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Metalheads generally aren’t known for their super-healthy lifestyles. But I reckon this might make even the most seasoned drinker balk.

Someone in Texas (where else) – let’s call him an ‘entrepreneur’ – has come up with a recipe for deep fried beer, patent pending. Apparently it’s actually a pretzel-like dough filled with beer and briefly deep fried. Briefly so as not to affect the alcohol content, of course.

The ‘invention’ will be premiered at a fried food competition in Texas, an institution that last year awarded recipe for deep fried butter.

Inventor Mark Zable is quoted as saying:

"Nobody has been able to fry a liquid before. It tastes like you took a bite of hot pretzel dough and then took a drink of beer."

His previous culinary achievements have included chocolate-covered strawberry waffle balls and jalapeño corndog shrimps. I bet he’s one fat dude!

Five ravioli-sized pieces will cost USD $5. I’m guessing at that rate it would take you a long time – not to mention a fair wad of cash – to get drunk.

Read more here but first, leave a comment: would you try a deep fried mouthful of beer?

Beer as part of a healthy diet

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European metal festival season is in full swing, and metalheads in campgrounds all over Europe are indulging in the traditional beer breakfast. According to a new study, they could be doing their bones a favour.

Researchers at the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California have discovered that beer contains dietary silicon in a highly digestible form. That means it’s good for increasing the mineral density of your bones.

Of course, the study did say “moderate” beer consumption may be beneficial. They also pointed out that there are many other sources of dietary silicon, including oatmeal, dried dates, granola cereal and high-fiber wheat bran cereal.

But that just sounds like a recipe for beer on your cereal to me!

The Summer Breeze metal beer keg

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Not only is it totally metal, it’s made out of metal…

The Summer Breeze metal festival is held in Dinkelsbühl, Germany in late August – 31 days from the time of posting, in fact. As at most outdoor festivals, beer is not served in glasses or glass bottles, due to safety concerns. While it’s kind of annoying, I can’t help thinking that there is some merit to removing sharp materials from events with 40,000 plus drunk metalheads.

For those connoisseurs who would prefer not to drink out of plastic cups, there’s another option: a 5 litre keg of Summer Breeze beer can be purchased for 15 Euros. If you pre-order, the first 1000 units will come with a cooler bag.

It seems like it might be a little unweildy to carry around, but on the other hand it’s pretty good value. No word on what the brew is like, unfortunately!

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Fucking Hell–the beer, that is

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From the “hilarious but true” files, a German brewery has won the trademark to market a beer called “Fucking Hell”. But get your mind out of the gutter – ‘hell’ is a German term that can mean“light ale” and “Fucking” is the name of a small town in Austria that goes through a lot of town name signs. See? It’s all perfectly innocent.

The people of Fucking – pronounced “fooking” in German, much like it is in the North of England – are less than impressed. There’s only 90 or so of them, and they’ve had the name for 800 years. From the Austrian Times:

Franz Meindl, the People’s Party (ÖVP) mayor of Fucking, reacted saying: "We just want to be left alone. There are all these stories about our town’s name all the time – especially in summer. Everybody writes what they want."

I don’t know when the beer is going into production or where it’s going to be available, but that’s gotta be the most metal beer I’ve ever heard of. Someone send in a picture, please!

Maiden The Shade: the Iron Maiden Beer

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Yes folks, you read that correctly: there is an Iron Maiden beer.

US-based brewery Ninkasi Brewing have honoured the metal legends with Maiden The Shade, a new beer that’s presumably Eddie’s new tipple of choice.

Maiden The ShadeAccording to the brewer’s site:

A salute to the playful side of summer, we had fun with this beer! Maiden the Shade has a big robust hop character from the liberal use of 7 different varieties of hops. It s completed with a light colored malt backbone to stay in balance. Kick back and enjoy!

