two. La Corsaire, a microbrewery in Quebec, isn't being very respectful of women with their beer titles. The Hooker and La Tite Pute (The Little Slut) are getting the most attention, but Vicieuse is described as "an orgy in your mouth," and one of their labels... well, what do you think:

I'd say there's a difference between that, and say, Coney Island's many variations on the theme. Although... this one from Coney Island has given people pause.

Maybe the cage makes all the difference. Plus the fact that at least the Coney Island thing is rooted in the tradition of Coney Island. The woman in the cage? Even a nod to go-go dancers isn't going to make the women's groups in Quebec happy.

Let's not end on such weirdness. Let's instead revel in the fact that spent grain from the brewing process can make bricks better insulaters. That's important! Other than some (often bland) foodstuffs, there's not much to do with spent grain. Now there might be.

Oh, and today is the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. You know that what means.

Get at it. And, in honor of today's news, you might as well get weird, too.