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Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter Beer Exists

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Speculoos Cookie Butter has easily become one of Trader Joe’s most popular items in the past decade. The cookie-flavored spread pairs with so many things that sometimes we can’t help but throw it on whatever we have in the fridge.

Snack blogger @TheSnacksOfLife spotted a new twist on the iconic Cookie Butter at her local Trader Joe’s: Speculoos Cookie Butter Beer.

An alcoholic take on the cookie spread, the new cookie butter beer is described as an Imperial Golden Ale with toasted coconut, vanilla beans, and other natural flavors. Each bottle boasts a 5.5% ABV.

From the looks of it, you can find the Cookie Butter Beer in the alcohol section of your local Trader Joe’s. Guess where I’m headed after work?

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Auntie Anne’s Teamed Up With Samuel Adams To Create An Oktoberfest Home Kit

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This year many of those who enjoy celebrating Oktoberfest may be stuck at home to limit the spread of COVID-19. Sucks, yes, but hopefully things get better this time next year.

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the upcoming holiday, however.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels has announced they’re teaming up this year with Samuel Adams beer to create an Oktoberfest At Home experience.

The collaboration brought forth an Oktoberfest kit that features Oktoberfest-inspired recipes, an Auntie Anne’s DIY Pretzel Kit, Samuel Adams OctoberFest brews, and themed apparel from steins to hats and lederhosen.

To set the mood, you can stream a “Prost from Home” playlist that features authentic Oktoberfest tunes.

You can order the Oktoberfest kits at GiveThemBeer.com. Availability is only while supplies last.

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Climate Change Will Affect The Taste And Price Of Our Favorite Beers

As climate change continues to have profound effects on the weather around us, will what we eat and drink be affected as well?

One researcher from North Carolina State (NC State) University is arguing that in the case of beer, both the taste and the cost may be significantly affected.

Imagery from Dave Weatherall, Josh Olalde, and Jason Blackeye // Unsplash

In a guest post for the NC State News, associate professor of molecular and structural biochemistry Colleen Doherty discussed how the changing climate and extreme weather patterns we’re witnessing will affect the flavor compounds we find in beer.

When it comes to cost, a 2018 report from Nature has already shown that rising temperatures and drought frequency may increase the price of barley and hops, the two key agricultural ingredients in beer production.

Doherty argues that climate change today is also leading to alterations in daily and seasonal weather patterns that can effect various properties of both barley and hops.

One of the major reasons, according to Doherty, is that environmental changes will affect the terroir of hops. Similar to what you would find in wine, long-term temperature changes will alter a hop’s life cycle and influence to produce differing amounts of defensive compounds, including those that produce aromas in beer, that will change its flavor composition when added to the beverage.

Likewise, that effect on terroir can also change the ratio of protein and starch in the barley used to brew beer. This will change the quality of the extracted malt at the core of the brewing process, meaning that sweetness, carbohydrate count, protein content, and more could be affected too.

It is unclear exactly how the taste of different beers will change over time, there’s just scientific evidence that they will change. Doherty is researching that as part of her work at NC State, and as time goes on, we’ll be able to taste the difference too.

Imagery from Josh Olalde // Unsplash

Professor Doherty does note that not all changes in the taste or quality of beer in the future will be due to climate change; in fact, beer itself has been changing as processes and technology around it have changed over thousands of years.

However, climate change can and will cause changes out of our control that alter beer’s flavor and may increase its cost as well.

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Old Bay Beer: The Seafood Companion We Wish We Knew About Before

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When thinking about Old Bay, two things that quickly come to mind is some fresh seafood and a glass of ice-cold beer.

I just learned that you can now enjoy two of those elements in a single sip. Yup, turns out Old Bay Beer is a very real thing.

Old Bay partnered up with Flying Dog, Maryland’s largest brewery, to release a beer called Dead Rise five years ago. Because of its exclusivity, Flying Dog is the only brewery in existence to use Old Bay seasoning in their product. The name Dead Rise pay homage to the Chesapeake fishing boats that gather shellfish year-round.

