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Fireman’s Brew Debuts A New IPA, Their First New Beer In Nearly A Decade

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Fireman’s Brew, a popular LA-based craft beer company, just announced they will introduce a new beer for the first time in nearly a decade. The new brew will be a Fireman’s take on West Coast-style India Pale Ale.

The new Fireman’s IPA will feature a blend of Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, and Galena hops. With the introduction of the new IPA, Fireman’s Brew will also offer their product in new 16-oz cans.

Rob Nowaczyk, founder of Fireman’s Brew, said that the can will allow for greater access to activities once deemed impossible. Customers can now have the craft beer at concerts, tailgates, and other locations deemed “off-limits” for glassware. The beer will also be available at California-based venues like Dodger Stadium for those looking to enjoy an IPA while watching the game.

You can find the new IPA brew in late September at Total Wine & More locations and expect a nationwide release in Winter 2016.

 

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The Real Reason We All Love To Order Ginger Ale On Planes

No one is really sure why, but ever since ginger ale and airplanes have both been around, they’ve gone hand in hand. I can’t remember why I first ordered ginger ale on a plane as a kid, but since then, the only other drinks I order on planes now are packed to the brim with booze. Some people still have a fear of flying.

Redditor muki_mono began a revolution when she asked the world of Reddit for their thoughts. “I always see people drinking ginger ale on planes, but almost never off them. I drink the same thing on planes than I do on solid ground, and it’s not ginger ale, but I keep feeling like there’s something everyone else is in on and I’m not.”

It’s magic sky juice.

As you can imagine, the thread erupted with a barrage of epiphanies, explanations and assumptions, all entertaining or informative. One Redditor referred to ginger ale as “magic sky juice,” while another pondered on the relativity of ginger ale, simply stating, “it’s just sort of…tradition.”

Most people believed that it helps settle an upset stomach, and frankly, I tend to agree with them. It’s settled my stomach more than once, especially as a child. That being said, there were some people slightly more qualified than your average Redditor who have a different opinion.

Sherry Ross, M.D., from Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, believes that, “It’s not the ginger providing the relief. . . You’re buying into the power of suggestion. We’ve learned from our mothers and grandmothers, who brought us ginger ale and chicken-noodle soup when we were sick as kids, that ginger ale works. . .Those types of foods have powerful messaging to our brains and that alone makes us feel better.”

As it turns out, it’s not the ginger in ginger ale that makes us feel better, but rather it’s a combination of nostalgia and a placebo effect.

I’m still getting ginger ale on every plane I board ’til the day I die.

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Ben & Jerry Want To Get You Tipsy With A Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale

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Ben & Jerry’s and New Belgium announced their second ice cream-flavored beer and yes, it’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale will be released by the Colorado-based brewery this fall. The ice cream-inspired ale is the second to come out of this collab, as last year, New Belgium brewed a Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel Brownie, Brown Ale.

We’re as excited as you are to get our hands on one of these, plus they’re teaming with the non-profit, Protect Our Winters, a charity founded by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones, who help raise awareness for climate change, so you can get tipsy for a good cause.

 

 

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These Mortal Kombat Beers Are 100 Times Better Than The Movies

Most people my age (28) have pretty fond memories of playing Mortal Kombat as a child. Hell, I even used to love the old movies too, until I watched them as an adult and wanted to vomit into my own eyes thanks to horrendous acting and shit-for-poop graphics.

Sound Brewery in Poulsbo, Washington, has come out with three beers honoring arguably the three most popular characters from Mortal Kombat: Sub-Zero, Scorpion and Raiden. Each beer is a specific flavor, adorned with the character’s signature look on the label.

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The Sub-Zero is an Imperial IPA, the Raiden is an Imperial Saison a.k.a. a Belgian-style, and the Scorpion is an Imperial Stout with hints of vanilla bean and chile flavors. In regards to the style and character pairings, it’s safe to say that each beer represents the essence of these characters pretty well. On top of that, each beer has an ABV of 8-8.5%. Drinking too many of these will surely lead to a…fatality…

Sorry, had to.

 

 

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‘Not Your Father’s’ Unveils Newest Hard Soda, Vanilla Cream Ale

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 12.07.41 PMAfter the rip-roaring success of the hard root beer called Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Small Town Brewery has taken the next logical step and turned another nostalgic childhood soda into a manly man’s drink.

Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale, along with the brewery’s Ginger Ale and Root Beer, are made using an old German style of traditional brewing called “gruit.” By applying gruit to your brew, the beer develops a unique taste and flavor that stems from a combination of roots, spices, herbs and berries. This process was more or less abandoned when hops came along, however Small Town Brewery found a way to put it to good use again.

