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Your next beer run may require beer! New Zealand makes gas out of beer. Something called Brewtroleum is now available for purchase at gas pumps, and, as the name indicates, it’s fuel made with the yeast that’s left over after making beer. Kiwi brewery DB Export is responsible for creating the biofuel, which it claims as a worldwide first. For driving, it’s the yeast you can do…

No Baby Face on This Bottle! New Hampshire, called the Granite State because people keep taking it for granite, passed a law that would allow some images of minors to grace the labels of alcoholic beverages. However, the governor vetoed it. A Republican state representative who owns a tavern tried to get the law passed so he could buy Founders Breakfast Stout. The label has a Norman Rockwell–esque picture of a chubby baby scooping oatmeal into his mouth. Governor Maggie Hassan was opposed to the concept, citing stats to show that the Granite Staters have one of the highest rates of underage drinking in the country. A brew called Baltic Porter from New Hampshire brewery Smuttynose has a label with Father Time and a baby on it. Now what? And thanks, Tim White, for sending this in…

Craft Brewery to Donald Trump: You’re Fired! The 5 Rabbit Brewery in Chicago pulled its beers from the Trump International Hotel & Tower in the Windy City. The brewery had been providing an exclusive private label beer for Rebar, a bar and lounge located in Trump’s hotel. After the declared presidential candidate for the Republican nomination went off on Mexicans, losing him valuable TV rights to his beauty pageants, the brewery felt it no longer could do business with The Donald. Maybe the brewery should release a new beer to celebrate the separation: Trump Combover Kolsch…

Do Hoppy Beers Cause Man Boobs, Higher Estrogen Levels and “Brewer’s Droop”? Ah, the fresh, bitter smell of… man-boob-causing hops? The stereotype is that women tend to drink wine or lighter beers, while men prefer darker ales or hoppy brews. Recent trending information online, however, claims that hoppy beers might contain a feminine product that can increase estrogen levels and cause man boobs, as well as contribute to erectile dysfunction. WHAT? My manly hoppy IPA causes Mr. Winkie to get all disinterested? Hops are the female flowers of the hop plant and have high levels of phytoestrogen, or estrogen for plants, according to Stephen Harrod Buhner, an herbalist and author of the book Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers. To add insult to erectile dysfunction, Buhner notes that hops could potentially lead to man boobs. Great; just when I can play with myself, I can’t, well, you know. But fear not, IPA lover, the amount of phytoestrogen actually consumed in a few IPAs isn’t going to directly give you man boobs. If you do have man boobs and you drink a lot of beer, don’t blame the estrogen. Go for a run…

Nebraska’s oldest man said a beer a day was the reason he lived to 110. Super-centenarian Mark Behrends claimed that his daily alcohol consumption was what kept him going, according to a report from Omaha.com. “He always told everybody the reason he lived so long was that he drank one can of beer every day at 3 p.m.,” his daughter Lois Bassinger told Omaha.com. Behrends might have been on to something. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have indicated that moderate drinkers have a lower mortality risk than nondrinkers and heavy drinkers. The oldest person ever, Jeanne Calment, died at 122 and had a glass of wine each day at lunch. Imagine what a beer might have contributed to her longevity…

Horse racing phenom American Pharoah, owned by Ahmed Zayat, achieved history by becoming the first horse since 1978 to win the coveted Triple Crown. This is no easy feat, and accomplishing it takes an immense amount of time, investment and a passion for the sport. In Zayat’s case, it also takes the ingenuity to sell beer so profitably in a Muslim country that outside corporations take notice. While now based in the U.S., Zayat began his career in his native Egypt, a country with an odd relationship with alcohol. While alcohol is forbidden for religious Muslims, breweries have existed in the country for decades. Many in the country even trace the birth of beer itself back to ancient Egyptians. Yet its consumption in the present day is even more problematic and frowned upon than it once was. Fayrouz became the world’s first Halal-certified nonalcoholic beer, attaining a market position that no other competitor in the world had achieved. When Heineken came calling, looking at the huge Muslim market, it bought Al-Ahram Beverages for $280 million, quadrupling the value Ahmed Zayat had paid for it only five years before. After that, affording a race horse was a sure bet…

The average American walks 900 miles per year and drinks 22 gallons of beer. That means the average American gets 41 miles per gallon. Not bad… now, how about an electric-powered American…
 

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