We're from Manhattan, you're from Secaucus Rock Hard by Beastie Boys

Manhattan is one of the five boroughs of New York City and Secaucus is a city in New Jersey. Here, the Beastie Boys are playing into a cross-state rivalry that’s existed probably since the statehood of New Jersey (1787) and New York City (1788).

In short, since New Yorkers and New Jerseyans tend to think very little of each other, this line simply serves to differentiate the Beastie Boys from the whack.

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You might not know it, but medieval Germans nearly ruined beer forever. Ancient Ales by Dogfish Head

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYvP_bCnS2I

Somebody should’ve told this to Vince from ShamWOW before he said, “Y'know the Germans always make good stuff.”

Maybe the hooker he assaulted after she bit his tongue was a craft beer enthusiast and was trying to tell him what Sam Calagione states here, but he just wouldn’t listen, so she bit him.

Anyone who’s been subjected to shitty macrobrews later to find out that beer can taste good is probably inclined to agree that her actions were justified.

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King Midas. Ancient Ales: Midas Touch by Dogfish Head

The King Midas referenced here is not the King Midas of Greek mythology who was granted the ability to turn everything he touched into gold by the god Dionysus.

Instead, it’s in reference to the man who ruled Phrygia (modern-day Turkey) in the late 8th century BC. Although his story isn’t quite as dope as that of the Greek mythological figure that shares his name, the real King Midas is purported to have committed suicide by drinking bulls' blood during an attack by the Cimmerians which is kinda dope in the sense that it’s interesting.

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February 10th, 2014

Perhaps the middle easterns dont get all the credit they deserve in the western take on history. Where would we be without the Chaldean Magi?

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We also brew Sah'tea, based on a 9th century Finnish recipe that includes rye, juniper and black chai tea. Ancient Ales by Dogfish Head

Beer Advocate score: 88 out of 100

#funfact: I gifted a twenty-ouncer of this to my girlfriend’s beer snob uncle for Christmas. Although he tends to keep a fairly nice stock of craft brews, they’re all very traditional. His reaction upon first sip was pretty close to this:

This beer is not for the unadventurous. There’s so much that goes on taste-wise that is unlike anything you’ve ever tried in a beer. If you like herbal teas, chai, and gettin' hella crunk (Sah'tea is 9% ABV), you’ll like this beer.

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(That's right: Beer is older than wine!) Ancient Ales by Dogfish Head

Tell this to your friendly neighborhood wine snob and record their reaction. I can just about guarantee it’ll go something like this:

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Next up was Chateau Jiahu, Ancient Ales by Dogfish Head

Beer Advocate score: 86 out of 100

Beer Advocate notes:

In keeping with historic evidence, Dogfish brewers use brown rice syrup, orange blossom honey, muscat grape, barley malt and hawthorn berry [to make Chateau Jiahu]. The wort is fermented for about a month with sake yeast until the beer is ready for packaging.

#protip: Pair this with a Mexican or Indian dish. Dogfish Head recommends it (much like a sommelier would recommend a particular cheese for a specific wine). I paired it with enchiladas and this was my reaction:

Oh, and it’s 10% ABV. This thing’ll put you on your ass if you’re used to chuggin' 30 packs of Bud Light and feeling more bloated than you do drunk.

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The first beer we created with Dr. Pat was Midas Touch. Ancient Ales by Dogfish Head

BeerAdvocate score: 84 out of 100

BeerAdvocate notes:: “This sweet yet dry beer is made with ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between wine and mead, Midas will please the chardonnay and beer drinker alike.”

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The quality of your beer is only as good as the quality of your ingredients. Homebrewing by Sam Adams Brewery (Ft. Jim Koch)

Bear Grylls knows what’s up…

This concept is consciously ignored by every single macrobrewery in not just the United States, but the world.

Here are the world’s 5 most popular beers:

  • Snow Beer
  • Bud Light
  • Budweiser
  • Corona Extra
  • Skol

Here are the aggregate ratings of those 5 beers according to the members of BeerAdvocate, which is probably the foremost beer community dedicated to supporting and promoting beer through education and appreciation:

  • Snow Beer        65 out of 100
  • Bud Light           47 out of 100
  • Budweiser         56 out of 100
  • Corona Extra     55 out of 100
  • Skol                    63 out of 100

Long story short: Sacrificing quality for profit is a sin. Like, f'real. It doesn’t have to be that way. The tastebuds of people the world over deserve better. The Boston Beer Company is a good example of a brewery that has managed to reach mass distribution status while maintaining their quality.

BeerAdvocate rates Samuel Adams Boston Lager an 85 out of 100, by the way. Compare that to the scores above…

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February 10th, 2014

Thats because the macro breweries have close to a market monopoly and areally only interested in making money and controlling and manipulating the market. You dont need to brew could beer to win. To win you need to ensure that vendors only buy yourstuff.

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INGREDIENTS Free Beer Version 4.0, Skands by Free Beer

The ingredients below will produce a light- to moderately-bodied amber ale. This particular recipe was formerly brewed by Bryggeriet Skands, a Danish brewery established in 2003, but has since been retired.

Note: The label of “amber ale” is primarily a catch all for any beer whose color is less than that of a Dark Ale. For the most part, you can expect an amber ale to be a balanced beer with both toasted malt characters and a light fruitiness.

Reviews of this particular recipe depict the beer to be clear amber with a medium off-white head, with a sweet, malty aroma of caramel and fruit for the most part. Taste-wise, this beer is said to mimic the aromatic characteristics, that is it tastes sweet and malty with notes of caramel and fruit with a mildly hoppy and spicy finish.

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It's true, Samuel Adams Boston Lager® started as a homebrew. Homebrewing by Sam Adams Brewery (Ft. Jim Koch)

Jim Koch with fellow brewmaster and founder of Dogfish Head, Sam Calagione

In 1984, Jim Koch brewed his first batch of beer using an old family recipe. At the time, the beer was simply referred to as Louis Koch Lager.

After soliciting the help of Joseph Owards — the man credited with the invention of light beer in the 70s — the Louis Koch Lager was re-introduced in 1985 as Samuel Adams Boston Lager at a re-creation of the first battle of the American revolution on Patriot’s Day.

No more than three months later, it was voted the “Best Beer in America” at the Great American Beer Festival, coming out ahead of the 93 national and regional beers that were in the running that year.

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