Here’s a great article this morning by Charlie Papazian.
Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter, lest we forget
With the recent death of Michael Jackson the pop star, I’ve had a number of requests regarding remembering the Beer World’s Michael Jackson who passed away in August 2007. Here is the commentary I wrote in October 2007 as a tribute to Michael Jackson, lest we forget.
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Got this in an email from the AHA.
Date: June 8, 2009
Subject: Proposed Increase of Federal Excise Tax a Serious Threat to Small Brewers and Your Beer Choice – Contact Your Senators Now
Dear Beer Enthusiast,
Small brewers are facing an imminent and extremely serious threat to their businesses. The consequences of remaining silent have the very real potential of reducing your choice of beer and dramatically increasing the price of any beer that you purchase.
The Senate Finance Committee in Washington, DC is currently considering a proposal to increase and equalize the excise tax for alcohol beverages as part of healthcare reform deliberations. This proposal would triple the excise tax for 4.5% ABV beer and impose even higher excise tax rates for higher ABV beers.
If such a proposal becomes reality, there is no question that many small brewery businesses will suffer, some will close and consumers will face higher prices and diminished choice in the marketplace.
The Brewers Association brewery members and leadership have been actively engaged in building the case against an excise tax increase, recently submitting a letter to the Committee outlining our opposition.
We need you to speak out now. Today or tomorrow at the latest.
If you live in the following states it is most urgent that you contact your Senator who is on the Senate Finance Committee:
If your Senators are not members of that committee, ask them to contact their Finance Committee colleagues and express their opposition to this proposal moving forward.
Charlie Papazian’s book, the Complete Joy of Homebrewing, was the first beer/brewing publication I ever read. That was close to 20 years ago! In that time, Charlie has come a long way in his career and I have come along way in my appreciation of beer. Today, among many things, Charlie writes beer articles for Examiner.com.
I just stumbled across a series of articles he has written on Orval, a Trappist Ale from Belgium. Belgian Ale has been one of my favorite beer styles in the last few years, but I don’t recall drinking Orval. Charlie reports that Orval brews only one beer. The only thing that changes is the date in which it has been brewed. However, that is an important factor, since the beer characteristics change with age. So, when ordering an Orval in Belgium, it’s common to request a particular age, as the bars, cafes and restaurants nearby the brewery will stock large amounts of the beer with the intent to serve by the brew’s release date, similar to the common practice with wine. In the US, that practice is unheard of.
There is so much beer and so little time, but I must run out to State Line Liquors to buy some Orval. I think they carry it! :-)
Check out my hops! They’re growing like weeds up the side of my house!
Oh yes, they’re Cascade hops.