History and beer go together like history and beer. If you name a beer, I will be able to tell you the origin and lineage of that particular victual. As we get into the months of the shorter pants, most brewers prefer to stick to the styles that go swimmingly with the tepid weather. Because, brewers themselves (if the need was required to harness their worth into a single thread) are nothing more than people who love drinking beer. They just know how to make it for themselves. If I had a passion for eating crab cakes in cognac sauce, then I would probably try and learn how to make the best crab cakes in cognac sauce that I could. But, brewers like drinking beer. So, when it gets hot outside, they like to make a beer that is lighter and crisper than normal: something to aid in the need for cooling off.
Where does history come into play?
History is a substitute: a substitute that plants a header into the back of the net during the world cup.
The starter is named Kolsch. He’s (I’m gendering beer now – lo siento mucho) a strong, powerful playmaker. He’s a little bitter but he’s crisp and clean with his intentions. He can be cool, he can be refreshing but most of all, he’s a proven winner.
But, there’s this kid in America, training hard to be able to play along side that steely veteran. People (mostly the media) have compared the two, as they’re similar in styles yet different entities. This new kid (The Blonde) is less bitter but has the same crisp and refreshing qualities that make his star shine.
I’ll stop the futbol references here as I’m basically just trying to talk about the American Blonde style of beer and in order to throw the history into the mix again, it would be more difficult to continue on with that kind of show.
What I’m basically telling you this week is about how a certain style in another country (Germany – Kolsch Beers) were made as they are because the ingredients are native to the country. Brewers, when making Kolsch Beers, will often use hops and malts from Germany to give the beer that crisp bitterness.
When brewers in the US wanted to make a similar beer, they turned to what was available to them. They used German ingredients. Did you think I was going to say American ingredients? I will.
When brewers in the US wanted to make a similar beer but they wanted it to be a little smoother all the while retaining the refreshing attitude? That’s when they used American ingredients. Yes, they did.
And then an entirely new futbol player was born. He’s an American Blonde Ale and we’re going to have a good amount of him in the next couple of weeks. Most notably: Walden (I should have done this entire post based on Henry David Thoreau’s wonderful piece of work but my repose would never be complete if I did that) from Hill Farmstead and Summer Love from Victory Brewing Company, which is in Pennsylvania. They’re wonderful.
Of course, we will also have other lovelies from your other favorites as well but, well, I wanted to introduce you to two in particular so that you can meet and fall in love.
But for now, I guess that’ll do for this week.
I hope you’re all smiling lots and being really nice to each other.
Until next time,
Henry David Taproom