Archive for the ‘Beer’ Category

Beersicles-who wouldn’t want one on a hot summer day?

July 16, 2008

Reason Magazine

The Triumphant Return of the Hopsicle

Radley Balko | July 15, 2008, 9:39am

Last summer, I posted on the travails of Rustico, a great little restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia trying to get the okay from state alcohol regulators to put frozen beer on a stick on its menu. Virginia had an old law on the books stating that alcohol must be either served in its original container or immediately after pouring. After a year of negotiation, the “hopsicle” returned to Rustico earlier this month. There’s also now a bill pending in the state legislature cementing the legal status of the frozen treat.

I had one last night. It was the cherry-flavored pop you see above, made from a Belgian kriek. Very, very tasty.

Also taking effect this month in Virginia: a bill legalizing sangria. That drink was also banned in the commonwealth, due to a post-Prohibition law banning any drink that mixes spirits, wine, or beer. The law technically outlawed martinis and boilermakers, too.

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If 43,000 pounds of Dos Equis beer spills on highway is anyone sad?

July 15, 2008

A truck carrying 43,000 pounds of beer blew a tire, overturned and caught fire shortly before noon Monday on eastbound I-20 in DeKalb County.

According to DeKalb County Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Eric Jackson, dozens of full and unopened Dos Equis beer kegs inside the truck did not spill during the accident — to the dismay of hundreds who were forced to wait in the hot midday sun until blocked lanes were cleared about 1:45 p.m.

Nobody was hurt in the wreck, which blocked two of the center lanes of the interstate just east of Panola Road.

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Budweiser, the crappiest of American beers, to possibly be purchased by a European beer company?!?!

June 12, 2008

Budweiser, while a terrible, terrible beer, is apparently being courted by Belgian Brewer InBev. Fear not, loyal Bud drinkers, if approved, the sale won’t result in a better taste, or really any taste, being added to your beer. Knock back a cold bottle of piss and read this.

Here’s to hoping they at least keep great commercials like this one coming.

Now that’s some good science: Keeping beer fresher

June 7, 2008

ScienceDaily (Jun. 7, 2008) — Scientists in Venezuela are reporting an advance in the centuries-old effort to preserve the fresh taste that beer drinkers value more than any other characteristic of that popular beverage.

Their study identifies key substances involved in giving beer an aged or “oxidized” flavor.

In the new study, Adriana Bravo and colleagues point out that past efforts to keep beer fresh have focused on protecting beer from contact with the air throughout the brewing process. That focus, however, has resulted in only a relatively small improvement in flavor stability.

The research identified a group of poorly understood substances called alpha-carbonyls as important culprits in the decline in fresh flavor that occurs as beer ages. It also showed that levels of some of these substances could be reduced by adding ingredients that block their formation, thus making beer taste fresher longer.

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