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News from Czech beer scene plus some more stuff. Na zdravi!

Viva la PINTA / Kraków – opening 26.06.2014 — June 27, 2014
DAS HORN — June 25, 2014

DAS HORN

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Tired of drinking from pint glasses, flasks, or — heaven forbid — gold chalices? Grab a Das Horn. Feel like a viking conqueror without all the “I’m drinking out of an elephant tusk” guilt.

No beasts, mythical or real, were harmed in making Das Horn. Made from BPA-free plastic with a stainless steel rim, this legendary drinking vessel holds up to 24 oz. (709ml) of your favorite cold beverage.

Das Horn includes a removable neck strap and display stand if you need to put it down.

$24.99

 

Draft Beer-Flavored Jelly Belly Jelly Beans — June 24, 2014

Draft Beer-Flavored Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

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“Three years in the making, Jelly Belly launches Draft Beer Jelly Belly jelly beans. The world’s first beer flavor jelly bean is inspired by hefeweizen ale with an effervescent, clean, crisp and wheaty taste. Take a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into crafting this unique bean with members of the Jelly Belly flavor team (based in California, USA) and commentary from The Beeroness, Jackie Dodd. Alcohol-free, four calories per bean, OU Kosher. Also free from fat, gluten and gelatin. Vegetarian and made in a peanut-free facility.”

The Jelly Belly Candy Company has created a new jelly bean flavor that tastes like a frosty glass full of tasty draft beer. The alcohol-free Draft Beer Jelly Belly jelly beans are available to purchase online from their official store.

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (7) — May 5, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (7)

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Craft Beer Branding Wars: 10 BREWERIES THAT HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR PACKAGING GAME
http://firstwefeast.com/
Since the 1970s, the number of craft breweries operating in the U.S. has skyrocketed from less than 100 to more than 2,500. That’s promising news for the industry as a whole, but if you’re a new upstart fighting for recognition—or an older outfit trying to stay relevant—it spells fierce competition. Go to any beer store—or even the local bodega—and you’ll be inundated by choice. Which of the 60 different IPAs on offer are you going to pick? In craft beer, as in any business, branding matters. But rather than relying on million-dollar Super Bowl commercials and sponsorships to push their product, most small breweries duke it out on the shelves simply with cool bottles and cans. If you’re as into label art as we are, it’s exciting is to see how these brands create visual identities to match the creativity of their beers.

The attack of Haynau: “Down with the Austrian butcher!”
http://hopbot.co/
The Spring of Nations took Europe by storm. People for various reasons from different background thought it was time to act. From Paris to Debrecen people fought for what they thought was right against their opressor, military officials like Julius Jacob von Haynau. In 1801 he started his military career in the Austrian army, rose quickly in the ranks and when the revolutionary insurrections of 1848 broke out in Italy, Haynau was selected to command troops to suppress them. He is still known as the “Hangman of Arad“, the “Hyena of Brescia” or just simply as “The Butcher” He had earned his delightful moniker by torturing prisoners and flogging women while suppressing revolts in Italy and Hungary. But this is a beer blog, so why do I write all about this you ask? I get to it now.

Pop the Top: The 15 Best Canned Beers
http://hiconsumption.com/
There’s no denying that cans are more convenient than bottles. Cans are lighter, less breakable, and they’re also better for the environment. But canned beers come with a stigma–that they all taste metallic and are, therefore, inferior to bottled brews. This may have been the case when canned beers were first introduced in 1935, but both brewing and canning technologies have come a long way since then, right? There are now a growing number of canned suds that satisfy. Even Samuel Adams began canning their brews in 2013, paving the way for smaller craft breweries to follow the trend. But now when you go into your local beverage center, you might see a wall of beer which all look similar–which includes the less-tasty offerings from the big brewers. In fact, some of the big guys are now masking their mediocre beer with a craft-style can design (we’re looking at you, Anheuser-Busch). So without further ado, here are the 15 best canned beers.

