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In this photo provided by the California Governor's Press Office, California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill allowing beer bikes to operate on city streets as his wife Anne Gust Brown, left, looks on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown signed the bill before going on a ride with his wife and Sen. Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat who crafted the bill to create a vehicle safety standard for bike buses that allow up to 15 people to pedal at once. (California Governor's Press Office via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo provided by the California Governor's Press Office, California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill allowing beer bikes to operate on city streets as his wife Anne Gust Brown, left, looks on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown signed the bill before going on a ride with his wife and Sen. Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat who crafted the bill to create a vehicle safety standard for bike buses that allow up to 15 people to pedal at once. (California Governor's Press Office via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

It is now legal to operate beer bikes on city streets in California. Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB530 into law. Governor Brown signed the bill while riding a beer bike in Sacramento with his wife and State Senator Richard Pan. The Senator crafted the bill to create a vehicle safety standard for pedicabs that allow up to 15 people to pedal at once. The law allows passengers on the pedicab to drink the best craft beer available. Beer bike pedicabs are are often provided as a riding tour around a city like San Diego, with select stops at bars and brewpubs. The Governor has already signed into law bills legalizing beer tasting at local farmers markets. So cheers Governor Brown, here’s to helping the state with beer-related activities while still looking cool!

And now in international beer news…

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Morocco has cancelled its first ever beer festival. Local authorities in Casablanca have shut down plans for a festival of beer. The Moroccan company Brasseries du Maroc organized the event which was supposed to be held from Oct 8 to Nov 8. The month long festival was intended to boost sales and promote local bars and beers. Authorities said they banned the festival because of noncompliance with legal rules and procedures. The Muslim country has strict penalties for Muslims caught drinking and tries to limit the advertising and distribution of alcohol. So bummer Morocco, you almost made it into the world-wide beer movement.

Speaking of backwards religious folk…

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Texas officials have prohibited the use of crowler-fillers in the state’s brewpubs and bars. A Crowler is a 32-ounce aluminum can that is used like a Growler, in that it is filled at a brewpub for a customer to take home for later. The Crowler is fast becoming a favorite among beer fans for its ability to keep a draft beer fresh longer. The state regulators say the problem lies in the fact that retailers need a manufacturing license to operate the can-filling machine. The Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission has been stepping up its enforcement game, going so far as to send agents into seize one of the machines from a bar that was ordered to stop selling the Crowlers. The officials aggressive stance has rubbed bar owners and craft beer lovers the wrong way, with some setting up for a legal fight and others petitioning a law change. The Crowler machines have been sold to beer retailers by Oskar Blues for the past two years, with Crowlers now available in California and the free state of Colorado. So cheers Texas, no one wants to move there anyways, so who cares about your stupid beer laws.

And now, beer festivals and events from around the world…

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The 2015 Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival is taking place on October 7th to the 10th in the lovely, historic Nottingham Castle in Nottingham, England. This event will feature over 1000 beers and 200 ciders, hot food, cold food, entertainment and crazy old men.

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The 2nd annual Haunted Brew Fest is taking place on October 10th in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. This event will feature over 100 beers from over 40 breweries, a costume contest, games, live music, and some pretty scary spiders and ghosts.

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The 4th annual Harrison Beer Festival is going down on October 16th and 17th in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia. This event will feature a cask night, a live Oktoberfest band, and tons of great Canadian beer. Ahhhh yeaahhh.

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And finally the greatest event of all time: it is Beachwood Brewing 4th annual Sourfest held every other year at both their Seal Beach and Long Beach locations. The event will feature sour beers from local breweries on Tuesday, Crooked Stave will be featured on Wednesday, and The Bruery will be featured on Thursday, Allagash on Friday, and the Shelton Brothers will be providing the sours on Saturday. What an epic week of great beers, with some 200 different sours being offered!

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Wherever you are in the world, get out there and join in on your local craft beer events. I'm CodyBrewandGrow and this has been another episode of Brew News Weekly Update on the one and only Beer Thirty Show on dfzradio.com.

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