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‘Little Obama’ ice cream for sale in Russia

Little ObamaAccording to The Moscow Times, a new ice cream product called Obamka, or Little Obama, is on sale now in the Russian republic of Tatarstan.

It went on sale last month in the city of Naberezhnye Chelny.

A Soviet-era cartoon called Chunga-Changa, about an island inhabited by African children, is reportedly the inspiration for the product.

The product is currently only available locally.

The name of the product isn’t political, according to the manufacturer:

Deputy development director at the Slavitsa ice cream factory Rasil Mustafin, said that the name was not political but chosen due to the product’s chocolate flavor. “There’s no political underpinning. We have no intention to offend anyone,” he said. “Someone at the factory came up with the idea.”

Little Obama not the only Obama product overseas

little obamaIn 2014, it was reported that Chinese vendors near the Great Wall of China had been forced to temporarily stop selling Obama-Mao t-shirts. The reason for the moratorium was a visit to the area by First Lady Michelle Obama. These shirts depicted President Obama dressed as Chinese Communist icon Mao Zedong. Plenty of other “Obamao” products have been for sale in the People’s Republic.

Obama isn’t alone in this regard there:

As I walked through one hutong, I saw a paper fan sporting the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s face beside the caption: “Do not miss me, I’m already a legend.”

During a 2009 Summit in Russia, there were nesting dolls featuring Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and Dmitry Medvedev.

When President Obama visited Kenya in 2015, it was seen as, “a prime opportunity for otherwise impoverished citizens to make some fast money selling Obama souvenirs.”

The Wall Street Journal‘s lede in a story on this subject goes into further details:

Kenyan street hawker Enokh Mulure and two friends recently spent about $1,300 on a truckload of Barack Obama mugs, calendars, baseball caps and T-shirts. Mr. Obama is making his first trip to Kenya as president this week, and to Mr. Mulure that means one thing: “Business.”

Old Bay Filet-O-Fish at McDonald’s for Lent

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Just in time for Lent, McDonald’s is serving Filet-O-Fish sandwiches starting February 16 for a limited time at limited locations.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Will you be ordering a Filet-O-Bay for lent?

McDonald’s and McCormick & Co. hope so. The two have teamed up to offer, for a limited time, a Filet-O-Fish with Old Bay tartar sauce starting Feb. 16 at more than 700 locations in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The idea, McDonald’s says, came from Mark Furr, a franchisee from Baltimore

What goes unmentioned is the fact that if it weren’t for Catholics and Lent, the a Filet-O-Fish might not ever have been added to the McDonald’s menu. I wrote about this last year when I wrote about the fish sandwich at Chick-Fil-A for Lent.

I will try this sandwich at McDonald’s at least once since I’m going to be skipping two days of eating meat every week for Lent this year again (I’ve tried to skip meat on Fridays year round starting fairly recently.)

However, I expect to stay with the Chick-Fil-A fish sandwich or the Arby’s one when I have to get fast food fish this Lent.

World of Beer to open 2nd Baltimore-area location

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The website for World of Beer shows that a new location is coming soon to 115 East Joppa Road in Towson (which is apparently Towson Square.)

I asked Baltimore County Councilman David Marks (whose district this will be located in) for his reaction to the news and he provided the following comment:

I welcome any business to our district that is going to create jobs, but particularly a distinctive restaurant that is unique to the area.

World of Beer features an extensive craft beer selection along with food and live entertainment in their tavern locations. There is a location at McHenry Row in Baltimore City and two locations in the northern Virginia suburbs of DC (Reston and Arlington.)

I had heard rumors of one coming to White Marsh in the Baltimore suburbs and that resulted in me finding the Towson location that is coming soon. If you know details that confirm or debunk the White Marsh rumors, please leave a comment.

There’s one other issue with the Towson location. On their website directory, World of Beer misspells the town’s name as “Towsen.” I tweeted it to the attention of their corporate Twitter account but so far it has yet to be fixed.

