Thursday, February 10, 2005

Modern Drunkard Revisited

The folks at Modern Drunkard have written a very funny article on 'The Subtle Art of Beer Snobbery'. Like everything from Modern Drunkard it's very irreverent, but then what else would you expect from a magazine with such a name.

Thirty years ago the only terms you needed to express a beer's character were 'tastes great' and 'less filling.' The microbrew explosion, however, made it necessary to invent literally hundreds of new adjectives to explain how great or non-filling a beer truly is. Fortunately, you won't have to memorize most of them because most are fake words that drunk beer experts made up on the spot and probably winced at when they saw them in print later. What else can explain why grown men are using terms like Chlorophenolic, Balling Degrees, Sparge and Kräusening to describe something that can be purchased in the form of a Party Ball?

Another thing I learned on my visit to Modern Drunkard was a dirty little secret about Jack Daniels. Did you know that they just dropped the alcohol content from 86 proof down to 80? Is anything sacred anymore?

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