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April 24 2013 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Space Beer – Light Beer at Zero Gravity
I’m digging the newest light beer on the market. As a beer with mass, but not a mass-market beer, this rookie is so light it is totally weightless – in space, that is.

How I Lost 30 Pounds Drinking Craft Beer
Over the course of four months, I initiated a lifestyle change that has resulted in a weight loss of thirty pounds, and it included craft beer.

World Beer Consumption – Are the Stats Warped ?
“A statistician is a professional who diligently collects facts and data and then carefully draws confusions about them.” Although the source is unknown, we laugh at the truth found in this little gem.

Eight Facts You Didn't Know About Beer & Health
Healthy lifestyles: In moderation, beer is social, healthy, and enjoyable.

Craft Brewing : A Culture of Collaboration
Craft Beer Collaboration: It stands out as a force that has advanced the artisanal beer community with a flourish.

Does Beer Really Make You Fat ?
How did beer get such a bad rap when it comes to weight gain? Research studies consistently show that excess weight is not caused by drinking beer at moderate levels.

Patrons of the Brewing Arts
Each brewer is an artist in his own right; each beer style is easily recognized, particularly among those who are patrons of the brewing arts.

Beer Geeks - An American Sub-Culture
Geeks get it done: As in love, success is governed solely by passion.

How Judges Describe Beer
Beer judges are tasked with the job of tasting beer. Tough job, to say the least!

Illegal Hops Replace Gruit Ale
Humulus Lupulus: For a thousand years they were viewed as a big, bad ingredient throughout many parts of Europe.

From the Beer Fox Archives:

Wedding Band Inscriptions for Beer Lovers
In the USA, wedding rings often include a touching inscription on the inside, as a profession of love. For beer lovers, it seems fitting that this “touching inscription” would be the name of your favorite beer, one that succinctly sums up the tone of your relationship.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week

We’re rolling into a really busy time of the beer year, so be sure to mark up your calendars with the events you truly don’t want to miss. Copy the link right into your calendar page, along with any key info, and you won’t be looking for it at the last minute. Make pdf’s of anything you want to “print” and save it on the date. You’ll have all the tickets, QR codes, reservations, and bar codes you need, without wasting time.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

A miracle drug is one that has now the same price as last year.
A funeral procession is going up a steep hill on Main Street when the door of the Hearst flies open and the coffin falls out then speeds down Main Street into a pharmacy and crashes into the counter. The lid pops open and the deceased says to the astonished pharmacist, “You got anything to stop this coffin?”
A young college student had stayed up all night studying for his zoology test the next day. As he entered the classroom, he saw ten stands with ten birds on them with a sack over each bird and only the legs showing. He sat right on the front row because he wanted to do the best job possible. The professor announced that the test would be to look at each set of bird legs and give the common name, habitat, genus, species, etc.

The student looked at each set of bird legs. They all looked the same to him. He began to get upset. He had stayed up all night studying, and now had to identify birds by their legs. The more he thought about it, the madder he got. Finally, he could stand it no longer. He went up to the professor's desk and said, “What a stupid test! How could anyone tell the difference between birds by looking at their legs?” With that the student threw his test on the professor's desk and walked out the door.

The professor was surprised. The class was so big that he didn't know every student's name, so as the student reached the door the professor called, “Mister, what's your name?”

The enraged student pulled up his pant legs and said, “You guess, buddy! You guess!”

Beer News:

To honor National Homebrew Day on May 7, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates “AHA Big Brew” on the first Saturday in May. At noon CDT on May 4th, all homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise a glass of homebrew in celebration of those who craft outstanding homemade beer, mead and wine for their friends and loved ones. Each year, a number of suggested homebrew recipes are selected for AHA Big Brew participants to follow. This year’s recipes come from the 7th annual Great American Beer Festival® Pro-Am Competition, held October 2012 in Denver.

Beer Fests and Events:

Philly Beer Geek is in its 6th year and IT ROCKS!!! And so do Philly beer geeks.

If you are a beer geek in Philly or the surrounding area (Jersey qualifies too!) and you want to compete, Philly Beer Geek has bars that are holding competitions until May 12th. They WANT to sponsor you! Check out the events page at Philly Beer Geek for Details or FB me (easy, too!)

Philly Beer Geek gave away over $4,000 in prizes to the winner of Philly Beer Geek in the 2012 Competition, and this year promises to be just as fabulous. If you have competed in the past and have not yet won, this could be “your” year. PBG 2010 Steve Hawk didn’t win until his 3rd competition! Preliminary winners move onto the Semi Finals on May 14th at Manayunk Brewery, Philadelphia. Six finalists will be chosen to move to the Championship Round on June 6th, 2013 at The Field House in Philadelphia, PA. (during Philly Beer Week) in the hopes of claiming the prestigious Philly Beer Geek 2013 title.

SAVOR in New York City is going to be AWESOME this year: After five consecutive years of hosting SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington, D.C., the Brewers Association is bringing the event to New York City. In 2013, SAVOR will be held on June 14 and 15 at the Altman Building and adjoining Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. The two-night event will return to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. the year after on May 9 and 10, 2014. Tickets are selling out quickly, and there's still time for you to get your own tix. This year's event features 76 small and independent brewers sharing their great beers and entertaining stories.

Some say NYC is pricey - OK, maybe so, but the world is always looking at NYC as the "early adopter" of all that's hot and current, and THAT's where craft beer is: The Hottest and Most Current. It's def "In the Spotlight!" See you there!

AHA Craft Brewers Conference – June 27-29, 2013, The majority of official conference activities take place in the host hotel, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For details:

Craft Beer of the Week Awards

St. Denny Dubbel Style Ale – Harvester Brewing, Portland, OR USA
Gluten Free Belgian-style Ale – 6.7% ABV

As a release in their Experiment Ale Series, St. Denny Dubbel was introduced on April 12th by Harvester Brewing of Portland. Crafted using roasted chestnuts and dark Belgian Candi Syrup, St. Denny’s pours dark reddish-amber with ruby highlights around the edges and a rich off-white head. The nose is floral and field-like, with a hint of caramel. On the palate, nutty flavors blend with layers of dark plums, raisins, and spice. A luscious find in the Gluten-free beer world!


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