We have rounded up the biggest beer-focused stories making news this week that brew-conscious folks should take notice of.
• Cigar-flavored Beer: USA Today published a story from the Associated Press late last week profiling the success of Cigar City, a brewery based in Tampa, FL that is crafting beer that tastes like cigars. Some of the ingredients they are using to achieve this unique flavor include Spanish cedar, guava, citrus woods, and Cuban espresso.
• The Lager Origins: After searching worldwide for five years, a team of scientists discovered a species of wild yeast that was used to brew the first German ale nearly 600 years ago. The organism, called Saccharomyces Eubayanus was found growing on beech trees in the Patagonia region of Argentina.
• Czechs Consume the Most Beer in the World: According to Credit Suisse's World Map of Beer for 2010, the Czech Republic tops the list of highest beer consuming countries in the world. The map reports that Czechs drank a whopping 42 gallons per capita, beating out Germany in the number two spot at 29 gallons per capita.
• Yuengling Will Debut a New Beer at PA Oktoberfest: Yuengling (which happens to be the oldest brewery in the nation) will unveil their latest creation at the inaugural PA Oktoberfest at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs next month. The new seasonal brew is called Yuengling Oktoberfest.
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