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Midnight Sun Brewing - Masters of World-Class Beer
As home of the Arctic Devil, eight-time winner of the First Place Golden Plate at the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival, Midnight Sun distinguishes itself as master of the Barley Wine style, the makers of magic that place it in the realm of “World Class.”
Naming Your Homebrew - A Touch of Irreverence
Naming a beer creation is not exactly like naming your newborn child, although the love can be just as powerful.
The Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - History Past & Present
Great Jazz, Be-bop, and Rock filled every corner, setting the elevated mood. Wall-to-wall people…having fun…enjoying taste.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
When pairing beer with foods, consider the base food, as well as the final flavors of sauces, gravies and dressings. A spicy chicken dish with vinaigrette dressing may marry up well with the assertive hoppiness of an Imperial IPA. That same chicken, when dressed with a peach barbecue sauce and sizzled on a hot grill, pairs better with the nutty molasses flavor of Nut Brown Ale.
Tenderloins of beef in their own juices reflect the rich, complex flavors of a Robust Porter. The flavors of grilled T-Bone with strips of marinated zucchini and peppers are better highlighted with an American Strong Ale, aged in oak.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
This is so weird that it will boggle your mind; and, you will keep trying it at least 50 more times to see if you can outsmart your foot. But you can't!!!
1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles with it.
2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand... Your foot will change direction!!!
I told you so.. And there is nothing you can do about it.
For all of us who are married, were married, wish you were married, or wish you weren't married, this is something to smile about the next time you open a box of chocolates:
Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.
Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a white bag on the seat next to Sally.
"What in bag?" asked the old woman.
Sally looked down at the white bag and said, "It's a box of chocolates. I got it for my husband".
"The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said: "Good trade."
It's Beerapalooza Time in the San Francisco Bay Area, so put on your tight skirts and party beads and get ready for action. Events roll out the week of February 10-18, 2007:
February 14 - Fourth Annual Beer & Cheese Tasting at Rogue Ales Public House, 673 Union Street, San Francisco, California, USA - Party at 5 pm; Tasting at 6
February 16 - Alert ALL Chocoholics! Chef Bruce Paton presents his annual Beer & Chocolate Dinner at the Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California, USA - 6:30 pm
February 17-24 - Barleywine Festival at the Toronado, 547 Haight Street, San Francisco, California, USA - 11:30 am to 2:30 am daily
February 18 - It's a Brewers Mardi Gras for the Celebrator Beer News 19th Anniversary Party at Trumer Brauerei, 1404 Fourth Street, Berkeley, California, USA - At least 15 breweries will pour their suds to the sounds of 3 bands, while Cajun/Creole food sizzles in the background. A MUST DO Event! - 4-8 pm
Aotearoa Breweries, creators of Mata Beer in New Zealand celebrates Kiwi summer(yes, I said "summer!") at the First Annual New Zealand Beer Festival 07 on February 24, 2007 at the Ellerslie Racecourse, 80-100 Ascot Avenue, Greenlane East, Auckland, New Zealand - 12:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Special Promotion: Send your tee shirt to Mata Beer and they will print a Mata shirt for you and send it back in time for the festival. Pin your name and return address to the T-shirt and send it to:
MATA TEE SHIRTS ( Black / Navy Blue are best)
7 Windley Place
Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2007
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Humpy's Sockeye Red IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Style: American IPA
The coppery amber body sits like a crystalline jewel in the glass. A creamy, persistent, off-white head stands at attention, enticing your nose to take in the euphoric party that awaits. Ahhh! A power punch for the hophead! The olfactory senses are teased with citrusy orange and grapefruit aromas, with an ever-so-slight shading of malt whispering in the wind. Flavors are big - malty sweetness taking the edge off the assertive hops for a moment, then yield to the Centennial and Cascade hops that make thier presence known. A medium to full body is a pleaser, while the creamy, viscous quality paints the inner recesses of the mind. A lusty brew for a hop lover's fantasy!
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