A beer for Eng and Chang?

Siamese Twin Ale. It’s an abbey style beer brewed with lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. it’s also certified USDA organic and from Uncommon Brewers in Santa Cruz, California. And it’s delicious!

I have to admit I was a little obsessed with the story of Eng and Chang Bunker, the conjoined twins from the country of Siam who were bought and shipped to the US as side show freaks in the early 1800s. It was at this moment in US history that the term Siamese Twin was coined.

Attached at the sternum by a band roughly 14″ in diameter, these guys would roll down hills in an attempt to stretch the band out as much as it could to give them inches of freedom. True or not, I read that somewhere and their legacy of 22 children between two wives (sisters to boot!) live on. Yes, 22 children between 2 wives. They split up the week and took turns living at each others respective homes making and raising their respective kids. Wild.

What’s even more intriguing is that one twin, Chang, was very much into drinking while the other, Eng, not so. They were often at a disagreement especially when Chang drank and reportedly ended up arguments resulting in fist fights…while connected at the chest. Wild.

So the twins liked to drink, one of them anyway, and centuries later Siamese Twin Ale is brewed bearing their namesake.

Siamese – as its brewed with corriander, lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves
Twin – as its an abbey style ale, a Belgian dubbel
Ale – top fermenting yeasts create yummy esters and an 8.5% abv

So now the Siamese Twin legacy comes in the form of a beer. Now Available for purchase at the Whole Foods Beer Room on Houston St and wherever good beers are sold.


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