Brewery Shipping Water Instead of Beer for Harvey Relief

An Anheuser-Busch brewery in Georgia is shipping canned drinking water to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana.

The St. Louis-based beer giant says a truckload of water from its Cartersville, Georgia, brewery arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Monday. More truckloads are scheduled to arrive in Arlington, Texas. More than 155,000 cans of water are being sent in total.

Anheuser-Busch says it periodically stops beer production at times throughout the year in order to can drinking water at the Georgia facility so it can be ready to go in times of need. The company says it has provided more than 76 million cans of drinking water for disaster relief since 1988.

Can Craft Breweries Transform America’s Post-Industrial Neighborhoods?

A new study in The Professional Geographer tells the story of this trend, and explains its transformative impact on cities and neighborhoods across the country. As it turns out, the craft beer revolution, like many other urban economic phenomena, is highly clustered. The good news is that many of these clusters are taking shape in places that have been subject to disinvestment and deindustrialization.

Craft breweries find it beneficial to locate near one another so they can sell each other excess grain and hops, share equipment, and even train one another’s staff. The smallest breweries, in particular, garner large proportions of their revenue from their taprooms. Locating in a thriving brewery district can drive up foot traffic and attract beer tourists.

The study takes a deep dive into the locations of craft breweries or micro-breweries and brew pubs in ten cities: Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. Of these ten cities, seven can be said to have distinct brewery districts. Using a Ripley’s K analysis, which is an equation for measuring the clustering of point data, the researchers found, “the strongest predictor of whether a craft brewery opened in a neighborhood was the presence of an already existing brewery in that neighborhood.”

However, the study finds that brewpubs and microbreweries sometimes locate in distinct neighborhood types. This is because brewpubs are allowed to locate in restaurant and retail districts, while craft breweries are often restricted to industrial districts. This kind of separation is the case in four of the ten cities: New York, Portland and San Diego, and to a lesser extent in Austin. In six of the ten cities microbreweries and brewpubs cluster together.

The most successful and concentrated brewery districts include Portland’s Pearl District, Charlotte’s NoDa, and Denver’s RiNo. Real estate concocted monikers aside, these neighborhoods owe at least part of their recent revival to microbreweries. Brewers and brewpubs work in concert with cafes, restaurants, and arts spaces to turn former industrial districts into 24 hour neighborhoods. NoDa, for instance, was a former textile manufacturing hub that languished in the seventies and eighties, and is now being revived largely through brewing. Denver’s RiNo, a former warehouse district by the railyards, now boasts nine breweries, 27 galleries, and a super-sleek BID funded website.

While craft breweries do in fact compete against one another in these brewery districts, their products tend to be much more differentiated than those of the big brewers, making competition less direct. A visitor to Seattle’s Ballard Brewery District might enjoy an On Your Left IPA from Peddler Brewing Company and a Flagship Red from Maritime Pacific during the same outing.

This is a change from an earlier era of beer production. In the 1960s, large American breweries like MillerCoors and Annheuser-Busch had completely monopolized the beer market. These conglomerates all offered, and continue to offer, a remarkably similar product, generously known as American pale lager. The dominance of the big brewers created a niche for small upstarts to inject more variety into the market, which is exactly what craft brewers have done in recent decades – something economists refer to as “resource partitioning.”

The rise of craft brewing also tracks with a desire, most pronounced among millennial consumers, for “adventure” and “variety” in the products they choose, according to the study. These desires are not so different from those I observed in The Rise of the Creative Class, as the Organization Age ethos of the mid twentieth century gradually gave way to the doctrine of self-expression that defines our current times. Unsurprisingly, millennials make up a majority (57 percent) of the people who drink craft beer on a weekly basis.

On the supply side, the most significant factor in craft beer’s rise was the federal legalization of home brewing in 1979. (Mississippi and Alabama were the last two states to legalize home brewing, in 2013.) The repeal of the last vestige of prohibition unleashed an army of bathtub beer enthusiasts who organized themselves into home brewing clubs. By 1988, there were more than 600 such clubs nationwide, boasting over one million members. Some 90 percent of professional craft brewers began as home brewers.

The collaborative, experimental spirit of these home brew clubs persists in today’s craft brew districts, according to the study.

