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From: iws@rayssdb.ssd.ray.com (Ihor W. Slabicky)
Subject: Liberty Ale not the first
Date: 1990-03-14 14:31:42 GMT

In a previous HBDigest, I read:

> Date: Tue, 13 Mar 90 10:42:44 PST
> From: hsfmsh!hsfdjs!suurb@sfsun.West.Sun.COM (Dave Suurballe)
> Subject: Sumerian beer

> Anchor likes to make "retrospective" beer styles that nobody else is
> brewing, and I think it's wonderful that they make the investments
> and take the risks that other breweries are afraid to make or cannot
> afford to make.

I enjoy their efforts, and applaud them.

> Anchor's "Liberty Ale" was introduced in 1976; it's
> an IPA, and there weren't any IPAs anywhere in this country.

I beg to differ, but Ballantine's India Pale Ale has been around
for quite a long time, longer than Liberty Ale. I think Liberty
was prompted in part by the Bicentennial celebrations, and not
by the need for another IPA. Now as to which tastes better ... :-)
I prefer Ballantine's IPA.

> Anchor's product line is varied and substantial, and each beer represents
> an interesting tradition.

Agreed!

Ihor

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