Interestingly [at least unto me :nener: ] there was a town named "German Town" in Northern California-Glenn County. At the outbreak of WWII the name was changed to "Artois"... after a province in Northern France[I assume allied with the USA] ... The Change in name likely avoided "problems" as there has always been a large population of German Americans farming this part of California.
Any who, My very German Grandpa would crack up when me and my brother called the place "our-toys"....
Now Stella Artois.... consume a few of those...."Vous Parlons Francais dans les USA!" :laugh:
Oh and "Happy Birthday!" I don't know you, but I like the way you write!
I discovered Stella Are Twa when I had to go over to the U.K. for work. It is one of my favorite beers on tap, I wish more restaurants had it! I've bought it bottled a few times and was very dissapointed. I would pronounce the bottled stuff SKUNKED!
Thanks all! I am not ready to give up on The Captain, but lately I have been diggin' the brew. "Stella Are-Twa" is a good one. I have been fond of the darker brews, but recently tried a Blue Moon with a twist of orange in it and it was pretty tasty on a summer afternoon.
Stella is good stuff! Me likey very much. Also, if drinking beer with fruit in it is against "Manlaw" then I need to turn my card in. Do I have a card? Did any of you guys get one? Maybe mine is in the mail? My mailservice is not very good.
I don’t think that is the case. I just question the need for sticking fruit in my beer. If I need a chunk of citrus to make the beer palatable, then I question whether I have chosen the right beer (or drink for that matter) to begin with.
Similar to coffee……if I need to mix in sugar, chocolate syrup, and cream before I drink it, then maybe I don’t really like coffee to begin with. That’s why I don’t patronize Starbucks although I think it really is a brilliant marketing strategy. They burn the heck out of their beans and then brew it extra strong so no one will drink it straight up. Then they can turn $1.00 cups of coffee into $5.00 yuppie foo foo drinks.
You have got my curiosity up now. I will have to try the Stella, sans fruit.
I wouldn't really consider Stella a Belgian, although maybe technically it is...not far from Heinekin or Corona in my book, not that that's a bad thing. I suspect in their country (where Stella is made), it's sort of the "Budweiser" of sorts. Stella does seem to be some what of a fad in the US right now. A good beer for a hot summer day, more refreshing than some.
If you want a good "real" Belgian, try a La Binchoise Reserve Special. 9% ABV (but you would never know it), about $13.50 for a four pack of 11 oz. bottles. It truly is an amazing drink. A Delirium (Nocturnum or Tremens) or a St. Bernardis is no slouch either.
For the last few years, i've really been digging the pale ales. Here are a few of my favorites:
Dogfish head (60, 90, 120 min. or Shelter)
Bell's Two Heared Ale
Three Floyds Alpha King (don't try this if you dont like hops)
Three Floyds Pride and Joy (a bit mellower)