Tagged: Beer

Quality matters: alcohol edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 23, 2017

I’ve noted John Gibson’s work showing that standard demand estimation techniques overestimate the price elasticity of demand for sugary drinks, and consequently overestimate the effects of soda taxes. Gibson shows that, because most empirical work uses household expenditure on the product category divided by some measure of average price, that work bunches together consumer shifts along both quality and quantity … Read More

Cold ones and continuous fermentation brewing - A History of NZ Science in 25 Objects

Jean Balchin May 09, 2017

Welcome to the History of New Zealand Science in 25 Objects! From ingenious pā fortifications and Tā moko uhi (chisels) to disposable syringes and the Britten motorcycle, New Zealand’s scientific innovations are fascinating, varied and internationally appreciated. Explore the history of NZ science and technology with Jean Balchin as she examines 25 objects we Kiwis have made – starting with … Read More

Weird Science: We got ship-wrecked after sinking the world’s oldest beer - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 30, 2016

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of…beer? It might not be the first thing you’d expect to find in a 220-year-old shipwreck, but that’s what divers pulled from the wreck of the Sydney Cove, one of the first merchant ships to journey to the newly formed colony of Sydney in 1797. For nearly two centuries, bottles of the ancient ale lay buried … Read More

Sunday Seascape- 24 July - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jul 24, 2016

Well, I got back in NZ on Friday.  It was just for a quick meeting in Beijing on Asiatic black-bear conservation. China is home to more than just pandas.  Although that’s easy to overlook given the amount of merchandise with bears on it.  I even found a decent beer there (Panda Eyes Red Honey Ale) using pandas.  No pandas of … Read More

Monday Micro: feminine beer?! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 04, 2016

When I first saw news of this beer shared on social media, I thought it was an early April fool’s gag. But it appears not to be. Someone really is trying to crowdfund a beverage made with vaginal bacteria. If you haven’t watched the video, ‘The Order of Yoni’* are selling the idea that you can … Read More

The world keeps getting better: beer edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 15, 2015

Max Roser's excellent twitter feed provides regular updates on how the world's getting better. My new project: 100 charts that show how living standards changed. The 1st one is on health. http://t.co/5kKeYk3aoz pic.twitter.com/nURVkfZnFQ— Max Roser (@MaxCRoser) January 5, 2015But it isn't just life expectancy. Consider beer.In 1998 I moved from Canada to Fairfax, Virginia. Beer options in … Read More

The science behind a good homebrew - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 12, 2015

The 2nd part of a summer science series from NIWA Karl Safi is reluctant to say brewing beer is a science. NIWA’s home brewer Karl Safi He thinks it is more accurate – and important – to describe it is a combination of science and art. But he will admit his day job as a microbial ecologist definitely helps … Read More

Gluten-free, but don’t tell anybody - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 22, 2014

While most of the anti-gluten seems badly overhyped, there are some people for whom gluten poses substantial dietary risk. They need to know if a product has gluten in it. And producers of gluten-free products are generally pretty happy to let potential customers know about it.Except when the government makes it illegal to tell customers about it.When I read this, … Read More

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