Review site RateBeer.com gave it 14/20 overall, and had this to say:

Draft, SIB. Golden clear pour, thin white head. Aroma is a little sweet and biscuity, with dank, grassy, and citrusy hops. Tastes of biscuity, sweet malt on a surprisingly light body. It’s refreshing but also gives a watery impression. Finishes with grass, hay, a little citrus. I’m pretty surprised by the alcohol content listed on this, it doesn’t feel like almost 7% at all.

Sleigher!Sweet and biscuity? Yeah, I don’t know about that, but 7% sounds fairly epic and how great a photo would that label make?

Unfortunately, the only place you’re going to be able to get it is in certain parts of the US – according to BeerNews.org, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and possibly the Bay Area. Maybe someone from one of those areas can send us in a report and photo.

I also noticed that Ninkasi have a seasonal beer called “Sleigher”.

Logo look familiar anyone? I think there’s a metal fan in that company!

Vital cultural information: how to say cheers in 50 languages

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With the northern hemisphere summer metal festival season well under way, thousands of metalheads are crossing borders and making friends with people they meet while massively intoxicated. Often the only language in common is the universal language of metal – but fear not, we have found the ultimate resource for such situations: How to say “cheers” in 50 languages.

This handy list comes complete with a pronunciation guide. It’s truly the most useful thing we’ve found on the interwebs all year!

Terviseks! A Votre Sante! Živjeli!

A beer that Karl Sanders might appreciate

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I don’t know if Nile mainman Karl Sanders enjoys a beer or not, but if he does partake in the odd breski like so many of his fans, he might be interested in a new beer being produced in Denver.

The Wynkoop Brewing Company has brewed “Tut’s Royal Gold” in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s ‘Tutankhamun The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs’ exhibit.

Tut’s Royal Gold is an unfiltered “Imperial Egyptian Ale” of about 6% ABV made with pale malts, ancient fermentables (honey, wheat, teff) and a list of spices that includes tamarind, coriander, grains of paradise, orange peel and rose petals. The beer is fermented with a wheat beer yeast and is served unfiltered for extra, (very) old-school authenticity.

Sounds orright to me, but really, bringing this piece of news to you all was just an excuse to embed a Nile video.

في صحتكم! (that’s how they say "’cheers’ in Egypt, apparently)

How do you taste beer?

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It sounds like a really dumb question, doesn’t it? But as with everything, there are beer drinkers and then there are beer nutters, and the latter have developed an entire science for tasting beer. There’s even commonly held misconceptions about how the taste buds perceive different flavours in the beer. i can’t help thinking it’s quite similar to wine tasting, And that’s about as far from being metal as I can imagine.

If that all sounds like too much trouble to you, feel free to check out Goatlady’s guide to tasting beer: crank up some tunes, place lips over bottle, tip head back and enjoy!

What your favourite beer tasting ritual?

Ever wondered how much a beer costs in Tadjikistan?

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Or Qatar, for that matter, or Somalia, Vietnam or Norway?

Well, with the help of Pint Price, you can find out. This clever site gathers information submitted by people around the world to come up with the average prices of our favourite amber beverage, in your currency of choice.

If you’re planning a holiday, it could be just the information you need.

The beer in Tadjikistan, by the way, is the cheapest according to the site, at around 51 Australian cents for a pint – that’s only 41 US cents, or 25 UK pence. On the other hand, the most expensive place to get drunk is Greenland, at a whopping $14.67 Australian (US $11.79 and £7.19 GBP).

Bottoms up, all around the world!

Coming soon: the International Day of Slayer

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The 6th of June – that is, 6/6 – is an auspicious day for metal fans: the International Day of Slayer. It all started in 2006 – i.e., 06/06/06 – but has now become an annual event. Slayer themselves are showing their support for the day, and there’s even people who are pushing to get it made into an officially recognised holiday.

So what should you do on the fourth annual International Day of Slayer? That’s entirely up to the individual metalhead, of course, but here at OMBFM we’ll be raising the horns, raising a beer and snapping some photos. If you do the same, send ‘em in and we’ll post a Slayer Day photo fest.

Here’s some Slayer to get you in the mood!