This Week In Beer News: Taco Hands, Beer Turkey and Kentucky Common Ale Revival
In mathematical terms, Thanksgiving equals spending time with family, a trash-talking card game or two, passing out with a belly full of turkey dinner and beer and then waking up to count your new stretch marks.
In This Week in Beer News, we try to celebrate that you shouldn't just be thankful for beer, but that you can drink it, or that you even have a mouth, or otherwise be thankful that you're in good health or that you're at least alive (although with a hangover some of us wish we weren't).
J. Wakefield Brewing is Bringing Back Kentucky Common Ales
J. Wakefield Brewing is not open yet, but in the meantime, owner Jonathan Wakefield and crew will be pouring some of their famous Berliners in the parking lot of their brewery during Art Basel on December 6. Wakefield has brewed a keg of Kentucky Common ale for the event. Along with California steam beer, Kentucky Common ales are one of two of the first beers developed in America. Popular up until the age of Prohibition, they are seldom brewed commercially today.
Santa Ana Beer Heist Goes Bad
A couple of guys from Santa Ana, California found themselves getting rescued by police after becoming trapped on a high-rise hotel balcony. Both thieves allegedly tried to steal beer from a nearby gas station, then fled to the hotel where they attempted to flee police by scaling down ten stories of hotel balconies, with one of them breaking their leg in the process. They should be thankful for not falling to their deaths.
Taco Beer Is A Real Thing
Professional brewers from Pennsylvania's Tired Hands and California's Cellarmaker Brewing Company teamed up to brew a collaboration beer called Taco Hands that is made with taco ingredients. Along with using grain, these crazy zythophiles used lime, chilis, spices, taco shells and some hops in the brewing process.
Farm Turkeys Are Being Fattened With Beer
There is such thing as beer chicken and now there is such thing as beer turkey, but it's not exactly what you think. Joe Morette from New Hampshire raised 50 turkeys this year for Thanksgiving and he fed them beer, specifically lagers. Morette says the birds fatter, juicier and more flavorful. Animal rights group PETA doesn't like this, of course, but some poultry experts say that hops could benefit the intestinal tracts of the sacrificial birds.
Alcoholism Hard to Treat in An Era of Craft Beer
Now for a little sobering news. With hundreds of new craft breweries opening up across the U.S. each year, people suffering from alcoholism are having a hard time coping among the seeming ubiquity of craft beer. Just a little reminder that while many are able to enjoy the fruits of this growing industry, craft beer contains a substance known as alcohol, which has been known to cause serious health problems in large quantities and deaths from drunk people crashing their cars into other people. Be responsible with your drinking and have a safe holiday.
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