Questions, questions, they abound today in the beer blogosphere.
* Mike Sweeney at STL Hops asks, “Can a beer ever be life changing?” It sprang from a tweet about Pliney the Younger: “Great beer = yes! Life changing = no” Read the answers (comments).
* Mark Dredge of Pencil an Spoon fame tries various beers with Jambalaya. As much as he loves Thornbridge Jaipur it doesn’t work with the dish. But Budweiser does.
I’ve got no problems drinking Budweiser and as a beer it fascinates me, particularly its history. It’s very pale, doesn’t bellow out a huge aroma (most people drink it straight from the bottle so forget late hops), but has that classic bite of apple. It’s clean and crisp, cold from the fridge it’s uncomplicated and easy to drink: it is what it is. With jambalaya… it was perfect. I wanted it to just be ok, but it was spot on.
I ask, why aren’t more people who take the time to drive across a town or a country to find a beer different this open minded about Budweiser?
* Alan McLeod, not surprisingly, manages to pose a pocketful of questions without using a question mark. (Disclaimer, and he politely links this direction.) You need to head on over to understand the headline at the top.
I had just viewed Zak Avery’s video salute to Bell’s Hopslam before I got to reading Alan. Curiously those of you studying Struck and White today will understand no irony was involved — when I went to add comment that this is where he could find love and good video I found he’d already done that himself.