A place where the beer flows like wine...

“A place where the beer flows like wine”

The rest of this quote from Dumb and Dumber, one of the funniest movies ever, goes like this:

“I'll tell ya where we'll go. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I'm talkin' bout a little place called... As-pen.”

When I was a little kid, I didn’t understand the irony.  But in time, I came to understand that wine is inherently more expensive and rare than beer.  To say that the wine will flow like beer, means that something is going to be over the top luxurious.  But nothing is better than the right drink, at the right time, with the right food.  Don’t get me wrong, I love wine, and wine at its best is hard to beat… but when you consider the price, other beverages have their advantages.  There are some foods I would never choose to drink wine with.  Sushi for one, I always drink beer, never wine.  After working outside on a hot day, I always want a beer when I get home, I never reach for wine. 

The most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold went for $120,000, it was a bottle of 1811 Chateau D’yquem.  The most expensive bottle of beer ever sold was from a UK brewery called Brewdog, it is called “The End of History” and it costs $800/bottle with a 55% alcohol content.  That means it has the ability to age, much like a wine.  The bottles are also encased by a taxidermist with the bodies of either squirrel or weasel roadkill…. Seriously.  No wine has ever been presented like that! 

Look for next weeks article where I want to discuss some of the fundamental differences in how wine and beer are made.