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January 20 2010 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines at 8150 Feet
As an event that any true beer connoisseur proudly displays on his bucket list, the fest at Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is a marvel of over 200 specialty beers in miniature glass snifters amidst white linen tablecloths.

Football and Beer Drenched in Leather
To women who love beer and football, nothing is quite as seductive as sweat and leather. I ask you, Beer Girls, what could be hotter than that?

Ancient Ales for Modern Man
Upon leafing through Patrick McGovern's newest book, Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages, the drama of man’s immersion into alcohol turned my thoughts to our own modern treasure trove of ancient ales.

Gourmet Treat - Holiday Beer at Monk's Cafe
Holiday feasts linger in our minds like so much sweetness, drenched in sumptuous flavors, exotic aromas, joyous laughter and seasonal spirits. Tom Peters’ 16th Annual Holiday Dinner on December 15, 2009, at Monk’s Café in Philadelphia was no exception.

North Shore Pineapple Meringue Recipe
The refreshing sweet-tang of pineapple meringue is a nice touch for the Christmas season. Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality, and this twist on sweetness adds a light-hearted zest as a memorable holiday dessert.

How Do You Define Beer - Lager - Ale - Porter ?
Question: Could you tell me the difference in ingredients when brewing Beer, Lager, Ale, and Porter?

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German Schwarzbier - Bold and Black
Perhaps the oldest style of beer in Eastern Europe, “Schwarzbier” gave the city of Kulmbach, Germany, its royal name as “silent capital of beer.”

Beer Fox Tip of the Week

Calling all Craft Brewers, Sustainability Directors, Brewery Process Engineers, Head Brewers, Cheesemakers, and others responsible for setting water conservation policies:

On Friday, March 26, 2010 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, The Great Lakes Water Conservation Workshop will be presented at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 USA with a focus on water savings in the brewhouse and wastewater treatment. Speakers will include Patrick Conway, president and co-founder of the Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, Ohio, Jason Fox of Custom BrewCrafters, Honeoye Falls, New York, Linda Rastani, Alfa Laval, Kenosha Wisconsin, and Sam White, economist, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Online registration begins February 8th at - Organizer for the event is Lucy Saunders, F&B Communications LLC. Ms. Saunders can be contacted via email:

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large raging, violent river. Needing to get to the other side, the first man prayed: "God, please give me the strength to cross the river."

Poof! God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice.

After witnessing that, the second man prayed: "God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river."

Poof! God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once.

Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed: "God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river."

Poof! He was turned in to a woman. She checked the map, hiked one hundred yards up stream and walked across the bridge.

Beer News:

Mike Saxton at will be taking enthusiastic beer travelers to ... are you ready? Italy! Says Saxton, "not just beer, but a culinary exploration of regional foods, wine, and beer in Northern Italy!"

Other trips on the near horizon include:
Germany: Cologne, Bamberg & Fruhlingsfest in Munich - April 15-25, 2010
Canada: Beer and Music in Montreal & Old Quebec - July 5-12, 2010
Idaho Salmon River Trip: Beer Rafting on the Main Salmon - July 24-32, 2010
Check it out at

Beer Fests and Events:

San Francisco Beer Week - February 5-14, 2010 - More than 150 events throughout the San Francisco Bay area, California, USA - includes the San Francisco Brewers' Guild Opening Gala, Bistro Double IPA Event, the Toronado Barleywine Festival, Anchor Brewing & Fritz Maytag Special BrewMaster Luncheon, a Bill Brand Tribute at Drake's Brewing Company, and Celebrator's Best of the West Beer Fest. For info:

The Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival - February 19-20, 2010, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 USA - Friday session: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Saturday sessions: 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - An "ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE extravaganza complete with over 40 beers, wines and liquors paired with thousands of oysters - raw, steamed, roasted, and Rockerfellered, plus other mouth-watering seafood and pit beef." Admission also includes live music, seminars, and exhibits.
Friday Session One: Admission and Tasting Glass $85
Saturday Session Two: Admission and Tasting Glass $75
Saturday Session Three: Admission and Tasting Glass $85
Designated Driver Admission: $39
For info:

Leicester Beer Festival - March 10-13, 2010, Charotar Patodar Samaj, South Churchgate and Bay St. Leicester, England, UK - Wed March 10 - 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Thurs March 11 and Friday March 12 - 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Sat March 13 - 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Features more than 220 beers, as well as 40 ciders and perries, presented by the Leicester Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. For details:

Craft Beer of the Week Award

HaandBryggeriet India Pale Ale - HaandBryggeriet, Drammen, Norway
Style: India Pale Ale - 6.5% ABV

Lit with glowing apricot, the unfiltered body announces something special in this gorgeous beauty. This is not your traditional American or English IPA, but a very special beer, indeed. The head is thick and creamy, holding back lovely grapefruity aromas that linger with earthiness and funk. Light malt blends with peppery fruitiness, spice, and hops on the tongue, carrying through flavors of the sea, with a wonderful funk on the palate. Firm mouthfeel adds to the framing of this world class beauty.


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