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December 24 2005 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

Happy Holidays to all from the Beer Fox at BellaOnline!  May you enjoy pleasant gatherings and safe travels!

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Guinness Storehouse Expands Guinness Experience
Through the darkness of the Dublin cityscape, the Gravity Bar, hovering above the roof at Guinness Storehouse, emits radiant white light into the sky, reminiscent of the seductive, creamy head on a pint of world-renowned
Guinness Draught.
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:

To pour the perfect pint of Guinness, use a two-part pour.   Hand wash and thoroughly rinse the glass, allowing it to completely dry.  Air drying is best.  A lint-free towel may be used, if you are pressed for time.

Tilt the glass at  a 45 degree angle, pouring Guinness until the glass is 3/4 full.  Allow the foam to settle before filling the glass to the rim.  Entire pour should take exactly 119.5 seconds.  If you missed the mark, drink the Guinness and try again.  If it still isn't  exact, keep practicing until you get it right.  Remember that "pouring the perfect pint" is an art, and should be practiced often to stay on top of the game.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:

Once upon a time, a perfect man and a perfect woman met. After a perfect courtship, they had a perfect wedding. Their life together was, of course, perfect. One snowy, stormy Christmas Eve, this perfect couple was driving their perfect car (a Grand Caravan) along a winding road, when they noticed someone at the side of the road in distress. Being the perfect couple, they stopped to help.

There stood Santa Claus with a huge bundle of toys. Not wanting to disappoint any children on the eve of Christmas, the perfect couple loaded Santa and his toys into their vehicle. Soon they were driving along delivering toys. Unfortunately, the driving conditions deteriorated and the perfect couple and Santa Claus had an accident. Only one of them survived the accident. The mind numbing question is: Who was the survivor?

The Answer:

The perfect woman survived. She's the only one who really existed in the first place. Everyone knows there is no Santa Claus and there is no such thing as a perfect man. Women stop reading here. That is the end of the joke.

Men keep reading:

So, if there is no perfect man and no Santa Claus, the perfect woman must have been driving. And that explains why there was a car accident. By the way, if you're a woman and you're reading this, this illustrates another point: Women never listen, either.

Beer News:

Sam Calagione, owner and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware, USA has been named the Small Business Association's Business Man of the Year.  Author of the book "Brewing up a Business", Calagione is
slated to be the keynote speaker at the 23rd Annual Craft Brewers Conference held by the Brewers' Association, April 11-14, 2006 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington.

Said Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Association, "Sam Calagione embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity of the craft beer community today which continues to produce the most flavorful and diverse beers in the world."

The Brewers Association Conference is the largest annual conference of craft brewing professionals in the United States.

Craft Brew of the Week Award:

Duchesse de Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Vichte, Belgium
Style:  Flanders Red Ale

Its deep ruby hue sparkles on the edge of mahogany, as a majestic, creamy tan head rises like a crown, leaving  a wash of lace on the inner recesses of the glass.  Slow, steady carbonation brings forth a spicy nose of sweet, overripe fruit - plums, sour cherries, currants and raspberries. Some earth and oak lingers in gentle waves.

Flavors of sweetness glide with sour notes as they gently wrestle in a delightful tug-of-war:  sweet fruitiness with tartness on top;  then a bit of sweet maltiness, tempered again by acidic notes.  Spiced oak rises to the fore momentarily.  The tip of the tongue tingles with the pleasures of sweet and sour interplay.  Finish is satisfyingly acidic, dry and lingering.


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