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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

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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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