Just got this email from our friends at Spinoza’s, and it seemed like useful info to share with you all, especially since I’m on vacation and to lazy to write anything original 🙂
- You should always store bottled beer upright, not on its side. This minimizes oxidation and contamination from the cap.
- Bottled beer is pasteurized. Keg beer is not. That’s why it’s critical for kegs to stay cold (38°F). As the temperature rises, CO2 expands (causing foamy beer) and dormant bacteria may become active and ruin the keg
- The type of water used for brewing makes a difference. The best ales are produced with hard water (with more natural salts like calcium) while soft water is better for lagers.
- Before the 1400s ales were flavored with herbs like rosemary and thyme. Hops were first introduced to preserve beer but are now a desirable flavor.
- Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch Golden Elixir is made from a 2,700-year-old beer recipe that was found in a royal tomb in Turkey. The tomb is believed to be the burial place of the legendary King Midas.
- In 1814 a brewery tank containing 3,500 barrels of beer ruptured in London causing a beer tidal wave that flooded the streets, demolished two houses and claimed the lives of 9 people.
- Pabst Brewery produced the first six-pack of beer in the 1940s. The brewery conducted numerous studies, which found six cans were the ideal weight for the average housewife to carry home from the store.
- Anheuser-Busch uses rice in its formula and the company alone consumes about 15% of the entire U.S. rice crop.
- Belgium wins the “country with the most individual beer brands” award with more than 400 brands and counting.
- The familiar Bass symbol, a red triangle, was registered in 1876 and is the world’s oldest trademark.
- Hops contain an herbal form of estrogen that is rumored to make men chesty (a syndrome known as “Brewer’s Droop”) and lead to erectile dysfunction.
- The ’33’ on Rolling Rock bottles was originally a printer’s error. It refers to the 33 words in the original slogan. It has generated enough mystery over the years that the company decided to keep it.
- Guinness sells an average of 7 million glasses a day.
New On-Tap This Week at Spinoza’s:
Avery Brewing “Maharaja”
Boulder, CO Style: American Double/Imperial IPA 10.30% ABV
Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, – “great” and rajan – “king”. Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty.
21st Amendment Brewing Co. “Hell or High Watermelon Wheat”
San Fransico, CA Style: Fruit Beer 5.5% ABV
Unfiltered, American-style wheat beer. Brewed with 400 pounds of fresh watermelons.
…plus 10 other craft brews on tap!