Beer begets better batter

At last, scientific proof of what we’ve known all along: Beer makes everything better. At least I think that’s the gist of an article in Scientific American magazine. Authors W. Wayt Gibbs and Nathan Myhrvold explain why deep frying in beer batter is the way to go: Beer makes such a great base for batter ...

Brewing at home when your home is the White House

Brewing at home when your home is the White House
It turns out one of the White House chefs is a homebrewer. None less than the President of the United states himself paid for the home brewing rig, and a special White House Honey Ale was unveiled at the Obama’s Super Bowl party. The White House Honey Ale was brewed with a pound of honey ...

Can you stomach a Starbucks Trenta?

Can you stomach a Starbucks Trenta?
Bringing literal meaning to the phrase, “your eyes are bigger than your stomach,” Starbucks has launched its new drink size called the “Trenta”. How big is it? Check out the size comparison graphic from the National Post:

Rock-solid espresso machine

Rock-solid espresso machine
The Baxter Finley site has this post on a molded concrete body espresso machine designed by Shmuel Linski. A simple easy to use espresso machine for espresso ONLY, no extra buttons or features. We hope this gets made and available to the public. If it does become available, I’d hate to find out what the ...

Robot responds to “beer me”

The beer-drinking geniuses at Willow Garage have developed the PR2 robot and taught it to get them beer. Yes!

Glut of hops unlikely to lower beer prices

Glut of hops unlikely to lower beer prices
John Foyston of The Oregonian reports: The hops shortage of 2007 is over, buried in a glut of unsold hops. Don’t expect craft beer prices to follow — the $5 pint and $9 six-pack are likely facts of life — but hops prices are now so low that some Oregon and Washington growers left hops ...

Beer Advocate’s Belgian Beer Fest

Beer Advocate's Belgian Beer Fest
On Saturday, October 17, my wife and I attended The Return of the Belgian Beer Fest put on by the Beer Advocate. This was a great event held in the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. We had an awesome time, and were able to try more than two dozen types of beer. ...

Pedal-powered Pilsner purveyor

Pedal-powered Pilsner purveyor
Check out the two-wheeled, two-kegged bicyle bar created for the Hop Works Urban Brewery in Portland by cycle builders Metrofiets. The rolling Rauchbier rig also features a sound system with speakers and a pizza rack! More details are on Wired’s Gadget Lab blog.

Sign of the apocalypse: Starbucks selling instant coffee

Sign of the apocalypse: Starbucks selling instant coffee
Starbucks, the heavyweight of the coffee upmarket, is going downmarket. The Seattle espresso slinger is now offering instant coffee in its American and Canadian stores, with plans to expand distribution into supermarkets and wholesale clubs. Marketed under the Via Ready Brew brand (who do they think they’re fooling?), Starbuck’s instant offering is sold in skinny ...

More flipping and dripping: Coffee hourglass cold-brews coffee

More flipping and dripping: Coffee hourglass cold-brews coffee
Here’s another topsy-turvy coffee brewer. This one, from Hammacher Schlemmer, has the catchy name of “Acid reducing Coffee Hourglass”. From the product description: The hourglass does not require any electricity; simply combine 2 1/4 cups of coarsely ground coffee beans with 3 1/2 cups of water in the brewing chamber and allow the coffee to ...