The impact of beer tourism also cannot be overstated. In North Carolina, for instance, 38 percent of craft brewery patrons are tourists. Not surprisingly, that state was one of the first to put brewing on the economic development agenda. Smaller cities further from major population centers, like Missoula, Montana have also seen a major influx of tourism and investment from craft brewing.

Even more importantly, brewpubs and microbreweries provide their neighborhoods with community gathering places, while craft beer brands convey a sense of pride and identity to places that could use a morale boost. And unlike traditional bars, taprooms and brewpubs tend to be family (and sometimes even dog) friendly.

Of course, in many places, microbreweries and brew pubs are seen as harbingers of gentrification. But microbreweries tend to be located in old industrial areas where few residents actually live. “Many of the brewery districts that are emerging in U.S. cities tend to be located in parts of the city that were once bustling with manufacturing and warehouse activity,” the study reports. These are the types of districts that have been hit hardest by de-industrialization, and brewing can fill some of that vacant manufacturing space.

Perhaps the craft beer revolution will transform more than just neighborhoods. Stretching back into American history, taverns and beer halls have helped mobilize many political movements. Wynkoop Brewing Company, a brewpub that catalyzed the branding and revitalization of Denver’s LoDo neighborhood, was founded by former Denver Mayor and current Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, who is said to be a leading Democratic candidate for President in 2020. Maybe a catalyst of the craft beer movement will steer the next political revolution.

Today Is National Chicken Wing Day: Here Are Some Deals

There’s only one good thing about nonsense holidays like National Ice Cream Day or National Donut Day: If you like the food being celebrated, restaurants have events where you can get discounts or free items. National Chicken Wing Day, July 29, is no exception.

Discounts

Buffalo Wild Wings: Small plates of boneless wings for $9.99, and traditional wings for $11.99.

East Coast Wings & Grill: Buy wings on the holiday, get a voucher for five free wings the next time you come back.

Hooters: Buy any 10 wings, get 10 smoked chicken wings free. They’re calling it “National Smoked Chicken Wing Day.”

Hurricane Grill & Wings: $1 wings and a free soda or beer if you spend $20 on food.

WingHouse: Buy 10 wings, get five free.

Wingstop: Buy wings, get five free boneless wings from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Hennessy Taps Artist JonOne for Limited Edition Bottle Series

From collaborating with KAWS, Futura, Shepard Fairey, Ryan McGinness and others, Hennessy is proud to announce the renowned urban graffiti artist JonOne as the designer of this year’s very special limited edition series bottles.

Flaunting a colorful splattered paint aesthetic across the custom-designed bottle’s profile, JonOne has also created an ultra-limited deluxe gift set as part of the collaboration, which includes a custom designed paint can gift box, unique limited edition 1.5 liter bottle, sketch notebook, and jigger that retails for $225 USD.

Those of you just interested in the bottle itself can purchase it directly at Hennessy’s official website for $50 USD, while it be available at select liquor retailers in almost 50 countries worldwide this summer.

Here’s Where To Get Deals For National Fried Chicken Day

When summer rolls around, you can bet foods like ribs, corn on the cob, burgers, hot dogs, and (most importantly) fried chicken aren’t far behind. There’s just something blissfully nostalgic about summer foods. It’s almost as if biting into a crispy, steaming piece of fried chicken brings us back to our childhoods, sitting outside in the sun, our fingers (and chins) covered in greasy goodness without a care in the world.

Here to take advantage of that childhood summer bliss is National Fried Chicken Day. The day when you can throw your diet out the window and bask in the glow of extra crispy days gone by. Plus, you can do it without paying a fortune because there are deals and specials to be had all over the country.

NOTE: We know that some of these are just “deals” and some aren’t tied to the day itself. We’re just trying to help you eat for cheap!

Bob Evans

Get your hands on the chain’s fried chicken tenders and get a side of salad or soup PLUS dessert for an additional $2 today.

Boston Market

Grab this online coupon and head to your local Boston Market today to get an Oven Crisp Chicken Strips Sandwich or wrap for only $5.

Burger King

Stop into BK today to get a ten-piece chicken nuggets for $1.49. You don’t even need a coupon for this deal.

