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It’s simply a question of truth in advertising. When I order a Nut Brown or a holiday seasonal, I expect that the brewmaster knows at least as much about what goes into the recipe as I do. Preferably lots more. If I order a Porter and get a Pale, I’m upset. If you, as a hop fanatic, order a Double IPA and get a stout, you have every right to be annoyed, too.It’s simply a question of truth in advertising. When I order a Nut Brown or a... more
“Pub Culture” is our weekly series that looks at beers of the world. Join host Lindsay Boo every week as she samples the latest beers and lets you know if you should pick them up or not.
THIS WEEK: Brew Free or Die IPA has citrus and piney hop aromas. It is assertive with a malt backbone supporting the overwhelming bitterness. Dry hopped in the fermenter with four types of hops giving an explosive hop aroma. It is a deep golden color. known as 21A-IPA. 7% ABV. 21st Amendment Brewery out of San Francisco, CA.“Pub Culture” is our weekly series that looks at beers of the world. Join... more
The Opinionated Beer Page-Quotes
(When great men opine beer)
"Oh, lager beer! It makes good cheer, And proves the poor man's worth; It cools the body through and through, and regulates the health."
"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."
"Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer."
"The letters in 'Brace Beemer' can be arranged to spell 'Embrace Beer.'"
-Dave Barry, referring to the actor who played the Lone Ranger on radio
"The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind."
"The sum of the matter is, the people drink because they wish to drink."
"People who drink light 'beer' don't like the taste of beer; they just like to pee alot."
-Capital Brewery, Middleton, WI
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http://images.worshiptheglitch.com/beer_yum.jpgThe Opinionated Beer Page-Quotes
(When great men opine beer)
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Be sure to crack open a cold one on Jan. 24, the day canned beer celebrates its 75th birthday.
New Jersey's Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company churned out the world's first beer can in 1935, stocking select shelves in Richmond, Va., as a market test. The experiment took off and American drinkers haven't looked back since, nowadays choosing cans over bottles for the majority of the 22 gallons of beer they each drink per year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Canned brewskies may have only hit shelves in 1935, but the drink's history goes back much further - at least 6,000 years, in fact, to ancient Iraq.
Though it is impossible to tell just how many important decisions in world history were lubricated by a pint or two, the potent potable has played a role in at least a few milestone events, from the plagues of medieval Europe to the founding of the United States.Be sure to crack open a cold one on Jan. 24, the day canned beer celebrates its 75th... more
HUBERTUS, Wis. -- Kids collect a lot of things these days: Transformers action figures, American Girl dolls, baseball cards. Then there's 10-year-old Randy Langenbach. He collects beer cans.
"I just like how they look," Randy says of the 200 cans that line the walls of his bedroom here. And, no, "he doesn't drink the beer," his father says.
The problem for the once-thriving hobby of beer-can collecting is that Randy is a rarity: a collector under the age of 30.
As the beer can nears its 75th birthday in January, many hobbyists are crying in their brew over their inability to lure young people to a pastime that hooked many of them when they were youngsters in the 1970s.
"We'd ride bikes to each other's houses and start trading cans," says Dan Baker, 47, an Illinois collector who started when he was 10. "That's what all the kids did back then."
Now, the country's dwindling number of beer-can enthusiasts fear the hobby is past its sell-by date, unable to compete with videogames and iPods. Unless hobbyists can revive interest among kids -- or even among 35-year-old beer drinkers -- they fret that nobody will be around to look after their "flat tops" and "cone tops" and the cultural history they represent. Some also worry that their collections will lose their dollar value.
"A lot of the older members are dying off, and it's really tough to get new members," says Mark Sanders, 47. A hobbyist since his youth, Mr. Sanders sported a Blatz T-shirt and a bracelet of Blatz bottle caps at a recent brewery-collectibles show in Belleville, Ill.
Can collectors hand out free beer cans to kids at shows, ship them boxes of cans by mail and regale them with stories of discovering rare cans.
"They try to keep me into it," says young Mr. Langenbach, who also collects beer trays and bottle caps. But the blue-eyed fourth-grader says not one of his classmates collects cans, despite his efforts to entice them. "The boys are mostly interested in sports, and the girls are interested in girl stuff."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126022528798380825.html?mod=rss_Today';s_Most_Popular#project%3DSLIDESHOW08%26s%3DSB10001424052748703558004574582271408563990%26articleTabs%3DarticleHUBERTUS, Wis. -- Kids collect a lot of things these days: Transformers action... more
Several years ago, Morgen and I visited Germany—more specifically, the region in southeastern Germany known as Bavaria. Although Germany ranks third in per-capita beer consumption (after the Czech Republic and Ireland), it is clearly a place where people take their beer very seriously. Bavaria, in particular, is home to the oldest (non-religious) legal standard of food production still in force: The legendary Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, known in German as the Reinheitsgebot.
The Duke of Beers
The short version of this law, which was enacted on April 23, 1516 by Bavarian Duke Wilhelm IV (a.k.a. William IV), is that beer may contain only three ingredients: barley, hops, and water. Ostensibly, this makes the law one of the oldest “consumer protection” regulations, instilling confidence in purchasers that the beer they get will contain no questionable grains or additives. (Among the additives the law sought to ban were some commonly used herbs that had hallucinogenic effects.)Several years ago, Morgen and I visited Germany—more specifically, the region in... more
It's a great tragedy that the initial dramatic effects of global warming are felt more at the poles and in the tropics rather than in the temperate area of the rich, greedy and polluter West. If the environmental disaster began to hit us too the Western public and politicians would understand that the danger is real and imminent and it's essential to do something before it's too late. The next important opportunity to wake up is the UN climate conference scheduled for December in Copenhagen.It's a great tragedy that the initial dramatic effects of global warming are felt... more
IF THE sinking Maldives aren't enough to galvanise action on climate change, could losing a classic beer do it? Climatologist Martin Mozny of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute and colleagues say that the quality of Saaz hops - the delicate variety used to make pilsner lager - has been decreasing in recent years. They say the culprit is climate change in the form of increased air temperature.
Mozny's team used a high-resolution dataset of weather patterns, crop yield and hop quality to estimate the impact of climate change on Saaz hops in the Czech Republic between 1954 and 2006. Best-quality Saaz hops contain about 5 per cent alpha acid, the compound that produces the delicate, bitter taste of pilsners.
The study found that the concentration of alpha acids in Saaz hops has fallen by 0.06 per cent a year since 1954, and models of hop yields and quality under future global warming scenarios predict bigger decreases (Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2009.02.006).
It's not just Czech hops that are at stake here, says Francesco Tubiello, a crop specialist at the European Commission and a lead author of the agriculture chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. "The famous hop-growing regions of eastern Germany and central Slovakia are facing the same situation," he says.
The famous hop-growing regions of eastern Germany and central Slovakia are at risk.
Image source: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/files/2009/08/beer.jpgIF THE sinking Maldives aren't enough to galvanise action on climate change,... more
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