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February @ 2014 @ Saucer Diaspora

Monday, 24 February 2014: Mongoose vs Cobra vs the Gregorian Calendar

Posted by mike | Meetings | Posted on February 24th, 2014

mvsclogoOn this day in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII (who once had a rather curious clerical gig as an “abbreviator“) issued a papal bull (that’s more like a decree than a winged horse flying from some gorgon’s neck) reforming the rules around the church calendar. This was to correct the drift of the date of Easter (at the spring equinox) that had occurred since the Council of Nicea in 325, and created the Gregorian Calendar, still in use (with minor modifications) to this day in most of the Western world (and those who have business dealings with it).

Regardless of what you call today, it’s a good day to join us at MvsC, 1011 McGowan, at 8:00 PM tonight for a pint or a mixed drink. Note that the parking situation in midtown is ever-evolving, so consult the handy-dandy, superific, MvsC-specific parking guide before you head that direction.

Reposted: California Brewers Fear Drought Could Leave Bad Taste In Your Beer : The Salt : NPR

Posted by mike | Beer | Posted on February 22nd, 2014

California Brewers Fear Drought Could Leave Bad Taste In Your Beer : The Salt : NPR.

Water from Russian River produces some pretty awesome beers.  Still, lots of brewers rebuild water based on reverse osmosis and make excellent beer.   For example, any beer other than a stout brewed in Houston will need to adjust for our water supply’s high residual alkalinity.  It’s just not every day that water chemistry makes the news.

Monday, 17 February 2014: Presidential Beers at Cottonwood

Posted by mike | Meetings | Posted on February 17th, 2014

2012-12-05 19.50.48Celebrate the executive branch by joining us at Cottonwood Bar, 3422 N Shepherd Dr, at 8 PM.  Have a pint or a mixed drink and possibly enjoy a snack from the menu.

On this day in 1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic trip to China.

Monday, 10 February 2014: Down House and the Robot Overlords

Posted by john | Meetings | Posted on February 10th, 2014

Down House SignOn this day in 1996, world chess champion Gary Kasparov loses the first of a six-game match to Deep Blue, a computer built by IBM.  Kasparov went on to win this match, but lost the 1997 rematch.  John Connor was not known to be present.  Tonight join us at Down House1801 Yale St., 8:00 PM for a cocktail or beer, and grab some good grub if you’re peckish.  DH is in the dry part of the Heights, so make sure you bring your I.D. so you can join their club for the night (or your existing club membership card if you’ve been there recently).  Also, they have more parking on 18th half a block west of Yale, if the main parking lot is full.  Be mindful of the Skynet bots, though.

This list may or may not reflect the actual list of beers from which you could select.

Monday, 3 February 2014: The Ginger Man

Posted by john | Meetings | Posted on February 3rd, 2014

Join us for a pint at The Ginger Man5607 Morningside in Rice Village, at 8 PM.  As always the Ginger Man is dog friendly.

This week’s PSA:

In the 11th century, Arnold of Soissons, a bishop in the Benedictine St. Medard’s Abbey in Soissons, France, began to brew beer. He encouraged the locals to drink beer instead of water for its health benefits (beer was healthier than water mainly because it was boiled and thus sterilized from pathogens). No wonder they made him a saint!

The more you know!

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