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  1. Forest Whitaker Is A Badarse Father In Netflix's Apocalyptic Action Film How It Ends A mysterious disaster strikes the United States. A pregnant daughter goes missing 3200km away. Time for a road trip. That's the basic setup of How It Ends, an upcoming apocalyptic disaster movie from Netflix. It's directed by David M. Rosenthal, and Forest Whitaker stars as a father with a military background who takes his daughter's husband (Theo James) on a trip to rescue her when a mysterious event knocks out power and communications. Here's the trailer. Gotta say, for a Netflix movie, that looks highly entertaining - sort of like an apocalyptic Taken. We can only hope the disaster has something to do with a government coverup or aliens, because that would just be the icing on the cake. How It Ends, which co-stars Kat Graham, Kerry Bishé, Mark O'Brien, Nicole Ari Parker and Grace Dove, premieres July 13.
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    Sainz says VSC saved points finish after MGU-K failure Carlos Sainz believes the virtual safety car spell at the end of the French Grand Prix rescued a points finish for him after his Renault Formula 1 car's MGU-K failed. The Spaniard was on course to finish sixth at Paul Ricard, having run as high as third early on after avoiding the incidents in the opening few corners. But he fell to eighth after complaining of "no power" on the radio, and only avoided slipping further back because the next few laps were completed under virtual safety car conditions following Lance Stroll's tyre blowout at Signes. While the race briefly went back to green flag conditions just before the finish, Sainz was able to hang on without losing more ground, despite missing what he believes was 160 horsepower. When asked about the virtual safety car, Sainz told TV crews: "I owe that… it saved us the points finish. "It's very difficult to digest, this P8. It's a good result, but when you are the whole race running P6, easily, comfortably, then suddenly five laps to the end this happens, I feel bad for the team, and for myself. "It's a shame, because it was the perfect weekend. A sixth place after a perfect qualy, a perfect start, very good pace all race. "Then finding yourself with this problem, knowing how hard it is to score points, is a shame. "It's a shame for the team as well because we deserved this sixth place at home." Sainz's MGU-K was on its final race, so was due to be replaced by Renault for the next grand prix in Austria anyway. The Red Bull loanee enjoyed his brief spell among the leaders, even if it was inevitable he would fall back. "It happened last time in Barcelona 2016 that I got a really good start and got into the podium places," he said. "It was a while since I was last in those places. I enjoyed it. It didn't last very long, but I tried my best."
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    Leclerc: ‘Little bit disappointed’ despite P10 Charles Leclerc finished in the points for a fourth time in his last five outings, but said he was a ‘little bit disappointed’ with himself. The Monegasque driver had started from a career-high P8 on Sunday afternoon, and managed to avoid all the carnage on the opening lap. He was running as high as P6 at one point, but marked himself down for a small mistake at Turn 2 which saw him lose a place to Nico Hulkenberg. “At one point I was catching Kevin [Magnussen], we were in the DRS zone,” Leclerc said. “I really wanted to do the best first sector I could to be as close as possible to try and overtake him, but I lost the car in Turn 2 and then we lost the position to Nico [Hulkenberg].” “I am happy, but I am always hard on myself and I am a little bit disappointed with myself,” the Sauber man told Sky Sports F1. “Sometimes it happens and I will try to learn from it and come back stronger.” The Sauber C37 has improve greatly from last year to this year, and can now be classed as a midfield runner in 2018. However, Leclerc has admitted that he cannot compare it to other cars, but said the progress has been good. “It is difficult to say, I haven’t driver any other cars but we are definitely rebuilding the team. They are coming back from two very hard years,” Leclerc continued. “I think there is quite a lot of jobs to do, but today we managed to hit our balance in the perfect way and that has helped to have such a performance.”
