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Battery acid for alcohol? It happened not so long ago in South Africa

On the latest installment of Yahoo Travel’s “A Broad, Abroad,” Editor in Chief Paula Froelich sits down and drinks the strongest brew in South Africa with the “reigning Shebeen queen” Pinki Mary Jane Kobe. There, Froelich learns about the history of Pinki’s, a popular bar located in Soweto, South Africa just outside of Johannesburg. And about the strength of the strongest brew, The Leopard.

So what are shebeen queens?

In the apartheid era, non-whites were not allowed to make or sell beer. Soweto residents did it anyway, brewing their own and hiding it under beds or in the ground when the police checked in for raids. The local watering holes were called shebeens and the women who ran them shebeen queens.

The shebeens get creative

Back when ingredients for beer were expensive, the queens would skimp and make alcohol by soaking bread in battery acid. Now, beer making and selling is legal and ingredients are much cheaper so the days of using battery acid are long gone.

Take a look at this video from Paula Froelich to learn more!

https://www.yahoo.com/meet-south-africas-shebeen-queens-062238975.html?format=embed

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Beer

 

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Epcot Food and Wine festival has plenty to offer beer lovers

500-Epcot-Food-And-Wine-Festival-LogoWalt Disney World’s Epcot theme park has been hosting the Epcot Food and Wine Festival for nearly 20 years. Now in its 19th year, the festival features 35 unique tasting experiences that will tempt taste buds and expand palates. But, regardless of the festival’s name, beer-lovers will have plenty to enjoy at this year’s festival.

This year the festival brings back several popular beer tasting experiences including the German beer garden themed Brewer’s Collection, Hops and Barley and the Craft Beers kiosk located near the entrance to the World Showcase. But, the most fun can be had simply walking World Showcase and sampling the wares at as many kiosks as you can.

In addition to the beers that are normally on tap around the World Showcase, a number of special beers are available as noted below. Traditional beer-centric countries like Germany, Belgium and the United States have expanded options and some even offer beer flights that allow guests to taste several beers without having to commit to a full pint.

Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival runs from September 19 through November 10. The festival is included with admission to Epcot, but food and drink is sold on a per-taste basis.

To help you determine which stops you want to be sure to make, refer to the checklist below.

Africa

Food

  • Beef tenderloin tips berbere style with okra, jalepenos, tomato and pap
  • South African bobotie with turkery and mushrooms

Australia

Food

  • Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes, Lemon Myrtle and Rapini
  • Grilled Lamp Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
  • Pavlova (Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Driscoll’s Berries and Vanilla Custard);

Drink

  • Coopers Brewery, Original Pale Ale

Belgium

Food

  • Potato and Leek Waffle with beer-braised Beef
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream
  • Belgain Waffle with Berry Compote featuring Driscoll’s Berries and Whipped Cream

Drink

  • Hoegaarden
  • Stella Artois
  • Stella Artois Cidre
  • Leffe Blonde
  • Belgian Beer Flight: Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Leffe Blonde, Stella Artois Cidre

Brazil

Food

  • Mocequa de pescado: Regal Springs premium tilapia with coconut lime sauce and steamed rice
  • Crispy pork belly with black beans, tomato and cilantro
  • Pao de queijo: Brazilian cheese bread
  • Cocada: Brazilian coconut candy

Drink

  • Kaiser Brewery Xingu Black Beer

Brewer’s Collection

Drink

  • Radeberger Pilsner
  • BraufactuM Colonia
  • BraufactuM Palor
  • Schofferhofer Grapefruit
  • Altenmunster Oktoberfest
  • BraufactuM Roog
  • BraufactuM Darkon
  • BraufactuM Progusta IPA
  • Beer flight 1: Radeberger Pilsner, BraufactuM Colonia, BraufactuM Palor and Schofferhofer Grapefruit
  • Beer flight 2: Altenmunster Oktoberfest, BraufactuM Roog, BraufactuM Darkon and BraufactuM Progusta IPA

