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Brewery Menus Are Significantly Evolving, SoCal’s Golden Road Is Positive Proof Of That

When you think of brewery food, the norm is that you’re gonna see a couple of food trucks parked outside or that they have a bunch of bar food classics. You know, things like burgers, fish and chips, maybe some blistered shishito peppers if they’re fancy. However, many spots are starting to push the boundaries of what brewery eats can be with curated menus that go beyond the classics.

In Foodbeast’s most recent episode of Going In, the crew came across such a diverse and gastronomic approach to “beer food” at GoldenRoad Brewing’s location in Anaheim, California. As the Foodbeast squad ate their way through the entire menu, they came across the expected standard fare, but also found quite a few interesting dishes you wouldn’t expect from the standard brewpub.

One of the things that stood out with GoldenRoad was the selection of vegan food available. They have a plant-based calamari made out of braised young coconut that had Foodbeast’s publisher, Elie Ayrouth, in utter shock. “I have never seen anything like it,” he gushed, as the texture of the coconut mimicked a perfectly cooked ring of squid. “It retains the consistency and the texture of calamari, and the panko breading on the outside crushed it.”

GoldenRoad’s impressive selection of meat-free items doesn’t stop there. They also have a roasted beet carpaccio, an Impossible burger, and fried avocado tacos that Foodbeast Evan Lancaster loved despite having a slight allergy to the trendy fruit.

They’re not just curating their vegan items, though. There’s also a duck confit poutine made with tater tots, “beer can chicken” that’s flash fried and rubbed in achiote, and a twist on the classic shrimp and grits that brings sambal, a Southeast Asian chili paste, into the mix.

Every item sampled was given the same TLC that you would expect from an upscale restaurant. Combine that with the breadth of beers on tap, and you’re in for a unique and extensive beer tasting session highlighted by a menu of top-notch eats.

GoldenRoad isn’t the only place doing this, as other breweries like 3 Floyds Brewing Co. in Indiana, Brewery Vivant in Michigan, and Karbach Brewing Co. in Texas have similar concepts. Together, though, they and others are all indicative of a movement to merge gourmet restaurants and breweries into an unprecedented dining and drinking experience.

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You Can Buy Cherry Blossom Cotton Candy Pizza At This Japanese Brewery

We thought we’ve seen it all, and once again we were proven wrong. A restaurant in Japan has once again shown you can pretty much combine any type of random foods together and still turn heads.

Such was the case with Schmatz Beer Dining’s Sakura Cotton Candy Pizza reports Rocket News 24.

The small brew pub chain located in Tokyo is celebrating cherry blossom season with a limited time menu item. They already serve cotton candy pizza on a regular basis, however, in the spirit of the festival, one of the branches in the Kanda neighborhood decided to create a unique variation for their patrons.

Schmatz Beer Dining starts off with a three cheese thin-crust pizza that’s served with a honey ginger sauce. The sweet pie is then topped with a tuft of pink cotton candy that’s sprinkled with cherry blossom petals.

The limited-time pizza will be available through April 2, specifically at the Kanda location of Schmatz Beer Dining.

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The World’s First Beer-Themed Hotel Will Have a Brew-Filled Hot Tub

Start planning your next vacation. The world’s first beer hotel is opening soon in Columbus, Ohio, courtesy of Scotland-based BrewDog — yes, the same brewery that gave us the beer stuffed inside a dead squirrel. Forget Disneyland — this is the Hoppiest Place on Earth.

This tipsy resort is set to have an IPA hot tub, minibars in the shower, beer on tap in each room, and beer pairings with every meal. It will be a brewster’s paradise — that is, if the project can raise enough crowdfunded money on Indiegogo. (Right now, they’re only $13,000 short of the $75,000 goal.)

“This hotel will provide a complete experiential environment in which to truly immerse yourself in the world of craft beer,” the Indiegogo campaign reads. “From waking up to a view of our sour beer foeders and the smell of freshly mashed malt, to hop-infused spa treatments and beer breakfasts, and even amazing craft beer on tap in your bedroom — this hotel will have it all.”

If crowdfunding is successful, the hotel will open sometime next year.

Original post written by Joanna Fantozzi for The Daily Meal

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For The First Time In Over 60 Years, Guinness Will Open A New Brewery In The US


Drink up, everyone! The United States will be getting their own version of Guinness’ iconic Open Gate Brewery that’s located in Ireland.

Guinness’ parent company Diageo announced that it will open a brand-new facility in the United States, the first new Guinness brewery in the country in 63 years. The company plans to build a mid-sized Guinness brewery and Guinness visitor experience with an innovation microbrewery at the current site in Relay, Maryland.