Mexican craft beer a Cinco de Mayo review
http://www.examiner.com/
With Cinco de Mayo coming up Sunday, May 5, a look at the state of affairs of Mexican craft beer is in order. Mexican beer has come a long way from the pale yellow fizzy lagers like Corona and Tecate. In today’s Mexico, craft brewers are setting up shop in and around major cities like Mexico City, Tijuana and Guadalajara. These pioneers have seen the craft beer craze sweep through the United States and seek to bring the great flavors of Mexico to artfully crafted ales. In an article by Yahoo Food editor Rachel Tepper, John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine, explained, “We’re seeing stouts, Belgian-style ales, tripels, beers that have local ingredients in with the mash,” Holl explained. “I think local ingredients can really be everything. Beers are brewed with cactus. Beers are aged in tequila barrels, or with spices that might go into certain local dishes.”

5 unlikely celebrities with some skin in the craft beer game
http://hopbox.co/
Ever wonder what celebrities do with their spare time and money? We’ve all heard stories about Charlie Sheen taking a hit of the devil’s dandruff and threatening porn stars. Justin Bieber might get a little high, hurl some eggs at his neighbor’s house, and then blame cocaine possession on his African American friend when the cops show up. Should we go on? Some celebrities, however, are productive, participating members of the community. And not just any community, we’re talking the craft beer community we’ve all come to know and love. In fact, we did a little research and put together a list of 5 celebrity-backed beers you’ve probably never heard of but should know about. There are some unlikely names in here, so get ready.

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Cicero´s Beer School Podcast
http://www.cicerosbeerschool.com/
Live beer tasting with the Brewmasters! Cicero’s Beer School has been rocking St Louis since 2006. Share the thirst for knowledge, right here. Or join us at Cicero’s Restaraunt in The Loop, 6691 Delmar, St Louis, MO 63130.

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (6) — April 28, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (6)

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Cigar City Brewing may leave Florida if bill passes
http://www.baynews9.com/
The founder of Cigar City Brewing in Tampa said he may move his business to another state. According to our partners at the Tampa Bay Times, Joey Redner said he may move the brewery to another state if new legislation affecting craft brewers passes. Redner said that even if it does not pass, he is worried the issue could come up again, putting expansion plans at risk.
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban breweries from selling their product directly to the public if they sell more than 2,000 kegs of beer a year.
Instead they would have to work through a distributor and buy their own product back at a higher price in order to sell it.

Talking With OC’s Woman Brewers: The Grit and the Glamour
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/
A one-ton pallet of grain arrives outside the Tustin Brewing Company. All 40 sacks must be carried one at a time up the long flight of stairs for storage. Any glamour associated with beer brewing quickly drowns in the sweat of the brewer’s brow. The work is so grueling and so time consuming that the grain distributors hide candy bars in between the sacks of barley and wheat for whoever must lug the 2,200 pounds of grain from one place to another — typically the assistant brewer. But at Tustin Brewing Co., the assistant brewer isn’t the typical burly beast of a man that most people imagine when they imagine a brewer; it’s 5-foot-tall Tina Thompson.For the past eight months, Thompson has been the only assistant to head brewer Jerrod Larsen. At Tustin Brewing Co., brew days begin at 5 a.m., and although Thompson despises waking up early for anything, she jumps out of bed to brew. “It’s physical work and it’s hard work but I think it’s really rewarding,” Thompson says. “At the end of the day, you’re like ‘Wow, I worked my butt off,’ but it feels good.”

Beer Portfolio Pro – Android App
https://play.google.com
A place where the serious beer drinker or Saturday imbiber can develop, categorize, scrutinize, organize, define, comprehend, and redefine their own unique taste and style of beer drinking.
Features
-Search for beers and get detailed information
-Scan Beer barcode information to search for beer info
-Find nearby craft breweries
-Keep track of every beer you have tried in an organized portfolio
-Rate Beers
-Add taste tags to help you remember what a beer taste like
-Track your beer statistics
-Find beers by style, taste, or brewery
-Discover new beers from other Beer Portfolio users
-Write, save, and share tasting notes with the Beer Portfolio community
-Beer of the day Home screen widget
-Find nearby breweries

Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers arrives nationwide beginning May 5th
http://beerpulse.com/
Stone Brewing Co. has released a new beer just about every week it seems and the first week of May will be no different. Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers arrives in stores the week of May 5th. In 2006, Chris Carroll, a longtime member of Team Stone, took that adage literally, proposing that we produce a one-off version of our venerable Stone Smoked Porter made spicy from the addition of chipotle peppers. We gave it a shot and found that those smoked jalapeños melded quite naturally with the smoldery peat-smoked malt that gives the beer its flavor and moniker, creating a deep, roasty quaff with a carefully restrained tingle of tasteful capsaicin heat in the finish.

