Tag Archives: Beer

World Beer Map

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I really like this map that shows beers from every nation in the world – even the ones where alcohol is illegal.

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The Art and Science of Beer

Great piece with Charlie Bamforth, the head of Malting and Brewing Science and UC Davis.

 

The Beer Archaeologist

Patrick McGovern, an archaeologist and adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is considered the world’s leading expert on ancient brewing techniques and alcohol-related traditions. In recent years, he’s been a big part of a movement to recreate ancient recipes for beer (or mead/cider/whatever) with some pretty big successes. McGovern makes the case that beer has played a much larger role in history than one would initially think:

The ancients were liable to spike their drinks with all sorts of unpredictable stuff—olive oil, bog myrtle, cheese, meadow­sweet, mugwort, carrot, not to mention hallucinogens like hemp and poppy. But Calagione and McGovern based their Egyptian selections on the archaeologist’s work with the tomb of the Pharaoh Scorpion I, where a curious combination of savory, thyme and coriander showed up in the residues of libations interred with the monarch in 3150 B.C. (They decided the za’atar spice medley, which frequently includes all those herbs, plus oregano and several others, was a current-day substitute.) Other guidelines came from the even more ancient Wadi Kubbaniya, an 18,000-year-old site in Upper Egypt where starch-dusted stones, probably used for grinding sorghum or bulrush, were found with the remains of doum-palm fruit and chamomile. It’s difficult to confirm, but “it’s very likely they were making beer there,” McGovern says.

The brewers also went so far as to harvest a local yeast, which might be descended from ancient varieties (many commercial beers are made with manufactured cultures). They left sugar-filled petri dishes out overnight at a remote Egyptian date farm, to capture wild airborne yeast cells, then mailed the samples to a Belgian lab, where the organisms were isolated and grown in large quantities.

Back at Dogfish Head, the tea of ingredients now inexplicably smacks of pineapple. McGovern advises the brewers to use less za’atar; they comply. The spices are dumped into a stainless steel kettle to stew with barley sugars and hops. McGovern acknowledges that the heat source should technically be wood or dried dung, not gas, but he notes approvingly that the kettle’s base is insulated with bricks, a suitably ancient technique.

As the beer boils during lunch break, McGovern sidles up to the brewery’s well-appointed bar and pours a tall, frosty Midas Touch for himself, spurning the Cokes nursed by the other brewers. He’s fond of citing the role of beer in ancient workplaces. “For the pyramids, each worker got a daily ration of four to five liters,” he says loudly, perhaps for Calagione’s benefit. “It was a source of nutrition, refreshment and reward for all the hard work. It was beer for pay. You would have had a rebellion on your hands if they’d run out. The pyramids might not have been built if there hadn’t been enough beer.”

The Beer Archaeologist   [SmithsonianMag]

Man Vows to Fast on Beer During Lent

J Wilson, an American blogger and home brewer, has vowed to fast on nothing but beer for Lent, following the tradition of Bavarian monks:

Following the ancient tradition of Bavarian monks who brewed stronger beer during the Lenten fast in order to subsist on an almost entirely liquid diet, J Wilson will spend the 46 days of the Lenten period drinking only beer. The young man, who writes about beer on the internet and claims never to have done a Lenten fast in his life, will drink bockbier, which was originally brewed by the Paulaner monks in Munich.

Man Vows to Fast on Beer During Lent [Catholic Herald]

[Thanks, Dad!]

Flight of the Bumblebee

A bunch of guys from Ireland (where else?) performing Flight of the Bumblebee on 101 beer bottles.

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Reblown Bottle Glasses

Glassblower Nick Paul of Chicago makes these really cool tumblers from old beer bottles and sells them through his website, Windy City Glass.

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Anti-Energy Drinks

Apparently you can now get anti-energy drinks instead of the tacky energy drinks we’re all familiar with:

Promising a “vacation in a bottle” or an “acupuncture session in every can,” makers of anti-energy drinks, as they’re known, say that after bailouts, foreclosures and Ponzi schemes, Americans nowadays would rather chill out than tweak out. To help us do so, they’re spiking their new beverages with ingredients such as chamomile, melatonin, and valerian root — all known for their supposed calming effects. Now in convenience-store display cases across America, drinks with names like Slow Cow, Ex Chill and Malava Relax are increasingly jockeying for space with their amped-up alter-egos like Jolt, Monster and Rockstar.”It’s my quest to relax the world,” says Innovative Beverage Group Holdings (IBGH) CEO Peter Bianchi, who developed the anti-energy beverage Drank. “I saw America becoming more and more hurried. We are going to burn out after a while.”

I’m having an anti-energy drink right now: it’s called beer.

[via BoingBoing]

Guinness Ad – Bring It to Life

A fantastic ad for Guinness showing a group of guys bringing a world to life. This is absolutely visually stunning! Wow.

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After Office Tie

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The ‘After Office Tie’ is one of 100 shortlisted entries from Design Boom’s recent design competitions. It’s designed by Sinapsis studios and allows the wearer to easily open a refreshing beverage after a long hard day.

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Go Plates

Go Plates

Go Plates represent an improvement on the ordinary plate (about time, if you ask me!). They allow you to rest a plate full of food on a beer, leaving a hand free for another plate full of food on top of a beer. Absolutely brilliant! At $48.50 for a pack of 42 they’re a bit pricey, but they’re reusable, so you may just get your money’s worth.

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