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August 28, 2003

White Rule

"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel shamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver." - Jack Handy

After much complaining from beer aficionados that some people may have actually heard of the beers in the previous two polls, and besides, why weren't their favorites included? I decided to return to my beer snob roots and run the next two polls on ales. Red and White Ales, to be specific, since those are two of my favorites, though a good Flemish Brown is also dear to my heart. Why, were there such a thing as a Blue Ale, we could even combine our love for alcohol with patriotism, perhaps arranging the empty bottles into some sort of flag design on the beach were the fishing to slow down.

For most beer snobs, the thought would end there. They are educated enough to know that there are no blue ales, so the dream of a Red White and Blue drunk must remain forever unfulfilled.

I'm not as educated as most beer snobs, evidently, or else I am much more stubborn, for I have found a Blue Ale, after all.

Slurred version of "To Anacreon in Heaven," here we come.

Now that I've done the hard part, all you have to is to click on the ale of your choice. Since I'm sure that none of you would ever cast an uneducated vote, I've provided helpful links to each entry below in case you've never heard of one of the candidates.

This week, White Ales, since I had more of those in the database than Reds.

Ten Beers Enter! One Beer Leaves! - White Ale Bracket

Celis Beer
Hoegaarden
Allagash White Beer
Blanche De Brooklyn
Blanche De Chambly
Blanche De Quebec
Hitachino Nest White Ale
Samuel Adams White Ale
Wittekerke
Ertvelds Wit

Those wishing to vote in the past polls, all of which will run until September, should click on the bracket of their choice: Stout, Cider, Macro, Import.

Finally, those of you who made it this far, yet still wish to know the difference between and ale and what you may think of as "regular beer", should click here for an explanation.

Posted by Bigwig at August 28, 2003 01:49 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

blanche de quebec? i thought we hated the french, even those in canada! first iraq, then quebec?

Posted by: kevin at August 29, 2003 09:48 AM
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