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Inventor of light beer is dead
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Posted on 12/20/2005 4:12:22 PM PST by lunarbicep

AP) SONOMA, Calif. The man who's given credit for inventing light beer has died.

SONOMA, Calif. The man who's given credit for inventing light beer has died.

Joseph Owades (oh-WAY'-deez) was 86 years old. His brother says he died Friday of heart failure at his home in Sonoma, California.

He worked for several beer companies, and ran a consulting firm that helped both Miller and Budweiser develop products.

In addition to light beer, he's credited with creating the formulas for some well-known brands, including Samuel Adams and Tuborg.


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To: lunarbicep

> In Boston and Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis.

Well if this is the guy who formulated Merrimack Bud, may he and that sticky sweet brew RIP.


51 posted on 12/20/2005 4:58:44 PM PST by cloud8
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To: frankjr
recipe for light beer

....1 part goat

LOL, you guys are tougher than wine snobs any day of the week!

52 posted on 12/20/2005 4:58:50 PM PST by quantim (Detroit is the New Orleans of the north, settled by France and maintained by liberals.)
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To: lunarbicep

On this sad occasion, we must pray to the patron saint of beer.... http://www.beerchurch.com/saint_arnold.htm

How many happy guys do you think there were during that procession?


53 posted on 12/20/2005 5:02:57 PM PST by Accygirl
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To: muir_redwoods

"Let's be honest, you would have spilled it anyway when you fell over ;-)"

LOL. I wasn't falling over, I was just resting my legs.


54 posted on 12/20/2005 5:13:21 PM PST by frankjr
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To: lunarbicep
Tonight I'm enjoying a Chimay Ale Groaned Reserve from the Scourmont Abbey in Chimay, Belgium. It's a real beer. I'll be celebrating the passing of the man who brought us the curse of lite beer and the "men" he created who drink the stuff.

I'm sure he was a nice man, but he unleashed an ocean of tasteless, empty and unsatisfying "beer" on the world which in turn created generations of tasteless, empty and unsatisfying slackers, 30 year olds living with Mom and metrosexuals . I'm sorry, but good riddance Mr. Owades.

Lite beer is for people who don't like beer. The same people eat veggie burgers and put Sweet'n'Low in their decaf non-fat lattes. Eat less! Don't take it out on your taste buds! They drive Prius', too.

Civilizations the world over have, for thousands of years, enjoyed the virtue, craft and pleasure of real beer. And then Joseph Owades comes along and strips the very character, taste and life out of the libation known for it's bold character, wonderful taste and living ingredients. Thankfully, there are thousands of breweries big and small around the globe creating an endless supply of real beer and ales for real people to enjoy.
55 posted on 12/20/2005 5:16:39 PM PST by Wagonboy
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To: Wagonboy


Drinking lite beer is like making love on the beach.

F*****G near water.


56 posted on 12/20/2005 5:21:17 PM PST by Perfesser
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To: lunarbicep

What a piss-poor shame......


57 posted on 12/20/2005 5:23:53 PM PST by Hardshell (NO.....a true roux)
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To: SittinYonder

Always a good decision.


58 posted on 12/20/2005 5:24:37 PM PST by Uncle Vlad
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To: lunarbicep
Sam Adams is my all-time favorite. Thanks and RIP, Mr. Owades.
59 posted on 12/20/2005 5:25:18 PM PST by manwiththehands ("Merry Christmas .... and Happy New Year ... you can take your seat now ...")
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To: Iwentsouth
Some of my friends drink light beer. They wanted to go see Brokeback Mountain last weekend. Had to refuse.

The movie, or the...oh, never mind. ;)

60 posted on 12/20/2005 5:25:48 PM PST by Uncle Vlad
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To: lunarbicep

Do any of you brew your own beer? I know a guy who is passionate about the topic!!


61 posted on 12/20/2005 5:26:50 PM PST by lawnguy (Give me some of your tots!!!)
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To: Freedom_no_exceptions

so many ways to go with this thread...I love light beer, and thus, I mourn this fellow; on the other hand, I'm drinkin' a pint of Fosters as I write this, so there's something to be said for "brand loyalty"...I too have always been a runner (enjoyed your bio) and I have burned off many a nights alcoholic celebration by "jogging" (more like falling at a rapid pace) home, which was usually some frickin' box up on the DMZ; and yes, I often lost my way, which usually was a fortunate thing...