No, Budweiser is NOT getting rid of the Clydesdales

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I saw a headline Sunday that Anheuscher-Busch was not using their iconic Clydesdales in Christmas ads this year. I didn’t think much of it until a bunch of other stories said they were getting rid of them altogether. I did see a piece debunking that yesterday as well. Now that the story is well on the way to virality, I wanted to stand athwart the landslide of outraged comments and get it corrected (and I personally think most of the beers made by Anheuscher-Busch taste like I imagine Clydesdale urine must taste like, so don’t call me, a craft beer guy, a fanboy for writing this.)

Here’s what a Yahoo blog noted about the original report:

Rest easy, Budweiser Clydesdales — you aren’t being put out to pasture just yet.

Contrary to an earlier report, the iconic horses, who have been an essential part of the Budweiser brand for nearly a century, will in fact be appearing in the beer company’s holiday advertising this year.

Horse fans and beer drinkers alike were alarmed by a Wall Street Journal story published Sunday claiming that the magnificent beasts were being phased out of Bud’s 2014 holiday advertising in an effort to appeal to younger consumers.

“The company has decided that persuading 21- to 27-year-olds to grab a Bud is the best chance to stop the free-fall. After years of developing advertising and marketing that appeals to all ages, AB InBev plans to concentrate future Budweiser promotions exclusively on that age bracket,”
The Journal’s story claimed. “That means it won’t trot out the traditional Budweiser Clydesdales for this year’s holiday advertising. It means February’s Super Bowl ads will feature something more current than last year’s Fleetwood Mac. It means less baseball and more raves with DJ group Cash Cash.”

Here’s the truth:

However, a spokesman for the company told TheWrap on Monday that the horses will continue the tradition of appearing in the brewer’s holiday advertising.

“The story this morning may have left a wrong impression – the Budweiser Clydesdales will, in fact, be featured in next year’s Super Bowl advertising and are also a part of upcoming holiday responsible drinking advertising,” a spokesman for the company said in a statement. “The Clydesdales play a strong role for the brand, representing Budweiser quality and care for more than 80 years. As icons of the brand — and relevant symbols of integrity, perfection and team spirit for all generations — they are important to the brand and our campaigns.”

The revered horses will even be galloping into the digital age this year, with a piece of content that will run digitally, featuring real people along with the Clydesdales.

The moral of the story is a continued reminder to be wary of what you read on the internet. The secondary sources who picked up the WSJ piece had time to find out what the Wrap blog at Yahoo found out, but going for the clickbait headlines that get shared more ruled the day (some of this may fall on the people who shared them as well – especially if they didn’t read the actual articles.)

Natty Boh, PBR now owned by Russian company

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NBC reports:

Attention, hipsters. Pabst Brewing Company — and its signature Pabst Blue Ribbon, the ironic, iconic favorite of the young and the cool — has sold to a Russian beverage firm after a century and a half of American ownership, an investing firm announced Thursday. Oasis Beverages, the largest independent brewer in Russia, bought Pabst, which also produces Colt .45, Old Milwaukee and Lone Star beers, according to a statement by the American investment firmTSG Consumer Partners, which will hold a minority stake.

Pabst, which is based in Milwaukee, also makes National Bohemian, a.k.a. Natty Boh. Colt .45 was original owned by National Bohemian as  well. National Premium, another brand that used to be owned by Natty Boh back in the day, is being made by an independent local brewer in Maryland now.

Natty Boh is not brewed in Baltimore or in Maryland anymore, yet local publications still put it in the best local beer category in their voting for best local beers and it often wins, largely because Baltimore denizens, like many people nationally, have low standards and expectations for their beer quality. There are much better local Baltimore and Maryland craft beers that people should give a try if they haven’t already.

Even Governor Martin O’Malley made a bet with the governor of California before the 2012 Super Bowl that included Natty Boh beer until the Maryland Brewers Association busted his chops on it and he deleted the tweet and changed the bet to some actual local beer.

I doubt this move will have an impact on most people who drink Natty Boh, honestly, and to be nice I won’t go much further into detail on that other than saying almost 90% of Natty Boh sales are in the Baltimore area.

No word if the slogan will be changed from “From the Land of Pleasant Living” to something more in line with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.