Church’s Chicken

Use the code 1730 and get a 10-piece leg and thighs combo. But wait, there’s more. The deal also comes with four biscuits and two large sides for $12.99.

Domino’s Pizza

Use the online code 5851 to get one large 2-topping pizza and 14 chicken wings for $19.99.

Giant Eagle

To celebrate National Fried Chicken Day, the grocery store chain is offering customers 4 pieces of fried chicken for only $1.99.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

It couldn’t possibly be National Fried Chicken Day without the Colonel. Visit any KFC location to get a Chicken Share meal that includes chicken tenders, chicken pieces, popcorn chicken, and hot wings for only $10.

Marco’s Pizza

To celebrate the day, Marco ‘s is offering a $13.99 specialty pizza deal but, you have to have this coupon. To get it.

Papa Johns

Use the code 25OFF to get 25 percent off your order today.

Pick Up Stix

Visit any location and get a free chicken entree with the purchase of an entree and drink. But you have to use the coupon code 414-752-574.

Pizza Hut

Use the code 2221 to get a box of 8 boneless wings for only $6.

Popeyes

You’ll “love that chicken at Popeyes” because the chain is offering 10 pieces of Bonafide Chicken, 2 large sides, and 5 biscuits for only $10 today (check in your area to see if they have this deal).

Here Are A Dozen Awesome Hot Dog Toppings To Make Your 4th Pop

Summer is here. It’s time to do what men do: grill meat. That often includes some hot dogs, which is good because the hot dog is almost universally liked, generally fits anywhere on the grill, and is idiot proof. C’mon, has anyone ever messed up a hot dog on the grill? Here’s the best part though, people: there are way more ways to make a hot dog awesome than just squeezable condiments. Just ketchup or mustard? You’re better than that. We fired up the grill to share with you 12 outrageous (and delicious) hot dog toppings:

The Breakfast Hot Dog

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Tater tots
  • Salt/Pepper

The (Almost) Reuben

  • Sauerkraut
  • Brown mustard (or Thousand Island dressing)
  • Corned beef
  • Swiss cheese

Chicago Style

  • Pickles
  • Tomato slices
  • Sport peppers
  • Yellow mustard
  • Celery salt
  • Atomic relish (regular relish is fine too)

Philadelphia #1

  • Pepper hash
  • Brown mustard

Hot Dog Parmesan

  • Marinara sauce
  • Provolone cheese

Michigan Style

  • Chili sauce (or chili without beans)
  • Whiz
  • Diced onions
  • Brown mustard

Greek Style

  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced grape tomatoes
  • Diced onions
  • Black olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Tzatziki

Peanut Butter Hot Dog

  • Peanut butter

Asian Style

  • Sriracha mayo
  • Pickled cucumber slices
  • Sesame seeds

Mac & Cheese

  • Kraft mac & cheese (or homemade, some other brand, etc.)

Chili Dog

  • Chili
  • Crushed Fritos corn chips
  • Jalapeno slices
  • Grated cheddar cheese

Philadelphia #2

  • Fish cakes
  • Diced onions
  • Brown mustard

Drink Like The Hound at the Game of Thrones Pop-Up Pub

Depending on your point of view, the drinking culture in Game of Thrones is either a bunch of functional alcoholics trying to run a kingdom or a great party with good beer (in some pretty nice horn tankards) and appetizingly simple food. If you’re more in line with the latter, you might want to check out the Game of Thrones pop up pub in Washington D.C. The pub displays some of the show’s most iconic pieces, including the Hall of Faces, the Iron Throne, Winterfell’s Weirwood, and enough show-inspired cocktails to make Tyrion proud. Danaerys’ dragons will occasionally torch the corners and house banners adorn the walls, so you can plot for any side you support and feel right at home. The pub’s only open until August 27 of this years, so plan a road trip if you have to. And get there early. Reservations aren’t accepted and lines form well before the pub opens for the day.

