|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
One of the world's strongest beer is Brewmeister Armaggedon at 65% ABV. The
label warns that just smelling it might be enough to put you over the limit.
An Eisbock is made by lowering the beer temperature to 32 degrees F and
removing the water once its frozen. The result a liquid that is higher in alcohol and
often tastes like a Cognac or brandy. There is however some controversy over
whether this process counts as "distilling". We agree but still love the drink.
Some uncommon beer terms- Esters: an aroma or flavor created by fermenting
fruits or spices; Gyle: wort in the process of fermentation added to a stout or ale;
Grist: the blend of milled grains in a beer; Liquor - water used in the brewing process
"Do not cease to drink beer, to eat, to intoxicate thyself, to make love, and
celebrate the good days." ancient Egyptian saying
Wort is beer before it becomes beer. Specifically it's the liquid before it
undergoes fermentation. The "sweet wort" is what you have after malting and
mashing, the "bitter wort" is what you have once hops are added. And
remember wort rhymes with hurt, not fort.
The Budweiser Bowtie canuses twice as much aluminum as a regular can yet only
hold 11.3 ounces instead of the usual 12 ounces. The can itself inclines at a
10 degree angle toward the middle.
The Egyptians, built the pyramids under the influence. Workers at Giza received
about four liters of beer a day, according to Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular
archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania.
Some researchers report that at three bottles a day, the cardiovascular benefits of
beer are reversed by the pro-oxidants your body creates as it metabolizes excess
ethanol. We're hoping it's the opposite at 5 bottles a day.
Chill haze is the term used to describe a cloudy appearance in a beer. It
happens when proteins and tannins in beer glom onto each other during
the cooling process.
Guinness reports that a pint of it a day may work as well as a low dose
aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks
Question: Crystal clear beer is an indication of what? 1) too much light during the
malting stage? 2) too much water was absorbed into the grain during the Milling
process? 3) or is it neither of these answers? The answer is 3, neither of these.
Legend has it that Gambrinus, god of beer, challenged the devil to produce a “wine
without grapes.” The historical origin of the concoction we know today can be found
in 12th-century Belgium, although the Egyptians had already created fermented-
grain beverages well before then.
The familiar Scandinavian toast sköl derives from scole, the drinking bowl shaped
like the upper half of a human skull. Originally, these bowls were fashioned from the
actual skulls of enemy killed in battle.
In olde England, town inns paid a government tax known as a 'scot' for serving beer.
Beer lovers who left town to drink at rural pubs were said to be drinking 'scot free'.
Root Beer was originally called Root Tea, however the name was changed to
Root Beer to get more people to take interest in it.
To keep your beer glass or mug from sticking to your bar napkin, sprinkle a little
salt on the napkin before you set your glass down.
Michelob was invented during a brewer’s strike in the 1930s from a recipe tossed
together by the untrained workers left behind to run the brewery. It was so bad local
taverns tossed their delivered barrels in the gutter until the streets ran with beer.
When the strike was over, the brewery didn’t want to lose all that beer, no matter
how bad, so they repackaged it and sold it as Michelob.
Beer was the first legal alcoholic beverage to be sold when prohibition was
repealed. Beer was legal on April 7, 1933, but other alcoholic beverages could
not be legally purchased until December 5, 1933
Lager is a bottom fermented, lightly hoped beer originally brewed in Germany, lager
is aged under refrigeration for 6 weeks to 6 months (lager is German for
storehouse). Most lagers are fairly light in color, highly carbonated with a medium
hop flavor. The original German lager was dark in color.
1888: Citizens of Munich took to the streets and rioted after a beer price
increase was announced.
In the mid 70's, Australians were the 3rd biggest beer drinker in the world. (Behind
Germany and Belgium). Today they don't even get into the top ten!
"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
Clay and Jay
See you next month!
dedicates this page
to his and
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for $200, Alex