|Sour is Good
|The attraction of flies to beer was first
reported in the early 1920s. The why
however is still being studied and for good
reason since it may help scientists
understand smell and taste in humans.
The answer seems to be a molecule called
glycerol, which is made by yeast during
fermentation. Glycerol is the stuff that's
used in antifreeze. It actually tastes sweet,
but it's not a sugar.
Scientists have even found the particular
gene responsible for flies' ability to detect
glycerol. When they created flies missing
that gene, and gave them a sugar water or
beer choice, the flies went for the sugar
water. Several companies are already
beginning to turn this information into
powerful insect repellents scheduled to be
on the market this summer.
|A NY Times tasting panel rated Cascade Kriek (OR) the
No.1 sour beer in the US. According to the panel this
lambic-style vintage beer is flavored with cherries, but
was not sweetly fruity or cloying. Rather, it was
beautifully tart and richly complex, with just a hint of
fruit flavor for balance with a layered complexity that
distinguishes it from other sour beers.
Unlike the vast majority of beers, which are fermented
with yeasts selected by brewers to produce a set of
desirable characteristics, these brews were fermented
with brettanomyces, a type of yeast whichcontributes to
the profoundly tart, powerfully pungent flavors prized
in styles like Belgian lambics.
The No. 2 rated bottle, the Classic Gueuze from
Cantillon of Belgium, was called by the judges "a brilliant
exemplar of the style". The gueuze is a blend of three
different lambics that have been aged for one, two or
three years in old casks which result in a rare complexity
and a funk that in the style are most sought after.
|Busch Brews Again
For the first time in years, beer lovers in the historic brewing city of
St. Louis will soon be able to lift a cold bottle of lager beer brought to
market by a member of the fabled family of brewing legend Adolphus
Busch. “There’s a new brewing company in St. Louis,” said company
founder William K. Busch. “And our brands – all-malt Kräftig lager and
Kräftig light – will be available next week in supermarkets, convenience
stores, restaurants and taverns across the St. Louis metropolitan area.”
The new enterprise – the William K Busch Brewing Company – was
established last year by William K. Busch, son of the late August A.
“Gussie” Busch, Jr., and great-grandson of brewing legend Adolphus
Busch. It is an independent company and has no connection in any
way with Anheuser-Busch InBev or any of its affiliates. Busch said the
idea of starting a new chapter of his family history came to him several
years ago when he realized that for the first time in over a century
that no member of his family was involved in the business of brewing
beer in his home city of St. Louis.
Busch went on to say "we are not a brewpub or ‘craft’ brand brewer.
Regardless of its size, our brewery here will be a powerful first step in
our plans to become a successful brewer of mainstream national
brands in the U.S.”That’s what Kräftig means in German: ‘powerful’.”
Initially, the William K Busch Brewing Company’s brands will be brewed
under the supervision of company brewmaster Marc Gottfried at City
Brewing Co., a traditional brewing facility in LaCrosse, Wisconsin
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