If you’ve ever brewed beer then you know what really gives it its distinctive flavor is its hops. Without hops, beer would be an overly sweet concoction made of malted barley, yeast and water. With hops, however, beer acquires a bitterness that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients. But unfortunately, it seems hops also have an unwanted side effect: They give you man boobs. More →
In today’s age of viral video, it’s not too often that we come across something that’s truly jaw dropping. This is that something. The following video features singer David Achter de Molen, from the Dutch band John Coffey, crowd-walking during a concert when, out of the blue, someone slings a full cup of beer in his direction. Miraculuosly, he catches the cup right-side up, chugs it, and tosses it aside like it ain’t no thang.
Creating a device to improve the efficiency of popping open bottles of beer — could anything be more German? OK, so technically the men behind this exciting beer-opening technique are Swiss, but they are speaking German in the video they posted of their creation, so that’s good enough for me. At any rate, YouTube user Christoph Nick has posted a video showing a Swiss man opening five of his friends’ beer bottles at once by using five different rulers that he’s arranged in a star shape within his clenched fist. More →
With summer less than two months away, you’re probably thinking about going on some fun outdoor excursions that involve taking some beer with you in a cooler. However, the current coolers on the market are something of a bummer since they tend to be both heavy and unwieldy. Denver-based engineer Scotty Allen is trying to change all that, however, with a brilliant new cooler design that will make bringing beer along with you to picnics and hikes easier than ever before. More →
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.