Monday, December 29, 2008

Days of the Beer, December 29

The beer for today is Lone Star.

On December 29, 1845, Texas was admitted to the United States as the 28th state.

Texas, which is nicknamed the Lone Star State, currently has a population of more than 24 million people. It is second in the U.S. for total area and for population. Austin is the capital city, while Houston is the largest city, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is the largest metro area.

As to the beer:

Lone Star Brewery was built in 1884, it was the first large mechanized brewery in Texas. It was founded by Adolphus Busch (of AB). Lone Star Beer was first produced in 1940. It was purchased by Olympia in 1976, but then was went to Heileman in 1983. Strohs purchaed Heileman in 1996, and Pabst purchased Strohs in 1999.

Production of Lone Star (by the owners) stopped in Texas in 2000. It is currently contract brewed by Miller in Fort Worth.

Born and brewed in Texas, Lone Star helps keep the culture alive by supporting today's Texas musicians, outdoorsmen and everybody's friend, the Armadillo. When it comes to great beer for life and the way we live it down here, Lone Star really is PURE. TEXAN. BEER.
So, for Texas, have a Pure. Texan. Beer.

Here's what Dave Barry said about Texas.

Texas: Big, old and irregular

Texas used to be the largest state, but because of Alaska, it no longer is. Texans are still very touchy about this, so you should be sensitive when you discuss it with them. "What a large state this is, despite being nowhere NEAR as large as Alaska!" is a sensitive remark you might want to make.

Although today Texas is modern and of course dynamic, it is proud of its cowboy tradition, which can still be seen in the form of men wearing comical hats. One of the most important historical attractions is the Alamo, the famous San Antonio mission where, in 1836, a small, brave band of Texans formed the nation's first car-rental franchise, which still can be seen today. Visitors are welcome at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, but they avoid it anyway.

The Official State Symptom is irregularity.

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