October 21 2006 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Expert in Analytical Services - Gary Spedding PhD
Gary Spedding, PhD, founder of Brewing & Distilling Analytical Services, LLC, uses his rich background in biochemistry and sensory perception for the benefit of his clients, who won 23 medals at the the Great American Beer Festival in 2006.
Behind Closed Doors - The Granddaddy of Beer Competitions
You think about how this is “for the birds,” this getting-up-early-thing, but you quickly re-focus on what is important. You are on a mission.
Beer Cookery - Olla Podrida Combolina
The Beer Fox says, “Reminiscent of your vacation to the Mediterranean, this highly seasoned stew blends ‘good times’ with friends.”
Beer Bread Cookery - Anderson Valley Anadama Bread
The Beer Fox says, “ A blend of cornmeal, molasses and the golden sparkle of wheat touch heaven with this hearty bread.”
Common Grains and Nuts for Brewing Gluten-Free Beer
Although gluten-free beer is becoming more available, many beer loving Celiacs have turned to homebrewing. This list may be used as a guide for brewing gluten-free beer.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
Return of the Belgian Beer Fest will be held October 27 and 28, 2006 at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. A Connoisseur Tasting tops the bill on Friday evening (10/27) from 6:00 until 9:30, but is limited to 500 tickets - no door sales. For information:
Two Saturday (10/28) sessions present the best in Belgian beers - lambic, saison, dubbel, tripel, Flanders red, quadrupel, and witbier. Sessions are from 1:00 to 4:30 or 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A three-legged dog walks into a saloon in the Old West. He slides up to the bar and announces: "I'm looking for the man who shot my paw."
Two vultures board an airplane, each carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at them and says, "I'm sorry, gentlemen, only one carrion allowed per passenger."
Birds are grouchy in the morning because their bills are over dew.
What's the difference between beer nuts and deer nuts? Beer Nuts are around a dollar seventy-nine, and deer nuts are just under a buck!
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is the East coast's fastest growing group of brewpubs. Iron Hill opened their sixth brewpub in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania on October 3, 2006 at 130 East Bridge Street. Owners Kevin Finn, Kevin Davies, and Mark Edelson plan to open five new locations in the next three years.
Other Iron Hill brewpubs are located in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, and Media, West Chester, and North Wales, Pennsylvania.
Craft Brew of the Week Award:
Hazelut Brown Nectar, Rogue Ales Brewery/Brewers on the Bay, Newport, Oregon
Style: American Brown Ale
Deep reddish walnut body lays dark and clear beneath a tight tan head. Seductive aromas of hazelnut and cocoa capture your attention, softly immersing you in sweet malt. Flavors of cocoa merge with a light fruitiness on the palate, richly accented with malt and nuts. Hops stay in the background, allowing the malt to hold attention, but assert themselves with a dry finish.
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