Oddbits: Genetially-engineered beer, The Dissident still on sale in Bay Area, Brewer’s Resrve – Fuller’s barrel-aged beer, Obama IPA, Alaskan Smoked Porter, and why we should invest in beer
By William Brand
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 at 4:01 pm in Uncategorized.
Hi there oddbits fans… here’s what’s come across my desk in random fashion so far this week…
Science. Genetically engineers beer to make us live long and prosper. A team of scientists at Rice University and the University of Wisconsin are using genetic engineering to developed a strain of brewers yeast that will produce “resveratol,” a substance that has been found to promote longevity in mice. It’s believed to be the ingredient in red wine that keeps French people healthy despite all the high fat foods they eat. Thanks to Emily, a frequent poster to this blog. Read the whole story here.
Beer news…if you’ve been reading comments posted to this blog, you know that Deschutes gold-medal-winning sour, The Dissident, can still be found around the Bay Area, especially at Whole Foods Markets, despite the fact that the brewery says they’ve sold all they made.
Also, the discussion continues on the blog on how we can jump-start craft beer sales and insure that beer retailers keep the beer in good shape. Join the conversation.
In the UK, meanwhile, Fuller’s has just released Brewer’s Reserve, a beer aged in whisky barrels. Here are a couple of reviews:
- Brewer’s Reserve – (From Taking the Beard Out of Beer) Finally, after 507 days, Fuller’s whisky-aged beer has been launched; lovely soft vanilla & spirit nose and then fabulous sticky fruit flavours (quince jelly & orange marmalade for my money) in the mouth, with a spicy bitter finish that reminds me of Green & Black’s Maya Gold chocolate. Be warned, there are going to be different wood ages every year so make sure you lay your hands on some of the first one quickly! READ THE REST OF MELISSA COLE’S POST…
- There has never been a better time to be a beer drinker: and I’d like to submit as just one plank in the platform that supports this claim Fuller’s new Brewer’s Reserve, its 7.7 per cent abv whisky cask–aged ale. READ THE REST OF ZYTHOPHILE’S POST…
It had to happen, according to Jay Brooks in the Brookston Beer Bulletin, we now have Obama IPA…
- Sixpoint Craft Ales in Brooklyn, New York has released an IPA called Hop Obama, though at 42-44 IBUs it doesn’t sound like too much of a hop bomb, at least not to my extreme west coast hop sensibilities. But perhaps a more centrist IPA is in keeping with Obama’s political leanings.
Liquid Assets is now selling Alaskan Smoked Porter, 2008 by mail order. Haven’t seen it here and when I do, I’ll grab several, drink one now and keep the others to drink in succeeding years (If I can control myself. Love this beer.) How did Alaska Brewing do at the Great American Beer Festival this year? Let us count the ways…., well, let Alaskan do it in this publicity release…
- Alaskan Smoked Porter won two medals this year solidifying its reign as the festival’s highest award-winner with 18 medals since 1988. The 2006 Smoked Porter took gold in the Aged beer category while the 2007 vintage took silver in the Smoke-Flavored beer category.
- Alaskan Summer Ale, which won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup earlier this year, took home its first GABF medal this year with a silver in the Golden or Blonde style ale category.
- Finally, judges selected Alaskan Raspberry Wheat as a silver medalist in the Fruit or Vegetable beer category. Alaskan Raspberry Wheat is part of Alaskan Brewing’s “Rough Draft” series available on draft only with limited distribution in Alaska.
Oh boy this old (and funny if you’ve never read it) chestnut has been recycled to fit the current stock meltdown. This version comes from Stephen D’Arcy, the Campaign for Real Ale’s Brussels rep:
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you will have $49.00 today.
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you will have$33.00 today.
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you
will have $0.00 today.
But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you will have received $214.00.
- Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily &
recycle. It is called the 401-Keg.
To see an earlier version version I posted in 2005, go here.