March 29 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Ladies Beer Tea - Belgian Cafe Philadelphia
A steady caravan of women filed along the street. It was mid-afternoon, and one-by-one, they seemed to disappear through Belgian-esque colors of red, yellow and black. Some arrived, wearing wide-brimmed hats and afternoon dresses.
A Beer Hunter Fantasy - Christmas in March
I wondered if such a bizarre dream would be considered blasphemy with a strange twist of impropriety. Was it Michael Jackson’s reminder to me from the “other side” that his birthday was imminent?
Steamin' Chile Chili Recipe
The Beer Fox says, “Although chili is claimed as the official dish of the state of Texas, it is actually a dish, made with peppers and meat, with its etymology derived from the Spanish "chile con carne."
Beer Hunter Michael Jackson's Philadelphia
He danced around the words, asking me about the 1st Annual Philly Beer Geek Finals Competition being held on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. What was a Philly Beer Geek?
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
With the advent of Spring, the newest Spring Seasonals from your favorite microbreweries are pouring suds on all fronts. Some of the most tasty brews to seek out:
Garde Dog Biere de Garde - Biere de Garde - Flying Dog Brewing Company, Denver, Colorado, USA
Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA - India Pale Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company, Marshall, Michigan, USA
Southampton Biere de Mars - Biere de Mars - Southampton Publick House, Southampton, New York, USA
De Dolle Bos Keun - Belgian Strong Pale Ale - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers, Esen, Belgium
Gouden Carolus Easter Beer - Belgian Strong Dark Ale - Brouwerij Het Anker, Mechelen, Belgium
Anchor Bock Beer - Bock - Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, California, USA
XS Ale - American Strong Ale - Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, California, USA
Expedition Ale - American Amber/ Red Ale - Drake's Brewing Company, San Leandro, California, USA
Dunkelweizen - Dark Whear Beer - Gordon Biersch Brewing, California, USA
Green Lakes Organic Ale - Organic IPA - Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon, USA
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A woman from Austin, who was a tree hugger and anti-hunter, purchased several acres of Hill Country land near Lake Travis, Texas. There was a huge tree on one of the highest points in the tract. She wanted to view the natural splendor of her land, so she climbed the tree. As she neared the top, she encountered a spotted owl. It attacked her! In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground. The ensuing fall incurred several splinters of wood in her crotch.
In considerable pain, she hurried to the nearest doctor 35 minutes away. She told him she was an environmentalist and anti-hunter and how she came to receive all of the splinters. The doctor listened to her story with great patience. He then told her to go into the examining room and he would see if he could help. The impatient patient sat and waited for three hours before the doctor reappeared.
The angry woman demanded, "What took you so long"?
He smiled and said, "Well, I had to get permits from US Environmental Service, the Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Keep Texas Beautiful before I could remove old-growth timber from a recreational area. I'm sorry, but they turned me down."
Left Hand Brewing Company should be congratulated for their outstretched hand the the female population. A women's only club, "Ales for Females." has been founded by Cinzia Wallace and Sue Smith-Troy, who have structured the agenda around educating women about all the pleasures beer has to offer. Meetings are held monthly, on the last Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Left Hand Brewing, 1265 Boston Avenue, Longmont, Colorado, USA Phone: 303-772-0258. For information about Left Hand Brewing: http://www.lefthandbrewing.com/
Craft Brewers Conference and World Beer Cup - April 16-19, 2008 - Town & Country Resort, San Diego, California, USA
The Craft Brewers Conference merges with the Craft Beer Wholesalers Conference as an event that provides information and networking within the craft brewing community during the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America. Keynote Address will be given by Richard Doyle of Harpoon Brewery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Events include the CBC Welcome Reception, hosted by Stone Brewing Company and sponsored by Briess Malt and Ingredients Co. & Hopunion CBS, LLC; a Symposium presented by Weihenstephan and VLB Berlin on Brewing Export Quality Beers and Managing Brewery Growth; the first meeting of the Pink Boots Society; the first Certified Cicerone(tm) exam; Brewery Tours; the World Beer Cup Reception and Gala Awards Dinner and more. For information:
Savor - May 16-17, 2008 - Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC, USA
The Brewers Association, producers of the Great American Beer Festival, is bringing the quintessential craft beer and food event to Washington D.C. in celebration of American Craft Beer Week. Tickets are $85 and go on sale February 4, 2008 and include:
-Samples from of a wide variety of small dishes and appetizers crafted to match the taste profiles of craft beers
-Commemorative tasting glass
-2-ounce samples of specially selected craft beers
-Craft Beer Tasters Journal
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Palo Santo Marron - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware, USA
Style: American Brown Ale
Aged in Palo Santo Paraguayan Wood, this gorgeous inky black beauty appears viscous and solid on the pour, with little head - just a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lace sticks to the glass, mingled with long legs. Aromas of red currants, wood, and vanilla have a clean, fruity profile, while licorice and earth arise as it warms.
Flavors are of smoked wood, burnt treacle, black currants, and bittersweet chocolate, mixed with hazelnut coffee and chewy raisins. What a complex rich brew! Must be savored!
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