UPDATE: Yes, But Did the Fleeing Flight Attendant Grab the Craft Beer!?

August 17th, 2010

OK, this is only marginally beer-related (and almost surely not craft beer-related), but it is the best story of the day you will find that has some sort of connection to beer.

A jetBlue flight attendant upset because a passenger refused to apologize after accidentally striking him with luggage, allegedly spewed obscenities over the PA system, then activated and slid down a plane’s emergency chute before disappearing into a terminal at John F. Kennedy airport Monday, an airport official said.

JetBlue Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh had taxied to a stop at Terminal 5, Gate C around noon Monday when flight attendant Steven Slater, 38, was struck in the head with luggage that a passenger was trying to unload from an overhead compartment, according to an airport official with knowledge of the incident.

Slater demanded an apology from the passenger, the official said, but the passenger refused. The two argued before the passenger told Slater to  “f— off”, the official said. The official said that Slater then got on the plane’s PA system and directed that same obscenity at all the passengers and added that he especially meant it for the man who refused to apologize.

Slater is alleged to have then activated the plane’s inflatable emergency slide, grabbed two beers from the galley, then slid down the chute, the official said.

So now you have two people recommended by Barbeerians to invite to your next party. You’re welcome.

UPDATE: Sadly, TMZ is reporting that our hero, Mr. Slater, is no longer our hero. He–and I can barely say this without breaking out in tears–grabbed two Blue Moons before fleeing down the inflatable shoot. Sorry, Steven, but your 15 minutes of fame on BarBeerians are now officially over. UNINVITED FROM FUTURE PARTIES.

Flight Attendant Pops Emergency Chute, Escapes Plane at JFK — The Wall Street Journal

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More States Bringing Down the Brewers

August 9th, 2010

We’ve seen some problems with legislation in the past affecting brewers, but this is just a sad story. A bunch of homebrewers in Oregon are being barred from showcasing their beer at the local fair due to an arcane rule.

An overlooked, 80-year-old statute that says Oregon home-brewed beer can’t leave the home has forced fair organizers to cancel the competition, which had 335 entrants last year, says Oregon Liquor Control Commission spokeswoman Christie Scott.

Brewers were reminded of the statute after the Oregon Department of Justice clarified the law for a pub seeking to serve home brew at an event, Scott says. “As long as this is the law, we have to enforce it,” she says, adding that the commission hopes to see the statute changed in time for the 2011 fair.

Oregon is a mecca for burgeoning breweries and brewers, and an event like this (300 people!) allows everyone to try a wealth of rare beers that may only be one-of-a-kind treats. The article also says that the same sort of thing happened in Michigan this past year, and guess who was responsible for the rule not being overturned…

Michigan law says homemade beer can travel, but not into the bars where clubs often meet. [Chris] Frey, of Saline, Mich., says the licensed bars that host such meetings, for now, can no longer host them.

“We realized we have put our hosts at risk,” he said.

Frey says state Reps. Douglas Geiss and Deb Kennedy, both Democrats, proposed a change that would have made tastings and competitions in bars legal. It died in committee this year after the liquor commission expressed opposition.

Nice job, liquor commission. The article also goes on to say that two other states, Alabama and Mississippi, actually have it in their rules that it is illegal to homebrew. Maybe now’s a good time to find out what the laws are in your state and make a difference if they’re not up to your liking. With beer becoming such a popular thing, even with stories lawmakers, now is definitely the time for craft beer to find some allies in the government. Amass, readers, amass!

State laws kill buss of home brews — USA Today

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Screw You, Philly Coppers

March 10th, 2010

We’ve seen some stupid beer regulations here in the past but this is unbelievable.

More than a dozen armed State Police officers conducted simultaneous raids last week on three popular Philadelphia bars known for their wide beer selections. The cops confiscated hundreds of bottles of expensive ales and lagers, now in State Police custody at an undisclosed location.

The alleged offense: Although the bar owners had bought the beer legally from licensed Pennsylvania distributors and had paid all the necessary taxes, the police claimed that nobody had registered the precise names of the beers with the state Liquor Control Board – a process that requires the brewers or their importers to pay a $75 registration fee for each product they want to sell in Pennsylvania.

Based on a complaint from someone the State Police refuse to identify, three teams of officers converged last Thursday on the three bars, run by Leigh Maida and her husband, Brendan Hartranft. Checking their inventories against the state’s official list of more than 2,800 brands, the cops seized four kegs and 317 bottles, totaling 60.9 gallons of beer, according to police calculations.

So, go ahead. You know that word you think is off-limits in terms of yelling at a person of authority or a police officer? Well, throw it at the Philadelphia police force and the person who ratted-out our beer friends in Philly. They deserve it. If you’re in the area, please show your support for Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft’s bars.

The Philadelphia Daily News — Troopers raid popular bars for unlicensed beers

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