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Rogue Ales and Spirits

Rogue Ales Releases Candy Beer for 2017

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Rogue Ales and Spirits

Toss your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy and lay off the booze out the window. Rogue Ales, the Oregon-based brewery, is releasing a candy-flavored beer.

The Hazelutely Choctabulous might be a mouthful to order, but according to the company, the mixture of two of Rogue's beers has been a fan-favorite at the brewery’s pub for a while now, so they’re making the secret menu item available to the rest of the country. It’s a dark beer with nutty notes and a chocolate truffle finish that tastes like a nutty chocolate candy bar. It's a little unusual because unlike most chocolate beers, it's not a straight stout—it's a combination of Rogue's chocolate stout and its brown ale, Hazelnut Brown Nectar. The combo ale will be available starting in January 2017.

Until then, there are plenty of chocolate-y beers to try elsewhere. Many breweries make chocolate stouts, including Rogue—which makes its double chocolate stout with Dutch bittersweet chocolate. While you can find other chocolate stouts from Harpoon and Evil Twin, some breweries try for more unique twists on the style. Starting in 2012, Dogfish Head began making Chocolate Lobster Porter, and during the fall, Coney Island makes a chocolate pumpkin ale. Sadly, those two brews are only available seasonally.

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7 Surprising Uses for Tequila
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Happy National Tequila Day! While you could celebrate by having a few drinks, you could also skip the hangover by unlocking one of tequila's amazing abilities outside of a glass. Many spirits are useful for activities beyond sipping (vodka, for example, is a great stain and odor remover), but tequila holds some particularly magical powers. Here are just a few of them.


In 2008, a team of scientists in Mexico discovered that when the heated vapor from an 80-proof tequila blanco was combined with a silicon or stainless steel substrate, it resulted in the formation of diamond films. These films can be used in commercial applications, such as electrical insulators, or to create one big fake diamond. Who knew that spending $50 on a bottle of Don Julio was such a wise investment?


Keeping with the science theme: In 2011, researchers at England’s University of Oxford suggested that we may one day be gassing up our cars with tequila. They identified agave, the plant from which tequila is produced, as a potential biofuel source—and a particularly attractive one, as the plant itself is not consumed by humans and can thrive in desert climates.


Scientists have long promoted the potential benefits of the agave plant for its ability to help dissolve fats and lower cholesterol. The bad news? These properties get a bit diluted when the plant is distilled into alcohol. Even more so when it's whipped into a sugary margarita.


Take three or more shots of tequila and you’re bound to pass out. A single shot can have the same effect—just not in that drunken stupor kind of way. Relaxation is one of the positive side effects of tequila drinking; a small amount (1 to 1.5 ounces) before bedtime can reportedly help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.


Too much of a good thing may not bring a welcome turn of events for your liver … but your colon will thank you! Researchers at Mexico’s University of Guadalajara have identified the blue agave as a potentially helpful source for delivering drugs to the colon in order to treat colitis, IBS, Crohn’s disease and even cancer.


If Ernest Hemingway had known about the healing properties of tequila, his signature drink might have been a margarita instead of a daiquiri. In 2010, experiments conducted at Mexico’s Polytechnic Institute of Guanajuato revealed that the agave plant (which is high in fructans, a fructose polymer) could stimulate the GLP-1 hormone, aiding in increased insulin production.


“Plenty of liquids” is a well-known remedy for getting oneself out from under the weather. But expanding that definition to include a kicked-up shot of tequila makes a day laid out on the couch sound much more appealing. In the 1930s, doctors in Mexico recommended the following concoction to fight off a cold.

.5 ounce of tequila blanco
.5 ounce of agave nectar (to eliminate bacteria and soothe sore throats)
.5 ounce of fresh lime juice (for Vitamin C) 

Though some people (including tequila companies) swear by its healing powers, others say it's hogwash.

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