Thursday’s at 11 are becoming the e-mail equivalent of “Happy Hour!”  So drink up this week’s update responsibly.

In a likely futile effort to counter the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, Rio Olympic organizers announced today that they will replace the fuel normally used to light the Olympic Torch with Citronella Oil.

In other Rio news, the body of a man recently washed up on the shores of Brazil where the beach volleyball venue will be.  Posthumously, the man described the water “as the worst he’s never lived through.”

Random beer facts:

  • The study of beer and beer-making even has an official scientific name – zythology. It derives from the Greek words “zythos” (beer) and “logos” (study).
  • Beer prevents kidney stones. A study published in The American Journal of Epidemiology estimated that a bottle of beer consumed every day reduces the risk of kidney stones by 40%.
  • Ancient Babylonians were so serious about brewing beer that if anyone brewed a bad batch, they would drown them in it as a punishment. Let that serve as a fair warning, Jimmy.

Unlike Rio’s, Milwaukee’s water is H2Ohmygod-fantstic! City Lights Brewing Company salutes Milwaukee’s emerging reputation as the “Fresh Water Capital of the World” with a tribute on all packages: “Proudly Brewed in Milwaukee, USA.” Did you know that there are more than 200 water technology businesses, academic programs and economic development organizations in the region dedicated to the advancement of freshwater technologies?  The Milwaukee-based “Water Council” is passionate in its efforts to solve the world’s water problems right here in Milwaukee.

One of the beautiful things in working with 114 year old buildings is watching in awe the craftsmanship and artistry of the restoration professionals who are lovingly preserving the architectural wizardry and wonderment of the City Lights’ buildings; while making them appropriate facilities for world class brewing and hospitality operations. Hats off to the hard-hat wearing professionals bringing these Eschweiler-designed buildings back to their magical prominence with state-of-the-art functionality.

And so, our metaphorical e-mail Happy Hour concludes...