Friday’s ad is a cool one for Asahi, from when I don’t know, but it shows an open bottle of the Japanese beer, with hundreds, possible thousands, of crowns laid out before it. Because each crown shows the Japanese rising sun symbol, it’s an impressive sight.
Today is also the 56th birthday of Ron Pattinson, a brewing historian who writes online at Shut Up About Barclay Perkins. Ron lives in Amsterdam but is obsessed with the British brewery Barclay Perkins, which is what the title of his blog refers to. I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Ron in person, though we’ve corresponded several times. Lew Bryson had a chance to go drinking with Ron a couple of years ago. Join me in wishing Ron a very happy birthday.
Today is the 45th birthday of John Tucci, who until it closed recently, was the brewmaster for the San Francisco Gordon Biersch brewpub. John’s one of Gordon Biersch’s best and most senior brewers, especially his one-offs that he brewed at that location. He’s also a great champion for beer in San Francisco and was very active with the local brewers guild and SF Beer Week. Since the San Francisco location’s closing, he’s been brewing at their Palo Alto brewpub. Join me in wishing John a very happy birthday.
I can only assume that the UK pub chain Taylor Walker is, in the appropriate British parlance, taking the piss, with their commissioning of Mindlab to discover the formula for “the perfect pint.” Though there is a Mind Lab at the University of Sussex, this bit of news is not listed in their news or press section. At any rate, they claim to have “used complex mathematical modelling techniques to discover what conditions are required to enjoy the perfect pint.”
So what is the formula for a perfect pint?
Here goes: E = -(0.62T2 + 39.2W2 + 62.4P2) + (21.8T + 184.4W + 395.4P + 94.5M – 90.25V) + 50(S + F + 6.4)
- E is a factor describing overall enjoyment.
- T is the ambient temperature in degrees Celsius.
- W is the number of days until you are required back at work.
- P is the number of people with whom you are drinking.
- M is related to your mood whilst drinking the pint.
- V is related to the volume of the music being played.
- S and F are related to the availability of snacks and food.
Without the number variants, so slightly simpler, it’s E = -(T2+W2+P2) + (T+W+P+M-V) + 50(S+F+6.4), though it’s hardly E = MC2. Below a presumed “scientist” — he is after all, wearing a lab coat and surrounded by books and beakers — explains it all:
- M.K. Viviani Brewery (Closed)
Niue Brewery Guides
Guild: None Known
National Regulatory Agency: None
Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known
Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.08% (Zero limit for persons under 20 years.)
- Full Name: Niue
- Location: Oceania, island in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Tonga
- Government Type: Self-governing parliamentary democracy
- Language: English (official), Niuean (a Polynesian language closely related to Tongan and Samoan)
- Religion(s): Ekalesia Niue (Niuean Church – a Protestant church closely related to the London Missionary Society) 61.1%, Latter-Day Saints 8.8%, Roman Catholic 7.2%, Jehovah’s Witnesses 2.4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.4%, other 8.4%, unspecified 8.7%, none 1.9%
- Capital: Alofi
- Population: 1,269; 236th
- Area: 260 sq km, 213th
- Comparative Area: 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC
- National Food: Taro
- National Symbols: Southern Cross; Sea Urchin
- Nickname: Rock of Polynesia
- Affiliations: Commonwealth, Pacific Community
- Independence: Niue became a self-governing parliamentary government in free association with New Zealand; October 19, 1974
- Alcohol Legal: Yes
- Minimum Drinking Age: None (to drink); 18 (to buy) [Note: Minimum age applies for beverages with 1.15% ABV or over; no restrictions on beverages less than 1.15% ABV. Persons under 18 may not drink outside private residences or private functions unless accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Alcohol may be supplied to minors only by their parent or legal guardian, but adult hosts of private functions may supply alcohol if no money changes hands.]
- BAC: 0.08%
- Number of Breweries: 0
- How to Say “Beer”: beer
- How to Order a Beer: One beer, please
- How to Say “Cheers”: cheers
- Toasting Etiquette: N/A
Alcohol Consumption By Type:
- Beer: 60%
- Wine: 1%
- Spirits: 39%
Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):
- Recorded: 8.85
- Unrecorded: 1.00
- Total: 9.85
- Beer: 4.63
WHO Alcohol Data:
- Per Capita Consumption: 8.9 litres
- Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
- Excise Taxes: N/A
- Minimum Age: None
- Sales Restrictions: N/A
- Advertising Restrictions: N/A
- Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N/A
Patterns of Drinking Score: N/A