October 26, 2005

moondogging

another seasonal midwestern dog-related beer: moondog ale from the great lakes brewing company (ohio). it's named after the 1952 moondog coronation ball held at the cleveland arena, "what many consider the first 'rock and roll' concert". the ball itself was named after cleveland radio dj alan freed, who played rhythm and blues records under the name moondog. his fans were referred to as moondoggers. freed is credited for having
"laid the foundations for rock ‘n’ roll’s emergence as a genre with an immense appeal to an interracial fan base that was willing to ignore, then later knock down, the barriers of segregation. Since he built those foundations in Cleveland, it was only natural that the city would become the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
i also saw a seasonal beer by dogfish head today: punkin ale, a "spiced brown ale brewed with real pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar". is it just me, or is there something weird about the combination of dogfish, beer, and pumpkin?

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