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Beer Battered Jalapenos

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Chicken And Beer Party Pairings

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Pilsners. Stouts. Chicken. Want to find the perfect beer to pair with whatever food is on the menu? Use this as your guide to a good time. After all, beer and chicken go together like chicken and pretty much everything.

APPETIZERS

Chicken Tender PerduZas
Beer Pairing: Pale Ale

Medium body with medium bitterness. Pairs well with pizza flavors such as pepperoni and tomato sauce.

Southwestern Yogurt Chicken Dip
Beer Pairing: Amber Ale

Medium body, malty and mildly sweet. Pairs well with chicken, spicy foods and lightly tangy dairy such as yogurt.

Buttermilk Chicken and Waffle Bites
Beer Pairing: Strong Ale

Heavy body with malty sweet flavors and intense alcohol. Pairs well with rich waffles and complements the fruitiness of the peach-mustard sauce.

WINGS

Extra Crispy Chicken Wings
Beer pairing: Amber Ale

Medium body, malty and mildly sweet. Complements the Chinese Five Spice powder and cuts through the richness of the wings.

Honey Ginger Korean Fried Chicken
Beer Pairing: I.P.A.

Medium body with intense bitterness, citrus and hop flavors. Pairs well with the strong, spicy and sweet flavors of the spicy sweet Korean dipping sauce.

Garlic & Ginger Sweet Chicken Wings
Beer Pairing: Pilsner

Light body with a floral and hoppy flavor. Pairs well with savory garlic and the snap of ginger.

HEARTY FARE

Herb and Artichoke Chicken Pull Apart Bread
Beer Pairing: Hefeweizen

Light body and slightly acidic. Goes great with herbed goat cheese spreads, and the slightly acidic flavor profile works perfectly with the artichokes.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sliders
Beer Pairing: Amber Ale

Medium body, malty and mildly sweet. Balances well with sweet marinades and BBQ sauces.

Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese
Beer Pairing: I.P.A

Medium body with intense bitterness, citrus and hop flavors. The citrus and hops contrast with the heat of the buffalo sauce. Also pairs great with blue cheese and celery.

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Turns Out Drinking Beer Boosts Your Creativity

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If you feel creatively blocked, have a beer!

At least, that’s what one study from the University of Graz in Austria concluded, and I’m not about to argue.

“Consumption of a low dose of alcohol tended to impair executive control but facilitated creative problem solving,” said psychologist Mathias Benedek, who led the study, according to Metro.

In their experiment, which was documented in the scientific journal Consciousness and Cognition, the experts took a group and gave half of them a beer with 5.2 percent alcohol, while the others got a 0.5 percent lager. The 5.2 percenters scored an average of six out of 10 on creativity tests, while the other group scored an average of four.

In the study, 70 young adults took three tests, including two designed to measure different types of creative thinking, notes Pacific Standard.

In one of those tests, they were given three words and told to come up with a fourth word that connects all three of them in an unexpected way (for example, one might say the word “cheese” when given “cottage,” “blue” and “cake”).

In another test they were told to devise creative uses for everyday items, such as an umbrella or a shoe.

The slightly buzzed people did way better at the association task, though they both performed about the same at the unexpected uses one. Pretty neat, huh?

According to the researchers, getting just a little bit toasty “may facilitate certain aspects of creative cognition, while not affecting others,” reports Pacific Standard.

Why’s that? They say that people often get caught up on little details or committed to the wrong approach at early stages of creative problem-solving.

“Alcohol may reduce fixation effects by loosening the focus of attention,” Benedek and his colleagues wrote.

However, there’s a catch, just like with all good news.

“Beneficial effects are likely restricted to very modest amounts of alcohol, whereas excessive alcohol consumption typically impairs creative productivity,” cautions the study, according to Metro.

Sources: Metro, Pacific Standard / Featured Image: Wagner T. Cassimiro/Flickr

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Budweiser Is Trying To Make Their Beer Fresher

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Anheuser-Busch InBev is on a mission to sell you fresher beer.

