April 29 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Judging Beer Aroma and Flavor
One of the most challenging aspects of beer judging is assessing aroma and flavor. These are chemical in nature, making them much more difficult to interpret.
Beer Evaluation - Kinesthetic & Trigeminal Senses
Have you ever listened to a close friend describe an accident or severe pain? Their words are so vivid that you feel a weird shock wave through your body.
CBN Evening Brews at Celebrator.com
“I’m Allison Cook…and I’m Tom Dalldorf…oops!” begins the CBN Evening Brews, a little silly shtick that propels a great idea into the craft beer world.
Philly Beer Geek Finalist Wardell Massey
Philly Beer Geek Finalist Dell Massey has the look of a wise sage in his eyes as he speaks his philosophy about beer. Simply stated, “You meet some wonderful people when you´re into beer.”
World Beer Cup 2008 - Pinnacle of Success
When do you think Charlie Papazian, founder of the Association of Brewers, president of the Brewers Association, and founder of the World Beer Cup, will be recognized with a Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions in uniting the global economy of beer? It is a peacemaking mission, isn’t it?
Philly Beer Geek Finalist Aaron Fournier
Aaron Fournier competed in the 1st Annual Philly Beer Geek Finals Competition 2008. After a tough first round, he was chosen as one of the three beer geeks for the Final Round,
Is Saké Beer ?
Is saké beer, or is saké a beverage unique unto itself? Many would argue that, since it is made from rice, (a grain), and fermented, it is truly beer.
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
May Bock, or Maibock, is a seasonal version of Bock Beer, amber in color, and marketed in the Spring, when the colder winter has given in to Mother Nature's warmth. It was designed to give inner warmth to those who strolled into the biergarten, while winds might still be chilly. It is malty, with the prominent character of Noble hops.
Traditionally, it is believed to hail from Einbeck, Lower Saxony, Germany, "the world's first great center of commercial brewing" (according to Michael Jackson).
On the first Sunday of May, Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, holds Goat Races during the Annual Bock Fest, celebrating the release and tapping of their Spring Maibock. The fest features German food, oom-pah music, and lots of great beer - Slacker Bock, Helles Bock, Instigator Doppelbock, two Eisbocks, Royal Weisse, Rauchbier, Pikeland Pils, Helles Golden Lager, and who-knows-what-other-surprises. The newly-tapped Maibock is named after the winning goat each year. More info:
If you're not in the area, you might want to seek out these Maibocks:
~Matt's Maibock - Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, Lake Placid, New York, USA
~Hofbrau Maibock (Urbock) - Staatliches Hofbräuhaus
~Stoudt's Blonde Double Maibock - Stoudt's Brewing Company, Adamstown, Pennsylvania, USA
~Southampton May Bock - Southampton Publick House, Southampton, New York, USA
~Berkshire Maibock Lager - Berkshire Brewing Company, South Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA
~Spaten Maibock / Premium Bock - Spaten Franziskaner Brau, Munchen, Germany
~PENNdemonium - Pennsylvania Brewing Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
~Mahr's Bock-Bier - Mahr's Brau, Bamberg, Germany
~Mammoth Maibock - Grand Teton Brewing Company, Victor, Idaho, USA
~Ambrosia Maibock - Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle, Washington, USA
~Mad Brewer Maibock - Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
~Kalinkin - Stepan Razin Brewery, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A C-130 was lumbering along when a cocky F-16 flashed by. The jet jockey decided to show off.
The fighter jock told the C-130 pilot, "Watch this!" and promptly went into a barrel roll followed by a steep climb. He then finished with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier. The F-16 pilot asked the C-130 pilot what he thought of that?
The C-130 pilot said, "That was impressive, but watch this!"
The C-130 droned along for about 5 minutes and then the C-130 pilot came back on and said: "What did you think of that?"
Puzzled, the F-16 pilot asked, "What the heck did you do?"
The C-130 pilot chuckled. "I stood up, stretched my legs, walked to the back, went to the bathroom, then got a cup of coffee and a cinnamon bun."
When you are young & foolish - speed & flash may seem a good thing !!!
When you get older & smarter - comfort & dull is not such a bad thing !!!
Us old folks understand this one!
Oskar Blues Brewery is pumpin' out the beer! Their new brewhouse in Longmont, Colorado is 35,000 square feet and has begun producing Dale's Pale Ale. Plans are to expand production to the full line of canned beers. Says Owner Dale Katechis, “Our new walk-in cooler is about the size of our entire brewery in Lyons. And we have plenty of elbow room for more tanks, enough to triple our capacity to around 100,000 barrels down the road.”
Looks like the Apocalypse! Yep, that is one of their flavorful brews: Apocalypse; Bourbon Ten FIDY; Gordon; Hunky Hefeweizen;Leroy, Cherry Russian Imperial Stout; Long Jon Porter; Money Shot; Old Chub Scottish Style Ale; Woutbier; One Nut Brown Ale; Reverend Sandi's Sinful Stout; Mamma's Little Yellow Pilsner...
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
15th Anniversary of the Mondial de la Biere - May 28 - June 1, 2008- Windsor Station and Courtyard, 1160 de la Gauchetiere West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Mondial de la Biere, 15 new products will be introduced from Brasseurs de Montreal, Brutopia, La Barberie, and more. The festival will be packed with workshops by such beer notables as Lorenzo Dabove, Marnie Old and Sam Calagione, Warren Monteiro, Eric Trossat, Rob Tod, Suzanne Hetch and Hans-Peter Drexler. A Beer Competition will be held, juried by Adam Avery, Lorenzo Dabove, Hans Peter Drexler, Ian Guenard, Marc Gratton, Warren Monteiro, Luc Smekens, and Eric Trossat. Also featured, as part of the buffet of events, will be a Cartoon Beer Contest, judged by an international panel of art experts; the new French Pavilion; and the Quebec Beer Trek.
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Biere de Miel Biologique - Brasserie Dupont, Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium
Style: Saison Farmhouse Ale - 8% ABV
Wow! What an aroma! Flowery gardenias and honey. The beautiful body is hazy amber, with a head of tiny tight bubbles and superb creaminess. Made with East Kent Golding Hops and Dupont yeast, flavors of fresh pale fruit emerge, mixed with a peppery earthiness that grabs the tongue and captures your attention.
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