|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
In 1943, the middle of WWII brewers were legally required to dedicate 15% of
their output to use by the military which would ship the beer overseas to keep
morale up among the troops stationed abroad.
The strain of yeast used to brew lagers wasn't identified until the 19th century.
The style caught on when German brewers brought it to the United States.
"I tell you, a cold beer at the end of the day is the best thing life has to offer."
Haruki Murakami, famed Japanese novelist
Great Basin Brewing in Reno, NV brews a beer called Ichtyosaur IPA because
Nevada's official state fossil (who knew there was such a thing) is the Ichthyosaur,
an ocean dwelling reptile that lived in the age of dinosaurs.
Sharp's, an English brewery, makes a curry based beer with a mix of chili
powder, ginger, coriander, cumin, cardamom, and fennel. It's sounds good
enough to make us order a Budweiser instead. Did we really say that?
Most coffee beers don't actually contain much caffeine thanks to the
effects of the brewing process.
Sorachi Ace is a Japanese hop that didn't reach the domestic United States until
2006. It was originally developed for Sapporo but the lemony hop strain has since
become best known as the namesake of Brooklyn Brewery's Sorachi Ace. In fact
Brooklyn is the single largest user of the hop in the USA.
"The South is dry (against alcohol) and will vote dry. That is, everybody
sober enough to stagger to the polls will."
A Judge's hard drinking wife kept going up to the bar at a big party to get a
drink. Her husband eventually said, "that's the sixth time you've been up to the
bar. Doesn't it embarrass you? "Why should it?" she responded. "I just
explain I'm getting them for you."
Generally a Best Bitter and an Ordinary Bitter use identical grains, hops and
brewing sugars. In some cases a brewer will make a strong wort and add water or
"brewing liquor" to achieve the desired strength for Bitter and Best.
Most "chocolate" stouts derive their flavor from the use of roasted malts. One
exception is Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Solid chocolate is added during the
boil with hops while essence is inserted as the beer is racked into casks.
Several people recently told us to 'drink responsibly, drink responsibly."
We went to three different stores and still couldn't find it.
Long ago, beer was mostly brewed at home. Bread was usually made on one day
and then an incompletely baked loaf was taken as the starting culture for brewing
beer on the next day. Mixed with water, the fermentation processes would begin with
yeasts and microorganisms present in the surrounding air.
Hops contain trace levels of substances called phytoestrogens, which are chemicals
that work in a similar way to hormones. Since the amount of hops within beer is
insufficient for there to be any corresponding effect, these phytoestrogens have no
consequential influence on the human body. So the assertion that beer contains
female hormones (estrogens) that can make breasts grow is false.
There’s an old German saying: “Hopfen und Malz ist verloren” (“The hops and
malt are lost”), which means that something no longer has any purpose and that
further effort will be in vain.
"Strong beer makes a man better pleased with himself; I do not say that it
makes him more pleasing to others."
Why is a bartender like a clairvoyant? They both help you contact the spirit world.
Jay and I walked into a bar the other day and instead of our usual beer we each
ordered a double. The bartender brought out two guys who looked just like us.
A cloud near the constellation Aquila contains enough ethyl alcohol to fill
400 trillion trillion pints of beer. We didn't know the word for a trillion trillion.
"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
Beer Nexus' favorite
"beer for the ear"