Tim Kovac, Brewmaster and founder of Small Town Brewery, got the idea for this new beverage from nostalgic memories he had as a child growing up in Illinois. The vanilla extract used to give the ale its sweet flavor is Madagascar Vanilla, one of three types of vanilla, and the most widely used type to boot.

Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale won’t get you drunk after one or two either, sporting an easy 4.1% ABV label. The brewery, located in a village in Illinois called Wauconda (no, not the fictional African nation that the Marvel hero Black Panther is from), began in 2011 and has enjoyed critical success since first selling their Not Your Father’s Root Beer, followed by their Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale and a much stronger version of the root beer.

The Vanilla Cream Ale will be available for purchase in June with a suggested retail price of $10.99 for a six pack.

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Game Of Thrones Beers Exist, And They Look Amazing

Valar Morghulis. Valar Dohaeris. 

“All men must die. All men must serve.”

Game of Thrones came back on Sunday night, and with it, a flurry of emotions that have carried over since last season’s gut-wrenching finale. The producers of the show knew this would happen, since it happens every season, so they began softening the blow by teaming up with Brewery Ommegang to create their very own line of Game of Thrones beers, and they’re delicious.

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Although the first beer in the series was introduced back in March of 2013, Ommegang has been releasing them slowly but surely, unveiling one to two GOT beers a year. Ommegang recently introduced the newest member of their family shortly before the premier episode of season six, a Belgian/American mix called The Seven Kingdoms.

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The other beers that have come out since 2013 are The Iron Throne (a blonde ale), Take The Black (a stout), Fire And Blood (a red ale), Valar Morghulis (an Abbey dubbel), The Three-Eyed Raven (a dark saison ale), then the most recent addition, The Seven Kingdoms (a hoppy wheat ale).

All six of these beers are now available for sale and come in either 1/6 kegs or large 750 milliliter bottles.

 

 

 

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Not Your Father’s Root Beer Adds A Much Stronger Drink To The Family

image001Beer isn’t for everyone. In fact, you might be surprised at how many people there are out there that flat out don’t like the taste, despite its crisp drinkability and very wide variety of refreshing flavors.

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One company noticed a trend of regular drinks becoming “hard”, such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Redd’s Apple Cider. Small Town Brewery in Wauconda, Illinois, decided to throw their brewing hat into the ring when they made Not Your Father’s Root Beer, a delicious root beer-flavored alternative to the average can of beer.

After Small Town’s success with Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, the brewery decided to bottle and manufacture their stronger version of the drink. While the mass produced version clocks in at 5.9% ABV (alcohol by volume), the brewery will begin mass producing their stronger variety, a version of NYFRB with a 10.7% ABV, nearly twice the amount in a regular NYFRB.

The initial success of NYFRB led to the stronger version being created, however it’s only available around the brewery, usually in cities and districts within an hour or so of the Chicago area. In order to keep the heavy beer hitters interested, Small Town will be selling the 10.7% ABV version in 22 oz. cans or “bombers”, at $7.99 a piece.

 

 

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How To Pair Your Favorite Halloween Candy With The Perfect Beer

Sure, some of us might be a little old to go trick-or-treating. However, if you’ve got a kid of your own to tag along with, there’s an exellent new way to enjoy that Halloween candy. Pair it with some beer.

Let’s Grab A Beer has a few ideas of what to pair your favorite types of Halloween candy with your favorite beers. Actually pretty excited to try these out this weekend. Though if you’re hanging out with your kids, you might want to keep the drinking to a minimum.

Nah, we’re kidding. Go nuts.

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Chocolate Bars with Caramel and Nuts

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Pairing: English-Style Bitter

Notes: The bitter has a fruity hop aroma and rich malt middle that plays off the sweetness of the caramel and chocolate. It also balances the nuttiness of the candy bars.

Peanut Butter

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Pairing: Imperial Stout

Notes: The stout has chocolate undertones that enhance the taste of the peanut butter candy. If there’s two sweets that go great together, it’s chocolate and peanut butter.

Choclate Bar with Wafers

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Pairing: Belgian-style Dark Brown Ale

Notes: The Dark Brown Ale is said to go great with the wafer bar thanks to its slightly sweet flavor and dark roasted malt. It brings the crispy wafter center of the vanilla into focus.

Sour and Fruity

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Pairing: English-style IPA

Notes: When paired with the English-style IPA, the combination of sour and fruity candies set off by a dry malt middle balancing the flavors and allowing for a long hop finish.

Sweet and Fruity

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Pairing: German-style Pilsner

Notes: German-style Pilsner has a round malt character and a robust hop bitterness that makes it a nice pairing for sweets like candy vines. The beer cuts though the sweetness and refreshes the palate.

Candy Corn

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Pairing: Belgian Pale Lager

Notes: The Lager complements the ridiculous sweetness of the candy corn with its own malty sweetness. The result is a refreshing effect that uplifts the flavors of the candy corn.

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