Link About It: This Week’s Picks

A kaleidoscopic church installation, edible beer packaging, and how Venmo is making you stingy in this week's look at the web

1. The Most Important Era of Innovation A recent article in The New York Times asks, “What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation?” It’s a difficult question to answer—if there even is an answer—as everything from plumbing to airplanes, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and smartphones have shaped the evolution of American life. Instead, The Times surfaces some of the most notable inventions and ground-breaking ideas of …

Saltwater Brewery’s Edible Six-Pack Rings

Delray Beach, Florida’s Saltwater Brewery has developed an edible packaging ring for its six-packs of beer. Constructed from recycled barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, the eco-friendly rings are 100% biodegradable so sea creatures can actually eat the rings instead of becoming entangled in them. They’re slightly more expensive to produce than their plastic counterparts, but Saltwater is hoping bigger breweries will buy …

Electric Bear Brewery’s SamuRye Rice + Rye Ale

A light, experimental beer made for summer (and sushi)

There was no shortage of new beers at London’s recent Craft Beer Rising festival, held at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. But while there were plenty of tasty pale ales, lagers and other traditional beers, few of the libations felt truly innovative. That is, until coming across Bath-based Electric Bear Brewing Co’s latest concoction: the SamuRye, a fresh, light straw-colored 5.6% ale made with …