|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
Did you know that Japanese sake is actually a type of beer, not a wine? We didn't
either until we realized that beer is an alcoholic beverage made by converting the
starches in a grain into sugar and then fermenting them into alcohol. That's what is
done with rice, in order to make it into sake.
It's claimed (we don't believe anything since at first they said don't wear mas during
the pandemic) the tongue has about 10,000 taste buds. If that's true we suggest,
you put them to good work and busy several beers you've never had before.
85 to 90% of beer consumed in Canada is manufactured in Canada. How many
industries can say the same thing? Unfortunately Canada also has one of the
highest beer taxes in the world.
Beer production in China started approximately 7000 to 9000 years ago. China
started in beer production using rice which was later replaced by barley and hops.
China has dominated in terms of beer production in the world for the past 6 years
They also consume the most but not on a per capita basis.
A minister, a priest and a rabbi walk into a bar. “What is this,” asks the bartender,
“some kind of joke?” Wait, we can do better. The past, present, and future walk
into a bar. It was tense. Please give us one more chance - The bartender says “we
don’t serve time travelers in here”. A time traveler walks into a bar.
Alcohol puns are always in pour taste. (We never give up).
Quiz time! What is the first "foreign beer" to be sold in Germany? A. Budweiser
B. Coors; C. Spaten, D. Sam Adams; E. Stella; Answer-d
Hops are cultivated between the 35th and 55th parallel in the northern and southern
hemispheres because they require specific summer day lengths to produce cones.
Hop plants can grow up to 6 meters in a year and quite often 30cm in a day.
"“Stay with the beer. Beer is continuous blood. a continuous lover."
Most of the brewed yeasts belong to a family called Saccharomyces. Ale yeasts
work best at warmer temperatures and therefore take longer to ferment. Lager
yeasts are best used at colder temperatures and fermentations take almost twice as
long as ales.Yeast is remarkably temperature sensitive and can create completely
different beers with only a small temperature variation in the brewing process.
Good News / Bad News - The hops in beer both are powerful cancer-fighters. Hops
are a better source of cell-damage-fighting antioxidants than red wine, green tea
and soy products, The source is xanthohumol, a compound found only in hops.
The bad news is that you'd have to drink about 118 gallons (450 liters) of beer a
day to see a health benefit from the antioxidants in hops.
All spirits, unlike beer and wine, are completely colorless when first made. Their
colors comes from from aging in oak barrels. Beer is a natural beverage.
"I'm off for a quiet pint- followed by fifteen noisy ones."
Quiz Time- part 2. A traditional Black & Tan is a drink using a stout beer layered on
top of a lighter beer such as a lager. Guinness's web site says they prefer the
mixture of Guinness and___? A. John Courage B Harp, C. London Pride
D. Bud Select answer- b
People who drink in moderation tend to be healthier and live longer than those who
either abstain or abuse alcohol according to scientific studies. We figure if we drink
more than moderation recommends we'll be even healthier.
File under "if Johnny only knew"- Johnny Appleseed distributed apple seeds across
the U.S. frontier. People didn’t want to grow apples to munch. They wanted them for
their juice. They fermented it to make”hard” cider.
“I was my Uncle Floyd who discovered beer was a food well in advance of
modern medical thought.” P.G. Woodhouse
Although “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is considered to be the
shortest sentence that includes all the letters of the alphabet, alcohol lovers came
up with one of their own “Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.”
Arthur Guinness II—the father of Guinness stout—altered the family beer recipe to
include unmalted roasted barley instead of black malt. The unmalted barley wasn't
subject to extra taxes (more on those here), which made it affordable for the
Guinness family—and also made the beer’s taste distinctive. By the end of the 19th
century, Guinness was the largest brewery in Europe.
"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
Clay and Jay
See you next month!