Lucky Charms-Inspired Beer Is Magically Delicious

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If you longed for a marshmallows-only version of Lucky Charms when you were a kid, then you will definitely enjoy the liquid-inspired version of the cereal as an adult. Spotted by Esquire, Saturday Morning IPA—a new beer by Norfolk, Virginia's Smartmouth Brewing Company—is the marshmallow-infused brew of our dreams.

You won’t find any leprechauns on the can, but a tagline at the bottom promises that it’s “magically ridiculous.” Toasted marshmallows and dehydrated marshmallow bits were among the key ingredients added to the mix, but the end result is a little more sophisticated than that. “It has been hopped and dry-hopped with Galaxy and Calypso hops,” the brewery wrote on Facebook. “The nose is sweet and citrus, with orange and pear aromas. It has a soft pillowy body with a slight cereal taste.”

Smartmouth Brewing Company's Lucky Charms-inspired Saturday Morning beer
Smartmouth Brewing Co.

It also boasts an ABV of 6.6 percent, making it the true breakfast of champions. The beer doesn’t mention Lucky Charms by name, but the charm shapes shown on the can match the ones found in the cereal (minus the unicorn). A spokesperson for Lucky Charms-maker General Mills told MarketWatch they didn’t know anything about the beer: “For more than 50 years, Americans of all ages have loved Lucky Charms and its magical marshmallows. Like you, we learned about this through the media.”

Unfortunately for Lucky Charms lovers who don’t live in or near Virginia, the beer will be hard to come by. Beginning March 2, just ahead of St. Patrick's Day, it will be served on draft and in cans at the brewery’s Norfolk tasting room—but only for a limited time. It will also be distributed to select restaurants, bars, and bottle shops throughout Virginia.

While cereal-inspired beers certainly aren’t for everyone, various breweries have attempted to concoct their own breakfasts in a can over the years. At different points in time, there have been French Toast Crunch and Toaster Pastry beers, as well as several doughnut-flavored ales. For those who prefer a more savory start to the day, Dogfish Head even made a scrapple-infused Breakfast Stout.

[h/t Esquire]

10 Things You Can Lift Instead of Dumbbells at Home

This Corgi puppy is the cuddliest dumbbell we ever did see.
This Corgi puppy is the cuddliest dumbbell we ever did see.
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Right now, the prospect of handling dumbbells that have been touched by any number of strangers in your neighborhood gym might not seem very appealing—that is, if your gym is still open. For those of you who don’t want to buy your own dumbbells (or simply can’t find a store that has them in stock), we’re here to help you make do with what you might already have at home.

A six-pack of 12-ounce cans of beer weighs about 5 pounds, which is perfect for novice lifters who love to crack open a cold one as a reward for working out. Other options for people who usually reach for 5-pound dumbbells include a full ream of printer paper, a bag of all-purpose flour, and a regular red brick.

Seasoned bench-pressers without an at-home gym set up in their garage might still find some useful equipment in there—a spare tire, for example, weighs about 25 pounds. And it’ll take you more than a little muscle to do a few reps with your treasured collection of hardcover Harry Potter books, which weighs 20 pounds. Speaking of books, the third edition of the Oxford American Dictionary comes in around 7 pounds, but you can always stack it with some other heavy volumes to hit your ideal lifting weight.

Pets can help you reach your exercise goals, too, if they have the right temperament. Your cat probably weighs around 10 pounds, and a grown male golden retriever is likely between 65 and 75 pounds. Are you wondering if this is a good excuse to adopt a pet? The answer is yes.

See our top 10 makeshift dumbbells below, and pick out a movie to watch while you lift here.

  1. A standard-sized brick // 4.2 pounds
  1. A six-pack of canned beer // 5 pounds
  1. A ream of printer paper // 5 pounds
  1. A bag of all-purpose flour // 5 pounds
  1. The Oxford American Dictionary, Third Edition // 7 pounds
  1. A gallon of milk // 8.6 pounds
  1. A cat // 10 pounds
  1. A bag of dry dog food // 15 pounds
  1. A hardcover box set of Harry Potter books // 20 pounds
  1. A new car tire // 25 pounds

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Pick Up a New Hobby With This Beer Brewing Kit

Brewferm's beer-making kit comes with all of the important ingredients you'll need to make a Belgian-inspired saison.
Brewferm's beer-making kit comes with all of the important ingredients you'll need to make a Belgian-inspired saison.
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Sure, you could turn to a craft brewery when you want to sample one-of-a-kind beers with unique flavors—or you could learn to make your own. With this $100 starter kit from Brewferm, you can brew and bottle up to 15 liters of premium Belgian beer in your own home.

The kit comes with clear, simple instructions for getting started, and it includes everything you need—save for water, sugar, and reusable bottles (although you can buy those from Brewferm for an additional $70). Brewferm’s starter kit comes with a Belgian saison beer mix—a pale farmhouse ale with a fruity flavor—and they also sell mixes for more exotic beers, like an imperial stout and a Belgian IPA. Each beer mix includes ingredients like hop extract, barley malt, and yeast, and every kit comes with a guide that takes you through the entire process, including how to keep the whole operation sanitary for the best brew possible.

Each type of beer takes about a minimum of two months to fully ferment and mature. It’s a lengthy process, but an impressive hobby—and a crowd-pleaser for any friends you want to entertain. Want to learn more about homebrewing? Check out this list of interesting facts you might not know.

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