Brew News: Mexico Collaborations and A Beer Drinking Deer

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Brew News: Mexico Collaborations and A Beer Drinking Deer

Positive movement coming out of D.C., rare beer offered for a weighty donation, a drunk-driving deer, Mexico and America strike brewing accord and Singapore could see a population spike. Read on for details…

Washington, D.C.: Good news out of the nation’s capital

DC Brau announced an expansion project that will allow the popular inside the beltway brewers to double production once brewing begins in spring of 2017. The brewery, which bills itself as DC’s first packaging brewery since 1956, opened in 2009 and the new facility will take over the abandoned Central Union Mission food bank next door to the current brewery. President and head brewer, Jeff Hancock, stated in a press release that: “The new 30-barrel, four-vessel GEA Craft-Star brewhouse will operate along side our current 15-barrel, three-vessel brewhouse. This will allow us to increase overall production of our flagship and seasonal beers while providing us the flexibility to brew one-offs and collaborations that pop up throughout the year.” Hancock figures they will be able to increase production by 360% over the next decade. DC Brau currently produces the top two—and five of the top ten—beers in Washington, D.C. according to Beer Advocate.

San Diego: Give a little, get a big beer

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Fancy a bottle of Societe Brewing Co.’s latest feral beer, The Urchin? Better be willing to pony up $50. Or, you could put together a 50-pound donation for their annual Holiday Food Donation to benefit needy San Diego families and get a bottle for a mere $5. The extremely limited beer is a blended, red wine barrel-aged cranberry sour ale, perfect for the holidays and comes in 500mL bottles. According to a blog post on their site, “The Urchin is a dry, extremely balanced beer, exhibiting subtle cranberry tartness leveled out by tannins extracted from the wood of the wine barrels in which it matured. The deep crimson ale is light on the palate and finishes with a touch of tinder-box spice.” The offer is good November 21 through December 31.

Santa Cruz County, Calif.: Deer faces possible DWI

While deer sightings along America’s highways are a common occurrence, having to report one for multiple driving infractions is rare. Drivers in Santa Cruz County, Calif. caught sight of what appeared to be a deer driving an ATV while drinking a beer. In actuality, it was just a dead deer riding in an ATV being pulled on a trailer holding a beer. The antic was a result of an extremely successful hunting trip that left too little space to haul the kill in a more practical fashion. “We thought, let’s just have a little fun with it,” deerhunter Mike Huntoon told KION 5/46. “We have to get the deer home, let’s see if we can create a little humor, and apparently it worked.”

Mexico/America border: United in beer/cerveza

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Buqui Bichi taproom

In spite of the hostile political climate and pro-wall talk, two breweries on opposite sides of the border are joining together to promote unity. Tucson’s Borderlands Brewing Company designed a beer with Hermosillo, Mexico’s Buqui Bichi Brewery that can be brewed at either facility. “We wanted to be a counterpoint to some of the more toxic sentiments that are going around right now,” Borderlands Brewing’s Mike Mallozzi told Arizona Public Media. The recipe utilizes ingredients from both countries and will be called Cervesa Sin Fronteras or Beer Without Borders. The brown ale is currently available in both taprooms and will be served at the Arizona-Mexico Commission in early December.

Singapore: But will they cover relocation expenses?

In an offer that reads like the plot to The Hangover Part IV, Danish brewing giant, Carlsberg, is offering one lucky drinker in Singapore the equivalent of around $14,000 to drink beer for four hours. Requirements include being a brand ambassador, enjoying Carlsberg during work and entertaining friends with “probably the best beer in the world.” While the gig requires zero experience, applicants do need to have a deep passion for Carlsberg, be able to “work” for four hours and not possess their own transportation. Potential hires must answer several hard-hitting questions (“The song title that best describes how I feel when I drink a Carlsberg is…” among them) in 140 characters or less and be over 18 years of age. The job hunt is the second edition of the brewer’s “Probably the Best Job in the World” campaign.

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