The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More Photo by Alyssa FagienThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is one of the best video games ever. From the story to the gameplay to the ability to replay it time and again, it will go down in history near the top of the pile. You can disagree, but you’d be wrong. For many of us, Ocarina of Time was one of the cornerstones of childhood (or perhaps even its predecessors, The Legend of Zelda on NES or A Link to the Past on SNES). If you didn’t have it, your best friend did, and that led to hours upon hours of gameplay, passing the controller back and forth, trying valiantly not only to defeat Ganondorf, but to collect all those damn Skulltulas while you were at it.Reminiscing yet? Us too.That warm fuzzy feeling that was brought on by thinking about Zelda was what made us so excited to see that an Atlanta-based craft brewery has taken their love for Zelda to the next level by brewing a new beer: Triforce IPASecond Self Beer Company’s Triforce IPA is a slightly hazy IPA that is made to embody the sacred relic’s three pieces: power, courage, and wisdom. To do that, Second Self made the beer with three types of malts (oats, wheat, and barley) and three types of hops (Mosaic, Amarillo, Cascade).If you’ve ever wondered what the taste or smell of victory over Ganondorf was, this beer is it. On the nose, you’ll find papaya, mango, and other tropical fruits while the body of the beer is soft and balanced.Image courtesy of Second Self Beer Company Image courtesy of Second Self Beer CompanyThe genesis of the beer (should we say the Nintendo of the beer, in this case?) came from the brewery founder’s love of the game, and the will to make something brand new for their brewery.“We wanted to create something that is not like anything we have done before. We started with an IPA with a touch of wheat and then decided to use oats as well to soften the mouthfeel. In the end, we ended up using the three base malts [mentioned above],” says Second Self co-founder Jason Santamaria. “For the hops, again we wanted to do something different than before. We went with Amarillo and Mosaic for most of the hop bill giving the beer an exotic tropical fruit nose and taste. We added a touch of Cascade to give the beer a classic IPA bitterness. In the end, it seemed only fitting this beer was meant to be Triforce.”In terms of how they paired what they created with the iconic series, Santamaria calls it a “chicken and egg situation.”“Because of my love of the game, I’ve wanted to have a beer with this name for a while; however, the beer had to be something really special and had to really work with the theme. It wasn’t until we finished the beer that we knew we had Triforce,” Santamaria says.According to Santamaria, the beer pairs well with tacos, barbecue, ceviche, and magical potions. (It probably wouldn’t pair well with Lon Lon Milk, but hey, you do you.) As for the labeling, artist Keith P. Rein (who also created the artwork for Second Self’s Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1) was back on Epona’s saddle for this beer as well.It also has to be noted that this isn’t the first time (or the last) that Second Self has created a pop culture-influenced beer. The brewery has two goses — Maverick & Gose and MIG: Margarita in Gose — that are inspired by, you guessed it, Top Gun. (Volleyball scene not included with purchase.)Triforce IPA is available in cans and on draft around Georgia and Alabama.Feature image by Alyssa Fagien. The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market Editors’ Recommendations
Chairperson of SDJF, Prof. Wanigasundera spoke on the role of iVoice in community development, saying, “Being a digitally driven alternative community media tool, iVoice is a unique platform that has enormous potential for young people to express themselves creatively, tell their stories, and address issues, impacting them, as well as their communities in an inclusive manner that fosters locally-driven solutions.”The partnership between SDJF-UNPFA aims to facilitate increased engagement with youth and communities of Sri Lanka to increase the use of development journalism and youth participation in addressing social issues and finding innovative solutions.Recognizing the importance of this partnership, UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka, Ritsu Nacken, said, “When youth are empowered and given the right opportunities, they become effective drivers of change. This is why UNFPA partners with young people, helping them to participate in decision-making and creating a space for them to take forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” iVoice is a tri-lingual online platform for youth to discuss social issues and to drive innovative solutions, with a focus on women, youth, elderly, and the community. The platform will also enable young people to play an active role in community-driven solutions in Sri Lanka, taking forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Speaking at the event, the Chief Guest, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Hon. Harsha de Silva said, “Youth must play an active role in fostering inclusive and peaceful communities. Youth drive innovation and are the building blocks of society. This project is an example of the importance of investing in Sri Lanka’s youth towards a better nation.” Investing in Sri Lanka’s youth has been noted as being important for the future of the country.Globally, Sri Lanka has played a leading role in advocating for youth participation and decision-making. In 2014, the World Conference on Youth was hosted in Colombo, resulting in the commemoration of World Youth Skills Day on 15 July, every year. More recently, young Sri Lankan, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayaka, was appointed as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. Over 100 youth from Colombo, Jaffna, Galle, Kalmunai, and other districts around the island, actively participated in the event. At the event, an interactive tri-lingual discussion titled, ‘How can social media helps us build a better Sri Lanka?’ also took place. The discussion featured three prominent social media influencers from the English, Sinhala and Tamil social media sphere: Himal Kotalawela, Ms. Nadie Wasalamudaliarachchi, and Gopiharan Perinpam. New technology innovations and increasing accessibility and use of digital and online media among youth have led to the rise of community-driven journalism, a form of storytelling using alternative media that is more relevant and consequential to people and communities. In an effort to promote youth participation in community development, the Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) in partnership with the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka, ceremoniously launched www.iVoice.lk
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