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I tend to like a brew called Lord Chesterfield Ale brewed by Yuengling. Rather an interesting name for an beer brewed in the United States. I’ve been trying to figure out how it received its name. Yuengling wasn’t very helpful since they said the owner knew Lord Chesterfield. Although the beer is named for Named for Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (22 September 1694 – 24 March 1773).

According to Yuengling’s write up:

One of our distinct classic beers brewed since 1829, Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale has as much rich heritage as it does flavor and appeal. Crafted in a unique two-stage European brewing style for enhanced bitterness, it utilizes both conventional kettle hopping and dry hopping after fermentation resulting in a dry sharp finish. Brewed with select hops, its distinct robust flavor is derived from a delicate combination of sweet maltiness and lingering herbal bitterness. Lord Chesterfield Ale’s bright gold color is complemented by a lightly laced foam head and fragrant zesty aroma. This fine Ale compares with the very best crafty-style beers. It pairs flawlessly with many foods including seafood dishes and fine cheeses.

A nice inexpensive alternative to British beers if I am stuck in the colonies. However, given the dates between Chesterfield’s death and when the beer was first brewed, I doubt the Yuengling account for the name is correct. Perhaps it has something to do with Chesterfield’s service as the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

I have to admit that I like the name given its royalist-monarchistic bent.

There is this fantasy that Sam Adams would have the same connotation as Young’s Old Nick in my ideal world: A treasonably good ale. Loyalists viewed Adams as a sinister figure. Peter Oliver, the exiled chief justice of Massachusetts, characterized him as devious Machiavellian with a “cloven Foot”. I guess there is some hope as there were negative assessments of Adams in the first half of the 20th century where he was portrayed as a master of propaganda who provoked mob violence to achieve his goals.

Posted 05/08/2009 by lacithedog in Ale, Beer, monarchy, Political beer., Royalty

The politics of Beer.

I am pleased to see Field Negro attack Obama on his choice of Beer. Although, I think there were better choices of beer than Red Stripe. I mean just because the beer comes from Jamaica does not make it black. In fact, Red Stripe is owned by Diageo plc, and you can learn more about them from their webpage.

Anyway, Are you saying there aren’t any decent black microbrews in the USA? What a shame. This is a business opportunity for some enterprising young black American!

It’s neat to think about this anecdote: One morning, two youngsters came upon each other in the offices of West Indies Mineral and Table Water Company in Kingston, Jamaica. “My name is Thomas Hargreaves Geddes,” said the newcomer. The other smiled. “Glad to make your acquaintance! I’ve been here a bit. I’m Eugene Desnoes.” And thus, Desnoes and Geddes (the original brewers of Red Stripe) was born.

So, sorry, FN, but I thought the Red Stripe choice was sort of stereotypical on Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Junior’s part. Not that I dislike Red Stripe, but it’s sort of like going for a Bud if you’re a white guy (or worse–Coors). Not that it’s bad, but just not very deep from someone who is a professor at Haahhvaad.

There are African and Caribbean beers the distinguished prof and prez could have quaffed. Here is another blogger’s run down on the choices

Red Stripe
One of Jamaica’s most famous exports, Red Stripe lager is produced by Desnoes and Geddes Limited, a prominent Jamaican beverage company that, until it was bought out in the 1990s, also produced soft drinks and local versions of Guinness and Heineken. Red Stripe is now owned by Diageo Holdings, which also owns Guinness, Captain Morgan, Smirnoff, Johnie Walker, and other famous brands. It’s an exotic brand run by a very Western company, but it tastes a heck of a lot better than Bud Light.

I would have picked something from the Carib brewing company if I were the prof. Carib is still a West Indian company, whereas D&G is part of a conglomerate.

Here is the low down on the prez’s choice from the same source

Bud Light
People are saying Jesse Jackson’s son owns a distributorship in Chicago, so Obama’s choice is political. I think he just wants to watch his figure. Bud Light is the perfect drink for a moderate: It doesn’t have as many calories as regular beer, but it still counts as beer.

I have to admit that I am really ticked that Whitbreads is history and Youngs has taken over British Brewing (despite the fact that I still use my Young’s Bitter umbrella after 20 years). Smaller is better in terms of beer!

Posted 31/07/2009 by lacithedog in Ale, Beer, CAMRA, Political beer.