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The New Gettysburg Address

954840_10201130282290214_947914457_n“Twelvescore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men and women were arguably equal. Well that is out the window. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war: your 401K , Social Security and never ending debt. We have come to dedicate a portion to those whose struggle against oppression and racism, simply making ends meet, to eat and to keep their homes is a constant burden, with realization that without justice that this household might not live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this notion because the corporate owned government has decreed against it. The brave citizens, living and dead who struggled with Occupy, in Brazil, Egypt, Iran, Spain, Turkey, and elsewhere have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The media will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored citizens we take increased defiance against the injustice for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, though now this nation remains under Greed and oppression but shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the corporations and banks, by their profits, over the people shall soon perish from the earth.”

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Revolution and Beer…of the week: Brazil’s black lager, Xingu, and is Beer the perfect food?


I was in the store the other day, ruminating over a good beer for a cold winter’s night. A couple of years ago someone came out with a pizza flavored beer, which got me to thinking. First of all, a Pizza flavored beer? No. Second, could it be true? Is beer really the perfect food?

I pondered that question a bit later over a glass of Brazil’s notable and ubiquitous, Xingu, an all too often overlooked choice relegated to Carnival, the pre-Easter celebration that kicks off in Rio February 9th(Carnival started this week in Venice, so it is all right to tip back and enjoy a couple Xingus now. Rio won’t mind). It poured to a coffee-tinged quarter inch head that faded quickly with not a great deal of lacing on the glass. Interesting that Xingu held its carbonation, which tickles the tongue a bit.

Years ago, bartending at a popular Lincoln Park eatery that offered 150 beers, Xingu, by far the heaviest on the menu. Xingu was the dare beer. We’ve come a long way in beer since then. Palettes are more seasoned and sophisticated in this current historic renaissance of beer in America.

Which brings me back to food. I mean, you can get a coffee stout, cappuccino for the elites, an oatmeal stout and milk stout, so breakfast is covered, right? The pizza beer notwithstanding, beer is made with sugars, wheat, fruits and contains ample carbs, all in a frosty mug. That’s most of your food groups right there! Guinness, another hearty brew, is made with fish. Great if you’re a vegetarian, but for us meat eaters, a little supplement completes the circle.

Back to Xingu, which is named for a tributary of the Amazon, evoking for me all sorts of exotic imagery. This beer is black, baby. Xingu is as black as they come. I held this one up right to a light bulb, and there wasn’t a glimmer anywhere in that glass. You might think that would mean a really sweet, heavy beer. The last time we sampled a beer this dark was back a month or so ago, with Schmaltz’Jewbelation Sweet 16(16%ABV). But Xingu comes off surprisingly lighter by contrast with an ABV of just under 5%. There is a sugary sweetness here, but this is certainly not of the same character as say a European dark Lager, a Porter or a Stout. Xingu is not a weighty beer by those standards This one I’d serve a bit colder, around 45 degrees Fahrenheit, just to hold onto that carbonation as long as possible.

As for the food thing; a beer lover can dream, can’t he? In that same fantasy I am adopted by Louis Glunz Beer and go to live in their warehouse, living out my days in finely brewed bliss. Oh, I also am about 15 pounds lighter, 20 years younger with a bigger shoe size. Dare to dream…

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Catch the beer of the week review with 900poundgorilla’s WC Turck and Brian Murray each Sunday 8-9am only on Our Town, at Chicago’s Progressive Talk, WCPT AM and FM, and streaming online. Friend us on Facebook at Revolution and Beer. And find all of the great beers we review each week at Louis Glunz Beer Inc., http://www.glunzbeers.com

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