An ancient Greek drinking game enjoyed more than 2,000 years ago at social drinking parties has been replicated by researchers.
The game, known as kottabos, involved men gathered in a circle flinging dregs of wine at a target in the centre of the room from a special cup known as a kylix.
He says that if you want to reap the heart-health benefits of drinking, consistency is key: two or three drinks per day for an average man, and one or two for a woman. A drink, he notes, is a 5-ounce serving of wine, or a 12-ounce serving of 5 percent-alcohol beer.
Name: Todd HaugHometown: Minneapolis, MinnesotaWorks at: Surly Brewing Co., 4811 Dusharme Dr., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 and 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414The Growler: Turn-Ons?Todd Haug: Clean yeast profiles, as far as intended fermentation characteristics. The beer should be as it was intended. That is the biggest thing for me. Good or bad, it doesn’t matter, as long as it was what the brewer wanted to do. It doesn’t mean I like every single beer. It might be a horrible flavor I’m not into. But if the brewer wanted to create that flavor and succeeded, that’s where my palate is at.
I agree with your sentiment that there’s never been a better time to be a beer drinker in America. Certainly if you are interested in flavor and variety.
As for snobbishness, it is often the refuge of those whose knowledge only scratches the surface of a subject. This is certainly true in beer where many enthusiastic but relatively inexperienced consumers cling to the small territory that they think is cool and look down their noses at other spheres of beerdom. Yeah, I’m talking about you, Mr. I-only-drink-double-IPAs.
A love of variety in beer and specifically in beer flavors is what created this industry. It has been a defining element of the industry ever since. “Flavor and variety” was the mantra I used to define craft beer as an industry spokesperson before there was an official BA definition.