Public Beer Fountain
Big Mac Beer
You'll soon be able to wash down your
Big Mac with a cold draft beer … if you live
in South Korea, that is.

Facing fierce competition McDonald's has will
start serving draft beer with its "premium"
burgers at its newest restaurant in Seongnam,
near the South Korean capital city of Seoul.
Alcohol has been on the McDonald's menu for
some time now in select European countries
including France, Germany and Portugal, but
this will be the first McDonald's to serve
alcohol in Asia. The restaurant, opened late
February, will serve beer only with its gourmet,
customizable burgers. Customers who purchase
a "Signature Burger" can swap out the normal
soft drink with a beer for a small upgrade
charge. Beers are limited to one per burger, so
not exactly an effective way to get drunk.
The "Signature Burger", which McDonald's
already sells at its 20 other premium locations
throughout the country, sells for around 7,000
Korean Won (US $6).
A small Slovenian town is pressing ahead with plans to
build a fountain which spouts beer instead of water,
despite opposition from some councillors.

The project in Zalec, which is known for its hop
plantations, is being described as the first beer fountain in
Europe. Future visitors will find a variety of Slovenian
beers on offer, and pay six euros for three 30cl (10.5 fl
oz) helpings served in a commemorative mug, It's set to
cost the council about 170,000 euros (£133,000) -
half of the total bill for construction.

The town's mayor, Janko Kos, says the remainder will
come from private donations.  Zalec sits in a valley of
hop plantations in central Slovenia, known locally as the
"valley of green gold". Even the town's green and yellow
crest pays tribute to its main activity, simply featuring the
outline of a hop plant. It's located about 35 miles
north-east of the capital of Ljubljana.  Zalec has a
population of about 5,000 while the wider municipality is
home to about 20,000.  Councillors borrowed the idea for
a beer fountain from the town of Rogaska Slatina
What's Your %?- If you enjoy just one beer or glass of wine every night with
dinner,  you are in the top 30% of alcohol drinkers in the U.S. Two drinks? Then you’re
in the top 20%.However, to get into the top 10%, you’d have to up your drinking
considerably to over 10 alcohol drinks each and every day.

Revenues Up-Bar, tavern, and nightclub industry took in over $24.4 billion in
revenue last year. It’s projected to reach $24.35 billion this year, and that doesn’t
include the alcohol bought from liquor stores.

Pricey -  At Super Bowl 50: Anchor Steam, Lagunitas IPA and 10 Barrel, among
others, all of which cost $15 for a draft. Hungry?  A pretzel goes for $8, and a bag
of peanuts was $7.  $15 popcorn and an $11 jumbo hot dog, this slice of pizza
costs $10

It Stays in Vegas- Only one casino in Las Vegas has its own brewery – Ellis
Island, which is less than a mile off the strip. The beers, according to some reviews,
unfortunately, are not something worth seeking out.
Beer Is Really Bread

Beer has always been described as liquid bread. Bread is made out of
grains and yeast and baked. Beer is made out of grains and yeast
and is liquid so why not put them together? Its makers joke that it is the
best thing since sliced bread, as the first UK-produced beer made from
discarded crusts and unsold loaves has just hit the marketplace

Toast Ale, made entirely from surplus bread that would otherwise by
thrown away by bakeries, delicatessens and supermarkets is the
brainchild of Tristram Stuart – who has linked up with Hackney Brewery
to produce the new ale.  Stuart hopes his ale will help to offset the 24m
slices of bread currently thrown away every day by UK households.
According to official UK figures, every year about 15m tonnes of food is
wasted – with bread the most wasted item of food.

The beer is made when surplus bread is sliced and mashed to make
bread crumbs, then toasted and brewed with malted barley, hops and
yeast to make a quality pale ale with a distinctive taste. The toasted
bread adds caramel notes that balance the bitter hops, giving a
malty taste similar to amber ales.

Each 330ml bottle of Toast uses one slice of surplus bread and all profits
will go straight to food shelters and Stuart's foundation.  
Stuart has just been named at the World Economic Forum as one of 30
leaders to inspire ambition and mobilise action to reduce food loss and
waste globally.  BeerNexus congratulations him on a job well done!


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