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The saxophonist will have Chimay

New Belgium AbbeyWhat do jazz musicians drink?

Yes, it does sound like a question Michael Jackson would have asked, but this time it was Martyn Cornell in a perfectly delightful post about the Bull’s Head at Barnes, which features Young’s beer on a handpump in the same room where live jazz is featured.

He concludes:

* drummers, being straight-ahead guys, prefer real ale, particularly Young’s Ordinary.
* bass players go for a beer with some (allegedly) perceived style, such as draught Leffe blonde.
* saxophonists are teetotal, at gigs, anyway, choosing mineral water or tea.
* trumpeters drink Beck’s from the bottle (something to do with exercising the embouchure?).
* piano players choose red wine.

And in the comments we get a dissenting vote: “My brother-in-law, a saxophonist, is especially partial to Chimay.”

Anyway, go read about a 30-year-old LP “inspired” by real ale and real ale breweries.

(About the photo: It is one that New Belgium Brewing shipped out in 2000 when the brewery released the “Worthy Glass” for its ales.)

One Response to The saxophonist will have Chimay

  1. SteveH September 5, 2007 at 5:38 am #

    * saxophonists are teetotal, at gigs, anyway, choosing mineral water or tea.

    Guess they’ve never heard of Charlie Parker?

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