Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.
Robots Tend Bar At Sea
Getting sloshed on a boat is a time-honored tradition upheld by people fond of vacationing on floating resorts designed to carry folks abroad. Not much new about that. But Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, seems to be taking steps to keep things exciting and new by opening Bionic Bar. Staffed completely by robot mixologists, the on-vessel watering hole lets guests order drinks via tablet device, pay with the tap of an electronic Royal Caribbean card, then sit back and watch a robot called Makr Shakr prepare them.
99 Cans of Beer Is A Haul
It weighs over 80 lbs. It’s tall enough to start in the NBA. It’ll set you back about a dollar per can. But it contains a literal 99 cans of Austin Beerworks’ Peacemaker brew, dubbed “anytime ale.” Seeing it calls to mind those illustrated “Team Lift” warnings printed on heavy boxed “assembly-required” furniture. However, given how quickly and easily such a team lift exercise might transition into a team drink scenario, this doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Via Food Republic
Dayton, Ohio’s Pinups and Pints is a strip club that microbrews. Or maybe it’s a microbrewery full of naked ladies. Either way, there is room under its roof for aficionados of each, and in most cases, of both. Once a struggling gentlemens club of a different name, Pinups and Pints was reborn in its current state due in part to a brewer’s license being easier to obtain than a liquor license. Currently receiving fair to good reviews, it will be interesting to see how this strip club/brewpub, being called America’s first of its kind, develops and whether it’s due to, or in spite of, its adult.
Via First We Feast
Which Fingers? Witch Fingers
Witch fingers are the latest bit of fruit-themed alchemy to come out of California’s specialty vineyard The Grapery. Big enough to sometimes require a second bite, these grapes are naturally-bred from existing varieties. And although available as of this writing, they are only in season for a short time. Time will tell whether the phrase “Sweeter than a witch’s finger” has the longevity of “Colder than a witch’s (insert classless anatomical reference of choice)”, but it seems that a basis for the former has been established, and that’s exciting.
Via Buzzfeed Food