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Gold Medals & Glory - The Great American Beer Festival
The GABF is now one of the most prestigious events in the world, the Guinness World Record Holder of beer events.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
Tis the season for autumnal, artisanal beer! Waiting in the wings are dashing Marzen/Oktoberfest styles, and plenty of Pumpkin Ales.
This is your chance to delight in the subtle and earthy hop spice of Staghorn Octoberfest by New Glarus Brewing Company in New Glarus, Wisconsin, USA;
the Gold Medal Winning flavors of crystal malt with smooth, clean mouthfeel and whispers of nut, found in Michelob Marzen by Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, Missouri, USA - a surprise in the land of craft brewing;
the Vienna/Munich malts that impart malted toasty flavors and spicy finish in Great Lakes Oktoberfest by Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, Ohio, USA;
the evocative flavors of Pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon in Night Owl Pumpkin Ale by Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle, Washington, USA;
the warming charms of citrus notes, perfectly blended with spices - nutmeg, cloves and allspice - and pumpkin found in Kuhnhenn All Hallows Ale by Kuhnhenn Brewing Company, Warren, Michigan, USA.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A man jumps out of an airplane with a parachute on his back. As he is falling, he realizes his chute is broken and won't open. He doesn't know anything about parachutes, but as the earth rapidly approaches, he realizes his options are limited; he takes off the parachute and tries to fix it himself on the way down.
The wind is ripping past his face! He's dropping like a rock! At 5,000 feet, another man goes shooting upward, passing him as he drops. In desperation, the man with the chute looks up and yells, "Hey, do you know anything about parachutes?"
The guy flying up looks down and yells, "No, do you know anything about gas stoves?"
Mexican Michelada (mee-cha-LAH-dah) - beer served with lime juice, sweet and sour spice, chile pepper and ice in a salt-rimmed glass - is the latest temptation on the horizon in the thirst-quenching world of vacation pleasure. Barton-Beers Ltd. of Chicago is doing the "marketing-dance" among U.S. chains such as Mariott International and El Torito Mexican restaurants, in hopes of lighting the fire-of-desire among the drinking public.
Mexican brands such as Corona, Negro Modelo, and Pacifico stand to hit higher profits if the drink takes hold. After all, what's a Mexican drink without Mexican beer?
Craft Brew of the Week Award:
Pine Mountain Pils - Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon, USA
Style - European Style Pilsner
Sparkling, reflective amber body with large, frothy head lays as a temptress, in wait for the next pleasure ride. The olfactory sense is brushed with sweet malt at the start, then infused with clean lemon. Fresh crispness greets the palate, delightfully smooth and creamy, with fresh grassy herbal notes and biting spiciness. A true lady of lasting sensuality!
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