The brand’s stouts will continue to be made in Ireland, however, as the new facility will produce beers specifically for the US markets.

Tom Day, President of Diageo Beer Company, said in a statement:

Opening a Guinness brewery and visitor center in the US will enable us to collaborate with fellow brewers and interact with the vibrant community of beer drinkers. Given the success of our Open Gate Brewery in Dublin and the popularity of beer tourism in the US, we are confident that Americans will welcome the opportunity to come experience Guinness brewing in Baltimore County.

Construction is slated to begin sometime in spring 2017 as plans are being finalized. The company is shooting to have the new brewery open in fall 2017, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Guinness beer first being imported to the US.


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

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Brewery Hires Adorable Kitty Assassins To Handle Its Rodent Problem

One Chicago Brewery has had enough with the cities’ increasing rat population, so they teamed up with a rescue and hired a feline named Venkman to take care of business.

Apparently the problem is so bad in Chicago that the city now even has a rodent task force! According to CNN, a woman in a surrounding neighborhood had exterminators come to her home to discover 400 rodents.

After the rodent task force’s failed attempts, Tree House Humane Society came to the rescue and as a no-kill cat shelter they’ve found a way for the cats to have shelter while satisfying their instinctual hunting purpose. They enacted the ingenious Cats at Work Project, and the cats have been effectively keeping the rats away ever since.

Empirical Brewery had one particularly pesky rodent that they appropriately named “Jesus” because every time they turned a corner, they were startled to be staring into the eyes of a strangely large rat, and would mutter “Jesus” all too often. Jesus is now nowhere to be found after being faced with 4 new furry enforcers named Egon, Venkman, Gozer, and Raymond!

Here’s one of them guarding the grain, like a boss.

The kitty extermination program turned out to be very cost efficient when considering the cost of monthly exterminating efforts that weren’t doing the job. Furthermore, the brewers now have some friendly, furry company.

Empirical has hooked the cats up with a custom shelter that they’ve named “The Dark Tower,” and it has become quite the attraction for people visiting the brewery.

You can follow Venkman and his squad’s late night rat attack missions on Twitter here.



Photo Credit: Venkman The Cat


Incredible Safari Tour Lets You Get Drunk While Catching Pokémon

Drink Up Columbus just announced that Actual Brewing in Columbus Ohio will be taking Pokémon players on an amazing adult adventure this Sunday, July 17.


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This is definitely the most genius idea yet in our quest to catch ’em all, it’s a Pokémon Safari Beer Tour. The recently released Pokemon augmented reality game spawned many memes and even a drinking game.

Tickets are on sale here at a modest $37.50. It’s a 3-hour tour with beers included and the event description reads:

“On this 3 hour tour, we’ll visit intriguing PokéStops, hunt for elusive monsters, and act like this is all perfectly normal. There may be a chance to catch a rare beer in the wild.”

Fred Lee, the owner of Actual Brewing, is excited for this to go down as he told Drink Up: “I just want to catch them all and drink them all.”

He is also trying to figure out how to offer draft beer selections on the tour! One of their beers to be offered on the bus is their Lemongrass Saison which will be released this Thursday.

Our big kid Pokémon dreams just came true and it looks like we’re headed to Columbus Ohio, see you Monday!

Photo Credit:  Funky Junk


The Wu Tang Clan’s Music Is An Actual Ingredient In This Beer

This beer might just be the coolest beer ever made. It’s literally hip-hop infused with music by none other than The Wu Tang Clan. It’s a Golden Saison and goes by the name of Ain’t Nothing to Funk With. The beer was released last November, sold out in less than an hour, and you better believe that Inspectah Deck was in attendance for the release party.

The brewers of Dock Street Beer in Philly decided that the theory of humans being a product of their environment could also be applied to their product, so they strapped on a wine-barrel-sized pair of custom headphones and “serenaded” it with Wu Tang music 24/7 for 6 months.

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According to their site, they even tested their theory with a control batch and ultimately concluded that the tunes had absolutely affected the taste of the beer, in a good way. They also said that science proves that vibrations help yeast grow, which is a key component in the flavor profile of a Saison.

Dock Street was founded in 1985, and they continue to kill the craft beer game. Their Rye IPA has been rated as one of the best Ryes in the world, and they have received plenty of recognition for both their experimental and traditional beers. These guys are also the ones who brewed a beer inspired by their favorite TV show, The Walking Dead, which contains the ever so appropriate ingredient of goat brains. We are anxiously awaiting to see what they’ll brew next, as it will without a doubt be something awesome.

You can watch Wu Tang make magic happen here:




Photo Credit: Dock Street Beer