[Dixielandjazz] Coffee, Beer and Jazz

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Mon Oct 19 15:30:10 PDT 2009

Hi Ken,
There is a reason Americans drink their beer cold, and no, it is not
because it is so flavourless.  Even in the UK, lager beer is served
cold (even McEwan's), unlike the ales and bitters (a type of ale,
really), which are served at about 13 centigrades.  It has to do with
the brewing temperature of the various types of beer.  I tried to
drink Old Speckled Hen and Bellhaven very cold (as served in a Raanana
- my home town) pub, and they were tasteless.  So now, if I'm planning
to go there, I call the bar and ask for my ale to be taken out of the
refrigerator and left on the counter for an hour.  That way I get
excellent beer there.

At home, I refrigerate ales for just a short time, often for 15
minutes in the freezer, and then they are just fine and go extremely
well with my jazz.


On 19/10/2009, Ken Mathieson <ken at kenmath.free-online.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi All,
> Steve Barbone wrote:
> "There are as many styles of coffee as there are styles of jazz."
> While I like pretty well all styles of jazz, at least up to about 1970, I've never felt the need to stray from the simple classic short black coffee made with high quality beans, whether it's Italian expresso, Spanish cafe solo, Portuguese bica, Brazilian cafezinho, or Turkish. It seems I just like coffee flavour and, if the quality is there, it seems all the extravagant flavourings are simply a marketing trick to sell coffee which lacks top-end quality in the first place.
> To try and get jazz back into the thread, I recall how the guys in Fat Sam's band got round the problem of drinking the sponsor's freezing, gassy, tasteless beer at the Sacto Jubilee in the 80s and 90s: We ordered up the largest measure available, about the size of a small plastic bucket, and let it stand for a while. The shape of the bucket allowed the gas to escape fairly quickly and ten minutes in the 100 degree heat of a Sacto afternoon quickly sorted the chilling problem and allowed a modicum of flavour to return. The only remaining problem was lifting a wobbly plastic bucket of beer with one hand between numbers. Sticky hands and a sticky bandstand were the usual results and, while this was none too pleasant on a hot afternoon, it sure beat the time when skunks demonstrated their hatred of jazz under a stage at Calexpo Beer Garden!
> Cheers,
> Ken Mathieson
> www.classicjazzorchestra.org.uk
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