BeerDude Homebrewing


Just about every ancient culture has left some artifact of beer making. Beer was used as payment to the workers who built the pyramids, which explains how the enormous feat was accomplished.
For a long time all ale was brown. Pale ale appeared in England in the 1600s because a shortage of coal forced brewers to roast malt to a lighter color.
Porter, a dark ale with a flavor hinting of coffee or chocolate, was made popular by porters, who moved goods to and from ships in England. Ironically, the first ale to be called porter was actually a light-colored ale.
Wheat beer was invented by German monks who needed a beverage that helped them stay nourished during lent. Monks must go without food during lent, but beer? Heavens no!
Queen Elizabeth II drank 2 quarts (not pints, quarts) of beer every morning. Wow.
King James hated the taste of hops in his ale so much that he forbade the addition of hops to any ale brewed in his kingdom.
Speaking of hops, they are closely related to marijuana, which was added to beer by some cultures during the 1600s. Imagine that concoction!
In the mid 1800s, Eberhard Anheuser toured the Budweiss region of what is now the Czech Republic. Beers in the Budweis region were called "Budweisers", and beer favored by kings in that region were called "Beer of Kings". Amheiser migrated to the USA, formed the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company, named his new American beer "Budweiser", and swapped the motto to "King of Beers".
Standard American-style beer is made from barley and rice. The rice provides a way of adding alcohol that is cheaper than barley. That's why standard American-style beer is lighter and less flavorful than most imported or craft beers.
Reputable sources say otherwise, but I swear the tradition of serving Mexican beer with a lime-wedge in the top of the bottle started at Hussong's Bar in Ensenada, Mexico, sometime in the late 60s or early 70s. You could buy cheap Mexican beer like Corona for 75 cents a bottle, or 2 for a dollar. If you bought 2, they would plug the second one with a lime-wedge so you wouldn't spill it while stumbling around drinking the first. Ah, those were the days!
Good source of home-brewing info and supplies, and the birthplace of award wining Ballast Point Brewing!
Home Brewers Association - the name says it all

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