Own the Beer Cans from ‘Lost’

You have to respect a well designed beer can and, for all their faults and murders, the Dharma Initiative did a great job with their minimalist label. The corporation’s logo is already a masterclass in black and white design, so putting it on their can is a no-brainer. From there, they didn’t bother to complicate things with tons of colors, weird abstractions, or psychedelic reinterpretations of normal furniture or animals (which we could totally be making up, but feels like a real thing). Sure, you may not know what specific kind of beer you’re getting, but sometimes we don’t want to worry about keeping up with the newest dry-hopped, hazy, espresso stout IPA. Sometimes we just want a beer. Also, if you get these, they’re bona fide show props, so these are cans that they used during filming. And, of the three cans, one’s still full.

This Hotel Is Opening NYC’s Largest Rooftop Bar

The Moxy Times Square is set to open September 2017, and with it will come a 10,000-square-foot (not-yet named) rooftop bar.

A Moxy spokesperson said the rooftop bar and lounge will have an “urban amusement park” theme, as well as a weekly DJ and stunning views of the Empire State Building.

On top of this, the bar and lounge will have an expansive topiary garden and a miniature putt-putt golf course. Guests looking for a light meal will find sausage and peppers, Maine lobster rolls, duck carnitas tacos and hamburgers on the bar’s menu.

Marriot International launched Moxy hotels in 2014 and since then has established 10 locations in in London, Aberdeen, New Orleans, Tempe, Berlin, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt and Vienna. The hotel brand is already known for its events that bring in young crowds.

The hotel is already lining up special events like drag bingo, trunk shows, music from local artists, astrology readings and rooftop yoga classes for its new NYC location.

The hotel (and its incredible rooftop bar) will be located south of Times Square. You can start booking reservations for the bar and lounge later this summer, although hotel guests will have priority access. Moxy Times Square will have 612 rooms and rates start at $139 per night.

U.S. Halts Import Of Brazilian Beef Following Tainted Meat Scandal

U.S. food safety regulators have put a stop to fresh beef imports from Brazil, following earlier reports that meatpackers in the country — one of the world’s largest beef exporters — had allowed rotten, salmonella-tainted meat to be shipped abroad.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it had suspended, until further notice, all imports of fresh beef from Brazil following “recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market.”

Since March, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) had been inspecting 100% of all meat products arriving in the U.S. from Brazil. FSIS has since blocked about 11% (or 1.9 million pounds) of the beef from entering the country, because of public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues.

According to the USDA, the refusal rate is substantially higher than the rejection rate of 1% of shipments from the rest of the world.

The new ban on Brazilian meat imports will continue “until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory,” the USDA said.

“Ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply is one of our critical missions, and it’s one we undertake with great seriousness,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

Concerns about the safety of meat improved from Brazil came to the forefront in March when authorities accused inspectors at a Brazilian exporter of allowing spoiled or tainted meats to be sold.

Investigators claimed that health inspectors at the plants were bribed in an attempt to continue the sale of expired meat. Police also alleged the questionable meat was altered with chemicals such as water and manioc flour to mask the appearance and smell.

In the wake of these allegations, several countries announced temporary bans on imports of Brazilian meat, but not the U.S., despite calls from lawmakers, health advocates, and others to do so.

Part of the reason for the delay was the U.S.’s complicated history with Brazilian meat producers. The USDA only began allowing the import of Brazilian beef in Aug. 2016 after a 13-year ban.

The agency said at the time that it had worked since 2003 to ensure that Brazil’s regulations aligned with the World Organization for Animal Health’s scientific international animal health guidelines.

In a separate decision in August, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service determined that Brazil’s food safety system governing meat products remains equivalent to that of the United States and that fresh — chilled or frozen — beef could be safely imported from Brazil.

Still, the U.S. did say it would step up its inspection of Brazilian beef, but that did little to address the meat that had already been shipped to retailers’ shelves.

Of course, retailers could have tried to pull the products, but that would likely have been a complicated process as the U.S. no longer requires mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for beef and pork muscle cuts, ground beef, and ground pork.

The USDA removed the mandatory COOL requirement in late 2015 as an amendment to the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2016 in order to bring the U.S. into compliance with international trade obligations.

Prior to the amendment, retailers were required to notify their customers of the country of origin of the products.

Now, retailers are no longer required by the rule to provide country of origin information for the beef and pork that they sell, and firms that supply beef and pork to these retailers no longer must provide them with this information. Additionally, firms in the supply chain for beef and pork are also relieved from the requirements associated with mandatory COOL.