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German Schwarzbier - Bold and Black
Totally devoid of light, the rich black body stands encased in a robe of darkness, momentarily shimmering with mahogany hues as the persistent aficionado searches for a glimmer of color beneath its tawny, tan head.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
Schwarzbier is a grand accompaniment with spicy, blackened foods like Cajun Chicken or Mississippi Red Pork Chops. The rich, snappy bitterness and roasted espresso flavors have the power to absorb the heat of tongue-tingling foods.
Welcome with hot sausages, spiced ham or jambalaya dishes, these black beers also merge well with spicy luncheon meats like pastrami or corned beef on slabs of fresh-baked seeded rye or pumpernickel bread.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A big-game hunter went on safari with his wife and mother-in- law. One evening, while still deep in the jungle, the Mrs. awoke to find her mother gone. Rushing to her husband, she insisted on them both trying to find her mother.
The hunter picked up his rifle, took a swig of whiskey, and started to look for her. In a clearing not far from the camp, they came upon a chilling sight: the mother-in-law was backed up against a thick, impenetrable bush, and a large male lion stood facing her. The wife cried, "What are we going to do?"
"Nothing," said the hunter husband. "The lion got himself into this mess, let him get himself out of it."
Beer hops contain the micronutrient, xanthohumol, a substance found to inhibit enzymes that activate cancer cells, suppress tumor growth, and assist the body in converting unhealthy compounds into water-soluble material so they can be excreted.
Researchers at Oregon State University have been following this research for ten years, and results of another supportive study on the benefits of xanthohumol have been published in a German research journal, increasing support within the medical research community in favor of the Oregon findings.
High levels of hops can be found in aggressively hopped beers, particularly India Pale Ales and Extra Hoppy Ales.
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale - Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Anchor Liberty Ale - Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, California, USA
Young's Special London Ale - Young & Company's Brewery, PLC, London, UK
Magic Hat Blind Faith IPA - Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, Vermont, USA
"Double Wrecked Wreck" IPA - Full Sail Brewing Company, Hood River, Oregon, USA
Craft Brew of the Week Award:
Lost Sailor India Pale Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company, Inc, South Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA
Style - English India Pale Ale
Slightly hazy ochre amber, with tiny-bubbled, voluminous head. Aromas are of floral hop oil and sweet, pale malt. Earthy hops and a handful of grapefruit cast boldness into the mouth, while crystal sweetness, pine needles and peach tones lend balance to this masterpiece.
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