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Dear Fellow Beermates,

In ancient Mesopotamia, about 5500 BC, the Sumerians produced an alcoholic beverage that fermented spontaneously. They called it Sikaru, and it was the premium beer of its day, brewed from 60% malt, 40% raw wheat, used wild yeast strains, and was flavored with aniseed and cinnamon.

The popular art of cultivating strains of brewer's yeasts has left almost all spontaneously fermented beers in the shadows but for the Lambic beers, which are exposed to the wild yeasts and bacteria that are said to be native to the Senne valley, in which Brussels lies.

Let this community be a focal point for sharing your beer-tasting appreciation as well as for renewing in the mind and memory the world's ancient brewing traditions.
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Oct. 14th, 2003 @ 05:57 pm (no subject)
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quality or quantity?

what do like more and why?


quality for me. hangover off of quality seems more worth it.
Jul. 10th, 2003 @ 07:35 pm Tommorow nights tasteing
In light of going away soon I have opted to clear my cabinate of all things from Brassarie Fantome.

Winter (both bottle styles)
BBB Babillard
BBB Babillard Dark
Black Ghost
La Gourmande
Strange Ghost

Barssarie Fantome, for those that dont know, is an up and comeing farmhouse brewery run by a
brother/sister team in the stix of Belgium specializing in a style called
"Saison"(SAY-zon). They have taken an interesting aproach to the style and
have streached the bounds of the style (none of there recipies are the same
from year to year). Some of these are very rare, no less then 2 of them
had to be smuggled out of there palces of orgin (yarr).
Jul. 7th, 2003 @ 04:29 pm pick your number!

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Jun. 23rd, 2003 @ 05:15 pm announce: beer festival
Current Mood: excitedexcited
This Saturday and Sunday, in the parking lot of theSharp Edge Beer Emporium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the 7th Annual Great European Beerfest.

Tickets are $35, times are Saturday 3p-6p, 7p-10p, and Sunday, 2p-5p. I am told that it will be crowded all day Saturday, and a bit lighter on Sunday.

The only other member of temple_of_beer in the area is already aware of it, so I'm posting the announcement here in case there are any local members of beermates that didn't know about it or don't want to drink alone.
Jun. 9th, 2003 @ 04:12 am Greetings
I just joined and figured I'd say hi to you guys. Chimay is probably my favorite, but most brown/dark ales will do in a pinch.
May. 23rd, 2003 @ 04:21 pm read & write Beer Reviews online
The beeradvocate.com site has a handy search engine for finding info on different types of beer. Type in the name of the beer you want to do your search on, click on 'find beer' & hey presto! you have a short description of the beer + additional info on the brewery. It's not comprehensive but it's not too bad either.

I gave it a try & looked up one of my favourite beers called Bonne Esperance (because yaqui was asking about it the other day) & here's what one online beer reviewer said about it:

'This pale ale, Deep yellow in color has an inviting nose of corriander and malt. It has a big bold head, never disapating. The flavor of mild corriander and malt, embrace your mouth with it's alcholic strength. Allthough I've had it in the bottle like most belgian beers I prefer the kegged versions, The gas was just right. As it warmed the beer seemed to become more sweeter.'
[This goes to show that a person can be a reasonably competent beer reviewer & still suck as an editor.]

We also learn that Bonne Esperance is an Artisanal Strong Dark Ale at 7.5% abv made at a Belgian Abbey. If you follow the link to the brewery Abbaye De Bonne Esperance you can read more about what other beer reviewers have to say about this particular brew.
May. 23rd, 2003 @ 03:35 pm beer on tomorrow's world news
'On May 24, 2003, BeerAdvocate.com and Boston's Weekly Dig will present the Art of Beer Festival (AOBF), where the focus will be on beer appreciation and the craftsmanship behind the beer.' More info here.

Do we have any beermates on hands in Boston to cover the event?
May. 20th, 2003 @ 02:30 am Yo!
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Bolshoi - A Way
Hail fellow imbibers! Just found this community through the promo page. I look forward to hearing about your favorites and expanding my beer drinking horizons!
May. 19th, 2003 @ 10:13 am After the World Beer Festival...
All the brewery presidents decided to go out for a drink. The guy from Corona sat down and said:
'Hey, senor, I would like the world's best ale, a Corona.'
The bartender dusted off a bottle and gave it to him. The guy from Budweiser bawled:
'I'd like the best goddamned suds in the world - give me a Budweiser!'
The bartender opened a Bud and handed it over. The guy from Heineken stepped up and demanded:
'Ya! Giff me der best brew. Ein Heineken!'
Finally the Australian ordered:
'I'll have a Coke, thanks.'
The bartender was taken aback but plonked a Coke on the bar. The other brewery presidents looked over at him and asked:
'Why aren't you drinking a VB or Foster's?'
The Aussie took a swig and replied:
'I figured if you guys weren't drinking beer, neither would I.'

Shamelessly stolen borrowed from mic_schasser's journal.

Sooooooooooo... which is the best beer in the world?