Pint O' Ale is Fain

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Today's Musings, History & Folklore

"Leeze me on drink! it gies us mair Than either school or college; It kindles wit, it waukens lear, It pangs us fou o' knowledge: Be't whisky-gill or penny wheep, Or ony stronger potion, It never fails, or drinkin deep, To kittle up our notion." ~Robert Burns, "Holy Fair," 1785

Are you a cerevisaphile? A beer lover or enthusiast? You're in good company with Robert Burns. A team from the University of Glasgow has determined that Burns, who was known to make his own ink, used stale beer along with carbonised ivory, lard, and sulphuric acid as the main ingredients in an ink known as “Ivory Black’ (although the quality of the various components shifted slightly over time as his fortunes rose and then declined). In the Assassin's Creed Syndicate video game, there is a cerevisaphile achievement award that can be obtained by searching Victorian London to sample twenty vintage beers! 🍺

Pint O' Ale is Fain

International Beer Day was started in Santa Cruz, California in 2007 by four enthusiasts and now is celebrated all over the world.   From lager, ale, porter, to stout, all the various styles, flavours, and colours  have their devoted adherents.

 

The subject is too vast for canvassing, so pour yourself a glass to these interesting facts:

A beer lover or enthusiast is called a cerevisaphile.

In the Assassin's Creed Syndicate video game, released in 2015, there is a cerevisaphile achievement award that can be obtained by searching Victorian London to sample 20 vintage beers: 


Whitechapel - Leaping Fox Lager, Merlin & Arthur Imperial Stout, Red Growler
Lambeth  - Thames Brewery Pale Ale, The Blind Goose
Southwark  - Big Bastard Ale, Robert Barnaby & Co Amber Ale
Westminster  - E. Smith & Sons Pale Ale, Sons of Adam Irish Stout, Bryan's Renegade, His Lordship's Dinner Ale
The Strand - Bazalgette's Respite, Balfour & Barrett Vienna Beer, Doctor Garrett's Ale, R White's Table Ale
City of London  - The Mariner Lager, Gunn & Sons Scotch Ale, Her Majesty's London Porter, Frye & Frye, Double Stout

Centuries ago in England, pub visitors used a novel innovation that enabled them to get their beer served quickly. They used mugs with a whistle baked into the rim, the whistle being used to summon the barmaid. It has been suggested this practice gave birth to the phrase “wet your whistle.”

And for those who prefer their beer in unusual incarnations, click the picture for a recipe for Chocolate Belgian Ale Pull-Apart Breakfast Loaf.

Good morning & Cheers!

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