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.
Sisters Are Brewin’ It For Themselves
Not long ago, a duo of industrious ladies opened a craft brewery in the Philippines on the archipelago of Palawan. The first of its kind in that region, Palaweño Brewery, run by Ayan Javier and Malu Lauengco produces a quintet of beers (including one called “Ayahay IPA”, “ayahay” being a local slang term for “relax”) in addition to exploring seasonal brews laced with the likes of coconut and mango. Currently laying down 300 cases each month (complete with hand-crafted bottle labels), the brewery offers tours every day except Wednesdays. The ladies’ stated goal according to Lauengco, is “to make the best beers in the Philippines, and have the time of our lives doing it.” No doubt locals are having the time of their lives drinking their creations, so this sounds like quite the win-win scenario.
Via The Guardian
This Beer Ain’t Just Good, It’s Grrreat!
A 10-barrel collaboration between Oregon-based Montavilla Brew Works and Coin Toss Brewing has spawned a limited-edition beer called the “Catch A Tiger” double IPA. Unique about this brew is that it was created using 25 pounds of Frosted Flakes breakfast cereal among its ingredients. Whether this sounds grrroovy or grrross is likely to depend upon to whom the concept is presented, taste being subjective and all (personally, I’d be all over the chance to drain a pint, as it brings together my love of beer with one of my favorite sugary breakfast cereals). Nonetheless, this endeavor undertaken in part because the cereal manufacturer Kellogg’s, like the owners of the respective breweries, hails from Michigan, has created a one-of-a-kind tasting experience that won’t hang around past Sunday, September 18th, so get on it if you anticipate soon being in the mood to drink your breakfast.
Boston Gives Us the Inflate-A-Pub
Summer may be coming to a close next week, but that doesn’t mean that outdoor drinking and entertaining needs to shut down along with it. Autumn is a wonderful season for backyard get-togethers, and while a top-notch grilling setup, outdoor bar setup, and comfy seating only enhance such events, they’re no match for bringing an 80-person alehouse to the party. Boston’s The Paddy Wagon Pub is a company that will rent out a blow-up Irish pub (that bears more than a passing resemblance to a children’s bouncy house, sans the bouncy floor) that is printed with a faux fireplace and brick work, and wall lighting fixtures for that authentic look. The company will even cater your event with Irish standards like Shepherd’s Pie and soda bread along with a vast array of stouts and other boozy beverages. If that ain’t enough (though we can’t imagine that it wouldn’t be), spring for a DJ, an Irish session band, a troupe of step dancers and a couple of Irish wolfhounds to complete the atmosphere. Let’s see your neighbors beat that action.
She Has a Table For You Right Here
A 16-year-old from California has invented a smartphone app that’s changing the way students assemble in school cafeterias. Her name is Natalie Hampton and her Sit With Us app is designed to end the embarrassment and rejection that students often face when seeking a place to sit during lunch. It’s no secret that kids can be mean to one another in very specific ways, not the least of which is exclusion. After spending most of her seventh-grade school year having her peers deny her the opportunity to join their lunch table groups, Hampton started thinking about viable alternatives to that sort of humiliation (a humiliation often sharpened by said rejection resulting in her being that kid with no alternative but to eat alone while surrounded by cliques of friends enjoying themselves). Her app allows students to discreetly work out ahead of time where they’ll sit, and invite others to join their groups, lessening the likelihood of anyone feeling left out. It’s this writer’s guess that Miss Hampton’s days of wanting for lunchtime companionship, like those of many a shy present and future student, are well behind her, and that’s something to feel good about.
[Top image: palawenobrewery.com]
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