|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
Don't confuse your beer's ABV with another's ABW. ABV stands for alcohol by
volume and is expressed as a percentage. ABW stands for alcohol by weight.
If you see an alcohol percentage on a beer label but it does not specify whether it is
ABV or ABW, it is safe to assume that it is ABV. ABV can be converted to ABW by
dividing by 0.795. That means that the 3.2 percent ABW session beer you buy is
actually 4.0 percent ABV. We like our session beers around 8%.
"If God had intended us to drink beer, He wold have give us stomachs."
Baltic porters developed from the export of strong porters and stouts from London
to the Baltic region. British porter brewers of the late 1700s produced extra strong
versions of their beers for the long journey by ship to places like Denmark, Sweden,
Poland, and Russia. Baltic porters have notes of caramel, toffee, nuts, cherries, and
plums. They generally range from 6.5% to 9.5% ABV.
Between 2013 and 2018 Oskar Blues Brewery raised more than $3.4 million to
support aid efforts including donating one million cans of clean drinking water to
post-disaster communities all over the continental US and Puerto Rico. They also
donated over 1,200 bicycles 400 musical instruments along with recycling the
equivalent of over 18 million cans. Way to go Oskar!
We would like you to consider the possibility that the ancient Egyptians actually
made beer cans. After all, where else wold they have kept their beer?
We both are strong supporters of independent craft breweries as are most of our
readers. But are you sure the beer you are drinking is really from an independent
brewer or is it quietly owned by Big Beer? Here's a quiz to test you knowledge-
Which of these craft breweries has been purchased by a large brewery?
A. Deschutes; B. Station 26; C. Stain Arnold; D. Goose Island; E. Grand Teton
The answer: D by A-B/InBev
Classic American pilsner was once a flavorful, hoppy beer based on European
pilsners but brewed with American corn and hop varieties. After Prohibition however
this beer became lighter, less hoppy, less filling, flavorless swill. Today however
craft breweries are making great pilsners. So be sure to try this great style.
Carbonation is dissolved CO2 in beer. In many styles it plays an active role in
balancing sweetness. The carbonic acid found in highly carbonated brews is
what adds a tangy, spritzness to the brew.
Beer can be force carbonated under pressure in a keg or tank. It can also be
naturally carbonated by the addition of a small amount of sugar or unfermented wort
which stimulates a second round of fermentation in the can or bottle. This natural
carbonation makes for a fresher product in our minds but leaves yeast sediment
behind. Don't worry, the yeast is good for you.
Real beer pong required twenty 16 oz. cups. Any color is acceptable according to
the official rules. No more than 4 or less than 2 ounces should be poured in each
cup. Only bouncing shots can be swatted away. And for those of you who actually
play this game do not use good beer. That's the prime directive.
Burton on Trent England is the home of the best early English pale ales. The high
mineral content of the water there accentuated the hops as did the style's dry finish.
Today it's possible to duplicate the water anywhere in the world. Chemistry rules.
"When all else fails, there is music. When that fails there is beer."
The hop Comet is often called "Citra's litte sister. It is actually a fairly old hop that's
recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. It was developed in the 1960s by the
USDA and was largely ignored at the time because it has the traits that are popular
in today's hop heavy beers - aromatics of dank citrus, grapefruit, and tropical fruit.
If you love good beer we hate to tell you that Anheuser-Busch InBev has found its
Pure Gold, an organic beer under its Michelob Ultra brand, Since its launch only a
year ago Pure Gold has surpassed $59 million in sales, The beer is made with
organic grains and contains only 85 calories per 12 ounces. And no taste of course.
We think there are several good reasons for having a beer before noon such as: it's
a holiday, you're on vacation, you're tailgating before a game, you work the night
shift, it's brew day, it's a day in the week that ends in "y".
"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
Clay and Jay
See you next month!