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Saudi Arabia women hail end of driving ban

One activist called it a "great victory", while another said she was going to buy her "dream car".

Tweeters get cheeky after Twitter ups character limit

Twitter says short tweets cause users "frustration" - but many people react with cynicism.

Siemens to Merge Rail Operations With French Rival Alstom

Siemens AG and Alstom SA agreed to merge their rail businesses in a deal that brings together former arch-rivals from Germany and France to create a European transportation giant aimed at countering competition from China. Siemens will transfer its business making train and transit cars and signaling equipment to Alstom in exchange for stake of just above 50 percent in the enlarged company, according to a statement.

Toronto Film Review: ‘Human Traces’

Isolation is anything but splendid in “Human Traces,” a slow burn Kiwi psychological thriller about married scientists whose lives are upended when a handsome newcomer arrives at their sub-Antarctic research station. From a slightly stuttering start, the film recovers nicely with “Rashomon”-style flashbacks that craftily manipulate audience assumptions, expectations and sympathies. First-time feature writer-director Nic […]

West Ham and Spurs charged with failing to control players in London derby

West Ham and Tottenham are charged by the FA with failing to control their players in Saturday's derby at London Stadium.

Big Law Picks Up the Pieces in Puerto Rico

Big Law Picks Up the Pieces in Puerto RicoHurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 with a force unseen on the island since 1928. The Category 4 storm made landfall with

Gunmen kill 14 at Mexico drug rehabilitation centre

Masked men broke into the centre in the city of Chihuahua and opened fire on the patients.

Yingluck trial: Thai ex-PM sentenced to five years in jail

Yingluck Shinawatra denied negligence over a costly rice subsidy scheme and fled Thailand in August.

Twitter Tests Doubling Character Limit For Tweets To 280

Twitter announced today that it has started testing 280-character tweets for select users. The new limit doubles the current 140-character limit, and is said to help users be more expressive. The Verge reports: "Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English," the company said in a blog post. "When people don't have to cram their thoughts into 140 characters and actually have some to spare, we see more people Tweeting -- which is awesome!"

About 9 percent of all tweets today are exactly 140 characters, Twitter says. It's tough to do that on accident, suggesting that users frequently have to edit their initial thoughts to get them under the limit. (It's certainly true for me.) Now Twitter hopes to ease that burden by doubling the character limit in what it calls "languages impacted by cramming," which includes every language except for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. The report goes on to note that the "140-character limit was originally established to reflect the length of SMS messages, which was how tweets were distributed prior to the development of mobile apps.

Hurricane Maria: 'Will my dad get his cancer treatment?'

Families in Puerto Rico say they are facing the aftermath of Hurricane Maria alone.

Beyond the blue ribbon: Why 4-H is a golden opportunity for your child

Think about how your child spends their time outside of school. How do they use their free time and what goes into their minds? What would happen if they put down the electronic devices and had real-life experiences that grew their minds, strengthened their character and built leadership skills? Fall is the perfect time to look for 4-H programs right in your community.

SK Hynix to put 395 billion yen in Toshiba's chip unit sale

SK Hynix Inc. says it will invest 395 billion yen ($3.5 billion) partly through convertible bonds to purchase Toshiba's memory chip unit.

NFL protests: Osi Umenyiora says Donald Trump 'disrespecting the US flag'

Two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora says President Donald Trump is the one "disrespecting the US flag" in a passionate response to the anthem protests around the NFL.

Georgia Brewery’s Controversial Facebook Photo Casts Spotlight on Consistency

When you ask a new brewery owner the hardest part about its first year in operation, they usually tell you it’s licensing, or learning how to schedule brew days to keep up with demand. Rarely do you hear how rapid growth can create headaches for a small brewery, but that’s the complicated space where the founders of Atlanta’s Scofflaw Brewing find themselves.
Scofflaw — a word for people who “scoffed” at anti-drinking laws during Prohibition — blasted into the Atlanta beer scene in September 2016, their juicy IPAs an instant hit. Co-founder Matt Shirah tells us they were “blindsided by the reception” they received, which led the small brewery to triple brewing capacity in nine months.
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Booming business sounds like a good thing, but swift growth comes with problems, and for Scofflaw Brewing, that problem has been making consistent beer.

