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Beer Commemorates Ben Franklin's 300th Birthday
As Denver, Colorado prepares for the Great American Beer Festival 2005, ancestors of Ben Franklin are orchestrating a Before-the-Fest Competition that will select a commemorative beer in honor of Franklin's 300th birthday.
The Elite Pride of Women Brewers
Women seem to have a natural affinity for brewing. This thing...this inexplicable brewing thing...something about it cannot not be ignored!
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
"No matter how complex or refined the dish, whether it's foie gras or a simple sausage, there is a terrific beer out there that will provide a perfect accompaniment. If you love food but know only wine, then you're trying to write a symphony using only half the notes and half the orchestra," wrote Oliver Garrett, Grand Master of the Brewmaster's Table. The joy of combining food with flavorful beer has never been more exciting! As part of the three-day Great American Beer Festival event in Denver, Colorado USA, executive chefs and gourmet food giants will join prestigious brewmasters in cooking demos that will knock your socks off!
Located in the prime-cut center of the festival floor, a distinctive glass-enclosed room will provide a fish-tank view of cooking and beer pairing at its best. The likes of Bruce Paton, executive chef at San Francisco's Cathedral Hill Hotel will be joining Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery on Friday evening; Bread King Udi Baron pairs with Marty Jones of Oskar Blues Brewery on Saturday, and more! Check the GABF website for all the great details and chefilicious schedule. Don't miss a single bit of these extraordinary exhibitions!
The festival runs from September 29 through October 1, 2005 at the Colorado Convention Center, 14th and Stout Streets, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Tickets are on sale through the Great American Beer Festival's official website or at all Ticketmaster outlets (303-830-TIXS) in Colorado. You can also call the Brewers Association at 303-447-0816.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
Farmer John was injured when a truck hit his pick-up, and he filed a lawsuit against the driver who hit him. When the case went to trial, the truck driver's big city lawyer questioned farmer John.
"After the accident, did you not say to the sheriff's deputy, 'I'm fine'?" asked the lawyer.
Farmer John answered, "Well I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the...."
"I did not ask you about your mule," the lawyer interrupted, "I asked you about your statement to the sheriff's deputy. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine'?"
Farmer John answered, "Like I was saying, I loaded Bessie into the trailer, and I hitched it to my pick-up truck...."
The lawyer angrily turned to the judge. "Your honor, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the sheriff's deputy on the scene that he was just fine. Now, many months after the accident, he is trying to sue my client. If his case is not a fraud, he should be able to answer my question with a simple 'yes' or 'no.' Please tell him to simply answer the question."
The judge, somewhat curious about the mule, responded, "Let's hear what he has to say. If he doesn't get around to answering your question, we'll deal with it after we find out about Bessie."
Farmer John thanked the Judge and proceeded, "Well as I was saying, Bessie was in my trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge truck ran the stop sign and smacked my truck. My pick-up went into the ditch, and the trailer tipped over. I could hear Bessie moaning and groaning, and I knew that she was in a bad way, but I was hurtin' real bad and I couldn't even move. Then, the deputy came, and he could hear Bessie, so he went over to her. He looked at her for a moment, then he took out his gun and he shot her right between the eyes. Then the deputy came across the road with his gun in his hand, looked me right in the eyes, and asked, "Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are you feeling?"
Anheuser-Busch will be introducing three new beers at the Great American Beer Festival - re-engineered craft brew styles created as Winter Sampler Seasonals. The new brews are signatures of pumpkin spice, pale ale and
In addition, A-B is introducing Michelob Celebrate (10% ABV) and Brew Master's Private Reserve (8.5% ABV), two distinctive brews that will be available in November of '05.
Craft Brew of the Week Award:
Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, California, USA
Style - American Wild Ale
Hazy amber, lightly tinted in soft wisps of pinkened sunlight, with a sticky, tan head of seafoam and woven lace. Aromas of Brett and tart cherries, awash with clean aftertaste and medium body. Oaken barrel flavors of Flemish hybrid, similar to a Rodenbach, and of heavenly quality. Inspiring and superior brew! Proof that American craft brewers hold a place of honor in the world!
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