The Best Kind of Geography Is Beer Geography
University of Kentucky geographers used millions of geotagged tweets to produce fascinating beer maps of the United States. Last fall, a hangover remedy company called Blowfish produced a somewhat questionable map of the favorite beer brands in each state. According to the company’s data, collected by a third-party survey of more than 5,000 “drinkers” across the United States, the faux craft beer Blue Moon was proclaimed as the country’s most preferred brand. Considering Blue Moon’s relatively low market share, this company, which believes there’s actually a cure for hangovers, cannot be trusted for its methodological prowess.
Drinking Away The Past: Beer Brewed With Fossils
So, can I drink that as-is or do I need to wait? “You need to wait.” Woopsie. *wiping mustache* Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is a soon-to-be-released beer from Lost Rhino Brewing Company of Ashburn, Virginia, that’s brewed with a new yeast subspecies swabbed from an ancient fossil. The first batch is coming from a 14-million year old whale skull. Cool, but call me when you brew a Tyrannosaurus Wrecked Pale Ale. Even better, just send me a case. Plus a t-shirt and some koozies.
Your Favorite Beer Doesn’t Even Exist Yet
When most people think GMO crops, they think of Monsanto, corn and genetic tinkering with industrial-scale agriculture. But what if an entire, familiar industry — like beer — could undergo a revolution by rewriting an entire organism — like yeast — from scratch?That’s what a team of geneticists at Johns Hopkins University is doing and if they’re successful, the ramifications could be felt far beyond your next ill-advised 3 a.m. pint. As Popular Mechanics reports, the Yeast 2.0 project has designed and written an 11-million-letter DNA code which is being snipped out and snapped into cultures of regular yeast. And recently, they blew past their first development milestone by completing an entire chromosome — the third in yeast’s 16-chromosome structure. And as Popular Mechanics reports, they’re doing more than rewriting. They’re optimizing and downsizing the length of the genetic code that the yeast relies upon to fulfill its genetic destiny, essentially turning the blueprint of life into something more like computer code. Ultimately, it’s 10-15% shorter.
How Global Warming Will Affect Your Beer
A pilot study examines how drought affects the quality of starch in barley. There are many things that will change as Earth’s climate warms. Doctoral student Peter Gous is worried about the price and quality of beer. The aspiring plant bioengineer worked with a team of scientists to test how not getting enough water altered the quality of barley grains. In a small pilot study, the scientists found that the starches inside barley grains grown with too little water are different from starches found inside nicely-watered barley grains. The dryness-stressed barley had longer-chain starch grains and more protein than normally grown barley. From there, Gous made an interesting conjecture about the future—one we’ve never thought of.
8 Beers That You Should Stop Drinking Immediately
Many of us choose what we eat very carefully, or at least dedicate our minimum attention to it. But when it comes to drinks, especially alcoholic beverages, we do little to make the best decisions for our health. Which is a HUGE mistake. All the work for your body can be ruined in a weekend out. While foods and non alcoholic beverages are required to list their ingredients and are monitored by the FDA, beer does not belong in either. Alcohol industry had lobbied for years to avoid labeling its ingredients. Some to protect its recipes, but most – to hide harmful ingredients.