Sunday, September 18, 2005 AD

The countdown is on...

30 days to the Midwest Beer Fest.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 AD

A Case for Head Cases … or Something Like That

Amor et Labor, Mike Benoit's blog, comments on an article from History of Psychiatry showing that beer was an integral part of the diet in Victorian asylums. Brief but interesting report, Mike.

Friday, September 09, 2005 AD

Is Sam Adams Going To Take This?

Apparently, some unnamed German brewery claims to have the strongest beer - a whooping 25.4%! But this is only 0.4% higher than Sam Adams (The Boston Brewing Company) Utopia, 25%.

I like how the article ends:

"I'm pretty sure the Americans have something up their sleeve."

I'll bet we do.

A more efficient way to drink vs. what I really learned in college.

E-mailed to me by a fraternity brother:

Compartmented Fluid Dispensing Apparatus: aka. Octabong. A patented dispensing invention that delivers beer to as many as 8 recipients. Sectional design made to seperate beer for each user, so that various kinds of beer can be used. Funnel design also ensures accurate races for a group up to 8.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005 AD

Practice Safe Six

Practice Safe Six
Originally uploaded by Terrible_Swede.
I think its says, "Cut Throat." Courtesy of Vicar Francisco. Another Lutheran vicar blogger!

A Real Lutheran Mug …

and I don't Mean a Picture of Martin's Face

My organist certainly doesn't have an instrument like this. If she did, I'd marry her. Oh, yeah, I already did.

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I'm not Honked-off about This Ale

Honker's AleThe Goose Island Beer Company of Chicago, Illinois produces an interesting array of beers, many crafted in the English brewing tradition.

One of their offerings is Honker's Ale, which the company lists as its flagship pale ale. I've noticed that "flagships" sometimes pander to an unreachable middle ground, but his brew has its own personality. Melding a medium-high bitterness to creamy maltiness provides one the effect of nuts with a bite. This one does a good job of melding refreshment with richness.

Some beers in this class are overly floral for my taste, their fruitiness ending up as perfume. Not so, Honker's Ale. The broad flavor has just a slight fruit undertone and the overall balance is great.

After sampling this ale, I find myself looking for other Goose Island products. However, I still don't see any chance of cheering for such Chicago products as the Cubs.

Monday, September 05, 2005 AD

I Should Have Done This Sooner...

If you see the sidebar, I made the three pictures as hyperlinks.

The first picture and hyperlink is the "License to Sin Boldly" and its original context between Luther and Melanchthon.

The second picture of Luther holding a beer mug is from these guys. It jumps to an article of Martin Luther at Wikipedia. He's our "other" patron saint.

The third is St. Pauli Girl, our true patron saint, and apparently changes annually - we'll see what 2006 has. That picture jumps to the main St. Pauli Girl beersite.