March 12 2011 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Philly Beer Week Heralds Best Beer City
If I could sound bugles or grab your attention with the scream of bagpipes, I would, Philadelphia! The winter slumber is over and Philly Beer Week 2011 is fast approaching. Shake the cobwebs from your brains and let the celebrations begin!
Decadent Beers for Fat Tuesday
Get out your green, gold and purple beads. It’s Fat Tuesday. Known by many as Shrove Tuesday, it is the last call of the Christian world before the period of fasting known as Lent in preparation for Easter.
Jason Harris - Keystone Homebrew Supply Adventure
Don Russell, Founder and Director of Philly Beer Week, has dubbed Jason’s new Keystone Homebrew Supply store as Disneyland for Homebrewers. But I call it Six Kegs Great Adventure Theme Park.
Savor - Beer & Food Sophistication in DC
The Brewers Association brilliantly chose Savor: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience as the title for their most sophisticated beer event of the year.
Phil Farrell Wins 2011 Beerdrinker Title
Beerdrinker of the Year is one of the most highly competitive championships in the world of American beer. This is not about who can drink the most beer, although global experience in tasting beer is a definite asset.
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Just a side note: Fishtown Beer Runners were featured on Saturday evening March 12, 2011 on Channel 6 ABC on FYI Philly and airs again on Sunday at 11:35 p.m. after the late news on 6 ABC.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week
When planning a beer tasting dinner, you might be tempted to impress those attending with a huge menu of beers. Don't overdo it. After too many tastes, the tastebuds can experience palate overload. Limit your menu to 6-8 beers, with a maximum pour of about 4 ounces. Taste from low to high intensity. Reserve light spritzy Bieres Brut or Lambics for early in the evening. Use Pale Ales and IPAs to quench a spicy dish. Merge rich meats and sauces with Belgian Dubbels, Porters and Brown Ales. You may even wish for an intermezzo of a Wild Ale. Top off the evening with a Russian Imperial Stout or Belgian Quad with a chocolaty dessert topped in cream.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
A blonde is overweight so her doctor put her on a diet.
"I want you to eat regularly for two days," he tells her. "Then skip a day and repeat the procedure for two weeks. The next time see you, you'll have lost at least five pounds."
When the blonde returns, she's lost nearly forty pounds. "Why that's amazing," the doctor says. "Did you follow my instructions?"
The blonde nods. "I'll tell you though, I thought I was going to drop dead that third day."
"From hunger you mean?" asks the doctor.
"No," replies the blonde, "from skipping."
The Brewers Association, dedicated to promoting small and independent craft brewers in America, has just announced its 2011 Board of Directors. New to the Board this year are John Mallett of Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI; Steve Hindy of Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, NY; Steve Bradt of Freestate Brewing Company in Lawrence, Kansas; and Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado.
Other members are Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware, Vice Chair; Mark Edelson of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in DE, PA, and NJ, Secretary/Treasurer; Nick Matt of F.X. Matt Brewing Company in Utica, NY, Chair; Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO, Executive Commitee as Past Board Chair; Dick Cantwell of Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA; Gary Fish of Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR; Chris P. Frey and Chris Graham, both AHA Representatives; Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, CA; John Pinkerton of Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, GA; and Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, ME.
One more news flash: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will open their 9th location in late 2011 at 8400 Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is the first Iron Hill Brewery to enter the Philly City limits.
Beer Fests and Events:
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/
Beer For Beasts - March 26, 2011 - The Bell House in the Gowanus section of Park Slope, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY - Presented by Beer Advocate and Sixpoint Brewery to benefit the Humane Society of New York City - http://beerforbeasts.com/
Great Lakes Water Conservation Workshop - April 25, 2011 - Urban Chestnut, 3229 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103 - Keynote Speaker is Karl Ockert, Technical Director, Master Brewers Association of the Americas - http://www.conserve-greatlakes.com/
American Craft Beer Week - May 16-22, 2011 - Local events held across the nation - http://www.craftbeer.com/pages/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week
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
Boont Amber Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Boonville, California, USA
Style: Amber Ale, 5.8% ABV
This brilliant, coppery-amber body lies beneath a bubbly, thick head of cream that lasts and lingers on the sides of the glass. The nose is of sweet, caramelly malt with distinctive herbal and flowery notes. On the palate it is fresh, malty, and touched with caramel sweetness that lasts into the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and a slick chewiness. Simply delicious!
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