Thursday, November 6, 2008

Days of the Beer, November 6

The beer for today is Cintra Pilsen from Cervejarias Cintra, in Brazil.

On November 6, 1854, John Philip sousa was born. Sousa was a composer and conductor for American military and patriotic marches. he eventually became known as "The March King".

Sousa started playing the violin at 6. When he was 13, he was enlisted in the Marine Band as an apprentice. He apprenticed there until age 20. He left to join a theatrical orchestra where he learned to conduct. He returned to the U.S. Marine Band as it's head in 1880 and stayed there for 12 years.

Sousa wrote 136 marches, some of the most popular were: "Semper Fidelis" the Official March of the United States Marine Corps, "The Stars and Stripes Forever", "The Liberty Bell" credits theme for Monty Python's Flying Circus. He has also written marches for several universities including Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, Marquette University, and University of Minnesota.

As to the beer:

Cintra Pilsen if brewed by the Cervejarias Cintra in Pirai and Mogi Mirim, Brazil. The brewery was started in 1998, by Jose Sousa Cintra. Cintra started as a snail trader, then elevator operator, then sold watercolor paintings. After four years in the Portuguese Navy, he acquired a mineral water company. After he started brewing in Brazil, he purchsed a brewery in his native Portugal, and started selling Portuguese Cintra. He sold that and kept the Brazilian breweries.

The Cintra beer is a pilsener type of beer with a golden shinning color. It is a refreshing, less filling, dry beer with an intense taste and low caloric level. Its aroma is slightly fruity with hints of malt balanced with Hallertauer premium hops. Its foam is white, creamy with a medium sustainability. The alcoholic content is moderate, thus its freshness and less filling taste yield moments of pleasure one after the other.
So, for the guy who probably got you tapping yoru foot in rythm more times than you realize, have a beer that is made by a guy with that middle name.


Anonymous said...

I don't know about Sousa and beer, but whatever. What's odd about Sousa is that he was hugely popular at a time when recorded music was also just becoming popular. But Sousa refused to conduct his band for records. He had others do it for him (a lot of times Arthur Pryor, I think).

Sousa was the opposite of a "pioneering recording artist" because he went out of his way to not make recorded music and to not embrace recording technology and the opportunity to reach a mass audience. Amazingly, though, his reputation didn’t suffer for it and we still know of him today.

Does this matter? Probably not too much, except that Sousa is an anomaly in the history of recorded music. He's someone who hated records, but recorded music made him popular anyway.

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