Some of you may have heard I like beer. Well OK, it’s true. What you may not know is that I also rather like milk. On more than one occasion I have been at a store purchasing just beer and a gallon of milk. Sometimes I get comments from the cashier (which by itself is just WRONG) since it seems like an odd combination of things to buy. I fake-laughingly assure them that I’m not going to consume the two drinks together, but thanks for asking.
Well, ha! Guess what, beer and milk together apparently isn’t all that crazy:
TOKYO, Feb 13 (Reuters Life!) - Great news for beer and milk lovers: A liquor shop owner in Japan's largest dairy farming region has stopped crying about local spilled milk and started making beer from it instead.
"We came up with the idea after hearing about surplus milk," said Chitoshi Nakahara, head of the Nakahara liquor shop on the northernmost island of Hokkaido.
Milk consumption has been declining steadily in Japan, and Hokkaido disposed of nearly 900 tonnes of milk last March due to over-production, according to the Japan Dairy Association.Wisconsin is missing out. They have lots of milk AND beer. Oh, wait maybe they're already on top of it courtesy of the New Glarus Brewing Company.
Nakahara's new brew, "Bilk" -- a combination of "milk" and "beer" -- is about 30 percent milk. It also contains hops, and the production process does not differ much from that of regular beer, he said.
And the French Canadians have the idea as well.
So see, bilk isn’t such a crazy idea after all. It builds strong bones and bodies and beer guts.