In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Sunday, May 20, 2012



I'm just back from a short professional trip to Washington, DC.  I managed to find the time to visit a couple of record-stores (Some Records and CD Cellar) and came back with some 15 LPs, some of them I may post in the future.

I also discovered the BROTHER THELONIUS Belgian Style Abbey Ale.

I remember the first time I visited the States some thirty years ago, I found that American beer was pretty dreadful ... cat piss rather than beer.  But it seems that a quiet revolution has happened over the years and that American people have discovered the "real" thing eventually.  I was pleasantly surprised to see and taste a good range of ales, from tradiitonally british Indian Pale Ale to traditionally belgian "Saison" Beer.

But my favorite is without contest this BROTHER THELONIUS Abbey Beer.

OK I'd be lying if I'd say that it compares with a Rochefort, West Vletteren or a Chimay because nothing compares to these divine nectars. But Brother Thelonius is a pretty decent beer nevertheless.  I even brought a few bottles to share with friends in Belgium.  But what's intenresting is that  North Coast Brewing Co. is in a partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in support of Jazz education. The Brewery makes a donation to the Institute for every bottle of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale sold.
 when you buy Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale you also help to support the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz whose mission is to offer the world's most promising young musicians college level training by America's jazz masters and to present public school-based jazz education programs for young people around the world.  All of these programs are offered free of charge to the students and schools."

Isn't that a beautiful initiative!  Drinking and at the same time sponsoring jazz education.
Hey bartender, bring me another one, it's for a good cause!


  1. good & funny story boogieman! cheers to that! - and you're right, belgian beers are amongst the best a man can get [:-)

  2. Wonder how this beer might taste - or belgian beer for that matter. But this surely is one of the best sidekicks beer drinking has ever induced - Jazz'n'Beer.
    Zum Wohle - Cheers!

  3. nice idea.. thanks for sharing..

  4. The father of a friend related this story regarding American beer: when he was a very young beer in the United States was quite good (in the years before World War 2), but because of rationing during the war American companies began to cut the barley mash with rice and generally watered down the beer, and most Americans just got used to it. Beer in the US has had a renaissance since the 1980's when companies like Samuel Adams and Sierra Nevada began making beers other than the common piss-flavored lagers. Their success meant thousands of other small companies now make decent beer here.

    You would enjoy the brews of the Omegang company of Cooperstown NY (I believe it is actually owned by Duvel now), who reliably recreate Belgian style ales here in the USA. No, it's not Chimay, but it's still very good.