U.S. Explodes Atomic Bombs Near Beers To See If They Are Safe To Drink

Mountain Ash via Flickr
Mountain Ash via Flickr

Written by Robert Krulwich @ npr.org

So you’re minding your own business when all of a sudden, a nuclear bomb goes off, there’s a shock wave, fires all around, general destruction and you, having somehow survived, need a drink. What can you do? There is no running water, not where you are. But there is a convenience store. It’s been crushed by the shock wave, but there are still bottles of beer, Coke and diet soda intact on the floor.

So you wonder: Can I grab one of those beers and gulp it down? Or is it too radioactive? And what about taste? If I drink it, will it taste OK?
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Brooks: Books for Beer Lovers

Written by Jay Brooks for Mercury News and The Contra Costa Times

The obvious gift for any beer lover is a selection of special brews. But if you’d prefer a gift not prone to breaking or leakage, 2012 has been another banner year for books about beer. Here are a few of my favorites.

Written by my friends Stephen Beaumont and Tim Webb, who circled the globe putting this tome together, “The World Atlas of Beer” (Sterling Epicure, $30, 256 pages) is a worthy successor to the late Michael Jackson’s “New World Guide to Beer.” Covering the entire panoply of beer across six continents (there are no breweries in Antarctica) is a herculean task, but the book accomplishes it elegantly. The book, appointed with detailed maps, beautiful photographs, tasting notes and an impressive┬árange of information, is a great choice for both beginners and seasoned beer geeks.


Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer

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