City A.M.: Google searches for ‘takeaway pints’ rise 3,000% in a week

City A.M.: Google searches for ‘takeaway pints’ rise 3,000% in a week. “Brits are missing the pub during the latest coronavirus lockdown, new research showed, as searches for reopening dates and takeaway pints rocketed during the first week of new restrictions. According to analysis of Google data, last week searches for ‘when can pubs reopen in England’ soared 2,501 per cent.”

The Guardian: Low and no-alcohol sales soar 30% in lockdown as UK drinking habits change

The Guardian: Low and no-alcohol sales soar 30% in lockdown as UK drinking habits change. “From beers to spirits and even ready-to-drink cocktails, supermarket sales of no- and low-alcohol drinks have soared during lockdown as consumers become used to popping them into their trolleys with their grocery staples.”

WGRZ: Craving a craft brew? New website will tell you the best places in NYS to find one

WGRZ: Craving a craft brew? New website will tell you the best places in NYS to find one. “A new virtual passport will showcase and promote 200 craft breweries that closely surround the 750-mile Empire State Trail. The new website is a partnership between the Empire State Trail and the New York State Brewers Association. It encourages New Yorkers to visit breweries within ten miles of the trail which spans the entire state.”

Bloomberg Law: Millions of Gallons of Stale Beer Is One Hangover From Lockdown

Bloomberg Law: Millions of Gallons of Stale Beer Is One Hangover From Lockdown. “In March, even before the lockdowns became widespread, about 10 million gallons of beer held by retailers had already expired, according to estimates from the National Beer Wholesalers Association. As thousands of kegs are now being returned to distributors daily, Vanguard Renewables in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is among companies seeking to make use of it by turning the beverage into natural gas for electricity generation. Others will use it to make hand sanitizer, but a great deal of the beer will simply be decanted and dumped.”

HOPSEC: Beer rating app could pose a military security threat (Stars and Stripes)

Stars and Stripes: HOPSEC: Beer rating app could pose a military security threat. “Tapping into a beer rating app allowed researchers to track military and intelligence personnel, including some who checked in at a military base that hosts a CIA training facility known as ‘the farm.’ Users of Untappd, a smartphone app for beer lovers, also posted photos that showed debit cards, military ID cards, locations of fighter jets and possibly sensitive military documents, the open-source research and investigative journalism group Bellingcat reported Monday.”

USA Today: 103-year-old Massachusetts woman beats coronavirus, celebrates with Bud Light

USA Today: 103-year-old Massachusetts woman beats coronavirus, celebrates with Bud Light. “Shelley Gunn describes her Polish grandmother, Jennie Stejna, as having a feisty spirit. Stejna certainly displayed that spirit as the 103-year-old woman recently survived a bout with the coronavirus.”

Beer gut-ted: As many as ’70 million pints’ spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain (The Register)

The Register: Beer gut-ted: As many as ’70 million pints’ spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain. “Setting aside the serious consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic – loss of life, economic hardship, rising authoritarianism, and blissfully clear roads – there is a lesser but still troubling development. On Friday, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) let it be known that as many as 70 million pints of British beer will have to be destroyed due to the outbreak.”

Phys .org: Home wine consumption has significantly increased during confinement

Phys .org: Home wine consumption has significantly increased during confinement. “The frequency of wine consumption has increased significantly during the confinement caused by the coronavirus in Spain, as well as in the rest of Europe. However, this is not the case regarding the number of buyers, which has decreased, as well as the average expenditure per bottle, due to domestic self-supply, among other issues. These are the conclusions that can be drawn about the behaviour of European wine consumers after more than a month of confinement, with over 6,600 people polled in eight European countries (Spain, Belgium, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Portugal and Switzerland), which included the participation of researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, University of Zaragoza and Public University of Navarre.”

PR Newswire: BeerMaps, LLC Announces the Launch of an Interactive Brewery and Taproom Search Engine–BeerMaps.com (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: BeerMaps, LLC Announces the Launch of an Interactive Brewery and Taproom Search Engine–BeerMaps.com (PRESS RELEASE). “The BeerMaps interface allows users to search for breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, taverns, and other beer businesses based on their GPS location so users can discover new places everywhere they go–it is now easier than ever for craft beer enthusiasts to find local craft beer! BeerMaps users can search by city or simply click the ‘near me’ button to discover breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, and taverns nearest to their GPS location.”

Des Moines Register: This app will help you find every brewery, winery and distillery in Iowa this spring

New-to-me: a Web site listing producers of alcoholic beverages in Iowa. “The Iowa Tourism Office recently announced an update to the Iowa Wine and Beer app and a new Iowa Wine and Beer directory. The update adds 15 more breweries since the app originally launched in 2015.” Making just over 175 of them.

Kaylin Walker: Tidy Text Mining Beer Reviews

Kaylin Walker: Tidy Text Mining Beer Reviews. “BeerAdvocate.com was scraped for a sample of beer reviews, resulting in a dataset of 31,550 beers and their brewery, beer style, ABV, total numerical ratings, number of text reviews, and a sample of review text. Review text was gathered only for beers with at least 5 text reviews. A minimum of 2000 characters of review text were collected for those beers, with total length ranging from 2000 to 5000 characters.”

KPBS: ‘Brewchive’ To Document San Diego’s Craft Beer Industry

KPBS: ‘Brewchive’ To Document San Diego’s Craft Beer Industry. “An online archive of documents related to the growth of San Diego’s craft brewing industry is scheduled to be launched Friday at Cal State San Marcos…. The region has around 125 licensed brewers, with about one-third in the North County near the CSUSM campus, said school Library Dean Jennifer Fabbi. She said it makes sense for the school to document their history.”

Brewers Association Releases Beer Nutrient Database

Now available: a database of beer nutrients. “Using a robust analytical testing program, the [Brewers Association] has built a database that reflects average nutritional value of nine lesser nutrients (total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, dietary fiber, sugars, and protein). This database, which currently has 41 styles as defined by the BA Beer Style Guidelines, will expand over time as more analytical testing is conducted.”

New-to-Me: Online Museum of Beer Tap Handles

New-to-me: an online museum of beer tap handles. And aren’t they beautiful! I don’t drink beer. Maybe someone has a collection of iced tea handles. Probably not. “Tap handles are the most powerful piece of marketing available to brewers at the point of purchase, and the market has never been more crowded. According to the Brewers Association, between 2014 and 2015 alone, the number of regional craft breweries in the U.S. increased by about 32%. Great tap handles can help beers find new fans, while mediocre handles can sentence good beers to the echelon of un-drunk ales.”

Database / Archive / Blog of Beers in Film

New-to-me: a moving archiving beer in film. From the about page: “People have asked what possessed me to create a website dedicated to beer placement in the movies. Well, here’s my tale. Legendary local Chicago monster movie host ‘Svengoolie’ was showing ‘The Invisible Man’ (1933) starring Claude Rains when I noticed a Bass Ale ad on the wall of the tavern. I have a pretty keen eye for logos having collected beer cans for 35 years and started thinking of beer scenes from some of my childhood favorites. ‘The Blues Brothers'(15 different brands), ‘Stripes'(Bill Murray and Schlitz), ‘Revenge of the Nerds'(Brown Derby, Dutch Treat) and other classics immediately flooded my brain. This epiphany made me realize it was now my mission to record these silver screen suds sightings for the world to enjoy. I like to think I didn’t choose ‘Beers on Film’…it chose me.”