"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers

"There's nothing in the world like that first taste of beer."
John Steinbeck
"Or the first line of a new Here and There."
Clay & Jay

Don't be surprised if you try a traditional English IPA and it's not as hoppy as it's
American counterparts.  It's supposed to be that way.  Orange-citrus English hops
are the norm in these relatively malty, biscuity ales along with darker amber hues
and sometimes caramel and toffee highlights.

Beer term: Cask.  A barrel shaped container that stores and ferments ale.  It can be
plastic or wood but is usually made of stainless steel.  They come in various sizes,
each with its own name.  Casks usually have two openings: the bunghole (at the
rounded top of the cask) and the keyhole(on the bottom of the flat front face.

Quiz time! When some people see a Black & Tan (or Half & Half) the wonder why
the dark beer floats on top of the lighter beer. What scientific principle is the main
reason this?  A. Viscosity, ;B. Beer Degassing; C. Surface Tension
D. Specific Gravity

Beer was first available in bottles in 1850. It was first available in cans in 1935.
So what the heck did they use before 1850?

Beer Cocktail Time - we like this one called a Double Knockout.  Fill a glass with ice.  
Shake 2 ounces of Canadian whiskey, 1 ounce frozen orannge juice concentrate

A barrel of beer in the U.S. holds 31 gallons. This is enough to fill about 330
twelve-ounce bottles or our super sized growler..1/2 ounce fresh lemonn juie in a
cocktail shaker until concentrate is dissolved.  Pour into a glass and top withyour
favorite Double IPA.  Add an orange twist if you need more vitamin C.

New hop variety - Sabro.  The Hop Breeding Co. recently announced the release of
a new proprietary cultivar called Sabro bred from the neomexicanus line of hop
s indigenous to North America.  It is said to offer flavors of tangerine, coconut,
and mint.  We could do without the mint for sure.

A lot of people like to pair beer with food.  Although we prefer to pair beer with beer
here's our recommendation for Double IPAs.  Try rich meats or strong flavored
vegetarian dishes that are able to stand up to the intensity of extra-hops and often
high alcohol content. The added alcohol helps cut through  the fat in the food.

That begs the question what style of beer goes best with chocolate cake, strong
cheeses, roast chicken, peppery tofu and other such items.  We say its a good
Dopplebock.  The somewhat sweet flavors of this style stand up very well to the
sweet richness of most desserts. Yummy.

Now that we mentioned dessert here's a beer cocktail that will be all you need -
Baltic Porter Plum Pudding.  Fill a glass with ice. Shake 2 oz. rum,1 oz. apple juice
(or white wine), 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice. Shake until well chilled.  Pour into
glass and top with any good Baltic Porter.  Stir gently to blend.  Drink any of the
porter that is leftover directly from the bottle before anyone notices.

Quiz time Pilsner is a variety of what beer family?  A: Lager, B: Ale,
C: German speciality configuration, D: none of these
answer: A

"Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful afternoon with nothing
to look forward to than more of the same."
Hugh Hood

Beer Style:  
Bock is a traditional German lager that comes in several varieties..  
Traditional dunkel (or dark) bock originated in the city of Einbeck. Bock means
"ram" in German which is why you'll often see one on this beer's label. Complex, rich
maltiness is the hallmark of the style. Alcoholic strength ranges from 6.3 to 7.2%.  
Maibock is a lighter version brewed in the spring.  Dopplebock is the strongest
version, and weizenbock is made with wheat malt.

What's the difference between a keggle and a kegerator? Time is up.  Keggle is a
nickname for a commercial beer keg that's been converted into a home brew beer
kettle.  A kegerator is a refrigerator in which one or more kegs are kept at a
constant temperature that can dispense beer or simply store it.

Every gallon of beer produced nets about 1.7 pounds of wet spent grain. But
“spent” is a misnomer, as the remaining substance is low in sugar and rich in fiber,
protein, biotin, folic acid, riboflavin and minerals such as calcium and magnesium.  It
is often re-used in things ranging from animal feed or bread making.

"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
Clay and Jay

See you next month!
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Clay Moore
dedicates this page to his
favorite band,
Lunch Hour-
Six Pack
"beer for the ear"
It's time for more ......TALES OF ALES

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