February 10 2007 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Bard's Tale Dragon's Gold Sorghum Lager - An Expanding Tradition
Kevin Seplowitz, President of Bard’s Tale, speaks of the development of Dragon’s Gold as a part of our European traditions. "We wanted to pay homage to the brewing industry that came before us, and we wanted to be embraced by them.”
Homer Brewing Company - A Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea
Traveling along Kenai Peninsula, you are beckoned southward to the very tip – the Banana Belt of Alaska, Homer and Homer Spit, the “Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea.” A boy from Texas could fall in love with a place like this.
Glacier Brewhouse & The Wall of Wood
My eyes are watering now, stinging from the cold and wind. A brief moment more, and the doors of the Glacier Brewhouse beckon with amicable hospitality.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
In just two short weeks, a panel of illustrious judges, (including the Beer Fox herself), dressed in black robes and white, powdered wigs (or is that "whigs") will be pitching obscure, beery questions at three passionate, beer-loving competitors vying for the coveted title of Beerdrinker of the Year 2007. Homebrewer, college professor and beer judge Diane Catanzaro of Norfolk, Virginia returns for her chance to knock the big boys out of the park. Phil Farrell of Cummings, Georgia, a commercial pilot, award-winning homebrewer and beer judge will, no doubt, have his mascot rubber chicken by his side as his closest cheerleader. Logan Perkins of Denver, Colorado, a totally dedicated beer enthusiast who has tasted over "4,000 beers in 43 states, 21 European countries and 5 Asian nations" rounds out the field of knowledgeable finalists.
The competition will be held at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver, Colorado, USA, on Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 2 p.m.
This event is open to the public.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
Which would you choose? You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:
1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.
Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?
Think before you continue reading.
This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application. You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first. Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.
The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. He simply answered:
"I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams."
Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations.
Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box."
However, the correct answer is to run the old lady over and put her out of her misery, make wild, passionate love with the perfect partner on the hood of the car, then drive off with the old friend for some beers.
I just love happy endings!
Celebrate 20 years of brewing at Stoudt's Biergarden, 2800 N. Reading Rd, Route 272, Adamstown, Pennsylvania, USA:
Friday, April 27, 2007 - Stoudt's 20th Anniversary Dinner - unveiling Stoudt's Special Anniversary Brew - Semi-formal dress. Drinks at 6 pm - Dinner at 7 pm Seating is limited, so get your tickets early! $65.00 a person.
Saturday, April 28, 2007 - Stoudt's Birthday Beer Bash, music, food and beer 7-11 pm $35 a person.
February 18, 2007 - It's Beerapalooza Time in the San Francisco Bay Area, so get ready for Brewers Mardi Gras for the Celebrator Beer News 19th Anniversary Party - at Trumer Brauerei, 1404 Fourth Street, Berkeley, California, USA. At least 15 breweries will pour their suds to the sounds of 3 bands, while Cajun/Creole food sizzles in the background. A MUST DO Event! - 4-8 pm
February 25, 2007 - Victory Brewing Company kicks off their 5th Annual Chili Challenge. More than 25 competitors will face off for the title of Victory Chili Challenge Champion and People's Pepper. Noon to 4 pm at Victory Brewing Company, 420 Acorn Lane, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Fairweather IPA - Moose's Tooth Pub & Pizzeria, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Style: American India Pale Ale
Well-loved and strangely addictive, Fairweather IPA greets the nose with a clear citrus and pine profile. Originally developed as a homebrew recipe, this special brew is greater than the sum of its parts. The golden body sparkles with a gentle haze, topped by an off-white head of foam. Light breadiness backs up an assertive hop character of seven different styles of hops. Taste them: Crystal, Centennial, Cascade, Willamette, Chinook, Nugget, and a Secret...Ha! Measured at 64 IBU's, this is an American IPA with punch and pizzazz!
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