This is a beer I’ve never liked. I’ve tried a couple of bottles over the years and Rolling Rock disproved for me the adage that ‘The best beer is a free beer’. Any Rolling Rock I’ve ever had was never one I actually paid for and never one I could even finish. They’re just all too reliably skunked by their green glass bottles I suppose. As a result I was more than hesitant when Rachel wanted us to brew up a batch of this as a nice summer time “lawnmower” beer. She found the recipe in an older Brew Your Own magazine article on retro clones. (more…)
Brewing has been a human activity ever since the beginning of urbanization and civilization in the Neolithic period. Beer is a product valued by its physico-chemical properties (i.e. quality) as much as by its entanglement with religious, culinary and ethnic distinctiveness (i.e. tradition). Accordingly, the history of beer brewing is not only one of scientific and technological advancement, but also the tale of people themselves: their governance, their economy, their rites and their daily life. It encompasses grain markets as well as alchemy.
~ Franz G. Meussdoerffer, A Comprehensive History of Beer Brewing