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March 21 2009 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Philly Beer Week 2009 - Photo Gallery 3

This gallery of photographs is a third presentation of the events of Philly Beer Week 2009, with the purpose of detailing the myriad of events enjoyed by both novices and die-hard enthusiasts throughout the Philadelphia metro and suburban areas.

Philly Beer Week 2009 - Photo Gallery 2

Philly Beer Week 2009 seems to be picking up steam - not like a mere locomotive, but like the blast from the Cape as the Space Shuttle takes flight. This gallery of photographs is a second sampling of the events of Philly Beer Week 2009

Philly Beer Week 2009 Photo Gallery 1

This gallery of photographs is a small sampling of the events of Philly Beer Week 2009, meant to illustrate the broad scope of events created by the enthusiastic beer lovers in the Philadelphia metro and suburban areas.

Philly Beer Week '09 - Opening Tap to Cask Ale

Philly Beer Week 2009 has softly drawn its curtain, despite our calls for Encore! that profusely rolled from our hop-drenched tongues. If we could split ourselves into clones, it would have served us little with so much choice to reward our spirits.

Joe Sixpack's Best of the Brews Awards

Don Russell, more widely known as author, reporter, and radio personality Joe Sixpack, took the stage on Opening Tap night at the Comcast Center to announce the Best of the Brews Awards, Philly style. In a city known for its cynical perspective, these brewers awards were in-line with the city’s sense of

Opening Tap - Philly Beer Week 2009

It is a celebration of joy, this Philly Beer Week that comes but once a year. For those unschooled in the Science of Beer Wisdom, let me explain that a Beer Week lasts 10 days, not the typical 7 that was established by Emperor Constantine in 321 CE.

Philly Beer Geek 2009 Rewards Beer Geeks

When you hear the phrase Sierra Nevada, do you think of a mountain range located in California, or do you think of beer? Do phrases like Hop Wallop, Man Full of Trouble, and Arrogant Bastard bring forth fond memories of gustatory delight?

War of the Worts XIV - Keystone Hops

They are the kings of grain, the masters of yeast, the heralds of hops. They may be chemists, nuclear engineers, or warehouse workers, but all have found a common thread that binds them together.

William Brand Passes Away - 1938-2009

Bill Brand was the kind of guy you never forgot. He reminded me of a character actor in a energetic, wiry man, with a lean crop of grey hair and a mustache that sat like a brush across his upper lip.

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Le Chevalerie du Fourquet des Brasseurs

They have been protectors of the masses for hundreds of years, guardians of sustenance, promoters of the common good.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week:

Spring is a great time to renew your stock of new beer books. Just published titles for your "Must-Have" library:

The beerbistro Cookbook - By Stephen Beaumont & Brian Morin
$40.00, hardcover
ISBN13 978-1-55470-140-7
Available: 14 April 09 in Canada; 10 June 2009 in the United States

Food writer Stephen Beaumont teams up with gifted Beer Chef Brian Morin to present delectable and seductive cuisine a la biere in the true essence of beerbistro philosophy. Morin leads the way as a forward-thinking renaissance man, pairing his creative beer cuisine with fine craft beer and the dynamic energy that has become a way of life at beerbistro in Toronto. As a successful chef, Morin has earned an impressive cache of gold and silver medals, and represented Canada at the International Bocuse D'Or competition in France where he placed 10th in the world.

Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser - By (in alphabetical order) Stephen Beaumont, Dave Broom, Ian Buxton, John Hansell, Julie Johnson, Charles MacLean, Hans Offringa, F Paul Pacult, Roger Protz, Lucy Saunders, Conrad Seidl, Carolyn Smagalski and Gavin D Smith.
£12.99 (UK), €14.99 (Europe), and $18.99 (USA), hard cover bound in laminated covers with an illustration of Michael Jackson by artist Gill Allan and with place ribbon
ISBN 978-1-906000-04-2
Available initially from the Classic Expressions website at and from leading whisky retailers, independent brewers and other outlets. Release date is 27 March, 2009.

Leading international writers on beer and whisky have joined together in a unique project to celebrate the enduring legacy of celebrated drinks writer Michael Jackson (65), who died in August 2007 having suffered from Parkinson's disease for over a decade. They have each donated a piece of new writing to Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser that will be launched on 27 March 2009 in London to raise much-needed funds for the Parkinson's Disease Society of the UK.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:

Two bowling teams, one of all Blondes and one of all Brunettes, charter a double-Decker bus for a weekend trip to Louisiana.

The Brunette team rode on the bottom of the bus, and the Blonde team rode on the top level.

The Brunette team down below really whooped it up, having a great time, when one of them realized she hadn't heard anything from the Blondes upstairs. She decided to go up and investigate.

When the Brunette reached the top, she found all the Blondes in fear, staring straight ahead at the road, clutching the seats in front of them with white knuckles.

The brunette asked, 'What the heck's going on up here? We're having a great time downstairs!'

One of the Blondes looked up at her, swallowed hard and whispered...


Beer News:

Nate Gefvert, sponsored by Spinnerstown Hotel and Tap Room, was crowned as 2009 Philly Beer Geek on Thursday, March 12, 2009, during Philly Beer Week. The Philly Beer Geek Finals competition was held at Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, where 6 Finalists faced off in competition for a Grand Prize of $1,000 in gift certificates, apparel, and beer-centric items, plus a plaque proclaiming him as Philly Beer Geek and the prestigious title as 2009 Philly Beer Geek.

Beer Fests and Events:

Mondial de la Biere - June 3-7, 2009 - Windsor Station and Courtyard, Downtown Montréal, 1160, De la Gauchetière Street West (Between Peel and De la montagne)
Since its creation in 1993 the Mondial de la bière has provided beer lovers with a unique tasting experience offering them quality products, many of which are presented exclusively at the Festival. Visitors have had an opportunity to discover beers from the four corners of the world, as well as beers, ciders, mead, and a variety of foods that highlight Quebec artisans and products. Over the years, the Mondial de la bière has become a must for beer lovers, each year drawing more than 75,000 people. A unique event, the Mondial de la bière has as its mission to give beer back its rightful place.

Le Mondial de la Biere, Strasbourg - October 16-18, 2009 - "We wanted to establish ourselves in Europe, and Strasbourg, the French beer capital, was a natural choice," said Jeannine Marois, founder and president of the Mondial de la bière.

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Echo Pale Ale, Brewers Select Series - Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
Style: Rye Beer - 6.8% ABV

Her body is deep dark, ruby chestnut with a sticky tan head perched delicately above. The nose is full of fruit - grapes,plums - with rye spiciness and hoppiness. Crafted with Simcoe and Centennial hops, the pine and grafefruit essence comes to the forefront, dressed with a smooth mouthfeel and delicate carbonation. A must-have-more!


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