Canada

Food

  • Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • Seared Rainbow Trout with Bacon, Frisee and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette
  • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce

Drink

  • Moosehead Lager

China

Food

  • Beijing roasted duck in steamed bun with hoisin sauce
  • Mongolian beef in a steamed bun with chili mayo
  • Black pepper shrimp with Sichuan noodles
  • Chicken potstickers

Drink

  • Tsing Tao Beer

Craft Beers

Drink

  • Sierra Nevada, Kellerweis
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Punkin Ale
  • Shiner Brewery, Wild Hare Pale Ale
  • Abita Brewing Company, Purple Haze
  • Goose Island, 312 Urban Wheat Ale
  • Florida Beer Company, Sunshine State Pils
  • Magic Hat Brewery, Dream Machine IPL
  • Terrapin Beer Company, Rye Pale Ale
  • Beer Flight 1: Sierra Nevada, Kellerweis; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Punkin Ale; Shiner Brewery, Wild Hare Pale Ale; Abita Brewing Company, Purple Haze
  • Beer flight 2: Goose Island, 312 Urban Wheat Ale; Florida Beer Company, Sunshine State Pils; Magic Hat Brewery, Dream Machine IPL; Terrapin Beer Company, Rye Pale Ale

Desserts and Champagne

Food

  • Dessert Trio: Passion fruit coconut creamsicle, blueberry lime cheesecake roll and chocolate espresso opera cake
  • Guylian Belgian chocolate seashell truffles

Farm Fresh

Food

  • Nueske’s Pepper Bacon hash with sweet corn, potatoes, hollandaise and picked jalepenos
  • Griddled “yard bird” with braised greens

Drink

  • Orlando Brewing Company, I-4 IPA
  • Ba Ba Black Lager, Uinta Brewing Company
  • Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale, Bold City Brewery
  • Florida Cracker Belgian Style White Ale, Cigar City Brewery
  • Beer Flight: I-4 IPA, Ba Ba Black Lager, Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale and Florida Cracker Belgian Style White Ale

Fife & Drum

Food

  • Ghirardelli ice cream sundae

Drink

  • Mmmhops Pale Ale

France

Food

  • Tartelette aux escargots: Escargot tart with garlci, spinach, bacon and parmesan
  • Gratin de crozet de savoie: Wheat pasta gratin with mushrooms and Gruyere cheese; Boeuf Bourguignon (braised short ribs in cabernet with mashed potatoes)
  • Creme Brulee caramel fleur de sel: Sea Salt caramel creme brulee topped with caramelized sugar

Drink

  • Kronenbourg Blanc 1664

Germany

Food

  • Schinken Nudel (Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese)
  • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll; Berliner: Yeast doughnut filled with apricto jam

Drink

  • Altenmunster Oktoberfest

Greece

Food

  • Vegetarian moussaka
  • Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey
  • Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce
  • Spanakopita

Hawaii

Food

  • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise
  • Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips;

Drink

  • Kona Brewing Company’s Big Wave Golden Ale; Kona Brewing Company Castaway IPA

Hops and Barley

Food

  • Artisan cheese plate featuring Cabot Cloth wrapped cheddar, Purple Haze chevre goat cheese and Cave Man blue cheese
  • Baked lobster alfredo
  • Florida grass fed beed slider with pimento cheese
  • Fresh baked carrot cake with Craisins and cream cheese icing

Drink

  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • New Belgium Brewing Company Snapshot
  • Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat
  • Leinenkugel’s Seasonal Shandy
  • Beer flight: Samuel Adams Octoberfest; New Belgium Brewing Company Snapshot; Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat; Leinenkugel’s Seasonal Shandy

Intermissions Cafe

Food

  • Southwest chicken wrap; Vegan trio
  • Fruit and cheese plate; Side salad; Grapes
  • Tuna salad with pita
  • Asian chicken salad
  • Key lime tart
  • Brownie

Drink

  • Medall Light Beer
  • Einstok Icelandic White Ale
  • Angry Orchard Hard Cider – Crisp Apple

