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    Tuesday
    Jun112013

    Three favorites…

    Favorites are both easy to come by (if you have limited choices it’s no contest) or quite difficult to determine (if you have a world of choices), If you are luck you will never have a favorite because something better comes along and there you go.

    Nevertheless, I am going to present what I feel are the three best “beer photos” I have ever taken and tell you why.

    The following are three of over 10,000 photos in the “Beer” folder. As I am sure you can understand, these three were selected from the first culling of the photos. That said, you can be assured that more will follow.

    These three are all beer-related and span over twenty five years. Only one, as you can see actually is a picture of beer. All of that noted…

    First is a picture of August Busch III chatting with a group of journalists at the Elk Mountain hop farm. There are two reasons I lead with this picture. First of all “Three Sticks” impressed me as someone who knew not only his profession but also how it meshed with family and the history of an industry that is both an art and a science. There were no hard-ball questions but the answers were concise and direct to the point. It made for easy note taking. The second reason I include this photo is that it was taken on a “press trip” sponsored by A-B to get our input on a product introduction. That happened on a Saturday morning when the group was gathered in a classroom environment and presented with, as I remember it, at least a dozen tastes of beers from straw-blond lager to opaque stouts. (The result was their introduction of the extensions to the Michelob line of specialty-beers. The experience left me with the impression that here was a massive company that could be producing the most interesting beers in the world if they wanted to. Why didn’t they?

     

    Next is a favorite for two reasons. The first is “Monster” the cat and protector-of-the grain at the Brooklyn Brewery. “Monster” no longer prowls the brewery but this photo proves that no brewery should be without a feline friend. The second reason I really like this picture is because I first met Garrett Oliver, the brewer at Brooklyn Brewery, in 1987 or thereabouts. Nevertheless he was an enthusiastic and flamboyant homebrewer and one of the founders of the New York City Homebrewers Guild. It is my firm belief that this picture catches the two personalities at their “truest” moment and… it’s a damn good photo.

     

    Finally the picture of beer…

    In my mind there is no doubt the French fried potatoes done in the Belgian style are the perfect companion to a chilly pint of wheat beer. Pictured here is what I offer as an almost perfect example of this synthesis. The potatoes were turned out by the kitchen of Bar Tabac on Smith Street in Brooklyn. The wheat beer is Colomba Biere Blanche de Corse. Enjoy! I know I did…