62 posted on 12/20/2005 5:30:32 PM PST by nicko (CW3 (ret.) CPT, you need to just unass the AO; I know what I'm doing- Major, you're on your own.)
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To: lunarbicep
"Light Beer" was a bad idea that got popular.

I would like INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH BEER. :)

No disrespect to the dearly departed. May he land in heaven an hour before the devil realizes he is dead.

A$$ first! :)

63 posted on 12/20/2005 5:31:21 PM PST by LibKill (Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: dakine

Tastes great!


64 posted on 12/20/2005 5:32:02 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: MNJohnnie

I'm trying. It is hard to fight the Byrd$eed he spreads around the state. They just plain suck...


65 posted on 12/20/2005 5:32:45 PM PST by WV Mountain Mama (Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel.)
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To: lunarbicep

Only had to bury him four feet deep...


66 posted on 12/20/2005 5:33:07 PM PST by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: Petronski

I thought that was from Martin Luther.


67 posted on 12/20/2005 5:33:24 PM PST by Redleg Duke (Kennedy and Kerry, the two Commissars of the Peoples' Republic of Massachusetts!)
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To: lunarbicep
Light beer is for people who don't like to drink,

They only like to pee.

68 posted on 12/20/2005 5:34:25 PM PST by Redleg Duke (Kennedy and Kerry, the two Commissars of the Peoples' Republic of Massachusetts!)
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To: frankjr
but light beer tastes like crap

There's nothing wrong with light beer. It just means it has less calories than regular beer, that's all. The alcohol & taste content remains the same.

69 posted on 12/20/2005 5:36:14 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (None genuine without my signature)
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To: lunarbicep

Dear Mother, dear Mother, the Church is cold,
But the Ale-house is healthy & pleasant & warm:
Besides I can tell where I am use'd well,
Such usage in heaven will never do well.

But if at the Church they would give us some Ale.
And a pleasant fire, our souls to regale:
We'd sing and we'd pray all the live-long day:
Nor ever once wish from the Church to stray.

Then the Parson might preach & drink & sing.
And we'd be as happy as birds in the spring:
And modest dame Lurch, who is always at Church
Would not have bandy children nor fasting nor birch

And God like a father rejoicing to see.
His children as pleasant and happy as he:
Would have no more quarrel with the Devil or the Barrel
But kiss him & give him both drink and apparel.


70 posted on 12/20/2005 5:37:17 PM PST by LibKill (Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Wagonboy
Chimay Ale Groaned Reserve
Say what??

Well, yeah, I've "Groaned" once or twice from a Chimay Bleue too many or two...

Chimay -- Peres Trappistes

71 posted on 12/20/2005 5:37:18 PM PST by nicollo (All economics are politics)
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To: Redleg Duke
I've always seen it attributed to Ben Franklin.

But in checking, I did find this:

It is better to think of church in the ale-house
than to think of the ale-house in church.

--- Martin Luther

72 posted on 12/20/2005 5:39:13 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: lunarbicep

I wonder if this man died knowing that, if anyone was to piss on his grave, the favor would be returned.


73 posted on 12/20/2005 5:39:50 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Dear "Two Beer" E.E.E. ;),

Light beer = less alcohol content.

"In fairness, ice beers aren't that much more alcoholic than the regular stuff--typically 5.6 percent, about the same as malt liquor, versus 5 percent. Some aren't higher at all. Anheuser-Busch doesn't filter out the ice crystals, so its Budweiser Ice Draft has the same alcohol content as regular Bud. For comparison, light beers range from 3.7 to 4.2 percent alcohol."

http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a950901.html


74 posted on 12/20/2005 5:45:01 PM PST by frankjr
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To: WV Mountain Mama
Oh Well all any of us can do is try. Looks real good in Minnesota that we may replace the lunatic loser Dayton with a Republican named Mark Kennedy in 2006.

Merry Christmas WV Mountain Mama!

