Chatting with my mother in Montreal recently she said, “I was reading one of your articles (ie., these posts). And you mentioned mixing Coke and beer, right?”.
“That’s right”, I said, “the Germans do it, called a Diesel when you use pilsener beer”.
“Let’s try that”, she said. And I realized, it’s the one beer blend or mix I never made. Over decades I combined beer in virtually every way imaginable, but not that way.
I suppose I had the maven’s distrust of what seemed a gimmick drink.
But this was the perfect opportunity to go for it, so we did.
Given the Germans’ unquestioned mastery of all things brewing, I should have credited them with a better idea than (until this test) I did.
Because it’s very good! We used diet Pepsi, and I imagine with full-sugar cola it is even better, but still it was excellent.
I used the vigorous Starke Pilsener from Amsterdam Brewery in Toronto, because that was one of three beers in her fridge.
I had left them there a couple of months earlier.
To my mind it tasted like a good Dunkel beer (Bavarian dark), but more refreshing and not as strong of course.
Which got me to thinking, why the name Diesel? The caramel colour surely. My version at any rate had exactly the hue of Diesel fuel.*
*Undyed. The colouring of fuels in different countries may result in a different colour for Diesel.