October 19 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Pink Boots Society - Women in Brewing
It is a secret place, a stellar place, where ideas transform into reality. It is not the exclusive domain of men, although some would have us believe that man is created to build, and woman to support.
GABF 2008 Photo Gallery - Winners' Circle
The Great American Beer Festival 2008 Photo Gallery – Winners Circle showcases some of the extraordinary accomplishments that emerge within the very dedicated community of professional brewing.
GABF 2008 Beer and Food Pavilion Photo Gallery
Photos from the Beer and Food Pavilion will pique your appetite to explore the adventure and creativity that is possible when exquisite food is merged with fine beer.
Great American Beer Festival 2008 Photo Gallery
The Great American Beer Festival 2008 Picture Gallery has been created to give you a photo-journalist´s look at the adventure and creativity of this year’s 2008 festival.
Great American Beer Festival Celebrates US Beer
Beer enthusiasts consider the Great American Beer Festival their Journey to Mecca. This opportunity to sample beers from across the country opens their palates to the best of the American landscape of beer.
Alpha King Challenge 2008 - Beer for Hopheads
Brewers from across the country will attempt to knock Pliny the Elder from the top spot as hoppiest beer, while retaining the characteristics of balance and the overall quality of easy drinkability.
Le Chevalerie du Fourquet des Brasseurs
They have been protectors of the masses for hundreds of years, guardians of sustenance, promoters of the common good.
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
When brewing German Pilsener, avoid crystal malts or specialty grains that add non-fermentable sugars to the beer. You can substitute a portion of malt extract with dextrose, or corn sugar, and this will allow the beer to attenuate enough to result in a crisp mouthfeel and dry finish. Do not use more than one pound of dextrose, however, because the flavor will be altered, resulting in a residual DMS profile.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A married man spent the weekend playing golf and partying with the boys. When he finally returned home on Sunday night, his wife really got on his case and stayed on it.
After a few of hours of swearing and screaming, his wife paused and pointed at him and made him an offer. "How would you like it if you didn't see me for a couple of days?"
The husband couldn't believe his luck, so he looked up, smiled and said, "That would suit me just fine!!"
Monday went by, and the man didn't see his wife.
Tuesday and Wednesday went by and he still didn't see her.
Come Thursday, the swelling went down a bit and he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.
The Great American Beer Festival was held from October 9-11, 2008 at the Colorado Cenvention Center in Denver Colorado. Attendance was 46, 000, providing a sampling of 1,900 beers from more than 400 breweries. The Commercial Beer Competition was judged by 127 judges from 11 countries, and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals in 75 categories plus the ProAm Competition. Awards were also given for the Michael Jackson Beer Journalism Awards, the Breweries, Brewpubs, and Brewers of the Year, and Distributor of the Year awards. On October 6, 2008, the Denver City Council recognized the GABF for the huge contribution it has given to the Denver area and to Colorado.
For a list of award winners at the 2008 GABF:
Beer Fests and Events:
Queen of Beer Competition - October 25, 2008 - 2125 Marden Drive, Rescue, CA 95672 - held by the Hangtown Association of Zymurgy Enthusiasts (HAZE) of Placerville, California, USA, and sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, North Coast Brewing Company, and the Brewmeister. Judging begins at 9:00 a.m.
National Homebrew Competition is "open to all non-commercial, home brewed beer and meads produced by persons of female gender. Beer produced by or with the assistance of persons of the male gender is not eligible. "Assistance" is defined as: coaching during the brewing process, measuring ingredients, performing chemical reaction and/or timing calculations, racking, bottling or in any other way manipulating wort or fermented product. Lifting of heavy equipment or full brewing vessels, milling of grain and operation of a capper device are permitted." For information:
Free MATA on Tap for Labour Weekend - October 24, 2008 - 4:30 p.m. - The Commercial Hotel, 45 The Strand, Whakatane, Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand - Free beer for first 120 people through the door. Chance to win prizes - merchandise, Mata Beer, gift certificates to local restaurants - one entry for each beer purchased.
For information: http://www.mata.net.nz
Syracuse Beer Week - November 2-6, 2008 - Syracuse New York, USA - Dinners, tastings, classes, more. Syracuse is one of only 3 cities to get Duvel Green - Duvel Green will be on tap at Blue Tusk, 165 Walton Street Syracuse, NY 13202 on Friday, November 7, 2008. For information:
Flaveurs Bieres et Caprices - November 14-15, 2008 - Le Windsor Ballroom, 1170 Peel Street, Montreal, Canada. Maximum of 800-1,000 visitors per session, with 3 sessions available: Friday and Saturday evenings 5:30-11:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoon 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
This is the second edition of this culinary event which features beer pairings with fine food. This edition pays homage to Sweden and Denmark, and will feature the artisanal creativity of 24 Swedish and Danish beers paired with delicacies from these Nordic countries. In addition, over 100 international beers will be showcased including those from the USA, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy, and Canadian areas of Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Food pairings will include appetizers, cheeses, seafood and fish, sweetsand, and Nordic inspired dishes.
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Beatification Aged in Oak Barrels - Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, California, USA
Style: American Wild Ale, 5.5% ABV
A light yellow, hazy, orangey body supports a frothy off-white head, while a geuezey aroma wafts into the air. Tart, sour notes entice me to drink in the aroma a second time, and a third. A hint of Brett, wood and breadiness lingers, and pulls me in. Tart lemons, green apples, and lingering bread and orange peel pucker my moth with a delightful sensation. Superb!
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