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June 20, 1995
There's a dorm brewing at Cal Poly Pomona. Literally. University housing officials are pondering the student trend of brewing beer in tiny dormitory rooms. Call them micro-microbreweries. The issue foamed into an outrage after a housing coordinator told students the beer had to go. Then it fizzled out when university housing director Ali Rahmani met with the students and decided to let the practice continue--for now. "The jury is still out," he said.
January 21, 1985
Polly Browder's letter (Jan. 12) regarding the proper preparation of tea is correct in most respects but with some important omissions. She overlooked mentioning the first step before pouring boiling water over the tea, and that is that the empty teapot must first be rinsed with boiling water. Tea is added, one teaspoon for each cup and one more for the pot. The pot (I prefer a crockery pot to the finest silver one) is covered with a cozy and allowed to steep. The first cup (I also like to rinse the empty teacup with boiling water)
July 13, 1992 | Reuters
It's enough to make Pyotr Smirnov turn in his grave. A century after the death of the great vodka entrepreneur, one of his descendants is fighting a U.S. firm for the right to sell Russia's favorite spirit under his name. "I'm the direct descendant of Pyotr Smirnov through the male line, and I have documentary proof," said Boris Smirnov, who plans to start making vodka according to what he says is a traditional family recipe in the next two months.
March 18, 2011
Angel City Brewing Where: 216 S. Alameda St., L.A. When: Opening parties happen Friday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Regular hours for the brewery, bar and store will be Wednesdays through Sundays 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Price: Beer, $5 a pint. Contact: (213) 622-1261;
February 4, 2010
When the weather's cool, people gravitate to rich, malty ales, and they tend to think of the dark stuff, like stout or porter. Here's another way to go. Curieux is made in the style of a Belgian tripel ale, and it's aged for eight weeks in used bourbon barrels before being bottled on the yeast. This particular batch was bottled in July. One thing this means is that it's highly carbonated -- note the Champagne-style cork. Another is that it's cloudy with yeast, as it's unfiltered.
December 7, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Starbucks raised eyebrows when it recently started offering coffee for $7 a cup. But that's nothing compared to a brew that goes for a hefty $50 per serving. Why does this coffee cost so much? Because the beans first have to be eaten, digested and then pooped out by an elephant. Apparently that's an exotic enough process to fetch a price of $500 a pound, making this one of the world's most expensive blends. The coffee is called Black Ivory and hails from Thailand. It was unveiled last month at a handful of luxury hotels catering to, well, the sort of people who can afford a $50 cup of joe. Quiz: The year in business "When an elephant eats coffee, its stomach acid breaks down the protein found in coffee, which is a key factor in bitterness," Blake Dinkin, who has spent $300,000 developing the coffee, told the Associated Press . "You end up with a cup that's very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee.
January 6, 2010
We're getting used to spices in beer, such as the coriander in Belgian witbier and the fruitcake spices in Christmas ales. This one makes a quite different choice, ginger and fennel, along with the dash of orange peel that's been showing up in a lot of ales. But here's the thing: It's not an ale -- it's a crisp lager, so the spices are out there on their own, not supported by the forgiving musk of ale flavors. So it has a straw-yellow color with a moderate head and a grassy (three kinds of hops in there)
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