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September 16. 2014 7:33PM

A story to bring beer lovers pleasant dreams


 


“Goodnight Brew” parodies the children’s classic “Goodnight, Moon.”BAILIWICK PRESS 

Good night brew.
Good night crew
Good night moonie cockatoo
Good night cache
And good night mash
Good night cattle and tanks of metal.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the beloved children’s book “Goodnight Moon” has several flatterers out there.

If you are a beer lover you might want to check out a copy of the brand-new “Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People” (Bailiwick Press, Fort Collins, Colo., 2014, $16.95).

Faithful to the style and the artwork of the original, though not quite faithful to the content, “Goodnight Brew” takes the beer-loving reader on a tour of a brewery near bedtime, as the animal staff gets ready to close down for the night.

The book closes with a two-page section title “Brew Basics,” and a final section called “Beer Types and Styles.” The Basics section takes you through the beer making process, from mashing the barley, during which starches are converted into sugars, to lautering, in which the mashed barley is separated from the liquid, and then the actual active brewing. Bottle conditioning is mentioned, as well as the packaging process and of course what happens to it when it gets to us.

There’s also a quick look at the basic styles of beer, divided broadly into ales and lagers.

Yes, it’s only September, but it’s not too early to start looking ahead toward Christmas, and if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary as a present for beer lover, this one is certainly worth a look.

And since we are on the topic of beer, let’s take a look at the Spoetzl brewery, located in Shiner, Texas, which has been brewing beer since 1909, then sending its label, Shiner, out into the world ever since, with perhaps a slight drop in production during Prohibition. You can currently find “Shiner Family Reunion” six packs in many stores here in New Hampshire — if you pick one up, here’s what you’ll find:

Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale. This collection begins with an ale that is gold, with a light, huge head, hops and malt on the nose. The body is medium, and the flavor profile leans toward malt, with caramel, bread and lots of nuttiness.

Shiner White Wing Belgian White. Brewed with coriander and orange peel, 4.7% alcohol by volume, pale gold in the glass with a white creamy head. The coriander comes through on the nose along with the hops. The palate has a medium-plus weight, creamy, with the hops and orange peel on the flavor profile through a long finish.

Shiner Premium Beer. A pale gold beer under a huge white head with a palate that leans toward hops, with citrus and orange peel coming through in the hops, light bitterness lasting through to the finish. There is a late background of malt accompanying it, but it is predominantly a hops beer.

Shiner Bock. The lightest bock I’ve had in a long time. Dark amber/brown in the glass with a tan head and a malt nose. There are some barnyardy notes to start with. The body is medium, light for a bock, and a fairly light flavor profile, also on the malt spectrum.

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager. Czech Saaz and Styrian hops and roasted malts go into the blend for this black beer under a tan head with a quite light nose, medium creamy body and a flavor profile of malt, with roast nuttiness and molasses that lingers.

Contact local beer and wine writer Jim Beauregard at tastingnotesnh@aol.com.


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