first_img Getting to Know the Los Angeles Beer Scene One Glass at a Time Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts How to Remove Scratches from Glasses in One Easy Fix Back when I was in college, I spent part of one summer working in the tasting room of a small vineyard tucked away in the northwestern region of the Wilamette valley. At the time, I wasn’t particularly fond of wine. I was always more of a beer enthusiast than anything else, but this job quickly got me up to speed on all the finer details of drinking and appreciating good wine. Working in the tasting room meant I had to not only know about proper wine and food pairings, but also the appropriate glassware for any varietal in the cellar.I ended up leaving the job well before I had to go back to school, but one thing I took away was a deep appreciation for well-designed glassware. When my boss first explained to me why each glass was shaped in a certain way, and went into detail on how various shapes deliver certain flavors to the palate, I was extremely skeptical. But the more I drank from them, the more I realized that she was absolutely right – a good glass can in fact improve the flavor of wine.It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that the same concept applies to beer, but aside from the Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass, there hasn’t been much innovation in beer-specific glassware – until now. Bavarian glassmaker Spiegelau set out over a year ago to design a glass that would accentuate the flavor of American “hop-forward” IPA’s, and this glass is what they came up with.The company tested over 100 different glass prototypes before they narrowed it down to 8 finalists and 12 semifinalists. Then they brought in the pros to pick the winner. Spiegelau recruited Sam Calagione and Ken Grossman – the respective founders of Dogfish Head Brewery and Sierra Nevada – to perform a series of taste tests and determine a winner. The vessel pictured above is the one they chose.To see if this glass really does anything for the taste of an IPA, we did an A/B comparison of this glass against your typical pint glass, cleansing our palates between sips like proper scientists. Right after a fresh pour, the taste difference between the two isn’t super pronounced. The nose, however, is vastly better with this glass. The shape pushes the fruity aroma of the hops right into your nostrils as the beer hits your lips, which makes every swallow a fuller, more enoyable sensory experience.After a few gulps, the subtle differences in taste between the two glasses become increasingly apparent. The thin glass construction helps the beer retain its temperature longer in the IPA glass, and the design keeps the beer tasting fresh until the last drop. It’s got a hop etched on the bottom, but rather than being a merely decorative addition, this serves to help the beer stay bubbly and carbonated long after it’s poured. After you drink it down to around the bottom of the bell, the beer falls back into the glass in a way that curns and reinvigorates your brew. Whereas the last sip tastes flat and warm by this point with a typical pint glass, the last gulp in this IPA glass tastes crisp and cold.These glasses have been making quite a splash on the web – they’ve popped up on just about every beer and design blog in existence in the past few weeks, and since Spiegelau’s production run was somewhat limited, they’re currently a bit tough to  find. Dogfish Head and Spiegelau are sold out at the moment, but Sierra Nevada still has a few in stock. You can pick one up for just $9.00 plus shipping, and we advise ordering sooner than later – they’re selling like hotcakes. These Riedel Glasses Were Made Specifically For Cocktails last_img

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first_imgWMN Staff, April 2, 2014 zoom The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, has delivered its judgment in the case concerning the whaling in the Antarctic brought by Australia against Japan.In its ruling, which is final, the court has ordered Japan to stop hunting whales off Antarctica. The decision was reached by the ICJ’s 16-judge panel out of which 12 voted in favour of Australia’s argument that Japan’s whaling program was not scientific in nature but more commercial.Despite the fact that for many Japanese consuming whale meat is part of their culture, just like eating beef or pork, the court said Japan’s current research program, known as JARPA II, “can broadly be characterized as scientific research, though the evidence does not establish that the program’s design and implementation are reasonable in relation to achieving its stated objectives. The Court concludes that the special permits granted by Japan for the killing, taking and treating of whales in connection with JARPA II are not for purposes of scientific research.”Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fumio Kishida commented on the decision, by saying: “The Court ruled that the Second Phase of the Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic does not fall within Article 8, Clause 1 of International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW). Such a decision is very regrettable and I am deeply disappointed by the decision.”“However, Japan is a country which places great importance on the international legal order and the rule of law. Therefore, the Government of Japan will abide by the Judgment of the Court. We will consider our concrete future course of actions carefully, upon studying what is stated in the judgment,” added Minister Kishida.Happy with the decision, senior policy advisor for wildlife conservation at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Mr. Leigh Henry said: “This is a true victory for whale conservation. Today’s ruling from the International Court of Justice finally puts an end to over three decades of whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary, a critical feeding ground for many of the world’s whales.”Commercial whaling was banned worldwide in 1986. The Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica was declared a whale sanctuary eight years later. Despite these protections, Japan has hunted over 10,000 whales in the Southern Ocean since the moratorium was put in place.Whaling in the Antarctic Judgmentlast_img

