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March 25 2010 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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As President of Unsuited Entertainment and founder of the Celebration of the Suds, Jon Henderson splashed into town with the 5th Atlantic City Beer Festival 2010, held at the Atlantic City Convention Center...

PLCB Philadelphia Beer Raid Comes to a Head
The Philadelphia beer scene came to a head during the first week of March 2010, when more than a dozen armed state police descended in simultaneous raids upon three upscale Philadelphia pubs...

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Beer Fox Tip of the Week

Looking for a unique gift for someone who loves art? How about a gift basket that showcases the most artistic beer labels in the world? If modern art is your bag, focus on labels from Flying Dog with the art of Ralph Steadman, Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V., vaguely reminiscent of Heironymous Bosch, or Taras Boulba from Brasserie de la Senne in the style of Picasso's Guernica.

For those who like more classical art, Noire De Chambly from Unibroue or De Proef Flemish Primitive Wild Ales should do the trick.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation to Jerusalem. While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land, for $150." The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home. The undertaker asked, "Why would you spend $5,000 to ship your wife home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here, and you would only spend $150?"

The man replied, "Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead. I just can't take that chance..."

Beer News:

From our friends across the pond:
"Call for Entries! Free Transport to the UK!

The London International Beer Challenge is grateful for the cooperation of the Boston Brewing Company who will be acting as a consolidation point for all American entries to the 2010 competition. As an additional incentive to ensure we have beers from the greatest craft brewers on the planet in 2010 we will be covering transport for entries from Boston to London!

Each year the challenge discovers and rewards the finest beers from across the globe and in association with its media partners, promotes its medalists to buyers and retailers. In 2009, for the first time, there was a consumer tasting of IBC medal winning beers. Building on this success in 2010 we will hold more dedicated consumer events and extensive PR ensuring medalists are showcased and the awards gain recognition with beer drinkers.

Judging will take place on May 25th and 26th 2010. To enter complete an entry form:

Entry deadline is April 16th 2010. All produce must arrive in Boston on or before the 16th April 2010. All deliveries and US logistical enquiries should be forwarded to Seth Adams, Boston Beer Company, 30 Germania St. Boston, MA 02130 Telephone: 617-368-5227 Email:

For competition queries please email

Our committed and dedicated team is passionate about this industry and is here to help you get the most out of the IBC and promote your product to the world."

Beer Fests and Events:

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

Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Lager - Brauerei Heller-Trum/ Schlenkerla, Bamberg, Germany
Style: Munich Helles Lager - 4.3% ABV

The nose announces the main event: beechwood smoke so intense it brings to mind summers by a campfire or winter evenings of bonfires and fireworks in the distance. A glowing copper body sits like a burning ember in the glass, feeding your eyes. The creamy head sits above, tight and firm, as if trying to turn itself into a vaporous fog. Fragrant and woodsy, it is balanced on the edge between sweeter pale malts and hops that define a more bitter snap at the finish. Pair with bleu cheese, chunky sharp, or more assertive smoked cheeses to echo the power. Worth the search!


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