Saturday, March 28, 2015

Drunk on Geology - Lithology Beer (Kickstarter Campaign)

The next up on the Drunk on Geology series is the Lithology Beer by the Lithology Brewing Company from Long Island, New York. 

This beer is unique in my Drunk on Geology series because it is not an established brewery. Yet. This is from an old friend of mine who is currently searching for the funds through a Kickstarter Campaign to help establish their award winning brew into an official brewing company.
How often do you say to yourself, "I just wish there were more geological beers available"?

Well now you can help an up and coming, award winning, brew become a geological beer that you, yourself can take home and enjoy surrounded by your rocks and minerals. All you need to do is click on the Kickstarter link below to help support a geologically based brew.

Here is why they went with Lithology from their website.
​​Lithology, a geological term, is the study of the physical characteristics of rock and sediment. Besides forming the land we walk on, rock and sediment are earth’s natural water filters, and since water is the basis of life (as well as beer) the connection seemed a perfect fit. The Lithology Brewing name pays homage to the sediments and rocks that filter our unique and delicious New York water. Think about it: What’s the key ingredient to making a true New York pizza? A genuine New York bagel? It’s the water! You can’t get exceptional New York food and beverages if you don’t recognize the water. And if all of that is too much to remember, you can always just say that Lithology Brewing rocks!
Logo for the brewery.
Calling the bear "Lithology" on Long Island is an apt name, with it's wide variety of rock types and soils that are able to be found on the island. The geological formation of Long Island was the result of the end limit of a glacier pausing for a long period of time in that area twice. These glacial pauses formed two parallel features called moraines, otherwise known as piles of unsorted debris that the glacier dumps at it's end, sort of like a giant bulldozer. The southern terminal moraine is the Ronkonkoma Moraine, formed about 55,000 years ago. The northern terminal moraine is the Harbor Hill Moraine, formed about 18,000 years ago. The presence of these moraines, which are composed of till (otherwise known as unsorted glacial debris), resulted in a wide variety of geologically diverse soils and beaches across long island from very rocky shores on the northern shore, to nice sandy beaches on the southern shore and a wide variety of soil types from almost 100% clay to 100% sand. The till is also composed of all of the rocks found towards the north of Long Island into Canada, making these moraines a treasure trove of rocks and minerals not often found condensed in one locality.
Long Island Moraines
And you know what else is a key ingredient in Geology, Beer.

A variety of beer that they offer of course is the Rock Hammer!

The proposed Keg Collar for their beer. 

So, what are you waiting for? Go click on the Kickstarter link above and support some Geology Brew.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Drunk on Geology - Mönchhop Mosel Slate Riesling

The next up on the Drunk on Geology series is the Mosel Slat Riesling wine from the nchhof winery from the Mosel region of Germany.

The Mosel Slates are comprised of two main slate deposits, Ürziger Würzgarten and Erdener Treppchen

The Ürziger Würzgarten (pictured below) means "The Spice Gardens of Ürzig". These rocks are a very iron-rich Devonian slate mixed with volcanic rocks in the soil. Oxidation of the iron gives the rocks their characteristic red color. 

The Erdener Treppchen means "The Little Staircase of Erden" and consists of a red iron-rich slate as well. The little staircase is because of the steep nature of the valley, stairs needed to be cut into the hillside in order for it to be cultivated.

These slates are part of the Rhenohercynian within the Rhine Mountains of western Germany. The slates formed from a shallow marine shelf environment. These are low grade slates with many of them still containing fossils. Although the principle slates of the region have the distinctive red hue, there are the well known blue slates of the region from which the picture on the bottle was obtained.  

The back of the bottle states:

"The Mönchhof estate was founded in 1177, and today is managed by Robert Eymael. This Mosel Slate Spätlese was selected from the famous Erden Treppchen vineyard. The vineyard consists primarily of grey-blue slate which produces elegant wines with a crisp and refreshing acid structure."