Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"I will drink, and right freely . . ."

“Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We are conquered if we try too conscientiously not to sin at all. So when the devil says to you: do not drink, answer him: I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to.”

― Martin Luther
Now that the Lenten season is upon us, it is the perfect time to sample bock beers. Bock is a strong lager of German origin. Several substyles exist, including maibock or heller bock, a paler, more hopped version generally made for consumption at spring festivals; doppelbock, a stronger and maltier version; and eisbock, a much stronger version made by partially freezing the beer and removing the water ice that forms.

The style known now as bock was a dark, malty, lightly hopped ale first brewed in the 14th century by German brewers in the Hanseatic town of Einbeck. The style from Einbeck was later adopted by Munich brewers in the 17th century and adapted to the new lager style of brewing. Due to their Bavarian accent, citizens of Munich pronounced "Einbeck" as "ein Bock" ("a billy goat"), and thus the beer became known as "bock". To this day, as a visual pun, a goat often appears on bock labels.

Bock is historically associated with special occasions, often religious festivals such as Christmas, Easter or Lent (the latter as Lentenbock). Bocks have a long history of being brewed and consumed by Bavarian monks as a source of nutrition during times of fasting. Take Martin Luther's advice: "seek the company of men or drink more," and come and visit us.

Monday, March 10, 2014

What do you believe?

“Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer.”

― W.C. Fields

Monday, February 24, 2014

"Thus, let us drink beer!"

“Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!” 

― Martin Luther

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

“The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy also mentions alcohol. It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.”

--Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Valentines Day Comedy Show! No Reservations, No Cover, No Problem!

The Amsterdam Stand Up Comedy Revolt presents A Valentines Day Comedy Engagement at The Amsterdam Bar. February 14th! 10pm! Steve Herndon, Cody James, Kerry Smith, and the much written and talked about 9 year old sensation Saffron Herndon and many more comics! FREE with food by Crow Bros. JOIN US!

"Lines on Ale"

“Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain —
Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.”

― attributed to Edgar Allan Poe

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Monday, December 09, 2013

Shelley Carrol Quartet at tonight's Jazz Night!

The Shelley Carrol Quartet returns to the stage at The Amsterdam Bar for tonight's Jazz Night. You know the deal--the music starts about 10:00pm, but get there earlier if you want a table.