|Iron City Comeback?
|9,000 Year Old Beer
|Of the more than 1300 breweries in
the U.S., Dogfish Head Craft
Brewery in Delaware has always
stood out for its uniqueness but
even more now with its newly
released 9,000 year old beer.
Actually, the beer named Chateau
Jiahu, is freshly made; just the
recipe is ancient. It's introduction
made headlines in the National
Geographic News and other media.
The ancient brew was rediscovered
in pottery dating back thousands of
years at an excavation site in the
Neolithic village of Jia Hu in Northern
China. Dr. Patrick McGovern, an
archaeochemist at the University of
Pennsylvania derived the recipe
from residue found in pottery jars.
Research showed the ancient brew
included rice, honey, grapes and
The beer has a buttery profile with
an underlying sweetness, some
honey notes, with a crisp finish.
|Beersicles - the real (frozen) deal!
It might be one of the great alcoholic innovations of the 21st
century - the frozen beer pop, served by an Alexandria restaurateur
and bar owner in a variety of sizes and flavors. The the frozen beer
pop can be found at Rustico Restaurant, where executive chef
Frank Morales began selling the treats to customers looking for a
more adult way to beat the heat.
After weeks of testing several hundred beer varieties to find flavors
that taste good on a stick, Rustico finally settled on three flavors:
"Raspbeer-y," made with a Belgian, fruit-style beer; "Plum," made
from a Belgian Lambic brew; and the "Fudgesicle," made with a
stout with bittersweet chocolate undertones. He plans to offer other
flavors on a rotating basis.The beer pops sell for $4 in the six-ounce
size, shaped like a traditional Popsicle, and $6 for
a larger "beer cone."
The company put out a press release, and the Associated Press
placed a call to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage
Control, asking whether a frozen beer would pose any regulatory
problems. Philip Disharoon, special agent of the Virginia ABC, said
beer must be served in its original container, or served immediately
to a customer once it is poured from its original container.
"If we're talking about taking a beer and pouring it from a bottle or a
keg into some sort of mold and freezing it, then that product is not
legal," Disharoon said. He planned to investigate.
Amber Pfau, a spokeswoman for the restaurant, said that the
restaurant was researching ways to ensure that the beer pops
comply with Virginia regulations. The products are 100 percent
frozen beer. But Disharoon said he could not envision a way in
which beer pops could be legal. Altering the recipe would not make a
difference, he said, because the rules are designed to ensure that
regulators can track the beer.
Pfau said the restaurant staff is confident that the beer pop will
survive regulatory scrutiny. Many of the restaurant's menu items
are prepared with beer, and they don't see how the beer pop is any
different. "We are still going ahead with the beer pops," she said.
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