10 Cool Beer in Another Form

10 Cool Beer-Infused Products

1. The Weird Life & Death Of Body On Tap Beer Shampoo

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1978 was one hell of a year.

Pope John Paul I was succeeded by who I have to assume was his son, Pope John Paul II (Junior?), Grease further perpetuated the stereotype the 50’s era greaser gangs were just in it for the choreography & show tunes and Body on Tap Beer Shampoo, with its promises of “super body and super hold”, was released to a generation of American’s in desperate need of good hair decisions.

Body on Tap was manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers, and for 7 glorious years the general public had access to Beer Shampoo that was 1/3rd Budweiser and 2/3rds endorsed by a pre-Alec Baldwin’d Kim Basinger -

Budweiser, in case you’re wondering, outright refused to be featured in Body of Tap’s advertising campaigns.  “Augie” Busch firmly believed that beer was only good for drinking, but good luck explaining that to my AA sponsor, Terry.

Despite their objections to any B.o.T. co-marketing initiatives, the fine people at Anheuser-Busch were kind enough to “denature” the beer with formaldehyde so it wouldn’t be taxed as alcohol.  However, they did this VERY secretly, out of the eye-shot from most workers, and they prohibited the undrinkable product from being moved in marked Budweiser trucks.  For Perspective’s sake, this is the same company responsible for Bud Lite Lime.

From everything I can tell about a product without a Wikipedia page, Body on Tap had a good run for a few years, but as one industry insider put it – “Bristol-Myers had the habit of strongly supporting new products, and then withdrawing support as the product aged, so like so many of their products, the brand as originally designed, just faded away.”  HOWEVER, I think that’s only part of the truth….

I’ve heard from reasonably trustworthy (though un-named and potentially un-sober) sources that prisoners were getting their hands on Body on Tap and drinking it, proving once again that alcohol is SO GOOD.  I’ve also heard that enthusiasm for the product began to wane as the Disco Era 70’s gave way to the Just Say No 80’s, and glorifying beer became a thing people only used to do instead of do do, ya know?

New, Bud-less versions of Body on Tap are still around since Bristol-Myers sold the brand name and new formulations were produced by the new owners, but as far as I can tell they don’t garner the same support its drunken relative once did.  It just goes to show that you can't beat The Original (unless you're Duffy's brew, in which case you slaughter the original. Obviously.).

SO, here’s to Body on Tap.  Without them there wouldn’t be an us, and without us the world wouldn’t be worth living in.


2. Pint Pickles featuring Prima Pils

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These unique beer pickles are complex with earthy, savory and moderately piquant flavors dominating their profile. In an effort to evoke the roots of our German-style Pilsner, the pint pickle features ingredients common in German cooking and combines the flavors of fresh thyme, dill seed, coriander, mustard seed, black pepper, African bird’s eye chile (piri piri), chile de arbol, and Californian heirloom garlic.


3. THIS ECO-FRIENDLY 3D-PRINTING FILAMENT IS MADE FROM THE WASTE BY-PRODUCTS OF BEER

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3D printers have come a long way in the past few years, but what most people don’t realize is that while the machines themselves have steadily become more advanced, the filaments they print with have also been progressing in leaps and bounds.

It’s not just ABS and PLA anymore. Nowadays we’ve got 3D printing filament made from dozens of different materials. Wood, bronze, nylon, carbon fiber, water-soluble plastic, flexible rubber — you name it and there’s probably a filament made of it. And the list just keeps on growing.

The latest addition to the ever-expanding category comes from the filament wizards at 3Dom. The company, which specializes in eco-friendly printing materials, has just released a new filament called “Buzzed” that’s made from the waste byproducts of beer. No joke — they figured out a way to make a high-quality printing filament with used-up hops and barley.

“We get the byproduct from a local major label brewing plant. It’s stuff that would otherwise just be placed in a landfill,” says 3Dom CEO Jake Clark. “We specifically look to make useful supposedly unusable material.”

This isn’t the first eco-friendly, plant-based filament that 3Dom has ever produced; it’s actually the fourth. However, unlike the company’s most recent release –the coffee-based Wound Up filament— Buzzed doesn’t give off a noticeable aroma when heated up, so it won’t, as the company puts it, “leave your work area smelling like a corner booth after bar-close.”

Now here’s the coolest part. Because the filament has visible grain fragments and naturally inconsistent color/darkness, the parts you print come out with a beautiful natural-looking grain. You also don’t need a special printer to use the stuff. It can be printed in any machine capable of printing with PLA, using standard PLA settings — which means practically every FDM printer known to man can work with it.

You can get your hands on a 1kg spool of Buzzed filament (available in 1.75mm and 2.85mm diameters) for about $49.


4. The Art of Making Beer Syrup

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 You love craft beer. You love breakfast. But you don’t love that your family stages an intervention every time you float your Cheerios in milk stout.

Tell your family to chill: Thanks to beer syrup you can now douse your pancakes in malty, hoppy goodness and not get anything beyond a sugar buzz.

Bartenders have been concocting beer syrups—which are essentially simple syrups with beer swapped in for water—for years. For example, Xtian MacDonald, Bar Manager at Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands, makes a syrup from Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo IPA and pairs it with Tanqueray, lemon, and grapefruit juices and a touch of tangy marmalade. And at the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, lead mixologist Zachary Blair almost always has some sort of beer-syrup infused cocktail on the menu.

But Louisville bartender Russ Meredith is hoping to take the idea from sticky squeeze bottles on back bars to breakfast tables around the country. Last week he launched a Kickstarter campaign for The Beer Syrup Company. Already he’s got mocha porter, pecan nut brown, and bourbon barrel stout flavors in production, with more on the way.

