An Open Letter to all Americans
on the Subject of Beer
from your old friends the British
We are here to help. That yellow bubbly substance that you affectionately call “lite beer” is not beer. Not at all.
Beer, real ale, is crafted using water, malted barley, hops and yeast, creating a brown, delicious bubble-free nectar of the gods. It should be capped with a white frothy head at least an inch tall.
That stuff that you like to drink too late at night on your holiday weekends in the back of your pick-up trucks upsetting the peace and quiet at the campgrounds of your National Parks (which are very lovely by the way), is nothing more than 7-Up with a wee bit of food coloring thrown in. It looks like horse urine and doesn’t taste a whole lot better.
Beer is supposed to be stored at room temperature which, where we live, is a tepid 57° on most days. It is drawn - or draught, hence the name - from a cask by means of a wooden handle. Please note the spelling of draught, not draft which is what your government employed to make you fight in the Vietnam War against your will.
While we’re on the subject of spelling, please note that the word light is spelled L-I-G-H-T, the same as bright or fright. Lite is not actually a word and should not be allowed. Look it up. We invented the language.
After beer is pulled from the cask (that’s a wooden hand-crafted barrel in case you’re not sure), it is to be poured slowly at precisely a 60° angle into a beer mug, one made of pewter or glass, equipped with a handle. This exact measurement will procure the desired one inch head. Real beer in casks should never be artificially pressurized. Adding a combination of carbon dioxide and nitrogen to pressurize your kegs is neither funny nor clever.
We disapprove that you have now invented labels that change color to tell you that your “beer” is cold. Apparently it’s becoming too difficult a task for you to pick up the bottle and feel the temperature against your clammy hand. We have been informed that you can now go to a “liquor store” (whatever that is) and buy “lite beer” bottles in boxes that are already built as coolers. Is it really that hard to open a box and transfer the bottles yourself into a cooler, one that you can store in your over-sized garage and use again next time?
Please be advised that Her Majesty’s Government has issued a proclamation declaring that “lite beer” is no longer to be referred to as “beer” at all. Please refrain from all usage of the term immediately. You may choose an alternate name from among the following:
“yellowy water with bubbles in it”
“oh my gracious what is this foul-tasting sack?”
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Very funny! Upon returning from London the first time, my brother referred to our "beer" as American swill and was forever changed. Perhaps you should host a tasting to educate us.
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