Beer Break Vol. 3, No. 6
Nov. 7, 2002
Joe Jackan writes: Just read about the European Union restricting Boddingtons
to Manchester if they want to advertise as locally brewed. Do you think they
would enforce the same restriction on Budweiser and make them move to
A clever question from Joe, but it certainly opens a can of worms. Joe is
referring to the Budweiser beer produced by St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch in
breweries around the world. Of course, Budejovicky Budvar already produces
beer in the famous Czech brewing city of Budejovice, and sells it as
Budweiser Budvar where trademark restrictions allow. The disputes between
U.S. Bud and Czech Bud over the use of the Budweiser name would fill a book,
so we'll keep it simple. If you live in the United States and want to try the
beer brewed in Budejovice, look for the beer called Czechvar. It is the same
Back to Boddingtons, yesterday the news out of England told us that Interbrew
has backed off its plan to move production of Boddingtons out of Manchester.
In checking a few facts about "The Cream of Manchester" we came across a page
that generates anagrams from famous slogans. Here are a few already there:
Boddingtons - The Cream of Manchester
Boddingtons stomach-ache fermenter
Stella Artois - Reassuringly Expensive
Pint o' lager virtually erases sexiness
Theakston's Old Peculier
Sip keen, trusted alcohol
[Editor's note: our favorite]
Newcastle Brown Ale
Want cleaner bowels?
Locals want new beer
Fosters - The Amber Nectar
Campaign for Real Ale
Beer torments - farts ache
American lager a flop
We requested one for "Budweiser: King of Beers" and were told it is not a
good phrase for anagramming. But here are a few of the scores of choices we
Frigid, obese nuke brews
Kid brews before genius
Begun before weird kiss
Geek wins rube of brides
I kissed now. Beefburger.
Want more? Visit http://www.anagramgenius.com. And write us if you come up with any you think we'd like.
More from the mailbag: Low carb beers
Richard Walker writes:
Thanks for the article about counting carbs in beer (Beer Break 3/3). I was
less than amused at the bar owner's statement:
"Robert Holland, co-owner of the Universal Joint tavern in Oakhurst, said,
"If any of our customers were interested in a low-carbohydrate beer they
ought to consider quitting drinking."
It isn't that most of us don't truly enjoy a good quality beer. Many of us
used to have to choose between drinking good beer and being heavy or not
drinking beer, losing carbs and (simultaneously) losing weight. I've been
able to lose weight for the first time in 30 years and find it great to be
able to drink a beer -- regardless of it being the color of #### and not
having much taste. By using the low carb brews day-to-day, and monitoring the
weight loss (usually weigh about once a week) I can spring for a couple
really good beers from time to time -- and totally enjoy them.
The bar owner only speaks like he thinks "real men" talk. A few do, but most
don't. The low carb beer is selling and there is a reason for it. There is a
huge market for other low carb food products, but the hard sell is still on
low fat, high grain (mostly refined) and the resultant weight, glaucoma,
cataracts, heart disease, etc. Before that hard sell, we had a reasonable
healthy nation; with that diet we have an unhealthy nation - and nobody seems
to put tie the lack of health to the low fat, high grain diet.
STONE CAT SCOTCH ALE
Brewed by Ispwich Brewery in Massachusetts
Michael Jackson writes:
There are brews of this color and character north of the border but the
international understand of Scotch Ale as a style refers to something much
richer and darker. This "Scotch Ale" has a color between bronze and pale
amber; biscuity aroma; a syrupy maltiness; and some aley, estery fruitiness.
Brewed by Brewery Pavik in Belgium
Roger Protz writes:
This beer begins with a problem: it comes in a can. Can you get "premium"
beer in a can - or do you just taste the can? Prejudices aside, this is a
5.2% volume beer, pale gold, a quickly dying head, a faint sweet corn aroma,
a delicate palate of light malt and some hop bitterness. A dash of citrus
fruit in the finish, which finally becomes dry. The overriding taste? Can.
Back to the drawing board.