|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
A style that is one of our favorite hot weather quenchers is an Australian Sparkling
Ale. Think of it as a British bottled pale ale brewed to lively Australian standards.
The yeast produces distinctive fruity flavors and the malts add bready caramel
notes. As you would expect from the name it's highly carbonated and generally
conditioned in the bottle. The hop of choice for this is usually Pride of Ringwood.
"A man who lies about beer makes enemies."
A popular beer game involving cards is Up & Down the River. Two decks are
shuffled and the dealer gives all players 4 cards face up. The dealer then draws a
card and players must drink once for every card they have that matches it. The
dealer draws again and now the players drink twice for every match. The first player
to match all four cards gets to have 4 drinks or give them to anyone else. Please
note we didn't say it was a smart or fun game. We just said it was a game.
Eureka! hop was bred from Apollo and German Merkur hop varieties and is often
described as a more pungent version of Simcoe. Its strong oil content features
pine, black current, citrus peel and a hit of mint. Before it got named it was officially
called 05256 though nicknamed "pinefruit". It's a bittering and aroma hop.
Good thing so many craft breweries are selling out to the big guys (not really) or we
wouldn't be able to use a question like this most months. Quiz - Which of these craft
breweries has been purchased by a large brewer:. A. Pike Brewing, WA; B. Blue
Point, NY; C. Full Sail, OR; D. August Schell, MN, E. Lakefront,WI
Answer: B bought by AB InBev
A growler is a container for transporting draft beer, but you knew that. Most hold 64
ounces . Crowlers on the other hand are usually 32 oz cans filled and sealed for you
at a bar or a brewery. The can keeps out all light and keeps carbonation in longer.
"The sacred pint along can unbind the tongue."
Gravity in brewing refers to how much sugar is in solution prior to fermentation.
Generally high gravity beers (like a Russian Imperial Stout) are higher in alcohol,
heavier in mouthfeel, and usually more flavorful. Low gravity beers (think session
IPA) have a lower ABV, are lighter in taste and easier to drink. Gravity is expressed
as degrees Plato, or as original specific gravity. An imperial Russian Stout may be
measured as 23degrees Plato while a session IPA rarely exceeds 12 Plato.
On beer style often overlooked is the American Brown Ale. It's not high on the
popularity chart but we like it. Essentially it's like an English brown but better
hopped. Chocolate and caramel malt flavors still lead but American hops play an
important role. American Browns are often stronger than their English counterparts
with ABVs from 4.5% to 6.4%. We really like the Brown from the Brooklyn Brewery.
"Depth perception and beer obviously aren't related."
Word of the day: Zyurgy. It's the science of fermentation, sometimes called
zymology. It's such an uncommon word that most computer spell checks will
underline it as incorrect even when you spell it exactly right.
Currently the USA is the second largest hop producer in the world right behind
Germany. Some raw hops may be harmful to pets so be careful.
In Cuba the central planners in charge of the economy decided they only need two
kinds of beer. There is Cristal, a light lager, and Bucanero, a dark, bock-like beer.
Both taste like Budweiser that’s been left out in the sun too long.
Hawaii just became a better vacation spot. For the first time brewpubs will now be
able to serve 16-ounce beers and provide multiple sample-size beers to customers,
Previously the limit was 12 ounces of beer, 5 oz. of wine or or 1.5 oz of distilled spirits
ACE Content and Budweiser have produced a documentary, “Kings of Beer,” which
according to their press release provides a "never-before-seen look at the rigorous
standards and intense competition that characterize the brewing of the iconic
American lagers". We don't intend to see it. Ever.
"I don't think I've drunk enough beer to understand that"
"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
Clay and Jay
See you next month!