June/July 2005, Beer Poetry
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tasters all drowsy from a long winter snooze,
greeted spring at the pub to taste summer brews.
The regulars attended and a new guy did
at the Buffalo Brew Pub
not far from you.
Loretta waited with Hop Jack and Vinny,
while Magistrate talked to the new guy named Hippy.
Hippy likes his beer German after long
days of smoking,
Hippy likes his beer blonde, in the hours of toking.
We all gathered 'round to taste what Bill
identities revealed after sips and deep thought.
Candles", chirped Loretta as her nose rose,
from the first beer Bill poured one we wouldn't have chosen.
"It's too light in the lager."
"It hangs in the mouth,"
and "Is this a pilsner?" was heard all about.
Sam Adams White Ale was revealed as
Bill served up the second one to quench our deep thirst.
grumbled Hop Jack, who slumped back into his seat.
"Musty blueberries and Pete's
agreed Vinny who felt some defeat.
"There was sulfur a bit that rose
in the nose,
while Hippy spaced out and wiggled his toes.
Sam Adams Summer Ale, a seasonal brew,
was what had apparently saddened the crew.
coconut was in the air next,
leaving the tasters somewhat perplexed.
"Magistrate said, "The aroma's
weird and I simply can't tell...
But one thing's for sure, I don't taste what I smell."
Hop Jack sat up when he sipped it again,
and gave us his thoughts on this summer blend.
"It must have a lot of wheat in
to make it so cloudy and balanced like this."
Sam Adams Hefeweizen, what a surprise!
Sam Adams was popular with this enterprise.
guessed a cyser for the next one Bill brought,
and Hippy was happy with what his tongue caught.
But in the nose was something a little
Like the aromatic plastics in My Little Pony.
Loretta liked the aftertaste as much
as one could,
and Vinny agreed it was bizarre but real good.
Magic Hat Broggot was revealed from
And we drank up our glasses as Bill poured another.
said, "Sour style Belgium, with raspberries, too,
if this is a Framboise, then I think it'll do!"
Loretta liked the bubbles on her palate
to Hop Jack who said the Brit's would be burned.
"The Brits like this style really
clear," Hop Jack schooled,
and Hippy agreed, but we were all fooled.
An Ephemere blackberry currant Wheat
was the beer in our hands and a taste in this tale.
effervescence detracts from the other flavors," Hop Jack said,
"and with Evil's diabetes, he'd certainly be dead."
There isn't much body and yeah it's
said Loretta to Hippy as they winked and rubbed feet.
It was Unibroue 2005 which drew such
but we went home happy to the tune of 10%!
is my last collumn in this great paper for beer,
I'm moving to Maine in June of this year.
by Susan Griskonis,
Beer Beacon columnist
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