Sunday, September 26, 2010

Belgium Brewery Makes “Full Moon” Beer

That the full moon has an effect on human behavior is beyond dispute. (Though whether this effect stems from mystical or from physiological reasons is hotly disputed). For instance, studies have shown that violent crimes increase during the full moon and that mental patients become more “excitable.” But can the full moon affect the taste of beer?
A full moon is seen behind El Zamalek fans during the Egyptian soccer cup round of 16 match against Al-Ahly in Cairo stadium, May 26, 2010. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

That’s what one brewery in Belgium believes.

Brewery Caulier, a small family-owned brewery in Peruwelz, is now producing special “full moon” beer. Roger Caulier, the owner of the brewery, got the idea after visiting a friend who told him that his winemaking schedule followed the lunar calendar.

Caulier decided to try his friend’s methods in his beer brewery. According to Caulier, “We made several tests and noticed that the fermentation was more vigorous, more active…the end product was completely different, stronger, with a taste lasting longer in the mouth." (Source: MSNBC)

The reason for the difference?

Brewery experts say that, “The full moon speeds up the fermentation process, shortening it to five days from seven, which adds extra punch to the beer without making it harsh.”

Although Caulier is well versed in the science behind full moon beer brewing, he does not discount the mystical or mythological aspects of the lunar cycle.

So, in the case of a hangover, simply take a sip of some of the hair of the dog…or maybe even the werewolf…that bit you!

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