first_imgzoom An offshore supply ship identified as Caballo Maya, owned by oil service provider Oceanografía SA, has reappeared having went missing yesterday from its moorings in Veracruz, Mexico.The disappearance was reported by the Mexico City’s district judge Felipe Consuelo Soto on Thursday afternoon.The ship was found twelve kilometers offshore of the Isla de Sacrificios (Island of Sacrifices), in the anchorage area of the Veracruz coast, local media said citing the port’s captain Enrique Cascarrabias.Information on who moved the diving support vessel and why, are yet to be determined.The 142-meter offshore supply ship is of key importance for the reactivation of a legal proceedings against the its owner, which was seized in February, 2104 for its suspected involvement in a loan fraud.Namely, Oceanografia is believed of having issued fraudulent invoices on loans to Citigroup Inc worth around $400 million.The ship, capable of accommodating up to 300 people, is equipped with one large 850 MT main crane, and one smaller 100 MT crane, a helideck, and is capable of carrying out heavy lift operations, and saturation diving activities.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government has to reimburse a retiree for a court skirmish over a report suggesting a licence plate bearing his family name supports sexual violence against women.Lorne Grabher has been trying to reinstate his personalized licence plate since it was revoked in 2016 by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles following an anonymous complaint about the plate.He was awarded $750 in court costs in a decision released this week, although he won’t actually be getting a cheque. The money matches the $750 that Grabher was to have paid the Crown for an earlier skirmish over an affidavit.The same-costs award “will do justice between the parties,” said Supreme Court Justice Pierre Muise in a decision released Thursday.In February, Grabher’s lawyer, Jay Cameron, had fought to strike a Crown report linking the plate, which reads “GRABHER,” to derogatory comments about women made by U.S. President Donald Trump.The report was done by McGill University professor Dr. Carrie Rentschler, who has expertise in communications and gender studies. She referenced Trump’s boast that he could grab any woman he pleased by her genitals, which was caught on a 2005 tape released during his presidential campaign.At the time, Cameron argued that Rentschler’s report did not consider “GRABHER” as a name, but instead inferred that the plate was a direct reference to Trump’s controversial statement.“There is zero evidence in this case that refers to Donald Trump, with the exception of this report,” said Cameron in February.“I think that the court should ask itself whether or not the freedom of expression of Canadians is influenced in any way by comments by a foreign dignitary.”Crown lawyer Alison Campbell had argued that the report is relevant and necessary in deciding the case, saying the expert was simply asked to objectively determine: “Is this phrase offensive?”“Dr. Rentschler’s report is not a salacious magazine. It is a review of academic literature on the ways in which gender violence is represented and reinforced in society,” said Campbell, adding that the report notes that language can take on new meaning as the context changes.The hearing of Grabher’s motion in February took around 2.5 hours — around the same amount of time it took to hear the registrar’s motion to strike portions of Grabher’s affidavit.In his decision this week, Muise said he partially granted Grabher’s request to strike the report, saying the opinion expressed would need to undergo “substantial revisions” before it could be admissible in court.Grabher first purchased the personalized licence plate as a gift for his late father around 1990. It then became an expression of family pride in their Austrian-German heritage.His case will resume in early September, when he will make constitutional arguments against the registrar’s regulations and its decision to revoke the plate.last_img

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