05 August 2009

More political beer

I tend to like a brew called Lord Chesterfield Ale brewed by Yuengling. Rather an interesting name for an beer brewed in the United States. I've been trying to figure out how it received its name. Yuengling wasn't very helpful since they said the owner knew Lord Chesterfield. Although the beer is named for Named for Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (22 September 1694 – 24 March 1773).

According to Yuengling's write up:
One of our distinct classic beers brewed since 1829, Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale has as much rich heritage as it does flavor and appeal. Crafted in a unique two-stage European brewing style for enhanced bitterness, it utilizes both conventional kettle hopping and dry hopping after fermentation resulting in a dry sharp finish. Brewed with select hops, its distinct robust flavor is derived from a delicate combination of sweet maltiness and lingering herbal bitterness. Lord Chesterfield Ale's bright gold color is complemented by a lightly laced foam head and fragrant zesty aroma. This fine Ale compares with the very best crafty-style beers. It pairs flawlessly with many foods including seafood dishes and fine cheeses.

A nice inexpensive alternative to British beers if I am stuck in the colonies. However, given the dates between Chesterfield's death and when the beer was first brewed, I doubt the Yuengling account for the name is correct. Perhaps it has something to do with Chesterfield's service as the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

I have to admit that I like the name given its royalist-monarchistic bent.

There is this fantasy that Sam Adams would have the same connotation as Young's Old Nick in my ideal world: A treasonably good ale. Loyalists viewed Adams as a sinister figure. Peter Oliver, the exiled chief justice of Massachusetts, characterized him as devious Machiavellian with a "cloven Foot". I guess there is some hope as there were negative assessments of Adams in the first half of the 20th century where he was portrayed as a master of propaganda who provoked mob violence to achieve his goals.