Budweiser’s makers said that they will invest $500 million in 2017 in order to lower shipping costs, become more sustainable, and make the beer fresher, reports USA Today. Typically, the company spends anywhere from $400 million to $450 million per year.

In a world where people can easily access fruit-infused, barrel-aged, quadruple IPAs, barleywines and anything else craft brewers can dream up, Anheuser-Busch is on a mission to compete with smaller breweries. The money will go toward technology, brewing, packaging, distribution and becoming eco-friendly.

“The company’s Budweiser, Bud Light, Natural Light and other major brands have struggled to maintain relevance among many U.S. consumers, who have transitioned away from lagers and light American-style pilsners in favor of craft beer styles that have been popularized by U.S. microbreweries,” IBISWorld analysts said in a report, according to USA Today. “However, the company remains an industry powerhouse and, as a result of its massive economies of scale, continues to yield the highest operating margins in the industry.”

Indeed, there are 4,414 breweries in America this year, as beer snobbery remains both popular and accessible. In 2010, there were only 963 breweries. In 2022, experts expect there to be more than 8,000.

“The market continues to be very competitive and much more fragmented,” AB InBev CEO Joao Castro Neves said. “We’re making those investments to cope with all this additional complexity.”

The company’s supply vice president, Dave Taylor, said that you can expect to find “more freshness” in new Buds as the company implements a “less handling” policy.

“We are investing big behind this market because it’s so important,” said Castro Neves, according to The Chicago Tribune. “But also because we see growth opportunities.”

According to The Tribune, the beer company will spend $2 billion through 2020 on improving its brands while also expanding into other ventures, like tea and alcoholic sparkling water.

Will $2 billion be enough to make Bud taste better? We’ll see.

Sources: USA Today, Chicago Tribune / Photo Credit: Dwight Burdette/Wikimedia Commons

Tags: Beer, budweiser, Budweiser investment, Budweiser making fresher beer, sustainable beer
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Guy Runs Into Burning House To Save His Beer (Photo)

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When one man’s house caught fire, and he realized his beer was inside, nothing could stop him from rescuing it. Not even police and firefighters …

The New York Post reports that South Dakota’s Michael Anthony Casteel, 56, was arrested for obstructing law enforcement when he ran into his burning home to save two cans of Bud Ice Premium. Charges allege that Casteel defied orders twice on his way into the house in Sioux Falls to save his beers.

The Sioux Falls Police Department took to Twitter to discuss Casteel’s actions. They posted their thoughts about the incident, then followed up with a SpongeBob SquarePants meme that reads, “So, you are telling me, the structure was on fire, he was ordered to stay out, and he ran back in for his beer when the SFPD and SFFR were there already[?] Right when you think you have heard it all! #Underarrest”.

Naturally, a social media storm began after this, with many joking that the beer-saving man was a hero.

That Bud Ice Premium must be pretty delicious for two cans of it to be worth risking your life over. Either that, or Casteel didn’t understand how much easier and safer it would be to simply head to the store and buy some more.

According to Foodbeast, the bond was only $300, so I guess that’s not too bad. It’s still a lot more expensive than just buying more beer, though.

Sources: The New York Post, Foodbeast / Photo Credit: Wagner T. Cassimiro/Flickr

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Bad News: Kona Beer Isn’t Actually Made In Hawaii

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Two Californians have come to the realization that they were paying for beer they thought came from Hawaii, but it was in fact brewed on the mainland. Now they’re angry and ready to sue.

Eater reports that while Kona Brewing does have a brewing facility and pub in Hawaii, that particular facility only produces about 12,000 barrels of beer each year. That means that any beer sold in most of the rest of the country is produced on the mainland, and has been for a very long time. This is stated on the beer’s label and on the website; however, the plaintiffs claim that the branding is misleading. Do they have a point?

