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Ramen noodle-flavored beer: Texas’ next big thing?

Texas: home to weird food combinations galore. You’ve got your doughnut milkshakes.  You’ve got your brisket kolaches. Heck, you’ve even got your brisket ramen. And now, you’ve got your ramen-flavored beer.

This summer, Fort Worth brewery The Collective Brewing Project unleashed Cup O’ Beer upon the world, which is exactly what it sounds like. The Gose-style beer is brewed with 55 lbs. of ramen noodles, lime, lemongrass, ginger and a seaweed-cured sea salt. 

According to the Houston Chronicle, the beer can be purchased at the brewery’s taproom, with some distribution around Texas. In June, Collective Brewing Project hosted a release for Cup O’ Beer, with bottles going for $7 each.

Before the beer’s release, the brewery heralded its arrival with a cryptic Instagram post of enough Maruchan to feed all of the University of Texas’ Jester dorm.

Hmm...wonder what we're gonna do with all this ramen??? . . . #CupOBeer #ComingSoon #TheCollectiveBrewingProject #Ramen #Beer

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Beer lovers seemed ready to slurp it up, if the brewery’s Facebook fans are any indication. Comments ranged from “I NEED THIS” to “It's probably a pain to brew, but please keep making it.”

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If you thought ramen and beer are a strange pairing, think again. On July 18, the brewery will team up with two Fort Worth restaurants for a private dinner pairing beers with Asian dishes. Cup O’ Beer will be paired with a shrimp hiyashi tsukemen ramen, a cold dipping ramen. A little light googling also uncovers some tasty-looking ramen dishes made with beer in the broth.

Will this noodle oddity whet your appetite like, say, Ramen Tatsu-Ya? Probably not. But Cup O’Beer definitely deserves points for creativity.

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