Take Of Sip Of Beer That Is 45 Million Years In The Making


By Cooking Panda

Want to drink a beer that’s really special?

Go ahead and put away your special Star Trek brew and that weird stuff you picked up that is literally made out of pee. Oh, and put down that bourbon barrel-aged stuff too. (Actually, if you’d like to send it over to us, we’d be happy to take it off your hands.) We have something waaay cooler. If you want something truly aged, why not go with beer brewed from some of the oldest stuff on the planet?

Fossil Fuels Brewing Company has crafted a beer that is 45 million years in the making. Long before humans walked the Earth, a prehistoric leaf made its way into a small piece of Burmese amber, where it fossilized.

“Birds were learning to fly, mini-pig-dog-horse things were evolving into bigger-pig-dog-horse things, and the Eocene Epoch was rapidly working on crafting its greatest creation — brewing yeast,” the California brewers with a thirst for greatness wrote of the new saison, according to Eater.

Here’s how they did it: Unshakeable molecular biologist Dr. Raul Cano somehow managed to extract and reactivate yeast from the fossil in the 1990s, notes SF Gate. Though Cano was the first to accomplish such a feat, this did not exactly set the world on fire, and critics questioned whether or not this was possible.

That’s when Cano founded Fossil Fuels Brewing Co. and got to work with some brewing masters to figure out what kind of yeast they were working with and what they could do with it. It took a while to get the yeast properly “roused” and tasty, but they eventually figured out how to make it palatable.

“Saison really came to mind because the yeast had this wonderful grapefruit essence to it that it imparts in the beer,” said brewer Ian Schuster, who tirelessly worked on the project with Cano. “Some of the most amazing beer I’ve had, in terms of their light, crisp taste but also sophistication and layers, are Belgian and French farmhouse styles. We all galvanized around that thought. … We built everything around emphasizing the natural flavor of the yeast.”

And for the small (just kidding) donation of $40 to their crowdfunded project, you could secure your own limited edition bottle and drink something that is, arguably, as old as time.

Sources: SF Gate, Eater / Photo credit: Fossil Fuels Brewing via SF Gate

Tags: 45 million years old, novelty beer, old beer, prehistoric beer, science
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You Can Conquer The Final Frontier With This Star Trek Beer


By Cooking Panda

“Lad, you’re going to need something to wash that down with.” – Scotty

Nerds, rejoice!

If you’re a Trekkie, you know that booze is so integral to Star Trek that it’s pretty much its own character by now. Between the illegal Romulan ale that frequently makes its way onto the Enterprise, to the Saurian brandy that always gets Scotty drunk, to all the crazy cocktails at Quark’s Deep Space Nine bar, alcohol is the glue that holds the Enterprise together.

So in honor of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, you’ll be able to Live Long and Prosper with your choice of two golden Star Trek-themed ales.

“In the classic episode ‘The Trouble with Tribbles,’ the Enterprise is called to protect a shipment of a genetically engineered four-lobe grain that is a hybrid of wheat and rye, called quadrotriticale,” the official beer description reads, according to Nerdist. “Since the year 2269 is still about 250 years in the future, Quadritriticale has yet to be conceived. Thus, Shmaltz brews with triticale for Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles.”

The medium-bodied Trouble With Tribbles Ale features light Carastan malt for a slight sweetness and a faint hint of toffee. The addition of Munich gives “a slight bready quality,” and some wheat malt crisps the whole thing up. They fittingly added Comet, Polaris, Aurora and Admiral (Kirk) hops to keep the whole thing out of this world.

“This beer is only loosely filtered to clarity, in order to preserve the ambiguity of good and evil,” the description adds.

The second brew, Voyage to the Northeast Quadrant, is crisp, clean and malty, thanks to the light Munich malts and brewer’s maze used. The beer has a slight fruitiness, due to added lemon and lime, and a touch of white wine flavors. It is well-balanced with a mild bitterness.

“With 5 malts, 5 hops and 5% ABV, Voyage To The Northeast Quadrant is the perfect brew for any beer lover to toast the 50th Anniversary of such an iconic piece of popular culture,” says the description.

The Trouble With Tribbles is set to debut at the July 20 Star Trek Beyond premier and at Comic-Con in San Diego from July 21-24. It will pop up again in early August at the “Star Trek Las Vegas” convention, and Voyage to the Northeast Quadrant will follow in September at select events.

Sources: Nerdist, Robikus/YouTube / Photo credit: Shmaltz Brewing via Nerdist

Tags: anniversary ale, Beer, novelty beer, Star Trek, Star Trek beer
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