From the HBD Archive
Subject: anchient Syrian beer, Hops, Snow...
Date: 1990-03-12 18:53:00 GMT

I saw a glimpse of the Sacramento BEE newspaper about a week ago. They said
that a San Fransisco based brewery (I think ANCHOR) was able to decipher
hieroglyphics from an anchient Syrian writing which had a beer recipe!
I think United Press did the story. Did anyone else see this?
Apparently it was a pretty good beer, but had to be used quickly, as there
were no hops in it as a preservative. Apparently the Syrians hadn't found
out about hops at that point in time. I've been trying to find the article
again, but hav'nt been successful.

The short time for which this beer is drinkable brings up a interesting
comment. It is my understanding that hops originated as a preservative.
Today it is used for flavoring more than anything else. But, can any
brewery really say they use NO preservatives. It seems that by todays
standards, that MAY be possible. But, technically, this is a false claim?

By the way, Cher, Snow balls??? :-) That was a great one!!! A few people
around here were rolling on the floor when I told them that!

There is one thing about snow that is great! I skiid Tahoe yesterday. It was
fantastic. But what was really great was coming home and relaxing with a
Big mug of homebrewed Stout. Life does'nt get much better!


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