While it’s true that the branding does feature pictures of hula dancers, surfers, the Kilauea volcano and Waikiki beach (and features the name “Island Lager” on the Longboard IPA bottle), the company could really just claim that it likes the Hawaii vibe. Nothing wrong with that. According to Reuters, Craft Brew Alliance Company won’t discuss any pending investigation, so we’ll have to wait to see how the defendant’s side of things will play out.

On the other hand, the suing customers claim that “consumers purchase items, and are willing to pay more for items, because they are from Hawaii. Craft Brew is well aware of this.” If the lawsuit is successful, it will be class action successful, and therefore many of the brewing company’s purchasers will be able to come forward and get some of their money back for having overpaid for something unnecessarily.

Unfortunately for Kona, this lawsuit is of the same type that has been successful of late, with a string of such litigation hitting brewing companies for similar branding offenses. In 2015, a federal judge approved a $20 million settlement against Anheuser-Busch for leading consumers into thinking their Beck’s beer was German, when it was actually brewed in St. Louis. AB-InBev also faced a lawsuit over Leffe beer, and MillerCoors was sued because it’s not actually brewed in the Rocky Mountains.

I’m never one to appreciate being fooled by misleading branding, but sometimes you have to cut these guys a little slack. I mean, honestly … maybe Kona just likes Hawaii!

Sources: Eater, Reuters / Photo Credit: Kona Brewing Company/Facebook

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Soon You’ll Be Able To Brew Booze In Your Keurig

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Hallelujah!

If this is the kind of good news 2017 is bringing in January, we think we’re off to a pretty good year.

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Keurig have decided to collaborate on a creation that is going to freaking blow your mind.

Prepare yourselves for the new Keurig-like device that brews booze in the comfort of your own kitchen.

We’re not joking. The companies announced on Jan. 6 that they plan to launch a new appliance that has the ability to brew “beer, spirits, cocktails and mixers” at home. While there isn’t even a prototype of the appliance out yet, the mere idea already has us so amped and excited for what is to come.

“We’re thrilled to be moving forward with this joint venture and look forward to working closely with the Keurig Green Mountain team to explore the possibilities of what we can achieve together,” Nathaniel Davis, CEO of the new venture, shared in a press release on the Anheuser-Busch website. “We can’t wait to get started.”

For Keurig’s part, CEO Bob Gamgort says that they are “excited to partner with AB InBev to develop a new system for the adult beverage category,” which comes as no surprise, considering that according to CNN, Keurig’s latest product launch of the Kold was supremely unsuccessful, and production was halted after a scant 10 months of being available. Keurig even had to issue refunds to unsatisfied customers for the $370 machine.

Are you excited for the new in-home alcohol appliance?

Sources: Anheuser-Busch InBev, CNN / Photo Credit: Studioleramos/Instagram

Tags: Anheuser-Busch InBev, Beer, booze brew, instant alcohol, Keurig
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This Guy Made A Beer Christmas Tree (Photos)

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How much do you love beer?

Do you love it this much?

It’s hard to imagine you love beer as much as Aussie Wes Boyd, who crafted this nearly 15-foot-high Christmas tree out of 2,536 cans of good ol’ Victoria Bitter beer with a little help from his friends.

“All the other houses have only got lights,” he pointed out to PerthNow.

The green behemoth is decked out in tree lights, illuminated by spotlights and crowned with an “angel” crafted in the likeness of infamous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly.

“I wanted to build it to make people happy,” Boyd explained. “Me and some mates love drinking VBs and two to three mates have been bringing empty cans over here every week for the past 14 months.”

But Boyd is looking to make a lot more people happy than just bystanders. In memory of his mother and grandmother, both of whom had Alzheimer’s disease in their old age before dying, the father-of-four is collecting money every night to send to Alzheimer’s Australia. What a guy.

He said that his neighbors were “shocked but very happy at seeing something different” when they first glimpsed the unique tree, which he said was for the most part a solitary labor of love based on a smaller creation he built the year before.

“No one helps me build it because I want to do it myself,” he explained. “Building the tree makes me happy. But I did ask my mates to help me put the top on the tree.”

