Frivolous Friday Fun – Using the Freedom of Information Act to get a Beer Recipe

Here’s an interesting way to get a beer recipe: file a request with the US Federal Government via the Freedom of Information Act! It may seem strange, but that’s exactly what someone did to get the recipe for President Obama’s beer. Apparently the President enjoys a variety of beers made with honey from the White House beehives. The request worked, and the President has agreed to make the recipes available soon.   A link to the story can be found here.

I also want to apologize to at least one of my friends for my post on August 17th. I provided a link to a list of beer “trivia,” most of which was completely false – hence my idea that it was weird enough for a “Frivolous Friday” post. However, the whole point of this blog is to provide accurate, helpful information to brewers everywhere. There’s enough downright wrong information floating around out there, and I don’t want to do anything that might be seen as encouragement of inaccurate or negative commentary on any beer or brewery, even in the context of humor. For those who have to do battle for the truth, I recognize that it’s not funny at all, and I am sincerely sorry.




Frivolous Friday Fun – Packaging Hype Gone Wild



One of the things I love about brewers is that they don’t take themselves too seriously.  While breweries have artists like Ralph Steadman designing their labels, champagne makers use glitz and glamour to sell their product. To see the latest package blitz by Dom Pérignon click here.



Frivolous Friday Fun – Plastic Bag Bottle


This post caught my eye, because the brewing industry always waits and is careful about introducing new packaging ideas due to oxidation concerns.  Coca-Cola and one of their suppliers have developed a biodegradable bag for dispensing soda in countries where people don’t want to pay the deposits on bottles.  Like PET for stadium and beach sales, will bags ever get high-tech enough for beer?  There is a link to the story and video on the bag here.

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