1970s Heineken ad show Spock boozing, defying reason

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 11 December 2012

Sad vulcans with droopy ears can rely on booze to get these pointy bits up — point taken, 1970s Heineken ad. Still, happy hour’s not going anywhere near Spock’s pokerface. If that happened, it would be even more illogical.

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Waterline: a favourite bar spot in Hackney

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By Danny Sherwood in Cool Travel on Friday 7 December 2012

My new favourite bar sits by the canal in Hackney. They have great food, lovely staff and some excellent beers from local breweries. The music room features sofas, bean bags and a white baby grand piano. It’s a great place to watch music, and I love playing there.

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Hate beer mugs? This drinking horn is for you

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Thursday 15 November 2012

Brooklyn-based David Segall and industrial designer Alex Chatham have launched a Kickstarter fundraiser to bring what they call a ‘superior drinking vessel’ from classical antiquity to modern life: the Das Horn, a stainless steel rimmed drinking horn that holds up to 24 ounces of good brew. Made of BPA-free ABS plastic and shaped like an animal horn — the original drinking horns were bovid horns after all — it even comes with a neck strap so you can free your hands to do other stuff. Classy.

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Periodic Table of Beer

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 5 November 2012

Yes, a periodic table of beer actually exists, and it looks … complicated. Each brew is organised by its style (Is it a pilsner? Or a stout? Pale ale? Porter?) and contains important information like its ABV (alcohol by volume), IBU (international bittering units) and SRM (standard reference method, or the color). Well, got to […]

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Beer launched to celebrate 25 years of Sepultura

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By Didu Losso in New Products on Wednesday 31 October 2012

Bushido Brazil and Bamberg have released Sepultura Weizen Beer to celebrate the 25 years of the legendary band. The Sepultura is a Weizen and has a turbidity caused by natural yeast in suspension. The drink has aroma and flavors of banana and clove from a special strain of yeast that produces the chemicals that lead to these perceptions.

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Macaon turns beer cans into art

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Wednesday 24 October 2012

If you and your friends are feeling a little creative the next time you decide to have a bit of a beer drinking party, why not try your hand at this? Macaon, an avid Japanese beer drinker, has been creating sculptures of everything from birds to beaches with his empty aluminium cans. The sculptures are […]

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Keyboard made out of unopened beer cans

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Friday 19 October 2012

Robofun Create, a bunch of beer-loving techies, created a keyboard out of unopened beer cans. The Beer Keyboard is connected to an Arduino board and a Raspberry Pi computer, and users only have to lightly tap on the cans to see the corresponding letters appear on-screen. When you’re tired of typing, just open up a can and enjoy. Who needs all 26 letters anyways?

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How to get a beer gut that shrinks the more you drink

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 5 October 2012

Is this magic or what? Urban Outfitters is now retailing the Beer Belly, a remarkable product you can strap around your waist. Made of neoprene, nylon and polyurethane, the contraption can hold up to 5 pints of beer and comes with a connecting pipe and mouth piece for you so you can sip your merry […]

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SPONSORED VIDEO: Henry Weinhard’s Legend Lives On

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By Lost At E Minor in Video on Wednesday 3 October 2012

Henry Weinhard was a particularly industrious character. In 1887, he tried to fill a fountain with beer. Can you imagine what a hero he would be if that happened today? Well, wonder no more. Fortunately for us all, Weinhard had even bigger plans for the beer he dedicated his life to, and in 2012, a […]

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Will work for beer: exchange rate of labour time to beer

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 29 September 2012

The Economist recently ran a pretty fascinating chart showing just how many minutes of labour are needed to earn a pint of beer. The world median, apparently, is 20 minutes. In India, low wages and high taxes mean that beer-guzzlers have to work the hardest (it takes nearly an hour of toil) while their counterparts […]

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Craft beer by Oregon’s Boneyard Brewing

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By Willy Walker in New Food and Packaging on Monday 24 September 2012

Boneyard Brewing combines resourcefulness with a knack for crafting beers with serious flavor. Located in Bend, Oregon, this group of brewers collects old broken down brewing equipment from the “boneyards” of established breweries in the region, mixing and matching equipment to create their own brewing facility. These brewers literally turn junk into gold, delicious golden […]

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Yeastie Boys Digital IPA

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Monday 3 September 2012

Release the beer recipe! That’s the word on the lips of home brewers around the US who are eager to get their hands on President Obama’s White House Honey Ale recipe. Meanwhile, over in New Zealand, one company is ahead of the curve. Enter Yeastie Boys.

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Proletariat: a speakeasy beer bar in NYC

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By Emily Nan Iason in Cool Travel on Thursday 16 August 2012

Nestled behind the whimsy of 50’s-chic pastry shop, Jane’s Sweet Buns on St. Marks pl in New York, the good people of Death + Co and Cienfuegos opened up a hidden speakeasy beer bar, Proletariat. Jane’s Sweet Buns recently closed, and after slowly gaining clientele for three months, Proletariat expanded and came out from hiding. This place is my new heaven. They only serve beer: rare, new and unique beers from all over the world that you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

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Beer/Shot Glass will not let you bottoms-up in peace

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 27 July 2012

This is the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of glasses. All right, maybe it’s more like Hyde and Hyde. Spirited guzzlers can now get a pint of their favourite brew in the 16-oz tall glass – and do a bottoms up to pour yourself a 2-oz shot next on the other side. Made of mouth blown laboratory grade borosilicate glass.

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Churchkey Can Co.

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By Bridget Barnett in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 24 July 2012

If you love vintage (and I know I do), then you’ll love the most recent collaboration between actor Adrian Grenier and former Nike designer Justin Hawkins: the flat-top steel beer can. Never heard of it? Chances are, if you’re under 50, it’s probably a beer experience you’ve never had. Since the mid-1970s, the flat top can has been nothing more than a distant memory. Until now, that is.

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