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Cöffeemeister

Coffee has been flirting with the booze-world, of late. Yesterday, I saw a TV commercial for a nitro-cold brew from a prominent coffee company. This means that unlike soda and traditional beer, nitro beverages receive the same bubble-treatment as Guinness.

Next up in this trend, Jägermeister just announced that it has a cold brew variation of its traditional liqueur. Each shot will boast 10% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee, and they add cacao for a dry & earthy chocolate-y-ness.

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Can You Brew Beer with Gorilla-Food?

Animals in captivity require different diets than their counterparts in the wild. For this reason, it is sometimes difficult for zoos to house new animals, since they may not initially know of their dietary and medicinal needs.

An African spice described as tasting of ginger, cardamom, and pepper has been found to prevent a heart condition in gorillas in zoos.

Sam Adams incorporates this same spice—known as Grains of Paradise—in their annual Summer Ale.

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Heineken Used Beer to Build a Home

In the 1960s Alfred Heineken (of the Heineken beer) had a rectangular beer bottle developed, which could function as a building material for houses in impoverished countries.

On a trip to the Caribbean island Curaçao in 1960, Heineken found himself distressed with how many conventional beer bottles littered the beach. This was the inspiration behind converting empty beer bottles into construction materials.

Unfortunately, the project proved untenable, and very few houses got built.

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Would You Drink a Sloth-Beer?

Los Angeles-based Simmzy’s Brewpub participated in Brew at the L.A. Zoo—a craft beer festival with 40 breweries.

Simmzy’s brewed a beer for the event, after enlisting the help of a sloth named Charlie from the L.A. Zoo. After staff laid out a table of fruits & herbs, apparently Charlie selected pear and rose petals.

From there, Simmzy’s made a German-style kölsch called “Slothen Bräu”.

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Surviving Prohibition: The Anheuser-Busch Edition

For 13 years between 1920 – 1933 it was illegal to make alcohol in America. While over 1,000 breweries went out of business, several found ways to retool their facilities and keep making money.

Not content with slipping into bankruptcy, Anheuser-Busch switched from making beer to amphibious cars. While I have never seen them in any of John Wayne’s WWII movies, apparently they saw action with the army & navy in the second world war.

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Does Your Country Drink More Beer Than the Others?

For the last 23 years the good people of the Czech Republic have drank more beer per capita than any other nation on Earth. According to the latest statistics, the Czechs each drink 250 pints per year.

To see if your country ranks in the top 10 of beer drinking, click here.

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How Did Beer Teach Wine Makers to Start Aging in Wooden Barrels?

Before the Gauls—the people inhabiting modern day France & Belgium—succumbed to Roman armies 2,300 years ago, wine was stored and transported in clay pots. These pots (called amphorae) originated with the ancient Egyptians.

Upon invading the Gallic Empire of western Europe, the Romans noticed that the locals transported their beer in light weight & sturdy barrels made out of oak. After they switched to these wooden containers for their wine, the Romans noticed how oak barrels influenced the flavor of their wines.

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Sake Step 1: Prepare the Rice!

Sake is a very complex alcohol that is made using a unique blend of wine-making and beer-brewing techniques.


In the Sake-making process, the first step is to prepare the rice for fermentation.

To this end, rice is passed over a rough stone to slowly ware down the hulls. The longer rice is pollished like this the better quality the Sake will be.

Polishing the rice like this process can take up to 4 days, and the finest quality of grains for making sake end up 50% of their original size.

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Why Has Homebrewing Declined in Africa?

Today, throughout Africa commercial Sorghum-based beers sell for less than $1.00 each. However, only recently has commercial beer become popular there.

In the late 1960s Sorghum-based homebrew made up 85% of all beer consumed throughout Africa. Brewing essentials, as well as just-add-water kits made it significantly cheaper to drink homebrew, rather than commercial beer.

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Yeasts Select Their Own Smell

Beer brewers carefully select very specific strains of yeast for their brews. Any one of the litterally hundreds of different types of yeast can impart a specific set of aromas and/or flavors to the final beer.

Beer afficianodos are not the only creatures that are captivated by the aromas that yeast give to beer. Fruit flies are drawn to a specific scent that is created by yeast. Moreover, this is a scent that the yeast can directly control!

When a yeast colony is multiplying too quickly the single-celled organisms have the ability to turn on (& off) this fruit fly-attracting scent. When the scent is active the insects land to feast on the beer, and some lucky yeast cells hitchhike to a new buffet.

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