Following are some interesting news and blog items I’ve seen on the web recently, linked here for your enjoyment:
- Beer Drinking Networks in Amazon Tribe Explain Altruism
The article talks about how hunter-gatherer tribes in the Amazon drink a beer made from boiled mantioc (a type of sweet potato), which is a central part of their socializing. The study tries to explain why members of the tribe are willing to share their beer with others, given the effort involved in making it. The conclusion was that they treat the sharing of beer as a favor that one group repays another by returning in the future.
- I Drank a $200 bottle of Sam Adams for Science
A Gizmodo writer drinks a bottle of Sam Adams Utopia 2013 and discusses the experience. It combines a blend of two-row malts and three varieties of noble hops, along with several strains of yeast, resulting in a 28-percent ABV brew. The aroma is described is “a little bit soy sauce and a little bit rice wine vinegar”. The flavor is described as sweet, wine-like, and smooth, with notes of black cherry, fig, and caramel. It’s reportedly similar to a port, but probably not worth the $200 price tag.
- Discovery of a 3,700-year-old cellar reveals the origins of wine
- Ancient vintage wine said to be ‘psychotropic’
- Patagonia Beer: Apparently drinking and hiking actually go together
Apparently Patagonia partnered with New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado, to produce an organic lager that’s designed to commemorate the store’s 40th anniversary. Apparently it’s pretty rare, according to the company’s own web site.
- Open a beer bottle with a butter knife
An instructional video.
- How to turn a leftover pumpkin into a beer cooler
- Why does your drink cost so much in a bar?
- Halloween Cocktails and Dry Ice: A Spooky, Drunken Primer
- A Pumpkin tap turns your Halloween gourd into an edible keg
- Ars Technica writer brews her first hard cider
- Foodies in Italy invent spreadable beer for toast