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Billions in Booze Busine$$

Unless no drinking whatsoever goes on in your country, the chances are pretty good that the Booze Industry contributes a great deal of money to your economy. I count myself among the brewers, bartenders, servers, beer distributors, truck drivers, hop farmers, scientists, sales professionals, and marketing specialists who benefit from the $328 billion injected into the U.S. economy courtesy of the Beer Industry in 2017.

While Big Beer lead the way in economic booze-contribution, the Wine Industry weighed in at $220 billion; and the Liquor Industry played the part of $178 billion.

If you have been considering a change in career-scenery, I find this industry proves quite rewarding!

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Dogs, Movies, & Wine—Oh My!

Do you like movies? Do you have a dog that you also like? Well then have you ever considered moving to Plano, Texas?

Me neither, but they do have a movie theater that for $15 not only allows you to bring up to two dogs, but will furnish you with 1 movie and either 4 whiskeys, or bottomless wine!

Don’t be surprised if this dog-friendly theme crops up again. Recently, the girlfriend and I were asked to leave the patio of a neighborhood bar because we had a beagle lying quietly at our feet. In line with yesterday’s dog-friendly brewery BFD I like this trend of supporting canine inclusion into our public life.

Here’s a picture of our menacing dog, Biscuit.

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Drink with Your Dog™ at Colorado Breweries

Beer and dogs each have a knack for lifting our spirits. So what could be better than the double-knack approach of enjoying a few beers in the company of friends and our pups?

Instead of merely training your dog to sit, lay down, & stay Colorado-based Summit Dog Training takes a 3-pronged approach to create an atmosphere that is helpful for brewery staff, safe & comfortable for your pooch, and informative for other dog trainers.

Firstly, they offer training not merely for dogs, but for waitstaff at dog-friendly breweries. In this phase they teach staff members the principles of dog behavior, dog safety, and how to avoid making dogs feel overwhelmed in a potentially hyper-stimulating environment.

Next comes the owner-dog training where dogs learn habits for behaving in public, and people learn to take control of their pups there.

Finally, they offer training for other dog trainers who are interested in spreading the Drink with Your Dog™ movement. Hopefully some in Illinois take up the call!

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Swedish Shower Beer

Shower beers, right? I  actually just showered and this article I came across makes me want to grab a beer and do it all over again the right way—as it is one of life’s often neglected & simplest pleasures.

Swedish brewery Pangpang has created a 6 oz. (18 CL) beer specifically for enjoying in the shower. Now, what specifically makes it a Shower Beer? Well, it’s made out of glass…so I have no idea. BUT! It weighs in at 10% abv. so I am fully convinced that it is worth the risk.

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Warriors Don’t Shy from Champaign

For professional athletes nothing gets better than winning their championship. Near ubiquitously, our champions sacrifice champaign heavenward to the gods of victory (the exception being Indy 500 drivers who celebrate with…milk).

When the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship in 2018 they celebrated like countless victorious athletes have before them: with champagne. However, their party planners armed them with Moët Impérial Golden Luminous Magnum Bottles and Moët Nectar Rose Public School Luminous Magnums.

Thusly, they decorated the locker room with over $400,000 worth of bubbles.

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Americans Pay More for Corked Wine

Apparently, American wine drinkers are willing to pay 8% more per bottle stopped with a cork, rather than with a screw-top.

Also apparently, screw-tops are not necessarily inferior to corks: neither natural nor artificial. In fact, some wineries strategically use screw-tops for lighter bodied wines because they keep air from trickling in and spoiling the wine.

On the other hand, some more full-bodied (especially Chardonnay and robust reds) benefit from the trace amount of oxygen that enters through natural & synthetic corks over time.

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Franzia’s Naughty Fraud-y Secret

In the late 1980s White Zinfandel (a happy accident, & more on that later) exploded on the U.S. wine scene. Its sudden uptick in popularity left a drastic draught in supply, and this draught lead to a profitable opportunity for illicit wine-works.

Each variety of wine comes from a very specific variety of grape. When suddenly a deficiency of Zinfandel grapes cropped up, several dark entrepreneurs figured that it would prove much quicker to lie to the American public than it would to plant & develop entire vineyards of new Zinfandel grapes. So inferior types of grapes were sold to wineries as Zinfandel grapes.

Together with 5 other vintners, Fred Franzia helped to defraud the California wine market of $26 million. This CEO of Franzia managed to escape prison time by pointing out that the small town in which he headquartered would be devastated were he & the jobs his business offered to disappear.

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