Google's investments over the years have pushed the company's foot through many a door. However, its latest venture still comes as quite a surprise. The Internet tech-firm is now producing beer. Google has joined forces with brewer Dogfish Head to produce a Belgian Dubbel beer called Urkontinent. While the brewing company came …
Better than Carlsberg?
Not taking risks, are you?
Anyway, TGIF! I'm off.
But how on earth is it "Belgian"??
Beer can only be belgian if made in belgium I'd guess, or with an exact recipe exported possibly (like all those "export" beers, UK-brewed but costlier) at a stretch.
But there is no "belgian style" --- there's blondes, browns, ambers; there's sour gueuze possibly sweetened like faro or with added fruits like cherrie; there's high or low yeast processes; even the lager goes from watery blonde stella to brown jupiler.
And a Germanic name like "Urkontinent"? What does that even mean (Gondwanaland?)? It's certainly neither a Flemish nor Walloon word -- so even the name isn't belgian. Beer in search of a gullible public?
What else would you call a beer brewed in the style of a Belgian Dubbel?
I'd call it a Belgian Dubbel.
"Belgian Dubbel beer" just implies it looks like and probably the process is remotely close to those of double Westmalle, Rochefort 8 or the red Chimay. They just mean...it's brown.
Where have you seen brown Jupiler lager?
Shame. If Google truly did do beer, it would probably be… better than Carlsberg. ®
ANYTHING is better than Carlsberg.
I'd even consider *nothing* ahead of Carlsberg.
nah, Fosters is worse than carlsberg
Keep in mind this is the USA market we're talking about, where 24-packs of fizzy urine are often mistakenly labeled as "beer". I can't imagine how Carlsberg could be worse than those.
You obviously havent tried Tennents Lager or the gnat p*ss that is Sol..
It's got to be better than that soft drink they pushed out - "Mountain View".
"It also packs quite a kick, with an alcohol content twice that of normal beer"
is that twice the alcohol content of "normal" (UK) beer or twice the alcohol of the poor substitute for (USA) Beer?
Obvious Icon really
there's a lot of good beer being made in the US of States these days.
Of course there's a whale-drowningly quantity of absolute pish, same as ever but the good stuff really is very good indeed.
Double normal strength
Round where I live, lots of the beer is 7 or 8%, a fair amount at 9%, and Carrefour even sells some rated at 12%. Double that!
Carrefour? Oh, sorry, "where I live" means "in northern France"...
The page linked to in the article confirms it's 8.1% ABV.
Well brewdog are the people with the 40% beers
There certainly is a lot of good beer available in the US if you avoid the mega-corporate-breweries that sponsor sporting events and churn the stuff out by the tanker-load.
The better known craft brands can even be found in the "beer" section of your friendly neighborhood megastore surrounded by the worthless pish you refer to.
I had my 1.5 litre of 10% faxe and 7.2% biere du desert, thanks. 12.5% bier du demon was absent from my supermarke though
Careful about that US beer lable...
Granted, the shit beer from Anheiser Busch, et all is rubbish (see what I did there?), the NorthWest US is home to so many craft beers that you can't throw a rock without hitting a microbrewery. There are so many brews with so much flavor you couldn't possibly get tired of any of them.
If you ever find yourself on the North West Coast, look for beer from any of these fine breweries:
Lagunitas, North Coast (thier Imperial Stout is untouchable. Makes Guiness look like a childs drink) Ninkasi, Silver City, Pike, Iron Horse, Pt Townsend, Diamond Knot, Bear Republic, Stone, 7 Seas, BJs, Dogfhish Head (if you must, really they are overpriced and not any better than the rest of the lot). The list goes on and on. Most of these breweries average alcohol content is around 5-6%. The Imperials get upwards of 10-11% - no joke.
If Google truly did do beer ....
..... they remember exactly how much you drank, where and with whom!
When you pee it out does it go back to the cloud?
I wonder which side....
...of the creepy line they'd think they were on if - after drinking it - all the ads google sent you were for prostate exams....
Better than Carlsberg?
Not the most difficult task in the world.
Funny, thought Google was more in the kool-aid business.
Now that I think about it with all the crap they've been pulling, I can see they need something even stronger these days.
I guess we'll get Google whiskey next.
Ig Google did beer it would probably...
be shipped in a bottle that would accidentally record your fingerprints and report yuour consumption habits back to Google HQ...
Erm.. they've called the beer "incontinent"...?
"Myrica gale is listed as an abortifacient and, therefore, should not be consumed by women who are, or might be, pregnant"
Hmm ... enough alcohol to open the legs, and enough added ingredients to ensure you get away with it too :o
Will we see Apple do cider next? (iCder?)
Will this lead to free beer, all supported by ads? I think I could go for that.
"Other ingredients, sourced from every curved-corner of the Earth include wattleseed from Australia, amaranth from South America, rooibos from Africa and myrica gale from Europe."
Delightful. Possibly the highest carbon-footprint beer in the world?
That ain't beer
"honey, wattleseed from Australia, amaranth from South America, rooibos from Africa and myrica gale"
That's cold soup.
Hopfen und Malz, Gott erhalt's!
"Other ingredients, sourced from every curved-corner of the Earth include wattleseed from Australia, amaranth from South America, rooibos from Africa and myrica gale from Europe"
This is exactly why the Germans came up with Reinheitsgebot. To stop people from ruining good beer with random ingredients that have no place in it.
Actually the Reinheitsgebot was introduced to stop people brewing with wheat and rye, which were supposed to be used for bread. And it (originally) forbade yeast, which rules out most modern beers. Much more here:
It forbade yeast...
...because yeast wasn't properly understood until the middle of the 19th century. Once Bavarians had a handle of just WHY wort fermented, the law was amended to account for the newfound knowledge. These days, the adherence to the law is seen as a sign of regional pride and tradition, but they don't look down on people who experiment elsewhere and come up with something good. After all, Weissbier (wheat beer) is brewed in Germany, just not in Bavaria.
Would be to team up with Depends in case Ur not.
US beer is about the same strength - 4-6% as the bulk of what we drink. They have that light beer muck but only as part of their fascination with choice, not as a replacement.
Is good to have your company pay for your hobbies. Is good.
Someone was putting their 20% time to good use I see.
Missed headline opportunity
"Google Offers Beta Beer"
I thought Google Gulp was a joke!
Do no evil
But do go ahead and put out thousands of tons of carbon into our atmosphere whilst we all enjoy increasingly screwed up weather all over the world in order to make novelty beer.
Great idea, beer with built-in pub conversation.
When you and your mates drinking gBeer (tm) 1.0 (beta) have finished arguing over whether or not all those ingredients make it any good, you can move on to arguing whether or not moving all the ingredients around makes the slightest fucking difference to the planet's ecosystem, given the ever escalating megatonnages of crap being chucked out due to Chinese and Indian industrialisation.
Why is American beer like making love in a canoe?
Because it's fucking close to water.
Been waiting ages to get that old joke into an el-reg comment!