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Arizona Beer Madness brewing

Tim Gallen, Digital Producer - - Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona is known for a lot of things: sunshine, the Grand Canyon, our politicians' propensity to embarrass the entire state on a national scale.

But one thing that often gets left out of conversations surrounding our state is beer.

That is, until now.

Brooks on Beer: The ancient origins of beer -- and straws

Jay R. Brooks - - San Jose Mercury News

The exact origins of beer will forever be a mystery.

Our earliest relatives, back in the Paleolithic period, were hunters and gatherers. They foraged for food and scavenged or hunted meat. It wasn't until the Neolithic period, some 10,000 or so years ago, that people began to realize they didn't necessarily have to search for their food or even chase after it but instead could grow it themselves.

Their nomadic tribes became sedentary. They began farming and keeping livestock. They made pottery, built crude houses and organized themselves into more formalized groups in the Fertile Crescent, a region in the Middle East. It was the birthplace of the civilization we know today. And soon there was beer.

Why Beer Costs What It Does

Roger Kamholz - - Serious Eats

Belly up to any bar in America, and chances are good there's beer for sale. Whether it's in a can, a bottle, or a glass filled from a tap, that serving of beer comes at a price. But prices for the same kind of beer can vary a lot from bar to bar, and the same bar or restaurant may even offer the same beer at different prices, depending on the vessel it's served in. 

Michael Naessens is the owner of Eulogy Belgian Tavern and Bierstube, two long-established beer-centric bars in Philadelphia. Prior to his full-time work in the service industry, Naessens was a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Campbell's Soup. Naessens spent some time living in Belgium as part of his Campbell's work, and he took the opportunity to hone his Belgian beer expertise. As you'd imagine, he brings an accountant's eye to running his businesses, and thinks a lot about prices and how they are perceived by customers.

Mesa Chamber of Commerce presents award to Crescent Crown

Sally Harrison, CEO of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce - - AZ Central

Mesa Chamber of Commerce had its annual Leadership Awards Dinner recently at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa. This year's theme was Leaders Hitting Home Runs. Through an application process the following businesses were nominated for business of the year with the winners announced at the April dinner. Winners were:

• Small Business: Arnett Insurance. Other nominees were Ivan Martinez Photography and Red Mountain Christian Center.

• Mid-Size Business: Chester's Harley Davidson. Other nominees were Las Sendas Golf Club and Organ Stop Pizza.

• Large Business: Crescent Crown Distributing. Other nominees were FastMed Urgent Care and Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.

Beer Myths That Won't Go Away

John Michael Verive - - Huffington Post

Today's beer drinkers demand more than the thin, yellow lagers from the giant multi-national breweries. They are better informed and have a more developed palate than ever before, and the craft beer industry has been happy to grow along with the surging ranks of beer fans. However, there are many pervasive myths and misconceptions about every aspect of beer that refuse to go away. Let's take a look at some of the most heinous falsities and set the record straight on dark beers, proper serving and storage temperature, and the damage done by years of beer advertisements.

Beers of many colorsMyth: You Can Judge a Beer By Its Color

Some of the most prevalent myths about beer surround dark beers. Beliefs range from dark beers being "heavier," or that they're higher in alcohol, or that they have more calories, or that dark beers are ales while light beers are lagers. All of those things are false, and the only thing that you can assume when looking at a dark beer is that it was probably made with more dark malts and it might have a more roasted flavor-profile than a lighter beer.

12 Special Uses for Beer You Never Knew

Sarah White - Lifehack

Beer is great for drinking, of course, but there are a lot of special uses for beer that you can try around the house. From the garden to the kitchen to the bathroom, here are 12 special uses for beer that might have you picking up an extra 6-pack the next time you go to the store.

Garden flowersIn the Garden

1. Both garden plants and houseplants can benefit from getting a beer sprinkle every now and then. Sugar and yeast help feed beneficial bacteria in the soil, which is good for vegetables, flowers and grass.

2. Mix a bottle of beer and a cup of ammonia in four gallons of water and put it in your compost bin to give it a boost.

3. Place shallow bowls of beer in the garden in the evening for an easy way to trap slugs and snails.


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