Disneyland Is Getting Its First Brewery. Kind Of

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David McNew, Getty Images

Since Disney launched its first amusement park in 1955, the brand has been very slowly relaxing Walt's original zero-alcohol policy. Select restaurants at Disney World's Magic Kingdom began serving booze in 2012, and the adult beverage offerings there have been expanding ever since. But the original Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California remains just as dry as the day it opened. Now, USA Today reports that post-Disneyland drinking, at least, is about to get easier. Guests will soon be able to grab a refreshing craft beer at the first brewery in the Downtown Disney District situated just outside the gates of Disneyland Park.

San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing Company plans to open a location in Downtown Disney in late 2018. The 7300-square-foot space will feature a kitchen and tasting room as well as an outdoor beer garden, and the menu will highlight Southern California-inspired bar food like fish tacos and house-baked pretzels. As for the beverage selection, guests will have their choice of roughly 100 brews on tap, including Ballast Point's famous Sculpin IPA and some Downtown Disney-exclusive beers.

The establishment won't be the first to serve alcohol at Downtown Disney—the shopping district already has a few bars—but it is set to be the attraction’s first craft brewery. And any alcohol on the Disney grounds is a pretty big deal. Outside of Downtown Disney (which is open to the public without a ticket), the only other option for Disneyland Resort guests looking to imbibe is California Adventure, the park that opened next door nearly 50 years after the original Disneyland.

Meanwhile, visitors to Disney World in Orlando, Florida will still have far more boozy options. All four theme parks there boast restaurants that serve alcohol. That includes Magic Kingdom, the park originally built to be a grander version of Disneyland. Perhaps one day the California location that inspired it will become a little more parent-friendly, too.

[h/t USA Today]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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Move Over, Mister Softee: Margarita Trucks Are Bringing Cocktails to Your Doorstep

The margarita man cometh.
The margarita man cometh.
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If anything could possibly rival the appearance of an ice cream truck on a sweltering day, it would be the sight of a similar automobile emblazoned with the word margarita heading down your street.

Residents of San Antonio, Texas, can now make that dream a reality. La Gloria, a restaurant owned by chef Johnny Hernandez, is bringing its signature margaritas and other popular menu items right to people’s doorsteps by way of bright pink “Margarita Trucks.”

MySA reports that the first truck has already started making deliveries within 3 miles of Crockett Park in downtown San Antonio, but additional trucks will venture as far as Dominion, Stone Oak, Alamo Heights, and other neighborhoods in the coming days.


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“Today, safety is top of mind for everyone, and many of our customers are simply not ready to dine out,” Hernandez said, according to KSAT.com. “However, we know that doesn’t mean they don’t crave one of our famous margaritas.”

Those famous margaritas include La Gloria’s house recipe (on the rocks or frozen), as well as a variety of other refreshing flavors like prickly pear, mango, cucumber, and strawberry. The truck will also be stocked with a selection of taco kits and snacks like street corn, chips, salsa, and queso, and customers must purchase at least one food item with their alcoholic beverage.

Unlike ice cream trucks, the margarita trucks won’t exactly be cruising around town, ready to pull over for any spontaneous customer. Instead, they’ll operate more like regular food delivery services—you have to order and pay online in advance, and there’s an order minimum of $40.

While you’re waiting for some enterprising restaurateur to launch a fleet of margarita trucks in your city, learn how to make your own margarita at home with these priceless tips from a cocktail pro.

[h/t mySA]