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Funk In The Glass: The Ups And Downs Of Wild Microbes In Beer

Funky, floral, complex. No, this is not a description of a piece of vintage wallpaper. These are some of the words that are used to describe the enormous variety that exists within the world of beer. Whether you are enjoying the outdoors on a sunny day or sitting by the fire on a cold, winter night, there is a beer to match every occasion. In honour of this tasty drink, we have put together a compilation of PLOS ONE articles dedicated to the study of beer and the yeast and bacteria that mould its complexity.


A Music Festival Is Using People's Pee To Brew More Beer

If you like drinking pee, you’re going to love the Roskilde music festival. The Danish celebration of rock and roll recently launched a program that recycles festival-goers’ urine in order to make beer. It’s not as gross as it sounds.


Why Brewers Are DNA-Testing Beer For Bacterial Infections

It’s a feeling I hope you never experience: You crack open an ice cold beer after a long day, take a sip expecting the familiar hoppy, bubbly goodness to hit your taste buds and instead, you get a mouthful of flat, acrid sludge.


This Swimming Robot Can Bring Beer To Thirsty Sailors

OpenROV is an open hardware kit that allows you to build a fully-functioning remotely-operated vehicle that can dive into the water and shoot video. And now some helpful marine biologists have hacked the amazing little robot to bring them beer. Just watch and enjoy.


Happy Hour: This Beer Gadget Gave Me Perfect Head

Fizzics is a new gadget that’s precision engineered to perfectly pour your beer. It’s an impressively designed toy. I just tried it, and OK maybe I’m a little drunk, but I think I’m in love.


Happy Hour: Drink Beer Cocktails If You Don't Want To Get Hammered Tonight 

Getting drunk is very fun! This is a truth known to both human and island-dwelling monkey for centuries. But some nights, ALAS, are no good for chasing a Long Island Iced Tea with seven watermelon vodka shots and regret.


The Top 100 Tasting Beers In The World In One Beautiful Visualisation

Data Looks Dope’s Max Einstein made this beautiful chart that shows what the top 100 tasting beers in the world are (according to BeerAdvocate.com). You won’t find (my favourite) big brand, watered-down, beer-flavoured swill in the visualisation but you will see the best beers broken down by name, ABV and style of beer.


Introducing Stormbrew, An NSA-Inspired Beer For The Masses

When the National Security Agency says they need three hops, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. They mean that they’re sweeping up hundreds of millions of ordinary Americans’ phone records in order to create detailed social graphs.


The World's Most Popular Beers In One Neat Map

Booze lovers’ magazine Vinepair put together this neat map showing the most popular beer brands around the world. Unfortunately, as is often the case, most popular doesn’t mean better.


What A 170-Year-Old Beer Uncovered In A Shipwreck Really Tasted Like 

Back in 2010, divers off the coast of Finland stumbled upon some astonishingly old booze: champagne and beer preserved underwater in a 170-year-old shipwreck. Naturally, they had a taste. But now scientists are back with a rigorous chemical analysis of the beers.


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