Great Divide Brewing Company Introduces Chai Yeti

DENVER – September 22, 2017 – Great Divide Brewing Company is excited to introduce a new addition to their Yeti clan, Chai Yeti (9.5% ABV), an imperial stout brewed with traditional chai spices. With this Himalayan-inspired variation, the brewery is bringing Yeti back to its roots.
“Chai Yeti is a natural fit to the Yeti lineup,” said Brian Dunn, founder of Great Divide Brewing Company. “We thought the chai spices would work well with the chocolate and roasty malt character of Yeti.”
Not only does the flavor profile match perfectly with the beer, it also transports the drinker to the Yeti’s homeland as this new variation is a nod to the Yeti’s home region of the Himalayas. The connection between the geographic location where the mythology surrounding the Yeti was born and where the chai spice flavor originated is a natural play.
(READ: Would You Get a Tattoo for Free Beer for Life?)
Traditional chai spices of cinnamon, green cardamom, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla blend seamlessly with Yeti’s rich, roasted malt backbone for a spicy beast fit to tackle Everest.

Unicorn Milk Beer, an Accidental Success Story

Unicorn Milk is a funny name for a beer. But like the mythical creature it’s named for, the beer has a magic power that’s surprised even the brewer who created it.
Eric Troutman is the head brewer and co-founder at Twenty-Six Acres Brewing outside Charlotte, North Carolina. When Twenty-Six Acres opened in fall 2016, Eric and his co-founders, Wes Ports and Joel Padgett, figured their top-selling beers would be their IPA and wheat ale. But the beer that’s in high demand is the strangely-named Unicorn Milk, a vanilla cream ale with blueberries that Eric thought he’d only make once.

2017 Great American Beer Festival Viewing Party

Do you love the craft beer industry and enjoy supporting local breweries, but just can’t make it to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this year? No worries. We are holding a GABF viewing party!
On Saturday, October 7, we invite you to join us in our taproom to mingle, greet, toast, and celebrate with industry professionals and craft enthusiasts from the Charlotte region and beyond. During the 2017 GABF award ceremony, we will live stream the ceremony into the brewery so we can celebrate along with Charlotte region’s and North Carolina’s brewery winners!
(READ: Find a Craft Brewery Near You!)
Throughout the day, we will have a tap takeover of 10+ local beers from breweries around the Charlotte region. On top of the live stream of the GABF award ceremony, the entire day will feature great bands, delicious food trucks, and more!
The taproom opens at 11:00 am and closes at 11:00 pm
The post 2017 Great American Beer Festival Viewing Party appeared first on CraftBeer.com.

Beer Pairing Dinner with Fresh Med & Blue Blaze Brewing

Blue Blaze Brewing and Fresh Med have partnered together to create a 3 course, hand-crafted culinary experience! Each course will be paired with a 13oz Blue Blaze beer and will feature dishes not found on Fresh Med’s traditional menu.
Before each course, a representative from both Blue Blaze Brewing and Fresh Med will give a brief introduction into the beer and food pairing.
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October 3 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
To make reservations, call (980) 224-3486 -or- visit CharlotteBeerDinner.com.
Tickets are $51.30 each.
The post Beer Pairing Dinner with Fresh Med & Blue Blaze Brewing appeared first on CraftBeer.com.

