• From Cacti to Coconuts: A New Wave of Alt Water-Based Beer Is Here

    19 days ago - By Vine Pair

    The official Texas state plant is the prickly pear cactus, which poses a hidden hazard to anyone operating a weed whacker. Accidentally strike the succulent, and you'll likely get sprayed with water that tastes kind of like a watermelon Jolly Rancher.
    “You're just going, ‘I'll be dipped.' It's amazing how much water that plant retains,” says Tom Fiorenzi, the director of brewery operations at the Gambrinus Company , which owns Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas.
    The Texas resident will sometimes cut open a wild prickly pear to quench his thirst. More commonly, he'll make a refreshing Shiner...
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