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Happy Hour Bees , Mythology and Mead
Did you know that bees get wobbly and stick out their tongues when drunk? They are responsible for countless Nordic legends of ambrosia and Celtic tales of saintly magic. As producers of honey, they provide the refined yet casual bridge between beer and wine.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
If you have thought about brewing your own beer, but want a few more answers before you begin, the American Homebrewers Association is here to help! A special magazine that answers all the questions for the novice brewer, from "how long does it take?" to "where do I get bottling supplies?" has been created for beginners like you:
ZYMURGY FOR BEGINNERS
Pick up a free copy at your local homebrewing supply; or
Call +1.303.447.0816; or Order a free copy online! To order online, send your name, address, city, state, zip code and country, along with your email address to:
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A man walks into the front door of a bar. He is obviously drunk and staggers up to the bar, seats himself on a stool and, with a belch, asks the bartender for a drink. The bartender politely informs the man that it appears he has already had plenty to drink and that he could not be served additional liquor. The bartender offers to call a cab for him.
The drunk is briefly surprised, then softly scoffs, grumbles, climbs down from the bar stool, and staggers out the front door. A few minutes later, the same drunk stumbles in the side door of the bar. He wobbles up to the bar and hollers for a drink. The bartender comes over and - still politely if not more firmly - refuses service to the man and again offers to call a cab. The drunk looks at the bartender for a moment angrily, curses, and shows himself out the side door, all the while grumbling and shaking his head.
A few minutes later, the same drunk bursts in through the back door of the bar. He plops himself up on a bar stool, gathers his wits and belligerently orders a drink. The bartender comes over and emphatically reminds the man that he is drunk and will be served no drinks. He then tells him that he can either call a cab or the police immediately.
The surprised drunk looks at the bartender and in hopeless anguish cries, "Man! How many bars do you work at?"
Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colorado is the first microbrewery in the nation to hand-can their elegant craft beers on premises. As leaders of the "Canned Beer Apocalypse," they dare to distribute their gonzo brews - Dale's Pale Ale with 6.5% alcohol and 65 IBUs, and Old Chub, the #1 rated Scottish Beer in the World, with 8% alcohol - in their patented Singing 12-pack series with crackerjack appeal.
Craft Brew of the Week Award:
McAuslan Apricot Wheat Ale - McAuslan Brewing, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Style - Fruit Flavored Wheat Beer
Dark golden apricot color with big white head. A nose of fresh apricots and wheat with a bit of maltiness. The palate is fruity up front with middle of biscuit and light bitterness on the back of the palate. The finish is light and dry.
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