|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
From 1920 to 1933 America was "dry" - alcohol was illegal. That didn't stop
many citizens from enjoying bathtub gin, smuggled booze and home brew. When
Prohibition officially ended President Roosevelt is quoted as saying" I think
it's time for beer." We certainly agree.
In the 1800s it was tradition for a family member to race to the bride's home after the
ceremony and present her with a pint of ale after her new husband carried
her over the threshold.
Try playing Beer Golf in your backyard. Place pitchers of beer in various spots to
create "holes". Then try to hit plastic golf balls into the pitcher. If you are the first to
hit the ball into the "hole's"pitcher without tipping it over you get to drink a full glass
while your opponents only get 1/2 ounce. Variation - establish "par" for each
"hole". All those making par drink equally..
Always check your beer glass. Dirty ones will disrupt regular lacing patterns,
catching the foam on oily spots and areas of old sugars. The foam will either stick
to the glass randomly or not at all. The foam knows.
The Radler (beer and lemon soda) and the Alster (beer with orange soda) are
mainstays in German bars. The Diesel (beer with cola) is also common,named for
the fueling power of cola's caffeine. The ratio in all of soda to beer is 50-50.
Forget white wine as a pairing for a summer salad. We recommend a gueuze. This
Belgian style brew has a distinct fruitiness but isn't sweet. It lacks hoppiness;
instead it's tart and complex. It also goes well with sharp cheeses.
Did you ever sip a beer and get the taste of liquid bubble gum or Skittles? The
culprit is primarily iso-amyl-acetate. It's an off taste from the process by which yeast
eats sugar to produce alcohol. If you get a bottle with that taste send it back. If it's
a hommebrew from a friend take the high road - grin and bear it.
Anchor Steam is generally considered the astandard of the steam style, a position
they aggressively defend. When other brewers call their beer "steam" Anchor sues
them. Because of that the style is usually called "California Common."
Our pet peeve is when people think "Anchor Steam" is the full name of the brewery.
Perhaps the one true Scottish beer on the general market is Fraoch, a beer made
from a 4,000 year old recipe. It features peat and native heather.
Lager has only been brewed since the 16the century andis fundamentally deined by
its brewing yeast The cold tolerant S. eubayanus yeast is the one most used.
"Rose is the wine for boys, port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must
drink strong ale." Samuel Johnson
Sign seen at our local bar - "Relatively Happy Hour 4 - 6."
Only 4 hops are noble: Hallertauer, Saaz, Spalt and Tettnang
"My illness is due to my doctor's insistence that I drink milk, a whitish fluid they force
down helpless babies.". W.C. Fields
Last week when we were out at a pub Jay sent back a beer telling the bartender
"this is spoiled. I can't drink it. Call the manager!" The bartender replied, "its no
use calling him, he won't drink it either."
"I'm a strict teetotaler. I don't drink anything between my beers."
Easy Quiz - Which is one of the highest rated and most sought after beers in the
world. 1. Duvel; 2. Chimay Blue; 3. Westvleteren 12; 4. Stell Artois; 5.Budvar V
Beer has been the cause of more than a few fights. In fact the actions of one rather
drunk GI and an overzealous MP led to Australian and American troops engaged in
an all out fight during World War II. The so called Battle of Brisbane began when
Australian troops intervened while a US MP was arresting a drunk US serviceman.
The 'battle' occurred on the 26th and 27th of November 1942. It is estimated to
have involved over 5000 combatants - some of whom were armed,
A guy walks into a bar. Ka-boom! It was a metal bar.
A duck walks into a bar and says "I'll have a glass of beer and put it on my bill."
A neutron walks into a bar and asks "how much for a beer?"
The bartender says, "for you no charge."
"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"