|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
Hops truly are wonderful and not just because of their flavor profile. Those
precious little flowers are what keeps beer safe to drink. When hops are boiled
with the wort, the alpha-acids they contain change shape, giving beer and
antimicrobial safeguard in addition to its characteristic bitterness.
Are you like us in that we love to take pictures of the beer we're drinking or the
bottle or can itself? Here are a few tips to make the shot really crisp and clean.
Set the beer on a table against a wall. This helps control light and reflections.
Get it in the light and turn off the flash.
Put the camera on a low ISO or indoor setting.
In colonial times sassafras was a common ingredient in beer. William Penn often
used sassafras infused molasses in brewing until, like most others, he switched to
using malt. It's a good thing he changed since today sassafras is banned by the
FDA because it is a causes of cancer.
Beer and pizza is one of the world's favorite parings but to really enhance your
experience try drinking a Pilsner with a margherita/veggie pizza, an APA with an
extra cheese slice, a biere de garde with a meat filled pizza, and a Brown Ale if
you use toppings like bacon and pineapple.
Guinness has been brewed at St. James Gate in Dublin since 1759. At the time you
couldn't just buy property in the town. You could own the building but had to pay
the city rent for the land it stood on. In order to safeguard the longevity of the
brewery's location Arthur Guinness singed a 9,000 year lease for the site.
Not only do drinkers around the world love IPA, house plants do too. Pour a small
amount of flat beer around their bases every week and you'll see a vigorous,
healthy plant. Why? The fermented sugars world like plant food.
Many people enjoy a Black and Tan - half Guinness and half Harp Lager. However
in Ireland it is a reminder of brutal tensions between Ireland and England. In the
early 1920s England sent hardened troops to suppress the Irish Republican Army's
fight for Independence. The English forces wore khakis with dark shirts -
black and tan. Because of that we suggest ordering a Half and Half in an Irish pub.
We think the ubiquitous shaker pint is probably the worst glass to use for craft beer.
Those straight walled, open glasses make the head disappear too quickly and does
nothing to trap the aroma complexities. And it's not very attractive.
Quiz Time: During Prohibition brewing companies couldn't make beer so many
converted to soda and malt production. Others however turned to more creative.
Match the company with the product. 1. Cheese, 2. Dye,3. Ice Cream, 4. Truck
bodies, 5. Pottery. The breweries - a. Coors, b. Pabst; c. Anheuser-Busch,
d. Yuengling, e. Schaefer. Answers: 1.b; 2. e; 3. d; 4. c; 5. a
"My illness is due to my doctor's insistence that I drink milk, a whitish fluid they
force down helpless babies." W.C. Fields
Two sailors get off a ship and head to the nearest bar. Each orders two whiskeys
and immediately down them. They then each order two more. One sailor picks up
his drink and turns to his friend and says "Cheers!". He says "hey, did you come
here to shoot the bull or did you come here to drink?"
Clay is an accomplished magician. One day I saw him walking down the street
and -poof- he turned into a bar.
"If your doctor warns that you have to watch your drinking , find a bar with a mirror."
A California beer lover claims to have been duped into buying Pabst’s Olympia beer
— whose slogan is “It’s the Water” — because he thought it was a high-class brew
made from the “artesian water in Tumwater, Washington.” The water used in
Olympia beer likely comes from the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, the suit
alleges. He lost us when he said Olympia was a high-class brew.
"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'
"beer for the ear"