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Tag Archives: Beer

Maple Bacon Coffee Beer? Really? That Settles It: There Is A God!

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Like hitting a royal flush, this Porter beer by Funky Buddha Brewery straight up mashed all our happy buttons at once. Maple syrup, bacon, and coffee flavours in a beer? Good Lord, we’re so excited we’d rather let them describe it:

Evoking a complete diner-style breakfast in a glass, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is a complex beer with a multitude of flavors at play. It pours an opaque ebony brew with a frothy tan head. Aromas of sticky maple syrup, coffee, and cream creep forth from the glass. The mouth feel is luxuriously creamy, with layers of sweet malt, toffee, and roast giving way to waves of smoke, coffee, and salted chocolate. It finishes sticky, rich, and sweet, with the flavor of maple syrup lingering pleasantly on the tongue.

It’s a special release brew with 6.4% alcohol content. We’re not sure where it’s available, but the company’s website is solid and should be able to point you in the right direction.

Incidentally, you should check these guys out altogether. They have a bunch of other funky flavours, like Raspberry Habanero and Reece Peanut Butter Cup.

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Crime & Punishment Chile-Infused Beers Will Put Your Manliness To The Test

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You can say you like beer, but if all you ever down is can after can of Bud Light, you don’t like beer; you like getting drunk. The more discerning aficionados tend to gravitate towards craft brews as they typically pack more taste and aroma than their mass produced corporate counterparts. On the scene since 1996, Stone Brewing company is known for their hop-heavy California-style brews. And now they’ve launched an intriguing duo of chile pepper-infused beers, called Crime and Punishment, which is based on some of their better selling current roster of beers. Here’s their description of what they’ve done:

Crime is Lukcy Basartd Ale (correct spelling -Ed.) (a blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Double Bastard Ale and OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale) brewed with freshly harvested peppers and aged in bourbon barrels. Like a criminal act, this capsicum-laced temptation — brewed with jalapeños and black nagas, to name but a few — provides entrée into the seedy underbelly of Stone’s pepper-induced purgatory. Similarly, Punishment is 2013 Double Bastard Ale brewed with freshly harvested peppers and aged in bourbon barrels. Brutally hot and unyielding in its imposition, this intensely hellish spawn of Caribbean red hots, fatalis and Moruga scorpion peppers is a just dessert for any spice-taunting masochist who dares to engage it.

Craft beer, hot peppers, mouth melting heat? Sounds like a combination made for the more daunting among us. And we’re going to do everything we can to get our hands on some.

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Spin Chill Gets Your Brews Frosty In No Time

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Did you know that spinning a can of beer in ice drastically cuts the time it takes to lower its temperature? No? Neither did we, but apparently that’s true and it has something to do with convection currents you create within the liquid. We’re not clear on the physics at play to be honest, but Spin Chill hopes to capitalize on the principle by offering you two ways of getting a can of beer frosty in as little as a minute. The first is the Chill Bit, which is a plastic attachment that accepts a standard can of beer on one end, and plugs into a drill on the other. Plunge the whole thing in icy water and spin till cold. But if you don’t carry a drill around with you, the Beerouette has you covered. It’s a small, self-contained, motorized, waterproof beer spinner device that’s meant to be immersed in an ice-filled cooler along with the beer, and can be carried in your pocket.

You can get in on the action for as little as $12, which will give you either a can or bottle Chill Bit, and for $35, you get the Beerouette. The Kickstarter is fully funded, and deliveries are expected for November, in time for the Holidays.

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Vending Machine Doles Out Free Beer to Lazy Bystanders

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Getting free beer doesn’t get any easier than this. All you have to do is stand in front of this vending machine and do nothing for three minutes. It’s that easy. This is the latest in a series of advertising stunts done by various companies using a vending machine that doles out free goods in exchange for a random or sometimes unusual action by the person.

