America's Last Blockbuster Store Gets Its Own Beer

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Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler, Grid Engine, Wikimedia Commons // CC0 1.0

Blockbuster may be all but extinct, but the nostalgia surrounding the once-ubiquitous video rental chain is stronger than ever. Now, as The Takeout reports, 10 Barrel Brewing Company is releasing a beer that's perfect for nights spent reminiscing over the blue-and-yellow VHS cases of your childhood.

The new beverage, a collaboration between 10 Barrel and the last operating Blockbuster store—located in Bend, Oregon, where 10 Barrel is based—is appropriately named The Last Blockbuster. The brew is a German-style black ale with hints of cocoa and red licorice, a throwback to the movie theater treats displayed in front of most Blockbuster registers.

The brewery said in a statement that the beer "pairs perfectly with buttery theater popcorn and your favorite movie-sized chocolate with a light body, smooth finish, and hints of nostalgia.”

Naturally, 10 Barrel is launching its new creation with a party at the Blockbuster store in Bend. After the September 21 event, the beer will be available at 10 Barrel's six brewpub locations in Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, and California. But just like Blockbuster the company, The Last Blockbuster won't be around forever. It will only be available for a limited time, so you better start hoarding it like it's a DVD you don't plan on returning.

[h/t The Takeout]

Carlsberg Is Ditching Plastic Rings by Gluing Its Six-Packs Together

Carlsberg
Carlsberg

The humble six-pack is an environmental nightmare. Those familiar plastic rings are notorious for the danger they pose to marine wildlife, as animals often get ensnared in them, starving to death when they get their mouths caught. While the common solution is to ask consumers to cut up the rings before placing them in the trash, that’s only a stop-gap measure. Now, Carlsberg has come up with a new plan to rid the world of plastic rings altogether. According to The Telegraph, the Copenhagen-based beer producer has come up with a glued six-pack design that keeps beers together without adding extra plastic.

The Snap Pack design keeps beer cans together with dots of glue. The bonds are strong enough to withstand the jostling of transport, but not so strong that you can’t break them apart. (Unlike the thicker plastic holders used by craft beer companies, which can be a nightmare to use.) The design took three years to perfect.

Previously, a Florida-based brewery called Saltwater created an edible, compostable set of six-pack rings designed to make drinking beer a bit more dolphin-safe, but this eliminates the rings entirely. Considering that Carlsberg is one of the world’s top beer producers, the environmental benefit is pretty dramatic. The company estimates that the glued packs will reduce the amount of plastic used in traditional multi-packs of beer by more than 75 percent, saving around 1322 tons of plastic every year.

The Snap Packs will make their debut in the U.K. in September 2018, before being rolled out to the rest of Europe and the world.

[h/t The Telegraph]

A Harry Potter-Themed Mixology Class is Coming to New York

Xavier Boldu, The Cauldron
Xavier Boldu, The Cauldron

Harry Potter may have hated potions class, but New York City Muggles might find it a little more palatable. A Hogwarts-themed pop-up bar is coming to the Big Apple, and it's set to be a lot more fun than Professor Snape's version. The Cauldron, a fantastical mixology course, is opening in September, according to Guest of a Guest.

A person in a robe stirs a blue cocktail.
Xavier Boldu, The Cauldron

The Cauldron started as a Kickstarter-funded London pop-up in March 2018, complete with magic wands, robes, and simmering cauldrons. It proved so successful there that its creators decided to take it across the pond. The limited-run New York City pop-up will run for four months at Bavaria Bier Haus, a beer hall in Lower Manhattan.

A person taps a wand on a wooden box in a mixology class.
Xavier Boldu, The Cauldron

The class goes far beyond the typical pop-up bar experience, adding Harry Potter flair by using more than just a few Hogwarts-inspired decorations. When you arrive at the one hour, 45 minute class, you'll get a robe and an internet-connected magic wand that you'll use to activate aspects of your workstation. You'll brew two delicious cocktails that change color, bubble, and smoke within your cauldron, all the while sipping mead and a special limited-edition beer from Six Point Brewery called Hell Broth.

Tickets run from $45 to $55, depending on the class time. Book here.

[h/t Guest of a Guest]

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