October 13, 2005
I guess I see things
differently than some people. Let me rephrase that, I know I see things
differently. I used to spend my time wondering why my mind sometimes
worked at opposite ends of the pole than most, but now Iíve just come to
accept it. I believe itís all part of getting older. It has its perks,
yet the most important one doesnít always come with age; itís more a
matter of experience.
I speak of wisdom,
having the insight to distinguish between the complicated situations
that life rolls our way every day. Now, Iím not going to claim to be the
ďwisest,Ē as I have my moments from time to time where even I want to
slap some sense in me. Lessons are learned and we usually have the
insight not to repeat those mistakes again.
Wisdom in the world
of beer can be a little bit hazy at times, so sometimes itís best to sit
back, cool it down and let things clarify. Simple combinations like
water, barley, hops and yeast become very complicated when an ingredient
called humans is added. People tend to complicate things rather than
simplify them and in the world of beer thatís really Ö confusing.
Iím always amazed at
how we all have ďourĒ experts in our lives. As for myself if I have a
mechanical question I will ask my father. A question about real estate
I direct towards my brother and even though she probably doesnít
appreciate me saying this, all my domestic questions are the property of
my mother. Computers, cars, health and wellness, sports and so forth ó
we usually know someone who can give us the answers we seek. With all
these experts in so many fields around us I only have one question to
Who do you ask when
you have a question about beer?
Would you ask your
father about the difference between ale and lager? Maybe your mechanic
can explain why beer is boiled? Perhaps the 18-year-old server at your
local watering hole can shed some light for you on the history of India
OK, timeís up ó
whatís your answer? Iím sure there is an array of answers across the
board but I think one answer is staring you in the face. That answer is,
of course, me. Maybe Iím dreaming or just have high hopes, but I want to
be your expert on beer. In fact I want to be Manchesterís answer for any
question about beer. Itís the goal I set when I started writing this
column and itís what I will continue to strive for.
So I challenge all
of you to challenge me to prove myself in my quest. Send me e-mail with
your questions, no matter how simple or complicated you think they might
be. I will answer every question asked and even print ones that might
help clear the fog on beer for everyone around us. Together letís
educate this town on all that is beer and wash the ignorance down like
we would pretzels.
Mike Roy is the brew
master at Millyís Tavern at 500 Commercial St. The Beer Cellar appears
semi-monthly in the Hippo. If you have any questions or suggestions for
future columns, or would like to comment on The Beer Cellar send e-mail
Beer of the week
Dead Guy Ale
*** (out of 4)
I picked this
little beauty up at the North End Superette on Elm Street in
Manchester the other day.
Dead Guy Ale is
made by the Rogue Brewery out in Newport, Ore. The Rogue line was
founded in 1988 by Jack Joyce, Rob Strasser and Bob Woodell, three
suits who opted to go into the beverage industry.
glad they did. Dead Guy Ale, which I picked mostly because of the
name, is now my eighth favorite beer. Dead Guy Ale was created to
celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead (Nov. 1, All Souls Day) for Casa
U Betcha in Portland, Ore. The Dead Guy was incorporated into a
bottled product a few years later.
Dead Guy is a
German-style Maibock made with ale yeast. It is deep honey in color
with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and well-balanced finish. In
a word: Yum. And, with a skeleton/zombie guy on the label, itís
perfect for drinking around Halloween. (P.S. The label glows in the