January 31, 2005

I'll stick with the PBR

Bartender, Pour Me Another Cup
Perhaps Inevitably: Caffeinated Beer

By Peter Carlson

America's largest brewing company, Anheuser-Busch, released its latest product last week -- a beer that contains caffeine.

Obviously, this is a monumental cultural milestone and it raises important questions that we as a society must answer. For instance: Is adding America's favorite stimulant to America's favorite alcoholic beverage the greatest scientific breakthrough of the 21st century? Or the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it? Or what?

. . . "It tastes like a citrus-flavored Red Bull," says Rhonda Kallman, creator of the caffeinated Moonshot, which has no ginseng or fruit.

Beer is like coffee. The more extra stuff you put into it, the bigger the risk that you'll just mess it up.

Posted by Carey at January 31, 2005 09:14 AM

Red Bull (caffeine/stimulant) and vodka (alcohol/depressant) makes a great drink, but I have heard warnings that people with high blood pressure shouldn't drink it because of the particular combination of drugs involved. Surely the same principle would apply to caffeinated beer?

Posted by: sarni at January 31, 2005 07:54 PM

I've never heard of any specific problems with combining caffeine and alcohol, but that doesn't mean there aren't any.

I have seen warnings that people with hypertension ought to lay off the caffeine, but I don't know of any specific problems with the mix.

Here's a mildly interesting blog post about Red Bull: http://medicine.com.my/2004_09_01_mmrarchive.html#109521570328295767

Enjoy that summer weather, Sarni! The north american continent's got next dibs...

Posted by: Carey at January 31, 2005 08:20 PM

I wonder why this is just hitting the blogosphere now (or why I'm seeing references more now)? One of my blogpartners wrote about this back at the end of last October at his former blog (http://blog.lordsutch.com/?entryid=2111).

Posted by: Len Cleavelin at February 1, 2005 10:10 PM