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Posted 16 August 2003 - 05:06 AM
one of my favourites from Russia:
Posted 16 August 2003 - 02:07 PM
"If God had intended us to drink beer, He would have given us stomachs."
Posted 18 August 2003 - 09:24 AM
Posted 18 August 2003 - 09:28 AM
The list I don't like is way shorter.
I'm not really too fussy...
Posted 18 August 2003 - 10:19 AM
It's meant to be served "cool" and if it's too cold, you can't taste it! So, the temperature can vary. I just tend to enjoy beers more if they're served roughly as they're intended. With most, that's the colder the better! But not with all.
And, I'd rather it were too cold than too warm. A little bit of strolling around the festival cured the Newcastle's problem, as it was a warm summer day... I don't know that the same would be true were it an outdoor winter festival. I don't think I'd be drinking cold beer on a cold day.
Posted 18 August 2003 - 03:16 PM
Posted 18 August 2003 - 03:52 PM
I was in a bar last week and I overheard a couple of the bartenders talking about a rep from Stella Artois who'd been sent over from Belgium to help with the push.
Posted 18 August 2003 - 04:27 PM
Yes. The feature in Bars in Ontario is that they have special glasses that they server Stella in. It is worth ordering just to get the nice glass.
They've been marketing themselves pretty heavily lately, Bob.
The glasses look like they came from Europe. They have a 500 ml mark etched on them so that you can be sure you get a full measure. I noticed this marking on all the glasses in Austria last year when I was there. Even the wine glasses in the fanciest restaurant had this marking. Great way to know you haven't been ripped off. But of course no North American bar tender would ever do that
Posted 18 August 2003 - 07:41 PM
However, I'll cast a proxy vote for my husband who loves Corona (but only with lime).
Posted 18 August 2003 - 10:07 PM
I don't care how you pronounce it (I see shee-MY, myself), but it is the most magnificent brew in all the world. Those Belgians know their stuff. When I was a kid (who looked much older than he was) I would take the train into NY and go to a deli in Greenwich Village that had a selection of probably 200 different beers, which they sold in individual bottles. I found some really good stuff in that place, but almost all of the greats were from Belgium.
Oh, and Jill -- their chocolates are right up there with their beer
Posted 19 August 2003 - 03:48 AM
Wow! This is my favourite too
The hot beer in my part of the country currently is Stella Artois. Or maybe I should say cool beer.
Posted 19 August 2003 - 08:20 AM
Generally, when I'm out drinkin', I'll ask for a Molson Canadian. If they don't have it, I'll ask for Labatt Blue. If they don't have that, I'll ask for a Killian's. At that point, they card me. Then I'll notice they have hard cider on tap and I'll try that and go happily to my seat.
By the way, I got carded for freakin' EVERYTHING in California. I guess they're ID-happy-- they card you for credit card purchases, too. But I got carded four times on a champagne cruise where you had to be of age to get on the darn boat in the first place, which I found mildly annoying. Especially as I was wearing a skirt without pockets and would have to go back to my table to get my ID card. I eventually just put the darn thing in my bra. But by that point I think every server on the boat had ID'd me at LEAST once.
I suppose it's just as well; I was starting to feel old here in NY where nobody so much as blinked at me.
Oh, by the way, there's a Beer, Wine, and Fine Foods Festival at Hunter Mtn this September, for anybody in the Hudson Valley region. I went on my first wine-tasting tour in CA and enjoyed it so much I don't know how else I ever found wines I liked!
Posted 19 August 2003 - 08:28 AM
When I was a kid in NY, when the drinking age was 18 and I was 14, there was never an issue. I walked in, ordered a drink, and was served. Then, a month after my 18th birthday, I moved up to the Boston area. The drinking age here had already been upped to 21, but I figured since I'd passed for 18 when I was 14, there wouldn't be any trouble passing for 21 at 18...
Wrong! I hadn't taken into account how careful vendors around here had to be because of the massive student population. The first year I lived up here, I think my success rate was slightly below 10%.
Even now, at 40, I get carded now and then. Apparently, the owners of bars sometimes tell their door people to just card everyone, just to be on the safe side. This is what I get for living in a town where something like 10% of the population is made up of college students.
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