Ireland

Food

  • Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie
  • Kerrygold Cheese Selection: Reserve Cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout, Skellig
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

Drink

  • Guinness Draught
  • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine

Italy

Food

  • Ravioli alla caprese: cheese ravioli, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil
  • Filetto di pollo, con funghi al marsala: chicken tenderloin, cremini mushrooms, marsala sauce and ciabatta bread
  • Cannoli al Cioccolato (Chocolate-Covered Cannoli filled with Ricotta, Chocolate, and Candied Fruit)

Drink

  • Moretti Lager Beer
  • Moretti La Rossa Beer

Japan

Food

  • Spicy Hand Roll (Tuna & Salmon with Kazan Volcano Sauce)
  • Teriyaki gyoza bun: steamed bun filled with chicken, vegetables and sweet teriyaki sauce
  • Chirashizushi: Salmon, shrimp, crab and egg served over seaweed salad and ginger rice

Drink

  • Kirin Draft Beer

Mexico

Food

  • Shrimp Taco: fried shrimp, pickled habanero pepper and onions on a flour tortilla
  • Taco de Ribeye with Salsa de Chipotle; Sweet corn cheese cake

Drink

  • Dos Equis

Morocco

Food

  • Kefta Pocket (Ground Seasoned Beef in a Pita Pocket)
  • Spicy shrimp roll with cilantro and mint sauce
  • Baklava

Drink

  • Casa Beer

New Zealand

Food

  • Marinated Green Lip Mussels with Garlic butter and toasted bread crumbs
  • Venison Sausage with Pickled Mushrooms, baby arugula and black currant reduction
  • Lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney

Patagonia

Food

  • Beef empanada
  • Grilled beef skewer with chimichurri sauce and boniato puree
  • Roasted Verlasso salmon with quinoa salad and arugula chimichurri

Poland

Food

  • Kielbasa and Potato Pierogies with Caramelized Onions and Sour Cream
  • Sauerkraut pierogi with pork goulash

Drink

  • Okocim Brewery, Okocim O.K. Beer

Puerto Rico

Food

  • Ensalada de carrucho: Caribbean conch salad with onion, tomato and cilantro
  • Carne guisada con arroz blanco: slow-braised beef with Puerto Rican-grown rice
  • Friturias: Sorullitos (sweet polenta fries) and bolitas de queso (cheese fritter with mayo ketchup)
  • FlanCocho: vanilla caramel custard with chocolate coffee cake

Drink

  • Medalla light beer

Refreshment Port

Food

  • Croissant doughnut
  • Fried shrimp with Dole pineapple sweet and sour sauce
  • Fried chicken chunks with Dole pineapple sweet and sour sauce
  • Dole Fruit Squish’ems! Apple-Strawberr
  • Dole Whip soft-serve
  • Dole Whip soft-serve with creme de cacao white

Scotland

Food

  • Vegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties-Griddled Vegetable Cake with Rutabaga and Mashed Potatoe
  • Fresh potato pancake with smoked Scottish salmon and herb sour cream
  • Seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin and crispy bacon
  • Crannachan: traditional Scottish dessert trifle

Drink

  • Innis & Gunn Original

Singapore

Food

  • Lemongrass Chicken Curry with Coconut and Jasmine Rice
  • Seared Mahi Mahi with Jasmine Rice and “Singa” Sauce

Drink

  • Tiger Beer

South Korea

Food

  • Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce
  • Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw

Terra

Food

  • Blackened Chick’n Breast, farro wheat and spicy gumbo sauce featuring Gardein Chick’n Breast
  • CraB’less CraB Cake with pepper slaw and Cajun remoulade featuring Gardein
  • Chocolate-blood orange cupcake with tofu icing;

Drink

  • Red Bridge Ale

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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Beer Festival

 

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New Belgium announces fall line up

newbelgiumNew Belgium Brewing Company, the makers of beer-lover favorite Fat Tire, has announced their fall beer line up. The collection includes a return of the popular Pumpkick pumpkin ale, a return entry from the Lips of Faith series Le Terroir American sour ale and a new entry to the Hop Kitchen series called Hop the Pond.

