Goood Morning all you able ale admirers, idiosyncratic eisbier inquirers, diligent dunkel desirers, carefree Koelsch conspirers, respected review requirers, and to all other beer tenders, vendors, spenders, lenders, blenders, defenders, and dependers, Happy New Beer Sunday, cavedave filling in for @cjgiant edition. Early start for me, but not for NBS nowadays. Will join you all after (gak you have no idea how hard it is to say this) ...work, this frigid morning on the ridge in the Mid Hud Val. 100 years ago this month the 36th state voted to ratify the 18th Amendment, which gave the majority needed to impose Alcohol Prohibition. A movement of folks who raised middle fingers to the government almost instantly created itself across this nation to keep now-secret beer taps supplied. Criminals they were called, these folks who brewed and smuggled the beer/alcohol a thirsty nation demanded. They say at the height of the insanity there were 20,000+ speakeasies in NYC alone. Easy to look back and see the foolish reality of well meaning politicians and concerned citizens deciding on a course of action little better than throwing the public's money into a big pit and burning it. The harder a government tries to regulate morality, the more ruthlessly creative become those who see Prohibition and strict enforcement as business opportunities. I'd like to raise a glass to the skilled brewers and clever smugglers, to the delivery men, truckers, sailors, and moonshine runners who kept the "Speaks" goin' and beer flowin' to an appreciative public of thirsty beer lovers happy to hoist an illegal glass of joy. Yes, there was violence by bad people looking to control and profit, and of course we all condemn it, and let's not attempt to glorify/justify that. But, here's to all the (non-violent) "criminals" who made it impossible for the govt. to win, and brought a quick end to the madness after ten years. There's a bit of that rebel spirit in every beer we drink today. Won't you belly up to the imaginary bar in this virtual saloon? Got a new beer to try? Got a nice pic that will make all of us drool? Please share your thoughts with us about the beer's characteristics, especially aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and your overall impressions. Do you recommend it? Not your "cup of tea"? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated. As always, thanks for keeping NBS fresh, fun, and informative for 14+ years . Cheers!