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If yoga isn’t embarrassing enough for you, try introducing goats into the festivities. Lainey Morse had the brilliant idea of combining goats with yoga. Yep, curious, friendly goats wandering around while you are stretching and assuming unnatural positions and sticking your stretch pants–covered derriere toward the heavens. Well, what could be even better than goat yoga? You guessed it: Goat Yoga Beer! Practitioners of goat yoga now have their own beer — Goat Yoga IPA. The beer is made by a collaboration between Yachats Brewing and Claim 52 Brewing on the Oregon coast. The beer is a Brett IPA (a little goaty?) and is now available in the tiny coastal village of Yachats (pronounced “yeah-hots”), as well as in Portland and Eugene…

Leandra Ruiz of Texas decided to give up beer for Lent. I guess she hasn’t heard that a strong doppelbock was developed by the good monks to sustain them through fasting during Lent. In a cruel twist of fate, Ruiz found out she won a contest — cases of beer — and it was to be delivered by Budweiser’s famed Clydesdales. She’ll wait until Easter to enjoy her prize. Ruiz did get to take a ride with the famed Clydesdales around her block. And she’ll get to sample her prize soon enough because, as we all know, nothing says Easter brunch like an ice-cold Bud…

The saucy Scotsmen from BrewDog have a really big project brewing in Columbus, Ohio. The boys, now in the third season of Brew Dogs on the Esquire Network, are making a push into the American craft beer scene via an ambitious Indiegogo project known as the DogHouse. James Watt and Martin Dickie, never shy about doing projects with other people’s money, plan to raise funds to open a “craft beer hotel and sour beer facility” to offer beer lovers a unique experience. In Ohio? Consider a romantic getaway (in Ohio?) or a company retreat — all surrounded by everything to do with beer. In the guest rooms, kegs, mini bars and even shower fridges will ensure that you’re never far from a delicious, refreshing craft beer. The hot tubs will be built out of recycled oak barrels, the very ones used in the beer-aging process, and the spa treatments will be replete with hop-infused face masks and malted barley massages. Even the soaps and shampoos will be made with craft beer as an ingredient, according to a press release. The crowdfunding campaign raised some $125,000. The boys, using their brand and working with other people’s money, could become the Donald Trump of beer developing before long. As native Ohioan Chrissie Hynde once sang, “Way to go, Ohio”…

You can bet there will be “craft-ish” beer at Wrigley Field on opening day. Goose Island will debut its 1060 Wit beer when the Cubs take the field. Since parent company AB InBev struck a deal to become Wrigley Field’s official beer sponsor, that would be a home run for the giant beer company…

What kind of beer goes with Anthrax? Something with heavy metals, perhaps? Headbangers’s Anthrax say they have wanted to have their own Anthrax beer for a long time. “It was just a matter of finding the right guy to make that a reality. I am a fan of Butternuts, especially their Porkslap Pale Ale,” says Anthrax’s Scott Ian. “So when I found out [Butternuts owner] Chuck Williamson was interested in doing a beer with us, I immediately said yes.” Chuck Williamson is also the proud owner of the seventh automated canning system produced by Cask Global Canning Solutions. “We’ve done millions of cans on that machine,” Williamson says. His aluminum-loving microbrewery is heading into heavier metal territory. Soon Butternuts’s ACS machine will fill cans with a new custom-made beer for metal legends Anthrax. The beer, Wardance, is a 5.5% abv ale brewed with New York–grown and North American two-row malt and a mix of specialty malts for extra color and flavor depth. The beer’s name references a circular mosh pit dance Anthrax fans do during the song “Indians.” Wardance will be available in New York stores, bars and restaurants in late March.

Super Bowl bets are common among competing cities’ mayors, but now also between breweries in the cities of NFL and AFL winners. Scofflaw Brewing Company (Atlanta, Ga.) and Shipyard Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) made a wager regarding their respective NFL teams in the big game. The losing brewery will have to brew a special batch of beer from a recipe chosen by the winning brewery. The beer recipe must include indigenous ingredients from the winner’s state and will be named by the winning brewery. On tapping day, the losing brewery must fly the winning team’s flag for one week or until the beer is gone, whichever comes first. One thought was for Atlanta’s brewers to call the beer Feel the Pressure, referencing the Deflategate scandal that involved Patriots quarterback Tom Brady… Beer is like the sun, said regular reader Terry Steers; it rises in the yeast and sets in the waist…
 

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