The one set up by beer company Amstel is called the Amstel Pause and it definitely stays true to its name. Anybody who wants a cold one only has to press a button to start the timer and stand on the designated spot in front of the Pause. Once the three minutes is up, the machine dispenses a can of booze.

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BrewBit Wireless Offers Real-Time Monitoring When You’re Brewing Booze at Home

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Making homemade beer is more than just mashing and mixing stuff and letting it sit. It’s sort of like an art form that involves technique aside from the technical. For example, temperature is a really important thing to keep track of so you’ll end up with professional-quality and good-tasting beer. One tool that can help you monitor the temperature when you’re brewing is the BrewBit Model-T.

The BrewBit is a WiFi-enabled temperature controller with open source software, so you can hack it and modify it to perform other functions, if you’re not a homebrewer. It’s equipped with dual independent temperature probes and dual independent outputs. You can choose to control one, both, or none of the outputs for logging purposes. Its makers explain that the BrewBit can help “keep your fermentation and mash temperatures where you want them to be”, resulting in high-quality, great-tasting beer.

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This Is A Brilliant One-Handed Bottle Opener

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Formerly called the GrOpener and now apparently renamed GrabOpener (probably due to the similarities between the word grope and GrOpener), this one-handed beer bottle opening device is nothing short of genius. Whether you just don’t want to use both hands or are actually lacking one, it makes the act of separating a bottle from its cap easy as pie. Invented by visual artist Mark Manger, it’s available for purchase online for all of $16. This recently went viral on Reddit, so of course everything is backordered for 2 to 3 weeks. Still, cool product, and it comes in 5 colors. If you’re wondering how exactly this works, just watch the video below.

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Feeling Spontaneous?

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Have you ever just wanted to head out to the airport, and spontaneously buy a ticket to some relaxing destination with no prior planning? We sure have… Yet for most of us, our tickets are always booked in advance and our trips are planned quite efficiently. Looking to change all that (for some, at least), Heineken, in partnership with Wieden & Kennedy New York, has decided to challenge travellers at the airport to break through their comfort zone. Basically they set up boards, as seen above, in buzzing airport terminals like JFK and challenged travellers to take part in “departure roulette” where a simple hit of the button changes your destination to a random exotic location; obviously, you have no say in what it could be.

Lets say you are headed from JFK to LAX with family for a long planned trip, you get pressured at the airport and you press the button… BOOM (well not “boom”, since it’s an airport and the TSA doesn’t have a sense of humour): new destination, St-Tropez on your own! Last Tuesday someone actually played and ended up going to Cyprus instead of Vienna with their family. They also received a $2,000 bonus from Heineken to cover expenses and got a hotel for 2 nights.

So… what we understand from this is you have to be at the airport and already have a ticket to an initial destination, which in most cases you have taken time out to plan and organize, and if you are spontaneous enough you have the chance to drop all those plans, change everything and head off somewhere you have no say in. Personally I’d pass but I’d love to see more people try it out.

VIA [ Creativity Online ]

Ready to Party? Heineken Debuts World’s First Interactive Bottle

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Glow sticks are so yesterday, because we’re in the age of light-up beer bottles now. At least, that’s the approach Heineken is taking with the concept that ad agency Tribal DDB came up for them. Heineken’s Jeremy Brook, who heads the digital and media innovation at the brewery, dubs it the “world’s first interactive beer bottle.”

The bottle itself comes with a green plastic base that’s equipped with a wireless sensor and LED lights. Whenever someone takes a swig from the bottle, the entire thing sparkles. When there’s music playing, the light will blink in sync with the beat. Totally makes you want to dance or at least bob your head to the music, right?

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Offline Beer Glass Discourages People from Using Their Phones At the Pub

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So this is a beer glass concept by creative agency Fischer and Friends, and their goal is to get you to stop using your smartphone when you’re down at the pub having drinks. It’s aptly called the “Offline Glass” and it looks just like your average beer glass, except for the groove cut out at its bottom. Turns out the little groove makes all the difference, because you can only stabilize the glass when you rest the groove on top of your smartphone.

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