Nudist Resort Offer Naked Beer Festival
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
We may have found the only festival where it’s actually acceptable (and encouraged) to get your drink on and get naked. The only catch? You have to take your clothes off before you start drinking. Welcome to the Sunny Rest Beer Festival, a “Bare Beach Beer Fest.” The festival, which takes place Saturday, June 28th at the Sunny Rest Resort in the Pocono Mountains, is an event that offers unlimited craft beer samples and requires nudity, according to its flyer. Oh — and if you bring said event flyer with you, it’s also free to get into the resort. Is this better than college?

 

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We Like Drinking Trivia 12
http://welikedrinking.com/

Every week we will bring you a set of 5 trivia questions about anything related to the drinks we love and cover. Topics range from industry news and pop culture to obscure wine and beer choices. Bottom line: you can’t prepare for it and we wouldn’t want you to. Just enjoy it and think of it as a way to kick off your weekend.

We hope you come back every week to match wits against our staff and see if you can claim your rightful spot atop the leaderboard. After all, who doesn’t want to blow up the bell curve, especially when it’s about a topic as awesome as booze? Once you finish, be sure to share it with your drinking crew (use the share buttons below) to show them who’s boss!

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (4) — April 22, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (4)

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Kim Jong-ale: How did Ushers brewery of Trowbridge end up in North Korea producing Pyongyang’s number one beer – and what did it take to set up a taste test back in Wiltshire?
http://www.independent.co.uk/
Gary Todd remembers the day they came to take away his brewery: ‘Some of them had never seen plastic cups. And toilet seats were like gold. They took everything’.
Gary Todd remembers well the day the North Koreans came to take away his brewery. It was late summer in 2000 and the Scot, who has beer in his blood, had been made redundant as head brewer at Ushers of Trowbridge. After 175 years of production, the brewery, which dominated the centre of the Wiltshire county town, had gone bust. As developers circled for valuable land, every pipe, vessel and keg was put up for sale. Soon, a preferred bidder emerged: Kim Jong-il, the late Supreme Leader of North Korea.

 

Ex-Microsoft engineer invents a new machine to help you brew the perfect batch of beer
http://bgr.com/
Home brewing is rewarding but it’s also often fraught with peril — if you don’t thoroughly sterilize all of your equipment or if you drop in the yeast while your wort is still hot, it can ruin hours of hard work. Bloomberg Businessweek has written a profile on former Windows engineer Bill Mitchell, who left Microsoft in 2010 to work full-time on PicoBrew, a startup that’s dedicated to take away as many potential pain points as possible for home brewers. Last fall, PicoBrew launched a Kickstarter for Zymatic, its own automatic beer brewing appliance that raised more than $660,000, or more than four times its original goal of $150,000. PicoBrew’s pitch is very appealing to anyone who’s ever tried their hand at making beer before: It wants to help you “make your own great craft beer at home with about the effort you put into pressing the button on your esspresso maker.”

 

JustAnotherBeerBlog’s Favorite Beer Podcasts
http://justanotherbeerblog.com/
Finding a good, well-produced beer podcast in the iTunes or Google Play store is like finding a good beer at the corner stop and shop; you’re going to have to wade through a lot of crap to find one or two golden nuggets. Below is a list of my favorites, many of which I’ve been listening to for several years, and some I’ve just discovered. Hopefully you’ll like my choices and find something new to enjoy. Don’t see your favorite on this list? Add it in the comments.

 

A Song of Malt and Hops
http://mylamebeerblog.com/
Since August 2013 I have been working on this project starting with House Mormont. The concept is if the houses from A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) had a house brewery (which was common through out the middle ages up until the industrial revolution) what would their house beer taste like? I then develop a recipe for each house, find the ingredients, and brew up these fantasy beers. Each brew is very unique, as unique as the family that inspires it. The project is ongoing and this page will be updated as new brews arrive.

