November 11, 2011
Last month, the Czar surprised the rest of the Aleheads with a fairly coherent analysis of the amount of money he has spent on beer this year (we suspect that his long-suffering manservant Karl actually tallied the results). We begged the Czar to make the breakdown into a post for our readers. In typical Czar fashion, he claimed he would “add it to my list…just as soon as I finish shaving my balls”. That’s Czar-Speak for, “don’t hold your goddamn breath”.*
*The Czar NEVER shaves his balls.
I would have just let it go, but I was kind of curious as to what the rest of the Aleheads had laid out in beer purchases this year. I haven’t delved into my own spending habits yet for the sake of my marriage, but I plan on eventually conducting a Czar-like analysis one evening after Wifey goes to bed. Here’s the Czar’s initial e-mail to the crew: Read the rest of this entry »
November 7, 2011
How dare Garrett Oliver make sweeping beer generalizations? Doesn’t he know that’s our job?!?!
In this week’s Foodist column from Bon Appetit, Oliver notes that brewers “tend to hate [growlers]“. He goes on to explain that growlers are “beer destroyers” and he likens the purchase of a growler to someone scraping a plate of food from a nice restaurant into a bag, putting it in the fridge for three days, microwaving it, and then eating it. Mmm…appetizing!
As is usually the case with Oliver, he actually does make some good points in the midst of his rant (in which he claims to speak for the entire brewing world, by the way). Yes, growlers are an imperfect vessel for storing beer. Yes, beer stored in a clear growler that is exposed to direct sunlight (even for a very short period of time) will skunk quickly. Yes, the filling of a growler injects oxygen into the beer which can negatively affect the flavor. These are valid points and I appreciate Mr. Oliver using his pulpit to explain to people that growlers are not meant for long-term storage of beer. Read the rest of this entry »