A German beer company is marketing its no-alcohol brew as the hot new “fitness drink” for athletes, in line with Gatorade and Powerade. Erdinger Alkoholfre supposedly is an “isotonic, vitamin-rich, no-additive beverage with natural regenerative powers that helps athletes recover from a workout.” It was recently handed out to several top European athletes at the Biathlon World Cup in Maine, and is popular overseas. Although it’s billed as a no-alcohol beverage, it still contains a trace amount, less than 0.5 percent. (more…)
If you like beer, like I do, you’ll love this Gizmag article entitled “Man’s favourite recreational drug suddenly gets much stronger with extreme beers.” It not only details a fine history of beer, it takes you right through to the modern era and one of the biggest news makers in the growing craft beer industry.
The battle for the title of “World’s Strongest Beer.” As most of you know, BrewDog and Schorschbräu from Scotland and Germany respectively, have been duking it out to raise the ABV of their beers from 31 percent to 43 percent in just over a year using the ice distilling method. The article describes the battle and each new volley in depth. And, it appears the Italians and the Belgians may soon enter the battle.
An interesting set of numbers from the article:
The strongest beer in history had a 27% alcohol content in January 2009. By December, the record had risen to nearly 40% alcohol by volume – a 50% rise in potency in 12 months, despite 10,000 years of history.
I’ve often wondered if any American breweries are planning to launch a salvo over the Atlantic, but I’ve heard nothing definite yet. Our Montana breweries are out of the game, because they are limited to brewing beer under 14 percent by volume by the state. Would love to know if you know of any breweries in your part of the country looking to make a run at the title of “World’s Strongest Beer.”
Love the the rich taste of Irish-style beer? Bayern’s traditional red lager is a tribute to the Irish families of Montana, and it’s heading toward shelves at your favorite grocery store and the taproom at Bayern Brewing.
Here’s what the web site says about the beer:
It is brewed with two-row Harrington pale, carmel, Munich, wheat and German Dunkel malt. Bayern Killarney has an alc. content of 5.7% alc. vol. (14.2% Plato o.g.) and is available in draft and bottles.
Characteristics: Five types of malt and easy on the hops. A very different beer for a very different celebration
Color: Irish Red
Availability: Mid Feburary to St. Patrick’s Day – until gone (never lasts long). Available on draft and bottles.
Brewmaster’s Remarks : Created to honor the beauty of this little town and celebrate the Irish
Finally got to have a beer in the Fankfurt airport. It was 8 a.m., but I figured it was noon somewhere. This hefeweizen was refreshing after two weeks in India. Sort of washed the curry taste out of things.
I wish I could’ve found an IPA in India, but it will have to remain a challenge for next trip. I’ll be going to Goa, a region where drinking is not nearly as frowned upon as in other parts.
It’s 5 a.m., and I’m in Frankfurt, in the heart of the one of the most dedicated beer countries on earth. I see a guy drinking a huge stein of something pilsnery looking, and I’m conflicted. I’ve just flown from Denver to Frankfurt, and I’m about to board a Boeing 747 to fly over who-knows-how-many war zones on the way to India. I need to sleep, but should I pass up having a beer in Germany. Every beer lover should do that given the chance.
Ah, the good thing for me is that I have a longer layover in Frankfurt on my return flight. I think I shall delight in a Germanic brew upon my return and save my taste buds for whatever India can throw at me.
Next post from India!