February 1 2012 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Flying Dog Mural in Gonzo Doggie-Style
Spanning both sides of the hallway, the mural, executed in the Raoul Duke-style of Ralph Steadman, tells the Flying Dog story, peppered with as much color as the legendary tales of George Stranahan and Hunter Thompson.
Training for Sensory Identification in Beer
For a novice beer judge, the first morning of judging can be an intimidating affair.
Citrus Squash & Double Red Fire Onions Recipes
The whirl of the holidays can set our brains spinning, making it difficult to focus on some of the small parts of holiday meals. You may like to add a bit of pizzazz to your table with some side dishes that dazzle.
Celebrator Beer News Adds Flip Page Technology
Digital is not just for huge, mainstream publishers like Conde Nast and Time Inc. Celebrator Beer News, celebrating its 24th year as the country’s oldest brewspaper in 2012, is the first beer publication available in digital flip-page technology for free.
From the Beer Fox Archives
Lucy Saunders - The Best of American Beer & Food - Cookbook with Recipes
This year, at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival, this warm and engaging beercook spoke with the expertise of a saavy culinary artist, whether she was presenting her book to the media or demonstrating her culinary skills to festival-goers in the Beer & Food Pavilion.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week
Session beers may be viewed as a gift from the British Pub. These are beers that are low in alcohol - usually between 3-5% ABV - and encourage conversation and relaxation. They are quenching and sustainable, with enough flavor to keep them interesting and have a fine balance between the malty sweetness and gentle bitterness laying in the background. Look for Yard's ESA, Fuller's Chiswick Bitter, Surly Bitter Brewer, or Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Ale.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, "Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?"
"Outstanding," Fred replied. "They taught us all the latest psychological techiniques - visualization, association - it made a huge difference for me."
"That's great! What was the name of the clinic?"
Fred went blank. He thought and thought, but couldn't remember. Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, "What do you call that red flower with the long stem and thorns?"
"You mean a rose?"
"Yes, that's it!" He turned to his wife ... "Rose, what was the name of that clinic?"
Are you ready to be Beerdrinker of the year? This year's National Finals are set for February 25 at 2 PM at Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Each year, the Beerdrinker of the Year wins free beer for life at Wynkoop Brewing Company, a $250 tab at their local brewpub or beer bar, and has their name engraved on the Beerdrinker of the Year trophy at Wynkoop. They also design and brew a special batch of beer at Wynkoop Brewing (with head brewer Andy Brown) as part of their winnings. Plus, the honor and glory of carrying the name of Beerdrinker of the Year.
This year's three finalists will stay free-of-charge at Denver's famed Brown Palace Hotel - the historic landmark hotel that has hosted presidents, movie stars and legends in the music industry.
More Beer News:
The BeerLovers.com project is now online and starting to serve.
As an enabling platform for beer enthusiasts, at the heart of the project lies a group-centric social network upon which beer-oriented social applications are being built. Membership is free, and the groups you start or follow can be public or private, invite-only or open to anyone having a registered account, and currently have the ability to host group discussions and photos.
You will also find weekly posts from highly credentialed Featured Contributors: The Beer Fox on Mondays ... The B'Oracle on Wednesdays ... and The All Grain Brewer every Thursday.
Membership is Free at http://beerlovers.com
Beer Fests and Events:
Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America - May 2-5, 2012 - San Diego Town & Country Resort, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108 USA - Keynote Speaker - Steve Hindy of Brooklyn Brewery!
World Beer Cup Judging takes place May 1-2, 2012 in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference. Awards will be presented at the World Beer Cup Gala Awards Dinner on May 5, 2012, during the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego, California. Every entering brewery receives one complimentary ticket to the awards ceremony.
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Landlord Strong Pale Ale - Timothy Taylor & Company Limited, Knowle Spring Brewery, Keighley, England, UK
Style: English Pale Ale - 4.1% ABV
Body is golden amber with a tight white head and spidery lacing. Flavors roll across the tongue, bready and toffee-ish, with adeeper layers of caramel and earthy pungency. For quenching your thirst, there is nothing better. Bottled, but even better on cask in the UK.
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