After debuting last year, Pumpkick is back with new label artwork, but the same great taste that made it a popular new entry into the crowded pumpkin beer category. Pumpkick is a spiced ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. It has a unique, tart kick from cranberries and a hint of lemongrass. Added oats cream up the mouthfeel, making this anything but your typical pumpkin beer. Pumpkick is 6 percent ABV and 18 IBUs. It is available in 12 oz. bottles and draft now through October.

It is no secret that new Belgium is embarking on an extensive sour beer program. The company made news several years ago when they actively began installing new foudres, wooden tanks used to age sour beers. This season, the Lips of Faith series adds Le Terroir, a dry-hopped American sour ale packing the bold, hoppy nose of an American IPA and all the pucker of a well-crafted sour. Le Terroir is a French term meaning “of the earth,” and references the environmental conditions that affect the beer.

“Our wooden barrels age sour beer in varying temperatures, humidity and vibrations,” said New Belgium’s Specialty Brand Manager, Lauren Salazar. “Add in another variable by dry-hopping with peachy, mango-like Amarillo hops and we’ve created a beer that changes every time we brew it.”

The Amarillo hops serve as an aromatic complement to its complex, wood-aged backbone, leaving no bitterness. A juicy finish rounds it out. Le Terroir is 7.5 percent ABV and available in 22 oz. bombers and on draft now through December.

The final beer in New Belgium’s fall releases comes from the brewery’s Hop Kitchen series. Hop the Pond is a double IPA brewed with Admiral hops from England, Galaxy hops from Australia, Styrian Dana hops and Citra hops from the U.S. This beer hints of malty sweetness with big bitterness that bounds in with a full, fireball temperament. Brewed with raw international materials, Hop the Pond is a potent mixture of tropical fruits and herbal, resinous notes. Its diverse flavors and aromas will bounce truly adventurous hopheads around the world in 80 IBUs. Hop the Pond is 8 percent ABV and is available on draft now until it’s gone.

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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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Piraat beer sponsors Talk Like a Pirate Day contest

PiraatThe First Coast has had its share of pirates and pirate invasions. On any given day, pirate impersonators can be found strolling the streets of St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach is practically overrun by the Captain Jack Sparrow look-alikes during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. So, it is only logical that the internationally recognized “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” held annually on September 19, is a big deal in this part of Florida.

The importer of Piraat beer, Global Beer Network, have taken the fun of the day one step further by sponsoring a contest that asks beer and pirate enthusiasts everywhere to submit their best pirate impression on video. Organized in alliance with the Talk Like A Pirate organization, the contest is both an online video contest and real-life, in-person pirate impression contest at participating pubs, bars and restaurants across the U.S.

The grand prize winner will win a year’s worth of Piraat beer, the official beer of pirates everywhere.
The contest runs through September 30, 2014. Winners will be announced October 1. Entries can be submitted on the Piraat Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/piraatbeer. To enter, simply “like” Piraat’s Facebook page and post your video. Check back to see if your video was chosen to be featured!

Piraat is a Belgian Triple Ale. The beer was created centuries ago to accompany sailors setting out on long voyages. In the 17th and 18th centuries, captains needed beer with high food value that could be kept fresh for an extended period of time. Piraat, due to its high ABV (10.5 percent) and second fermentation, was the perfect type of brew for these voyages. A pint a day was the ration passed down by the captain to his crew. Piraat has a well-rounded body and rich flavor. The powerful glow builds from the inside with a deep golden hue and soft haze. The beer is aggressively hopped and features copious amounts of malt. It features a mild sweetness coupled with colorful aromas, fresh bread, spices and tropical fruits for a complex taste.

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Imports

 

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New craft beer web series launched by Travel Channel

microbrew-madness-host-lori-griffiths-2_196x147If you like learning about microbreweries around the country, but do not want to invest a lot of time, the Travel Channel has a new web series you should check out. “Microbrew Madness” episodes are only six minutes long each, but the producers pack a plethora of information in each. There are 16 episodes currently available.

