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How the Wu-Tang Clan Is Helping One Brewer Make Beer

Vince Desrosiers, Twitter
Vince Desrosiers, Twitter

Later this summer, you’ll be able to pour one out for Ol' Dirty Bastard using a beer made with his music.

Vince Desrosiers of West Philadelphia’s Dock Street has decided to age one of his ales—a golden saison, boasting spicy pineapple and orange-tart flavors—to the vocal stylings of Method Man, Ol’ Dirty, and the rest of the Wu-Tang Clan.

“I listen to music every day in the brewery and I’ve wanted to do a series of beers based on the music I like,” Desrosiers told Philadelphia magazine. For the next six months, he’ll stream the Staten Island crew’s tunes to speakers attached to the barrels containing his ale, which he’s dubbed “Ain’t Nuthin’ to Funk With.”

Desrosiers isn’t sure the soundtrack will have any impact on his recipe at all, but he cites a Cambridge, Mass.-based brewer who used tuning forks while fermenting one of his beers. “It started as a joke,” Desrosiers admits, “and then we wondered if the bass would cause enough vibration to move the yeast around and create different flavors during fermentation.”

Once "Ain't Nuthin' to Funk With" is finished, Desrosiers has big plans to experiment with other artists. Up next? A quaff aged to Killer Mike and El-P’s musical collaboration, Run the Jewels.

[h/t: Eater]

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A Restaurant In Australia Is Garnishing Its Margaritas With Frozen Eyeballs
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A cocktail special at a new restaurant in Australia has fallen under the global gaze thanks to its floating gaze. As Nerdist reports, Faro Tapas, a new Spanish eatery at Tasmania's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), offers a black margarita garnished with a frozen bull eyeball.

The frosty drink contains tequila, mezcal, lime, and charcoal (presumably for color). It's served in a glass with a black salted rim and the aforementioned toothpick-skewered peeper.

Gourmet Traveller recommends that those brave enough to sample Faro Tapas's bovine booze drink it quickly, as the eyeball's ice casing melts. (If you're willing to risk brain freeze to avoid eye mush, this sounds like a smart move.)

That said, adventurous drinkers with stomachs of steel might find Faro Tapas's eyeball-garnished margarita tame compared to the Yukon Territory's Sourtoe cocktail (it contains a dehydrated human toe) and countless other weird and wacky cocktails served up around the world. Bottoms (and eyeballs) up!

[h/t Nerdist]

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Drink Up: New Study Concludes Wine Can Offset Dementia
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The health benefits of wine can sometimes be overstated by people who are a few glasses deep and slurring their words. Should you ever find yourself in a position to defend your moderate imbibing, you have supporting evidence: A new study says two glasses of wine daily can potentially reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's.

The study, which appears in Scientific Reports, shows that wine has an effect on one's glymphatic function, or the way the brain removes toxins. To clear itself of damaging and accumulated proteins like tau and beta amyloid, which are often linked with dementia, the brain pumps in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to act as a flushing solution. All sorts of variables can influence the glymphatic system's operation, including trauma, stroke, and excessive alcohol intake.

But when researchers dosed the mice in the study with moderate alcohol—amounting to 2.6 drinks daily—the glymphatic system was more efficient, removing more waste and exhibiting less inflammation than the teetotaling control mice.

As is usually the case when it comes to booze, you can have too much of a good thing. When mice got the equivalent of 7.9 drinks daily, their glymphatic system grew sluggish until the overindulging was terminated.

"Studies have shown that low-to-moderate alcohol intake is associated with a lesser risk of dementia, while heavy drinking for many years confers an increased risk of cognitive decline," lead study author Maiken Nedergaard, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, said in a press statement. "This study may help explain why this occurs. Specifically, low doses of alcohol appear to improve overall brain health."

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