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August 11 2007 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

Here are the latest articles from the Beer and Brewing site at

Beer Ambassador Phil Farrell and His Loyal Mascot
Across the dunes and the sizzling landscape, a visitor could be seen in the distance, blurred by a rising tsunami of sand that charged forward like a team of brazen horses.

Phil Farrell's Funky Fowl Photo Gallery
Phil Farrell showcases the most famous Rubber Chicken in Beer and Brewing History!

Ask the Beer Fox - What does Cuvée Mean ?
Cuvée is a wine and beer term, derived from the French form ´cuve´ meaning vat or tank. The context surrounding the word’s usage is critical...

Beer Float Recipes - Sweet Seduction
You are a beer lover, and as such, possess a super-human power to overcome the heat. Exotic? Intemperate?

Terroir and Beer
Terroir, the French word for “soil” or “earth,” is primarily used by oenophiles and coffee aficionados to describe the influence of local environment on wine and coffee, respectively.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week:

Plan NOW to attend the 26th Great American Beer Festival 2007, held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, USA, Thursday October 11, Friday October 12 and Saturday October 13, 2007. This is the largest ticketed beer festival in the USA, and the Premier Competition for commercial beer.

Over 1650 beers will be available on the festival floor, surrounded by music, Beer & Food Demos in the Cooking Pavilion, the Brewer's Studio and book signings by famous beer authors from across the globe.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
Letters Dear Abby admitted she was at a loss to answer:

Dear Abby,
I've suspected that my husband has been fooling around, and when confronted with the evidence, he denied everything and said it would never happen again.

Dear Abby,
I joined the Navy to see the world. I've seen it. Now how do I get out?

Dear Abby,
What can I do about all the Sex, Nudity, Foul Language and Violence on my DVD player?

Dear Abby,
My forty year old son has been paying a psychiatrist $100.00 an hour every week for two and a half years. He must be crazy.

Dear Abby,
I was married to Bill for three months and I didn't know he drank until one night he came home sober.

Dear Abby,
My mother is mean and short tempered. I think she is going through mental pause.

Beer News:

Aotearoa Breweries, NZ Ltd, crafters of the award-winning Mata Beer, captured the award as the Best Emerging Business in 2007 at the Regional Sustainable Business Awards in New Zealand. This impressive family-owned business, located in Kawerau, Eastern Bay of Plenty, has become a Mighty Mouse on the move - the one to watch! Production has now expanded to Auckland and Wellington on the North Island, New Zealand.

At the NZ International Beer Awards 2007, Aotearoa Breweries seized center stage as "CLASS WINNER" in the Fruit/Spiced/Herb/ Wood Aged Division.

Mata Manuka won "GOLD" as Specialty Honey Beer. In its class, it prevailed over:

Samuel Adams Summer Ale- Silver Fruit Wheat Beer
Matilda Bay Barking Duck - Silver French/Belgian Saison
Samuel Adams Utopias - Silver Wood-Aged Beer
Harrington Breweries Big John Special Reserve - Silver Wood-Aged Beer
Samuel Adams Triple Bock - Bronze Wood-Aged Beer
Samuel Adams Winter Lager - Silver Herb & Spice
Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig - Bronze Herb & Spice
Tasman Breweries Mince Pint - Bronze Herb & Spice

In addition, Mata Artesian won Silver in the German Style Kolsch/Koln Style Kolsch Category, edged out by La Trappe Blond.

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Springboard Ale - New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale

A garden of herbs, mint and fruit, both sweet and tart, greet the nose as this hazy, unfiltered, straw gem cascades into my crystalline pokal. An ample head of cloud white holds firm, painting the glass with firm bursts of lace. Earthy and tart with a solid malt backing, flavors of berries, lemongrass and yeast mingle on the tongue. Finishes dry and clean!


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