OK, St. Patrick’s day is over, but here is more holiday fun in questionable taste. Staccato, near my condo, serves a drink called an “Irish Car Bomb.” You fill a pint glass halfway with Guiness and add Bailey’s and Irish Whiskey, mixed just right. I asked a co-worker, whose last name is McKenna, if it makes you throw up. His answer was “the first one doesn’t.” He refers to it as a “public transportation drink.” You can’t drive home after drinking it. Fortunately I can crawl home from Staccato. There is a band playing there Friday night called “Potato Famine.”As I stated in the last post, I gave up drinking for Lent, so that eliminates more liquid holiday fun. Come Holy Saturday at noon I’ll be at Kramer’s counting down the seconds.
I realize I have been living in a cave the last four years…
Jane Hautanen (Jane Doe)
Here is a quiz I gave at an FSB meeting a few years ago. All of these questions were derived from the book Prost!, by Horst Dornbusch. Do you know any of the answers without looking them up?
- What is the name of the Bavarian beer purity law of 1516? (You should all know this, but can you spell it and do you know how to pronounce it?)
- In 1553, summer brewing is outlawed in Bavaria. What was the result of brewing only in winter?
- What did Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek discover in 1674?
- What was the name of the first commercial doppelbock brewed by the Paulaner monks of Munich in 1780?
- What chemical process in brewing did Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, discover in 1789?
- What was outlawed in Cologne in 1603 to defend the local Kolsch ale?
- What occurred in 1810 to celebrate the marriage between the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig I and Princess Theresa von Sachsen-Hildburghausen?
- What was invented in 1818 that made the production of pale malts and pale beers possible?
- Who invented the hydrometer in 1843?
- Who discovered that heating beer to 145 °F (63 °C) for thirty minutes kills bacteria or other organisms it may contain? This resulted in an increased shelf life of beer in hermetically sealed containers.
- What did the German engineer, Carl von Linde, invent for the brewing industry in 1873 that contributed to the spread of lager brewing?
- In 1881, what did Emil Christian Hansen do as the head of the laboratory of the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen to contribute to the development of beer?
- In 1890, the British chemist Cornielius O’Sullivan discovered the last missing link in the understanding of the beer making process. What did he discover?