This week’s virtual press-cutting floor is the right mish mash I foresee it will be most weeks.  Thanks to Steve Savino for posting a couple of these stories on his Facebook feed, my wife for another from a newspaper feed she subscribes to and Mike Hughes for tweeting one my way. I panned for the remaining golden nuggets from my Twitter feed and what pure gold we have, hot topics like:
- 1. British beer tax levels and the disparity between those paid by landlords and supermarkets. 2. Cheap alcohol pricing and its influence on binge drinking. 3. The current recession and living standards. This list of classic British media chestnuts/bugbears all feature and it’s not even written by The Daily Mail!
- Don’t worry because £1 a for a half and £1.50 for a pint isn’t going to encourage drunkenness. The directory of the pub co. launching this new business idea said so. 
- This beer is up there for inclusion in Extreme Beers – a new niche, part II!
- Dock Street Brewing Co. of Philadelphia like zombies. For most B-movie film buffs, the walking dead, even when they’re on a good day, evoke images of blood and guts and sinew and entrails and goo. I’m not going to torpedo the punchline as it’s much more fun imagining you recoil and utter a loud “Ewwwwhhh!” so read on to find out more about ‘Dock Street Walker’, a gruesome brew launched yesterday. :shudder!:
- Trekkies have waited for moments like this ever since the Captain began updating his log – or at least a year since ‘Vulcan Ale‘ came out. [“Live long and sup more ale,” declared the Vulcan High Command one fine inter-galactic day.]
- ‘Klingon Warnog’ roared into public circles on 25 March and you’d better be ready to say ‘ka-plah‘ properly when ordering one to avoid ritual disembowelment, or else some of your body parts end in the ‘Dock Street Walker’!
- I’d expected ‘Klingon Warnog’ as a full-bloodied Russian Imperial in strength with massive bold flavours, y’know, unrelenting, brutal and Klingon. Make up your mind whether this release is going to turn out that way.
- Time for relief from the low-brow fluff and time for an analytical assessment of modern beer labels by graphic design guru Milton Glaser, famous for his ‘I ♥ NY‘ logo, Bob Dylan poster and Brooklyn Brewery logo.
- Blackedge Brewery of Horwich kitted out a new shop called The Tottering Temple  which opened on 30 March. Check their @totteringtemple Twitter feed for recent pics and website for more info. Expect lots of local/north-western ales, surprises from beyond and real ale on tap.
- The Scots have shipped barrel-loads of whisky to the Far East for decades and the Japanese liked it so much they’ve also been making shedloads of it too for years. Prior to this the Japanese had specialised in sake making for centuries so it was about time the Scots returned the favour in a bid to balance Scottish/Japanese whisky/sake production/trade. Economics of the equilibrium, eh?
- The sake production process is similar to brewing and Arran Brewery will lead the way with its tentative first steps eastwards. 
Two new UK releases to look out for and dream about
- A new Berliner Weisse is hoping to ride the sour wave sweeping through the brewing world while there’s welcome news about a once temporary Scottish beer that has become permanent due to demand – it tasted gorgeous when we tried it last year.
US politics and beer sometimes do and sometimes don’t mix well
- The good news from Michigan, the state which brought us brewing luminaries like Jolly Pumpkin and Kuhnhenn, is they’ve passed legislation that will benefit their microbreweries.
- In Florida, earlier last week things also looked on the up when small brewers helped amend a bill that would have placed limits on how they could business only for the wind direction to change 3 days later and it all went south. How’s this one going to turn out?
- Ideas galore for weekends away. Time to start booking. The picture-postcard region of The Yorkshire Dales is a heavily represented, a region that probably matches the image many visitors have of our country.
- Beer in these parts is steadfastly real ale and traditional, most venues offer excellent food verging on restaurant standard, and nearly all in historic surroundings. One pub provides exclusive access to the waterfall in Britain with the highest drop! Show offs.
- The origins and evolution of things fascinate me [gah, I sound like Spock/had too much ‘Vulcan Ale’]. It’s great to expand your horizons and try something new though tracking down some of these styles is going to tricky/fun. Unsurprisingly, there are a few overlaps and crossovers with Belgian brewing.
OK, my news feed has run dry. See you next week for more random beer news bites. [Send in links of your own too – let’s share some of the crazier and more diverse stories in the brewing world.] Who knows what will feature next week but let’s hope another brewer doesn’t try to out-do Dock Street Brewing Co.! Keep your dogs and cats locked inside, you hear?
 Made up from reminders scattered over my PC Desktop in basic Notepad texts to myself.
 The average, ball-park price for a pint of beer in the UK today is from around £2.50 in the north to nearly £5 in the south.
 Named after an old mill that once occupied the site.
 Diversification has recently taken off in a big way in Belgium as numerous brewers have set up distillation plants to produce a range of spirits/liquors.