Beer of the Week/Cheer of the Week

Friday, September 30, 2005

Ah....Friday. Time to enjoy the Beer of the Week.

This week, among the hundreds of beers consumed, the one that stood out was Weihenstephaner Kristalweissbier. Yummy.

Weinhenstephaner is the oldest brewery in the world, straing ca. 1040. Yes...26 years earlier than William the Conqueror's big win and the beginning of England as we know it. That's old. While the Dark Ages prevailed, these guys were brewing great beer.

So with almost 1,000 years.....again...almost 1,000 years......almost a milennium....of brewing experience, you'd think they've got it down by now. And they do.

This is a perfectly-pale straw-colored brew, lots of carbonation, and a great fruity taste. Definite banana (B! A-N-A-N-A-S!) scent on the nose. Poured a great head too. Clean finish...I tell ya, these Germans have it down pretty well. Especially after, oh, 1,000 years. This is truly a great-tasing beer. It is not as strong as a traditional weissbier, but is a solid intro-to-weissbier for the uninitiated and a great, solid, drinkable beer for the true connoisseur. Its only imperfection lies in its lightness. It is truly uoffensive. I give Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier an 8/10.

For the Cheer of the Week:

Normally, this would be a snarky politicl diatribe or a strange piece of news. But in Michigan is the biggest in-state rivalry, Michigan State University v. the (lower-case "t") University of Michigan. The huge rivalry that the rest of the nation doesn't know about. MSU is 4-0 so far this season, and U of M is 2-2. This is role-reversal, as usually it's always the other way around. MSU has a great chance this year to beat U of CHEERS to MSU. Go State.


Beer of the Week/Cheer of the Week

Friday, September 23, 2005

Ah, happy Friday. I make no promises about this next statement, as work has kept me quite busy to post regularly, but I will attempt to honor a great beer each week, and offer a "cheers" to various ridiculousness. For, and so you understand my palate and opinion, Natural Light and its ilk are a 0. Guinness in the UK is a 10. Guinness in the States is an 8.

This week, I would like to honor the Sam Adams Octoberfest.

Sam Adams is one of my all-around favorite beers. I find it well-balanced and extremely consistent. Another quality I enjoy about Sammy A is that their seasonal selections vary season-to-season. They are constantly working on their Summer Ale, their Octoberfest, Winter Lager (another fav), etc.

This year's Summer Ale was pretty weak by Sammy A standards, and that really disappointed me. Not to the same level as finding out that there is no Santa or that U of M cares more about Ohio State than MSU. In other words, I didn't have to re-evaluate anything in my life because it was weak this year. Just be disappointed.

So, I was skepticle about Octoberfest. I was worried that like the Summer Ale, the normally-nonpareil brewers in Boston would have so perfectly-balanced a beer between hops and malt that it comes out....neutral. No kick. But when I cracked my first bottle a few weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised.

This year's Octoberfest is an amazing blend of four different types of barley with a heaping amount of malt. With this combo, you get what I think is a great toffee or caramel taste. This is balanced with juuuuust enough hops to make it heartier than summer beers but no so heavy or sweet. I give Sam Adams Octoberfest an 8.

And for this week's Cheers:

Actually, I have 2 this week, both from Chuck Shepherd's News of the Weird.

First, because with September being Octoberfest around the world, In Kimberly, British Columbia, in July, trying to establish a Guinness Book record, 644 people at a music festival played their accordions simultaneously for half an hour.[Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 8-11-05] So with earphones blaring death metal into my ears, cheers on breaking the record!

Next, in the Best Influences from America with which to Rebuild Your Country category, "Abu Mustafa" (a nickname) is part of a small market of vendors of pornographic videos operating in Baghdad, according to an August Reuters dispatch, and sells about 50 DVDs a day, with movies from Lebanon and other Arab countries the most popular. "I tried lots of other jobs," he said, but this was his most promising opportunity (although he said the righteous Shi'ite Badr Brigades have threatened to kill him and his approximately 30 competitors in the Bab al-Sharjee neighborhood). [Reuters, 8-10-05] So with my left hand grasping a beer and my right hand, uh, busy...cheers on your success as a pornographer!


Dear Dear Dear Dear God.....

Monday, September 05, 2005

I found the best song ever written. This may be the coolest band ever. It is a metal (my favortie type of music) song......about beer. I enjoyed. I played again and again. I wept.

The band is Psychostick. The name of the song is "Beer." Check it out here. Support this band.


HUGE Party Foul

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Katrina really really sucked.

Upwards of thousands dead? The mayor of New Orleans evacuates the entire city....for months???

And as a proud new father, an interesting wrinkle: 11 premature babies were flown to a hospital in Texas. This hospital is now in the process of trying to track down these premies' parents. Holy holy holy crap.

I called the Red Cross today. They said if you want to help, call 1-800-HELPNOW or click this link for the Red Cross Web Site. They need $130 million for this relief effort. They are urging not to send food or other items, because it is logistically too hard to get down there, especially in time to be useful. They can use money to purchase what they need and make it work out better and more than a donation of food.



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