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Anthropology in Practice

Does Your Beer Glass Matter?

During a very packed trip through New England last week, I managed to squeeze in a late tour to the Sam Adams Brewery where I learned that if a bartender attempts to serve my Sam in anything other than a sanctioned Sam Adams glass, I should consider sending it back. I’ll admit that for the [...]

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Food Matters

Get Beer Off Oil – A visit with Hermit Thrush Brewery [Happy Hour #4]

Avery Schwenk, vice president and Brewer at Hermit Thrush, a new craft brewery in Brattleboro, VT

Craft beer is a glorious thing. In 2013, over 15 million barrels (that’s over $14 billion worth) of craft beer were sold in the US, and new breweries are popping up all over the place. And there are a plethora of choices, with an almost endless array of flavors (as evidence, last weekend I had [...]

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Food Matters

Friday Happy Hour #3: Pumpkin Beer, Flavor Generation and Brewing Adjuncts

For your consideration: 4 wonderful pumpkin ales.

I’m doing a monthly series here at Food Matters that I’m calling “Friday* Happy Hour,” in which I’ll delve into the science of alcohol production. I was really excited about this month’s Happy Hour. I’m a huge fan of pumpkin beers, and there are so many to chose from. I’ve been saving a bottle from [...]

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Food Matters

Friday Happy Hour #2: Octoberfest and Specific Gravity

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I’m doing a monthly series here at Food Matters that I’m calling “Friday Happy Hour,” in which I’ll delve into the science of alcohol production. I don’t know about you guys, but after the events of the past two weeks, I could use a drink. Though the official celebration in Germany has been over for [...]

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Food Matters

Friday Happy Hour: An Introduction (American Lager)

The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (click for source)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , over 50% of adults over the age of 18 had at least one alcoholic drink per month in 2010. Of course, many of those folks (myself included) drank much more than that, totaling $152 billion dollars in the US alone according to US Department [...]

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Life, Unbounded

Diary Of An Exhausted Scientist

Captured June 5th, the cure for cosmic angst and fatigue (C. Scharf)

I swore I’d never do this, indeed, I’m on record in these very pages as having disparaged the kind of thing I’m about to do. Oh well. All I can say is that normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Which will be a good thing, because a huge number of interesting and [...]

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Observations

What makes old beer taste bad? Why, it’s the trans-iso-alpha acids, of course

Man with a bitter beer face

Beer, for the most part, is not like wine—it does not improve with age. Quite the contrary, in fact. Old beer is a comparatively unpalatable shadow of its former self—skunky in odor, bitter in aftertaste. So what happens between the brewery and the bottle opener to make long-in-the-tooth beer taste bad? A team of researchers [...]

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Symbiartic

Get Geeked – BoneDusters Paleo Ale is Bottled!

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For those of you who have been following the story of Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, the beer made with yeast living on a 35-million-year old whale fossil, there’s exciting news out of Lost Rhino Brewery today. The beer is being bottled! Here are some photos from the source: All images © Jason Osborne, used with [...]

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Symbiartic

Bone Dusters Paleo Ale Gets A Rockin’ Label

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Sometimes you never know where your work will end up. Take this figure depicting the evolution of whales that I created for Jerry Coyne’s book, Why Evolution is True. Pretty academic and dry, right? When I created it I never thought it would have appeal outside of the occasional textbook reuse or request to include [...]

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Symbiartic

Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, Brewed from Real Fossils!

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With craft brewing on the rise and many breweries tinkering with flavorings that range from the somewhat obvious (honey or citrus) to the eyebrow-raising (jalapeño, hemp, or even peanut butter cup) it was only a matter of time before someone stared a 35-million year old fossil in the face and thought, “would you make a [...]

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Talking back

Does drinking alcohol—even heavily—protect against ALS?

Everyone knows that ALS is a very bad disease, an awareness underscored by the recent Ice Bucket Challenge. The death of neurons that results in paralysis can be caused by specific genetic mutations.  But in most cases, single genes are not the culprit. So researchers have looked for other risk factors that might play a [...]

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