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December 27 2013 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

I hope your holidays have been crazy and wonderful.
When you have a little down time, take a look at the newest articles at the Beer and Brewing site at

Cheese and Beer for Holiday Pairing
When it comes to holiday gatherings, there is nothing quite as comforting, luscious, and satisfying as cheese and holiday beer.

Mad Elves and Bad Elves
I happened to be on the North Pole Express today, an old steam engine on the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad line in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Four Beer & Food Pairings for the Winter Chill
As you whip on that little red dress, flecked with sequins that roll seductively over your curves, toss back a light aperitif to prime your palate for the banquet ahead.

Deschutes Splashes Down in Philadelphia
Deschutes Brewing Company of Bend and Portland, Oregon splashed-down in the Philadelphia beer market with Deschutes Base Camp Week in early November, 2013.

Stats from the 2013 Great American Beer Festival
If you are as much of a Beer Geek as I am, you have a passion for statistics. Along with the renaissance of craft beer comes so many stats that you could make spreadsheets that would glut up a hard drive.

Spiced Autumn Muffins with Pumpkin Ale Recipe
As the crisp air of autumn freshens your hair and lifts your spirits, prepare something to keep you warm inside with the added zest of pumpkin ale.

Orange Oatmeal Wit-Cranberry Cookies - Recipe
Served with Orange Oatmeal Wit-Cranberry Cookies, the delicate flavors of witbier awaken each flavor in the cookie. Get the recipe!

New Guidelines for Gluten Free Beer
Although some people have picked-up the gluten free lifestyle to be stylish, eating gluten free for the Celiac has nothing to do with being trendy. It is a necessity.

And From the Beer Fox Archives:

Beers That Make You Phat
For any woman over thirty, it may feel like a challenge to view beer as a sophisticated dinner choice. But it’s different for women under thirty.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week

If you drink craft beer in cans and you need to chill it down quickly, there are two effective ways for a fast chill:
Put the can into a tub of ice and spin it quickly for 3 minutes.
Chill the can in cold water that has ice in it. You can do multiple cans and will chill them in about 5 minutes.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

Some men in a pickup truck drove into a lumberyard. One of the men walked in the office and said, "We need some four by-twos."

The clerk asked, "You mean two-by-fours, don't you?"

The man said, "I'll go check," and went back to the truck. He returned and said, "Yeah, I meant two-by-fours."

"All right. How long do you need them?"

The customer paused for a minute and said, "I'd better go check."

After a while, the customer returned to the office and said, "A long time. We're gonna build a house."

Beer Fests and Events:

Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival 2014 - January 17- 18, 2014 - 6 - 10 p.m.
William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center
555 W Fifth Ave. , Anchorage, AK 99501-2247

14th Annual Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival – January 9-11, 2014
Vail Cascade Resort and Spa
1300 Westhaven Drive, Vail, CO 81657

The Big Woody Barrel Aged and Whiskey Festival – January 17-18, 2014 – 4 - 11:00 pm
The Leftbank Annex
101 North Weidler Street, Portland, OR 97227

International Great Beer Expo Meadowlands – January 25, 2014 – 12:30 – 4 pm and 5:30 – 9 pm
Meadowlands Expo Center at Harmon Meadows
355 Plaza Dr , Secaucus, NJ, USA 07094


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Carolyn Smagalski, Beer and Brewing Editor

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