|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
On occasion we like Kellerbier. It's German for "cellar" and while these lagers spend
their fair share of time in cold storage, their claim to fame is freshness; often
breweries will serve t directly from the tank, highlighting fresh hop and yeast
character which often makes the beer hazy. Pale gold and amber versions are
most common with an ABV between 4.5 -5.5%. The style originated in the
Franconia region of Germany. We especially like the version from Sierra Nevada.
Kudos to Iron Hill Brewery for donating more than $275,000 to children's cancer
charities and over a quarter of a million dollars to the Food Bank of Delaware last
year. Craft Breweries are good people!
Beware of clear beer bottles. They allow light that skunks the beer. These
"lightstruck" beers have been exposed to sunlight or another strong light source like
ultraviolet light in a store's beer cooler. The ultraviolet light interacts with hop
compounds in beer to produce a chemical called mercaptain that has a "skunky"
smell and taste. Brown bottles are best type of glass to protect the beer though
cans are obviously the best to keep all light away from the beer.
One of the most approachable beer styles is the clean, simple, often sweet ale
called American Blonde Ale. Light caramel malt lends sweetness and body and the
hops are minimal. This is what breweries make to woo American light lager drinkers
over to craft beer. Think of it as a crossover from swell to quality. The ABV can
frange from 4% to 5.5%. The best examples are dry and delicate. We think
Victory Summer Love is a good example of the style.
"Scientists have invented a new strain of cannabis without the high. They celebrated
with non-alcoholic beer and furious dry-humping."
It was first brewed in Munich in 1894 from an ancient brewing tradition. It is clean,
malty, and lightly sweet, yet dry at the finish without much bitterness. It's ABV rarely
exceeds 5.5%. It was first brewed in 1894 in Munich, Germany by the Spaten
brewery. It is pale gold in color with a honey or hay like malt aroma with just a touch
of grassy hops. Spaten Premium Lager is the one we recommend you try.
Game time - return to college days with the classic called Quarters. All you need is
a cup and a quarter. The object is to bounce the quarter off the table and into the
beer filled cup. If a player misses, it's the next player's turn. If they succeed, they
become the Rule Maker and can implement rules for the other players. Rules might
range from "Drink" to "Don't say the letter S to "no first names." After a rule is made
the Rule Maker takes another turn. As long as the Rule Maker continues to sink the
quarter they can keep making rules. If they miss, all rules are revoked.
Released in 2013 Cashmere hop is a descendant of Cascade and Northern
Brewer hops. It bring lemon, lime, and melon notes, a smooth bitterness, and a
subtle herbal character. It was developed by Washington State University and is
used mainly for IPAs. Its mild herbal aromatics have been described as a spiced
candy fruit basket.
Quiz - Which of these craft breweries has been purchased by a large brewery?
A. Ballast Point; B. Three Floyds; C. Georgetown Brewing; D. Lost Coast; E. Real
Ale Brewing. The answer is.... no peeking....we say you looking...its "A"
Beer term to know: Break. Proteins and other compounds in beer wort from
clumps called break. This process happens once during the boil (hot break)
and once when the wort is chilled after boiling (cold break). The formation of
break tends to encourage a clearer, more stable beer. Solid break material is often
referred toby its German name trub.
"Isn't beer the holy libation of sincerity? The potion that dispels all hypocrisy, any
charade of fine manners? The drink that does nothing worse than incite its fans to
urinate in all innocence, to gain weight in all frankness?"
One beer style very popular in warm weather is Kolsch. It comes form the German
city of Cologne. It is a clean, crisp, and delicate style that is fermented cold like a
lager. It has a lot in common with a pilsner though ale yeast is used to make it.
The beer is brilliant yellow to gold in color, with a floral, hoppy aroma. It is usually
made with German pilsner malt. It is traditionally served in a tall, narrow 200 ml
glass called a stange.
How is your German? Do you know what "Tun" is? It' means vessel. Brew houses
often have a lauter tun for separating grain fromclear wort and a mash tun for
containing the crushed barley and hot water mixture called the mash.
"A man has no more right to an opinion for which he cannot account than to
a glass of beer for which he cannot pay" Kevin Fishman
"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
Clay and Jay
See you next month!