|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
They may make some of the best beer in the world but Belgium only ranks fourth
among European nations, behind Germany, Franc,e and the UK, for total number of
breweries at 125. They produce about 800 year-round brews but nearly 9,000
seasonal releases. And the average beer consumption in Belgium puts the
USA to shame. It's almost double at 93 liters per person.
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"Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life."
George Bernard Shaw
Basic brewing term: Malt- barley or other grain which has been soaked in water,
allowed to sprout, and then dried. Sprouting allows development of the enzymes
that bring about starch conversion in the mash.
Created in 1589 to brew beer for the Duke of Bavaria, the Hofbrauhaus is still a
working brewery and restaurant. Beer is served in one liter steins which are always
kept under careful watch to prevent their theft as "souvenirs."
Some select and very skilled brewers use "spontaneous fermentation" to make
beer. Essentially they expose the cooled wort to the open air, allowing for wild,
uncultivated yeasts to begin the fermentation. The wild yeasts come not only
from the air but from the old oak barrels the ale is aged in.
"Ale, man. Ale's the stuff to drink for fellows who it hurts to think."
The oldest written recipe (over 4,000 years, written on a clay tablet) is, of
course, for beer. It was written by the Babylonians who often brewed and
drank sixteen different kinds of beer.
The latest scientific research shows that consuming alcohol does not negatively
impact the regular cycle in which the human rain replenishes cells every day. And
in fact, alcohol in moderation, has a positive effect on brain function.
"When I heated my home with oil I used an average of 800 gallons a year. I have
found that I can keep comfortably warm for an entire winter with slightly over half
that quantity of beer." Dave Barry
General flavor profile for a Belgium Pale Ale - flavors of banana, yeast, clove,
and appl; has a dry crisp finish. Alcohol is well hidden so beware.
The first to make beer, the Babylonians, took brewing very seriously. If
someone made a bad batch, they would be drowned in it as punishment.
"May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. And
may you be in heaven half and hour before the devil knows your dead."
Old Irish Toast
Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called
polyphenols in one 12-ounce bottle of beer create protective levels of plasma
antioxidants that can prevent heart disease. But at three bottles a day, the
cardiovascular benefits of beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body
creates as it metabolizes excess ethanol.
The hot new beer workout trend is called Beer Yoga. Breweries across the country
have adopted the tasty exercise class. Makes sense to us since beer is delicious
and yoga is good for you. The format is simple. You are given a beer, you roll out
the yoga mats and place the beer beside you. Most breweries classes are
designed for a variety of skill levels. But with positions such as downward dog,
warrior pose and other full body movements chances are you'll work up a thirst.
A bung is the large cork that seals a cask’s bunghole to allow
beer to ferment properly. Makes sense to us.
to pour a perfect pint of Guinness stout, it should rest for exactly 119.5 seconds
between the first pour and the top-up — a period called the surge and settle.
That’s when nitrogen comes out of solution and forms a creamy head.
Of course debunkers say the "119.5 seconds" claim was made up by
Guinness's advertising agency.
"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
Clay and Jay
See you next month!
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