|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
According to the German Association of Brewers as many as one in 15 beers of
the estimated annual 6.2 million hectolitres consumed in Germany contains no
alcohol. This is being put down to an increase in health awareness as well as an
improvement in the quality of a beverage. We guess it's no longer considered
shameful to ask for an alcohol-free beer in Germany at least..
One of our favorite beer styles is a Wee Heavy. It's the strongest of the Scottish
ales. Like a rich, sweet dessert, wee heavy is as much a showcase of rich malt
complexity as German bock beer, though it's cold fermented with ale yeast. Esters
from the yeast can produce fig, date, and prune fruitiness with an alcohol content up
to 10%. We recommend Belhaven Week Heavy and McEwan's Scotch Ale.
"Across the troubled maelstrom of time, people always need a beer."
Beer word to know: Fermentation. It's the complex process whereby yeast acts
upon a sugar solution to turn sugars into alcohol and CO2. Fermentation is
affected by how much sugar is in the solution, as well as temperature, pressure,
acidity, and other factors.
Jester is a proprietary variety of hops developed in the UK. However it is quite
different from what brewers have come to expect from traditional British hops. In
fact its name is said to derive from the fact that people refused to believe it was
actuall English in origin. Grapefruit, lycheee, and black currant are the hallmarks of
this intense, punchy aromatic hop.
"Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and
promotes health." Thomas Jefferson
Quiz time - Which of these craft breweries has been purchased by a large brewery?
A. Sierra Nevada; B. Leinenkugel, C. Wachusett; D. Anderson Valley; E. Highland
answer: B by Miller - Coors
Saison (French for season) is a Belgium beer style that varies widely in color and
ABV. Many breweries make a saison for each of the four season. It's often brewed
with fruit, spices, and herbs and usually has a strong yeast character, a high
carbonation level, and a dry, spritzy finish. We recommend you try Saison Dupont
and Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.
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"
Trappist ales are mostly Belgian ales brewed in Trappist monasteries. Secular
breweries are not allowed to call their beers Trappist so many defer to the name
Abbey. Trappist beers come in single, dubbel, tripel,and quadrupel levels.
Packaging in beer terminology is the container from which the finish beer is served.
Beer is most often packaged in kegs, bottles, and cans but can also come in firkins,
butts, hogsheads, and a variety of other lesser known vessels.
"There is no such thing as a bad beer. It's just that some beers taste better
than others." Billy Carter
Watch out for diacetyl in you beer. It's a buttery compound that almost always is
considered a flaw. It is usually caused by incomplete fermentation or bacterial
infection. Don't worry you won't get sick, the beer will just taste bad.
Beer cannot be marketed as beneficial, in Germany. The German federal court of
justice ruled that the claim could not be used in advertisement for beverages
containing more than 1.2% alcohol.
Last year, the U.S. beer industry shipped 202.2 million barrels, enough to fill more
than 2.8 billion cases of 24 12-ounce cans or bottles, according to America's Beer
Distributors. And 82% of the beer we drank was produced domestically
India pale ale (IPA), is still craft beer's largest style category. Volume and dollar
sales rise 14% f5 months of 2019.. Otherwise, the four next-biggest styles by
volume -- including Belgian witbiers, seasonals, pale ales, and variety packs --
all were negative. The broader pale ale category fell the most, plunging nearly
16% from last year.
"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
Clay and Jay
See you next month!