October 24 2009 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
GABF Photos from the 2009 Beer & Food Pavilion
In a glassed-in haven in the center of the festival floor, beer enthusiasts can take a break while observing the most well-versed beer chefs, brewmasters and authors as they teach about what works.
Beer & Food Pavilion at the GABF 2009
The Great American Beer Festival 2009 Beer and Food Pavilion demonstrates that food shows draw big crowds, whether on the Food Channel or in the Great Hall of the Colorado Convention Center surrounded by beer.
The Vermonster Trumps Monster
Believe it! The combined power of the Internet, digital TV and radio, and traditional print media has the ability to provide enough high-voltage for a small-town business to subdue even a billion-dollar corporate giant.
Michelob Rye-Ter's Block
When I was contacted by Michelob, one of the regional brands in the Anheuser-Busch Inbev group, I looked with doubt at the possibility that a Michelob product could stand up to the artful brews created in a small local shop.
The Vermonster Fights a Monster
In a world where franchises and big business do their best to capture market share, the craft brewer seems to be a dying breed. When big business wields the sword, few have the resources to fight it.
Sean Paxton - Homebrew Chef Shares Beer Recipes
Sean Paxton is the real deal. Since the mid-1990s, Paxton, known as the Homebrew Chef, has brought his knowledge and expertise about food and beer to dining establishments across the country.
Ten Tips for Cooking with Beer
Although Belgians and Germans have been cooking with beer for centuries, America’s chefs have featured wine or whisky in gourmet dishes with much greater prominence. This seems to have created a knowledge gap in the world of flavorful cuisine.
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Toast to the Ghosts of Burn Brae Mansion
The porch boards are slightly worn, with knotholes big enough to suck a teacup Yorkie into the bowels of hell. As the warm weather begins to wane, impatient winds moan through the grand oaks like a somber hymn, mourning those buried at nearby Glen Spey Cemetery.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week
Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pennsylvania will be holding a Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, October 7, 2009. Over 20 breweries in the PA region will be participating. As an added tidbit, 6 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers will be demonstrating the art of homebrewing on the Biergarten patio, where they will set up their portable breweries and share recipes, techniques, and beer with fest-goers.
In addition to this treat, winners of the ‘keg only’ competition within the Lehigh Valley Homebrew Club will be available at the fest. The Keg only competition is being held this Tuesday Oct 27th at 7:30 p.m. in the Steelgaarden Lounge of the Bethlehem Brew Works, Bethlehem.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
- Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
- At a cocktail party, one woman said to another, "Aren't you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?" The other replied, "Yes, I am, I married the wrong man."
- My wife's jealousy is getting ridiculous. The other day she looked at my calendar and wanted to know who May was.
- A pregnant Irish woman from Dublin gets in a car accident and falls into a deep coma. Asleep for nearly 6 months, when she wakes up she sees that she is no longer pregnant and frantically asks the doctor about her baby.
The doctor replies, "Ma'am you had twins! a boy and a girl. Your brother from Cork came in and named them."
The woman thinks to herself, "Oh No, not my brother... he's an idiot!" She asks the doctor, "Well, what's the girl's name?"
"Wow, that's not a bad name, I like it! What's the boy's name?"
After an online presence that began in June of 2009, Beer Connoisseur Magazine hits the newsstand as hard-copy on December 8th, in time for the holidays. The American public has discovered that beer enlivens the palate just as much as wine does, and has achieved its own sophistication in the realm of beer. So kick off your shoes, pour yourself a satiating digestif, and drink in the pleasures of the Beer Connoisseur.
Beer Fests and Events:
Tenth Annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival - January 7-9, 2010, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, 1300 Westhaven Drive, Vail, Colorado, USA - Event times to be announced soon.
This is the best in beer pairings - a World Class Winter Wonderland paired with a World Class International Beer Festival, complete with Brewmasters’ Dinners and Seminars by some of the world’s most innovative Brewers. Featured Brewmasters for the 2010 event will be Lodewijk Swinkels, Brewmaster for LaTrappe at Bierbrouwerij Koningshoeven in Berkel-Enschot, The Netherlands and Peter Bouckaert, Brewmaster for New Belgium Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, Colorado. Website will be updated soon:
Great Alaska Beer & Barleywine Festival - January 15-16, 2010, William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska - Friday the 15th - 5:00-10:00 p.m., Saturday the 16th - 6:00-10:00 p.m. Connoisseur Session: Saturday the 16th 2:00-5:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 for regular sessions, and $40 for Connoisseur Session.
Admission includes 6 oz. Commemorative Glass, 30 Samples, and Program. Over 200 Beers and Barleywines from 50 breweries! For more information:
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Backburner Imperial Barley Wine Style Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, New York, USA
Style: American Imperial Barleywine - 10.00% ABV
A deep copper mahogany body gives off orange highlights around the edges, with a thick tan head that lays rings on the glass with each sip. Caramel and citrus tease the nose, begging for exploration. Caramel sweetness on the tongue gives way to liqueur-drenched fruits while bitter hops temper the sweetness. Warmth fills the throat. Complex, rich, velvety and elegant!
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