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Beer and Baseball
Frofthy Beer
Why does beer frofth?  Bubbles
form under the influence of
escaping carbon dioxide; the walls
of the bubbles consist of various
proteins and carbohydrates present
in the beer such as dextrins, barley
malt proteins, ions from the water
and bitter principles from the hop.
These substances reduce the
surface tension of the water and
thus prevent the formation of
water droplets.

The walls of the bubbles are not
evenly thick. Under the influence of
various factors, including gravity,
surface tension and capillary action,
the thicker parts of the bubbles
become thicker, with the final result
that the bubbles burst. After a
certain time the thickness of the
head is halved: this half-life is
usually110 seconds very  
unsatisfactory for some brewers
who make use of froth stabilizers to
prolong the time.
Have a lambic- To be called Lambic, a beer must be brewed in
the Senne River Valley around Brussels, where these particular wild
yeasts dominate. Brouwerij Lindemans, a traditional Lambic brewer,
is in Vlezenbeek, just outside Brussels.  The beer is brewed with a
blend of pale malted barley and 30 percent unmalted wheat. The
hops are deliberately aged, so they add a preservative quality but
little hop bitterness. After the boil, instead of transferring the wort
(the boiled water, hops, barley and wheat) to a closed fermenter
and adding yeast, the wort goes into shallow containers open to the
air, called coolships. The Senne Valley wild yeast lands on the liquid
and goes to work.

Beer and Taxes- Have a beer, and do your taxes. That's the
idea behind accountant Carmine Sodora's Tavern Tax service.
Instead of an office, the northern New Jersey accountant meets
some of his clients at bars. Last year, Sodora had 25 tavern clients.
But Sodora said word of mouth has been good and he expects to
handle more this year. Hank Swormstedt, of Hoboken (NJ), is one of
those getting his taxes done over a brew. He said it's more personal
and more comfortable than doing it in an office. Along with tax
advice, Sodora also offers peanuts to his bar clients.

Pouring a perfect pint - Here's how Guinness Brewmaster
Fergal Murray pours a perfect pint:
Use a clean, dry glass -- preferably an Imperial 20-ounce pint with
branded logo
Hold the glass at a 45-degree angle and never allow the spout to
touch the beer or glass
The Pour: Pull faucet down and allow beer to fill glass. You will see
the surge commence
The Settle: Allow the nitrogen bubbles create the theater and
wonderful surge event, creating the beautiful creamy head
The Top Up: The beer has settled (there is a distinct gap between
dark liquid and head) and the glass is topped up slowly to create a
domed effect with the head proud of the glass
Beer Spray Party

A Japanese hotel is now offering the ultimate experience for those men
who just want to get together and spray each other down
with a golden shower of beer.

For only $168 a night, the Maruni Hotel Isenosato's Beer Spray Party
Plan gives the average working man the chance to live it up like they've
just won the World Series, the Mainichi Daily News reports.
"We get people to have a banquet and after they've finished move them
into a party room where they can pour beer over each other,"
said a hotel spokesman.

"The parties are normally held in honor of someone and if that's the case,
we keep it a secret from the guest of honor, who's led into the room
blindfolded," he said. "We take the blindfold off and let everybody start
spraying booze around."

TheBeer, naturally, is extra. Plan on around three bottles per person,
the spokesman said, at about $7 a pop.

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A beer ad seen in Japan featuring the Boston
Red Sox new pitching sensation, Daisuke
Matsuzaka ,is creating controversy in the States.

In the United States, beer cannot be consumed in
TV ads and Major League Baseball does not
allow its players to endorse alcohol domestically.
Those rules do not apply to international markets,

The ad is consistent with what's acceptable in the
Japanese marketplace, said a spokesperson
yesterday from Major League Baseball
International, which mandated that the ad include
a Drink Responsibly message at the end.  "We
did approve it with him drinking the beer outside
of his uniform. It's a type of commercial that is
really commonplace in Japan. It is not really that
farfetched even though it would not be allowed in
the US" said MLB International spokesperson
Charles Dwitghwood. He added that Matsuzaka's
endorsement deal with Asahi Beer preceded his
signing with the Red Sox.