On this week’s Beer with Strangers podcast Doug and Tony discuss changes in beer rules regulations and practices all over the globe. Plus, new old yeast and new old brands and a couple of pieces of big news at Xtreme Brewing as well as for Shore Craft Beer.
This week, Tony was at the Brewer’s Association of Maryland meeting where they talked about making more of an effort on the Eastern Shore. There will be more on that in a different post, but we’ll talk about it on this afternoon’s show. Here are some of the other topics:

World’s oldest brewer’s yeast?

It’s like Jurassic Park, except for beer.

The Brexit kink in the Bud-Miller merger

This is a little complex, but the upshot is that the deal that was made with shareholders before England voted to leave the EU got a lot worse after the vote. A deal that kind of favored larger shareholders now is a terrible one for smaller ones. The smaller ones recently won the right to vote separately. That means both the Bud shareholders and the Miller shareholders have to approve the deal again and independently.

In other European news…

After a thousand or so years, the brewers are starting to complain about the kooky alcohol tax…

Culture is a factor

To be fair and honest, growing craft beer quality barley has only even been a consideration here for a couple of years.

Lots of new old beers

Drink what you like and be happy, but…


I’m really excited to be a small part of this big event. Carroll County was able to organize a beer week for the middle of September. There still are a few tickets available for the event, if you want to go.

Tony Russo
Author: Tony Russo

Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces OceanCity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

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