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Craft Beer and AirVenture Museum Merge at Hops & Props
The Experimental Aircraft Association, known as the EAA among aviation enthusiasts, and the American craft brewer make marvelous dancing partners.
Belgian Beer Tasting Hits the Brickskeller
Quaint towns, spéciales belges, world-class monasteries and breweries - all embroidered upon a gilded tapestry of European history that merges as a complex beer collective in the "Center of Europe." This is the beer of Belgium.
Reasons to Drink Beer - A Woman's Passion for the Brew
"Women are from Venus; Men are from Mars," so the saying goes. When asked to elaborate on why I have a passion for beer, my answers are quite different from the common frat-boy answers.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
Beer is a tasty treat with dessert. Some pairings you may find inviting:
Infuse Tiramisu with a Sweet or Oatmeal Stout, rather than the traditional Kahlua.
Pair intensely "death-by-chocolate-style" desserts with Russian Imperial Stout.
Serve Chocolate mousse with British Porter.
Blend the light, orangey flavors of Strong Dark Belgian Ale with petit fours or spiced nut cakes.
Pair Raspberry Ale or Framboise with puddings or cream pies.
Serve Belgian Witbier with orange and citrus dishes.
Pair the rich flavors of Espresso Stout with Creme Brulee.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A collection of statements from REAL Insurance Claim Forms. Drivers are asked to give the details of the accident in the fewest possible words.
"I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought."
"A truck backed through my windshield into my wife's face."
"My car was legally parked as it backed into another vehicle."
Incidents with Pedestrians:
"The pedestrian had no idea which way to run as I ran over him."
"I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car."
"The car in front hit the pedestrian but he got up so I hit him again."
"Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don't have."
"I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment."
"I pulled to the side of the road because there was smoke coming from under the hood. I realized there was a fire in the engine, so I took my dog and smothered it with a blanket."
And you're Blaming Whom?
"I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident."
"I had been learning to drive with power steering. I turned the wheel to what I thought was enough and found myself in a different direction going the opposite way."
Tom Schmidlin of Seattle, Washington, USA edged ahead of Diane Catanzaro and Warren Monteiro to win Beerdrinker of the Year 2006 in the Saturday, February 25th, p.m. finals at Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. Before a panel of judges, Tom proclaimed himself "Yeast Dork", bribing each of the judges with their own, personal test tubes in which he cultivated yeast strains from Rogue Chocolate Stout.
Displaying his incredible knowledge, wit and passion for beer, Schmidlin surged to the finish line with his hard-line stand against terrorists who hold "hops" hostage, his heart-felt talk with a can of Milwaukee's Best, and his sacrifice in gaining over 4 pounds after drinking an impressive two growlers of beer throughout the course of the finals that lasted until 4:00 a.m.
As Tenth Beerdrinker of the Year, Tom won free beer for life at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, $250 worth of beer at his local brewpub, clothing proclaiming him Beerdrinker of the Year 2006, and his name engraved on the Beerdrinker of the Year Trophy displayed at Wynkoop.
Look for the full story later this week in the Beer & Brewing section at BellaOnline:
Craft Brew of the Week Award:
Moylander Double IPA - Moylan's Brewery, Novato, California, USA
Style: American Double IPA
A reflective, copper-red body sizzles beneath its dense head of off-white cream, emitting aromatics of toasted caramel and pine needles, grapefruit, citrus-orange, apricots, apples, melon and vanilla.
The tongue is painted with a surprising dash of sweet malt, then mellowed with resinous hops that lay soft and spicy on the palate. Crystalline malt sweetness returns with each progressive mouthful, tempered in waves with a varietal medley of citrus and pinecones crushed on a forest floor.
Lays smooth on the tongue, potent and dry, yet spicy and warming, with lingering hop vine bitterness.
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