Wednesday, February 8, 2012

That's Not A Solution

I have a friend who drinks Miller Lite exclusively. And he adds salt to it before he drinks it. I once asked him why and he replied it improved the taste. Huh? Naturally I suggested he simply start with a better tasting beer in the first place. He was unconvinced.

Now there's a new product called "Hops Drops" that was developed as a flavor enhancing addition for cheap beer.


Which brings me back to the question I asked of my swill-salting friend, "Why not start with good tasting beer in the first place?"

As an aside, I was once told the idea of putting salt in beer came from WW II vets returning from Europe who were disgusted by the taste of mass-market swill available in the states. In the 1940's they may have had an excuse. With the abundance of good breweries today, there's no excuse.

8 comments:

  1. Good breweries and good imports. I mean, it ain't that hard to get hold of a Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter these days.

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    1. Exactly PH. People who only drink factory beer don't know what beer really tastes like. We're still trying to recover from the fallout of prohibition when beers came back weak and flavorless.

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  2. This is just wrong. Wrong!

    Oh, and you've been awarded Dave.

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    1. Wrong. That's right. :-)

      Awards. That's two. You like me, you really like me. l'll see if I can followup soon.

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  3. Interesting. Historian Maureen O'Prey, in her book, "Brewing in Baltimore," posits that returning American servicemen looked for the 'watered-down' taste of the beer that had been shipped to them during WWII and its aftermath. She writes, that, as the servicemen returned home in greater numbers, that blander taste became a preferred American taste.

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  4. Fascinating. Tho' I must say I like the image my version paints about the servicemen's beer preferences better. :-) But, Maureen is the historian.

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  5. Ugh. Why... why??? There are an insane amount of great beers out there and it's not like they are that much more expensive in all honesty.

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    1. 45er, exactly. Life's too short....

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