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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
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    Pay Attention, This Is Important Comment
    Gregory Morris, 12/17/08 8:41:54 am
    There are myths about beer in need of debunking. Like how green bottles are useful for anything other than goat piss storage, and how beer should be only consumed at temperatures appropriate for cryogenics.

    In addition to what LegendsOfBeer posts, I'd like to add a few other immensely important items.

    Myth #13: Budweiser is the King of Beers.
    The truth is, to qualify as beer, a beverage needs to be made from barley, water, and hops. Budweiser's primary grain is rice. Therefore, Budweiser is only the King of flavorless malted beverages.

    Myth #14: Quality beer has to contain more hops.
    For some reason, there is a trend to force over-hopped beers on the market, ostensibly because more hops == more better. The truth is, there are numerous flavors and aromas in beer that must be in balance in order for the beer to be high quality. Adding more hops in lieu of proper balance only serves to make beer more bitter and hoppy. Some brewers think slapping the label "India Pale Ale" on a bottle gives them the right to serve poorly balanced yak spit.

    Myth #15: The best beer is imported.
    While it is true that there are a number of fine imported beers, there are also many fine craft brewers in the US. Only certain types of beers age well (such as certain Belgian ales), and only those should be imported. If you want a good pilsner, don't import it from the Czech Republic. Go to Prague and drink one. Also, like the linked post mentions, green bottles do not protect beer from being ruined by light and beer demons. Therefore, only a fool will drink an import in a green bottle.

    Myth #16: French beer is good.
    A baldfaced and inexcusable lie. French beer is a poor attempt to copy their masterful Belgian neighbors.

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    Re: Pay Attention, This Is Important
    BWM, 12/18/08 8:41:10 am
    Myth 14:

    We hop heads can\'t help it if certain beer \"aficionados\" don\'t have what it takes to enjoy a beer that overwhelms the senses with hops. The hop flower is one of God\'s greatest creations, and more hops does in fact equal more better. This isn\'t to say that we don\'t enjoy less hoppy brews, we just recognize them as unique in their own rite, albeit inferior to IPAs.

    For remedial study I suggest you start with a Stone IPA. Once you can handle that, try a Stone Ruination IPA. Your sense will thank me if you can make it though a bottle without crying.
    Re: Pay Attention, This Is Important
    Gregory Morris, 12/18/08 8:52:09 am
    Hop-heads have formed their own religion. Its kind of like spice-heads who insist on eating whole, raw habaneros.

    I LOVE hops. Don't get me wrong. I love hops more than I love Hoppes. I love hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. I like dry-hopped beers. I used to grow hops in my back yard.

    But you can't brew a batch of pale ale with 500lbs of Yakima Magnum, boiled for an entire hour to extract every last amount of bitterness, and think it is actually tasty.

    On the other hand I can't stand, so-called "beer" like Miller Light where the brewermaster simply opens the brewing tank and shout the word "hops", in lieu of actually dumping in a heaping helping of Humulus Lupus.

    And for your information, I do happen to like Stone beers. I just can't quaff a dozen in one sitting because my eyeballs might implode.
    Re: Pay Attention, This Is Important
    Rustmeister, 12/18/08 9:55:00 am
    For a good, hoppy, light bodied beer, try an AleSmith X. Good stuff there.

    I usually do the hoppy stuff in the summer, and the maltier stuff in the winter, except when Sierra Nevada puts out thier Celebration, of course.
    Budweiser is not completely useless
    name, 12/18/08 1:44:07 pm
    It works fine as a medium for cooking kielbasa.
    Re: Pay Attention, This Is Important
    Gregory Morris, 12/18/08 1:47:00 pm
    I never said Bud is useless... just that it isn't beer. I have no problem cooking with it. I use it to make beer bread myself.
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