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    Daniel Ricciardo: Front wing damage wrecked podium prospects Daniel Ricciardo says his chance of a podium result at the French Grand Prix was wrecked by front wing damage sustained shortly before his sole pit stop. Ricciardo moved up to fourth on a chaotic opening lap and quickly dispatched Carlos Sainz Jr. to hold a comfortable third, a few seconds behind team-mate Max Verstappen. Ricciardo came out of the pits still poised for a podium – having passed out-of-sequence Sebastian Vettel – but was reeled in by Ferrari rival Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen comfortably overhauled Ricciardo along the Mistral Straight to grab the final podium position with six laps remaining, and the Australian rued damage to his RB14. “I’m disappointed,” he said. “We had pretty good pace towards the end of that first stint. It seemed that we were catching Max and pulling away from Kimi. “When I pitted, the boys said the front left part of the wing was damaged. They think it happened about two laps before the pit stop because I started to all of a sudden get quite a lot of understeer. “I don’t know if it was a failure or we hit some debris. That broke. “So then already with the Soft tyres we were struggling when we left the pits. And then a few laps later the team said the right part [of the front wing] broke. “So both parts identically seemed to break. Whether there was a failure or debris I don’t know yet. “But it happened and we were slow. Obviously because of that we had a lot less downforce and understeering. “So Kimi was always going to catch us with that pace, but the blue flags – that was really bad. But we were a wounded car from just before the first pit stop.” Ricciardo nonetheless moved up to third in the Drivers’ Championship, but is now 49 points behind title leader Lewis Hamilton.
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    Fernando Alonso: France 'by far' McLaren's worst 2018 performance Fernando Alonso labelled the French Grand Prix as “by far McLaren’s worst performance” of the 2018 season, as he again failed to reach the chequered flag. Alonso, having dropped out in Q1, spent much of the race towards the back of the field, his slim points prospects wrecked when he spun through Turn 3 while running side-by-side with Sebastian Vettel at the restart. Alonso fitted fresh tyres in an attempt to claim the fastest lap late on but suffered a suspension failure and pulled into the pits. It marked the third successive retirement for Alonso, while team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne also failed to add to McLaren’s tally, classifying 12th. “This was by far the worst performance of the year,” said Alonso. “So, I really hope it is a one off and not the normality. “We are two drivers doing the best job in the world and we were not competitive today or this weekend. “As I said yesterday, we are very bad but we are seventh [sic] in the world championship. So something good maybe is happening.” Alonso also expressed frustration at the first lap antics, believing several rivals gained an advantage by utilising some of Paul Ricard’s extensive run-off areas. “It was all the race on the back foot, and from the start we had to avoid a lot of accidents in front of us,” he said. “People seemed to shortcut the circuit and nothing happened. We stay on the circuit and we came last just doing that. “But it was not our race, and after we had a suspension problem at the end. “We could not even see the chequered flag, so a not very competitive weekend for us. “But in five days we have another opportunity to forget this, and I really hope that Austria and especially Silverstone will be better circuits for us.”
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    Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon reprimanded for French GP collision Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly have both been reprimanded for the accident that eliminated both on the opening lap of the French Grand Prix. Ocon and Gasly were competing on home soil for the first time in their respective Formula 1 careers but came together through Virage de L’Hotel on the first lap at Paul Ricard. The pair sustained terminal damage and stewards investigated the clash, before deeming that each had to apportion a share of the blame, resulting in reprimands. The Stewards reviewed video evidence, heard from the driver of car 10 (Pierre Gasly), “The driver of car 31 [Ocon] was optimistic in his move from the left of the track across to the apex of the corner,” read the report. “The driver of car 10 [Gasly] was also overly optimistic in his late braking into the corner. “The Stewards are of the view that both drivers made errors which contributed to the collision.” On the collision, Ocon said: “I made a good start and got alongside Romain [Grosjean] down the pit straight before he made contact with me. “I was on the edge of the track but he moved over and hit me, which caused a lot of damage to the side of my car and the floor. “After that, Pierre lost it under braking in Turn 3 and hit me from behind, which ended my race completely.” Gasly explained: “It was tough to finish the race after just three corners. In Turn 3 I went on the inside and I thought Esteban had seen me, when I saw he closed the door I couldn’t avoid the collision. “It’s a shame to have this incident – especially at the French GP with two French drivers. It’s very difficult to take, I really wanted to do well this weekend and it’s definitely not wanted from my home race.”