Want to channel the Christmas spirit and your love of booze at the same time? Apparently wine bottle Christmas trees are a thing, so get started now and stack your wine bottles high:

If your heart is set on making a beer tree, we’re sure these would look breathtakingly beautiful with high-quality bombers, too.

Sources: PerthNowCountry Living / Photo Credit: Wes Boyd via PerthNow

Tags: Beer, Christmas Australia, Christmas tree, DIY Christmas, viral tree
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Most People Think Beer With Lunch Is Bad

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How do you feel about the idea of having a beer while on your lunch break?

You may not be surprised that Metro reports that in a survey by YouGov, 74 percent of people said that it’s unacceptable. The study asked a couple of questions. One was whether it was okay to have a beer on your lunch break without a meal (rough day?), to which 74 percent of responders said absolutely not.

The next question was, well, what if you are having a meal with your beer? To this, 60 percent of responders said it’s still not acceptable, and 32 percent said it’s okay. Out of these responders, four in 10 men said it was okay, while two-thirds of women said it’s not. So, I guess if you have a male boss, you have a 40 percent chance of getting away with it.

Here are the graphs to better illustrate the results:

The study also found that age played an important role in this decision. Those ages 18 to 24 are more likely to say yes to having a drink at lunchtime, while those over 65 are the most offended by this behavior. So, there again, if your boss is a male and a millennial, you probably have an even better chance of scoring a beer at lunchtime.

Personally, I don’t see the big deal (maybe because I belong in the millennial age category?). One beer, or even two, alongside a meal for the sake of enjoyment should be okay. As long as it’s not enough to get your head all fuzzy, which I agree would be entirely unacceptable if you have to go back into work and finish out the day. Save the craziness for happy hour.

If you’re just enjoying lunchtime and you’re at a nice place, maybe your meal is better enjoyed with a complementary brew. Would it be so bad to enjoy the two together? Just don’t stumble back into work looking confused. Or, if your boss is a woman or over 65, enjoy a nice iced tea instead. 

Source: Metro UK / Photo Credit: Metro UK

Tags: alcohol, Beer, lunch, Lunch Break, Lunchtime
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Foursquare Will Help You Cope With Election Day

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In case you didn’t realize, Election Day is November 8, and it’s approaching fast. Whether you’re on one side or the other, you’re probably feeling pretty anxious about the outcome.

The best thing to do after voting is probably to stop and grab a drink. We’ll most likely all need one, and according to Huffington Post, Foursquare has us covered. The company has developed a map, from which you can enter your home address and then the map reveals all of the nearest bars. This should come in handy when you’re just too anxious to watch polling results and you need to take the edge off.

Currently, some states aren’t on the map yet, but don’t fret if this affects you. States such as Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire will be added once the polling data has been collected. You can count on Foursquare.

If you’re not sure about the company’s accuracy, you need only know that Foursquare, according to Wersm (We are Social Media), is “the number one social geo-localization service and as such it maintains a database of over 60 million venues.”

It works similarly to other crowd-sourced data sets, like Quora, Stack Overflow and Amazon in the way that it assigns “superusers” based on their actions and tenure on the app. This means that just as superusers are rewarded, malicious users are punished by the company. Because of the algorithms in place and the user accountability system, Foursquare’s “database is probably one of the most accurate crowd-sourced way[s] to locate any business in the world.”

Wow, that’s impressive. It also means that you can trust Foursquare to know your polling place and accurately provide you with that information. Once you’ve got that down, you can also count on the app to point out all nearby watering hole locations accurately. That should help you cope with the rest of your Election Day 2016, which will undoubtedly be a very bad day for about half of the United States’ population, whichever way it goes.

You better believe I’ll be doing my due diligence and researching where I’ll be going.

Sources: Huffington Post, Wersm / Photo credit: Buffalo Wild Wings/Instagram

Tags: bars, Beer, cocktails
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Wings And Pizza Sales Are Down Because Of The NFL

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Football season and wings usually go hand in hand. Don’t most people enjoy watching their teams while enjoying wings and beer at the local sports bar, or Buffalo Wild Wings?