Originally a blonde ale, the beer is now brewed as a gose boasting a lemony tartness with little bitterness and 5.7% ABV.

For those interested in checking it out, you can locate a bottle through their beer finder. Man, now I’m craving seafood.

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‘Jalisco Style’ Is the Beer Hack You Need to Celebrate National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day is July 24th. It’s a magical day, one that many might be afraid of partaking in. Instead of taking that shot straight, there’s a trick to get it down without the pain.

Here’s a hint: Put it in a beer.

This nifty pro tip is called “Jalisco Style,” which is quite fitting considering that tequila is named after Tequila, Jalisco, the city it originated in.

But on to the specifics. First step, grab an Estrella Jalisco, since this beer is rooted in Jalisco, Mexico.

Second, stick the rim in some Tajin. Drown it in Tajin, even.

Third, and this is the key, add a splash of tequila in your beer. Don’t look at me like that. Trust, it works.

Fourth, squeeze a lime in there. Maybe two, if you’re really feeling crazy.

That’s it!

Now there’s no excuse to not participate in a national holiday such as the one upon us.

Check out the video above to catch a visual of how this is done, and the tasty end result.

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Miller Lite Releases First-Ever Gaming Controller Beer Can

The week of E3 never fails to be a bustling cornucopia for gaming announcements. While we’re here rewatching all the new gameplay trailers that have dropped over the weekend, it seems Miller Lite has been hard at work creating an item that encapsulates the best of both gaming and beer consumption.

Yes, we now live in a world where a fully-functioning beer can gaming controller exists.

Called the Cantroller, the device is toted as the first-ever video game controller that you can drink from. Fully-functioning, it also doubles as a 12oz can of Miller Lite. Specs on the Cantroller include Bluetooth that connects to multiple consoles and PC, haptic feedback, and a three-hour lithium-ion battery. Also, beer.

A live demonstration of the Cantroller in action will air live on Twitch on Wednesday, June 12, to coincide with the launch event. Comedian Eric Andre and Complexity gamers BananaSlamJamma and ShahZam will be present to demonstrate the intricacies of the first-of-its-kind device.

As of right now, the only way to get one is to beat Eric Andre using one of the cantrollers at the July 12 drop event by going head-to-head with Andre and winning. It will be held at 1147 S HOPE STREET LOS ANGELES, CA, between 7-11pm.

Only 200 cantrollers are currently available so the first 200 gamers who beat him can get their hands on a device.

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Blue Moon Creator Shares His Journey To Cannabis Beer And The Difficulties Behind The Brew

Photos courtesy Ceria Brewing

Late last year, Dr. Keith Villa, the founder of Blue Moon, launched his very own line of cannabis-infused beer name Ceria. Based in Colorado, the brew sold out almost immediately upon launch and has become a hot ticket purchase at local dispensaries in the state.

So what was the journey behind Ceria?

Villa, who holds a PhD in brewing from the University of Brussels in Belgium, began his career more than 30 years ago at MillerCoors. Upon his retirement, Villa and his wife immediately began their own brewery based out of Colorado.

His foray into weed beer actually began a little bit before his retirement from Blue Moon and parent company MillerCoors in 2018.

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“In 2014, that’s when recreational cannabis became legal in the state of Colorado. At that time there was still a pretty large stigma around cannabis,” he recalled. “But I thought, it’s very possible to brew with cannabis because if you look at the genetics in the family tree of hops, you’ll see that cannabis is a close cousin of the hops plant.”

Ever the scientist, Villa began to test the concept afterhours.

“So I tried at home and on my own time because I never wanted to endanger the federal brewing permit of Blue Moon and Coors. So I always did it, all the cannabis experiments at home on my own time.”

That’s when the first semblance of Ceria came to existence.

“I found out quickly that, you can brew some beers with cannabis. That really got me to thinking, you know, this could be a whole new category because there are so many people who don’t drink alcohol for health reasons or religious reasons or whatever and they do want cannabis, because a lot of people believe cannabis does have healthful medicinal properties.”

