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Court Fines Advertisers of Swiss Beer for Promoting Drugs

Posted on April 12, 2004

A Samara regional court has ruled that the makers of advertisements for the Swiss beer Hanfblute are guilty of promoting drugs after displaying a marijuana leaf along with the beer.

Fortunes of Fast-Expanding Microbrewery Have Fallen Flat

Posted on January 11, 2004

Ten years ago, the barrels were rolled out with great fanfare when Frederick Brewing Co. opened for business, turning out handcrafted ales, lagers and ruby red porter under the Blue Ridge label and marking the return of commercial beermaking to the city after a 54-year drought.

Don’t turn around

Posted on February 28, 1998

Like, wanna win loadsa free booze? Of course you do. But this isn’t just any old booze — oh no sireeeee. TURN is a hemp lager, discovered by a couple of young UK music fans (Paul & Mark) while out clubbing in Berlin last year. They liked it so much that they began making plans to start selling it over here.

Is the pot calling the brew kettle black?

Posted on June 1, 1997

But hemp, the same plant as marijuana, also provided the fiber that absorbed the ink on the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence; until 1883, almost 90 percent of the world’s paper was made from hemp. In fact, the worldwide market for industrial hemp (grown with trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in its flowers and leaves) reached $100 million in 1996, according to US News & World Report, and is cultivated for its strong fibers and seeds, providing versatile benefits to automotive and building materials, fabrics, textiles, paper and lubricants. Now, the hemp plant is found in beer.