Category:  What’s In a Name?

Bock – What’s In a Name

By , March 31, 2009 in bock, What's In a Name?

Here in my hemisphere spring has arrived. The spring showers have begun, the early flowers are in bloom and I’m looking around for a bock. For me bocks are the ultimate spring-time beer – and not just Maibock. I love a good, rich bock with its strong malt backbone and nice lager smack; something about it just says spring to me. Sadly my local beer store doesn’t stock good German-brewed bock beer but I will surely track some down before the season is ended. But this is a What’s in a Name entry so let’s get to it. There are a lot of fun little stories that attempt to explain the meaning behind the name of this beer. That could be because so many other German beer style names are starkly utilitarian. Take Hefe Weizen, for instance. The parts of the name of that beer describe exactly what’s in it…. Read More »

Champagne – What’s In a Name?

By , December 28, 2008 in champagne, What's In a Name?, Wine

Few drinks are as specifically associated with a holiday or event as Champagne is with New Years Eve. Sales for Champagne and sparkling wine go through the roof in the days before New Years and for many people this is about the only time that they consider it. So with the big day just around the corner I thought a few words about everyone’s favorite bubbly might be in order. First let’s deal with the name of this wine. Champagne is a type of sparkling wine. That is all Champagne is sparkling wine but all sparkling wine is not Champagne. Tradition and European Union law dictate that only sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France may be called Champagne. This distinction is mostly respected throughout the world although I did once see a wine made in Missouri with Champagne on its label. That particular wine-maker has since changed… Read More »

Ale or Lager – What’s In a Name?

By , October 1, 2007 in Beer, What's In a Name?

Ale and lager are terms that are often used interchangeably with beer. This way is a mistake and it blurs the line of one of the most basic distinctions of beer.

Confusion Over Whiskey vs. Whisky – What’s In a Name?

I thought that I’d worked out the difference between whiskey and whisky. I was wrong. In Ireland and Scotland it’s easy – the Irish make whiskey and the Scottish make whisky. But in the US and elsewhere the lines begin to blur.

What’s In a Name? American Whisky

Welcome to part two of this very occasional series, What’s In a Name, wherein we are exploring the precise meanings of the words on our booze labels. Today we’re going to look at American whisky including bourbon, rye, wheat malt, rye malt, corn whisky, straight whisky, and blended whisky.

What’s In a Name: Whisky or Whiskey

This is the first in what will be an occasional series of posts that will explore the often confusing words that booze makers use on their labels. This entry explores the difference between whisky and whiskey especially with regard to Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey.