May 14, 2008
Posted by scott at May 14, 2008 01:57 PM
Finally, a contest worth winning:
Ask most people where the best beer in the world comes from, and they'll probably say Germany or England. More worldly folks might mention Belgium.
But ask a beer aficionado these days, and odds are you'll get an answer that might surprise you – the good old U.S.A.
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Like the article hints at, it really depends on when the question is asked...if in 1980, the answer is a resounding "NO!" In 2008, a big fat "YES!!"
In the intervening 3 decades, America has learned how to brew beer again, ...the art--thankfully temporarily--lost to mass production with cheapened ingredients (i.e., rice is no substitute for barley malt) in the years during and since Prohibition.
But that's ok...Eric Idle's joke about American beer being like making love in a canoe--it's fucking close to water--was from 1976, several years before the Microbrew Revolution!
And we've already been winning the wine competitions.
Now how about spirits like whisky, whiskey, bourbon, vodka, scotch, etc.?
Let's continue to kick ass and take names!
Well, for the amber liquors, it's definitely hard to beat bourbon from central Kentucky, and sour mash whiskey (i.e., Jack Daniels) from middle Tennessee...
True - but then you'd hear the English, Scottish, and Irish pontificating about their whiskey and scotch stuff. Generally followed by something like, "this distillery was founded by Moses (but Aaron did all the speaking engagements, IIRC) in order to take advantage of the best spring water than Scotland/England/Ireland can offer and we've been using the same perfected recipe since blah blah blah."
Not that I don't think some nice SoCo puts it all to shame, but still.