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February 26 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Spinnerstown Holds Unibroue Beer Dinner
Spinnerstown Hotel owners John and Susan Dale are the epitome of the perfect host and hostess. They have developed this vintage gathering house into a Mecca for Beer Enthusiasts. On March 5, 2008, Spinnerstown opens its doors for a very special event, The Great Tastes of Unibroue from Canada.

National Beerdrinker of the Year 2008
When I raise conversation about the Beerdrinker of the Year Competition held by Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado, I am often met with one-liners and guffaws from those who are unfamiliar with this esteemed contest.

In Pursuit of Ale Women's Club of Philadelphia
You enter the room, and the smell of malt, hops and food titillate your nose. As your eyes adjust to the softened light of the room, you notice the young lady talking passionately about good beer.

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Across the dunes and the sizzling landscape, a visitor could be seen in the distance, blurred by a rising tsunami of sand that charged forward like a team of brazen horses.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week:

The Allentown Brew Works, along with the City of Allentown, and Dan's Camera
City, and Northampton Community College's New Choices program, want to find
and honor at least 50 Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Rosie the Riveters who replaced soldiers who served in World War II. These women shared the war effort by replacing soldiers who went off to war in manufacturing plants like Bethlehem Steel, Consolidated Vultee, and Allentown's local silk mills.
The Allentown Brew Works will host a luncheon on April 5, 2008 to honor these local Rosies.

If you can lead the Rosie effort to any present-day Rosies, please contact:
· Maryann Haytmanek at New Choices, 610-861-5350
· Tara Prelovsky at Allentown City Hall, 610-437-7350
· Mike Fegley at the Allentown Brew Works, 610-433-7777

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed a wife with which to share his fortune.

One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away.

"I may look like just an ordinary man," he said to her, "but in just a few years, my father will die, and I'll inherit 20 million dollars."

Impressed, the woman obtained his business card and three days later, she became his stepmother.

Women are SO much better at estate planning than men.


Matt Venzke of Yorktown, Virginia won the 2008 National Beerdrinker of the Year title at Wynkoop Brewing Company on Saturday, February 23, 2008. A standing-room-only crowd watched as Venzke competed against fellow finalists J Mark Angelus of Oregon and Richard Pedretti-Allen of Texas.

Venzke portrayed more than one note of brilliance during the competition, in which questions from seven Finals Judges had the contestants displaying the height of geekdom...and to a beer lover, that's honorable! When asked what he is doing to get around the current ban on carry-on beer for US air travelers, Venzke cited an upcoming effort to petition US brewers to start packaging beer in 3-ounce portions - wink-wink!

Beer Fests:

The Great Tastes of Unibroue from Canada - March 5, 2008 - 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Spinnerstown Hotel Restaurant & Bar, Spinnerstown Road, Spinnerstown, Pennsylvania, USA - $55 per person - For information:

Zythos Bier Festival 2008 - March 1, 2008 - Noon to Midnight and March 2, 2008 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Stadsfeestzaal venue, St.-Niklaas, Belgium
Sixty Breweries present 200 beers at this 2 day event. Free entry, 3-euro refundable deposit for 15-cl tasting glass, beer tokens for 1.20 euros each - each beer costs one token.

First Annual Philly Beer Week - March 7-16, 2008 - Philadelphia's beer culture stretches back to the days when William Penn opened his first brewery in town, through the decades when Philadelphia was the brewing capital of America and into the 21st century, an era when Philadelphia is rightly lauded as an exciting, diverse beer-drinking town. Join us in a toast of our city's unique beer culture with an unprecedented 9 straight days of festivals, dinners, special events, tours and “meet-and-greets” at dozens of area restaurants, taverns and other venues.
For information on events:

1st Annual Philly Beer Geek Finals Competition - Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:00 p.m. - midnight - Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - A Philly Beer Week Event - Winners of Qualifying Preliminary Rounds from Philadelphia Metro and Suburban area Philly Beer Geek Sponsors will compete on Finals night for a Grand Prize of more than $1,000 in gift certificates, cash, and prizes. for info:

Savor - May 16-17, 2008 - Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC, USA
The Brewers Association, producers of the Great American Beer Festival, is bringing the quintessential craft beer and food event to Washington D.C. in celebration of American Craft Beer Week. Tickets are $85 and go on sale February 4, 2008 and include:
-Samples from of a wide variety of small dishes and appetizers crafted to match the taste profiles of craft beers
-Commemorative tasting glass
-2-ounce samples of specially selected craft beers
-Souvenir program
-Craft Beer Tasters Journal
For information:

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, California, USA

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 8.66 % ABV

So deep, so dark, as if coming from the depths of hell - walnut brown with glowing garnet hues, and a sticky bleached-molasses head. The malty, yeasty aromas seduce you. You feel as if this she-devil is pulling you into a field of dark fruits, apples, bananas, and spices. Once there, her flavors of fruit and malt roll across your tongue. Add chocolate malt, brown sugar, florals and pepper, while the alcoholic warmth slowly envelopes you. It pulls at you in waves, forcing you to concentrate on the mantra that lays before you. Light creaminess holds your attention - a hypnotic splendor, as you give in to the gentle sinfulness.


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