News at 9: NYC Airports’ alcohol to get cheaper, Justin Bieber cold brew hits Tim Hortons menu, and more

NYC Airports' alcohol to get cheaper, Justin Bieber cold brew hits Tim Hortons menu, and more

New York Airports’ Food and Alcohol Is About to Get Cheaper After $27 Beer Goes Viral, Following ‘Timbiebs’ donut success, ‘Biebs Brew’ collaboration reunites the singer and the restaurant chain and more in top stories of the day.

New York officials ban airports from charging up to $28 for a beer, which they described as ‘totally indefensible’

New York airports will be banned from charging up to $28 for a single beer after an audit by the State’s Port Authority.
An audit by the Port Authority Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found 25 customers were charged “indefensible” amounts between $23 and $27 for a seasonal beer at LaGuardia airport.
The audit was instigated by a tweet in July 2021, when Cooper Lund showed a list of beers that included a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Drought priced at $27.85. The beers were subject to a 10% “COVID-19 Recovery Charge” that didn’t go to employees.

The new policy will cap beers in New York airports at local, off-airport “street prices,” plus a 10% concession. Airport concession prices will now be determined by looking at several factors, including similar types of retailers and products based on portion size, preparation, and more as well as brand and quality. 

Justin Bieber Re-Teams With Tim Hortons on ‘Biebs Brew’

Late last year, Justin Bieber partnered with one of his hometown favorites, Tim Hortons, to create three Timbit flavors. And while they quietly left menus following a successful run, the Canadian coffee giant is bringing, the Timbiebs Timbits back, along with an all-new cold brew flavor inspired by Bieber’s own order.

The French Vanilla Cold Brew Coffee came about thanks to Bieber’s affinity for coffee over ice and his sweet tooth. The Tim Hortons innovation team dreamt up the flavor with 100% premium Arabica beans steeped for 16 hours and the perfect blend of creamy French Vanilla Flavor.

“We couldn’t stop at Timbiebs, we needed a Biebs Brew too. And we are bringing both to Tims next month,” Justin Bieber said in the press release.

Photo: Tim Hortons

In the Future, Edible Tape Will Keep Your Burrito Together

As part of the Whiting School of Engineering’s annual Design Day earlier this month, a team of chemical and biomolecular engineering students unveiled “Tastee Tape,” described by the university as “an edible adhesive comprising a food-grade fibrous scaffold and an organic adhesive that ensures the ingredients in your favorite wrap are kept tucked tightly inside during cooking and consumption.”

If that description sounds equal parts technical and vague, you’re not wrong. The team behind the tape said they are currently applying for a patent, so they can’t yet unveil all the specifics of how their invention works.


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