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March 13 2010 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Beer Fox Tip of the Week

Although most beer drinkers focus on the grain bill or hops used as the foundation of the beer they are drinking, the yeast is the star of the show. In German hefeweizen, yeast can impart aromas and flavors of banana, clove, smoke, bubblegum, and vanilla - and remains in the bottle as a hazy reminder of its wonderful work.

Ale yeasts can produce aromas of fruity esters and spice, while lager yeast, when treated correctly, allow malt depth and aromatics to shine through. Those responsible for wild fermentation add complexity that makes beer sing.
As yeast consumes sugar, their aromatics are complex and unlimited. They may fill the air with aromas of dark fruits - plums, raisins and figs - or the lighter fruits of peaches, oranges, apples, and pears. In some, you may detect aromas of lemongrass, butterscotch, exotic spices, leather, earth, and horse blanket.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

An Irishman goes into the confessional box after years of being away from the Church.

There's a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap. On the other wall is a dazzling array of the finest cigars and chocolates.

Then the priest comes in. "Father, forgive me, for it's been a very long time since I've been to confession, but I must first admit that the confessional box is much more inviting than it used to be."

The priest replies: "Get out. You're on my side."

Beer News:

A Pennsylvania (USA) beer & fitness group, Fishtown Beer Runners, located in Philadelphia, have scheduled a Liquor Law Reform Run for Thursday, March 25th at 7:00 pm. Co-founder David April organized the run to highlight the need for the Pennsylvania State Legislature to reform the antiquated Pennsylvania liquor laws. They will be running to Local 44, one of the bars raided for selling unregistered beer. It is a 6.5 mile run from the starting point at 2346 E. Susquehanna Ave and all are encouraged to participate even if they can't run the entire route from Fishtown. We will be running west on Market Street for most of the run and folks can jump in anywhere along the route, or take the El to City Hall and run from there.

The group celebrates "responsible running and drinking in the interest of science," and sets out on weekly runs that average 3-5 miles, every Thursday at 7:00 pm sharp, regardless of the weather. The run begins at 2346 E. Susquehanna Ave (David April's home) in Fishtown and ends at a different pub every week, where members replenish with "a beer or two." Membership is free. Walkers are encouraged to join.

Beer Fests and Events:

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 pm (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 pm - The most prestigious beer competition in the world. For information:

17th Edition of the Mondial de la Biere - June 2-6, 2010 - Windsor Station and Courtyard, located at 1160 des Canadiens-de-Montréal street (de la Gauchetière West - 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday and 11:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday - This International North American Beer Festival will present greater significance on the educational side of beer, with the MBeer School of Beerology with Mario D’Eer, Guy Levesque, Tony Forder and Serge Noël, the MBeerconference with Christian Bauweraerts (Belgium), Founder of Achouffe Brewery; Philippe Gaïani (France), Beer Cocktail Specialist; Conrad Seidl (Austria), Beer Writer and Journalist; and Eric Wallace (United States), President and Co-Founder of Left Hand Brewery. The Mondial will also feature Belgium, Brazil and Italy at the Petit Pub, as well as the United States and Ontario.

Throughout the hall will be beer exhibitors, food, and beverages from Cassis Mona et filles, Intermiel, Miel Nature and La Vinerie du Kildare. The International MBeer professional tasting Contest continues in its fifth year, where an international jury of experts will choose the winners of one platinum medal and 10 gold medals. For information:

The 2nd edition of the Mondial de la bière - October 22-24, 2010 - Exhibition Park (Wacken), Strasbourg, France - 100 breweries and 400 outstanding beers, beer & cheese workshops, restaurants on-site, and presentations on the history of beer from grain to the glass, including live brewing demonstrations. For information:

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Roadrunner IPA - Blue Corn Brewery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Style: India Pale Ale - 6.5% ABV

Poured into my crystal clear glass, the body shone golden-amber with the slightest hazy glow and a creamy lean head of foamy eggshell white. Aromas are fully fragrant citrus and snappy whiffs of pine and spice. Malt lends a firm foundation, but allows the hops to emerge in perfect balance. Hops used include: CTZ (a moniker for Columbus, Tomahawk, Zeus - they are the same hop varietal), Centennial, Amarillo and Cascade. Roadrunner is then dry-hopped with Columbus, Centennial, and Amarillo. Applause must be given to Brewer Brad Kraus for creating this seductive, highly-drinkable, quenching beer!


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