 

Spring Beers, Ranked
http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/
Good news: No matter how you do your seasonal accounting, it’s definitely spring now. You’re already kinda bored with baseball, you’ve got mud in previously undiscovered orifices, and your favorite fair-weather hot dog stand will come and go before Dick Vitale screams at you again. Furthermore, I solemnly swear not to let another flake of snow hit your driveway before the pumpkin beers hit the shelves. “But wait, handsome weather guarantor,” you say. “Of course there won’t be snow by then, for pumpkin beers come out in July, ha ha, bitch bitch, your plot is busted, just like my soul, because the only thing that truly brings me joy is complaining about the premature release of seasonal beers.” And I get it. You’re right. I am handsome, and spring beers started showing up about 18 inches of snow ago. And I’ll do you one worse and point out that a lot of seasonal releases are gimmicky nonsense. But regardless of my personal preferences and handsomeness, the issue’s moot, because I’ve missed the window of spring beer relevance by now. It’s high time we start grousing about this year’s crop of summer beers, too many of which are shandies and radlers and whatever other words they use to mean “two-thirds of a light beer topped with shitty citrus soda.”

 

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10 WAYS TO COOK WITH BEER!
http://lovebeerlovefood.com/
It’s no surprise that I love to cook with beer. My recent interview with the fine folks of the Ohio Beercast inspired me to think about all the various ways you can use beer in cooking. I was amazed at all of the options I came up with – practically limitless. To get us thinking, here are 10 Ways to Cook with Beer…

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (3) — April 14, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (3)

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Debunking “8 Beers That You Should Stop Drinking Immediately”
http://blog.timesunion.com/
This blog is a guest post by noted beer historian Maureen Ogle, but first a quick intro and rant of my own: There’s an article being passed around the craft beer community a lot lately called 8 Beers That You Should Stop Drinking Immediately. At first glance it appears to be a Buzzfeed-style “listicle” complete with easy-to-read short paragraphs and big, colorful pictures. However, upon closer inspection it’s quite clear that this article is pure hokum. I’m not familiar with this website, but if you click on the author’s name “mr.z”, you’ll see he writes almost exclusively about the evils of GMOs, Monsanto, fluoride, etc. This is the kind of pseudo-scientific fluff you’ll often find in the bowels of conspiracy websites and anonymous forums. And while I’m not a fan of these things, I don’t rely on articles that cite no sources for accurate information on these types of issues (false information on the internet – what the….!?). The fact this article exists doesn’t bother me. What has irked me to no end is the fact people within the craft beer community are spreading this drivel around and believing it! I can’t count the number of people that have sent me a link to this as if they’ve just taken the red pill and awoken to reality, when they’ve just been duped by some huckster.

 

Crowdfunding craft beer: Viable business strategy or market fad?
http://www.craftbrewingbusiness.com
Crowdfunding is a new-school way for cash-strapped entrepreneurs to both involve fans in brand expansion as well as gain the funds necessary to reach business goals. Sounds great, right? Well, there’s no such thing as a free pint. Let’s see if crowdfunding makes sense for your business. “With the number of breweries/brewpubs/craft beer affiliate companies skyrocketing, there is only so much that private financing and bank loans can support. We offer an outlet of additional funding to these companies that was not available to them in the recent past. We feel that the craft beer market will continue to grow at a high rate, and that there is an untapped market of everyday craft beer enthusiasts that want in on the action.”

 

Vagabund Brauerei
http://www.slowtravelberlin.com/
Marcel Krüger profiles Wedding’s most famous crowd-sourced craft brewery…
There are many bars and pubs in Wedding. Some sell Sternenburger Pilsener or ‘Sterni’, the cheap mass-produced beer of workers and alcoholics; others sell locally produced craft beer. But only one of them has a vagabond’s bundle – dangling from the end of a stick – hanging over the entrance. Vagabund (the German word for vagabond) is a new neighbourhood brewery. Launched by three American home brewers, the venue opened a small taproom in July 2013 after a successful crowdfunding campaign (which made them Europe’s first crowd-funded brewery) that served craft beer, classic Belgian ales and lager from family breweries from the south of Germany. And, of course, their own brews.

