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I think all the images of destruction have to do with extreme drunkenness rather than pillaging villages. "Headwrecker," for instance...

@Jon: A puzzling marketing gambit, no? It's as if car advertising said, "...and when you crash into a lamppost it makes a really LOUD crunching noise and you bleed all over the steering wheel!"

Chocolate bock comes from the color of the barley malt used to make it, which is dried in a kiln until it's about the color of chocolate, whereas most malts are only slightly dried, hence the golden color of the beer. If one puts a bit in chocolate barley malt in one's mouth, the malt tastes a bit like well done toast, not burnt but pleasingly bitter and a bit smokey. Of course it tastes nothing like a chocolate malt milkshake.

I've brewed my own beer with chocolate malt, but never tried the Sam variety. It sounds like a great drink for this time of year, and I won't have to disinfect anything to drink it.

I read the other day that the Egyptian kings often paid those working on their pyramids in beer. Talk about drinking yourself into a grave!

I started thinking about possible names for Egyptian beers from 3,000 or so years ago. Tut's Pale Ale. "Time for a Tut!" Spirit Stout!
"This beer is on the level!"

Hi there. This is Zak from Shmaltz Brewing Company, the makers of HE'BREW Beer. Thanks so much for including us in your list. I'm glad to hear that you've enjoyed our brews, we have too. Have a great holiday. L'Chaim!

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