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    CHICAGO Nike Air Max 2018 Mens Australia , July 14 (Xinhua) -- Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History teamed up with Off Color Brewing to create a new beer inspired by artifacts discovered during archaeological digs in Taixi and a Changzikou tomb dating back to the Late ShangWestern Zhou Dynasties.

    The new beer was unveiled Thursday night at an official launch party at the museum.

    The beer was named QingMing after the Chinese festival in April and the famous 12th Century scroll by Zhang Zeduan. The Field Museum displays a 17th Century reproduction of the scroll in its Cyrus Tang Hall of China along with many other Chinese artifacts. Among the artifacts on display at the launch party includes a 18th Century bronze "pitch pot" from Beijing, a popular drinking game.

    Dr. Gary M. Feinman, MacArthur Curator of East Asian Anthropology at the Field Museum, gathered literature on early Chinese alcohol production for John Laffler at Off Color Brewing. Laffler was inspired by the fruits incorporated in making certain Chinese alcohols as well as the mold saccharification of rice.

    "I've always been interested in mold-based saccharification," Laffler told Xinhua. "It's really fun for us as brewers coming from Western traditions where we use grain-based enzymatic degradation of starch and simple sugars."

    Crossing cultures and centuries to recreate flavors from ancient Chinese alcohols was a challenge for Off Color Brewing. While sourcing ingredients Laffler found that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deemed some of the ingredients and flavorings necessary for brewing the alcohols are not currently legal.

    The end result of the Off Color brewing process is a modern recreation of Chang and a stronger, drier herbal version of Li, a low alcohol rice or millet-based beer with a flavor profile of peaches and lemon rind with aromas of tea, bubblegum, and sake followed by a complex fruit, herbal, and floral character. The finish, as the alcohol evaporates off the tongue, leaves hints of nectar, honey, and perfumed rice.

    Feinman presented the historical significance of alcohol in China at the QingMing Beer launch, revealing that analysis of archaeological evidence from various excavations shows alcohol has been consumed in China for at least 5,000 years.

    "Alcohol is not only an important part of early rituals in China, it actually is very important to almost any cultural region you want to look at," Feinman told Xinhua. In his presentation, Feinman explained the connection to alcohol as something that breaks down inhibitions and helps to solidify the links and ties between people if used in the proper context that goes along with building communities.

    "I think it's neat that here at the Field Museum we have this event that brings in the community to see the historical significance of alcohol, get together and in a sense use alcohol the way it' s always served humankind," said Feinman.

    The QingMing Beer launch party drew nearly a hundred history and beer enthusiasts from all over the country. Michael, a resident of Washington D.C. was visiting the Field Museum when he saw the event.

    "I've been to the Field Museum many times," Michael told Xinhua. "I saw this event was today and I enjoy good beer, especially craft and specialty type beers, so it was a great opportunity to try something new."

    QingMing Beer will be distributed to thirty-nine states in limited numbers starting Monday, July 17, but is already available at the Field Museum and Off Color Brewing's online Bottle Shop. The Field Museum plans to continue teaming up with Off Color to create unique beers that can accompany their exhibitions.

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    MELBOURNE, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Two football players at Australia's biggest sporting club have been banned from all sports for two years after testing positive to the prohibited drug clenbuterol.

    Josh Thomas and Lachie Keefe, from the Collingwood Magpies in Australia's native football league, the AFL, announced on Monday that they would accept the bans imposed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

    Collingwood, the biggest and most powerful football club in Australia, has also announced it would be cutting the players from its squad.

    The bans have been backdated to March this year - when the pair were first provisionally suspended - meaning both Keefe and Thomas are ineligible to play any form of competitive sport until March 2017.

    Clenbuterol is a substance which aides breathing and oxygen intake, and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA).

    The players believe they unknowingly and accidentally consumed clenbuterol when taking another illicit substance while at a festival in February.

    Collingwood chief executive officer Gary Pert said on Monday both the club and the players had agreed to the sanctions.

    ""We accept this was a case of two young men who made poor decisions to consume illicit drugs, a decision they will regret forever,"" Pert told the press conference.

    ""They have let down their families and their teammates, and they have damaged their reputation.""

    However Pert admitted the pair could be redrafted once the bans are lifted, saying there could be ""light at the end of the tunnel"" for both Thomas and Keefe.

    The news is the latest controversy surrounding the AFL and doping allegations; Fremantle Dockers player Ryan Crowley was suspended in June for 12 months for taking a non-p. Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap NBA Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys From China Cheap NHL Jerseys Online Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys China Online Cheap Womens College Jerseys

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