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February 21 2010 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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War of the Worts XV List of Winners

Jason Harris of Keystone Homebrew Supply announced the winners of the War of the Worts XV on Saturday evening, February 20, 2010 at Iron Hill Brewery/Restaurant in North Wales, Pennsylvania. It was the 2nd largest recorded East Coast homebrew competition in AHA history.

WOW XV 2nd Largest East Coast Homebrew Competition

Jason Harris of Keystone Homebrew Supply in Montgomeryville and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA started the War of the Worts in 1996, and has grown it into one of the largest competitions for homebrewers in the United States.

Stillwater Artisanal Ales with Brian Strumke

You can’t be a techno DJ all your life, running around Europe, scraping for work, producing music in waves that come and go. At some point you have to come home...

Off Centered Sam Calagione at Monk's Cafe

Sitting in one of the most renowned beer bars in the country with off-centered people ranks as one of the great joys in my life. Off-centered people are really among the most creative inspirations in the world.

Philly Beer Geek 2009 Nugget Nate Gefvert

On March 12, 2009, a confident Nate Gefvert reigned supreme as Philly Beer Geek 2009, winner of the 2nd Annual Philly Beer Geek Finals Competition. Gefvert gave a masterful performance throughout two grueling showdowns held one week apart.

Documentary Film - Drinks Writer Michael Jackson

JR Richards has taken a leap of faith, directing production on a long awaited documentary about Beer Hunter and Whiskey Chaser Michael Jackson (1942-2007). The film is scheduled to premier in the latter part of 2010.

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Heaviest Element Discovered:

Lawrence Livermore Laboratories has discovered the heaviest element yet known to science.

The new element, Governmentium (Gv), has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons.

Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert; however, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from four days to four years to complete.

Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2- 6 years; It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.

In fact, Governmentium's mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganization will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes.

This characteristic of moron promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass.

When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes Administratium, an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium since it has half as many peons but twice as many morons.

Beer News:

Boulder, Colo., tops the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index of the healthiest and happiest places to live in the U.S. If you ask any beer loving American their opinion is on this statistic, they will heartily agree that it must have something to do with Boulder being the headquarters of the Brewers Association and the American Homebrewers Association. Go Beer!

Beer Fests and Events:

Philly Craft Beer Festival - March 6, 2010 - Philadelphia Navy Yard, 5100 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Two sessions: 12:30-4:00 and 6:00-9:00 p.m. - More than 50 breweries and 100+ beers on the floor! Both sessions have been SOLD OUT!
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Leicester Beer Festival - March 10-13, 2010, Charotar Patodar Samaj, South Churchgate and Bay St. Leicester, England, UK - Wed March 10 - 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Thurs March 11 and Friday March 12 - 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Sat March 13 - 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Features more than 220 beers, 40 ciders and perries, presented by the Leicester Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. For details:

20th Annual Michael Jackson Beer Tasting with Randy Mosher, - March 13, 2010, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (Penn Museum), 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Seatings are a 1:00, 3:30, and 6:00 p.m. - The tradition carries on with three beer tastings presented by Randy Mosher, author of Tasting Beer and Radical Brewing. For information:

The Craft Beer Express - March 13, 2010, Philadelphia, PA - 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Buses have been chartered to run all day with Drop off/Pick up runs approximately every 30 minutes. The amount of buses will be determined by pre ticket sales. $15 buys a ticket good for the entire day and is good for unlimited rides on the bus. To keep the flow going, each bus will have a “beer ambassador” discussing what we all love (craft beer) and handing out schwag. Bars included in the crawl will be: The Institute, Kite & Key, Brauhaus Schmitz, Johnny Brenda's, Devils Den, Jose Pistola's, and Standard Tap
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Brewer's Plate - March 14, 2010, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (Penn Museum), 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Tickets are $55 in advance, $65 at the door. Early admission at 4:00 p.m. with VIP ticket $115, includes limited edition Victory beers and exclusive, gourmet food by DiBruno Bros. and Fork. This event is a merging of Philadelphia’s culinary culture and its premium quality beer. more than 30 restaurants and breweries will be presenting pairings, along with the music of the Hoppin' John jazz ensemble. For information:

Atlantic City Beer Festival 2010 - March 20-21, 2010, Atlantic City Convention Center, One Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401. USA - Saturday sessions: 12:00-4:30 and 6:00-10:30 p.m. and Sunday Session: 1:00-5:30 p.m. featuring 75 brewers and breweries from around the world. Also, lots of great food, live music, entertainment, guest speakers. For information:

Great Lakes Water Conservation Workshop - Friday March 26, 2010, Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 - 9:00 am - 4:30 p.m. (includes buffet lunch) - Workshop will focus on water savings in the brewhouse, wastewater treatment, and more. Speakers will include Patrick Conway, president and co-founder of the Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, OH, Jason Fox of Custom BrewCrafters, Honeoye Falls, NY, Linda Rastani, Alfa Laval, Kenosha WI, and Sam White, economist, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Register online at Organizer for the event is Lucy Saunders, F&B Communications LLC. She can be contacted via email:

2010 Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America - April 7-10, 2010 -  Sheraton Hotel and Towers in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA - Hours vary (check schedule) - For professional brewers, the Craft Brewers Conference is the number one environment in North America for concentrated, affordable brewing education and idea sharing to improve brewery quality and performance. For information and registration:
2010 World Beer Cup - April 10, 2010 - Sheraton Hotel and Towers in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA - Judges Reception: April 5, 2010 - Judging during the Craft Brewers Conference: April 6-7, 2010 - Gala Awards Reception, Presentation and Dinner: April 10, 2010, 6:30- 10:00 p.m. - The most prestigious beer competition in the world. For information:

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Vuuve - Brouwerij Smisje, Oudenaarde, Belgium
Style: Witbier - 5% ABV

Crafted with 60% Barley malt and 40% wheat malt, this ample lady glows like lit sunlight in the glass. Dressed with a moussy thick head and lets of effervescence, it emits aromas of coriander, and fresh orange peel. If opened warm, it will come spilling out of the bottle with great urgency, so open when cold and allow to warm. The yeast seems more closely aligned to a Belgian Saison, bringing forth flavors of fruit and earthiness. Wonderful, a bit different, and massively quenching!


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