By Raymond M. Smullyan
A variety of puzzles facing observe play and common sense, arithmetic and philosophy, that includes Alice and the creatures of Wonderland
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1722 The Bell Brewhouse in Shoreditch, London, makes the first porter from dark-roasted barley. Tax on gin, ‘mothers’ ruin’, is raised threefold because it’s ruining too many mothers. Porter becomes ‘the universal cordial of the populace’. c 1750 Newfangled coke ovens, as opposed to wood or coal, allow English maltsters to avoid burning their malt for the first time. Pale malts make pale ales. 1759 Arthur Guinness buys a disused brewery in Dublin. The rest, appropriately, is history. 1777 The first steam engine is installed in a brewery, at Stratford-le-Bow, east of London.
Kinky Friedman Ordering a Kwak, a dark, strong Belgian beer, will inspire glass-envy in any crowded bar. It’s traditionally served in a round-bottomed flask, like something from a laboratory, standing in its own wooden holder. Explain that this unique receptacle dates back to Napoleonic times, when mail-coach drivers were forbidden from stopping for a beer. Cunning brewer, Pauwel Kwak, solved the problem by designing a glass that could be hung from a wooden holder attached to the side of a coach, which lends a whole new meaning to ‘nipping out for a swifty’.
Most wheat beers, as you know, are meant to be drunk cloudy, with their yeast swirling about in the glass. Start pouring as you would any other beer but when about three-quarters of the beer has been poured – and you are sure that you have an appreciative audience – stop pouring, wipe your brow, and gently swirl the bottle to ‘catch’ any stubborn yeast clinging to the bottom of the bottle. Do not over-swirl as you will end up with a bottle of foam. Your beer will become noticeably cloudier, and yeastier, when you pour in this final quarter.
Alice in puzzle-land : a Carrollian tale for children under eighty by Raymond M. Smullyan