May 26, 2018

Beer Break

Beer Break Vol. 3, No. 6
Beer anagrams

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 Budejovice?


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 as Budvar.

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
  Beer torments - farts ache

Campaign for Real Ale
  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 were presented:

  Frigid, obese nuke brews
  Kid brews before genius
  Begun before weird kiss
  Geek wins rube of brides
  I kissed now. Beefburger.

Want more? Visit 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.

Tasting notes

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.

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