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Mr Schaeffer, a minister for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, wore a colander on his head as he took his oath
I've never really understood why people give up alcohol for January. Of all the months to avoid hooch, why choose the grimmest, darkest, most spirit-sapping of all? It's the time of year when a glass is most welcome, particularly if it involves a warm pub and some friends.
The Orval monastery – one of only eight in the world producing certified Trappist beers – now has only 12, down from 35 a few decades ago
Art Deco glamour, dusky hues, Prohibition-style tea room, personal attachés, Jack Kerouac, and sophisticated retreats
Charity working in the city – renowned for its ‘pragmatic’ approach to substance abuse – says scheme keeps the alcoholics occupied and out of trouble
Automated machine lets you feed in the ingredients, set a timer and wait for your home-brewed beers
Being paid to drink beer? Well, yes, but there's so much more science to being a brewer than that
The German league leaders made their annual trip to the beer festival at the weekend
Shocking images are emerging of the destruction in the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi following last week’s terrorist attacks. The attack has left around 67 people dead, including six Britons so far, and dozens are still reported missing.
Say what you like about the Tories but they do have a sense of humour. The highlight of this year's conference will be the "Our Maggie" souvenir shop, an emporium of Thatcher-themed tat endorsed by the party.
"If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbour," runs the ancient Yankee saw, "though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door."
Women are rising through the ranks at some of Britain's biggest breweries as well as opening new ones
Sussex 311 & 148-3 Warwickshire 394
Delivery workers are unhappy about changes to employment terms and conditions and a restructuring exercise to build three giant distribution hubs
Good Beer Guide gets in a froth as rival Good Pub Guide says that 4,000 hostelries deserve to shut
Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid face 15 years in prison if convicted