It's unusually snowy here. Another 8-12" of snow fell again today. Looks like we'll be skiing right up to Christmas and we'll then get a white one when we get there. Visibility is no further than a block or so and it made me think.
Bright beer: why does it have to be? I don't know when the widespread use of processed fish guts in beer started, but I'm guessing it's a 20th century phenomenon. Earlier drinking beer out of metal tankards was common, maybe even wooden or leather was not unusual. The amount of roast grain was probably greater increasing the natural opacity of the beer and also the carbonated fine particles probably helped to clear the beer a little.
Either way clear beer is a modern phenomenon. Some craft beers are naturally hazy. Both Belgian and Oregonian beers can have a little bit, or even sometimes a lot of murkiness about them. I've drunk many a beer at home that has not quite "got there" but I fancied it. It's my place so I'll drink it cloudy if I want. I have never noticed any ill effects drinking a beer that I know is OK, but just not quite bright. Why then, do we insist on using so much additives just to make bright beer? It is, after all, aesthetic.
Just in case I don't get back to blogger before the 25th, have a good one and peace to you all.