 

Choosing The Right Glass For Your Beer, Wine, and Spirits: Part One
http://everythingontap.com/
Drinking beer, wine, and spirits can be two things. For someone who is only after intoxication, the quality of the drink, the environment of the consumption, and the accoutrements of the process are meaningless. Strawberry Hill is just as good as Château Latour. But for those of us who view beer, wine, and spirits as important parts of enjoying life, and even seeking the divine, everything matters: even glassware. The chosen drinking vessel for an adult beverage is an important part of the entire sensual experience. The right glassware for the right beverage, can enhance and emphasize the drink’s visual appeal, aroma, flavor, and even physical characteristics. This first part of this three-part series on choosing the right glassware, will focus on glassware for beer. Most of us, including me before I really started studying beer, assume that one glass is as good as another. After all, if you go to your local bar or pub, most beers are poured into the same glasses. Maybe it is a traditionally-tapered pint glass, or just a cold mug, but we are used to the idea that a glass is a glass. But once I began to really study about how to appreciate and taste beer, I then began to realize that the right glass really makes a great difference.

 

FOOD – A FEAST OF BEER AND MEAT
http://www.idrinkgoodbeer.com/
We are big Game Of Thrones nerds here at I Drink Good Beer so with the premier of season four hitting HBO this past weekend, we couldn’t help ourselves but to have a feast that can only be fit for a king.Using the book that Jared got for Christmas, we picked an fantastic roast recipe out of the book with a few sides to make along with it.
You can’t have a Game Of Thrones dinner without a Game Of Thrones beer. Thank the gods old and new, that Ommegang is continuing on making these themed beers for the show. They have had a blond ale, a stout and have now looked to a red ale to pair up with season four that they call Fire and Blood.

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Six Health Benefits of Beer
http://www.brewreviewcrew.com/
When you picture a stereotypical beer drinker’s body, you might think of one thing: a beer belly. While people who drink a lot and don’t take care of themselves can develop some unnecessary weight, there are also many health benefits to downing your favorite beverage. Here at the Brew Review Crew, we decided to take point out some of the health benefits of beer, and put them into an easy to understand graphic. Cheers!

 

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (2) — April 7, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (2)

 

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The Best Kind of Geography Is Beer Geography
http://www.psmag.com/
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
http://geekologie.com/
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
http://www.policymic.com/
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
http://www.popsci.com/
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
http://banoosh.com/
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.

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Which type of Beer are you?
http://www.whichblankareyou.com/
A quiz to determine which type of beer you are, and of course which type of beer you should be drinking right now!

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (1) — March 31, 2014

5+1 Monday Beer Readings (1)

A new segment is here! Every Monday you will have a chance to browse through five articles or blogpost I collected over the weekend. So the very first edition is ready!

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London’s best historical pubs: the ultimate tour
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
There are few more quintessentially English experiences than supping a pint of ale in a centuries-old public house, where the walls could tell you stories. London is awash with such places, remarkably so in some respects, given the destruction wreaked by the Great Fire of London, Second World War bombs and post-war planners. Marked in the map above are some wonderfully historical pubs in the heart of London. Some were around before Shakespeare; others are comparatively recent Victorian additions – but all have a fascinating story behind them. There are many more options beyond this map, and we have highlighted some of the most noteworthy below.

MIKKELLER AND EARL OF ESSEX BREW DAY
http://www.theeveningbrews.co.uk/
It’s always great when the Mikkeller crew comes to town. They were here for two collaboration brews, one with Partizan for the Rainbow Project and one with the brewpub Earl of Essex, and a tap takeover at the Kings Arms. It’s safe to say they were making the most of their recent visit.

 

Beer Run!
http://www.runnersworld.com/
A (somewhat) scientific look at how a postrun pint (or two) affects your favorite activity. Biggest surprise? It’s different for women.

 

History of Brewing – Industrial Revolution and Pasteur (1780 – 1860)
http://drunkalchemist.blogspot.cz/
The Industrial Revolution provided the tools to make large batches of consistent beers for the first time in history. This is because the hydrometer, thermometer, and microscope were all invented during this period. Industrialization provided breweries with the infrastructure to brew, package, and distribute large quantities of beer.

 

3 Common Beer Myths Busted
http://lovebeerlovefood.com
Beer is a beautiful thing – A perfect balance of four ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. Recently I have been hearing vicious lies circulating about this wonderfully complex and diverse beverage causing people to dismiss entire categories or even colors of beer. Tragic, I know. Let’s bust open  some of the most common beer myths, why don’t we?

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Bloxi (bloxi.com) Beer Quiz!