November 29 2006 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Searching for the Alpha King
Somewhere in the stillness of the night the vines begin to rustle. The air is lightly scented with piney spice, while papery cones catch the ethereal light. Something lurks in the shadows.
Guide to Tasting Gluten Free Beer
For those who expect the flavors of Gluten free beer to imitate American Lager, disappointment is certain. The inherent flavor profiles of alternate grains and nuts used in brewing GF beer are totally different.
Holiday Turkey with Cranberry-Beer Dressing
As an old-fashioned Thanksgiving tradition, brining the bird in cranberry and beer is a treat that will gain a memorable place in the halls of Holiday lore.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
All dressed up for the Holidays! For the first time in its ten year history, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant presents Iron Hill Reserve, a select, award-winning cache of specialty beers in 750 ml bottles with cork and cage. The ten noteworthy beers in this prestigious collection were hand-selected by Iron Hill's top brewers.
The collection includes:
Old Ale, 2002 Vintage; 2004 Vintage
Abbey Dubbel 2006
Russian Imperial Stout 2003; 2006
The Cannibal 2005; 2006
Belgian Tripel, 2002; 2003; 2004
Prices range from $18.50 to $22.50 per bottle, and are available exclusively at Iron Hill Brewery locations in the United States:
Pennsylvania - Media, West Chester, North Wales, Phoenixville
Delaware - Newark, Wilmington
Create your own vintage collection for the holidays, or "gift" a great friend with a great beer!
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A elderly gentleman (mid nineties) very well dressed, hair well groomed, great looking suit, flower in his lapel smelling slightly of a good after shave, presenting a well looked-after image, walks into an
upscale cocktail lounge. Seated at the bar is an elderly looking lady (mid-eighties).
The gentleman walks over, sits alongside of her, orders a drink, takes a sip, turns to her and says, "So tell me, do I come here often?"
An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, "Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.
The other man said, "What is the name of the restaurant?" The first man thought and thought and finally said, "What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know... the one that's red and has thorns."
"Do you mean a rose?"
"Yes, that's the one," replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, "Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?
Three old guys are out walking.
First one says, "Windy, isn't it?"
Second one says, "No, it's Thursday!"
Third one says, "So am I. Let's go get a beer."
The Search Is ON!
...for the most knowledgeable, dedicated, impassioned, enthusiastic, hot-blooded (okay, I added that one!), beer luvin' Beerdrinker of the Year, 2007. Three lucky finalists will be chosen from resumes received at Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver, Colorado, USA before December 31, 2006.
Each of the top three national-finalists will receive an all-expense-paid-trip to Denver, Colorado for the Final Competition on February 24, 2007.
The Beerdrinker of the Year wins free beer for life at Wynkoop Brewing Company, a $250 tab at the beerbar of their choice, and the honor and esteem of being hailed the Nation's Number One Beer Lover.
For more information: http://www.wynkoop.com
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Trafalgar India Pale Ale - Freeminer Brewery Ltd., Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Style: English India Pale Ale
Mmmm! My nose gets an immediate jolt of oranges, grapefruit, yeast and bread - the fresh scent of Goldings hops, balanced by malt, and bottle conditioned. I hold my glass up to stare at its amber, crystalline body, enchanted by the clarity of this rare, yellow diamond. Tiny bubbles tingle to the surface, where its creamy froth slowly dwindles to a lasting ring. Ruffles of lace lay in waves on the glass, until a crocheted pattern remains.
My mouth can barely wait for anticipated pleasures. Malts from "the oldest working traditional floor maltings in Warminster, Wiltshire." Flavors of hay, fresh baked bread, caramel, pine wood and grapefruit waltz across my palate. The hoppy bitterness plays a tug-of-war with gentle malts. I close my eyes and I am in a London pub, drinking fresh, hand-pumped cask ale from Moira's adept hands. Superb!
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