Pax may be busy crossing Western Europe, but the man’s devotion never ceases. Straight from Berlin (and his new Nikon digital) comes this image, of a snifter of Berliner Weiss beer (sampled at the request of Perry Ellis, who was always curious about the brew but had no idea it resembled nuclear sludge. But that’s the Paxman for you, always ready to take one for the team):
Let’s hope Pax Arcana doesn’t come home with three eyes like Blinky the fish
after sampling this elixir.
We’ll have to wait for his return for a report on the good, the bad and the tangy, but for now we leave you with this, courtesy of Wikipedia:
“Berliner Weisse contains only around 2.8% vol of alcohol, making it one of the weakest German beers. It is top-fermented, slightly barm-clouded and relatively sour, so the taste of Berliner Weiße differs significantly from other German wheat beers. The optimal drinking temperature is 8 to 10 °C.
It is served in a large goblet with a straw. Due to the sour taste, it is commonly drunk mixed with raspberry (Himbeersirup), lemon (Zitronensirup), or woodruff (Waldmeistersirup) syrup, and is then called Weiße mit Schuss (“Weiße with a shot [of Syrup]”) creating Berliner Weiße rot, gelb or grün respectively. This mixed-drink is very refreshing in the hot summer months and is served throughout Berlin.”