Krispy Kreme doughnut beer signals end of craft revolution

All movements have a messy and disorganized end. Usually, the revolutionaries end up eating themselves. The French Revolution overthrew a king and ended in state murders of anyone who didn’t pass an ideological purity test. Republicans misread the election of Donald Trump and nominated a pedophile for the Senate. The list goes on. Now, the craft beer movement has officially collapsed on itself.

The end has come in Florida, where most things go to die. There, a pair of breweries have teamed up to create a beer brewed with glazed and creme-filled doughnuts from Krispy Kreme. Hidden Springs Ale Works and Arkane Aleworks are bringing Floridians a Russian imperial stout that checks in at 12.5% ABV and will treat your senses to a beer, but “hopefully with some doughnut flavor,” according to one brewer.

The doughnut beer will be hitting the shelves in January. Just in time for all those New Year’s diets.

Beer brewed on cruise ships probably safer than the water

The only reason to get on a boat is to drink. Whether it’s a small fishing boat or an ocean liner, one must drink. That’s why no one joins the Navy, you can’t drink at sea. So it’s good news that soon you’ll be able to drink beer brewed at sea on a cruise ship.

Later this year, a Carnival cruise ship will be the first in North America to have a brewery on board. Even though you should really go with liquor to get your money’s worth while at sea, you’ll be able to order an IPA, a wheat beer and a stout brewed right there on the ship, thanks to a partnership with Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami.

Is it the beer s&%ts or just the stomach bug going around the ship? Who knows? Drink anyway.

The McBournie Minute: Everyone chill out, craft beer will be fine

I follow craft beer news, so when I see something make headlines in non-beer-geek news outlets, it’s always surprising to me. I’ve been surprised quite a bit lately. As with any industry, there’s the major, and usually inaccurate news that the average person will hear about, and then there’s the day-to-day stuff that’s in the weeds. It’s the news that no one cares about except for people who are in the industry, or fans of it.

This may come as a shock to many of you, but I am a fan of craft beer. My fandom grew from just imbibing new and exciting brews, to making beer myself, to reading up on what the pros are doing to get excited about their new stuff, and get inspiration for my own attempts.

But there’s been a lot of crap out there about craft beer lately. Pull up a stool, pour yourself a pint, and let’s sort it out. Continue reading The McBournie Minute: Everyone chill out, craft beer will be fine

Kegger at the governor’s mansion!

Not to be outdone by his counterpart in Virginia, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has had beer taps installed in his mansion.

It needs to be said, wearing a suit all day is stressful work, that’s why it’s perfectly acceptable for the C-suiters and government execs to keep booze in their offices. But Hickenlooper is now mainlining it. He’s got three taps, which will of course feature different Colorado beers.

Of course, the marijuana crowd chimed in to harsh Hickenlooper’s mellow, saying that the governor is eager to embrace craft brewing, but continues to keep marijuana at, like … dude, what were we talking about?

Happy days are here again (in Virginia)

"This legislative session isn't over until I say it is!"
“This legislative session isn’t over until I say it is!”

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe may have won in the narrowest, most inauspicious (as evidenced by the number of noses held when casting ballots) gubernatorial election in recent state history. But, damn if he doesn’t have a plan to improve bipartisanship in the state government.

And that plan? The Reagan-O’Neill Strategem: hate each others guts until 5, then come over to the governor’s mansion for some top shelf booze.

“To the discount hooch and Bud Light normally on tap at the mansion, the governor has added top-shelf liquor and microbrews at his own expense,” so that’s an improvement over his predecessor in two ways.

Gov. McAuliffe has dubbed the charm offense “Sixty parties in 60 days!” — the length of Virginia’s legislative session. The governor could not, however, rule out extending the session to include a late night trip to IHOP on Day 61.

It’s an exchange in the loosest term of the word

Let your alcohol-enjoying taste buds fear tyranny at the gas pump no longer! Beer-anny, as we like to call it, for the longest time, was relegated to forcing a person to drink down the worst swill possible: Icehouse, Bud-anything, Colt 45, King Cobra, Coors, MGD and so forth. At some locations, you might be lucky enough to score a Sam Adam’s sixer, but hope is little and far away. But no more if the gas station you frequent is of the Sunoco brand!

Sunoco has so far piloted its Craft Beer Exchange program at 12 locations and to much success! The program allows customers access to 64-oz. growlers or 6-packs of 12-oz. bottles that can be filled with craft-brew brands like Allagash, Abita, Dogfish Head, and Victory. In other words, beer that actually tastes good. This program will now be tested out in South Carolina and hopefully into other locations!

May your gas tank be full and your mouth be overflowing with tasty beverages! Just not necessarily at the same time.