This Week in Beer News: Founder's Finds Florida, 100-Year-Old Beer, and the Spanish Death-Chug
As we struggle to make sense of the world in this age of non-stop information, sometimes the only thing to do is sit back, crack open a cold one, and think about unicorns. But don't zone out on us yet.
If you love beer like we do, read on. We have found some of the strangest beer news out there this week and bundled it up in one easily digestible blog post you can read in less time than it takes to finish a pint.
The Idaho Business Review reports that South Dakota man Steve Polley thinks freezing hops could actually make beer a better beverage. He's currently testing the idea with Deschutes Brewery in Oregon, but he's got a lot of proving to do. No one is quite sure how freezing hops is going to improve the taste of beer, but apparently Polley is using liquid nitrogen, a very expensive endeavor. Hop farmers are a bit skeptical too, since freezing could lead to ruination of their crop.
Buffalo Wild Wings has apparently teamed up with Redhook Brewery to brew a game-changing beer called, uh, "Game Changer". This makes sense, since BWW reportedly serves more draft beer than any other restaurant. Not a bad idea for a sports bar. The beer itself may not be changing any games, but collaborations between breweries and sports bars seems like a match made in heaven.
Beer sure is refreshing on a hot summer day, but ever wondered why you are bombarded by mosquitoes on those days too? It might because of the beer. A report in this month's issue of Smithsonian Magazine said one 12 ounce beer can increase your chance of getting bitten by a mosquito. Several other reports that have come out in the last few years show this, with a 10 to 20 percent higher chance of getting bitten. The reason is still a mystery to scientists but all the more reason to not spray your skin with beer as a repellant. Drink it instead, the you might not mind the mosquitos as much.
A group of brewers from Tacoma's Pacific Brewing and Malting Company will soon undertake an ordeal that only elite beer drinkers should do by drinking unopened bottles of 100-year-old beer. Workers recently made the discovery under an old staircase while remodeling the American Exchange Hotel in Sutter Creek, California. Here's the weird part: the bottles of beer hold the same name as the new brewing company. The hotel made a deal with Steve Navarro, one the brewery's owners, who picked them up from California. We shall soon see what level of skunk this beer will bring.
After a three month delay, Grand Rapids-based Founder's Brewing Company announced last week that they are entering the Florida market on August 19. According to their blog, they are going with Brown Distributing, who will be distributing throughout the entire state. The initial release is said to include all of their core brands and seasonal releases with the exception of cans of All Day IPA. Dang.
A beer-chugging contest has apparently led to a man's demise after he chugged six liters of beer in the allotted 20 minutes of the contest. Soon after he began lifting the trophy for winning the contest, Joaquín Alcaraz Gracia of Murcia, Spain began vomiting and soon went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the hospital but later died. If you're going to die, you might as well go out a winner in a beer-chugging contest.
Since the legalization of recreational cannabis in Washington and Colorado, brewers have been experimenting by using it as an ingredient in their beer. Regulations require U.S. Government approval of virtually anything that goes with the commercial brewing of beer, including label designs. While weed beer may not find wide distribution beyond certain locales, brewers from several states are already defying government rules that prohibit labels from referencing "drugs, drug terms or slang associated with drugs." One example is Redhook Ale Brewery in Washington which brews a Joint Effort Hemp Ale, but distributes it only within the state. Time to move to Washington, or Colorado.
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