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Along with the first day of summer and the highest temperatures of the year thus far, the month of June brought us some fantastic beer coverage. If you’re like us, you’re not going outside again until fall -- so curl up in front of an air conditioner with an ice cold brew, and enjoy these 10 great beer stories published in June from fantastic sites like GQ, Bustle, and Buzzfeed.
We want to drink beer all summer long (and also all spring, fall, and winter), so it was clutch for us to read this GQ story about avoiding a beer gut. You should too, since it includes tips like “chasing your beer with water,” and maybe not pounding those high-ABV beers, since they’re often high-calorie, too. ….Welp, guess our beer gut isn’t going anywhere.
Why yes, Bustle, that beer yoga class does look chill AF. While I’ve done yoga in a brewery, and have interviewed a yoga teacher who offers classes in breweries all across the country, I’ve never done yoga with beer in my hand. (I wait until afterwards to drink one.) Doing it at the same time sounds a little bit like trying to pat your head and rub your stomach simultaneously. But hey, whatever gets you doing yoga is probably beneficial.
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Eater has the scoop on a new office beer fridge that can come stocked with beer from Anheuser-Busch-owned breweries like Bluepoint Brewing Co., and also has a futuristic-as-hell twist: The fridge has a Wifi connection that can automatically order brews when it’s running low. Umm, can they make an at-home version? Seems like something we could use.
Water is the lifeblood of the universe. Right after beer, of course. So it’s comforting to hear that some breweries are conserving water while still making fantastic beer. This Outside article highlights the fact that Founders Brewing captures steam coming off of its kettles, condenses it into water, and uses it to clean! Not only does it save water, it saves money, too. Smart stuff.
Writer Andy Kryza has written some lighthearted stuff for this very site, like this Ultimate Beer Fest Survival Guide -- but he can also write the hell out of some Serious Beer Content. And that’s certainly the case with his Thrillist story about Flint, MI’s craft beer scene. As you might imagine, they filter their water like crazy, and during the height of the crisis, they even served beers with a side of daily water reports.
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“Drink Tiger Beer, save actual tigers” is a seriously clever sales pitch to buy beer. According to this Men’s Journal article, there are only 3,890 tigers left in the wild; the goal of this new campaign from the brewery is to double the population. They hope to accomplish that by donating $1 million in proceeds from limited-edition Tiger Beer packaging emblazoned with the fearsome beast.
The food-obsessed folks at Bon Appetit filed a story about Chicago’s Goose Island’s seven new Bourbon County variants that’ll be unleashed this November. Some of the more interesting Bourbon County bottles we’d love to hunt down are the Proprietor’s Brand Stout that’s supposed to taste like bananas Foster, and a barleywine aged in Heaven Hill barrels. Is it November yet?
Mic reports on the growing craft beer scene in New York state, which is beginning to make an impression on beer-lovers across the country. For example, did you know only Colorado, Washington, and California have more breweries than New York? If you’re planning on taking a beercation anytime soon, we can wholeheartedly recommend the Hudson Valley.
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The three brothers whose hit song you’re about to get stuck in your head again (sorry!) made news about their song “MMMBop” 20 years later, Good Housekeeping reported. And yeah, this is a beer story! That’s because the bros have a beer called Mmmhops, released by their own Tulsa-based Hanson Brothers Beer Co. And did you know that they never sing the word “wop” in the song’s hook? News to us. Guess we’ve really been embarrassing ourselves at karaoke all these years.
Those arbiters of internet culture over at Buzzfeed schooled us on the newest beer-based meme. Just two years ago, people were posting memes with the phrase “cracking open a cold one with the boys.” By this point, it’s blown up so much, your mom has probably sent you a link to a hilarious jpg. If she hasn’t, you should send her one. And then to celebrate your productivity, crack open a cold one with the boys.
Note: Bluepoint Brewing Company and Goose Island Beer Company are members of The High End, owned by Anheuser-Busch.