February 6 2011 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Monk's Café - Tom Peters & Fergus Carey
Monks publishes the most readable bible in the country ...
How Sales Reps Can Ruin Your Image
As the sun lowered over Miami to touch the horizon, the air was awash with the rich scent of burgers, brats, and hummus. “I have something I want you to write about,” said my friend from Chicago. My ears perked up.
Michael Jackson and Bill Moeller - Two Old Salts
It was like listening to two old salts, sharing tales of adventure on the high seas. Bill Moeller and Michael Jackson, their silhouettes framed across the table.
Last Call for Bruce Nichols - A Memorial
The sense of awe they would instill in future generations would escape them. But to those who lost a friend and colleague, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Locust Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was an appropriate setting to memorialize a man who appreciated beauty.
Brauhaus Schmitz - Philadelphia German Bier Hall
With the feel of a German Beer Hall, Brauhaus Schmitz is rich in warm wood, exposed brick, a German balcony, schnitzels, accordion player, and authentic German beer.
Ska Brewing - Cans Cartoons and Wax
Nothing imbeds success deeper in one’s mind than the black-and-white image of a checkered flag at the finish line. Combine that with Andy Warhol-style pop-art, a touch of evil, and Jamaican rhythms, and you’ve captured my attention. Only one more temptation ...
1st Women's Collaboration Beer - Project Venus
Women brew … Women brew … Women brew. Listen as the echo reaches your ears, like an ancient chant from the lips of Ninkasi, Isis, or Tjenenet - goddesses who inspired the brewing of ethereal beer, hypnotizing warriors who succumbed under such seductive power.
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week
When tasting a beer style that is unfamiliar to you, smell it with your eyes closed, and try to relate it to an experience you have had in the past. Taste it, and allow it to roll across your lips and to stimulate the back of your throat. It may remind you of cotton candy at a local fair ... or of the stone walls of a castle you visited in Scotland ... or of a honey brushed loaf of challah that your great-grandmother used to make. You may be able to pick out specific spices, fruit, or herbal notes. It may warm you in the chest and send a tingle to the back of your neck. More likely, you will experience all these as a blend.
As good beer warms, if becomes better. Additional layers emerge as secondary or tertiary characteristics. Try to remember the style associated with these flavors and attach it to the overall experience. If it is particularly good, you will be able to recall those specific flavors the next morning. That's world class!
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
Since the Super Bowl is on the mind of most Americans today, I thought I'd pass on a little jab at those who didn't make it. Have fun:
The Colorado State Patrol are cracking down on speeders heading into Denver.
For the first offense, they give you 2 Denver Bronco tickets. If you get stopped a second time, they make you use them.
Q. What do you call 47 millionaires around a TV watching the Super Bowl?
A. The Denver Broncos
Q. What do the Denver Broncos and Billy Graham have in common?
A. They both can make 70,000 people stand up and yell "Jesus Christ".
Q. How do you keep a Denver Bronco out of your yard?
A. Put up a goal post.
Q. What do you call a Denver Bronco with a Super Bowl ring?
Q. What's the difference between the Denver Bronco and a dollar bill?
A. You can still get four quarters out of a dollar bill.
Q. How many Denver Broncos does it take to win a Super Bowl?
A. Nobody remembers.
Q. What do the Broncos and a possum have in common?
A. Both play dead at home and get killed on the road!
Wynkoop Brewing Company has selected the three finalists who will compete for the 2011 Beerdrinker of the Year award.
These finalists will compete in the Beerdrinker of the Year finals on February 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado, USA. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
The three top vote getters from this year’s resume pool are:
James Clark, a Springfield, Virginia homebrewer, beer traveler and beer ambassador.
Mike Dixon, a Wake Forest, North Carolina beer lover, certified national beer judge and beer organizer.
Phil Farrell, a Cumming, Georgia commercial pilot, homebrewer, grand master beer judge and four-time Beerdrinker finalist.
I know I'm not supposed to be partial, and I wish all the contenders good luck ... but ... No one deserves it as much as Phil Farrell. He's photographed his loyal rubber chicken with so many famous (and not-so-famous) beer people that his first girl had to be bronzed:
The Bronze Chicken of Beer
Beer Fests and Events:
Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show - March 7-9, 2011 - Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Nevada, USA - http://www.ncbshow.com/
2011 Brewers Association Craft Brewers Conference - March 23-26, 2011 - Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, California, USA - Keynote Speakers are Fritz Maytag & Ken Grossman - http://www.craftbrewersconference.com/
Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience - June 3-4, 2011 - National Building Museum, Washington, DC, USA - http://www.savorcraftbeer.com/
18th Mondial de la Biere - June 8-12, 2011 - Place Bonaventure and the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec, Canada - http://festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca/en/festivals/mondial_de_la_biere_montreal_2011/
Mondial de la Biere 2011 Strasbourg Europe - October 21-24, 2011 - Strasbourg Exhibition Park (Wacken), Strasbourg, France - http://festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca/en/festivals/mondial_de_la_biere_strasbourg_2011/
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Capricho Oscuro - Batch 2 - Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Florida, USA
Style: American Strong Ale
A gorgeous label of rainbow colors grabs the eye, even before you open the bottle. The body is deep chocolate brown with a creamy head of burnt-ochre. A rich mocha-espresso is enhanced with whisky booziness. Alcohol mixes with plums, cherries, raisins, oak, vanilla, and treacle. Layers of licorice emerge with hints of the fine cellaring it has undergone. Quite beautiful!
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