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And you thought you drank a lot!

By Joe Ruvel · December 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

Pen-Tailed Tree Shrew

This little guy drinks a lot…or well only drinks – no eating – just fermented nectar for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Check out the Wikipedia info:

The Pen-tailed Treeshrew is one of seven known wild mammals that chronically consume alcohol. A study of the treeshrew in Malaysia found that it spends several hours (approx. 2 hours) consuming the equivalent of 10 to 12 glasses of wine with an alcohol content of up to 3.8% every night drinking naturally-fermented nectar of the bertam palm. Despite consuming relatively large amounts of alcohol, the Pen-tailed Treeshrew does not become intoxicated. Measurements of a biomarker of ethanol breakdown suggest that they may be metabolizing it by a pathway that is not used as heavily by humans.

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In the Shadow of Arches

By Jasmine · November 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

There are breweries now in most major and even minor cities. Usually just one, often named after the town, with a ubiquitous set of one each of a lager, IPA, amber, red, and stout. They are generally drinkable but unimpressive.

Not so at the Moab Brewery. Moab is a touristy town, being the closest town to Arches National Park, so I expected it to be extra mediocre and I was pleasantly surprised. Utah law won’t allow them to do a whole sampler (and the altitude and driving all day made full pints not really an option for us), but each person can have 2 2 ounce samplers at one time, so between me and  my friend we tried four beers: Rocket Bike Wit, Dead Horse Pale Ale, Derailleur Ale, and Black Raven Stout.

 

The Rocket Bike Wit was flat and wheaty, slightly sour or yeasty. It was the only one of the four we didn’t finish and didn’t love. Derailleur Ale is a malty, carmely amber ale, not too sweet. In general I’ll pick an amber over almost any style, and this is no exception. Black Raven Stout is an oatmeal stout which, according to their website, they serve “unfilterd for extra vitamins.” Smooth and balanced, with more oatmeal creaminess than bitter coffee or chocolate notes. And, of course, the Dead Horse Pale Ale, the beer they clearly consider their flagship beer and for good reason. It’s delicious. A pale ale for non-pale drinkers. Not too much hoppiness, but a good bit of citrus if I remember correctly. If they consider bottling anything, I’d pick this one first, and I’ll bet they would too!

On top of that their food was pretty good, it was a fun atmosphere, with a bobsled out front and a giant river raft strung up on the ceiling. A great stop after a long day of driving, bone-chilling wind, and stunning rock formations.

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Bevmo Holiday Party 2010

By Joe Ruvel · November 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Yup – it is that time of year again.  And boy am I excited.  There will probably be some tickets at the door – so if you are craving some holiday beer – get to Fort Mason in SF around 5 (doors open at 5:30) and get ready for a lot of good brew.  The list looks good – I just hope the vibe and the crowd is about what it was last year.

A few that caught my eye on the list:

Ale Industries – Fuzzy Snow-Beck
Bear Repblic – Old Baba Yaga
Blue Frog – McPhrog Scottish
Firehouse – Hops on Rye
Gouden Carolus – Noel 2010
Hermitage Beers (took over San Jose Tied House)
Meantime – Coffee Porter
Ninkasi – Sleigh’r Double Alt
Speakeasy – Satachmo Stout
Zhiguliovskoye – Golden Moscow

I kind of wanted to list them all. See you there if you are going.

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A few cool things from Dogfish Head

By Joe Ruvel · November 19th, 2010 · 3 Comments

The crazy Dogfish Head team is hard at work – some cool stuff in their newsletter today:

Fish Finder

Fish Finder – the beer and computer geek in me thinks this rocks. Get data from your wholesalers, bring it all into a database, and create an easy to use search tool that helps people find your beer. Sweet! Just imagine someone did this for all wholesalers for all breweries – hmm I should get programming.

Brew Masters – a new show on Discovery with Sam running around the globe finding ingredients for his brewery’s beers. Sounds cool to me. Purists beware.

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Duvel Triple Hop Video Tasting

By Joe Ruvel · November 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

I want some…might trying to order from these guys – I love their newsletter and videos.

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