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This Week in Beer News: Hemp Beer, Snake Venom and is For Sale

Rise and shine, cupcake, and reach for that six pack. With only two more days to go before Friday, you have some serious thinking to do about what beer you're gonna chug this weekend. Russian imperial stout, anyone?

There is no doubt that beer contains a substance, alcohol, that is bad for your health in high quantities and all, but at least it satisfies a portion of your daily caloric needs. With a certified Trappist brewery in Massachusetts, Americans won't have to travel far for some authentic ale; and with Brewmeister's record-breaking brew, they won't have to drink a lot of it either.

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The United States Gets its First Trappist Brewery

Trappist beers are the product of a centuries old do-it-yourself ethic originating from the Cicterian Monks in La Trappe, France during the late 17th century. The Trappist order spread to other monasteries in the region, but war and revolution has reduced the number to all but eight. But now there is Spencer Brewery, America's first certified Trappist brewery at Saint Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. To become one, Trappist breweries must abide by the guidelines of the International Trappist Association.

Hemp Beer Now For Sale in Washington

It was bound to happen. Leave it to someone a beer state like Washington, which is now known for it's cannabis culture, to make a formidable brew made with hemp seeds. It was none other than Washington's Red Hook Brewery to team up with the Ballard Hilliard brewery in Seattle to make a beer called Joint Effort. It recently went on sale, but it's only available in Washington. Don't worry about getting high when drinking it because it contains no THC, or the substance that gets you high.

The World's Strongest Beer is Called 'Snake Venom'

It was a good run while it lasted, but Brewmeister's Snake Venom beer has usurped the title for the world's strongest beer from it's previous placeholder, Armageddon, which is also made by same Scottish brewery. Where Armageddon stood at 65 percent alcohol-by-volume, Snake Venom beats it by at least two and half percentage points at 67.5 percent ABV.

Highest Ranked Craft Beers Show Declining ABV

Beer blogger Bryan Roth made an interesting observation on his blog, This is Why I'm Drunk, that the alcohol percentages of top-ranked beers on are declining. Where imperial stouts have largely dominated the list of top 20 beers for several years, hitting a peak of 11.53 percent ABV in 2007, Roth postulates that the recent decline is mainly due to the introduction of a little variety, such as the low-alcohol sours that Miami's Johnathan Wakefield is known to brew. Is Available and it Costs $8,415

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