Weekly Mix Pack: North Pole, South Pole, and Beer for a Fallen Soldier

By Brett Vanderbrook - Six Fresh Stories for you to crack open and enjoy!

This week we bring you stories from two of the coldest places on earth, the North and South Poles, which is kind of ironic as we swelter in the July sun. We also share a tear-jerker about beer for a fallen soldier, and some potential good news for those who suffer from Celiac's disease. Come with us as we take you on an emotional rollercoaster of beer news!

1. Gov't Funded Antarctic Researcher Was Using Lab to Brew Beer
While it's true that beer at work is a hot trend with tech start-ups, it's probably not a smart idea when you're a researcher on a taxpayer funded scientific mission to the South Pole. A recent investigation of the US South Pole station by the National Science Foundation found that one of the researchers had allegedly brewed beer in the lab. Unsurprisingly, this is against government regulations. Although we can imagine there probably aren't too many pubs in Antarctica.

2. Bartender's Act of Kindness Takes Social Media By Storm
Grab your tissues. A woman at a Tacoma, WA area Buffalo Wild Wings ordered two drinks from the bartender including a bottle of Corona, but was informed that the law only allowed her one at a time. However, when she said that the Corona was for her brother who had been killed in Iraq, and that she didn't intend to drink it, not only did the restaurant comp the beer, the manager instructed the bartenders to leave it on display, and put a fresh lime in it every day.

3. Firestone Walker Makes Investment Deal With Duvel Moortgat
Although there has been some confusion regarding specifics, it appears Duvel Moortgat now owns at least a portion of Firestone Walker. It was originally reported that they had been acquired outright, however owner David Walker insists that it is "more of an investment." Regardless of the arrangement, Firestone Walker will become the third American brewery with funding from the Belgian company, along with Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY, and Boulevard in Kansas City, MO.

4. World's Most Northern Brewery Will Open 817 Miles from North Pole
While American researchers were homebrewing in the Antarctic, on the other side of the globe the small Norwegian island town of Longyearbyen in the Arctic Circle became home to the northernmost brewery in the world. Named Svalbard Bryggeri, it has been a work-in-progress for 5 years now due to some fairly conservative alcohol laws in the mining town. The beer will be on sale later this year for locals, tourists, and mainland Norwegians.

5. Gluten Pill May Allow Celiac Sufferers to Enjoy Pizza, Beer
Unfortunately for those who suffer from Celiac disease, traditional beer is out of the question. There are alternatives, but they mostly pale in comparison. There could be good news on the horizon, though, as a pill developed by an associate professor at the University of Alberta in Canada seems to counteract the effect of gluten in Celiac sufferers. If approved for sale, I predict a sharp uptick in pizza parties next year.

6. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Craft Beer Revolution
In 1965 the United States was awash in pale, bland lager. However, it was also year that Fritz Maytag purchased the failing Anchor Steam Brewery, and eventually turned it into one of America's most respected craft breweries. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, the folks at Anchor have (subtly) updated their logo, which is a big deal since it has only been done two other times on Fritz Maytag's watch.

It's quite apropos that one of the original American craft breweries is famous for a style of beer (California Common) that is one of very few that we can truly call American. Raise a glass of Anchor Steam tonight in honor of Fritz Maytag, and to the ongoing craft beer revolution!

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