"A lot of people are a few cans short of a six pack"
This made me laugh real hard. Well, P was yesterday, today it's
Q is for
Quicker than lager turns to piss
I was going to use "Quality over Quantity", but where is the fun in that. Let's enjoy a quick post and then go out for a beer. Oh, wait, pubs are still closed.
Edit: restaurants were still closed when I originally wrote this. Great news, our government has decided it's OK to open the outdoor terraces and patios as of this week! So that's a great start!
We did have a little St. Patrick's Day celebration though. We've been doing this for nine years now, and I still feel like we're the only Swiss people observing this fun holiday. Barely anyone even knows about it, except the English speaking expats of course. So there is no stuff we can buy at the local stores, but that's OK, I always manage. The internet has been my best friend.
So today's saying stands for things that happen very rapidly, and I guess it can be taken literally as well. I am not a beer drinker, but I understand it's similar to coffee. Soon after enjoying your beverage, you need to go to the bathroom.
In order to still keep this post somewhat beer-themed, let me tell you about the cake you can see in the picture. While it doesn't contain lager, it was made using Guinness. You heard correctly, there is Irish dry stout in this chocolate cake.
Donal Skehan is my go-to chef when it comes to Irish food. If you don't know him, check out his YouTube channel.
The recipe for this Chocolate Guinness Cake is not for you if you're watching your carbs or fats though. There is a lot of butter and sugar not only in the cake, but in the frosting as well.
I'm not sure if you're supposed to drink the leftover of your Guinness along with enjoying this lovely cake, either way, my friend and I prefer our champagne, and we were very happy with it.
Let me answer some questions that may have come up while reading this post (because I was wondering myself):
What's the reason beer and coffee make you pee so quickly?
The primary mechanism by which alcohol increases diuresis (fancy word for urination) is through inhibition of the effect of antidiuretic hormone vasopressin (or anti-diuretic hormone ADH) on the kidneys, thereby inducing diuresis and a dehydrating effect, causing headaches and nausea later. (Taken from this article)
What's worse: Caffeine is thought to have a direct effect on the bladder's smooth muscle, and I think that's sadly true.
Better think twice before ordering a "Black & Brew Coffee Stout" = coffee beer ;-)
What is "lager" and what other types of beer are there?
It's all about the type of yeast used during fermentation. Lagers are made with yeast that ferments at the bottom of the beer mixture, whereas the yeast that is used in ales ferments throughout the beer and settles at the top of the liquid. It has a higher tolerance to alcohol and ferments at higher temperatures (compared to lager).
After hearing about beer and yeast should not be surprised about the fact that beer is also being used to make bread. I do it from time to time myself.
What about the alcohol free aspects of this saying? What things happen really fast?
Accidents. It's one of the attributes that define an accident: A sudden event that is not planned or intended and that causes damage or injury.
Babies growing up, that's for sure. Well, the days are long, but he years are short. We'll talk about this when it's time for the letter Y.
Cookies and Cake disappear pretty darn quickly from my kitchen. I don't mind though. Gives me a reason to try a new recipe soon.
Now to my questions: Are you a beer lover? Which is your favorite? How do you feel about cakes that are made with beer? Are pubs open where you live?
Let me know below and please include the link to your own post so I can visit back.
After all the talk about speed, tomorrow we'll slow down considerably. Because Rome wasn't built in a day.
How about we throw in a tiny Latin lesson as well? Be there!