Coffee shop owners open brewery in Wauseon – Toledo Blade

Customers enter Red Rambler Coffees and North River Brewing Co. Co-owner Jo Michelson says North River is the only brewery in the area to roast its own coffee beans. Naturally, the brewery’s signature drink is a coffee stout. THE BLADE/SHELBY KARDELL

WAUSEON — Jo and Melvin Michelson have something other than coffee brewing in the back of their shop.

That’s because the Michelsons just opened North River Brewing Co. at their longtime Red Rambler Coffees. It’s the fourth craft brewery to open this year in northwest Ohio, joining Black Cloister Brewing Co. in downtown Toledo, Neon Groundhog Brewery at Majestic Oaks Winery in Grand Rapids, and Bowling Green Beer Works.

The Michelsons recently relocated their coffee shop to a larger location at 1493 N. Shoop Ave., and thought there might be an opportunity to realize another dream of theirs: craft beer.

“In the building that we rented, it had a warehouse space behind it,” Mrs. Michelson said. “My husband and I like craft beer as much as we did when we started our coffee business [12 years ago]. So, when we saw how much space was back there we kind of got the idea, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to brew beer back here?”

The only thing is, neither of the Michelsons had any expertise in brewing beer, just the interest.

“I’m 58 and he’s 61, so we didn’t want to start brewing beer,” she said.

The Wauseon couple, however, didn’t have to look too far to find business partners with homebrewing experience.

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October holds hazards for pets, like chocolate

By Dr. Laura Kiehnbaum | Occtober 12, 2015

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October is a month of fun and change with Halloween excitement and the onset of crisp fall weather. But while many of us look forward to both of these October events, both also pose serious risks to pets that we need to recognize.

Halloween and the weeks leading up to it mean lots of freely available treats, especially candy, in our homes. Much of that will be chocolate, a treat for us but a real danger for dogs.

Chocolate can be toxic to dogs, even to the point of causing death. The ingredient in chocolate that causes problems is a compound called theobromine, which is related to caffeine. The darker the chocolate, or the higher the cacao content, the more theobromine present. Thus, baking and “dark” chocolates have higher levels of theobromine than milk chocolate.

At low doses, the signs of chocolate ingestion are often limited to stomach upset, vomiting and diarrhea. But as the amount of chocolate consumed increases, a dog’s heart rate will increase and it may pant and pace excessively. At even higher levels approaching toxicity, dogs will display muscle tremors and seizures, eventually leading to coma and death.

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Source: October holds hazards for pets, like chocolate | Grand Forks Herald

How to Dye Your Clothing with Coffee or Tea

By FWX Editors | October 4, 2015

Paige Russell

We drink enough coffee that it has gotten to the point that more of our clothes have stains on them than don’t. But enterprising designer and DIY-er Paige Russell proved that’s not always a bad thing. She decided to use coffee’s propensity for staining clothes for a good cause, making a pair of fashionable (and apparently wonderful-smelling) Chuck Taylor’s.

The process is relatively simple—although not quite as easy as just dumping a cup of coffee on your shoes.  Simply brew up a highly concentrated pot of coffee (the more highly concentrated, the darker the dye will be), pour it in a container big enough to contain whatever you are dyeing and add half a teaspoon of salt to help the dye set. From there, you just put your item of choice in the bath for an hour.

Source: How to Dye Your Clothing with Coffee or Tea | InStyle.com

Caffeinated Peanut Butter Might Just Replace Coffee (or Be a Perfect Addition to It)

By Hanna Mallette | October 2, 2015

Combining the best of both worlds, deliciously.

Photo: Steem

Coffee addicts rejoice: You now have a new option for consuming caffeine, and it comes in the form of a protein-packed snack.

A company called Steem has created peanut butter that contains caffeine, protein and electrolytes.

After pondering over possible hangover cures, owners Chris Pettazzoni and Keith Barnofski came up with the idea of an enhanced peanut butter. “It came from my pure love of caffeine and peanut butter, really,” Pettazzoni told TODAY.com.

Two tablespoons of Steem’s peanut butter is about the equivalent of two cups of coffee.

“STEEM is designed to provide a consistent release of sustained energy, and the naturally slow digestion of peanut butter is the key to that,” their website reads.

Ingredients include peanut oil, salt, peanuts, agave nectar, and green coffee extract as a source of caffeine.

Jars are sold for $4.99 on Steem’s website, and can be found at select stores and gyms in Massachusetts, California, Arizona and Florida.

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The best sugary drinks alternatives and how chocolate milk is better than sports drinks

By Jane Symons for MailOnline | October 8, 2015

Trying to give up sugary drinks? Experts reveal the best alternatives – and why chocolate milk is better than a sports drink

  • Drinking two sugary drinks a day increases heart attack risk by 35%
  • Here, experts recommend swapping cola for healthier drinks like milk
  • Beetroot juice lowers blood pressure and help increase muscles’ efficiency
  • Olive leaf infusion contains anti-oxidants which lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol

Downing two sugary drinks a day will increase your risk of having a heart attack by 35 per cent, researchers warned last week.

Your chances of developing diabetes will go up by 26 per cent and the odds of having a stroke will jump by 16 per cent, according to the study by scientists at Harvard University.

They also single out fructose, a form of concentrated fruit sugar which is often used to sweeten drinks, saying it increases production of uric acid which can trigger gout — a painful inflammatory arthritis.

The latest alert follows advice from UK experts that we should have no more than seven teaspoons of sugar and earlier studies linking diet drinks to weight gain and fizzy ones to heart attacks and stroke.

So what is the best choice if you’re looking for a soft drink that delivers on health and has more wow than water?

We asked the experts and looked at the evidence to find out…

BEETROOT JUICE 

Studies show the nitrates in beetroot juice are associated with a ‘significant’ reduction in blood pressure, and can help muscles work more efficiently – making this a great choice for endurance work

At least 16 studies have confirmed that the nitrates in beetroot juice are associated with a ‘significant’ reduction in blood pressure.

And you can’t beat it for pre-training hydration, says James Collins a sport and exercise nutritionist who advises elite athletes including the Arsenal and England football teams.

‘It makes muscle work very efficiently so it needs less oxygen to produce energy, so you will be getting a bit more bang for your buck. It’s great for any endurance work.’

Beet It beetroot juice has 41 calories per 100ml. Nitrate levels vary from batch to batch, but are usually around 80mg per 100ml.

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Source: The best sugary drinks alternatives and how chocolate milk is better than sports drinks | Daily Mail Online