Beer Break Vol. 3, No. 42
Arnold vs. King Midas?
Aug. 14, 2003
Remember the good old days before messages such as "Re: view your prize" and
"RE: gec58 t rzycmoykqeuh" clogged our email boxes? Then you didn't hesitate
to forward a funny email. Now, you figure, "Why be part of the problem?"
Today, excuse us, because basically that is what we are doing.
This message from Dave Brodrick at Manhattan's Blind Tiger Ale House, landed
in our box early in the week, promoting a gathering Wednesday (sorry, it has
passed). Dave is a former journalist and unpublished (as far as we know)
novelist who runs the type of bar every brewer wants his or her beer served at. The
Blind Tiger recently won the Realbeer.com Challenge Cup small bar
While the story Dave weaves sounds exactly like something Dogfish Head
Brewing founder/owner Sam Calagione would fabricate, Sam had nothing to do
with it. He only points out that Midas Touch is 9% abv, not 6%.
"Dear Blind Tigerites:
"We've just received word that Sam from Dogfish Head has nominated a barrel
of his Midas Touch for governor of California. He easily gathered the 65
signatures necessary to get on the ballot, as everyone agreed a keg of beer
could run California better than Gray Davis. When Sam made his announcement
in Sacramento, he was immediately besieged by reporters. Sam assured them
that nowhere in the state's constitution did it say the governor had to have
arms and legs, or even a face. Once this had been confirmed, the reporters
looked at the keg, which was quietly sitting beside Sam. 'This is
ridiculous,' one of the reporters said. 'What do we call it?' Sam said they
should address the keg as 'King Midas.' He explained how archeologists had
discovered the tomb of King Midas along with his last meal. Using DNA
techniques, Sam had recreated the beer Midas drank before they buried him,
and it was now interested in politics. 'Unfortunately, we haven't been able
to recreate King Midas himself, who is probably the only person capable of
saving California,' Sam said. 'We feel his beverage is the next best thing.'
"'What party is he affiliated with?' Another reporter asked. Sam explained
King Midas was a candidate of the Constant Party. As far as he knew, this was
the first time they had actually fielded a candidate, though they had been
talking about it for years and years.
"A reporter tracked down Arnold Schwarzenegger for a comment. 'I am running
against a can of beer?' He said. The reporter informed Arnold he was actually
running against a whole keg. 'This is what I love about America,' Arnold
said. 'It is a land of opportunity, and I promise that after I kick this keg,
I will make sure everyone in California has a fantastic job.'
"Sam asked if they would like to taste the candidate. He passed around some
cups, and pretty soon they were all agreeing that King Midas had more flavor
than any of his rivals. Some wondered if he might actually have a chance.
There would be a lot of people from California voting in the election and you
never knew who or what they might go for. 'How strong is he?' Someone asked.
Sam said he came in about 6% by volume. He claimed the toughest part of the
campaign would be keeping the would-be governor at a constant 42 degrees as
they traveled the state.
"The timing of this controversial candidacy couldn't come at a better time
for us: We're hosting a 'California's Going to the Dogs' fund raiser for the
potential governor tomorrow (Wednesday the 13th) at 1 p.m., as part of our
annual 'Dog Dayz of Summer' Festival. Appearing with King Midas will be
Dogfish's Immort Ale and 60 Minute IPA. Tom Baker of Heavyweight will be
premiering his latest edition of Old Salty Barleywine, as well as his brand
new Weizenbock. We'll also have a keg of Fred from Hair of the Dog ..."
That beer lineup looks to us like the beginning of a pretty powerful
Brewed by High Falls Brewing in New York
Michael Jackson writes:
An interesting color, somewhere between a lovely dark orange and a tawny hue.
The color speaks of interesting malts, and the nose powerfully supports that
expectation. There is a real promise of Vienna malts, such as might be found
in a traditional Marzen-Oktoberest. I thought I did taste them in the palate,
but there was more of a caramel note, a hint of smokiness, some emptiness and
SAM ADAMS LIGHT
Brewed by Boston Beer
Roger Protz writes:
I put a bottle in the fridge before cutting the grass and an hour later this
really hit the spot. It's not a profound or complex beer, but its Vienna Red
color and biscuity, nutty aroma and hint of hop resins are appealing. The
palate is dry and malt-dominated. The finish fades fast but there is
sufficient juicy malt and bitter hopes to linger on the back of the throat.
Not a beer to die for, but should prove popular with the gardeners.