Ice cold beer

It’s 10 below here in Banff, but when we ordered beers last night at the bar, they arrived North American style, ice cold. For good measure, the barmaid brought us each a glass of ice water too.

Having lived in America and Britain, I have experience of beer at all temperatures. The Americans are right: on a hot American summer’s day, cold beer is better. And the British are right: on a chilly English evening, warm beer is better.

Last night here in frozen Banff, cold beer felt pretty much insane.

But this is how cultures work. Nobody is going to serve beer Yankee-style on hot days and Brit-style on cold days. A culture makes its choice and sticks to it. This is another illustration of the “Who wears shorts in the Andrew Wiles Building?” principle.

[12 January 2015]

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