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Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Session #7: Theme Announcement

As mentioned in my round-up of Session #6 last weekend, Rick Lyke of Lyke 2 Drink is the host for Session #7, and a couple of days ago he announced the theme:

Have you ever noticed how many animals show up on beer labels? We have lions and tigers and bears, plus various birds, reptiles, fish, assorted domesticated and wild animals, plus a few mythical creatures. For whatever reason brewers have a tradition of branding their beers using everything from pets to predators. The Brew Zoo will celebrate these lagers and ales.

Your assignment for The Session #7 is to go on a beer safari and help stock our Brew Zoo with animals large and small. This is one hunt that even PETA should not protest.

This should be a fun one, although I do have two thoughts right off the bat:

1) All of the locally-available beers I can think of with animal names and/or graphics are pretty lousy. I'll have to wrack my brain to come up with something before September 7th.

2) It's funny how the idea of drinking a "zoo brew" is perfectly acceptable to the beer geek contingent, while serious wine drinkers generally look down upon so-called "critter wines" that feature animals on the label.


Unknown said...

I recently sampled a couple of beers from the Boréale brewery in Quebec - the Noire (stout) which I wasn't blown away by, and the Rousse, which I quite liked. Anyway, all their beer features a polar bear on the label.

Greg Clow said...

Yeah, I've tried a few Boreale beers. None of them have done a lot for me. If I was going to include them, I'd want to try them again to get a current opinion, but I don't think any of them are available in Ontario.