Tuesday 16 July 2013

No one Ever Told Me About Chiron!

Back when I were a lad I memorised the names of all the planets. I don't use any of that fancy mnemonic malarkey, just the names in order from the sun:
  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Earth 
  • Mars
  • Jupiter
  • Saturn 
  • Uranus
  • Neptune
  • Pluto
Of course Pluto's been demoted since then but never mind, it'll always be a planet to me.

Back in those pre-internet days I was rather proud I'd crammed into my brain some facts that were occasionally of use. So I was rather distressed when browsing though a dictionary of science to see an entry for Chiron describing it as a "minor planet". "No one ever told me about Chiron!" I cried, appalled that my teachers had been withholding information from me. I soon learnt that teachers are often economical with the facts, so much so that I shortened "No one ever told me about Chiron" to the acronym of NETMAC as it was a lot less effort.

This all came back to me when I saw Thornbridge had brought out a beer called Chiron. Presumably they had a similar experience at school and wanted to publicise the fact.

It took me ages to track a bottle down, eventually I saw it in Cobbetts Real Ale. It's an American pale ale, so as you would expect, lots of citrussy hops, and it went down very nicely. I'd happily drink it again.

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