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Beer

Beer

Date: Sep 04 2007

Themes: Food

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When you think of beer, what color is it? Is it clear like water but slightly yellow and bubbly? Or is it almost black and syrupy? There are lots of different kinds of beer and some of them are specially brewed only one place in the world. Generally, smaller, local breweries produce nicer beer that’s darker in color. Beer from big breweries often isn’t as good, but it’s usually much less expensive. Listen to Jason and Mason talk about beer over a couple of pints at the local pub.

Dialog

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Mason

Mason

Jason

Jason

Mason:  What are you drinking there, Jason?

Jason:  It’s a Lagunitas IPA.

Mason:  Oh, fine Californian beer.

Jason:  Indeed.

Mason:  Indeed, indeed. I’m slumming it with the Pabst here.

Jason:  Slumming it!

Mason:  I mean, it was like a dollar, what am I gonna do?

Jason:  It’s true. Those macrobrew beers are a lot less expensive.

Mason:  It’s a little spendier, definitely, but you pay for quality.

Jason:  I was gonna ask if you enjoy the taste of the macrobrew beer.

Mason:  I love uh…Well certainly I appreciate the finer points of the microbrew, the many subtle varieties. But, honestly, sometimes, just a little piss beer does me right. I’m not gonna lie.

Jason:  You know what’s funny is here in the Northwest we have sort of the option of dozens of beers, like, at most bars. But a lot of places I’ve been traveling and stuff there’s only like a couple of beers and they’re all sort of…

Mason:  And they all taste like this.

Jason:  They’re all sort of the pale pilsner…

Mason:  Lager-y…And I don’t know what that is. If the country’s used to not drinking beer. Because I drink this when it’s hot out, I just want something that kind of goes down like water, but it’s gonna get me a little bit buzzed.

Jason:  But if that’s your only option, like Tsingtao in China or San Miguel in Spain. What if it’s really cold and you want a nice, thick beer?

Mason:  Doesn’t happen. There’s nothing.

 

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Discussion

Mason and Jason are sitting together at a bar. Jason is drinking a nice Californian beer, while Mason is drinking an inexpensive pint of Pabst Blue Ribbon, one of the most common beers in the United States. Mason says that he likes microbrewed beer, but that sometimes a beer like Pabst is exactly what he wants, especially if it’s hot outside. He jokingly calls Pabst “piss beer” because it is almost the color of urine.

Jason mentions that some countries only have beer like Pabst. Mason wonders if those countries just aren’t used to drinking beer. In any case, it can be hard to find a dark beer some places in the world, even on a cold day when heavier beers taste the best.

What kind of beer is common where you live? Have you ever had beer from another country?

 

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Staisy

Staisy

Russian Federation

I dont drink  beer at all, but from time to time I use it for  making hair masks. Of course, I use only macrobrew  beer  for that, which is less expensive . So  i dont know what are benefits of  beer as a drink,  but  it is  an effective remedy for hair care  .

10:38 PM May 15 2016 |

Tiramisu99

Tiramisu99

China

In china, QingDao beer is common,and I have drunk Heineken.

05:49 PM Apr 02 2013 |

Gobsmacker

Germany

Well, in Germany we mostly drink so-called ‘Weizenbier’ and yes, as much as I don’t like to admit it, german beer tastes awesome. :D (Only reason I still live here! ;)) I’ve tried english beer when I went to London and I don’t really know what to say about it. It’s just really different to beer at home but not necessarily in a bad way.

10:07 PM Mar 19 2012 |

AlexRussia

Russian Federation

I absolutely agree that a german beer tastesreally good,to be honest a green beer, which I tryed in Berlin, is my favourite kind of the beer, that is awesomeCool peple, drink beer, I suggest not to drink VODKA, because i'm russian i know this crap)))) be careful

08:58 AM Mar 03 2009 |

rossy001010

Bangladesh

I m unable to say anything as I never taste it. Its strongly prohibitted here to hv this. Espacially for girl. But I don't like this tradition. Hope one day it will get over. But we would not get this benifit.

 

11:57 AM Feb 20 2009 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

I like drinking beer but not very often. I usually drinking beer when I go out with my friends in pub. In my country we're have many good beer I love light draw beer name Urpiner this beer is honesty very good. Cool

10:48 AM Jan 03 2009 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

yeah, I like drinking beer in hot days.

10:38 AM Jan 03 2009 |

Psyche-piao

Christmas Island

I don't like beer,but sometimes and in some special occasion,I have to drink.although the beer taste terrible,everytime i drink too much to vomit. mabey i take that chance to pull out my discomfort and some feelings!

it's a good choice to forget something!

09:07 AM Nov 20 2008 |

gunitgirl

gunitgirl

Germany

i think the german beer is the best Wink

07:06 PM May 15 2008 |

arun799

India

i like beers and as i`m working in a bar attached restaurant, i get many chances to taste the beers.my favorite beer is corona,its the mexican beer.occationally i drink beers with my friends and i feel great then.

06:07 PM Mar 30 2008 |

CBema&Flora

China

happy new year

10:37 AM Feb 13 2008 |

petita

petita

Spain

I like beer so, I like this lesson

06:41 PM Oct 20 2007 |

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fabiano82

Brazil

I totally agree with christoph07, it could be healthy if you know how to use it. Beers are so delicious when you are with friends in a barbecue, for example or in a happy hour. I like so much a freezy one. In Brazil we have AMBEV, a huge company, like a macrobreweries that in my point of view make a "piss beer", with lower qualities than Belgium breweries or an aonther, despite of that we LOVE !!

Indeed,  we love all alcoholic drinks!! Specially the foreigners that loves our CAIPIRINHA!!

07:55 PM Sep 10 2007 |

jerry1010

jerry1010

China

i don't like beer. it tastes so terrible….

01:42 PM Sep 10 2007 |

Astemon

Astemon

Moldova, Republic Of

oh, i like the beer but not very often. maybe 2,3 bottle per week with friends.

03:40 PM Sep 09 2007 |

victor25

victor25

Moldova, Republic Of

It's true, there are good beers and bad beers. I don't judge by the colour of it but the effect of it. Some beers bring a feeling of great pleasure, making your body fell light and well. But some beers bring a hard feeling of discomfort even drunk in small quantities (those bees are bad beers). I try to avoid them. In rest I encourage you to drink beer, a pint of beer per day will keep you out of health problems, especially those related to the heart, just don't overdo it :)

 

  
 

02:28 AM Sep 09 2007 |

victor25

victor25

Moldova, Republic Of

I enjoy drinking beer!

02:23 AM Sep 09 2007 |

Mime

Ecuador

In my country a good beers is the pilsener. I like drink beer with fanta, it tastes good! . Usually I don't drink beer

01:38 AM Sep 09 2007 |

Mime

Ecuador

In my country a good beers is the pilsener. I like drink beer with fanta, it tastes good! . Usually I don't drink beer

01:38 AM Sep 09 2007 |

starfighteradara

Philippines

I don't drink beer but I understand why some people would like it. My father drinks a little beer every night to relax and to signal the end of the day. Although the most popular beer here in the Philippines is San Miguel, I think the most interesting beer for sale here is called Cerveza Negra. I believe "cerveza negra" is a generic term for "dark beer" but it was copyrighted as a brand name here in the Philippines. Cerveza Negra has a rich, earthy taste. It's probably the only Philippine beer I will drink. Supposedly, it's excellent for women with hormone problems although I don't know if that is true.  

02:07 AM Sep 08 2007 |

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