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Craft Beer Production Is on the Rise; New Zealand Serves Deer Semen Beer; More

Booze news from around the world.


— Proving the craft beer movement is still in full swing, Beer Pulse reports that craft beer production is up 16 percent for the first half of 2015. From January through June, around 12.2 million barrels of small-batch brews were sold — up from 10.6 million for the same time in 2014. Bart Watson, chief economist for Brewer's Association, said of the increase, "The continued growth of small and independent brewers illustrates that additional market opportunities and demand are prevalant." As of June, 3,739 breweries were up and running in the U.S., up from 3,640 from the year before.


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— If you're looking to get more semen in your diet, a New Zealand pub has just the thing for you: beer laced with deer semen. Choice Bros Brewery is responsible for this protein-packed brew being launched at The Green Man pub in Wellington, New Zealand, reports. The pub will pour the "milked" stout from a handpump, rather than a regular tap, to provide an extra smooth and creamy texture (no pun intended).

— Angry Orchard Hard Cider is voluntarily recalling some of their bottles after finding two batches of Angry Orchard Crisp Apple that are "showing signs of refermentation in the bottle." On their website, the company assures consumers that the cider does not pose a health risk, but this issue could cause bottles to overflow when opened or explode due to increased carbonation levels from the refermentation process. To check if your Crisp Apple bottles are affected, Angry Orchard suggests you find the "Freshness Matters" code printed on the top or side of your case. If it reads June 2016 1665C (followed by a four digit code between 0001 and 0700) or June 2016 1805C (followed by a four digit code between 0001 and 0545), it may be contaminated. Dispose of bottles immediately and contact the company.

— According to WTop, your car may soon become your favorite new drinking buddy. In New Zealand, beer makers are turning the yeast leftover during the brewing process into biofuel that can be used as gasoline in cars. Cleverly dubbed Brewtroleum, it is 90 percent gasoline. Watch this video to learn more about the brewing process.