When I was 17,
It was a very good year,
For drinking beer...
--Homer Simpson

No, I'm not endorsing underage drinking. It just happens to be a memorable take on an American pop culture icon by the pop culture phenomenon known as The Simpsons, America's pre-cyber age family, who poked and twisted so many American icons that a cartoon incurred the wrath of a U.S. president.

Which Simpsons' fan doesn't recall with glee President Bush's call for more family values urging Americans to be less like the cartoon?

After 10 years this piece of Americana has lost its edge and, like all great things turned into a money-making formula, it has become a parody of itself, for good or ill.

Drinking Beer: The Greatest of All American Hobbies

You don't have to be a college student to partake in this national passtime. Homer certainly didn't acquire his drinking habits in college.

We all have our vices, the little things that make life worth living, and Homer is no exception. Beer: nectar of the gods, giver of courage, instant beautification agent--what else can be said? Nothing much, except drink lots and often.

Which brings me to my next point. A drinking hobby can get expensive which is why many of us dedicated connoisseurs have tried to brew our own batches. And often to merciless failure. Sure, we try to deputize taste-testers, but our younger siblings aren't fools. So inevitably we must give in and swallow a mouthful or two.

It is for these and other reasons that I recommend some brewing pages with plenty of dos and don'ts from assorted brew meisters.


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