Media Advisory: Fresh Hop Festival Returns October 14th

Who: The Colorado Brewers Guild, a non-profit trade association representing Colorado craft breweries and brewpubs, and Falling Rock Tap House will host the 12th annual Fresh Hop Festival.
What: The annual Fresh Hop Festival shines a light on beers made with fresh hops. Fresh hop beers are made with whole cone hops that connect with the wort within 24 hours of harvest. These beers are seasonal, fresh and delicious. Denver’s Fresh Hop Festival is the perfect fall event for any hop head. This year’s festival has a new format: no tickets, instead beers will be sold by the glass with 50 cents per pour donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild.
(READ: Would You Get a Tattoo for Free Beer for Life?)

Creature Comforts to Release Table Beer this Fall

Creature Comforts Brewing Company will release its next seasonal, Table Beer, on draft and in 12-ounce cans this October. The beer was designed specifically to enjoy with food, family, and friends. This beer was released last Fall under the name Epicurious.
“The idea of a Table Beer is not new, and in fact it is practically the genesis for beer,” said Co-founder and CEO Chris Herron. “Our goal was to design a beer that serves as a complement to food rather than a distraction – something unpretentious, that is meant to simply be enjoyed with friends around the dinner table.”
In order to accomplish the intent of the chef-inspired brew, Creature Comforts sought insight from a number of the top chefs in Athens and Atlanta to gather feedback throughout the process of bringing the beer to market. Table Beer is simply a beer that best complements drinking with food and friends.
Ryan Smith, Executive Chef of Atlanta’s Staplehouse and Peter Dale, Executive Chef and Owner of Athens’ The National, were two of the top local and regional chefs that helped the brewery by providing the brewers with perspective on the beer when it was originally brewed in 2016.
(READ: Find a Craft Brewery Near You!)

Tennessee Brew Works Launches into Kentucky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Brew Works, the Nashville, Tennessee based brewer of the Southern Wit®, 1927® IPA, Tripel Star®, Country Roots®, Basil Ryeman®, Walk the Lime®, Extra Easy® Ale, Cutaway® Rye IPA and many other well-regarded beers, announced today that it will begin distributing their craft beers in Kentucky through Heidelberg Distributing Co.
Known for the culinary-minded craft beer creations, often sourcing from brewer and chef collaborations during the beer creation process, the brewery has developed a reputation in food and wine circles as well. Their Nashville taproom is highly regarded for their quality beer and food pairings.
Tennessee Brew Works was named one of “The South’s Best Breweries 2017” by Southern Living magazine.
(READ: Find a Craft Brewery Near You!)

Fresh Hop Festival

Who: The Colorado Brewers Guild, a non-profit trade association representing Colorado craft breweries and brewpubs, will host the 12th annual Fresh Hop Festival.
What: The annual Fresh Hop Festival shines a light on beers made with fresh hops. Fresh hop beers are made with whole cone hops that connect with the wort within 24 hours of harvest. These beers are seasonal, fresh and delicious. Denver’s Fresh Hop Festival is the perfect fall event for any hop head. This year’s festival has a new format: no tickets, instead beers will be sold by the glass with 50 cents per pour donated to the Colorado Brewers Guild.
(READ: Would You Get a Tattoo for Free Beer for Life?)

Sit & Sip with Breweries at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival

If you’re coming to the 2017 Great American Beer Festival®, come take a seat, grab a beer, and spend some one-on-one time with breweries at our CraftBeer.com Sit & Sips.
We’ve invited owners and brewers from 10 breweries of all sizes to sit down, pour you a special selection of their beers, and tell you about what it’s like to run a brewery. It all happens at the CraftBeer.com Pavilion. Here’s a look at the faces behind the beer that you can catch up with this year.
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CraftBeer.com Hosts GABF Sit & Sips
Thursday, October 5
6:15 p.m. – Branden, Carissa and Chad Miller, Founders – Black Shirt Brewing Co. | Denver, CO
Black Shirt Brewing (BSB) opened in Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood in 2012 – and that’s before it was as hip as it is now. You may have seen some of their story in the documentary “Crafting a Nation,” which streams on Netflix, but now you can come chat with them in person. This is their first time pouring at GABF.

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