Each episode features one of four hosts: Lori Griffis (TravelChannel.com’s “Girls Gone Bayou”), Ewan Porter (Australian pro-golfer and commentator), Olivia Speranza (TravelChannel.com’s “Terminal Bliss at SFO”) and Ryan Van Duzer (TravelChannel.com’s “Bike Tour of California Wineries”). Each host takes viewers to different regions of the United States, tasting some of of the top local microbrews in 16 different cities. The cities visited include: Atlanta, Ga.; Boulder, Colo.; Chicago, Ill.; Cleveland, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Mich; Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Lakewood, N.Y.; Loveland, Colo.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Portland, Ore.; San Antonio, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; Tampa, Fla.; Tempe, Ariz. and Winston-Salem, N.C. They speak with chefs and brew masters, learn special food pairings and drink in the history to discover why each microbrewery is a can’t miss destination.

The web series can be viewed at the Travel Channel’s website.

To view specific episodes click below.

Appalachian Highlands and Southeast Region: Lori Griffis

5 Seasons Brewing – Atlanta, Ga.

Cigar City Brewing – Tampa, Fla.

Foothills Brewing Company – Winston-Salem, N.C.

Yazoo Brewing Company – Nashville, Tenn.

Mountain and Heartland Region: Ryan Van Duzer

Avery Brewing Company – Boulder, Colo.

Square One Brewery and Distillery – St. Louis, Mo.

Surly Brewing Company – Minneapolis, Minn.

Verboten Brewing – Loveland, Colo.

Northeast and Midwest Region: Ewan Porter

Founders Brewing Company – Grand Rapids, Mich

Goose Island Brewery – Chicago, Ill.

Great Lakes Brewing Company – Cleveland, Ohio

Southern Tier Brewing Company – Lakewood, N.Y.

Pacific Coast and Southwest Region: Olivia Speranza

Four Peaks Brewing Company – Tempe, Ariz.

Freetail Brewing Company – San Antonio, Texas

Hopworks Urban Brewery – Portland, Ore.

The Brewery at Abigaile – Hermosa Beach, Calif.

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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Oktoberfest infographic tells all

It’s that magical time of the year when men don their lederhosen and women doll up in their dirndls. Yes, Oktoberfest draws near and the folks at Home Brew West in Ireland have put together an infographic that provides you with all you could ever want to know abut the world’s largest festival.

Visit Home Brew West’s website here.

Prost!

oktoberfest

 

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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in Beer

 

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Aardwolf to celebrate one year of great beer

aardwolfIt seems like just yesterday rumors began flying around the local craft beer scene that Michael Payne, the mastermind behind Pinglehead Brewing Company, and Preben Olsen, formerly the beer byer or Grassroots Market in Five Points were collaborating on a brewery. In those days the thought was something of a dream; two great beer minds coming together to bring even more great craft beer to the burgeoning Jacksonville scene. The brewery was dubbed Aardwolf and the duo set out to take local tap rooms and beers up a notch.

Tomorrow the realization of the dream celebrates its one-year anniversary with a party at the brewery and several special one-off beers. The party is not for the brewery’s anniversary in a traditional sense, most businesses celebrate one year in operation, Aardwolf has been open for 18 months. The anniversary being celebrated tomorrow is of the brewery serving its own beers for the first time.

To commemorate the occasion, a slew of one-off and special beers have been produced including:

  • Apple Cinnamon Ol’ Ale
  • Strawberry Habanero Farm to Table Saison
  • Lime Ginger Hasselhoffenweisse
  • Chocolate Orange Styrofoam Pony

Party attendees can also purchase a special one-year anniversary pint glass.

To keep partiers fed, On The Fly food truck will be serving their regular are in the parking lot.

The party begins at 3:00 p.m. and goes until 11:00 p.m. Aardwolf Brewing Company is located at:

1461 Hendricks Ave.
Jacksonville, FL

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Posted by on September 12, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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