The Weekend Series: five things we are vibing in November
Just like that November has arrived and we’re all looking at our calendars, bewildered that 2018 has flown by this quickly. What we all need right now is a distraction, and we’ve got just the thing. This month we’re vibing on some killer happenings around the world, from craft-beer airlines to Pringles-flavoured ramen – enough to chew on while you plan this summer’s festivities!
Between offering new pet owners Pawternity leave and crafting some of the world’s best brews, we’re certain BrewDog is one of the best breweries in the world. Just when you think the crafty crew couldn’t get more awesome, the company has launched its own airline. BrewDog Airlines is a chartered flight between UK and America – a bespoke BrewDog Boeing 767 that will take off for its maiden flight on February 21 2019. This flight will be unlike any you’ve experienced, with on-flight entertainment including the world’s highest beer tasting (with a beer specially developed for high altitude on offer), as well as a food menu of BrewDog-inspired grub and paired beers. Upon landing in Columbus, Ohio, guests will be able to enjoy two days gallivanting around town and touring BrewDog’s facilities. The trip is currently only available to BrewDog’s Equity Punks, but here’s hoping craft-beer flights become a thing of the future.
We all know the iconic catch phrase – ‘once you pop, you can’t stop’. It’s not just a saying – it’s a fact. While you might be content devouring fistfuls of our favourite addictive, stacked crisp, Japan is out here living in the future with its own Pringles-flavoured ramen noodles. Pringles has teamed up with instant-noodle brand Super Cup and Acecook to collaborate on a sour cream and onion-flavoured instant ramen, which is enough to pique our curiosity. That’s not all, though – Pringles is also putting out shoyu ramen-flavoured Pringles, using the same chicken bone soy sauce as the instant noodle cups. It’s unlikely we’ll see either product brought to Australia, but we’re inclined to harass our friends abroad to ship us some samples.
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The way we consume the written word has changed dramatically over the past few decades, with fiction undergoing some massive changes to adapt to our evolving reading habits on the Internet. Acclaimed author James Patterson is releasing his forthcoming thriller The Chef in a novel way, partnering with Facebook Messenger to deliver the story. Readers need only fire up the Messenger app and search ‘The Chef by James Patterson’ to start reading. The story will unfold through message bubbles, image carousels, videos and sound clips, while Instagram profiles for the main characters and a Facebook group for the work will provide an extra level of detail.
If you haven’t noticed lately, Queensland has become a massive hub of independent craft-beer breweries. Many of these outfits started as fledgling home-brewing operations – small-scale set ups based out of garages and sheds. Well, a new crowd-funded automatic beer brewing machine is going to make it even easier for enthusiasts to make their own beer at home, with a handy device that can make a gallon of beer in a week. The product, called BEERMKR, handles brewing and fermentation in a fully contained apparatus, small enough to sit conveniently on your kitchen counter. A recyclable brew pouch eliminates the need to disinfect a heap of equipment, and is connected to wifi, boasts its own CO2 monitoring system, has advanced temperature controls and can be overseen through an app on your phone. BEERMKR blitzed its crowd-funding campaign, and can be pre-ordered now. Time to get brewing!
Hollywood’s Halloween antics
The spooky season is now behind us, but we’re still getting glimpses of Halloween celebrations from around the world. Nothing gives us life more than checking out all the OTT costumes that celebs strut around in every year, and 2018 has got some doozies. This year saw Rita Ora dressing up as our favourite tattooed rapper Post Malone, Harry Styles went glam as Elton John, Halsey and G-Eazy went the supervillan route as Poison Ivy and Two Face respectively, while Beyoncé took to Instagram to show off her Toni Braxton homage. Halloween Queen Heidi Klum has outdone herself once more, dressing up as Princess Fiona from Shrek. While he didn’t dress up, punk legend Iggy Pop got into the Halloween spirit by making an adorable video co-starring his pet cockatoo, Biggy Pop.
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