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    French GP clash 'sums up my season' - Valtteri Bottas Valtteri Bottas says his clash with Sebastian Vettel at the start of the French Grand Prix “sums up my season” as he lost further ground in Formula 1’s title fight. Bottas was hit by Vettel as the leaders rounded the first corner at Paul Ricard and spun, sustaining a puncture in the process, which dropped him to the back of the field. Bottas continued with floor damage to his W09 and lost further ground with a slow second pit stop, eventually coming home in seventh position in a race won by Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. “That was a shame because we had a strong car today as Lewis’ result shows,” he said. “But my race was lost at Turn 1. I was on the outside going into it and I knew that keeping that line would put me on the inside for Turn 2. “Then suddenly I got a hit from behind, had a puncture and damaged my floor. “After that it was difficult as the car was quite damaged and I could feel the lack of rear end. “I was sliding around and had to do a second pit stop which was unfortunately slow so we lost more time there. “I guess today was just not my day; in a way it sums up my season so far.” Bottas has now slipped 53 points behind team-mate Hamilton in the fight for the 2018 crown but insists he will stay positive, adamant that his fortunes will change. “There are some positives – we were strong as a team, although unfortunately we could not turn that into a perfect points result,” he said. “I also set the fastest lap of the race despite the condition of the car. I'll keep my head down, work hard and hopefully the luck will turn around at some point – I think it's about time.”
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    VERSTAPPEN: THEY WON’T BE AS BAD ON VETTEL AS THEY WERE ON ME Red Bull driver Max Verstappen could not resist a stab at his critics after finishing second at the French Grand Prix, surviving a first lap melee instigated by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The Dutchman faced a barrage of criticism earlier in the season after a spate of incidents cost him and his team dearly, but in the last four races, Verstappen has finished on the podium on three occasions. Speaking after the race at Le Castellet, Verstappen did not hold back, “I hope when we get to Austria that the journalists ask him if [Vettel] will change his approach because that is what l heard for so many races. It really annoyed me and was stupid to ask. I’m getting annoyed about it.” Immediately after the race, Vettel was slammed by Mercedes F1 chief Niki Lauda but Verstappen refused to jump on the bandwagon,”Mistakes happen and they happen to the best of us. But it makes me angry because they won’t be as bad on him as they were on me.” “All the time they came to me on how l should change my approach and these stupid comments. I didn’t change a thing and now everything is going right.” “I focus on my myself, but all these stupid comments you read on social media and journalists, it’s really stupid. I am not going to hold back on it,” added Verstappen.
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    VETTEL: IT WAS MY MISTAKE Sebastian Vettel will count himself lucky after triggering a first lap melee when he collided with the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap of the French Grand Prix, thereafter the German was left to play catch-up and his reward at the end of the day was fifth place. After making a strong start Vettel tagged the rear of the Mercedes as the field slithered through Turn 1 and Turn 2 complex, which sent it spinning with a puncture while he damaged the front wing on the Ferrari. That incident coupled to another collision in the midpack prompted a safety car phase to clear the debris. Vettel pitted to replace the front wing, while Bottas limped to the pits to replace his punctured tyre. Stewards had a look at the incident and handed the German a five seconds penalty for causing the collision. Vettel explained afterwards, “My start was too good and then I ended up with nowhere to go. It was my mistake. I tried to brake early and get out of it but I had no room. “Valtteri tried to get his position back which is fair enough but then I had nowhere to go. The turn goes left and I tried to slow down but with that little grip, I therefore unfortunately made contact with Valtteri.” Prior to the race Ferrari were expected to take the race to Mercedes, but with Vettel and Bottas marginalised Lewis Hamilton went on to score a commanding victory on the day, virtually unchallenged. Vettel lamented, “I think we had good pace. I tried to hammer through the field to recover, and damaged the tyres. I think we had decent pace to go at least with Mercedes.” Vettel arrived in France leading the championship by a single point over Hamilton, he departed Circuit Paul Ricard in second place, 14 points adrift of top spot.
