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November 27 2005 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Barley free - Gluten Free Beer for Celiacs from Lakefront Brewery
Lakefront Brewery has created an impressive array of styles ranging from conventional, German and Belgian-styles to 100% Certified Organic, and most recently, to New Grist, a beer for Celiacs that is brewed from sorghum and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses.

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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:

With the Holiday season in full swing, folks who usually drink at home will be out celebrating in droves.  Beer drinkers often have the reputation of being poor tippers, leaving only pocket change for a well-served brew.  Pilsner, ESB or Imperial Stout is every bit as classy as a marguerita or a glass of chardonney, so remember to elevate your beverage of choice with a tip that equals your love of beer.  With many microbrews being $4.50 or more per glass, a tip of at least a dollar is not out-of-line.

Good tippers among beer drinkers are a rare breed, and you will find that you quickly become a priority.  Service will be quicker, and you may become the recipient of a free specialty beer, or some special service. You will also get to feel good about yourself, and  create a feeling of light-hearted fun between yourself, your drinking friends, and your bartender or server.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:

A philosophy professor stood before her class and had some items in front of her.  When the class began, silently she picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks.  She then asked the students if the jar was full?  They agreed that it was.  So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  She shook the jar lightly.  The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.  She then asked the students again if the jar was full. They again agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.  Of course, the sand filled up everything else.  Now, said the professor, I want you to recognize that this is your life.  The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else.  The small stuff.  If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life.  If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.  Play with your children. Take time to get medical check-ups.  Take your partner out dancing.  There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.  Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter.  Set your priorities.  The rest is just sand.

But then... A student then took the jar which the other students and the professor agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a glass of beer.  Of course the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full.  The moral of this tale is that no matter how full your life is, there is always room for BEER.

Beer News:

New West Developers LLC have some hard and fast decisions to make concerning the 60-foot copper coated landmark that has been a part of Pabst Brewing history in Newark, New Jersey, for the past 75 years. Currently redeveloping the ten-acre site into a combination of commercial space and housing, New West is contemplating a relocation of the landmark to the local park, although the delicate structure may not withstand the move due to its age and construction.  Unfortunately, such a move also comes with a high price tag.

The 55,000 gallon water tower is made of quarter inch thick steel plates and was once coated with glossy enamel and glitter.  Perched 185 feet above street level, this historical piece of breweriana had been lit up at night, and could readily be seen from the Garden State Parkway.

Don't hold your breath waiting for a pop decision!

Craft Brew of the Week Award:

YuleSmith - American Double IPA - AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego,
California, USA

A body of nebulous, amber-peach and copper lies innocently beneath a luscious, creamy layer of rocky cream, while aromas of pine, grapefruit skins, apricot, tangerine, floral cones, and grass pierce the air with voluminous tenacity.  Sweet malts drift alluringly to the fore, seducing you to revel in Holiday hop-stacy.

Bready sweetness lingers on the lips as a bold, spicy tingle enlivens the inner recesses of your mouth.  The 8.8% ABV remains hidden like a clandestine lover, and lures you into euphoric pleasure.  This is what the season of good cheer is all about!


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Carolyn Smagalski, Beer and Brewing Editor 

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