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Old 08-08-2006, 08:22 PM   #1
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Good Day All!

My Grandfather passed on last night. He was 83 and spent his career in the military (Navy Man). He had worked his way up from enlisted to a Comander. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor, served in Korea, Vietnam, & WW2. He was a Texas Man and was very proud of that. He was a good man, and someone that I take a lot of ques from on how to be a man.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion on a brew that I could make as a Tribute to this great man. I would be very happy with any and all sugestions. I don't know if Texas has a great regional beer, or someone might have a naval inspired beer.

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Old 08-08-2006, 08:38 PM   #2
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Is there a Pearl Clone? Not even sure if that was a brewery then.

This weekend I uncovered some belongings of my Grandfather whom I admired a great deal. My heart goes out to you.


ETA: Pearl Brewery 1881 San Antonio...

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Primo would have been in production on the islands during that period.

http://www.hawaiianhistory.org/moments/brewing.html

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Do you know what he liked to drink?

Also, do you know of a good story from his rather eventful life? This could spark an idea for a type of brew or at the very least a good name for it.

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Old 08-08-2006, 09:36 PM   #5
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I know Shiner Bock is a pretty popular beer down in the Texas/Oklahoma area. Here is a link for a shiner clone. http://www.beertools.com/html/recipe.php?view=4485

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I can't speak as to what he liked to drink. There is a beer called (?) Lone Star we drank with him. Fairly close to a Budweiser, nothing I would be terribly excited about.

Without going into great detail, he was a bit of a trouble maker with his twin brother growing up in ALice Texas. He found the Navy (underage) and became a Man. He progressed through the ranks (almost unheard of) to commander. Was stationed all around the world.

Thank you for the sugestions thus far. Always looking for more inspiration.

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I think anything you make will be a perfect tribute to him.

Brew a great beer, call it "The Old Man's Ale" (The Old Man is affectionate Navy slang for a Commander) and dedicate it to him.

You can also have your own Beer Day to unveil it.

Beer Day is a Navy tradition where, to alleviate stress, the ship Commander or Captain can authorize 2 beers per sailor on "Beer Day". This is usually after 45 days or more out to sea.

Invite friends and family to participate in Beer Day and give them each 2 (and only 2) of the tribute beers. I think the ceremony will be more meaningful than what specific type of beer you brewed.

I'm sorry for your loss.

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In Alice, two of the closest regionals would have been Lone Star and Pearl.

The most recent iterations of these beers may not be inspiring, but remember, beer was not mass marketed until after WWII. Pre-war beer was a different animal then and regional styles of those breweries that survived prohibition were still somewhat intact.

May be reading about the history of thesed breweries will help.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Star_(beer)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Brewing_Company

I am reading a great deal into this, and it is colored by my impressions of my Grandfather, but I see you Grandfather as a man that thought himself unassuming although others did not. He sounds like he may have had an aw-shucks kind of way about him all the while knowing that he could get the better of you. Even though he aspired to what others would deem great accomplishments, he kept to his roots. He drank a regular guy beer, because that's was all he ever wanted to be regarded.

How far off am I?

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I think anything you make will be a perfect tribute to him.

Brew a great beer, call it "The Old Man's Ale" (The Old Man is affectionate Navy slang for a Commander) and dedicate it to him.

You can also have your own Beer Day to unveil it.

Beer Day is a Navy tradition where, to alleviate stress, the ship Commander or Captain can authorize 2 beers per sailor on "Beer Day". This is usually after 45 days or more out to sea.

Invite friends and family to participate in Beer Day and give them each 2 (and only 2) of the tribute beers. I think the ceremony will be more meaningful than what specific type of beer you brewed.

I'm sorry for your loss.
Love this idea too.
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If you decide to go with Lone Star, there's a recipe in Beer Captured. If you can't get your hands on it PM me and I'll post it.

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