Just Beer


What if beer brands told the truth? Somebody wipabstth ample spare time imagines this world.

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Started a little early today, with a Belgian at lunch.  It’s spring out there. What can I say? During a visit to the Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont, I ordered a Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor. Great IPA–hoppy but still fruity and rich. I’ll keep an eye out for more of the Carolopsinjoorkepopus line.

The label informed me that the beer’s name refers to a Belgian folk character, named Opsinjoor (see right), with a shout-out to the four types of hops used to brew it.  There’s not a lot to be found about Obsinjoor on the interwebs. Apparently he’s big around Mechelen, in Belgium. The shaky translations from Dutch describe a “short thick male with a moustache” who engages in unsavory acts.

According to this site, “Opsinjoor is an old folkloric person, who beated up his wife when he was drunk. So his neighbours were so angy at him that they woke him up by trowing him on a blanket high and let him fall.”

Tot siens!

urkelPilsner Urquell is a good beer. But the bottles never did it for me. Urquell, which is pronounced like Steve Urkel’s surname (not really), means from the “well” or original source in German. Thus, in classic DC-snob fashion, I’ll say I enjoyed the beer when I was in Prague. But not so much on this side of the pond. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll gladly accept a Pilsner handout, but there is a vaguely skunky taste about the bottles. A friend–known as Mr. B.–theorizes that their green glass allows U.V. radiation to alter the taste. Who knows?

The cans, however, are divine. A chilled 16-oz. can of Pilsner, poured into a frosty mug, is a fantastic sipper. But finding the 4-packs of Pilsner cans is tricky. Harris Teeter’s got them. I recommend a session.

Toasts mark new beginnings. At this typing, I’m about to sample Dogfishhead’s Midas Touch for the first time. Yes, I read the New Yorker‘s beer blowout. If you haven’t, it’s worth the 30-minute read. You’ll also get the skinny on Midas Touch, a faithful recreation of what was placed in the dead king’s drinking vessels in 730 B.C.

The verdict: Surprisingly smooth. While the saffron and honey is there, it’s not overpowering. For 9 percent ABV, it’s an easy sip. Every batch contains $1,000 of saffron. That’s a cool grand. It’s a gift from Delaware. Thanks. King Midas knew what was up. I’d have a beer with that guy.