Looks like we got a groovy cereal mystery on our hands, folks. Or at least we did. Recently, an unknown individual bought up all the boxes of County Chocula cereal from two grocery stores in Fort Collins, CO., and a few local cereal fans had to go without their beloved Chocula for a few days. One local shopper noted that she was especially displeased with the whole affair. The woman, who usually eats vegetarian and organic food, wrote to The Coloradoan to say that she likes to buy Count Chocula around Halloween as a personal treat. “Every year I greatly look forward to the month of October when I can purchase a few boxes of this delicious chococlatey (sic) goodness,” she wrote. But alas, she was out of luck.

Now, my money was originally on Old Man Jenkins, the owner of the sawmill down the way (where are those meddling kids when you need them to solve a mystery?), but  the real culprit was the general manager of Black Bottle, a craft brewing company. The manager noted that the brewery makes a special Cerealiously beer series–in the past they’ve done Golden Grahams, Reese’s Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch–and this year they wanted to do a spin on the Count. “We put the cereal into a hop back so it doesn’t get into the beer,” the manager explained. “We did it as a joke at first, but the beer turned out well.”

Well, the mystery’s been solved. Hooray! And it looks like that aggrieved shopper might actually get her cereal too.

“I have a couple extra [boxes of Count Chocula]. I might have to award her a box,” the manager said.

(via The Consumerist / Image via Great Beyond)


It’s a tough decision to pick which beer to drink when there are so many choices. You might want to pick them all, but there’s only so much beer one person can drink (so they say) and this chart by Cool Material aims to help you make the decision more easily.  It’s broken down into ten popular styles from Pilsner to IPA to Barleywine.

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No, this isn’t like St. Patrick’s Day beer with blue food coloring instead of green, rather it’s beer that is naturally blue. Abashiri Blue Beer is produced by a Japanese brewery using melted icebergs from the Sea of Okhotsk along with blue seaweed and local flowers to give it a unique blue hue. They also use Chinese Yam in the brewing process which creates the head that looks like a giant piece of ice.

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If you have kids, then you’ve like read them the popular children’s book Goodnight Moon enough times that you know the words by heart and want to throw the book out the window. This parody, Goodnight Brew, is a little something to lull beer lovers to sleep, or maybe educate your kids on the finer points of making beer. It’s your call.

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In the interest of keeping their streets quiet and picturesque, Belgium has approved an underground beer pipeline that will help eliminate the need for 500 delivery trucks. This new pipeline will connect the historic De Halve Maan brewery to a bottling factory two miles away.

The brewery is a huge tourist attraction and draws many people to the city of Bruges, but the trucks detracted from the city. Now, 1,500 gallons of beer will be able to be transported every hour without a single truck being involved in the process. The company’s director, Xavier Vanneste notes:

“The beer will take 10 to 15 minutes to reach the bottling plant. By using the pipeline we will keep hundreds of lorries out of the city center”.

(via Mashable / Image: Steve Jurvetson)


This LOTR mug is perfect for adventuring with a new brew. It has the words “my precious” on the front as well as a full 3D version of the ring embedded into the mug on a little spindle so you can spin it and play with it, but won’t be tempted to slip it onto your finger.

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This Classic Godzilla Bottle opener is shaped after the giant radiated-lizard’s noggin’, and it stands at an impressive four inches. It’s made of solid medal, and it’s super strong, so it should be able to deal with a wide range of bottle caps, tanks, nuclear bombs and assorted monsters with relative ease. You can pre-order it now, and it should be available sometime next March.

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dark barrel latte

If you like lattes and stout beers, Starbucks’ latest test product may appeal to you. They’ve made the Dark Barrel Latte available in select markets like Columbus, Ohio, and the drink features a flavored syrup that tastes like dark beers such as Guinness. The latte is completely non-alchoholic and topped with whipped cream and dark caramel sauce.

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You can absolutely judge these bottles of beer by their labels since each has been designed with the Pantone color that perfectly matches the different brews. The designs are the work of Spanish ad agency Txaber and even feature a specially chosen font, HipstelveticaFontFamily. It was created by Spanish typographer José Gomes and you can download it for free.

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