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November 28 2010 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Pennsylvania Breweries 4th Edition Book Review
Pennsylvania Breweries, 4th Edition, has just been released in time for the 2010 holiday season, published by Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, and serves as a superb travelogue to Pennsylvania itself and the fine beers waiting to be found in every notch and swale within the state.

Roguish Herbed Weizen Bread Recipe
In a country overflowing with prepared foods, instant puddings, rocket-fast drive-through-windows and energy drinks sure to make you impatient with those slow-pokes doing the speed limit, slowing down to prepare the most basic staple-of-life elevates your status as a gourmet cook.

Gluten Free Brewing - Malting Sorghum
For the brewer, diving into the world of gluten free beer is one of the most exciting segments of the beer community today. Those who decide to embark on this journey are adventurers...

Carol Stoudt & Stoudts Brewing Company
In his youth, Eddie stumbled into ownership of his 1929 Packard through a keen assessment of value in a world of antiques. She was a classic girl - light grey, with curvaceous, ebony fenders framing the tires in well-manicured arches.

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Eight Essential Beer Glasses for Your Bar

Glassware is essential for bon vivant pleasure. Enjoy your amber elixir and show your respect for beer and the crafters who brew it by serving beer in a glass that will maximize appearance, aroma and flavor for each style you choose to drink.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week

Beer glasses are essential if you are serving holiday beer from 750 ml bottles with cork and cage. Let the presentation showcase the beer like eye candy. With only a few well chosen glasses, you can add flair without adding enormous weight to your after-the-holidays bills.

Choose tulip shaped glasses as your basic centerpiece. These glasses are excellent at sealing the esters beneath the thick, creamy head. They concentrate the aromas in the center of your nose and allow the beer to drench the tongue.

Brandy snifters are superb for serving Russian Imperial Stout, Belgian Dubbels and Quads, Winter Warmers and Barleywines. They can be warmed by the hand, allowing the deep flavors and aromas to be gently released. You can even heat some of these elixirs to bring out greater nuances of flavor.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather ahead is good and therefore we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax -- OH MY GOD!"

Silence followed and after a few minutes, the Captain came back on the intercom and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm so sorry if I scared you earlier, but while I was talking, the flight attendant brought me a cup of coffee and spilt it in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!

A passenger in Coach said, "That's nothing, he should see the back of mine!"

Beer News:

New from Merchant du Vin this winter:

1. The Samuel Smith's Selection Box holds an 18.7 oz. Oatmeal Stout, a Nut Brown Ale, and an India Ale; an authentic logo pint glass and two Sam Smith coasters, all in a die-cut gift box.

2. The 21st vintage of Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome Ale, the original imported winter beer, is arriving: inviting, fruity, with great depth, balance & richness.

3. The Lindemans Gift Box contains a bottle of Lindemans Framboise Raspberry Lambic, a Pomme Apple Lambic, and a beautiful stemmed glass; this year the die-cut gift box is a deep red color.

4. Ayinger Weizen-Bock, astonishingly tasty strong wheat ale, is arriving for its second annual winter release: malty but balanced, smooth full body from wheat malt; refined, spicy finish.

Beer Fests and Events:

Wynkoop Brewery 2010 Parade of Darks fundraiser - December 4, 2010 - 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. at Wynkoop Brewery, 1634 18th Street, Denver, Colorado, USA - $25 in Advance, $30 Day of the Event.

Over 50 Seasonals, brown ales, specialty stouts, winter warmers and rare finds from the most distinctive breweries in Colorado, the US and the global stage. Proceeds benefit Metro CareRing. For information:

3rd Annual Boxing Day Beer Festival - December 26, 2010 - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. - Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street (the Corner of Memphis + Cumberland Streets) Philadelphia, PA 19125
Extend the holiday cheer with Winter Warmers and Seasonals at the Memphis Taproom. in addition to celebrating great beer, Memphis Taproom will be celebrating the true spirit of Boxing Day by collecting canned food and gently used winter coats and warm blankets for donation to local organizations that distribute to families in need. Earn $1 OFF EACH BEER you have by bringing in a coat, a blanket, or 3 cans* of food!
(*The goal is to collect cans of food that are nourishing, not just any old can of water chestnuts from the back of your cupboard, please.)
For information:

2011 Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival - January 6 – 8, 2011, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Vail Colorado, USA
Steven Pauwels and Chris Bauweraerts have been selected to join Sam Calagione and Adam Avery as the event’s 2011 Featured Brewmasters, hosting the Brewmasters’ Dinner at Atwater on Gore Creek with Executive Chef Adam Votaw. Big Beers Festival weekend also includes the Cicerone Workshop, led by creator Ray Daniels, and sponsored by All About Beer Magazine.
For a full schedule and additional information visit:

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale - Kiuchi Brewery, Ibaraki-ken Naka-gun, Japan
Style: Winter Warmer 9.0% ABV

Dark butterscotch amber in color with a thick, off white head forms the body of this pretty lady. Aromas are filled with spice - coriander, orange peel, clove, burnt grains, and toastiness. Flavors are an echo of the aroma, but with the added accents of honey and chocolate.

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