January seems to be starting off with a bang for hops lovers. Determined to make Rhode Island famous for something beyond Family Guy, Foolproof Brewery marks its arrival onto the microbrew scene with three year-round beers: an American golden ale, a porter, and an IPA, plus the promise of a rotation of seasonal beers throughout the year. [Foolproof Brewery]
Elsewhere in the nation, Dangerous Man Brewing Company of Minneapolis has announced that its brand new brewing facility and tap room will be opening January 25th. Like its erstwhile cousin in Rhode Island, the company pledges to offer several of its own year-round and specialty craft beers to the Minneapolis metropolis. [Dangerous Man]
In more inventive beer news, five Idaho prison inmates are suing eight major beer and spirits conglomerates to the tune of one billion dollars. Inmates are claiming alcohol led them to their crimes and they should have been adequately warned of alcohol’s addictive nature. As of press time, none of the major companies filed in the suit have issued comment. [ABC News]
Slate scribe Christian DeBenedetti files an engaging essay on the world of rare beers and beer auctions and how the price is going up for the rarest of beers, similar to trends we’ve seen with wine and spirits over the past decade. [Slate]
In a move that will no doubt please native Coloradans from Rhode Island to Seattle, Wynkoop Brewing Company is slated to release its Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout nationally starting this month. This is important for everyone who always felt his or her beer was missing that little something extra. The bull testicle-enhanced stout will arrive, quite appropriately, in packages of two. [Fox News]
And finally for something completely from left field, out of the ordinary, and just plain head-scratching: Foodbeast reports on a taste test involving tsongsul, a traditional Korean wine made of feces and soju alcohol. While it’s only the fourth day of January, we are guessing we’ll be hard-pressed to find a weirder story involving alcohol for the rest of 2013. [Foodbeast]
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