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Red Robin Turned One Of Their Burgers Into A Beer


While we’ve heard of plenty beer-inspired burgers from fast-casual spots, this might be the first time a restaurant went the other way and turned one of their popular burgers into a beer.

Red Robin just created a new alcoholic beverage inspired by their Banzai Burger.

The Golden Ale-style beer, called the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale, boasts a 5.5% alcohol by volume. The New Belgium brewmasters used ginger, brown sugar, and black malt to build up the Umami notes found in the Banzai Burger. The burger itself features a teriyaki-glazed beef patty topped with grilled pineapple, cheddar cheese, lettuce tomatoes, and mayo.

It’s pretty interesting to see brands draw inspiration for craft beers straight from the burgers on the menu. If a success, Red Robin and other restaurant chains, could potentially tap into a vast resource of inspiration for new brews. Though we draw the line at anything with chunks of meat in it.

The Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale will make its debut at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver on Oct. 6-8.


Photos: Red Robin

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


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.



Dude Unwittingly Fuels A Stereotype After Buying A Craft Brewery Shirt

It’s always best to check and double check all of your items when shopping, just to make sure you didn’t pick up the wrong thing, something I’ve done multiple times. That’s one lesson Reddit user HoustonUA6 learned in quite possibly the funniest way one could.

According to the Reddit page, HoustonUA6 was out shopping when he saw a shirt that he liked. Evidently, he saw the “Red” and the “White” part and assumed the third word was “Blue.” Without unfolding the shirt and getting a visual confirmation, he grabbed his size and headed out. It was only when he got home that he had realized the hilarious mistake he made.

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Instead of buying a shirt that said “Red White + Blue,” he bought a shirt praising American craft breweries that read, “Red White + Brew.”

For those who don’t know, there is a stereotype that purports that Asian people commonly confuse the pronunciations for the letters “l” and “r.” HoustonUA6 already knows about this stereotype, but that didn’t stop him from still having fun with his little blunder.

“You know how when you buy a shirt and it’s typically folded? I should have unfolded it. Being Asian does not herp,’ said HoustonUA6.

All things considered, many Redditors agreed that he was lucky the shirt just said “Brew,” as it could have said much worse things.

One user surmised that it could have said, “RED WHITE + FUCK YOU,” while another thought that, “RED WHITE + HITLER DID NOTHING WRONG,’ would be worse still. Somehow, both users were right.



Photo Credit: HoustonUA6


Wheaties Just Released An Official Beer, Feel Free To Drink It For Breakfast


Wheaties announced that they’re stepping into the world of beer brewing. According to Ad Age, they’re calling it HefeWheaties.

Created as a result of a partnership between Wheaties and craft brewer Fulton, the Hefeweizen beer will be available for a limited time. While the new beer won’t actually taste like cereal, it will contain that signature malted wheat. Get it?

HefeWheaties will be available in packs of four as well as 16-ounce cans on Aug. 26. Sadly, they’ll only be available in Minnesota as the company doesn’t play to make or distribute it outside of the state. If people react well, however, there may be plans for a wider release.



Guinness Experiments with New Blonde American Lager


Our neighbors across the pond are heading stateside for their latest offering: Guinness Blonde American Lager. Guinness’ parent company Diageo teamed up with City Brewing Company — a contract brewery operating in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee — to craft the new beer made with Mosaic and Willamette American hops.

The brand touts the blonde as a “crisp, refreshing tasting beer with a rich, delicious flavor, brewed in America in the Guinness traditions”. Expect to see the lager roll out in 12 oz bottles and on draft. While the exact launch is still hush hush, Beer Street Journal predicts it will be sometime this August.

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Old Bay Seasoned Beer Will Spice up Your Summer


Just when we thought beer had gone too far being brewed with brains and beard hair, Old Bay Brand Seasoning has decided they too want in on the beer game. Flying Dog Brewery has created a specialty ale commemmorating the seasoning’s 75th anniversary by brewing up the spice into some spirits.

Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale will highlight the indelible character of OLD BAY through bright and refreshing citrus hop character and a crisp, tart finish.

Brewers perfected the recipe over six months in order to fully incorporate the signature flavors of the seasoning. Though the idea seems odd it’s not unusual to see Old Bay used in drinks, such as Bloody Marys, to get that salty, savory, spicy kick.

Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale will hit store shelves in Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina starting on Memorial Day. The limited edition brew will only be available through Labor Day.

H/T + PicThx Gothamist


‘Brew Cutlery’ Beer Nerd Utensils Come with Built-In Bottle Openers


Turns out, yes, there is a multifunctional utensil that’s even more ingenious than the spork.

From San Diego inventors Kevin Newburg and Stephen Grinalds comes Brew Cutlery, a set of stainless steel forks, spoons, and knives designed with bottle opener hinges built right into the handles. Simple and entirely gastropub-friendly, the utensils have been spot-tested on “thousands” of beers to provide maximum leverage, and should be available for sale by June 2014, pending a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Of course, with 36 days to go and less than $3,000 away from their pledge goal, we’re pretty sure we’ll be seeing these at Ikea in no time.


Brew Cutlery 3-Piece Set: $18 – 25 @ Kickstarter


Dallas Blonde Ale Promises It ‘Goes Down Easy,’ Offends Many


Deep Ellum Brewing Company released their newest Blonde Ale, with a catch phrase claiming it “Goes Down Easy.” The statement has caused quite an uproar in Texas, particularly on the Burnt Orange Report, which claims that Deep Ellum took things too far.

The  brewing company is no stranger to odd names. Numb Comfort, Dreamcrusher, and Farmhouse Wit are a few, tamer examples of their unique approach to naming their brews. However, many point out that the new Dallas Blonde slogan is both offensive and inappropriate.

Genevieve Cato, who writes for the Burnt Orange Report, claims that the label (and the hot pink van associated with the brew) are “hard to ignore” and is insensitive to ” the role alcohol can play in sexual assault.” Of course, the creepy doll plastered on the beer can isn’t helping the company’s case either.

John Reardon, owner of Deep Ellum, thinks this is just a “play on words” and points out that “many beer manufacturers openly objectify women in their ads.” Since the conflict, Deep Ellum has released a statement claiming:  “We’re not saying that all blondes go down easy” and will drop the marketing if enough people are upset

H/T + PicThx The Dallas Observer