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October 27 2010 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Sanity v. Fear - A Rally for Beer
For those who miss the Political Activism of the 60s, or think they have something to say about today’s wacky, over-the-top, insane, reality-TV- lack-of-reality and fear-induced-political-drama, Comedy Central wants YOU!

Mead Evaluation for the Novice or Expert
When I began learning to judge mead, I felt like a bit of a … what’s the technical term? ... doofus. Mead terminology was a bit unfamiliar, I knew little about the different varieties of honey, and had difficulty keeping the words in their proper place.

How to Judge Mead
This was to be a honey-drenched day. Not honey-drenched in a sticky, cloying way, but in a more refined form - judging mead at Valhalla, the Meading of Life...

Bridget Foy's - Merging Art and Local Craft Beer
Monkeys and martinis make a sound foundation for a craft beer bar, especially on South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. When Bernadette Foy was attending art school at Glassboro State, she had a profound revelation.

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Ales and Tales and Halloween Spirits
You ponder the plight of nine witches who were hanged at Pendle Hill in 1612, condemned by the testimony of a nine-year-old girl.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week

Start stocking up your beer cellar for the Holidays and the long cold winter. Choose beers with higher levels of alcohol, Brewmaster's Reserve selections, barrel aged beers, and Anniversary ales. These are not just Doppelbocks and Barley Wine Style beers, but include Bieres Brut, Tripels, Lambics, and styles aged in whisky barrels, chardonney barrels, virgin oak, and exotic woods.
And while you're thinking of wood, make sure you have a chimney sweep check your fireplace and chimney to ensure that it is clear. Store up on firewood, and prepare some tapas for the freezer so you have special treats readily available that will match the flavor of your cellared beer.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

Lawyers should never ask a Southern grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.

In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand.

He approached her and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know me?"

She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've Known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you."

The lawyer was stunned! Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across The room and asked, "Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?" She again replied, "Why, yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him."

The defense attorney almost died.

The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said, "If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you to the electric chair."

Beer News:

Empire Brewing Company of Syracuse, New York, is entering the New York City and surrounding areas with their flagship Empire Cream Ale, expanding brewing operations to Brooklyn, NY. Director of Brewing Operations, Tim Butler, found the exceptional water quality in Brooklyn to parallel Syracuse’s water source. Says Butler: “Great water is the foundation of all great beers and Brooklyn’s water quality resembles the water that our upstate operation pulls from Skaneateles Lake.”

Beer Fests and Events:

The SANITY vs FEAR Beer Tasting - Friday, October 29, 2010 - The Brickskeller, 1523 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC, USA - 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Tom Dalldorf, Owner/Publisher of the Celebrator Beer News brings two brewmasters to the stage in a bearish recreation of the following days' Stewart-ish and Colbert-ish rally on the National Mall. Beers presented by Sanity-bearing Bill Madden of Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church, Virginia vs. Fear-inducing Jason Oliver of Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, in Roseland, Virginia (and some specials from Dave Alexander's cellar). Tickets are $40.00. For more info:

2nd annual WHERE THE WILD BEERS ARE - Collaborative Sour/Wild Festival - Saturday, October 30, 2010 - Mission Dolores, 249 4th Ave, Brooklyn, New York, USA - Noon-4:00 p.m.
This isn't your typical beer festival, but a collaborative effort where fans of the funk and bacti-curious people share and celebrate rare and unconventional wild and sour ales.
BRING a wild or sour beer to share (or bring many). All commercially produced wild and sour ales are welcomed, whether they are an easily available import or rare domestic one-off. Receive 10 drink tickets for ever 750 ml bottle contributed. Those bringing rare beers will receive extra samples and priority pours. For information:

Real Ale Festival - Friday October 29, Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31, 2010 - Friday session: Noon to 10:00 p.m., Saturday session: Noon to 10:00 p.m., Sunday session: Noon to 5:00 p.m. - Bulls Head Public House, 14 E Main Street, Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA
Modeled after the traditional English Pub, the Bulls Head is the place to sample all those delectable Cask Ales you've been craving. Pay as you go, no entrance fee style s gives you the opportunity to come back several times in order to sample the variety of brews. You never have to feel that to get your money's worth you better get drinking!

Maui Humane Society Barktoberfest 2010 - Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Support our friends at the Maui Humane Society! The Maui Humane Society is holding their first ever event on the West Side featuring Maui Brewing Co. beer, gourmet German dinner, a special Keiki Root Beer & Activity Tent, and much more. Maui's favorite radio personality, Shaggy, will keep the night rolling as emcee accompanied by live music from Lisa Owen & the Village Musicians, the Haiku Hillbillys, and Maui's Reggae Ambassador ~ Marty Dread! All proceeds from Barktoberfest will benefit the Maui Humane Society and Maui's orphaned animals. Tickets: • Adult: $60 in advance, $65 at the door • Child (5-12 years): $30 in advance, $35 at the door • Keiki 4 and under: FREE For information:

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Rock Art Pumpkin Imperial Spruce Stout - Rock Art Brewing Company, Morrisville, Vermont, USA
Style: American Double/Imperial Stout 8.0% ABV

Black as night, this complex, imperial wonder caresses your lips with flavors of coffee, earth, pumpkin and pine, while seducing you into giving in to total pleasure. Reminiscent of brewing done in the colonial era, it takes all those wonderful flavors and twirls them across your tongue. Magnificent!


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