1. That reminds me – one of FDC’s vendors reps is an Englishman, a Mr. Michael Neal. I’ll have to ask him, next time I see him, if he lets his beer warm up to room temperature when he goes out drinking here in the US. My guess is this is what real Englishmen do if they are here and they order a beer in a restaurant or bar.

    Although I am curious: do the English drink their wine warm too, if they choose to drink wine at all?

    • We drink red wine warm and white wine chilled. One of the major things that Brits really look down their noses at is the American habit of putting ice in whiskey. How uncouth is that?!!!

    • Then it will come as absolutely no surprise to you, to hear that this is exactly the way my grandmother drank her Seagram’s 7. On the rocks.

    • When I was in the Navy my submarine spent some time in Scotland (Rosyth/Edinburgh and Faslane). I recall that there were at least two things different about drinking establishments there and here: First if you asked for whiskey you got scotch (here you get rye). Second, in Scotland there was a small cooler on the bar that contained ice and if you took more than one cube for your scotch you got a real dirty look from the bartender.

    • They make two types of malt whiskey. One for the Americans that doesn’t go cloudy if you put ice in it, and one for civilised people which is a more pure and better tasting product.

    • I’ve developed as fondness for the unblended varieties, and I drink them without ice. (If only they weren’t so expensive)

  2. Oh dear. I should put you in touch with my friend Christopher Smith, formerly of Doncaster, but who now lives here in FL. Not only did he marry an American woman (although she’s a very good woman and would do any Englishman proud as a wife) but he’s starting to adopt Americanisms, including drinking his beer cold.

    However, in his defense – though he is one of our medieval re-enacting friends, and many of them do wear kilts, Chris has indicated you will never, ever catch him wearing a kilt. He told me directly that he’d never be caught dead – or alive – in a kilt. So he is retaining some basic English decency.

  3. Sure, if it’s Porter or Stout on a cold winter day.

    Pilsner, Lager, Amber Ale? “Get Yer Ice Cold Beer Here!”

    [And then Lord Jesus doth spread his spittle on the pint glass, and lo, spittle and glass grew frosty cold, and the beverage was thus chilled! And it was Very Good.]