|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
Macro lagers (think Bud, Miller,,etc.) are (in)famous for using adjuncts. That's a
generic term for any -non-malt starch or sugar added during the brewing of beer.
Adjuncts such as corn and rice can allow breweries to produce beer more cheaply
since they are less expensive than malted barley. Starch adjuncts must be steeped
or "mashed" with malted barley to allow the enzyme amylase to convert them to
fermentable sugar. Sugar adjuncts can also be added to increase the fermentability
of beer. Both kinds of adjuncts tend to lighten the color and body of the beer.
Beer Style Guide: GOSE (goes - ah)
Gose is a highly cartonated, tart, and fruity wheat The beer has a savory
crispness due to with light additions of coriander and sea salt. It is typically
unfiltered and hazy. You will often see it blended with fruit to highlight its fruity yeast
character. .Generally around 4.5% ABV the style originated in Soslar, Germay,
back in the Middle Ages but was later adopted by the city of Leipzig.
Beer Style Guide: BRITISH BROWN
Brown Ale is much like a porter but without burnt or roasty flavors. It is maltier than
a British bitter and strong than a mild ale. Lots of caramel backed by a toasty, nutty
sweetness. British Browns tend to finish dry. Best example is Newcastle Brown.
Quiz time! Which of these breweries has been purchased by a large brewery?
A. 21st Amendment; B. Spotzel; C. Minhas , D. Matt; E. Pyrmid; F. All of these
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
Did you ever play "Flip Cup" Neither did we but a reader sent this in so here it is.
Two opposing teams sit across from each other at a table, each with a plastic cup of
beer. First player on each side drinks their beer. They then place their cup on the
edge of the table so it hangs over the edge a bit, and they flick the edge of the cup
upward attempting to get it to land right side up on the table. Repeat until
successful then the next team member goes. Firs team to finish wins.
"The wonderful things about this natural Czech beer was that even if you drank lot
of it, it still didn't make your heard or body feel heavy....or was that an illusion?"
One of our favorite hops is Citra. It was developed by the Hop Breeding Company
who patented in 2007. Its high alpha acid and oil content as well as its resistance to
disease, have made it a favorite with brewers and growers alike. Its parentage
includes Hallertau, Tettnanger, Brewers Gold, and East Kent Goldings. Citra
showcases flavors of grapefruit, lime, passion fruit, lychee, and melon.
Beer word of the day - Sparge
Means to rinse the steeped crushed barley that has undergone the mashing
process. Mashing helps enzymatically convert starches in the barley to sugars.
Sparging used hot water to rinse those sugars from the solid material creating a
liquid maalt sugar solution called wort. Sparging is the final step in the lautering
process, which eventually ends with the wort being beer.
Beer Style Guideline - FESTBIER
Festbier is a smooth, clean, pale German lager with a forward maltiness that's
designed to be the perfect easy to drink beer. It was first brewed by Paulaner to be
served at Oktoberfest in Munich. The traditional Oktoberfest beer was deemed to
be too filling, but this lighter replacement lager is every bit as strong at 5.8 to 6.3%
ABV. Hops are clean but secondary to the malt and offer only enough bitterness to
balance. We like Hofbrau and Hacker Pschorr's versions.
"Instead of water we got here a draught of beer..... a lumberer's drink, which would
acclimate and naturalize a man at once - which would make him see green and if he
slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines."
Henry David Thoreau
Does your beer's label list its IBUs? Those letters stand for International Bittering
Units. IBU corresponds to the amount of iso-alpha acids dissolved in a given beer
which in turn determines the amount of bitterness in the beer. While theoretically it
is possible to have a beer with more than 100 IBUs, most people's perception of
bitterness gets saturated beyond that number.
Tip of the beer mug to the San Diego County breweries and beer centric pubs for
donating over $70,000 for the Lupus Foundation through there Beer to the Rescue
Foundation. Beer people are good people!
"That's the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself another beer. If
something bad happens you drink to forget; if something good happens you drink
to celebrate; and if things are dull you drink to make something happen. "
"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
Clay and Jay
See you next month!