Sunday, June 1, 2008

Leif Garretson - Beer Connoisseur - Black & Tan

Tonight I'll raise a bottle of St. Pauli Girl German beer in honor of Leif. Leif loved beer, and like anything he cared about, he made himself an expert on it. He could talk about beer until your eyes glazed over. He knew every nuance, and probably just about every major brewery. It's too bad he never got a chance to talk about brewing with my Uncle Jerry, who was a brewmaster (though it wasn't a job he liked).

Leif could down a lot of beer and never show it. He had favorites, and really liked dark, strong-flavored beer. This photo is one he took himself. He had poured a "Black & Tan" with two layers of different colors.

He liked to quote Benjamin Franklin, "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." This quote is oft repeated on the internet, but it is questionable whether Franklin actually said (or wrote) it. It is more likely a changed version of his writing about wine. But no matter, Leif enjoyed the sentiment and the beer.

Wish I could share one with him tonight.

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