One thing you can count on happening every week is beer, which is essentially a barometer of news itself. But beer is better, because you can't drink the news.
This week, the beer news is bittersweet. A man died in a brewery accident last week, a sober reminder that working at a brewery ain't all fun and games. But on the happier side of the coin, South Florida's newest brewery, Wynwood Brewing Company, is ready for mass production.
Michael Forson thought he was the victim of a prank when he reached into a newly bought case of Bud Light and pulled out a stiff, curled snake. But the stench of dead animal made him realize the snake was real. It had apparently slithered inside the case, wrapped itself around some bottles, and died. Poor little snake.
In the land of Texas, where deep-frying whole armadillos is not too far-fetched, someone actually invented deep-fried beer. But it's not what you think. Inventor Mark Zable places the beer inside a pocket of a pretzel, which is dunked in oil heated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 seconds -- short enough for the beer to remain alcoholic. Zable said it took him three years to figure out the exact cooking method, but he declined to say how it actually works. His invention will be unveiled at the Texas State Fair later this month.
Stone Brewing Company has suffered the loss of one of its brewers, Matthew Courtright, who died in a tragic accident last week. Courtright was operating a forklift at the brewery restaurant when it overturned and landed on top of him. Courtright was 27 years old. Raise a pint in honor of his memory.
Miami Brewing Company, a division of Schnebly Redland's Winery, hired Andrew Guthrie last week. It could be said that Guthrie is the brewery's first proper brewmaster, since the person before him was more of a wine maker. But that doesn't make their beer any less delicious. Coming out of Cutler Ridge in southern Miami-Dade County, Guthrie is the brain behind all the new recipes and the improver of existing ones at MBC. All hail the Guthrie.
It's a moment that all craft beer freaks in South Florida have been waiting for: the official launch of Wynwood Brewing Company. The brewery's actually been open for business and brewing full-time since receiving its manufacturer's license last month. However, the official launch of its beer to the general public will be on September 23 starting at Gramps in the Wynwood district of Miami. Opening the city's first brewery in more than half a century, owner and native Luis Brignoni has finally reached his goal. This makes the second production brewery in Miami-Dade County. More are on the way.