"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers

Welcome to 2014!  It's going to be a great year for beer.
Let's get this show on the road - the first Here  and There of the new year.

George Wendt, one of America's most famous beer drinkers thanks to playing "Norm"
on the TV show Cheers, often uses this toast at weddings: "Sixty-three percent of
marriages end in divorce.  The other  thirty seven percent end in death."  He then
raises his glass and says, "I hope you die."

"Do not cease to drink beer, to eat, to intoxicate thyself, to make love, and to
celebrate the good days." - ancient Egyptian proverb

Best beer match with a burger - a quality lager or pale ale.  If you're
having a spinach salad go with a hefe-weizen.

In ancient Egypt breweries were located inside temples.  Wealthy Egyptians
would not only have their body mummified, they would have a tiny scale brewery
built to be buried with them so they would be able to enjoy their journey into
the next realm while drinking a freshly made beer.

"Boza Beer" from Bulgaria is reputed to have a significant side effect - it increases
women's breast sizes.  Some people say it's due to the special yeast used in the
beer's fermentation, however there is no scientific evidence to support the claims.

"I drink lots of beer to drown my pain, but the damn pain learned how to swim." -
Frida Kahlo, Artist

"Smithers, this beer isn't working.  I don't feel any younger or funkier."
Mr. Burns, on The Simpsons

Sour ales aged in oak barrels get their flavor from the wild yeasts and acids
in the wood.  Brewers employ used barrels for this because the residual grape
essence adds a further layer of sourness to the brew.  Frequently these beers
are made without additional yeast since the wild yeast in the wood is
sufficient to drive fermentation.

"There is only one game at the heart of , and that is baseball, and only one
beverage is to be found sloshing at the depths of our national soul, and that is beer."
Peter Richmond, sports columnist

"Beer he drank, seven goblets.  His spirit was loosened.  He became hilarious. His
heart was glad and his face shone." The Epic of Gilgamesh, 3000 B.C.E.

In South Africa distilling spirits, selling alcohol or even just giving it away is illega.  
However in Australia and New Zealand citizens may make their own alcoholic
beverages of any kind as long as they don't use a still.

Irish drinking toast- "May your pockets be heavy, your heart be ling, and
may good luck pursue you each morning and night!"

Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat.  It is often used in Japanese beer.
The fruit of the plant (part of the rhubarb family) is milled to separate the
brown husks from the edible insides called groats.  The groats are then
roasted and used in the same fashion as grain.

One of the lesser know beer saints  is Saint Amand, one of the Christian apostles of
Flanders.  He founded many monasteries within Belgium, several of which brew beer.

Not only did Thomas Jefferson brew his own beer, his brew house at Monticello
included a 60 gallon cask and a malting room where he sprouted his own
grain.  His liking of strong beer led him to use more malt in his recipes (over
one-third more) than most brewers of his day.

To help a hangover take a high potency B-complex supplement before you go to
bed.  The B vitamins help in metabolizing the alcohol carbohydrates and dilate
blood vessels which compensate for dehydration.

"There are only two times I drink beer:  when I'm alone and when I'm
with someone else." - W.C. Fields

Some additives used by brewers include Papain which helps prevent chill-haze,
Polyclar to prevent oxidization and remove haze, and wood chips for spicy flavors.

Belgium ranks fourth among European nations, behind Germany, France and the
United Kingdom for total number of breweries at 125.  They produce about 800
year-round brews, but nearly 9,000 seasonals and special releases.

"Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful afternoon with nothing to
look froward to than more of the same."  Hugh Hood
More From Moore  -  nothing but beer here.....
Clay Moore
dedicates this page
to his and
Beer Nexus's
favorite band,
Lunch Hour-
Six Pack
"beer for the ear"
It's time for more ......TALES OF ALES

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World As We  
Know It

Hoponomics 101

Light Beer

Things to Brew
in Denver

You Want That  in
the Can?

Corporate Indecision

Craft Beer
Friend or Foe

Houston We Have a
Big Friggin Proglem

I'll Take Price
Gouging for  $200,