Daily Archives: August 18, 2008

News: Maine residents fight beer tax


The Associated Press is reporting that Maine’s Secretary of State has OKed a statewide vote to repeal new taxes on beer, wine and soda.

The question will be on the ballot for the Nov. 4 presidential vote. The group Fed Up With Taxes coalition submitted enough signatures of registered voters to get the question on the ballot.

After reviewing the more than 95,000 signatures that were turned in last month, Dunlap’s office found 22,788 of the signature to be invalid. Still, the 72,432 valid signatures exceeded the required number by more than 17,000.

At issue is a measure enacted by the Legislature in April to increase taxes on beer and wine, soda, flavored water and other drinks to help bolster funding for Maine’s state-run Dirigo Health program.


Review: Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

An Imperial Stout brewed by
Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido, California US

ABV: 9.2%

Glassware: Snifter

Pours a dark black with just an outstanding tan head. This beer looks great. It has a very strong chocolate and roasted malt aroma. It is hard to pick up anything else in the aroma because the chocolate is so overwhelming. It tastes of chocolate and cream. It certainly has some bittering hops in there as well. A friend pointed out that he picked up an espresso like taste and by the second bottle I was picking that up. This was a pretty thick and full-bodied beer but I wasn’t chewing on it. There was a moment when I picked up some of the alcohol but that faded quickly – the 9.2% is hidden well.  A very good beer.

Beeradvocate.com food pairing suggestions: Cuisine (Barbecue) Cheese (buttery; Brie, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss, earthy; Camembert, Fontina) General (Chocolate, Dessert) Meat (Beef, Shellfish, Smoked Meat, Game, Grilled Meat)

My ratebeer.com score: 4.3

Offbeat News: Iowa town protects self from keg damage


The Iowa town of Ames – home of Iowa State University – is rubberising their sidewalks to avoid any further damage from kegs. The Associated Press reports this:

The city is installing a rubber sidewalk alongside an Iowa State University campus-area fire station, which is a traditional drop-off and delivery point for bars in the area.

Beer distributors now unload hundreds of kegs at the spot every year, and over time they crack the concrete.

The best part is they are using discarded tires for the new sidewalks. I am guessing these sidewalks will also help drunk college kids avoid injury when falling out the bar doors.