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|Japan Brewery Turns Beer Into Gin
One type — Revive gin — is made with Budweiser beer, and flavored with lemon peel, beech wood,
cinnamon and san'ontō, a dark, sweet sugar. With bars and restaurants suffering a significant reduction
in business, beer sales in Japan dropped 26% by volume for the first half of the year, according to
Bloomberg.That's a big problem for small beer breweries, says Isamu Yoneda, head distiller at Kiuchi
Brewery. With few customers in its brewpubs, and export orders canceled, Kiuchi Brewery was left with a
stockpile of spoiling beer. Their solution was to turn the unsold beer into a different alcoholic beverage.
so they launched the "Save Beer Spirits" campaign offering local bars and breweries the chance to turn
unused beer, a product with a four to six-month shelf life, into gin — a product without an expiration date.
Kiuchi Brewery has been using beer to make plum wine liqueur for years, and has experimented with gin
liqueurs in the past. Most gins are made with a base of grains like barley, rye or wheat, which are
fermented into a mash, then distilled into a high-proof "neutral" spirit. The spirit is then distilled a second
time with juniper berries and other botanicals, which add flavor.The beer replaces this neutral spirit,
skipping the mash and fermentation process, and jumping straight to distillation.
|Hershey Bar Beer
Branded collaboration beers are a massive trend in the brewing world—a hip-marketing move resulting
in (literally) buzz-worthy products. Old-school brands have used brews to grab a bit of renewed street
cred And occasionally, two true heavyweights come together to produce a beer that hopefully elevates
them both. One of America’s oldest and largest breweries—Yuengling—teamed up with one of the
country’s oldest and largest chocolate companies—Hershey’s—to do exactly that. Yuengling Hershey's
Chocolate Porter was the first time Hershey’s had ever officially lent its name—or its chocolate—to a
beer. The brew was Yuengling’s first collaboration as well. Last year this highly coveted collab was only
sold on draft in select states with long lines. Now for the first time that 4.7-percent ABV porter is
returning—and it's gone national. This time around, Yuengling will be bottling the brew—as well as
offering it on draft—and sending it to their entire 22-state footprint for the duration of the winter.
Candy Beers Are Here
If you want a beer to taste like beer this is not for you but demand seems to have given rise to a new
batch of candy-inspired beers. Why not, after all it's 2020. At Chicago's Illuminated Brew Works, for
example, there's Fruit Creep imperial IPA."We made Fruit Creep as an ode to a gum we loved growing
up and a time, growing up, that we missed," says Brian Buckman, Illuminated's co-founder and head
brewer. Many people familiar with the beer liken it to Fruit Stripe gum. Besides Fruit Creep, Illuminated
recently brewed a stout called Millennial Munchies. With peanut butter, chocolate and coconut, it was
intended to taste like a Zagnut candy bar. In Ohio, about 300 miles southeast of Illuminated, Gummy
Shark beer is made at Cincinnati's Listermann Brewing Company.Listermann brews a lot of other candy-
inspired beers. The most popular are Don't Lay a Finger, a pastry stout with chocolate and peanut
butter-chocolate candy that tastes like a Butterfinger bar, and Satisfied?, a stout brewed with chocolate,
caramel, peanuts and lactose that tastes like a Snickers. That's in addition to their Skittles IPA with
Bhramari Brewing Company in North Carolina, and a Peanut Butter/Reese's Pieces Milkshake IPA.
|“Beer is appropriate for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.”
“Either give me more ale or leave me alone.”
Rumi, circa 1400’s
“Wine is complicated, beer is complex.”
“Give me strong ale to wash me clean of the weather-stains of cares.”
Ralph Walda Emerson
“Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate
it through a glass of great craft beer.”
“Penicillin cures, but beer makes people happy.”
“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matter. But with what? With
beer,with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
Charles Baudelaire, circa 1850s
“Beer can be a better teacher than ink, and banter is often better than books”
“Ale can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile”
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