“I originally started the company thinking I’d sell it for cocktails,” says Meredith. “But a buddy was like, ‘You’re going to sell way more of this on store shelves than to bartenders.’” So far his friend has been completely right. Meredith’s customers aren’t mixologists, and they’re using it for run-of-the-mill applications like smothering waffles, blending into milkshakes, and basting their chicken wings.

Meredith’s syrups contain less than 1 percent alcohol, so they’re safe for pre-work consumption. “I mean, this isn’t Super Troopers, so I know people aren’t guzzling syrup, but when I was a kid I’d sometimes sneak the syrup bottle back to my room. If that happens with one of my syrups, I want to make sure it’s okay,” he says.

Creating a low-alcohol product took a ton of trial and error. The old adage about ten minutes of boiling to eliminate alcohol is bunk. “It’s simply not true,” Meredith says. “I found that out very quickly by having all of my syrups tested in a lab.” Plus, boiling suds at high heat often results in a bitter, burned-beer flavor.
Meredith says he’s perfected a proprietary cooking method that results in notes of hops, yeast, and malt.

Make Beer Syrup at Home

It’s really just beer and sugar, but take heed, Meredith says: Certain types of beer work better than others. “IPAs are extremely hop driven and they’re really popular, but when heated they turn rancid and it’s just not palatable. Things that are malt driven—porters, stouts, nut browns—do really well.”

For best results, pour your favorite beer into a pan and slowly simmer over low heat until it reduces to two-thirds of its initial volume. Then add in an equal proportion of raw brown sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Pour liberally over your favorite breakfast food and wait for your insulin levels to spike.


5. BREW CANDY®

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Beer-flavored hard candy? Yep, we did it! Brew Candy® is a perfect gift for the beer or candy lover in your life.

It comes in a mixed bag of three tasty flavors: Honey Ale, Hoppy IPA, and Roasty Stout. Brew Candy® is proudly Made in the USA.

Each bag contains 4oz (approx 25 pieces) of Brew Candy®.


6. FROZEN PINTS CRAFT BEER ICE CREAM

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As if we needed any more reason to put down a pint of ice cream, the folks at Frozen Pints have decided to infuse the heavenly treat with the world’s greatest beverage – beer, of course.

This isn’t some low end concoction either. Frozen Pint uses nothing but the highest quality ice cream in this entire collection of flavors, a lineup of flavors that sound quite tasty if we do say so ourselves. The brand currently has several flavors to choose from including Honey IPA, Brown Ale Chip, Cinnamon Espresso Stout, Peach Lambic, Vanilla Bock, Malted Milk Chocolate Stout, and even something for the fall season in the Pumpkin Ale flavored ice cream. Unfortunately only those of you that reside in Georgia will be able to get your hands on one of these delicious looking cartons of beer ice cream.


7. Marshmallows Beer

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Are you a beer lover with a sweet tooth? Wondermade's marshmallows are made with beer and sweetened with pure vanilla extract. Yummy bourbon, champagne, and Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey treats are also available.


8. Cheese Beer

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Beer Cheese originated in central Kentucky, at a restaurant owned by John Allman during the 1930s. Today, there are a number of commercial Beer Cheese products available in the state; one company of which is operated by John Allman's grandson. If you're interested in making your own, there are also plenty of recipes to be found online.


9. Scottish craft brewer launches 'world's first spreadable beer'

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A Scottish craft brewer has created the world's first spreadable beer to mark the opening of its new Beer Kitchen.

Innis & Gunn opened its second Scottish Beer Kitchen in South Tay Street, Dundee today.

The celebrate the launch, the craft brewer has launched Marm & Ale, the world's first beer marmalade.

The marmalade combines Innes & Gunn's oak-aged IPA with Dundee's finest preserve.

The brewer has also unveiled a new marmalade flavoured IPA.

Dougal Sharp, Innis & Gunn founder and master brewer, said: “Launching in this great city has provided us with an opportunity to do what we do best: push the boundaries of what’s possible with beer through innovation and experimentation.

"That’s why we’ve been hard at work brewing a marmalade IPA and even creating spreadable beer for adventurous foodies.

"We’re proud to be setting up shop in such an innovative and vibrant city, we can’t wait to share our passion for great beer with Dundonians.”

The new Beer Kitchen in Dundee has been designed by award-winning architects Morgan McDonnell and focuses on matching food with beers.

Mr Sharp added: “With a focus on pairing food and beer, we are educating diners about the nuances and complexities in beer that they otherwise might be unaware of.

"We are not simply satisfied with telling people about beer - we want to show them too. This is why we’ve installed an exposed beer cellar and tanks serving the freshest beers straight from the brewery.

"We want Dundonians to understand and appreciate the process of getting Innis & Gunn beer into their glasses.”

Innis & Gunn's first Beer Kitchen in Edinburgh won the New Casual Dining Design Concept of the Year award at the Casual Dining Awards.


10. Promotional Beer Popcorn

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In order to get the word out about a change in ingredients it made in its beer, Lav (a beer that is produced and bottled by Carlsberg) launched a popcorn beer.

Recently, Lav refined its ingredient list by excluding corn, which makes for a more premium product that's made with just barley, hops and water. The promotional product from McCann Belgrade agency "literally took out the corn out of Lav’s beer and turned it into a popcorn." The beer-branded popcorn was given away at supermarkets, bars, movie theaters and other events in order to spread the word about the new changes in Lav's beer in a fun and unexpected way.

Crossover products like this have become increasingly popular in the foodie community and this one makes for a fitting treat for both snack food lovers and beer fans alike.

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