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Anyone catch Food Tech last night?

I will be the first to admit (and my wife will fully stand behind this) that I am a dork when it comes to seeing how stuff is made. Modern Marvels is one of the best shows ever produced as far as I am concerned. On of the History Channel’s new shows is called Food Tech and they show you how all of the components come together to make a meal. One week they will take pizza and show you everything from pizza over construction to how tomatoes are harvested and the next will be Chinese take-out.

Last night they had baseball food on there. So basically hot dogs, ice cream, cracker jacks, and of course beer. For some reason I am still fascinated by the beer making process, even though I make my own and know what is going on. Maybe it is all of the stainless steel but I just love watching it. They showed the flagship Bud plant in St. Louis as the example of how beer is made and it was just impressive. They have primary fermenters that hold 2,000 kegs, that’s 1,000 barrels or more than some breweries produce in an entire year in just on fermenter. The scary thing is, they have dozens of them.

Did anyone else catch Food Tech or are you not like me and don’t really care how it is made as long as it tastes good?

Baseball and beer

Spring training just started up which means that my favorite sports part of the year has just begun, and hopefully will last until October. If you don’t know I am a huge Phillies fan and not one of those fans who only likes them when they are good, but a 1997  Phillies fan when they finished up 68-94 and 5th in the NL East. With that said, what is it about beer and baseball that just go so well together. I have done my share of tailgating before a game, but that does not compare with having a quality brew in your hands during the actual game.

My most memorable moment where good beer and baseball mixed was two years ago when the Phillies made the playoffs in the first time in what seemed like forever. It was the NLDS vs. the Brewers (odd?), Game 1. I had a Sam Adams Octoberfest in my hand with my buddies surrounding me as we cheered on the Phils to their first win in the playoffs that year. Needless to say they went on to win the whole show. Something about the cold of the game and the beer was just rewarding and added to the overall experience of watching something I love to watch.

One of the highlights of the game is when the Miller beer guy came into our section and people started throwing stuff at him and booing him just becasue he was selling Miller. Miller is made in Milwaukee, just like the Brewers, get it? Philadelphia fans are passionate to the point that the poor guy couldn’t make a sale of a product that was made in the same city as the team we faced. The guy was a 100% Philadelphian too. Anyone else enjoy a beer and a baseball game?