February 6 2010 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
How to Order in a Beer Bar & Not Look Stupid
How savvy are you in a beer bar? As a woman who writes about beer, I have grown to be passionate about the subject. Sometimes I am embarrassed by my own enthusiasm, because I catch myself being … well … the epitome of the Beer Fox.
Gluten Free Framboise Marinated Pot Roast Recipe
For those with Intolerance to Gluten, beer marinated meats are a challenge. The solution is to choose beer that is free of barley, wheat, oats, rye, spelt, kamut, triticale, and their related grain-cousins.
Papago Brewing in Scottsdale Arizona
This is a beer Mecca, indeed. A rotund, 6-foot tall, Monk mannequin greets you upon entry, with a welcome to beer heaven sign at his feet.
The Headhouse - Philly's Heady New Beer Bar
In early March 2010, Bruce Nichols and Madame Saito will be presenting The Headhouse, a new bar experience in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia, with a focus on great regional craft beer and fusion cuisine.
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A Super Bowl Message to All Women from the Beer Fox
Are you ready for a Super Bowl like no other? From Sugar Mama Pecans to Transatlantique Kriek, this is your chance to shine!
Beer Fox Tip of the Week
The Meilgaard Flavor Wheel, developed by Morten Meilgaard in the 1970s, has long been considered the beer flavor analysis standard by the European Brewing Convention, the American Society of Brewing Chemists, and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. It encompasses a whole array of flavors and aromas that are most often detected in beer and can be used to help you assess beer, if you have the knowledge to back up your findings. In conjunction with the flavor wheel, you might gain some guidance from Randy Mosher's book, Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
I urgently needed a few days off work, but I knew the Boss would not allow me to take leave. I thought that maybe if I acted "crazy" then he would tell me to take a few days off.
So I hung upside-down on the ceiling and made funny noises.
My co-worker (who is blonde) asked me what I was doing. I told her that I was pretending to be a light bulb so that the Boss might think I was "crazy" and give me a few days off.
A few minutes later the Boss came into the office and asked, "What in the name of the angels in heaven are you doing?"
I told him I was a light bulb.
He said, "You are clearly stressed out. Go home and recuperate for a couple of days."
I jumped down and walked out of the office.
When my co-worker (the blonde) followed me, the Boss asked her, "And where do you think you are going?"
She replied, "I'm going home, too. I can't work in the dark."
Seasonals and Special Release Beers are spilling out across the beer scene. Look for these newcomers on tap or in bottles:
Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout - Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA -Complimentary Tasting from the Brewers - Thursday, February 11, 2010, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - 8% ABV, 30 IBUs - available on draft only throughout Philadelphia.
Samuel Adams Latitude 48 (Brewmaster's Collection) - Boston Beer Company, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - 5.8% ABV - IPA - coming in 2010
New Belgium Brewing Ranger IPA - New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - 7% ABV, 70 IBUs - Spanning 26 states from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Beer Rangers do their best to protect, to pour and to partake. Because of their selfless dedication to keep taps flowing and shelves stocked, New Belgium Brewing has created this beer in their honor.
Consecration (2nd Batch) - Russian River Brewing Company, San Marcos, California, USA - 750 ml bottles - 10% ABV - dark Belgian style ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Not only do they use Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, & Pediococcus, but they also add currants while the beer is aging in the barrels.
Beer Fests and Events:
San Francisco Beer Week - February 5-14, 2010 - More than 150 events throughout the San Francisco, California, USA Bay area - includes the San Francisco Brewers' Guild Opening Gala, Bistro Double IPA Event, the Toronado Barleywine Festival, Anchor Brewing & Fritz Maytag Special BrewMaster Luncheon, a Bill Brand Tribute at Drake's Brewing Company,and Celebrator's Best of the West Beer Fest. For info:
The Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival - February 19-20, 2010, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 USA - Friday session: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Saturday sessions: 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - An "ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE extravaganza complete with over 40 beers, wines and liquors paired with thousands of oysters - raw, steamed, roasted, and Rockerfellered, plus other mouth-watering seafood and pit beef." Admission also includes live music, seminars, and exhibits.
Friday Session One: Admission and Tasting Glass $85
Saturday Session Two: Admission and Tasting Glass $75
Saturday Session Three: Admission and Tasting Glass $85
Designated Driver Admission: $39
For info: http://www.beerandoyster.com/
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:
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
Tickets online: http://www.johnnybrendas.com/event-details/?tfly_event_id=5003
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 http://www.conserve-greatlakes.com. Organizer for the event is Lucy Saunders, F&B Communications LLC. She can be contacted via email: email@example.com
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: http://www.craftbrewersconference.org/
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: http://www.worldbeercup.org/
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Racer X - Bear Republic Brewing Company, Healdsburg, California, USAy
Style: American Double IPA - 9% ABV
Cloudy orange glows beneath a fluffy white head and curtains of thick lace. The nose is filled with herbal hoppiness and aromas of cantaloupe, grapefruit, toasted malt and sweet resin. Flavors of caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, orange and pine dance on the tongue in a chewy, medium body. Finish is long, lingering, tart, and zesty. A glorious winner for the Super Bowl Celebration!
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