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April 3 2011 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Chilean Beer & Copa Cervezas de America

Copa Cervezas de America, Chile’s first national craft beer competition is set for September 2011, and will showcase the diversity of all craft beer produced or sold in South America.

Did Big Beer Get Brew Master's Canned ?

Word on the street is that the Discovery Channel's Brew Masters Series, starring the handsome Sam Calagione, is being cancelled, with the last episode – the 5th of 6 that were filmed – being in May 2011.

Miracle Lox Turns Water into Beer

NALLA, the National Ale Lager and Lambic Association, has been granted a temporary patent on a breakthrough product called Miracle Lox, designed to turn water into beer.

25 Questions - Philly Beer Geek Fun

How much of a Philly Beer Geek are you? Here are 25 Questions and Answers that will really rock your brain.

From the Beer Fox Archives

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

George Hummel of Home Sweet Homebrew in Philadelphia has just launched his new book, "The Complete Homebrew Beer Book: 200 Easy Recipes, from Ales and Lagers to Extreme Beers and International Favorites", published by Robert Rose, copyright 2011.

Hummel is winner of the Pennsylvania Governor's Inspiration Award, with his wife Nancy Rigberg, and recipe designer of George's Fault, 2005 Gold Medalist and 2009 Silver Medalist in the Specialty Honey Lager or Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival, brewed by Gordon Grubb at Nodding Head Brewpub.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

These are all allegedly from genuine claim forms when people have had an accident and are trying to get their insurance companies to pay out:

"I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought."

"I pulled into the shoulder of the road with smoke coming from under the hood. I realized the car was on fire so took my dog and smothered it with a blanket."

Q: Could either driver have done anything to avoid the accident?
A: Traveled by bus?

The claimant had collided with a cow. The questions and answers on the claim form were -
Q: What warning was given by you?
A: Horn.
Q: What warning was given by the other party?
A: Moo.

"On approach to the traffic lights the car in front suddenly broke."

"I didn't think the speed limit applied after midnight"

"I knew the dog was possessive about the car but I would not have asked her to drive it if I had thought there was any risk."

"Windscreen broken. Cause unknown. Probably Voodoo."

"The car in front hit the pedestrian but he got up so I hit him again."

"I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment."

"The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intention."

"In an attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole."

"I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home. As I reached an intersection a hedge sprang up obscuring my vision and I did not see the other car."

"An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished."

"Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don't have."

"I thought my window was down, but I found it was up when I put my head through it."

"I had been learning to drive with power steering. I turned the wheel to what I thought was enough and found myself in a different direction going the opposite way."

Beer News:

On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, head brewer Chris LaPierre of Iron Hill Brewery, Maple Shade, New Jersey, and Suzanne Woods, his girlfriend, Beer Lass, and President of the Women's In Pursuit of Ale (IPA) Club of Philadelphia, an all-women beer appreciation group, collaborated at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (124 East Kings Highway) to create a special pepper-infused saison they are calling "Saizanne."

Woods, a renowned local beer expert,has been featured in a number of beer publications. "We’ve talked for a long time about brewing a beer together," she said, "but we wanted to make something really special and not just a gimmick." The release party will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Maple Shade, NJ brewpub.

More Beer News:

When plans for the 16th Annual Kona Brewers Festival came together, there was no inkling that Mother Nature would be flexing her muscle in the Hawaiian Islands. The 9 point earthquake that caused such devastation in Japan was followed by an equally devastating tsunami that struck Japan's coast with a vengeance.

Those staying at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel, also the site of the Kona Brewers Festival, were stunned to learn that they, too, were being evacuated due to an impending tsunami backlash in the Islands.

The wave struck at 3:27 am the day before the fest was to begin, washing out the planned site. The event was moved to the Kona Brewery Parking Lot and opened as planned on Saturday with raucous crowds and the usual Trash Fashion Show - better than ever, thanks to the fresh supply left by the ocean's untamed hand.

Beer Fests and Events:

Great Lakes Water Conservation Workshop - April 25, 2011 - Urban Chestnut, 3229 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103 - Keynote Speaker is Karl Ockert, Technical Director, Master Brewers Association of the Americas -

American Craft Beer Week - May 16-22, 2011 - Local events held across the nation -

12th Annual West Coast Brew Fest 2011 - May 21, 2011 - Miller Park, Sacramento, California - WCBF holds a BCJP-sanctioned Commercial Craft Competition two weeks prior to the event and winning Breweries will be displaying their award-winning brews at the festival - Benefits Make-A-Difference Project -

Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience - June 3-4, 2011 - National Building Museum, Washington, DC, USA -

18th Mondial de la Biere - June 8-12, 2011 - Place Bonaventure and the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec, Canada -

Mondial de la Biere 2011 Strasbourg Europe - October 21-24, 2011 - Strasbourg Exhibition Park (Wacken), Strasbourg, France -

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Tomfoolery Black Saison - Terrapin Beer Company, Athens, Georgia, USA
Style: Black Farmhouse Ale/Saison, 7.3% ABV

Deep onyx body with a thick, tight head of mocha. The nose is spicy, earthy, and herbal, with a roasted, malt profile. Tinges of citrus emerge, with hints of pear. An excellent blend of creativity and farmhouse style.


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