January 20 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
The Tender Bar - Book Review
JR Moehringer´s simple words drew me into the pages, as if through the door of that Tender Bar.
The Ginger Man - A Book Review
J.P. Donleavy is brilliant. This picaresque novel, written in a modified style of stream of consciousness, is constantly moving, giving the reader little time to ponder a moral or ethical dissection of Dangerfield's antics.
Nippon Craft Beer Festival & Toshi Ishii Honor Michael Jackson
The Nippon Craft Beer Festival 2007 was held in Tokyo on September 30, 2007 – the day of the worldwide Toast to Michael Jackson, who passed from our beer world one month earlier.
Simplified Chemistry for Brewers - Brew Chem 101
Chemistry Class is one of my enduring memories from those youthful days of secondary school education. We sat at long tables of age-darkened oak, rather than at gnarly desks. One thing we knew: Miss Reactor was a mis-reactor.
Français Cherries & Cream Pie Recipe
The Beer Fox calls this “a melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese creation, enhanced with a delectable touch of delicate cherries."
Charlottetown Potato Pot Recipe
Potatoes are deeply connected with the Maritime Provinces, and this hearty potato side dish is filled with variety, vitamins and island flavor.
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
Expand your beer palate with beers from across the globe. Enjoy the complexity of flavors you may not have experienced. Here is a baker's dozen list to begin:
La Biere Des Sans Culottes - Biere de Garde - La Choulette, Hordain, France
Farrotta - Spelt Ale - Almond 22, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy
Strada San Felice - Strong Lager - Grado Plato, Chieri, Piedmont, Italy
Sagres Dark - Dark Munich Lager - Sociedad Central de Cervejas, Vialonga, Portugal
Start - Pale Wheat Beer - Turninenbrau, Zurich, Switzerland
White Ale - White Ale - Hitachino Nest, Ibaraki, Japan
Lion Stout - Stout - Lion Brewery, Biyagama, Sri Lanka
Singha - Lager - Boon Rawd, Bangkok, Thailand
IPA - India Pale Ale - Malt Shovel, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales
Raven Stout - Stout - Mitchell's, Knysha Industrial Area, Knysha, South Africa
Nor'wester Ale - Strong English style Pale Ale - Dux de Dux, Christchurch, New Zealand
Oktoberfest - Ocktoberfest Beer - Buller Brewing Company, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Imperial Stout - Stout - Spinnakers, Victoria, British Columbia
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
IF MEN RULED THE WORLD:
Any fake phone number a girl gave you would automatically forward your call to her real number.
Nodding and looking at your watch would be deemed an acceptable response to "I love you."
Hallmark would make "Sorry, what was your name again?" cards.
If your girlfriend really needed to talk to you during the game, she'd appear in a little box in the corner of the screen during a time-out.
Birth control would come in ale or lager.
Each year, your raise would be pegged to the fortunes of the NFL team of your choice.
The funniest guy in the office would get to be CEO.
"Sorry I'm late, but I got really wasted last night" would be an acceptable excuse for tardiness.
At the end of the workday, a whistle would blow and you'd jump out your window and slide down the tail of a brontosaurus and right into your car like Fred Flintstone.
It'd be considered harmless fun to gather 30 friends, put on horned helmets, and go pillage a nearby town.
Lifeguards could remove citizens from beaches for violating the "public ugliness" ordinance.
Tanks would be far easier to rent.
Garbage would take itself out.
Instead of beer belly, you'd get "beer biceps."
Randy Thiel, Brewmaster of Brewery Ommegang since 1997, is heading home to his native Midwest. In February 2008, he becomes Director of Quality Control at New Glarus Brewing in New Glarus, Wisconsin. Phil Leinhart will add the title and duties of Ommegang Brewmaster to his current responsibilities as Ommegang Director of Production.
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:
Zythos Bier Festival 2008 - March 1, 2008 - Noon to Midnight and March 2, 2008 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Stadsfeestzaal venue, St.-Niklaas, Belgium
Sixty Breweries present 200 beers at this 2 day event. Free entry, 3-euro refundable deposit for 15-cl tasting glass, beer tokens for 1.20 euros each - each beer costs one token.
First Annual Philly Beer Week - March 7-16, 2008 - Philadelphia's beer culture stretches back to the days when William Penn opened his first brewery in town, through the decades when Philadelphia was the brewing capital of America and into the 21st century, an era when Philadelphia is rightly lauded as an exciting, diverse beer-drinking town. Join us in a toast of our city's unique beer culture with an unprecedented 9 straight days of festivals, dinners, special events, tours and “meet-and-greets” at dozens of area restaurants, taverns and other venues.
For information on events: http://www.phillybeerweek.org/
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Oud Bruin - Grand Teton Brewing Company,Victor, Idaho, USA
Style: Flanders Oud Bruin
Dated and bottle conditioned with a yellow-waxed, flip top, this gorgeous beauty pours with a deep mahogany body with garnet lights around the edges and full tan head that settles like a blanket on the surface. The nose fills with tones of sour dark fruit, mixed with yeast and caramel maltiness. On the tongue, a juicy sourness takes hold. The malty grain sings along, while a touch of leather and funk hide in the back. A round, balanced level of carbonation makes this a nice an easy drinker.
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