Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Days of the Beer, December 2

The beer for today is Magic Hat Circus Boy.

On December 2, 1863, Charles Edward Ringling was born in McGregor, Iowa. Charles was one of the Ringling Brothers who owned the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. While there, he was in charge of production.

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was started in 1919, after the Ringling brothers had purchased the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1907. The circuses ran separately for several years, but finally merged.

The Ringling brothers originally had four brothers, but by 1919, only Charles and John Nicholas Ringling were remaining. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus debuted on March 29, 1919, in Madison Square Garden.

Charles died December 3, 1926.

As to the beer:

Magic Hat is based out of South Burlington Vermont. They began in 1994. Magic Hat is known for puting short phrases on the underside of their bottle caps.

THE Hefeweizen: Unfiltered and unfettered, Circus Boy is a unique and refreshing American-style Hefeweizen.

Is he a who? Or a what? Or perhaps some of both?

ABV: 5.4
Gravity: 1.055
Bitterness: 18
SRM: 5.0
Yeast: Hefeweizen Ale
Hops: Cascade & Warrior
Malts: Wheat, Pale

So for one of the men who started one of the great circuses, have a Circus Boy.

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