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October 9 2011 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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London Grill of Philadelphia Celebrates 20 Years

London Grill has stood the test of time. Consistently nourished by the warmth of Terry McNally’s gregarious personality and the culinary skills of Chef Michael McNally, the grill has just celebrated its 20th Anniversary.

BrewDog and the Fight for Supremacy

They were going ballistic, perhaps not in the wee hours of launch; but it took only three years to initiate a war for supremacy in the world of high alcohol beers.

2011 Copa Cervezas de América Medal Winners

Latin America’s First International Copa Cervezas de América, or Beer Cup of America, was held in Chile from September 5th through 10th, 2011, providing an atmosphere of learning and collaboration among brewers, while working together to promote the beer industry in South America.

Sensory Data Collection Tool - Analysis Simplified

With his experience as a sensory analyst and programmer, Tony Aiken set out to develop a program that would be a consistent and powerful tool for the beer and drinks industry. This program is called the Sensory Data Collection Tool.

First International Copa Cervezas de America 2011

Chile's commercial brewing scene has entered maturation and its brewers are ready for prime time.

The Complete Homebrew Beer Book - Review

The Complete Homebrew Beer Book, by George Hummel, sets the bar among homebrew books with directions and recipes that provide a direct path to successful brewing, with no bull … period.

Beer Inspired by Tradition

When one thinks of beer in its earliest forms, it is hard not to be captivated by romanticism.

Saison & Biere de Garde at Farmer's Cabinet

Farmer’s Cabinet reflects owner Matt Scheller’s style for old-world décor and comfort. He features an incredibly diverse selection of European beers, including beers crafted in-house and foods from exotic entrees to artisanal cheeses.

From the Beer Fox Archives

Ancient Ales for Modern Man

Upon leafing through Patrick McGovern's newest book, Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages, the drama of man’s immersion into alcohol turned my thoughts to our own modern treasure trove of ancient ales.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week is a great resource for videos, podcasts, beerology, beer alcohol calculators and all things beer. Sponsored by the Brewers Association, the trade Association for Craft Brewers in the United States, can even help you find National or International Breweries in time for your travel plans.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

It seems the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a unique device for testing the strength of windshields on airplanes. The device is a gun that launches a dead chicken at a plane's windshield at approximately the speed the plane flies.

The theory is that if the windshield doesn't crack from the carcass impact, it'll survive a real collision with a bird during flight. It seems the British were very interested in this and wanted to test a windshield on a brand new, speedy locomotive they're developing.

They borrowed the FAA's chicken launcher, loaded the chicken and fired. The ballistic chicken shattered the windshield, went through the engineer's chair, broke an instrument panel and embedded itself in the back wall of the engine cab. The British were stunned and asked the FAA to recheck the test to see if everything was done correctly.

The FAA reviewed the test thoroughly and had one recommendation: "Use a thawed chicken."

Beer News:

The Brewers Association just sponsored the 30th Annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver Colorado. The commercial competition consisted of 3,930 entries by 526 breweries in 83 categories plus the Pro Am. The beers were evaluated by 167 judges from 9 countries. 107 Volunteers, many with up to 25 years experience, served on the competition staff.

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year: Chuckanut Brewery, Bellingham, WA - Will Kemper

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year: Firestone Walker Brewing Co, Paso Robles, CA - Matt Brynildson

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year: Pabst Brewing Company, Woodridge, IL - Bob Newman

Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year: Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA - Yiga Miyashiro

Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year: Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA - Pizza Port Brew Guys

Brewpub Group and Brewpub Group Brewer of the Year: TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Brea, CA - Victor Novak

Beer Fests and Events:

Mondial de la Biere 2011 Strasbourg Europe - October 21-24, 2011 - Strasbourg Exhibition Park (Wacken), Strasbourg, France -

Cicerone Certification Program Master Cicerone Exam - Nov. 9-10, 2011 Chicago-area venues. Registration opened July 1, 2011. Plan to arrive in the area on Nov 8. Testing ends at 5 pm on Nov 10. For information, visit:

12th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywine Festival - Jan 5 - 7, 2012 - Vail Cascade Resort, Vail, Colorado, USA - Featured Brewmasters for 2012: J. Todd Usry of Breckenridge Brewing Co and John Mallett of Bell’s Brewing Co -

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, California, USA
Style: American Black Ale, 8.7%

Midnight Black, with a full mouth and dense mocha head, this American wonder digs its heels in with huge amounts of resinous grapefruit and pineapple, supported by a firm foundation of roasty chocolate malt. Nutty and dry, with a touch of bitterness to balance the gentle sweetness, it's every woman's fantasy of the perfect man.

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