Welcome to the afternoon roundup! If it happened in food today, it’s news to us. Here are a few stories that have caught our attention.
Beer: Renowned ice cream smiths Ben & Jerry’s teamed up with New Belgium to develop their first craft beer, set to be released this fall. Will you be picking chunks of Oreo out of your bottle? No, but good guess. Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, at a respectable 6.3 percent ABV, has notes of coffee, chocolate and caramel. And as is tradition, the limited-edition brew will benefit climate-change organization Protect Our Winters.
Cheese: There are countless varieties of cheese eaten in a zillion ways all over the world. Where did cheese begin? Was it an accident? It had to have been, right? Unwrap a hunk and dig into this podcast on the secret history of one of the world’s most beloved ingredients.
’90s Throwbacks: Back in 1991, things were simpler. Kids played baseball outside instead of on their phones, dual-income couples took jogs wearing matching sweatbands and families demanded good old-fashioned home cooking. So naturally, this nearly five-minute-long promo for Sizzler aired at the exact right time.
Whiskey: Grain-to-bottle is the new farm-to-fork, thanks to Tempe, Arizona’s award-winning Arizona Distilling Co. The distillers source native white Sonoran wheat, working closely with grain farmers through each step to ensure that Arizona’s first entirely local whiskey is a treat worth savoring.
Coffee: Yes, yes, Brooklyn loves coffee. Paris loves coffee. East Asia is increasingly getting their buzz on. But you know who was obsessed with coffee long before any of us had ever even heard of a Chemex? Icelanders. Think about it: a chilly, isolated island with minimal daylight. That is a good place to sell beans. Get into the economics and culture of this development over a nice strong cup.