January 26 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Beer Wrapped in Tissue - A Sign of Luxury
We are sensory creatures. We are constantly tuned-in to those things that stimulate our senses. The most successful brewers understand the power of kinesthetic appeal, and strive to pique the senses on all levels.
Best Beer Bars & Brewpubs in Philadelphia
Where can you find great Philadelphia beer? Here’s a user friendly Philly Beer Week starter list of the Best Beer Bars & Brewpubs in the city itself.
Philly Beer Week - The Start of a Tradition
The saavy beer lovers of Philadelphia would not settle for second best, and insisted on the development of great beer. Inspired by these great traditions, Philadelphia has risen up to become the greatest beer-drinking city in America.
Transformed To Love Beer
Today I knew the transformation was complete. I was passing a magazine rack where an open book caught my eye. A story about the thrills of drink splashed its colors across the page, demonstrating the rush of a champagne bottle on the pop.
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Heart Healthy Beer
Interested in promoting a healthy lifestyle? Consider the beneficial effects of beer. More and more studies point to the heart healthy effects of moderate beer drinking.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
"Real Time Hopping" is a hopping technique designed by the Sam Calagione team at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton Delaware. Using Dogfish Head invention, "Randall the Enamel Animal," you can add a dramatically fresh hop profile to your beer at the time you are actually serving it from the tap.
The fancy description of this device is "an organoleptic hop transducer module." It is essentially a 3-foot long pool filter, packed with whole leaf hops. This dynamic little animal is attached to the beer line. Ideally, a high alcohol beer is filtered through the hops, where it grabs the hop oils on the way to the tap faucet, creating a pungent, hop-infused "glass of glory" for hedonistic hopheads. Dogfish Head (DFH) has built over 300 of these crazy animals for breweries and enthusiastic beer lovers throughout the country.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
Classic Newspaper Headlines:
1. Something Went Wrong in Jet crash, Experts Say
2. Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
3. Drunks Get Nine Months in Violin Case
4. Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
5. War Dims Hope for Peace
6. British Left Waffles on Falkland Islands
7. Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told
8. Miners Refuse to Work After Death
9. Stolen Painting Found By Tree
10. Two Sisters Reunited After 18 Years in Checkout Line
11. If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last a While
12. Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
13. Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge
14. New Study of Obesity Looks for Large Test Group
15. Typhoon Rips through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Scottish & Newcastle, Britain's biggest brewer and the sixth largest producer of beer in the world, has agreed on a joint bid that will split the company holdings between Carlsberg of Denmark and Heineken of Amsterdam. In the deal, Carlsberg will gain full control over Baltic Beverage Holdings (a Russian-based joint venture) with the acquisition of S&N's 50% stake in BBH. In addition, Carlsberg will acquire interests in France, Greece, China and Vietnam.
Heineken acquires S&N's British segment, including Strongbow Cider and John Smith's Beer, as well as its business in Belgium, Portugal, Ireland, the United States and India. In the deal, Scottish & Newcastle was valued at 7.8 billion pounds, an equivalent of 15.44 billion USD.
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. Tickets are $55 for regular session, $80 for VIP session. 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/
Savor - May 16-17, 2008 - Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC, USA
The Brewers Association, producers of the Great American Beer Festival, is bringing the quintessential craft beer and food event to Washington D.C. in celebration of American Craft Beer Week. Tickets are $85 and go on sale February 4, 2008 and include:
-Samples from of a wide variety of small dishes and appetizers crafted to match the taste profiles of craft beers
-Commemorative tasting glass
-2-ounce samples of specially selected craft beers
-Craft Beer Tasters Journal
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Hop Stoopid - Sonoma Farmhouse/Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma, California USA
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Bright, deep amber body with an off-white head that leaves specks of lacing on the glass like fine latticework. Pow! Hops assert themselves with authority. You feel like a Siberian tiger let loose in a roomful of catnip...roll around in the leaves, dive into the center as if it were the ocean. Grapefruit and lemon citrus seizes your tongue, dressed with a coat of sweet malt and a feathering of peppery spice that rounds out the edges. Fantastic balance in this Imperial IPA makes this a top-rate winner.
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