Villa brought his wife onto the new venture, someone who has been working with him from the very start during all of his home tastings and tests.

“She lived with me in Belgium where I was getting my PhD. She’s one of the few people I know and trust that actually has lived in Belgium and can truly judge Belgian Beers and European-style beers.”

Photos courtesy Ceria Brewing

The two put their heads together and discovered that this could be an entirely new frontier that’s been untapped.

“We started figuring out right away that this could be a whole new category for beer. And so yeah, when we retired, we started Ceria Brewing Company and figured out right away that the best path forward was to focus on great tasting, non-alcoholic beers, craft beers that have the effects of cannabis and not the effects of alcohol. It was really hard creating a great tasting non-alcoholic beer. “

Villa didn’t seem like a man who would shy away from the challenge, however.

“Luckily with all my years of brewing experience as a brewmaster, I was able to create a series of non-alcoholic beers that taste really good. The next step is adding the cannabis in. So we have the effects of cannabis inside of a great smelling and great tasting craft beer.”

Photos courtesy Ceria Brewing

Working with cannabis and alcohol is an extremely tricky task. Dr. Villa explained that there were some major legal hurdles they had to overcome before launching their new product.

“Cannabis is federally illegal,” Villa states. “Though it is legal in the state of Colorado. So the first hurdle was alcohol, because the federal government, they strictly forbid anybody to put something that’s federally illegal into an alcoholic beverage. So you cannot add cannabis to it.”

“The Colorado Division of Revenue, through a subdivision called the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), is the agency who controls and regulates the cannabis industry,” Villa explains.

Essentially, you can’t add cannabis to an alcoholic product and you can’t add alcohol to a cannabis product in the state of Colorado.

“So it was real clear right away that we could not have an alcoholic product with cannabis,” he said. “That’s what necessitated me to create a great tasting non-alcoholic beer. So that was definitely the first hurdle.”

Once Villa nailed the taste he wanted for a non-alcoholic beer, he set his sights on a different obstacle.

“After that, the biggest hurdle was getting people to taste our product because so many have read about cannabis or heard about it. And so many are just afraid of getting stoned. Well, our product is always going to be a lower dose so that people can trust it and not get stoned. They can get a mild buzz off, but they won’t get stoned.”

Photos courtesy Ceria Brewing

Finally, Dr. Villa explains the rich history behind his company’s name.

“Ceria is actually from the Roman goddess of fertility and agriculture. She’s in history, she is the goddess of agriculture, meeting hops and cannabis. Her name is Ceres. That’s where we get the names, cereal — like breakfast cereal. That’s where we get the name of Ceria.”

Boasting a medium-bodied taste and some notes of citrus and a smooth malty finish, Ceria can be purchased at select dispensaries throughout the state of Colorado. Villa shares in parting that Ceria plans on expanding to other states in the upcoming months as well as the development of new flavors.

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Blue Moon’s Founder Created A New Cannabis-Infused Beer And It Sold Out Quickly

Photo courtesy of Ceria

Keith Villa is probably best known for his contribution to the field of alcohol with his creation of Blue Moon. The brewmaster and founder was part of MillerCoors for approximately 32 years until his retirement early last year.

Now, in a time where cannabis-boasting beverages are becoming more and more prominent, Villa has launched a new brew that’s infused with pot: Grainwave Belgian-Style White Ale.

A medium-bodied Belgian-Style White Ale, Ceria is brewed with coriander and blood orange peels. As a spin on Belgian Ale, the beer is de-alcoholized and microdosed with 5mg of THC.

Villa’s new brewing company, Ceria Brewing Co., launched Grainwave last December in local dispensaries around the Colorado area and the initial batch sold out in about four hours.

While non-alcoholic, the brew is said to capture the flavors of a classic Belgian ale while providing the calming effects of cannabis.

Currently those looking to try Grainwave can find them in select dispensary locations in Denver, CO. For now, at least, it will remain a Colorado exclusive.