Saturday, January 10, 2009

Days of the Beer, January 10

The beer for today is Wychwood Brewery Company Scarecrow/Circle Master.

On January 10, 1904, Raymond Wallace Bulcao was born. Ray was an actor who changed his name to Ray Bolger, and was best known for his portrayal of the Scarecrow and Kansas farmworker Hunk, in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.

Bolger was originally cast as the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow part was to be for Buddy Ebsen (Jed Clampet). Bolger managed to talk the studio into changing the roles. Ebsen later fell ill from the tinman makeup, and was replaced by Jack Haley.

Bolger appeared in more than 30 television shows and movies.

As to the beer:

Wychwood is located in Witney England. They produce beers under the Wychwood and Brakspear labels.

Circle Master is an organic golden pale ale at 4.7% ABV.

Circle Master is brewed using a unique blend of Plumage Archer Barley Malt, organically grown for us under the auspices of the Prince of Wales Duchy Estate in Gloucestershire. Whole leaf target hops, naturally grown in a single garden in Kent, are added to create a beer of exceptional taste and character. The Circle Master conducts a melody of refreshing citrus and delightful malt flavour, rounded off with a spicy bittersweet finish.

Circle Master is released in the U.S. as Scarecrow.

So, for the Scarecrow, have a Scarecrow.

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