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November 1 2009 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Left Hand & Terrapin Beer Dinner at Monk's Cafe

As I step onto the train platform at Suburban Station in Philadelphia, an infinite ocean of people, shops, sounds and smells fly at me in a continuous stream of consciousness. I feel like James Joyce or J.P. Donleavy.

Rich Wagner - Beer Historian Brews Colonial Ale

His beer rolled across my tongue with a full, rounded feel. In my mind, it took me back in time, to colonial Philadelphia - Penn's Woods, surrounded on the outskirts by fields of wheat, barley and corn, orchards of apples, and vines of pumpkin and acorn squash.

Beer Snobs

Since I do not typically drink mainstream beers, I may appear to be a beer snob, and beer snobs can scare people who are not well-versed in beer.

Secret Recipes of Homebrew Chef Sean Paxton

Homebrew Chef Sean Paxton reigns as one of the great beer and food chefs of the Craft Beer Renaissance in the United States. As a guest chef at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival’s Beer and Food Pavilion, Chef Paxton has been generous with his secrets.

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Slaapmutske Nightcap from Belgium

What makes a Night Cap so seductive? Is it the torrid anticipation of Bohemian passion that accompanies the relaxation of inhibition?

Beer Fox Tip of the Week

This just in from Marty Jones, of Wynkoop Brewing Company: On November 7, Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver Colorado, USA is presenting its first annual Beers of the Year event from 1:00-5:00 p.m..

This new annual beerfest will feature a 25 different Wynkoop brews, including one keg each of all of Wynkoop's 2009 specialty beers, some vintage 2008 brews, and drafts of head brewer Andy Brown's current portfolio.

Four-ounce samples are $1.00 each, but for only $25, you can get a ticket with no limit on samples.
Featured beers:
1. Tripel 666's 2008
2. Somergras Citrus Ale
3. Churchyard Scottish Ale 2008
4. Flying Artillery Ale 2008
5. Riverside Pumpkin Ale
6. Frambozen 2008
7. Barrel Aged Berserker Mead
8. The Obamanator 2008
9. Anniversary Barley Wine 2008
10. Barrel Aged Barley Wine 2008
11. The Big Easy Black Lager
12. The Dunkel
13. Western Slope Hard Cider
14. Mile HI.P.A.
15. All Star Pale Ale
16. Two Guns Pilsener
17. Light Rail Ale
18. Wixa-Weiss
19. Railyard Ale
20. St. Charles E.S.B.
21. B3K Schwarz Bier
22. Monkeys Fist I.P.A.
23. Silverback Smoked Porter
24. Patty's Chili Beer
25. Mackenzie's Milk Stout

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week


I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

I ordered a burger at McDonalds and the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

McDonalds is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico .

Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.

The Mafia is laying off judges.

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great!! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear

Beer News:

Merchant du Vin just announced the establishment of MdV-Asia Ltd., a beer importing company based in Hong Kong and selling throughout China. This is a long-term project, a new and exciting one for China's growing specialty beer market. People are earning more now than in previous generations, and sumptuous flavors in food and drink have become a national priority. The new MdV network of distributors is ready for the challenges of this new market, and MdV is thrilled to have them onboard.

Beer Fests and Events:

2009 Holiday Ale Festival - December 2-6, 2009, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon, USA - Wednesday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. / Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Five great days of Festival fun! Special beer tappings, big, bold ales and winter warmers - all beneath a clear-topped tent in the Courthouse Square. Gas heaters create an ambience of winter warmth, while city lights sparkle within view. Sunday Brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will include at least four special Belgian brews not available at the regular Festival. Benefits the Children's Cancer Association.
For Information:

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

Dead Reckoning Porter - Troegs Brewing Company, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Style: American Porter - 5.4% ABV

A walnut brown body lays hazy and unfiltered in the glass with a firm, one-finger head of ecru above. Aromas are of roasted barley and chocolate malt blend with a fresh earthiness from Chinook hops. On the palate, bitter chocolate merges with espresso roastiness, while subtle dark fruit peeks in from the back. The full body is substantive enough to take you away. A true liquid bread, with enough heft to satiate the spirit.


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