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Never Gonna Give You Hops: Rick Astley Plans to Launch His Own Beer

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Lovers of novelty beers have a lot of themed drinks to choose from these days, from Ben & Jerry's-branded beer to H.P. Lovecraft–inspired honey ale. Now you can even get your fix from '80s pop star-turned-accidental meme Rick Astley. Astley—best known for his hit song, "Never Gonna Give You Up" and the Rickrolling phenomenon it later sparked—has been mulling over the idea of putting out his own beer.

“I enjoy a beer with friends, and I’m hoping to sell my own brand soon,” Astley told The Mirror. The singer will be teaming up with Mikkeller, a Danish brewery founded by a teacher 10 years ago. “Mikkeller beer is quite experimental, and they’ve been sending me various bottles to sample. Some are quite fruity—one was a pear beer they make for a restaurant, but we’ve gone for a pilsner type lager.”

Astley mentioned that he is still deciding on a name. (Our suggestion? "Never Gonna Give You Hops.")

Will Rickrolling take on a new form in the shape of a beer bottle? Soon friends can pull the bait-and-switch prank at the bar by promising one beer and returning with Astley's branded brew instead. For more information on the beer, click here.

[h/t NME

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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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