|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
Congratulations to us on our 100th (others not in this format) column on
BeerNexus! Thanks to all our readers We really enjoy writing this column for you
and hope to keep doing it for as long as we can. Best to all and.... Cheers!
We've enjoyed a few excellent grisettes lately as the style is making a modest
comeback. A grisette is a refreshing, low alcohol beer with origins in the Hainaut
province of Belgium. Grisettes are crisp, medium/light-bodied, citrusy beers—
brewed to be endlessly approachable. Try one.
It seems beers today are either big in ABV or low. The llow "session" beers are
usually heavily hopped but crushable. There are many on the market below 5%
ABV. The best are still full flavored with enough malt to balance the hop bitterness.
Regular readers know we are big cask ale fans so how about a few terms you
should be aware of when it comes to cask ales.
1. Pin - one of the smallest types of cask, which holds 5.4 gallons of ale, 4.5 imperial
gallons, or 20 liters. A pin is equal to a half firkin.
2. Stillage - since there is yeast sediment at tbe dispensed into your glass, A
stillage is like a chair for the cask to sit in so that it doesn't roll around and stir
up the sediment.
3. Sparkler - your beer engine, the pump which draws beer up can be fitted with a
sparkler, basically a restrictor plate in the engine's faucet, to froth the ale.
Quiz time! The famous Babylonian Code of Hammurabi (around 1750 B.C) called for
the death penalty for retailers guilty of A. Watering down beer; B. permitting a
customer to become intoxicated; C. over charging D. all of these Answer-d- a
"Human beings are at their best in bars drinking beer."
One beer cocktail we've had recently that was quite enjoyable is the Agua
Margarita. Fill a glass with ice, salt the rim if wanted, mix 2 oz. of blanco tequila or
mexcal, 1 oz. of lime juice, and 1 oz. of Cointreau or triple sec in a cocktail shaker
until chilled. Pour into glass and top off with Mexican beer. Enjoy.
Another new hop that is gaining some traction is an Australian variety called
Summer. It boasts oflight apricot and melon characteristics with low alpha acids
from 4% - &%. It gives off hints of lemon, fennel, anise, and tarragon.
One brewery is using treated wastewater to make beer. That’s right. We’re talking
about water that was likely once in a toilet. The Canadian brewery Villag.e Brewery
has just released a batch of beer using this method. We'll pass.
We all like IPAs but what about Red IPAs? Medium malts give these beers a red
hue and a lot of maltiness. They are often heavily hooped to keep the malts from
making the beer too sweet. Many people lie them but they're not our favorite.
Quiz Time- part 2. Most lagers are best drunk at what temperature? A. 37-40
degrees, B 41-44, C. 49-52; D. 59-62 Ans. C
Sour beer is an ancient type of beer in which wild yeast and bacteria are allowed to
grow in freshly brewed beer (wort), which then ferments. After this stage, the wort is
often transferred to wooden barrels where it matures for months or years. During
that time, the microbes produce numerous metabolic products -- including ethanol,
acids and esters -- that provide much of the unique flavor of sour beers.
Beer cocktail - The Stout Sangaree Pour 2 tablespoons of simple syrup into a
chilled glass. Add 12 ounces stout (we use Guinness Export) then float 2 ounces of
ruby port on top of the t a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer's day laong
"Let a man walk 10 miles steadily on a hot summer's day along a dusty English
road and he will soon discover why beer was invented."
A few food pairings that we like - an IPA with barbeque wings, a fruity pale ale with
a grilled cheese sandwich, a Blonde ale with Thai or Mexican food
Did you hear about the new bar on the moon? Great beer but no atmosphere.
Judge to defendant: "It's beer and beer alone that is responsible for your current
predicament.. Defendant: "Thank you your honor for saying that. You're the first
person who has said it's all my fault."
"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
See you next month!