Anheuser-Busch Sends Drinking Water To Hurricane Sandy Relief

Anheuser-Busch Drinking Water

In response to Hurricane Sandy, Anheuser-Busch is producing more than one million cans of emergency drinking water for distribution to the areas that were heavily impacted by the storm.

According to Peter Kraemer, Vice President of Supply for Anheuser-Busch,

Relief workers and people in the region are in need of safe, clean drinking water, and Anheuser-Busch is in a unique position to produce and ship large quantities of emergency drinking water. Our local distributors help identify those communities most in need, and work with relief organizations such as the American Red Cross to make sure the water gets where it’s needed.

The idea makes sense, given the amount of water AB must process each day, and the fact that they’ve already got a canning process in place to produce and distribute large amounts of liquid. It’s just interesting to see them distribute something that’s not associated with Super Bowls and sports bars.

Staropramen Beer Can Keyboard

Staropramen Keyboard

For the Staropramen contest at the 2012 Webstock conference, Robofun attached 40 cans of Staropramen to the Raspberry PI, an Arduino powered touch capacitive controller, and created what is most likely the world’s first beer can keyboard.

The keyboard behaves just like a regular keyboard, meaning you can plug it into any computer or laptop, only instead of pressing keys, you just gently tap the top of the beer can that represents your letter.

For more on the beer can keyboard, check out the following video:

Hoppy Press Makes Art For Homebrewers

Hoppy Press

Hoppy Press is a new online store that’s working on a unique line of beer art for homebrewers, beer lovers, and anyone with an appreciation of fine craft brews.

Hoppy Press was founded by Paul Finn and Greg Elizondo, two homebrewers, beer lovers and software craftsmen working out of the beautiful seacoast region of New Hampshire, USA.

Being homebrewers, they are passionate about quality ingredients and creating the best product possible, so when they started looking for beer art that represented the homebrewer community and found only cheap glossy posters that were mass-produced, they decided to take matters into their own hands, and Hoppy Press was born.

Hoppy Press makes their art using only the highest quality printing methods, and all screen prints are hand-pulled using only environmentally friendly, soy-based inks. Plus, the rich, heavy paper they use is manufactured in the USA using 100% renewable electricity.

Their debut is a limited edition print, called Brew Debut, which features bold colors, contrast and detail that bring the word “Brew!” to life with a large, 18″ x 24″ design.

Though this special first edition is limited to just one-hundred prints, you can sign up for their newsletter to receive exclusive sneak peeks and upcoming special offers.

As an added bonus, each print is packed by hand and ships for free, so you’re not getting nickel and dimmed with added costs. Just another example of why Paul and Greg have something special going here. If you’re looking for something to spruce up the walls of your home or bar, then definitely check out what Hoppy Press has on offer.

[Hoppy Press]

Wynkoop Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

As an April Fools joke, Wynkoop Brewing Company out of Denver, Colorado made a video that claimed they were working on a beer that would feature an ingredient that’s famous in the Colorado area: Rocky Mountain Oysters, also known as fried bull testicles.

Apparently the response to the idea was so strong that they decided to do it for real, and are now actually working on a Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, which they will serve at their brewery, and at the Great American Beer Festival.

The beer is made with Colorado-grown base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts (including special B and smoked malt) and Styrian Goldings hops. The beer gets a small dose of sea salt, which, according to head brewer Andy Brown, “gives the beer an extra layer of Rocky Mountain oyster flavor and additional texture.”

The 8-barrel batch also included 25 pounds of bull testicles that were sliced by hand and then roasted (by Wynkoop sous chef Andrew Langlo) before being added to the beer’s mash.

The resulting beer is 7% ABV, and has 3 BPBs. (Balls Per Barrel)

So how does it taste?

According to Wynkoop, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive foreign-style stout, slightly viscous, with a deep brown color. It has equally deep flavors of chocolate syrup, Kahlua, and espresso, along with a palpable level of alcohol and a savory umami-like note. It finishes dry and roasted with a fast-fading hop bite.

You’ve got to give them credit though, because it definitely takes balls to brew a beer like that.

[Wynkoop Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout]