Jim Koch: America Is Envy of World's Beer Brewers

Jim Koch: Rest of Brewers in the World Envy America. Koch, founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company (and former kitchen brewer of Sam Adams), was on CBS extolling the treasure we call beer. “The craft brewing movement in the United States has spawned craft breweries in many of the traditional countries like England, or Germany, or Belgium …,” he said. “And in the rest of the world, the entrepreneurs are taking their inspiration from American craft brewers. We get German brewers coming to our brewery in Boston wanting to know, ‘How are you doing this? This is really cool! We want to do this in Germany.'” [CBS This Morning]

Aly Raisman Inks Deal with Poland Spring. “Water is an important part of my daily life, and Poland Spring is the 100 percent natural spring water that I have used as part of my training, recovery, and everyday life,” said Raisman, who will now be hydrated in and out of the gym by Poland Spring, in a statement.  [Boston.com]

Paul Pierce, Lenny Kravitz Lure Customers to Microsoft Store Grand Opening. Microsoft, which opens its store in the Pru on Thursday, announced that customers/fans/shoppers can line up starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, and the first 1,000 customers will get access to the Lenny Kravitz concert on Saturday at the Bank of America Pavilion, and Paul Pierce will be on-hand to show off his talents with the Microsoft Kinect. In other words, they really want to create an Apple-esque buzz.  [Boston Business Journal]

Sal DiMasi’s Long-Awaited Appeal Blames Judge for Excessive Punishment. DiMasi’s lawyers argue that he received a harsher sentence because he went to trial and publicly disagreed with the verdict. “All the harsh sentences in the world will not deter conduct state legislators think lawful. Punishing DiMasi for the transgressions of others to serve general deterrence goals is subjectively unreasonable under those circumstances,” Thomas R. Kiley and William J. Cintolo wrote in the appeal.  [Herald]

Annual List Reveals What the Class of 2016 Doesn’t Understand. Ready to feel equal parts old and nostalgic? Beloit College just released its annual “Mindset” list, which briefs academics on the events, icons, and references bound to fall flat on the incoming class of 2016. Things like how this year’s incoming freshman have always had blue M&Ms, but never tan ones. Whaat?  [Beloit.edu]