Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions We’ve heard of brands collaborating, but beers? We think New Belgium Brewing — the Fort Collins, Colorado-based makers of the beloved Fat Tire Amber Ale — and St. Louis, Missouri-based Perennial Artisan Ales are on to something. The two breweries joined forces and thought, why not combine two of our favorite things — chocolate and beer? They came up with Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, a beer that is both sweet and salty, perfect for the cold weather and the holiday season.“We wanted to brew a stout with a twist and the result is a decadent treat,” said Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood cellar and specialty brands manager. “It’s a fun and highly collaborative beer that combines some of our favorite things in a glass. We loved working with Perennial on this one. You can’t help but sip this stout and think, ‘it doesn’t get much better.’”This rich brew fuses together roasted barley and caramel malts — and the result, a dark pour and a tan head, are nothing short of amazing. Belgian yeast and chocolate suit the typical coffee tone of a stout, in addition, there are hints of tobacco and dried fruit, with just a light sprinkle of salt that, according to the brands “boosts sweetness and enhances a roasty bitterness that every craft stout deserves.”Now we don’t know about you, but we love it when a tiny amount of salt touches anything sweet — caramel, chocolate — you know what we mean? It enhances the flavor and adds a little extra something special. Pair it with other sweet and salty things, like a chocolate-covered pretzel cheesecake, or espresso-rubbed beef short ribs.For more information on Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, visit newbelgium.com. The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S.
IRISH RESEARCHER DR Colm J Ryan has been announced as the recipient of the Sir Henry Wellcome Research Fellowship fund worth €300,000.It offers funding opportunities for young researchers who are in the final year of their PhD studies or have no more than one year of postdoctoral research experience.Dr Ryan’s research at UCD will focus on the progression of cancer treatments through the identification of genetic vulnerabilities in cancer cells.A major challenge in cancer therapeutics is to kill tumour cells without harming other cells in the body.This cancer research will focus on understanding how genetic differences between tumour cells and healthy cells can be exploited to address this challenge.Dr Ryan said: I am delighted to be awarded this fellowship as it offers me the freedom and financial support to research why a particular type of personalised cancer treatment, known as synthetic lethality, might work in some individuals but not in others.“During the fellowship I will collaborate with some of the leading experts in the field, in labs in multiple countries, to address this important question.”Chief Executive at the Health Research Board Dr Graham Love said, “Personalised medicine is a hot, promising field.Hats off to Colm for coming through a gruelling selection process. His success highlights the level of research talent here in Ireland.Read: Using your mobile 15 hours a month may triple your risk of brain cancer>Read: Cancer patients forced from their own countries can’t access treatment>