November 8 2012 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Brewers Provide Disaster Relief for Sandy Victims
Every time I see photos of the disaster-ridden sections of New Jersey and New York, goosebumps shiver along my spine and the little hairs on the back of my neck quiver.
Hurricane Survival Kit - Include Craft Beer
Now that Hurricane Shandy … I mean, Hurricane Sandy is behind us, we see the aftermath and it is not pretty.
Pumpkin Ales that Howl at the Moon
I’m feeling a bit like Linus in the pumpkin patch, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive. And arrive it does, in the form of Pumpkin Ales that titillate the tongue and sate the spirit.
The Greatest American Beer Competition of All
The 2012 Great American Beer Festival celebrated its 31st year, but the original commercial beer competition did not ramp-up until two years after the festival was founded, currently placing the competition segment in its 29th year.
Mass Migration to the Great American Beer Festival
Mixed among these migrations, there's the Great American Beer Festival, the one governed by "Cascadian rhythms," the irrational drive that compels craft beer lovers to journey to Denver, Colorado, in search of liquid bread, sometimes very hoppy liquid bread.
Gluten Free Beer in Local Markets
If you are living Gluten Free in America, your life is a daily challenge, a land of temptation in which wheat, barley, and often rye, are major parts of the average diet.
Help me with a decadent experiment. I’ll say some words, and you bring an image to mind for each of those words: Godiva … Hershey’s … Lindt … Cadbury … Nestles … Toblerone … Guylian … Ghirardelli … Ferrero Rocher.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week
If you are not from the United States of America, but are planning a trip to the states, “as part of the U.S. experience, experience beer.” In 2010 President Obama passed the Travel Promotion Act to get the word out to tourists from other countries that we have a lot to offer. Besides the usual museums and historical places of interest, the United States is rich in festivals that celebrate the seasons, ethnic foods from all over the world, and the most exciting and diverse beer menu to go with those foods.
Stats from the Brewers Association point out that “Craft brewers operate in 344 congressional districts and the majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a brewery.” What does this mean for tourists? In your travels, keep your eyes open for large and small breweries and brewpubs. Ask the locals where they are. Visit them and enjoy the diversity of American Beer, whether it focuses on hops from the Pacific Northwest, Belgian yeast, Canadian grain, southern pecans, or the crazy ideas from the most free-thinking brewers in the world.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
A little old lady is walking around in a supermarket calling out, Crisco, Crissssssscoooo!'
Soon an assistant manager approaches and says, 'Ma’am, the Crisco is in aisle 3.'
The woman replies, 'Oh, I'm not looking for the cooking stuff. I'm calling my husband. He's in here somewhere'
The clerk is astonished.
'Your husband's name is Crisco?'
The woman answers, 'Oh no, no, no. I only call him that when we're out in public'
'I see,' said the clerk.
'What do you call him at home?'
You gotta’ love senior citizens!
Fresh from the Brewers Association:
“After five consecutive years of hosting SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington, D.C., the Brewers Association is bringing the event to New York City. In 2013, SAVOR will be held on June 14 and 15 at the Metropolitan Pavilion and adjoining Altman Building in Manhattan. The two-night event will return to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. the year after on May 9 and 10, 2014.”
“As the benchmark beer and food pairing event, SAVOR’s format will remain the same—an intimate and engaging reception, with a menu carefully designed by Brewers Association culinary consultant Adam Dulye, chef/owner of The Monk’s Kettle and The Abbot’s Cellar in San Francisco. As in years past, small and independent breweries representing all geographic regions of the country will be selected to participate by a lottery drawing. Guests will be served by the notable personalities behind the craft beer brands and have an opportunity to interact with them during private tastings throughout the two nights.”
And then this:
"The nation’s capital will play host to other Brewers Association events in 2013. The industry-only Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® will be held from March 26-29 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C."
Beer Fests and Events:
All About Beer World Beer Festival – November 10, 2012 from 12:00-4:00 pm – The Lakeland Center, 701 West Lime Street, Lakeland, FL 33815 – Called a premier beer event by Forbes.com, Wired and USA Today. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door. VIP tickets are $65 in advance, $75 at the door. Sample 70-120 craft beers at the event!
Ticket info: http://worldbeerfestival.com or http://facebook.com/worldbeerfestivals
Wynkoop Brewing Company Parade of Darks – December 1, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 pm – Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202 – This holiday fundraiser features seasonal and year-round beers from the dark side. All profits … that’s 100%, my friends … all profits from ticket sales will go to to Metro CareRing (MCR). It’s a tough year for many folks, and MetroCareRing’s downtown Denver food pantry is there to feed the hungry. “Participating, big-hearted breweries are donating their time and beers to join the cause,” says beer evangelist Marty Jones. Advance tickets: $35 until November 30 at 5 pm EST. At the door (if not sold out): $42
Ticket info: http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/20968.aspx
Craft Beer of the Week Award
King Henry – Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, Illinois, USA
English Barleywine – 13.40% ABV
More than fantastic! This deep mahogany beer encircles your head with rich caramel sweetness, fruitiness and the boozy aromas that can only come from gentle aging in Pappy Van Winkle 23 bourbon barrels. Chocolate, vanilla, coconut, oak, brown sugar and maple syrup flavors mix with brandy warmth, dipped in raisins and plums. Smooth and drinkable, this is a superb accomplishment.
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