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    Lauda slams Vettel penalty as too lenient Mercedes chief Niki Lauda has slammed the decision by the FIA to hand Sebastian Vettel just a five-second penalty for his first corner collision with Valtteri Bottas in the French Grand Prix. Vettel locked up going into Turn 1 and collided with the back of Bottas, hitting the Finn's left rear tyre and pitching the Mercedes off the track and into a spin. The FIA looked at the incident and ruled that Vettel was guilty of causing the crash, handing the German a five-second penalty that he served at his second pitstop. But after Vettel was able to recover to finish fifth – two places ahead of Bottas – Lauda was far from impressed about how things played out. Asked by Sky F1 if a 1-2 had been on the cards for Mercedes, its non-executive chairman said: "I think we could have done, and why Vettel only gets five seconds for this enormous mistake I don't really understand. It is too little. "There is more time they can give them. That is what I mean. Five seconds is nothing. He destroyed the whole race for himself and Bottas." Lauda's comments came after Hamilton was clear about Vettel being at fault for the clash when he watched a replay prior to the podium ceremony. "Jeez, he took him right out," said Hamilton was he was filmed. "Oh, man, that's crazy."
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    FRENCH GRAND PRIX: HAMILTON WINS VETTEL STUMBLES Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton regained the world championship points lead after winning the French Grand Prix in commanding style while his main rivals Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas collided on the opening lap. Hamilton who qualified on pole powered to victory in the 53 lap race, the first grand prix in France since 2008, without much of a challenge and in control throughout the afternoon and thus winning his 44th race in the silver of Mercedes. The Briton now leads the championship after eight rounds with 145 points, 14 more than Vettel while Mercedes lead the constructors’ title race from Ferrari by 25 points. Hamilton reflected, “I feel very grateful, grateful for a solid weekend. My guys, I have been with them for six years they are pushing the boundaries and never giving up so I want to thank them and everyone at the factory. This is a great day. I enjoyed the race. The weather has been good and good to see so many people here.” Hamilton’s title rival, Vettel who led the championship before the race at Circuit Paul Ricard, was on the back foot all afternoon after tagging the back of Bottas’ Mercedes and smashing his front wing on the opening lap. The Finn lost more time than the German as he was forced to limp back to the pits with a punctured rear. he also had floor damage that hampered him throughout the race. Vettel, who also tagged the rear of Grosjean’s Haas in the first lap melee, was given a five seconds penalty by the stewards for his role in the incident, the Ferrari driver chased hard all afternoon and fifth his reward. Bottas also recovered to finish seventh. Immediately behind them, there was another multi-car incident when Romain Grosjean in the Haas collided with the Force India of Esteban Ocon, which was then collected by the wayward Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly who missed his brake marks. By the time the dust had settled two of the three Frenchman who started the race were out a couple of hundred metres from the start. Grosjean survived to finish 11th despite a five seconds penalty. The big winner on the day was Max Verstappen in the Red Bull who turned fourth place on the grid to second on the podium with another mature and incident-free performance. The Dutchman summed up, “It was good. I tried to follow Lewis. He was controlling the pace. I didn’t have to work very hard for it but it’s good to be in the podium.” Kimi Raikkonen recovered from a poor qualifying and a sluggish start to finish third in the other Ferrari, the Finn having a feisty run late in the race when chasing down and overtaking the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. Raikkonen said, “I got a bit blocked with all the mayhem that happened but a decent recovery. At the end, we had a lot of speed and managed to get on the podium.” The Australian was fourth, his car visibly slower with damaged bodywork which in the end denied him the firepower to feoff of Raikkonen. Behind Vettel, Kevin Magnussen ‘won Division 2’ with a strong showing in the Haas, the Dane capitalising on the first lap melee to bag fifth and with it a decent haul off points for his team who were Best of the Rest this weekend in France. Carlos Sainz was running as high up as third at one point, but his race was compromised late on when an engine issue cost him