For those who've never had the pleasure, Moerlein is a Cincinnati-brewed beer. Something a of a local legend. Time was, Father A. drank a fair amount of it. Just typing the name still brings back some happy memories, many of them actually beer-related. We remember it being rich and creamy, but without the heaviness (or bitterness) of a dark beer or porter. (And for the record, we mostly drank dark German beers in those days, and porter or black-and-tans in these).
But the poor little cleric tries not to travel west of Newark, and hadn't heard a whisper about Moerlein in decades. In time, he assumed it had closed up shop, a victim of the wretched Buds and Coorses of the world. So a great huzzah to know the company is going strong.
Now here's the (potentially) bad news:
The German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati will host a ceremonial keg tapping of a reformulated Moerlein Lager House beer on May 15 at Germania Park. All proceeds benefit the German-American Citizens League and Germania Society.
Reformulated? Wtf, people? You don't reformulate a classic. Just ask Coca-Cola. And yes, Lager House is their flagship, advertised as "the first American beer to pass the Reinhetisgebot Purity Law." (They mean "comply with," but give them a break. It was late, and they had probably already started sampling the wares).
Hmm. We are gravely concerned, but will await the verdict from some kindly Ohio reader.