October 8 2007 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Goose Island - Grand Slam of Beers
In 2007, Goose Island of Chicago, Illinois, USA, chose to introduce Harvest Ale American-style ESB, (Extra Special Bitter), into the late summer season, brewed with freshly harvested Cascade hops from Washington state.
National Toast Memorializes Michael Jackson
On Sunday, the 30th of September 2007, beer bars, brewpubs and restaurants across the North American continent merged their hearts and spirits in a collective toast to the memory of the world’s leading authority on beer and whiskey, Michael Jackson.
The Beer Journal - The Best in Personal Logbooks
The Beer Journal, designed and written by Chris Wright of Monument, Colorado, USA, has been engineered as a well-thought-out tool for your streamlined journey into this new world of craft beer.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
Are you ready for the GABF? The 26th Great American Beer Festival 2007 - held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, USA - runs Thursday October 11, Friday October 12 and Saturday October 13, 2007. As the largest ticketed beer festival in the USA, it is the premier competition for the brewers of commercial beer.
Make a plan to get the most out of tasting your share of the 1,650 beers available on the festival floor. Outside the festival entrance, the action begins with a ribbon cutting and toast by Scott Kerkmans, Four Point's and the World's first Chief Beer Officer. Then Scott dons a kilt to lead a parade of bagpipers to the festival grounds. Festivities include a live radio show (one even features WOMEN brewers!), brewery poster contest, comedians on the Anheuser-Busch stage at the GABF, (two 20-minute shows each session), author Lucy Saunders at the Best of American Beer and Food Booth, Support your local Brewery Booth, The Beer and Food Pavilion with live shows daily, book signings, the GABF Pro-Am Competition, Silent Disco, the Draft Lounge, Competition Awards Ceremony (streaming live audio this year!), and a Festival Flair Award. For information see:
See you there!
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
How about a little Biblical Humor?
Q. What do they call pastors in Germany ?
A. German Shepherds.
Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.
Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumph was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.
Q.. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
A. Samson. He brought the house down.
Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?
A. The area around Jordan. The banks were always overflowing.
Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark ?
A. Because Noah was standing on the deck.
PS. Did you know it's a sin for a woman to make coffee?
Yup, it's in the Bible. It says . . . "He-brews"
On Saturday, October 27th, 2007, Allentown Brew Works hosts a Temptation Halloween Dinner at 8:00 p.m. , followed by a Seasonal Party benefiting St. Luke's Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA.
The themed, prix fixe dinner showcases three "hot" courses that will bring out the devil in you. Course one centers around the tale of Persephone, an innocent maiden abducted by Hades. Course two has three acts - Arcadia, the Gospel of Witches; Prince of Caps, a Tarot-related tale in which the Prince of Caps is a man or woman with overpwering sexual and emotional charisma; Lucifer, the "light bearer" - the fallen archangel. Course three is centered around Anne Boleyn, the beautiful and delicate queen who was beheaded on false charges. Each course promises to be a gustatory delight. Reservations are required. Tickets are $40, and include free admission to the party that follows.
The Party heats up all four levels of the Allentown Brew Works with a carnival-like atmosphere. The Dark Art Gallery overshadows two floors. DJ's keep the action going in the Hamilton Room and in Silk, the Lower Lounge. A live band, Aardvarks, performs in High Gravity. Hors d'oeuvres and pastries flow with constancy, while judges search the crowd to present "Best Costume" prizes. The Biergarten features a smoking parlor, complete with cigars and hookahs! Donations of $20 will be collected at the door.
Allentown Brew Works is located at 814 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA 18101. Phone: 610-433-7777
Then don't miss the Beer Advocate Night of the Funk at The Return of the Belgian Beer Fest on Friday, October 26 in Boston, MA! Features over 40 beers - everything from Lambics,
Gueuzes, Brettanomyces beers, Wood-aged and Blended, Sour/Wild ales. Special guest speakers include Rob Todd, Will Meyers, Don Feinberg, and Randy Thiel. For info:
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Matilda - Goose Island, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Style - Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Goose Island Matilda is a cleanly aromatic Belgian ale with complex layers of apricots, leather, flowers, clover, and spice. It pours a hazy amber with hints of orange. A voluminous orange-tan head dominates the glass like the pouf on a root beer float, and is slow to settle. Dipping a finger into the head releases additional aromas of apricot. Flavors titillate the tongue with spices that could conquer Hannibal’s army, while apricots, orange, and a shadow of citrus float through it all. Some flowery notes emerge, with a sliver of leather and horse blanket. Distinctive Belgian yeast has a way of creating magic like this. Light carbonation adds to the zest.
Matilda possess hidden powers within the bottle. These emerge as young palatial delights, but may be aged in a temperature and light controlled beer cellar for further development of gustatory pleasure. As they age, the flavors will become smoother and more rounded or may take on a sherry-like character. Delightful!
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