|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
Urtica dioica is a weedy,invasive species, commonly known as stinging nettle.
Nowa days it's seen as a nuisance but early 17the century Britons used it to prevent
arthritis, help kidney function, and for making beer. Today some brewers use young
nettle plants in place of hops to make a sort of herbal IPA. We prefer hops.
Need to trap pesky bugs in the backyard? Cover a small dishful of beer (use a
cheap lager) with plastic wrap and punch some holes in the top. Flies and gnats will
dive in for a drink and get stuck. A a larger scale it will work with pesky neighbors. .
Five thousand years ago in China beers was made using millet, tow types of barley,
and tubers. At the time o make beer. At the time barley was exotic and expensive,
making beer the fancy beverage of choice for wealthy Chinese elites.
Chicha De Jora is a corn beer made in modern Peru. It's key ingredient is purple
corn that has been chewed then spat out and left exposed to wild yeast. Dogfish
Head in De recently did a version of the beer with employees doing the chewing.
Needless to say, dogs should never be given beer. However some brewers are
making dog friendly brews with ingredients like chicken and beef. The beer has no
alcohol and is not for human consumption. We're guessing it also does not comply
with the German Beer Purity Laws.
Vegemite is a popular spread especially in Australia. It is made from yeast left over
from the brewing process. If you mix it with the right amount of water and live yeast
it will make alcohol though it will not taste very good. Blame science, not us.
Danzig Joppenbier beer was used as a cure for many general illness in Britain. In
it, the first fermentation invited a blanket of white green mold to cover the wort for
at least three months. In the end, the 16% ABV sweet beer was usually shipped
from the continent to Britain.
The crowler is a half gallon, filled to order takeout can pioneered by Oskar Blues
Brewing Co. It was originally meant to replace the growler which only keeps beer
fresh for two or three days. Also growlers are glass which can break and are heavy.
On the other hand crowlers don't keep at all once opened and aren't reusable.
Winston Churchill sent "amenity" ships to troops in WWII. Each ship was equipped
with 55 barrel capacity brewing pots. Eventually the British navy began building
eight floating full size breweries. Only one was ever launched due to the war's end.
"I've drunk beer for seventy five years and I ever drink water. I have a
constitution of iron and water rusts iron." Andre Simon
Our buddy Charlie noticed a sign in his local pub that read "all the beer you can
drink for one dollar." He went in and said, "that sounds like a good deal. I'll take
two dollars' worth."
"I'm a strict teatotaler. I don't drink anything between drinks."
Definition of a bartender: 1.The only psychiatrist who works in an apron. 2. An
irrigation engineer. 3. Someone who brings you to the spirit world.
Women started making beer as far back as 7000 B.C. Much later in history,
Prohibition helped drive women out of the business, as the type of small brewers
women were more likely in charge of weren’t profitable enough to survive. Today,
only 2 percent of US breweries have women as their sole owners or head brewers,
National Beer Lover's Day is in September, International Beer Day is in August,
National Drink Beer Day is in Sept, and National Beer Day s in April. That one at
least has some historic significance since on April 7, 1933, the sale of beer
containing more than 3.2% alcohol was again permitted in the U.S.
"Give me strong beer to wash me clean of the weather stains of care."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beer was first available in bottles in 1850. It was first available in cans in 1935
One of Harvard College’s first buildings was a brewery. The college built it so that
students would have a good supply of beer to drink in the dining hall.
"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"