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Oddbits: Beer drinkers vs. wine drinkers, Coney Island Lagers, the Beer Belly Cooler

By William Brand
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 at 10:04 am in Uncategorized.

Oddbits...Is this important? Dunno, but the Gallup Poll reports that nationwide more adults prefer beer over wine and hard liquor. Huh? Well, briefly, back in mid-2006, more Americans preferred wine to beer. Fortunately for all brewers, young adults 21-29 have always shown a strong preference for beer, Gallup says.

You know…swill lager, then better beer, then cocktails, then cheap, but good wine, then good wine, then back to beer to stay via homebrew…That’s my personal odyssey from raw youth to middle age. Here’s the Gallup trajectory:

Meanwhile, a very relieved (at the poll results) Anheuser-Busch points out that they’ve resuscitated the Here’s to Beer Web site. Checked it out, there are some excellent Flash graphics, like rotating glasses of beer, click on a glass, you get info on that style. For utter beginners, there’s some excellent basic info. Trouble with their beer styles explainers is they stop about 1992. No imperial stouts, no double IPAs, for that matter, no milds. That’s a shame.

Moving on…Jeremy Cowan the ebullient proprietor of Schmaltz Brewing (He’brew) is releasing a string of lagers here in California with a Coney Island Theme…

Coney Island Lager, 5.8 percent ABV, Albino Python White Lager, 6 percent, and Sword Swallower Steel Hop Lager, 6.8 percent, plus two seasonal curiosities Human Blockhead Tough-As-Nails Strong Lager, 8.8 percent, summer 2008, only on draft in New York City and Freaktoberfes Blood Red Lager, 6.66 percent, Halloween 2008. Proceeds help Coney Island USA, an Arts Non-Profit fulfill its mission to defend the honor of lost forms of American popular arts and culture in Brooklyn’s historic Coney Island neighborhood.

Having been scared out of my wits on the Coney Island roller coaster when I was a teenager, I’ll drink to Coney Island.

Most of these beers are going on sale in the Bay Area; they’re brewed in New York.

And finally…this is the stupidest beer-related thing I’ve seen since… The “Beer Belly Cooler.” Words fail me, here’s the info from the company:

Getting tired of paying $8.00+ dollars for a beverage at your favourite event?
Why not bring 80oz of your favourite sipper in with you as a spare tire?
That’s right, a beer belly cooler that you fill with beverage and sneak into movies, concerts, sporting events, church……just kidding, and anywhere with outrageous drink prices.
The Beerbelly Deluxe Kit, $49.95

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  • Julie@GoodBrewer

    Hmm…somehow I don’t think the beer belly cooler comes with those 6-pack abs.