Beer And Labor
This is a good diagram of all the parts involved in brewing a batch of beer. You can go to the website for a description of each step.
World Beer Cup
The world beer cup recently wrapped up and the winners are in. You can download the winners list above. We don't quite agree with all the decisions, and we obviously haven't had all of the beers, but here are the ones we have had that made the list and my thoughts on their awards:
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA - Gold - Rye Beer: I gave this a 3 rating. I haven't had a lot of this style, but I preferred Harpoon's version.
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis - Silver - Session Beer: I gave this a 6 when I drank it, so no argument here.
Coors Light - Gold - American Style Lager/Light Lager: Another 6 from me, by far my favorite cheap beer (which is what this category should have been called). Definite agreement here.
Allagash White / Hoegaarden - Gold/Silver - Belgian Witbier: I disagree with the order, but you can't really go wrong with either of these beers. 5 and 7 from me.
Leffe Blonde - Silver - Belgian-Style Blonde Ale: Another great choice (5), but I would prefer Affligem's to be on there.
Red Hook Nut Brown Ale - Silver - English Style Brown Ale: I gave this one a 5, and this may be one of the best beers for the price I've ever had.
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Bronze - British-Style Imperial Stout: How are there 2 beers better than this one? I need to get those.
Overall, this list is pretty good. However, there were also a few beers on the list that I've had that I just haven't reviewed. Some that won awards (Icehouse especially) make me wonder who pissed in the beers that they beat. Anyway, seeing this list convinced me to go buy beer today, including 3 that won awards. I will start drinking them in about 5 minutes.
Beer 101: The Hangover
Hangover (Hang-o-ver) - n
1. The unpleasant physical effects following the heavy use of alcohol
2. A letdown, as after a period of excitement
3. A vestige; a holdover
Touche dictionary, touche. If I knew dictionaries were this spot on, I'd probably have used it once in a while and wouldn't have to drink so much to make myself sound smart (to myself). Instead I suck at spelling and have a vocabulary the size of a meandering minx. To top it off, I'm hungover as f*%k.
P.S. Playing pull-don't-make-a-face with rolling rock is dangerous. Proceed with caution.
Beer And Food Pairing
A great reference. Shows beer color, hop and alcohol content, as well as recommended glass shape and serving temperature. Not to mention food.