Sure, they do. But, as Marketplace reports, NFL viewership is down 12% and Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW) isn’t feeling so much of the usual love. Business Insider reported that BWW has seen a 1.6 percent decline in sales revenue compared to the same quarter in 2015.

So what could be the problem? Why are we watching less football today than in years past?

Grub Street speculates that it could have something to do with the NFL’s increasingly bad reputation as it pertains to domestic abuse, brain injuries, racial slurs and politicized national anthems. Or, maybe it’s because the 2016 election has everyone’s attention right now, and things will go back to normal once it’s over.

Either way, according Stephen Burke, CEO of NBC Universal, the networks don’t appear to be too worried. “We’re watching it, and obviously you’d rather have ratings up than down, but having ratings decline modestly and still be very very strong properties doesn’t cause us too much concern,” Burke said on an earnings call, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

Restaurants on the other hand are trying to come up with a backup plan. They’re even considering showing other types of sports and teams on their screens. After all, 10% of the revenue of most sports bars and restaurants like BWW reportedly comes from the hours they are playing the popular NFL games, Grub Street reports.

Would you go into BWW for beer and wings and soccer? Or how about for beer and wings and cricket? Just doesn’t quite feel as right. Personally, I don’t need much of an excuse to want to scarf chicken wings, but 10% is a pretty large number when you consider how big BWW really is.

It could all boil down to a “weird” NFL schedule, to which BWW attributed a similar problem in 2015, when sales fell almost a whole percentage point. Wingstop even had the same problem. Most likely, the cause is a combination of these circumstances, and hopefully it will all blow over soon.

Sources: Business InsiderMarketplace, Grub Street, Broadcasting & Cable / Photo credit: Buffalo Wild Wings/Instagram

Tags: Beer, Football, NFL, Wings
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Uber’s Self-Driving Truck Made A Beer Run

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Otto, a one-year-old company owned by Uber, has completed a beer delivery mission using a self-driving delivery truck. Amazing!

I know we’ve heard rumors here and there about self-driving cars, but never about driverless 18-wheelers making deliveries across 120 mile expanses. That’s an entirely new concept. The New York Times reports that this delivery went from Fort Collins, Colorado, to Colorado Springs. That’s 120 miles across Colorado’s Interstate 25.

According to Fox News, the technology behind this great endeavor includes an array of camera, radar and LIDAR sensing technology. The truck went an average speed of 55 mph and followed GPS digital maps all while the truck’s usual human driver hung around in the sleeper cabin.

The partnership between Anheuser-Busch and Otto is the very first of its kind, and although far into the future, Otto does believe this kind of technology can someday be commercially available. Most likely, it will lead to an uproar of controversy involving lost jobs for truck drivers, but I’m sure they’ll find a place for them.

“We’ve tested with trailers, of course, but there’s nothing like actually doing the real thing, end to end,” Otto’s co-founder, Lior Ron, said to The New York Times.

Uber is working on this delivery technology in hopes of becoming a large-scale transportation network, in which the company can transport anything clients desire, around the globe and 24/7. Where better to start than with beer?

“We view self-driving trucks as the future, and we want to be a part of that,” says James Sembrot, senior director of logistics strategy at Anheuser-Busch.

This first delivery was completed by driving side-by-side with passenger traffic on the interstate, and was overseen by a licensed truck drive just in case anything was amiss. It left early in the morning from the Anheuser-Busch location in Loveland, Colorado, and made its way through Denver by normal means, with no incidents to report along the way.

As the self-driving truck program grows, the next step will be to work with different weather conditions and road types, which will certainly bring new obstacles to the scene. This may not mean much to consumers, but it’s still exciting as ever!

Sources: The New York Times, Fox News / Photo credit: Anheuser-Busch Newsroom

Tags: anheuser-busch, Beer, Beer Run, Otto, Uber
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