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How to Become a Great Beer Judge
How do people become so aware of taste, aroma, style, appearance, texture, kinesthetics, and a host of other qualities that they qualify to judge at these world class competitions? Are there born tasters?
Jim Koch Presents Samuel Adams in Philadelphia
My train was running late. “Signal problems,” they said. It didn’t much matter. I was headed to Monk’s Café in Philadelphia for a Samuel Adams Dinner, presented by the energetic Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company.
Hungry Planet : What the World Eats - Book Review
Two years later, the compulsion overtook me. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats stood on the shelf at my local bookshop, tempting me with what lived within the covers.
Beer Fox Craft Brew Awards - 12/30/07 to 5/26/08
To honor the creativity and technical expertise of so many world-class brewers, the Beer Fox selects the Craft Brew of the Week. This listing covers awards from December 30, 2007 to May 26, 2008.
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At the tail end of the 19th century, “Dortmunder” became a desirable commodity throughout the booming Ruhr valley of Westphalia. It was not only embraced by the industrial laborers, but became so immensely popular that it was fondly referred to as “Export.”
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
This weekend, June7-8, 2008, the 2008 Samuel Adams® LONGSHOT American Homebrew Contest™ - Boston Regionals will be held at the Park Plaza Hotel and Towers in Boston, Massachusetts. The judges, consisting of Boston Beer Company Brewmasters, Judges from the Beer Judge Certification Program and other qualified Beer Authorities will assess the first round, mini Best of Show and Best-of-Show entrants to select 4 winners. The winners will be invited to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado in October, 2008 for the announcement of the Grand Champion.
With the assistance of the Grand Champion, Boston Beer Company will reproduce the recipe on a professional level and bottle it for distribution in the 2009 LONGSHOT Variety six - Pack, along with the winning recipe of the company-wide competition held among Boston Beer Company employees.
Good Luck to all who dream of success!
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A group of Alabama friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day. That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.
"Where's Henry?" the others asked.
"Henry had a stroke of some kind. He's a couple of miles back up the trail," the successful hunter replied.
'"You left Henry laying out there and carried the deer back?" they inquired.
'A tough call," nodded the hunter, "but I figured no one is going to steal Henry!"
A Georgia State trooper pulled over a pickup on I-75.
The trooper asked, "Got any ID?"
The driver replied, "Bout whut?"
A man in South Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait.
A passerby studied the scene as he drove by and was so curious, he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was.
The man replied, "I have a flat tire."
The passerby asked, "But what's with the flowers?"
The man responded, "When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back! I never did understand it neither."
You can say what you want about the South, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving North!
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell bestowed "The Inspiration Award" to Nancy Rigberg and George Hummel of Home Sweet Homebrew in Philadelphia at the culmination of the Tourism Conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Nancy and George were in a group of 18 people inducted into the Keystone Society of Tourism, the highest honor the commonwealth presents to leaders in the tourism industry. They were selected for having the motivation to create new products and for bringing craft beer and Pennsylvania's passion for brewing into the public eye. To commemorate the event, they were presented symbolic medallions in the shape of a keystone, and stained glass clocks hand-crafted by a Pennsylvania artisan.
Beer Fests and Events:
Dinner with the Brewmaster - June 21, 2008 - The Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California, USA
Award Winning Chef Bruce Paton pairs up with Brewmaster Craig Cauwels of Schooners Brewery in Antioch, California to present an evening of spectacular cuisine and a taste of Schooners' award-winning brews, from the World Beer Cup, Bistro's Barrel Aged Beer Festival, and the Great American Beer Festival. For Info:
American Craft Beer Festival - June 20-21, 2008 - Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Presented by BeerAdvocate, this is the largest Craft Beer Festival on the East Coast. Over 75 breweries will present 300+ beers. Guest speakers and discussion panels will be part of the fun. For Information:
21st Annual Oregon Brewers Festival - July 24,25,26 & 27- Tom McCall Waterfront Park (between the Morrison and Burnside Bridges) in downtown Portland, Oregon. 72 Breweries from across the USA, great food, and 14 live bands promise a weekend of high energy. For information:
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Le Canard - Brewers Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale, 8% ABV
"A portion of the proceeds go to the Baltimore Area Watershed Preservation Program," the 750 ml bottle states on the label. An amber body, pearly with a misty middle shows off a huge head and active carbonation. There she stands, moving about like a lithe spirit in the fog, releasing aromas of candy sugar, bready yeast, ripe fruit, and peppery spice into the air. Peaches and honey shine on the tongue in the first wave of flavor, followed by funkiness, cloves, and a balancing, solid bitterness.
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