power and dropped him from sixth down to eighth. Nico Hulkenberg was ninth, for a double-points finish for Renault on home soil. The final point went to Charles Leclerc in the Sauber in tenth who again saw his shares rise with a faultless and impressive performance, comprehensively outperforming his more experienced teammate in 14th. The misery continued for Fernando Alonso, the Spaniard enjoying the highs of winning at Le Mans last weekend with Toyota, on Sunday he was last of the runners in the woefully uncompetitive McLaren, his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne was 12th. FIA Blow-By-Blow Report The race started in spectacular style, with championship leader Vettel colliding with Bottas in Turn 1. The German made a good start but could find no way to attack pole position starter Hamilton. Vettel moved right where Bottas was powering past and as the pair went into the first corner there was contact. Bottas sustained a rear left puncture and Vettel nose damage, which forced both back to the pits for repairs. There was another incident in heading into Turn 3 when Ocon and Grosjean touched wheels and then in the turn, Ocon and Gasly collided. Both Frenchman were ruled out of their home race and with debris on the track, the Safety Car was deployed. Behind the SC Hamilton now led Verstappen, with Sainz third for Renault after a good start from P7 on the grid. Ricciardo was fourth with Räikkönen fifth. After their stops for repairs, during which they also took on soft tyres, Vettel and Bottas rejoined at th back in 17th and 18th place respectively. Racing resumed at the end of lap five and Hamilton controlled the re-start well to hold his lead over an unchanged top five. Vettel and Bottas were quickly on the march once racing resumed, however, and by lap 10 the Ferrari driver was up to 10th place, with Bottas in P13. Vettel, though, had been placed under investigation by the stewards, and the German was handed a five-second time penalty for causing the collision with his Mercedes rival. Vettel was on a march, however and in short order he dismissed Perez and Grosjean to sit eighth behind Leclerc on lap 16 and then he powered past Magnussen and Sainz to take fifth place on lap 20. He was now 30s behind race leader Hamilton, having made a pit stop and taken on soft tyres. Verstappen was the first of the leaders to make a scheduled pit stop and at the end of lap 25 the Dutchman took on a set of soft tyres before rejoining in fourth place behind Hamilton, Ricciardo and Räikkönen. Vettel was now just 3.7s behind Verstappen in fifth place. Ricciardo then made his stop for softs on lap 28. Hamilton pitted on lap 33, again for softs, and ceded the lead briefly to Räikkönen. But the Finn made his own trip to pit lane soon after and Hamilton jumped back to first place ahead of Verstappen and Ricciardo who had powered past Vettel when the German made a mistake at the Le Beausset corner. Räikkönen’s stop dropped him to fifth place behind his team-mate but the Finn had bolted on supersoft tyres and was now lapping considerably faster than Vettel. The German quickly moved over for his team-mate and Räikkönen rose to fourth. Vettel’s race was then compromised further when he made a second stop for tyres at the end of lap 40. There was an issue with the change and the German was stationary for a crippling 9.1s. He lost no places but there were now 35.9s between him and Räikkönen. At the front, Hamilton was now seemingly in control. On lap 43 he was 4.8s clear of Verstappen, who was experience a vibration problem on his car, while Ricciardo was a further 9.3 further back. Räikkönen was now 4.5s behind the Australian, with Vettel fifth ahead of Sainz, Magnussen, Bottas (who also had a slow pit stop) Hulkenberg and 10th-placed Leclerc. Räikkönen then began to close on Ricciardo as his tyre advantage told and with eight laps left he attacked the Australian. The Red Bull driver tried to defend and managed to keep Räikkönen at bay for half the lap but eventually the Finn snuck past through the chicane to take third place. Sixth-placed Sainz was the next man in trouble and a handful of laps from home he reported a loss of power. He was quickly passed by Magnussen and Bottas and dropped to eighth place, eight seconds ahead of team-mate Hulkenberg. And that was how it stayed, with Hamilton crossing the line after 53 laps to take his 65th career grand prix victory ahead of Verstappen and Räikkönen. Ricciardo was fourth, with Vettel fifth ahead of Magnussen, Bottas, Sainz, Hulkenberg and Leclerc. The result means that Hamilton now heads the drivers’ standings with 145 points, 14 clear of Vettel. Ricciardo moves back to third place with 96 points, four clear of Bottas. MIKA: I can't believe Vettel only got a 5 second grid penalty! WTF is that for a penalty?
