Join Date: Sep 2007
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Thanks for dropping by: Randy - Managing Editor: CR Beer Threads 2003-2007Okay, it's like this...
You're new to the neighborhood ... there's a pub - bar, tavern, what have you - on the corner.
You walk in, take a look around ... the place is tidy, the people seem nice, there's a good menu on the wall, the jukebox is playing some nice tunes. Being new, you don't want to sit right next to the "regulars", but you don't want to sit in the corner, or in a booth either ... you pull up to the bar with a comfortable space between.
The bartender (that's me) asks "what would you like?" ... you play it safe and ask for a Coors Light or something else "easily available nationwide"
"Bottle or draft???"
Not knowing when the lines had last been cleaned - although the place looks nice enough - you reply "Bottle, please."
I reach into the ice chest, pull out your beer, crack it open and hand it and clean, chilled glass to you ... you put a bill on the bar.
"Thanks, but we don't charge for NASCAR Beer here."
"What's NASCAR beer???"
"Miller, Bud, Coors ... whatever you see on the sides of NAS-cars."
"But I like <name> ..."
"Here try this then ... no charge" and I pour you a Pilsner Urquell.
"This is Pilsner Urquell. It's from Czechoslovakia - or what used to be - I think it's in the Czech Republic, now. Anyway ... This is the ORIGINAL pilsner, a kind of lager that all those NASCAR beers used to be like. You DO know the difference between lager and ale don't you???"
"Sam Adams is Ale and Yuengling is Lager, right???"
"MikeMills, help her out ... MM's our historian. He's from England, but he lives in Texas now. The one kind of offsets the other."
At this point MikeMIlls gives a brief history lesson; therealman equates this to one of his homebrew batches; La Tortuga offers some interesting food and beer pairings; and I hit on you some more.
"Well, I really like enjoy a nice cold, dark beer."
Now, we get into the hoppy vs. malty discussion / arguments ... Paulaner vs. Hacker-Pshorr is bound to come up ... Calagione vs. Papazian ... packaging vs. taste vs. price ... See, we're all friends now.
Ohhhh, you asked what the purpose was???
I'm not sure.