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I live in England, and no-one here drinks warm beer. And even though I know its pretty ironic for me to stereotype others, considering my complaint, damn, you Americans are ignorant.
And damn, you English are unable to read an entire comic. Way to make yourself look like an ass, ass.
I also live in England and not only do I not understand where "English people like warm beer" comes from but cant remember anything about this earlier and I have been reading these from the first strip.
Had a quick look on wikipedia and I guess its an American thing.
p.s Cold beer is drunk in the England at least.
haven't you heard? we Americans will come up with anything at all, regardless of how irrelevent it might be, with the sole intention of pissing off the rest of the world and making them hate us, because we all just have THAT much free time on our hands! I tell ya, it's a friggin' national past-time...but seriously, I'm pretty sure the English drinking warm beer thing came from some pink-tie-wearing effeminate American not wanting to insult his British pal by telling him that "the English drink pee" is a common insult over here.
The English DO drink 'warm' beer... Larger is drank cold, like the rest of the worldReal ale is drunk just below room temperature - cooling it takes away all it's flavour.
That said, a common joke over here is "why is drinking beer in the US like making love in a canoe ... because it's ****ing close to water"
Conclusion - everyone likes what they've grown up with ... live with it & move on.
I like bitter beer at room temperature what ever that is. Many English people only drink world monoculture beer but they are an undecerning bunch of wankers. Generally lager (light coloured beers) should be served cold enough to get condensation on the glass and in half pints otherwise you are a lager lout. Bitter beer (that is amber in colour) is served in pints and , like red wine, is best served at room temperature. Try Wadworths 6X or Brakespears Double Dropped bottled beers or draught Wadworths 6X, Gales HSB or Brakespears Bitter. Choose a pub that sells a large quantity of these beers. Avoid beer that is pumped using CO2, always go for the handpumped beers.
on a related americans making stuff up note, i can say that we Austrlians get to work in Kangaroo's pouches, we dodge hoop snakes and drop bears, and we call all females Sheilaghs.
You mean 'Sheilas', and hell yeah, I call most women 'Shelias'. Sure, it's not a great way to get laid, but it's damn patriotic!
I'm American and I don't understand where this "Americans think Brits drink warm beer" thing came from, I have honestly never heard that until now. Why is there this stereotype about Americans stereotyping other people? That just makes the other people stereotypers as well, but then again, maybe I'm stereotyping, proving the stereotype that we stereotype people which might not actually be a stereotype... BLAGH!!!!!!!!
ok firstly the ****king in a canoe joke is actually canadian,british people don't even know what canoes are!!!also sterotypes are awesome it's how you can tell people off without blatantly insulting themoh and in response to the second commentit's probably because england has the lowest literacy rate of any english speaking nation....also i just realised i'm totally trollin' right now...for shame....
Hey guise whats going on in this comments section?
As far as all this senseless bickering goes....
What the crap is a hoop snake??
Thank God no Irish people have joined this argument yet.
The national past time up here in Canada is making fun of the US :D
Haha whenever I get together with my Canadian friends about 60-70% of the conversation entails making fun of eachother's countries. I think it's a fair statemen would be that we all have gross (but hilarious) misconceptions about pretty much every country/landmass out there.
I'm Scottish. We don't drink warm beer. We don't drink beer at all because we've broken all our beer glasses in order to stab people with the shards.
I'm Canadian. We drink cask-condition beer here (yes, we have more than just Molson's and Labatt's, those need to be consumed cold, otherwise you can taste them). Maybe that's what started it.
Bit late now, but just to inform you all, a hoop snake is this lethal variety of snake that lives on the top of hills/ridges in Australia. It's called the hoop snake as it attacks by closing its jaws around its own tail, thus creating a wheel like shape (or a hoop, as the original namer obviously thought). It then flips itself upright and uses it's body to roll down the hill like someone rolling a hoop down a slope. When it is close enough to it's chosen prey, it lets go of it's tail and uses the momentum of it's body to fly though the air, hitting the body of the victim. Upon impact, the fangs of the hoop snake are driven deeply into the body of the victim, injecting a deadly poison. The only defense against these snakes is to see them coming and run to the side of the snake's path, as they cannot deviate very much from the line they started out on. Attempting to run downhill in front of the snake will fail in 99% of cases, due to the snake being able to continuously gain speed without expending energy.
They also like to hang out with the drop bears, and are great friends with the abominable snowmen (they all meet up every 10 years for a huge party).
Germans drinks warm beer. Probably got applied broadly to Europeans, and people just assumed that Brits are European, so...
I'm an English ex Bartender and our beer is NOT warm or room temperature (which is warm!) lager is always served cold. Real hand pulled ales are kept in a cellar and come at 12 degrees celcius which i think is about 45 farenheit but i'm not sure.
It's so bloody cold in England that this might seem warm though. who really cares anyway, we have some of the best beer in the world after Belgium.
To alcohol, the cause of and solution to all of life's problems!
This comic took longer to load than all the other ones. Seems fitting...
I'm Singaporean, and reading all these comments has led me to believe that westerners are a bunch of bickering, beer-swilling morons who sit around reading comics and mocking each other.
Yay! Another generalisation based on trifling experience! My work is done. Off to drink warm orange juice!
OK, what's a drop bear?
Somewhat hilarious that the strip with the most amounts of comics is due to people getting very stereotypical and irate.English barmaid here, we don't drink cold beer, end of. Cold beer, lager or ale is quite frankly, disgusting.However, I've never heard this stereotype before, so can pretty much assume neither have the majority of Americans, most of whom, I presume, wouldn't subscribe to such a ridiculous notion.
Bit late but us British do know what a canoe is. I was using on a few weeks ago.
My first exposure to the 'English warm their beer' thing was from Asterix, which is an old(ish) French comic.
So all the theories as to the origin of said myth in this thread so far is wrong, but I am just as mystified.
Maybe they did it long ago, but not anymore?
Y'know, all of these other countries seem to get really offended over ridiculous myths (British folk drink their beer warm-- OOOH, I'm so offended!), and for these stereotypes, Americans are stereotyped as ignorant, arrogant, narrow-minded buffoons with no respect for anyone except other Americans. (Also, all Americans are stereotypical rednecks; a stereotype within a stereotype! Somebody call Christopher Nolan!)
I mean, at least hit Americans back with an equally harmless stereotype. We are all gun-wielding maniacs! That's a good one. I like that one.
Lager is served chilled. Ale is served room temperature. Just clearing some things up.
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