Empire Brewing Co. in Syracuse launches second ‘tea beer’ venture with China | syracuse.com

… the Empire State — and into the world’s largest economic market. In Central New York, Kuding-Ta IPA will available in about two weeks on tap at Empire’s Armory Square brewpub, 120 Walton St. At the same time, a Chinese-made version will debut in the brewpubs operated by Panda Brew of Beijing. The beer will then be made by Panda Brew in China. The company has 4 brewpubs and sells packaged beer in 40 Chinese cities. To continue reading this article, please click on the link …

Goldfish tea bags will catch your heart, hook, line and sinker

By Sarah Spigelman Richter | December 8, 2015 You can relax — that’s not a fish swimming in your teacup. It’s just a tea bag designed to look like one. The newest craze to hit the tea world is goldfish tea bags. The bags are shaped like fish, and when you pull the string that is attached, it looks like the fish is swimming. Charm Villa, a Taipei-based creative agency, started the production of these fish-shaped tea bags in 2013. The bags are now available to enjoy in America. …

Queenstown: Chocolate coated fun – Travel – NZ Herald News

By Delaney Mes | December 6, 2015 As well as the scenery, Queenstown now boasts the best hot chocolate in the world, finds Delaney Mes. Queenstown’s spectacular scenery and snow-covered mountains make it the ultimate winter destination. But there is so much more, especially when the weather is sizzling rather than severe. With an array of fabulous wineries, great cafes, and picturesque scenery featuring mountains and lakes, there is a lot to love. And right now, it’s something that …

Research Into Yeast Hybrids Could Mean More Brews And Better Chocolate – AskMen

… but when you hear how new research into it could change all the best foods in life, you’ll be singing these two words. First off, a little primer; yeast is essential to the process of fermentation. When we combine two yeast species like the two Patagonian strains that combined naturally 500 years ago, we get the key ingredient for awesome things like lager beer — the most consumed alcoholic beverage the world over, reports Phys.org. But yeast strains don’t usually come together on their …

Soup Tuesday: Kakósúpa, Icelandic Chocolate Soup – The Reykjavik Grapevine

… soup. There are many variations of savoury chocolate soup all over the world. Italy has one served with pig’s blood (Maybe I should try making one with lamb’s blood?). Mexico makes chocolate soup with chilis. Iceland uses potato starch, and cocoa. Some people like to put cinnamon or vanilla with their kakósúpa, but I wanted to really focus on the savoury flavours. The roasted oatmeal compliments the bitter, salty dark chocolate in a way that makes it hearty and comforting. Obviously, this …