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Flat Beer - Off Flavors & Stale Ale
Your perfect evening can be quashed in a moment if your beer is served flat, stale, or has an off-flavor that you just cannot seem to identify. What makes beer flat or develop off-flavors?
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
Celebrate American Craft Beer at the American Beer Fest, Boston Center for the Arts on June 17 & 18, 2005 in Boston's Historic South End. Great craft brews, beer education, diversity in the brewing world! A great place to celebrate with fellow Beer Lovers! Over 100 craft beers from 40 select breweries!
Info at: http://beeradvocate.com/fests/
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
Bud and Jim were a couple of drinking buddies who worked as airplane mechanics in ATLANTA.
One day the airport was fogged in and they were stuck in the hangar with nothing to do.
Bud said, "Man, I wish we had something to drink!"
Jim says, "Me too. Y'know, I've heard you can drink jet fuel and get a buzz. You wanna try it?"
So they pour themselves a couple of glasses of high octane hooch and get completely smashed. The next morning Bud wakes up and is surprised at how good he feels. In fact he feels GREAT!
NO hangover! NO bad side effects. Nothing! Then the phone rings...It's Jim.
Jim says, "Hey, how do you feel this morning?"
Bud says, "I feel great. How about you?"
Jim says, "I feel great, too. You don't have a hangover?"
Bud says, "No, that jet fuel is great stuff - no hangover, nothing.
We ought to do this more often."
"Yeah, well there's just one thing..."
"Have you farted yet?"
"Well, DON'T, 'cause I'm in PHOENIX!!!"
Pennsylvania Republican Rick Santorum and Rep. Phillip English have introduced bills that would roll back the 1990 federal luxury tax on beer. There is strong support for the bill. The current tax burden has put a huge cramp in the economics of the brewing industry, and caused hardship among low and middle income folks. D. G. Yuengling & Sons Brewery in Pottsville, PA has plans to hire more workers if the bill goes through.
Craft Brew of the Week Award:
Doggie Claws 2004 - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Portland, Oregon, USA
Style - American Barleywine
This dark ruby beauty with substantial beige head has complex floral and earthy hops characteristics with powerful alcohol punch. This is a true gem!
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