The Perfect Beer!

I got a  “have you seen this…” from the girlfriend… I thought it was really good.

yes, it’s nearly my perfect beer.  1, I love Sour. 2, I love sour cherries. 3, I love Pinot Noir.  I will try to find a silly video of us sitting in Russian River this year, drinking way toooo much.

Found this though, please excuse the language.

Westvleteren – Building work

If my Flemish is to be judged, then here goes. I only learnt it for one, ok two, reasons; one being beer.

There is building work going on at the Abbey, but don’t worry it’s just that they are improving the sleeping quarters for the Brothers.   Seemingly this is all being paid for from the success of their beers.

I wasn’t able to link over the film – so you’ll have to click here

oh so quaint?

Is this quaint? I see it as something of a lesson from history, overlooking the soybean mention? and the color, the beer and ale differentiation or lack off.

Just sit back and watch this trip through history – when there were 400 breweries in the US!  before this amazing micro brew revolution.  Thanks for the US government for leaving this sort of information available to download/watch on the web.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Beervana – Portland, Oregon

“There are over 1,600 microbreweries in the United States. They started on the West Coast as small breweries selling the beer they made in the pubs they owned. Since their inception, they have taken off in Canada, and are slowly finding their way to other countries around the world.

Portland, Oregon has more breweries than any other city on earth. Nineteenth-century Portland loggers with “their small heads and large bodies,” (as the joke goes) were appreciative of German immigrant Henry Winehard’s good brew. Though the loggers and eventually the original Henry’s, faded into history, the beer lust remained. This heady attraction has been known as “Beervana” since the late 1980’s.

Prohibition had wrecked the brewing business and some laws wouldn’t be changed until 1983, but in the 1970’s a small-brewery revolution took hold. New blood came to the craft. Kurt and Rob Widmer were leaders in the micro-brewery movement. No bank would fund them, so it was by wit and wile that they cobbled together their first brewery– complete with a tank from a defunct nuclear power plant. The brothers pioneered the world’s first American-style Hefeweizen. It remains one of America’s most well-liked wheat beers.

If you can’t make it to Portland for some suds, Andrews Virtual Brewery lists microbreweries in several countries.

Today’s microbreweries owe a lot to the Beervana pioneers.

Deschutes Brewery is in Bend, central Oregon, about one-hundred sixty miles from Portland. It carries on the small-brew tradition. Check ‘em out on the above video!

Oregon Public Broadcasting has an in-depth video titled “Beervana” for download or viewing online.

“We have the best beer in the world,” says Portland beer guru and author Fred Eckhardt, whose books helped spark the home-brewing craze in the late 1970’s — and with it, the craft beer revolution. “We have 47 different brewing facilities within a 30-mile radius, with 450 beer labels and all the different styles,” Eckhardt says. “No one else on the planet has that mix. (guestontap)

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2009, back to Portland me thinks.