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Victory Brewing Company - Ten Years of Victorious Beers
At Victory Brewing, it is all about the love of beer - the imaginative creation of an ideal, ten years in the making.
World Beer Records - Extreme Beer
World records are all about extremes. World Beer Records may be considered even more extreme, because they are related to an external substance (beer) that inspires the most imaginative innovation in the human brain.
Belgian Beer at the Brickskeller
A Smithsonian beer event at the Brickskeller in Washington, DC should never be taken lightly. The Brickskeller is the ne plus ultra in the world of beer bars...
Beer Cookery - Portsmouth Crab Chowder
The Beer Fox says, "As a complement to this full-bodied chowder, add a crusty beer-bread and a hearty brew!"
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
St. Patrick's Day Weekend is fast approaching! If you are looking for the ultimate in Irish Beer experiences, plan on visiting Guinness Storehouse at St. James's Gate, Dublin, Ireland. Guinness Storehouse Fringe Festival runs from March 17th through the 19th, 2006. Storytellers, street performers and brass bands will be featured throughout the weekend. In addition, all seven stories of Guinness Storehouse will be vibrating through the roof with the music of comedy, jazz and Celtic rock bands.
Oyster samplings will be conducted in conjunction with tastings of Guinness Draught, Guinness Extra Stout and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.
If you can't get away for the weekend, you might choose to align yourself with your own cache of Guinness...or how about an Irish Red Ale?
Beer Fox recommendations:
Smithwicks Ale - Smithwick's Brewery, Kilkenny, Ireland
Murphy's Irish Red Beer - Murphy's Brewery Ireland Ltd., Cork, Ireland
Caffrey's Irish Ale - Thomas Caffrey Brewing Compay, Belfast, Ireland
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A couple went on vacation to a fishing resort up north. The husband liked to fish at the crack of dawn; the wife preferred to read. One morning the husband returned after several hours of fishing and decided to take a short nap. The wife decided to take the boat out. She was not familiar with the lake so she rowed out, anchored the boat, and started reading her book.
Along comes the sheriff in his boat, pulls up alongside and says, "Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?" "Reading my book," she replies as she thinks to herself, "Is this guy blind or what?" "You're in a restricted fishing area," he informs her. "But, Officer, I'm not fishing. Can't you see that?" "But you have all this equipment, Ma'am. I'll have to take you in and write you up." "If you do that, I will charge you with rape," snaps the irate woman. "I didn't even touch you," grouses the sheriff. "Yes, that's true ... but you have all the equipment ..."
Moral: Never argue with a woman who knows how to read!
In an attempt to regain the eroding market share among macro-lager beer companies, Anheuser-Busch of St. Louis, Missouri, USA is testing the possibility of three new brews: Peels, an alcoholic fruit drink aimed at the ladies; Michelob Ultra Amber, a new light beer; and Spring Heat Spiced Wheat, a new draught beer.
These are considered a bit more upscale, designed for a targeted set of demographics with focus on the premium end of the scale.
Peels is expected to be released this week.
Craft Brew of the Week Award:
Old Leghumper Robust Porter - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, Independence, Ohio, USA
Style: Robust Porter
Body pours deep walnut with intense highlights of garnet shining at the edges when held up to light. A creamy head of off-white begs for attention, leaving swaths of lace on the sides of the glass. Aromas light your olfactory senses with sweet toffee and roasted malts, while espresso notes charge into the forefront with unyielding force.
Flavors of imported coffee enter your mouth with rich assertiveness, as they enhance the roasted notes of caramel, toffee and nuts. Finish is dry and lingering.
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