"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers

George Washington was a devout beer lover. In particular, he was fond of the dark,
English-style brew now known as porter, and always demanded that an ample
supply of it be kept on hand at Mount Vernon, his Virginia estate.

Finally, a dress we can all agree on. A group of creative scientists in Australia
have successfully created an article of clothing made from the bacterial
fermentation of beer..

Research done by the University of Chicago showed that drinking two beers
helped accomplish creative tasks. Their reasoning was that it broke down barriers
of critical thinking and helped them think outside the box to reach more solutions
to the problem solving task they were given.

The earliest use of the term India Pale Ale appears to have been in Australia in the
Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser of Saturday, August 29 1829

The Burton (GB) brewers’ biggest market until the very early 1820s was the Baltic
region, and in particular Russia, where they sold a strong, dark, sweet brew called
Burton Ale. When the Russians banned imports of ale (but not stout or porter) in
1822, Burton’s brewers were persuaded to replace this lost market with India, and to
start brewing a pale, bitter beer for the first time. It became India Pale Ale.

There are more than 2000 substances found in modern beer. Many of them
are beneficial to, or required by, the human body.

Portland (OR) boasts more breweries (52) than any city in the world. It’s also
America’s largest craft brewing market, with 69 breweries in the greater metro area,
owing to state sales regulations that favor consumer tastes over discounts and
kickbacks, allowing small brewers to compete with mass marketers.

The first brewery in Massachusetts emerged not long after the Pilgrims dropped
anchor, owing to the fact that beer was safer to drink than the water.

Denver’s first craft brewery, Wynkoop, was opened in 1988 by John
Hickenlooper, who went on to become mayor, then governor, extending
beer's reach to the highest levels of government in Colorado.

"Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer,"
Arnold Schwarzenegger

You want some bubbles, to create a head on the beer, but not too many or the beer
will taste flat. So start by pouring into a glass that’s tipped at a 45 degree angle to
minimise foam, then finish by tipping the glass upright for the remainder of the pour.

A thick glass, or one with a handle, protects your beer from the heat of your hands
and keeps it cooler. Beers that taste better closer to room temperature prefer a
chalice glass that the drinker can cup.

Lipstick or greasy fingers can stop a good head forming in your glass. Starting
off with a wet glass will have the same effect.

There’s about 2.5 pints of CO2 dissolved in a pint of beer.

You can tell how alcoholic your beer is from how things float in it. The denser
the beer, the less alcohol it contains. Breweries use a device called a
hydrometer that floats in the beer to calculate the density of the beer
and work out what percentage alcohol it contains.

During the Cold War, scientists dropped nuclear bombs on beer and soda to
see how it would fare in an apocalypse. Surprisingly well, as it turns out. As long
as it was at least 1270ft away from ground zero and wasn’t hit by any flying
debris, the beer was safe to drink.

Pilsner Urquell was the number one import beer in the U.S. before Prohibition.

A 3900-year-old Sumerian poem honoring Ninkasi, the patron goddess of
brewing, contains the oldest surviving beer recipe, describing the production
of beer from barley via bread.

Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer, is a powerful antiseptic, but not a good cold remedy.
The optimal blood alcohol content to kill germs would be more than 60 percent.
Alas, that’d kill you, too. (Fatal alcohol poisoning occurs between 0.40 and 0.50 %)

Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that micronutrients called
polyphenols in one 12-ounce (0.35-liter) 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.  Okay, then maybe four will work.

"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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Clay Moore
dedicates this page
to his and
Beer Nexus'
favorite band,
Lunch Hour-
Six Pack
"beer for the ear"
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