December 28 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Andy Musser - Anchor Brewing Beer Ambassador
One of the great joys of being a Beer Journalist is meeting people you never dreamed would cross your path.
Fishtown Beer Runners Celebrate 1st Anniversary
It was November 2007, and Eric Fiedler had just read a story about a professor at Granada University in Spain. He was intrigued.
English Tavern Deli Rounds Recipe
The Holiday season is filled with rushed preparations - setting the menu for parties and dinners, shopping for the little ones, decorating, and baking. Still, you have to stop long enough to eat, but may not want to spend precious hours on the basics.
Christmas Beer by Don Russell - Book Review
No one shares holiday cheer better than Philadelphia beer writer Don Russell, who celebrates the season with his newest book, Christmas Beer: The Cheeriest, Tastiest, and Most Unusual Holiday Beers.
Prohibited Grains in Brewing Gluten Free Beer
On my first trip to London, England, I was intrigued by the ingredients of a Panini sandwich that caught my eye in a local, organic corner deli. Labeled as Rocket and Cheese, I chose this item, delighting in the mystery ingredient: rocket.
Lakeland Pasta Salad Recipe
Crisp garden vegetables and festive rotini with tantalizing Lakeland Dressing is a refreshing addition to the buffet table, whether celebrating an autumn holiday or enjoying a Sunday afternoon with friends.
Peruvian Lamb Bake Recipe
Marinated lamb in a sauce of zesty herbs makes a grand bake with a wonderful twist. Sleeman Original Dark Ale is that secret ingredient - the key to culinary success
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
"The purpose of the 2nd Annual Philly Beer Geek Finals Competition 2009 is to identify, exalt, and honor Philadelphia beer and the people who craft, celebrate, and consume it with enthusiasm and pride. To this end, a prestigious panel of judges will select and reward, as Philly Beer Geek 2009, the individual who exhibits the greatest universal knowledge and passion for Philadelphia Beer."
For those living in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, be on the look-out for Qualifying Rounds of the Philly Beer Geek Competition. Qualifying Rounds will be starting in February, 2009. During these Qualifying Rounds, each participating brewpub or beer bar will choose a finalist to send to the Philly Beer Geek Finals Competition to be held on Thursday, March 12, 2009 during Philly Beer Week. The champion of the Final Round will win:
- Over $1,000 in prizes
- An engraved plaque announcing the winner as Philly Beer Geek 2009
- The official T-shirt for "Philly Beer Geek 2009"
- The prestige and honor of holding the title as Philly Beer Geek 2009
- In addition, the business who sponsors the Grand Prize Winner will receive an engraved plaque announcing its status as "Home of Philly Beer Geek 2009," suitable for display in their business location
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
Basic Flying Rules for pilots:
1. Try to stay in the middle of the air.
2. Do not go near the edges of it.
3. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.
One day, the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee.
Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said:
"What a cute little plane. Did you make it yourself?"
Our hero, the Cherokee pilot, (not about to let the insult go by), came back with a real zinger: "I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like that and I'll have enough parts for another one."
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey of Denver, Colorado has been named Best Small Batch Distillery Whiskey of the Year in Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible 2009. As Colorado's first micro-distillery, Stranahan's distinctive process blends the techniques used to make Scotch and Bourbon whiskies to produce whiskey with a smooth mouthfeel, loight taste, and amber-ruby coloring. The process used is patent-pending, and has been featured on the History Channel Modern Marvels program. Stranahan's also received Best of Show at the American Distilling Institute Annual Conference of Craft Distillers in the Spring of 2008.
Bard's Beer, the Original Sorghum Malt Beer, has a new look and a new website. Check it out at http://www.bardsbeer.com
Beer Fests and Events:
Ninth Annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival 2009 - Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, Vail, Colorado, USA - January 8 to January 10, 2009.
This weekend of world class beers from around the globe hosts over 750 participants & attendees, and will be hosted by Vinnie Cirluzo of Russian River Brewing Company and Matt Brophy, Manager of Brewing Operations for Flying Dog Brewery in Colorado. The three day fest features events from the Brewmasters Dinner with Sam Calagione and Adam Avery and beer & food pairings with Julia Herz to a homebrew competition, panel discussions, and an introduction to the Cicerone Program.
For more information: http://www.BigBeersFestival.com
Craft Beer of the Week Award
CoCoNut Porter - Maui Brewing Company, Lahaina, Hawaii, USA
Style: American Porter, 5.5% ABV
Don't let the can fool you! This deep, dark beauty shows off a glistening, onyx body with creamy, taupe head that leans to a veil of spotty lace. The nose fills with the aroma of fresh coconuts, dipped in slathers of bittersweet chocolate. Flavors echo the aroma, but with a roasted nuttiness and a firm balance of bitterness. Robust, characterful, and luscious!
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