In Honor of St Paddy’s Day…Thanks you Mr Hops!
When you think of St. Patrick’s day you cant help but to think of green and beer. Growing grass is fun but brewing beer is pretty fun too. It’s actually not that difficult. A little water, brewers yeast, malted barley and hops and away you go! Pretty much anything with sugar in it will eventually ferment but the brewers yeast helps the fermentation process. The flavor of beer comes from the hops ( photo above is a hops field we drove by in Germany.) As a novice brewer, hops tends to balance the sweetness of the malt. You can find Hops in all sorts of flavors and aromas these days. Hops also acts as a preservative in the beer and helps maintain that frothy head after a good pour. Beer is one of the worlds oldest prepared drinks and is number 3 on the all time popular world drinks after water and tea.
One of the coolest beer dispensers I have seen is located in the Narita airport terminal in Japan. Set the “chilled” glass on the machine, push a button…and the glass goes to a perfect angle as the machine pours the beer perfectly every time. Pretty cool.
That being said off to Japan for the Opening Series Preps between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s ! Have a great St Patrick’s day and drink responsibly.