75 posted on 12/20/2005 5:46:28 PM PST by MNJohnnie (We do not create terrorism by fighting the terrorists. We invite terrorism by ignoring them.--GWBush)
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To: nicko

Yeah, I didn't mean to knock the guy or anything. Light beer still beats "wine coolers" (shudder). And nothing unmanly about going through, oh, 15+ light beers in a short evening and retaining coherency. Still, my staying in relatively good shape despite being an exercise-averse foodaholic requires less beer and more Scotch, vodka, and rum. But you could probably tell that from my bio (Russian, lawyer :)


76 posted on 12/20/2005 5:46:54 PM PST by Freedom_no_exceptions (No actual, intended, or imminent victim = no crime. No exceptions.)
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To: frankjr

I was at a tour of a microbrewery (St. Arnold's, Houston, TX) where the founder, Brock Wagner, gave a demo on how to make light beer. First fill a glass halfway or two-thirds with beer, say a pils with not too much hops in it. Fill the rest of the glass with seltzer. There you have it, light beer.
Chase it down with something like Samichlaus (a Swiss Christmas beer with about 14% alcohol). Michael Jackson (the beer hunter, not the other dude) just announced that it is back in production.


77 posted on 12/20/2005 5:54:45 PM PST by Fred Hayek (Liberalism is a mental disorder)
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To: Iwentsouth
Some of my frinds drink light beer. They wanted to go see Brokeback Mountain last weekend.

You need to find some new friends!

78 posted on 12/20/2005 5:57:30 PM PST by Disambiguator (Making accusations of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.)
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To: DainBramage
Some of those girls that gave me a second look at closin time I got a second look at the next morning, you should be forever grateful for that .180 average.
79 posted on 12/20/2005 6:07:21 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: frankjr
I shall join you in that salute, I'll poor a pint of good whiskey on the ground just as soon as I strain it thru me kidney's.
80 posted on 12/20/2005 6:11:30 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: frankjr

Guess I'm eating crow.


81 posted on 12/20/2005 6:11:57 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (None genuine without my signature)
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To: lunarbicep
The man who's given credit for inventing light beer has died.

A pity but then he didn't really contribute anything decent in the field of beer anyway.

Light beer seems to lose something as it passes through the horse's kidneys.

82 posted on 12/20/2005 6:12:00 PM PST by Centurion2000 ((Aubrey, Tx) --- America, we get the best government corporations can buy.)
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To: hubbubhubbub

Same thing


83 posted on 12/20/2005 7:44:11 PM PST by misterrob
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To: lunarbicep

Let us all hope the good doctor took all the secrets of lite beer to the grave with him!


84 posted on 12/20/2005 7:47:03 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Revolting cat!

The "secret" to lite beer is to use less malt and a yeast that metabolizes more of the sugars in the malt. A longer brew time at a lower temperature is also important. Lite beer is not just watered down regular beer.

Doesn't matter. The result is bad beer.

I still raise my glass to Mr. Owades. He was a brewer/chemist of the first order.


85 posted on 12/20/2005 8:04:12 PM PST by plymaniac (W04)
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To: lunarbicep; Petronski; TFFKAMM; thoughtomator; misterrob; MarkeyD; bert; frankjr; Aussie Dasher; ...
Bud Light presents, "Real Men of Genius."

(Real Men of Genius!)

Today we salute you, Mr. Light Beer Inventor.

(Mr. Light Beer Inventor!)

The double-knit leisure suit. New Coke. Thermonuclear warfare. In the history of bad ideas, one idea stands alone: Light beer. And you came up with it.

(What were you thinking?)

While most men want a rich, satisfying beer-drinking experience, you decided to give us a bucket of cold piss.

(Brewed through the Clydesdales!)

"Tastes great"? "Less filling"? How about, "Tastes like crap. No fooling."

(Stay outta the Busches!)

So crack open a bottle of your own witches' brew, O Inflictor of Liquid Torture. But wait! You can't. You're dead. . . . Some guys have all the luck.

(Mr. Light Beer Inventor!)

86 posted on 12/20/2005 9:12:32 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (St. Louis, Missouri)
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To: Charles Henrickson

LOL! Anyone who drinks light beer just shouldn't be allowed to drink!


87 posted on 12/20/2005 9:15:41 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Touche'

Light Beer: The perfect refresher after your morning jog.


88 posted on 12/21/2005 4:42:46 AM PST by YouPosting2Me
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To: Charles Henrickson

What took you so long? ;)


89 posted on 12/21/2005 6:18:42 AM PST by mikrofon (In heaven, there is no bier...)
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To: lunarbicep
The man who's given credit for inventing light beer has died.

If he wakes up in the next world and is offered a light beer, he'll know he landed in hell...