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    FORCE INDIA SLAPPED WITH BIG FINE FOR LOOSE WHEEL Force India have been fined €100,000 ($116,550), with €85,000 of the total suspended for a year, after a rear wheel flew off Sergio Perez’s car at speed during free practice for the French Grand Prix. The team were also told by stewards on Saturday to investigate their assembly and quality control procedures to ensure such a potentially dangerous accident did not happen again. Stewards at Circuit Paul Ricard said in a statement that the problem had been caused by an assembly fault rather than any incorrect or incomplete fitment of the wheel. They also cleared the left rear-wheel gun operator of blame and agreed that neither the team nor the driver had any advance warning that there was a problem. “It would be unreasonable to infer that the team did not take ‘appropriate action’ to stop the car because it had no way of knowing of the problem,” they said in a statement. “Accordingly, and consistent with previous decisions this year, the stewards decided that the grid-place penalty that ‘may’ be imposed… would not be applied.” However, they also noted that it was the third such incident involving the team in the past two years and the second this season. “Hence the usual penalty has been significantly increased,” they said, adding that they hoped the size of the fine would act as a deterrent. The suspended 85,000 euros will be payable if there is a repeat in the next 12 months. Force India, co-owned by troubled Indian businessman Vijay Mallya, have one of the sport’s smallest budgets and had cash-flow problems earlier in the year, making the sanction particularly painful.
  13. Fuchun Boat Rooms Fuchun Boat Rooms are a touring option should you be travelling to China one of these days, especially if you’re going anywhere near the Hangzhou area. These houses aim to recover the spirit of the Chinese river people that lived on these parts for hundreds of years, starting in the early Ming dynasty and up to the middle of the Qing one. These houses were created by a team of architects from the prestigious China Academy of Art, they’re pretty much wooden cabins that are built on a steel structure that ensures an overwater view and inspire a boat-life spirit but because they’re solidly fixed on to the ground you get no motion sickness, which may happen on a real boat-house. Its pure oriental design will surely provide a unique ambiance and create interesting memories of your stay making it all the more special.
