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'Spreadable beer' brings booze flavor to crackers

Birra Spalmabile, or "spreadable beer," allows ale fans to bring their favorite flavor to appetizers with a product made from 40 percent beer.

By Ben Hooper

ROME, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An Italian food company is catering to fans of beer and snacking by combining their interests into Birra Spalmabile, a product translating to "spreadable beer."

Italian firm Alta Quotta said Birra Spalmabile, which comes in two varieties, does not contain any alcohol, but it is composed of 40 percent beer and translates the familiar brewski flavor into a paste that "spreads like ganache" with a "sticky, smooth texture."

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The company said the product, which is available to order in the United States through website Firebox, is recommended for pairing with "appetizers and cheeses." Alta Quotta said the ale butter would be ideal to "decorate or fill" pastries, cakes and ice creams.

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