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Revolution and Beer…of the week: Capital Brewing’s Maibock, and the flaw in my logic

maibockIn last week’s article I set out to prove whether or not there was beer in heaven. I thought it was clever enough, and at least plausible. However, a number of astute readers pointed out the flaw in my logic. Relying on three years of Chemistry, two years of Physics, a helping of sarcasm and the copious amounts of cheap beer I drank back in college, I felt there was enough that I could speak authoritatively on the possibility of beer in Heaven. It must also be said that, at the end of the day, the fact that there is or is not beer in Heaven remains a matter of faith. But I refuse to relinquish the right to assert that there is, in fact, beer in heaven.

But what kind of beer? It would be a bit flimsy here to say, “Capital Brewing’s Maibock is just the sort of beer heaven would serve!” But that would be a commercial, just like if say some big bland maker of mass-produced pseudo-bubbly, off-yellow watery adult beverage asserted theirs was the choice of our dearly departed fellow beer aficionados. I would have to make that case.

For example, I would have to start by saying that Capital Brewing is so proud and confident of the quality of their Maibock, that they hold an annual festival each February up in Milwaukee. I would also have to point out that a common beer is available anywhere and anytime, but Capital’s Maibock is available for just few months each spring. I would definitely mention that it ranges a modest 6-8% ABV, which would tend to induces riotous chorusing, which in heaven would be completely appropriate.

Without a doubt I would describe the warm copper hue, reminiscent of that last hint of daylight near the horizon, after the sun has set on a warm summer eve. Breathing it in, the nose just touching the coolness of its creamy-fine head carried the sweetness of winter malts tinged with spicy notes. From the first taste, fine champagne-like bubbles washed across my tongue, carrying those spice notes to the back of my throat. But what I was left with was a citrusy chill at the corners that were something of a very pleasant surprise.

You may still be asking how capital Brewing’s Maibock figures in the flawed logic of my earlier argument? In that treatment I described whether or not Heaven is indeed conducive to beer. https://900poundgorilla.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/revolution-and-beer-of-the-week-anchor-bock-and-is-there-beer-in-heaven/

The criticism I received was in my assumptions, such as assuming the size of Heaven over Hell, or in comparing Hell to the size of my first apartment. But the logic holds on multiple accounts. My first apartment was hell and it was small, but then someone recollected a rather large woman in my high school cafeteria, who was often described as hell incarnate. Again, on the surface, the logic seemed to hold, until I pointed out the grossly undersized stretch pants she was alternately ubiquitous for wearing.

So in summation, the logic holds. What I do wonder about are the seasons to great beers in Heaven. Since we’ve pretty well established that there is beer in Heaven, and Heaven in all likelihood does not serve cheap beer, what of all the great seasonals? I think I’ll pour another glass of Capital Brewing’s Maibock and mull that one over bit and see what I come up with…

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Revolution and Beer…of the week: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

All the rage! the stock clerk at the liquor store said stout beers are all the rage. Hearing that, I nearly put my selection back on the shelf. i am not about the rage, but about the beer. Not that I’m a beer snob. I keep a couple of PBRs, a 6-pack of Schlitz or Old Milwaukee-as a nod to my dad-in the fridge. Sometimes cold and casual,  at least in a beer, is the way to go. doesn’t work so much for dates. Supply your own punchline here.

So, it was with some momentary reticence that I nearly put the beer neatly back on the shelf in front of him. For just an instant I pondered that act, perhaps swaggering arrogantly just a bit and remarking that I was way to cool to follow “the rage,” and that I would go home in stead to enjoy an ice-cold Mickey’s?

Oh, come on beer snobs. You’ve had a Mickey’s. Maybe late at night, when there are no witnesses. Just you and that squat, barrel-shaped green bottle with the wide mouth. Perhaps after sampling and pondering the nuances and layering, deciphering the layers of a couple imports hand crafted by Franciscans in the Alps, at some secluded 15th Century monastery/brew pub accessible only by mountain goat and Rick Steeves. After straining at descriptive adjectives like amber, sunset, or midnight to describe colors, and hoppy, roasted malts, citrusy and spices for flavor,  which is great, sometimes it is nice to trailer-trash things a bit with a simple brew that makes you feel a bit foolish for attempting at those descriptors. think of it like your Ferrari just ran out of gas and a guy in a rusted Ford pick up just rescued you from the side of the road.

Instead I pursed my lips thoughtfully and nodded politely before making my way to the check out. I set down the pint of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout in front of the cashier. She was a young and pretty, with shoulder length dark hair and  a sincere smile. I hadn’t seen her there before, and guessed that she was new. Turning the bottle to the silver and royal purple label she commented pleasantly, “Is this good? I love chocolate!”

Now there’s the right attitude, I thought. Go for what you like. Beer is supposed to be about community, and exploration in the amazing number of choices is a good thing, but we’re not pursuing the holy grail here, folks. The exploration is about finding something you enjoy, that rounds out an evening, becomes a catalyst for conversation or debate or  compliments a good meal…or is ice-cold and relaxing after a hot afternoon’s yard work.youngs-double-chocolate-stout

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout won the Gold Medal at the Brewing industry International Awards in 2000, and the Silver Medal in 2002. I knew that researching the beer before picking it up to try for the first time. Not that it mattered. I failed to taste any gold or silver in the beer at all! Instead, what I did find was a really nicely balanced beer. It had the essence of chocolate without being overly sweet, and just the right balance of bitterness. Midnight black(yeah, I said midnight…), it was full and rich without being too watery or too syrupy. I finished the bottle without feeling overstuffed.Young’s poured to a nice half-inch umber head. Sweeping in the aroma as the head melted slowly back into the body, I caught a hint of vanilla and caramel.

Comfortably priced, and coming in at a gentle 5.2% ABV, it was the right choice for  a frigid midwinter’s night. Full bodied dark beers with character, flavor and layers seem fitting for this time of year. Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is a great choice for cooking as well, and I can see, though I haven’t done it yet, working in a good chili or a hearty stew. I tried it with a smokey bit of sausage and cheese and found a really nice balance at that…

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