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Let’s Celebrate!!!

5 Dec

75 years ago today on December 5th 1933 the Twenty-first Amendment of the United States Constitution was ratified! After 13 years of horror, the American government came to their senses!

For those of you who do not know, the Twenty-first Amendment repealed the Eighteenth Amendment. The Eighteenth Amendment is commonly known as prohibition!

I think Homer J.(Jay) Simpson put it best in this song:

I encourage all of my readers (over 21 of course!) to go out and raise a drink to the Twenty-first Amendment! CHEERS!

Anchor Steam Beer

2 Oct
Anchor Steam Beer

Anchor Steam Beer

Today will be the first of a trilogy of beer reviews. Each of the beers will fall into a slightly different price category and will be offered as alternatives to the standard Bud or Miller you may be drinking. The first beer I will be reviewing falls in the middle of the price range at $8.50 for six twelve-ounce bottles (all prices will be what I paid for them at the local ABC liquor store before tax). It also happened to be the beer I paired with my Bruschetta Chicken Bake and Ore-Ida Steam’n Mash potatoes for dinner Monday night.

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Fruity Beer

3 Aug

Fruity beer seems to be the new thing in beer. Well, I guess fruity is just the new thing in everything!

Anheuser-Busch is now selling a beer called “Wild Blue” which is a blueberry ale. As the Anheuser-Busch press release says “Not suited for timid or reserve beer drinkers…” this is a real alcoholic beverage with an alcohol content of 8%. That is more than your average beer (Budweiser is 5% – check out this cool list I found!) but it isn’t noticeable at first. That is because this beer is absolutely, by far, the sweetest beer I’ve ever tasted. We got to taste it at my first visit to Busch Garden’s Brewmaster’s Club (Yes, now I’ve been to BGT’s and Sea World Orlando’s!).

This is not a beer you drink when you are looking to finish off a six pack by yourself and I wouldn’t recommend pairing this beer with most “beer food.” So don’t crack this open while you are grilling those chops!

While this Blueberry Ale is starting to spread throughout the US, I saw a report on Slashfood.com linking to this page talking of the upcoming arrival of Früli in America. Früli is a Belgium Wheat mixed with strawberry juice, yum?

I like strawberries more than I like blueberries, but beer? I just don’t know if I can be a fan of fruity beer!

A sad, sad day!

14 Jul

I guess I knew it was coming, but this evening it was leaked that Anheuser-Busch has agreed to InBev’s buyout offer. Reports say that the takeover is estimated at about $50 billion and will create the largest brewery in the world. InBev will allow the Anheuser-Busch corporate offices to remain in St. Louis, but Anheuser always bragged about being the last American owned major brewer. Miller is owned by South African Breweries as SABMiller. Coors is owned by the Molson Coors Brewing Company and they are Canadian.

While I understand that in America we have a free market system, and rich people like Warren Buffett will make millions off of this deal (The Busch family will make very little because they sold off their shares years ago and only own about 4%) but what about the whole “made in the USA” crap. Our car companies are going bankrupt because everyone buys Toyotas and now all of our beer is owned by outsiders. What is America going to do when 80% of the companies owning most of the property around the country are owned by people overseas? Most countries don’t allow this sort of thing, but we do.

Also, on a personal note I’m very VERY worried about the theme parks. Busch Gardens and Sea World are places that I love to go to and have annual passes to and it is doubtful that Busch’s new Belgian owners will want to keep these “non-core assets.” Busch also spends billions of dollars every year on the environment and being “green” is a very American thing (although we just do it as lip service), just look at were our Olympians will be choking for air next month. InBev will see this spending as waste and eliminate it immediatly.

Farewell America! We barely knew thee!

You can read the news in this Yahoo! article.

Flavored Vodka…

30 Jun

So, the new thing in alcohol is to flavor it with something, OK it isn’t really that new, but the flavors I have found are. My thought was always that they flavored rum with fruity things to get the female audience to drink more. The best “girlie drinks” are the ones that don’t taste of any alcohol at all!

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