Cask & Vine’s What’s On Tap: Ben and Ronn of Aeronaut Brewing Co!
Aeronaut is a craft brewery and foods hub under one roof. Here, our inspired team of brewers and scientists collaborate with New England farmers and food makers to drive the invention of craft beers and spur a renaissance of local victuals and industrial revitalization.
Bert’s Better Beers’ Draft Pick of the Week:
1. Straffe Hendrick – Bruges Tripel Ale
2. Coffee, Cacao, Blackberry Porter from Aeronaut Brewing
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Kettle to Keg’s In the Kettle: Importance of Yeast selection
A Shot and a Beer: The Boilermaker Stages a Comeback
“A shot and a beer!” has been called out, loudly and lustily, in American bars for generations. But it’s not the kind of order you expect to hear in today’s hushed temples of the craft cocktail, where complexity and creativity are often prized over a belt and a brew.
In the last year or so, however, the boilermaker, as the classic combo is often called, has elbowed its way into dozens of bars where the bartenders know their aperitifs from their digestifs.
Like slinging Pabst and cranking up the music, the return of boilermakers is a symptom of the cocktail world’s recent loosening of its collective collar. Four years ago, a menu filled with amaro- or mezcal-based drinks was a signal to customers that a cocktail bar took its trade seriously. Today, a shot-and-beer offering says the same sort of bar doesn’t take itself that seriously.
MillerCoors Exec Discusses the Way Forward For Light Beer
The next few months are a critical period for MillerCoors as it transitions Miller Lite to a new creative agency and seeks to reverse the recent decline of Coors Light.
The brewer, as CEO Tom Long recently outlined to distributors, is changing its messaging to talk more about what it sees as the inherent strengths of its big light beer brands, which have suffered during the craft beer craze.
Americans still want to drink light beers, “they just do it on fewer occasions,” he said during a private meeting at a recent National Beer Wholesalers Association gathering in New Orleans, according to a transcript of his speech. “And so we don’t have to convince them to come back to premium lights. We just have to give them good reasons to be proud to drink our premium lights whenever and wherever they may be, and that means making sure our brands are as high-quality as our beers.” READ MORE
Your Beer Attracts Fruit Flies on Purpose
The characteristic smell of beer is very easy to recognize, and never fails to attract beer lovers. But now scientists have found that it’s really meant to attract something else entirely: fruit flies.
It turns out those pesky, impossible-to-catch little flies aren’t just an annoyance for brewers. Yeast and fruit flies have evolved a mutually beneficial relationship that hinges on that smell, according to new research.
Yeast produce small quantities of volatile compounds that give beer a pungent smell that’s somewhat like ripening fruit. Scientists have already pinned down a particular gene that’s responsible for most of these aromas —if they knock out the gene, species like S. cerevisiae (brewer’s yeast) no longer release the fruity smells, and if they overactivate the gene, the yeast produce even more of the aroma.
While studying this years ago, bioengineer Kevin Verstrepen noticed that fruit flies in his lab swarmed around overactivated, flavorful yeast, and ignored non-fruity mutant yeast.
“I kind of knew already what the story would be then,” Verstrepen said. READ MORE