NATO Beer Connection


During one of my regular visits to one of my favorite watering holes, the Moeder Lambic in Brussels, I started talking to some drinkers at an adjacent table when I overheard them saying the NATO Secretary General's brother is a brewer. I thought they were talking about the newly nominated Jens Stoltenberg of Norway but they were in fact referring to the incumbent, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, whose brother, Jørgen Fogh Rasmussen, is the brewer at Danish microbrewery Hornbeer.

Image: Hornbeer

While doing a Google search for Rasmussen the brewer, I came across a bizarre video juxtaposing Hornbeer's Viking Chili Stout (brewed with chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla and chili) with Russian President Vladimir Putin expressing support for reintroducing the death penalty in Russia. A Danish friend explained that the brewery insults the Danish monarchy (the chili-tailed dachshund in the above image has a crown above its head) and that Putin is talking about what he would do if he was insulted.

I witnessed first hand how the Russian president reacts to insults five years ago during the only Putin press conference I ever attended, during which the intrepretation suddenly stopped as he was answering a question about Chechnya from a Le Monde reporter who he invited to Moscow. Afterwards, a Russian journalist told me Putin said that in Moscow, the journalist would be circumcised and the knife would cut too low.

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