90 posted on 12/21/2005 6:20:36 AM PST by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: lunarbicep

Lite Beer is like having sex in a canoe. F-ing near water.


91 posted on 12/21/2005 6:21:06 AM PST by IamConservative (Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most times will pick himself up and carry on.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Not always. If you see me at the bar with a Bud Light, I'm just trying to sober up.


92 posted on 12/21/2005 6:25:46 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: lunarbicep
he's credited with creating the formulas for some well-known brands, including Samuel Adams

I thought SA was an old "family recipe" beer.

93 posted on 12/21/2005 6:27:06 AM PST by wallcrawlr (Pray for the troops [all the troops here and abroad]: Success....and nothing less!!)
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To: lunarbicep

Never understood the mstique surrounding this guy. From The History of Beer and Brewing in Chicago, 1833-1978 by Bob Skilnik.

"After buying out Buckeye Brewing in Toledo, Ohio and their formula for a low-calorie beer in 1967, the Chicago brewery launched Meister Brau Lite, a low-calorie, low-carbohydrate beer that was promoted as having a "non-filling” quality...On June 29, 1972, Miller Brewing Company confirmed that it had purchased for cash the trade names of Meister Brau, Meister Brau Lite, and Buckeye beers, and certain assets of Meister Brau, including distributor Better Brands of Illinois which had been recently purchased by M-B...

Opening up a beer advertising blitz in August of 1972, just months after buying the M-B brands, Miller began saturating the Chicago daily papers with full-page ads and multiple 30-second TV spots during local sportscasts, targeting the old Meister Brau and Meister Brau Lite crowd. With the deep pockets of Phillip Morris and the formula for the old Meister Brau Lite, now known as the new low-calorie, low-carbohydrate Lite beer from Miller, the Milwaukee brewery exploited the same market that M-B had successfully nurtured—young sports enthusiasts. They could now, however, take their advertising efforts to a much higher level; they went totally national, not region by region as Meister Brau had cautiously attempted. “To push a product that held a great deal of appeal for athletic, fitness-conscious people, Miller bought sports. Any sports. By the time Anheuser-Busch went looking for available sports airtime, Miller owned something like 70 percent of network television sports beer advertising,” says author Philip Van Munching in his entertaining and informative book, Beer Blast...

Lite beer from Miller, son of Meister Brau Lite, soon became the beer that made Miller famous. In a bit of ironic beer karma, the renamed Miller Lite is currently the biggest selling brand of beer in the city of Chicago, with a market share of about twenty-three percent..."

Nary a mention of this guy and no connection to him, Buckeye Brewing or Meister Brau. By the time Lite beer came to Miller, it had already been in the market in the form of Meister Brau Lite.


94 posted on 12/21/2005 6:37:47 AM PST by toddlintown (Lennon takes six bullets to the chest, Yoko is standing right next to him and not one f'ing bullet?)
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To: wallcrawlr
The Company's flagship brand, Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, is brewed using the same recipe and processes that Jim Koch's great-great grandfather used in the mid 1800s.

http://www.bostonbeer.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=69432&p=irol-overview

95 posted on 12/21/2005 6:46:09 AM PST by lunarbicep (There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless.)
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To: steveo
Any 86 year old beer guy (even lite beer)gets a salute form me.

Agreed.

96 posted on 12/21/2005 6:50:00 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: lunarbicep
he's credited with creating the formulas for some well-known brands, including Samuel Adams...

Hmmmm...wonder what Jim Koch will have to say about that.

97 posted on 12/21/2005 6:50:34 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (This is my tagline. There are many like it but this one is mine.)
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To: lunarbicep

Not a beer drinker normally and I loathe light beer.......but Sam Adams??? Now THAT is a beer.......


98 posted on 12/21/2005 6:52:07 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: MarkeyD
It's reached the point where I can't stand the typical domestic brew, Bud, Miller, Coors.

Me too. I used to love Miller High Life. Since I came back from a trip to Ireland this past Summer, I haven't had a Miller yet.
I sampled some really fine brews and now...when I look at a Miller I think, "Why bother?"

For health and waistline reasons, I have cut my overall consumption back...but when I do imbibe, it's a Bass or a Smithwick's.

99 posted on 12/21/2005 6:55:38 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (This is my tagline. There are many like it but this one is mine.)
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To: lunarbicep

May God forgive his misdeed.


100 posted on 12/21/2005 6:57:14 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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