Although some people may see beer drinking as a sport, for others it can be a useful tool, especially creative individuals who’re stuck with writer’s block or other artistic impediments. As Engadget reports, University of Illinois Professor Jennifer Wiley discovered that a blood alcohol level of 0.075 will make a person reach their creative peak because drinking a certain amount of booze lowers the chances that they over think what they’re doing. More →
There’s nothing better on a summer day than getting a nice cold beer fresh from the tap. However, you’ve traditionally had to go to a bar or restaurant to get fresh draft beer, which can be an expensive treat after a while. A new Kickstarter project called SYNEK wants to change this by giving you your own mini-tap that you can store right on your kitchen counter and use to pour yourself fresh beer whenever you like. More →
Home brewing is rewarding but it’s also often fraught with peril — if you don’t thoroughly sterilize all of your equipment or if you drop in the yeast while your wort is still hot, it can ruin hours of hard work. Bloomberg Businessweek has written a profile on former Windows engineer Bill Mitchell, who left Microsoft in 2010 to work full-time on PicoBrew, a startup that’s dedicated to take away as many potential pain points as possible for home brewers.