  14. The Story of Anchor Liberty Ale: The Beer that Started the Craft Revolution Liberty Ale was first brewed in 1975 to commemorate the start of a revolution—the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s ride—but, in the process, it ended up launching one. Walk into any taproom, bottle shop or local watering hole these days and you’ll find an IPA-heavy assortment of sudsy offerings. And while the India Pale Ale’s history can be traced overseas, the American version’s history, in all its hoppy glory, begins with Anchor Liberty Ale. Frederick Louis “Fritz” Maytag purchased Anchor Brewing Company in 1965, saving the 70-year-old brewery from closing its doors. “When Fritz started, there were mostly major breweries making lager,” says Mark Carpenter, brewmaster at Anchor. “The smaller breweries that were around at the time just tried to compete by making cheaper lager than the big guys.” Knowing that model would never work, Maytag decided to focus on quality, being hands-on and, in turn, charging a bit more for his beer. It would be nine years before he saw a profit, but shortly after he did, Maytag looked to expand Anchor’s range beyond the classic Anchor Steam and the newly introduced Anchor Porter, which was the first produced by an American craft brewery after Prohibition. To do so, he looked to England. Drawing inspiration from a stronger ale he had during his travels in West Yorkshire, Maytag returned to the U.S. and concocted Anchor’s newest beer: Liberty Ale. It was a beer that featured hops like no American beer had before, and it defied existing labels. Liberty Ale was more effervescent than the pale ales of England, brewed with whole-cone hops, and crafted with only natural ingredients. A couple of years earlier, it was Coors who started experimenting with Cascade hops, a new American hop variety. But whereas Coors used the newfangled American hop in small quantities to impart some slight notes, Anchor went all in on it. Not only did they use it during the boil to make a beer far more bitter than anything most Americans had ever come across, but they used it to dry-hop Liberty Ale and deliver an aroma U.S.-based nostrils had never experienced. For the first time, that citrusy, floral aroma that drives hopheads crazy flowed from draft lines. It was the first American IPA (or the first American Pale Ale, as category lines are often quite blurry). Since Anchor Liberty Ale didn’t exist when the terms “American Pale Ale” and “IPA” were used prevalently in the States, it was simply called their “special ale.” Michael Jackson, the famed beer writer, called Anchor Liberty Ale the first modern American ale, and its introduction set in motion the craft beer tidal wave that would slowly build over the next few decades. “Pale Ales started the microbrewers revolution,” says Carpenter. After Liberty Ale came New Albion Ale from New Albion Brewing Company, a short-lived brewery that only churned out 7.5 barrels a week, and then the infamous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, often championed as one of the earliest and finest craft brews. It was the style that launched a thousand little breweries, inspired homebrewers, and changed the landscape of beer in America. Today, IPAs account for close to a quarter of all craft beer sales, and the style is the most popular category at the Great American Beer Festival. Names like “Heady” and “Pliny” dominate trade forums and spark impromptu trips to Vermont and California. Five of the top ten beers in America sport those three little letters (even if they drop a “D” before them). “When I started, there were 100 breweries in America,” says Carpenter, who began working at Anchor in 1971. “Today there’s around 3,800. It’s impossible to comprehend.” It really is. It’s estimated that America’s beer industry has created 1.75 million jobs, and that’s not just because of the big guys. There’s BPA (Before Pale Ale) and APA (After Pale Ale). With close to 4,000 breweries, we suggest stopping into the one around the corner, ordering up their latest IPA featuring the current hottest hop (they’ll have one), and raising a toast to Fritz Maytag and Anchor Brewing for starting this whole damn thing.
  15. CONSTELLATION AUDIO LEO SMART SPEAKER Constellation is known for its products of stellar audio quality, with simple if slightly inelegant designs. But with their latest music system, they’ve sought to create a beautiful outward shape to resonate with the product’s inward brilliance. The result is a striking speaker that they call the Leo. The first product in their new Dominion series, the Leo represents a Renaissance for Constellation’s engineer and design division. Built to be compact, attractive, and intelligent (if only we had all been built the same) the Leo is part of Constellation’s SmartAudioProducts initiative, through which they’ve sought to integrate new technologies for the modern music lover. The Leo’s intelligence means that fine-tuning and control is available using your smartphone or tablet. A tri-amplified stereo system, the Leo promises to evoke high-quality sound from any media with which it’s paired, from CD players to phono cartridges. The Leo can also connect to WiFi, Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay for streamlined streaming. Two 6.5-inch high-sensitivity woofers, each driven by their own 140-watt amplifier, reside on opposite ends of the architecture to produce thumping bass while avoiding bothersome vibration. Two 2.5-inch midrange drivers tethered to individual 70-watt amplifiers belt the mids, while the highs are illuminated by two 0.75-inch tweeter, also connected to 70-watt amps. Touting itself the world’s finest playback interface, the Leo is an audial and visual artwork for your home. Coming soon to a living room ampitheater near you, the Leo will be available for purchase later this year.

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