January 12 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Good Beer Head
Good head enchants. It teases the eyes, inviting the curious to explore the unknown. The texture of head varies as much as the stars in the sky. Head can be rocky and voluminous, billowing up above the edge of the glass, or smooth and creamy, made of tightly knit bubbles.
Are You Safe to Drink and Drive ?
It’s not easy facing the extra expense or “holding time” required to make a rational decision about alcohol. With impaired judgment as one of the first signs of intoxication, it is not surprising that so many people reach beyond the law into the realm of unacknowledged intoxication.
Bizarre Beer Tales
Every so often, bizarre stories about man and nature come across my desk, and they usually have some strange connection to beer.
Eight Essential Beer Glasses for Your Bar
Glassware is essential for bon vivant pleasure. Enjoy your amber elixir and show your respect for beer and the crafters who brew it by serving beer in a glass that will maximize appearance, aroma and flavor for each style you choose to drink.
Beer Glassware for American Beer
You could tell it was a fine piece of crystal. Holding it by the base, I tapped gently with my fingernail. The sweet ringing of a European bell resonated throughout the room, clear and lilting as the sound trailed off into a whisper.
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
With so many ways to match food with beer, you can create your own "gourmet style" without too much effort. Once you know a bit about the different styles of beer and their inherent characteristics, doing great pairings will come with ease. It's a bit like pulling the colors together in your home decor, or building your garden to show off colors during different seasons. You can stay with classics, consider seasonality, find harmonies, use contrast and complementary design, or match delicate with delicate or bold with bold. Create the right mood by considering the purpose.
Sweet and rich foods can be balanced by beers of hoppy bitter profiles, roasted malt character, effervescent carbonation, and higher ABV. Spicy, hot and acidic foods blend better with sweeter, maltier brews. Spiciness gains more punch when paired with hop bitterness.
Beer should be paired with each course in your dinner menu. The purpose of an aperitif is to whet the appetite, so the beer should be light and crisp to match a light appetizer. You have great latitude with entrees. You may serve lighter grilled fish with Pilsener, roasted poultry with European Style Dunkel, or grilled steak with Robust Porter. Desserts work well with beer, matching the sweet flavors of buttery pound cake, cheesecake, or carrot cake with fruity lambics and IPA's. Decadent chocolate desserts create music with Dark Belgian beers, Imperial Stout, or Barley Wine. Desserts with fruit call for a Belgian Tripel or Witbier.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A fifteen year-old boy came home with a new Chevrolet Avalanche and his parents began to yell and scream, "Where did you get that truck???!!!" He calmly told them, "I bought it today."
"With what money?" demanded his parents They knew what a Chevrolet Avalanche cost.
"Well," said the boy, "this one cost me fifteen dollars." So the parents began to yell even louder. "Who would sell a truck like that for fifteen dollars?" they said.
"It was the lady up the street," said the boy. "I don't know her name - they just moved in. She saw me ride past on my bike and asked me if I wanted to buy a Chevrolet Avalanche for fifteen dollars."
"Oh my Goodness!," moaned the mother, "She must be a child abuser. Who knows what she will do next? John, you go right up there and see what's going on."
So the boy's father walked up the street to the house where the lady lived and found her out in the yard calmly planting petunias. He introduced himself as the father of the boy to whom she had sold a new Chevrolet Avalanche for fifteen dollars and demanded to know why she did it.
"Well," she said, "This morning I got a phone call from my husband. I thought he was on a coffee break, but learned from a friend he had run off to Hawaii with his mistress and really doesn't intend to come back. He claimed he was stranded and asked me to sell his new Chevrolet Avalanche and send him the money. So I did."
(Are women good or what?)
Trivia Question: Where are the largest wooden brewing vessels in America since Prohibition? How many gallons of beer does each vessel hold?
Answer: The largest handmade wooden brewing vessels in America are made of exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo (Holy Tree) wood, and are currently at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery of Milton, Delaware, USA. The vessels are 10,000 gallons each and are being used to age yet another "extreme" DFH beer. Palo Santo Marron (Holy Tree Brown) comes into the spotlight with its February 2008 release. This unfiltered brown ale will have rich, roasted, caramel flavors with vanilla notes imparted from wood aging. Originally released as a once-off at the Rehoboth Beach Brewings & Eats in November 2006, Palo Santo Marron is back in full production due to popular demand. 12% ABV.
Fourth Annual Cask Ales Festival 2008 - January 26, 2008 from 1:00-5:00 - Blue Point Brewing Company, 161 River Avenue, Patchogue, New York, USA featuring over 30 cask ales. For tickets and information:
Celebrator Beer News 20th Anniversary Brewers' Mardi Gras Party - February 17, 2008 - 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Oakland Convention Center / Mariott Hotel, Oakland, California, USA - More than 35 breweries pouring 200+ beers! Cajun/Creole food catered by the Marriott Hotel, music from Dixieland Jazz and Zydeco bands and beer are included along with a souvenir Belgian-style glass! Silent auction, prizes for best Mardi-Gras costumes, special VIP session one hour before the festival, and more. For tickets and information on the Party and Beerapalooza 2008:
2008 Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival - January 18th & 19th, 2008 - William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska, USA - Special guests Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Tom Dalldorf of Celebrator Beer News. For tickets and information:
Craft Beer of the Week Award
B.P.A. - Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Style: American Pale Ale
What a refreshing, well-balanced drinker! The amber orange body glimmers with stately grace inside the pint glass, with a head of creamy, frothy white that leaves delicate lacing in patterns on the inside surfaces. Aromas are of sweet malt, florals, and citrusy orange and grapefruit rinds. Bready malt flavors of fresh steamy bread touch the tongue, balanced by the citrus, floral bitterness in the background. Flavors are so clean and fresh, I wish the ocean were made of this. Well done!
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