In my day job, I read a lot.  Mostly, I read about the ‘intricacies of who gives a crap’ and the ‘dealings of nobody but me cares’, but when I am free from the tyranny of Big Brother, I read about sports, life, and mostly beer. 

Since I've got all this free time, I want to take you on my own kind of afternoon bender through the best, and possibly worst, beer-related (or not!) news items from the last 24 hours or so. If it is worth reading, it goes through me, and into the pages below. If you have something to contribute to the daily Afternoon Bender, send it over and we'll always credit you in the post. We are open to interesting news that's not necessarily beer-related either. Send it over and we'll give it a look, as long as it's interesting! Just remember, good news is rare these days.

July 1st is Canada Day – celebrate with a Canadian beer.  I prefer Unibroue and Diel de Ciel, but the Huffington Post has a great list of non-Molson beers.  Thanks to MaritimeBeerRpt for this one.
12 Beers to Drink for Canada Day from Huffpost Living Canada

Bacon. Beer. Fudge.  What else is needed?
Thanks to Bacon_And_Legs
Classy as Fudge - Fudge with Southern Tier Choklat Oranj Stout

Fun numbers about craft beer sales, including surprising numbers from Not Your Father’s Root Beer (NYFRB) and New Glarus (NG).
Thanks to guysdrinkinbeer and Brewbound
IRI: Craft Sales Up 20 Percent; Not Your Father’s Root Beer Cracks the List

Speaking of NYFRB. Does it matter what company owns the beer and how they market?  Should it matter?
A mysterious Midwestern brewer toys with dessert from The Boston Globe

Carlsberg debuts men’s grooming line!
Please Shower Responsibly: Carlsberg Beer Launches Haircare Line from Paste Magazine

Whoa Lagunitas!
Lagunitas to open colossal brewery in Azusa from The LA Times

Enjoy Chicago's own 5 Rabbit in Milwaukee
Chicago's 5 Rabbit comes to Milwaukee from Journal Sentinel Online

“Iowans will be able to buy growlers full of craft beers brewed in Iowa anywhere that has a class "C" alcohol license. That includes grocery stores and gas stations, for example. “
Craft Beer Growlers Coming Soon to a Convience Store Near You from Iowa Public Radio

New Georgia Law – Direct Sale Brewery to Customer now allowed
Georgia craft breweries celebrate new law that allows direct sale of beer to customers from NY Daily News

Something we know a little about. Ha! “Beertography”
'Beertography' captures the artistic side of beer

and finally, my non-beer related story of the day:

Do you like story-tellers, podcasts, or do you have kids?   If so, check out this new podcast by Joseph Theroux (a friend of BTL) who has created an amazing 10 minute a week story-telling podcast, think old school stories with a new school twist. Perfect for adults who want to step away from life or kids, who want to learn about life.