April 6 2009 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
The beerbistro Cookbook - Book Review
If a restaurateur could capture velvet elegance and merge it with the comfort of relaxed indulgence, how much would your delectation increase? Casual elegance...Gourmet chic merged with relaxed gustatory delight - in a word, beerbistro of Toronto.
Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser Book Launch
Michael Jackson was, without a doubt, the most influential writer to affect the development of beer and whisky on the international stage, and now, 13 international drinks writers from the world of beer and whisky have collaborated on a book to honor him.
Philly Beer Geek 2009 - Finals Competition
Silver glitter flaked through the air like fairy dust. The air was, after all, charged with excitement as fans, finalists, and TV camera crews stepped over the threshold at Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA into a world of challenge.
Philly Beer Geek Semi-Finals Competition 2009
Every one of these Semi Finalists had proven themselves worthy to stand as the lead beer geek, able to stand-up to the panel of judges who light-heartedly sported Mardi-gras beads and black top hats, decorated with glitter and bottlecaps.
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Go green, young man, go green! is the new phrase of advice for the youth of our planet. Although I remember this adage from my grandmother and great aunts, as they grew their own vegetables and put up (as they called it)everything from peaches and jellies to corn and spaghetti sauce, I seem to have
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
If you are one of the many Americans who have switched from highly advertised, macro-lawnmower beers to hand-crafted micros, you no doubt, appreciate beer for its taste, and not just for an over-the-top buzz. Fresh hops, malt blends, fresh fruit, and exotic spices can produce a memorable experience for the beer drinker.
If you are a traveler, you will want to seek out beers brewed at their source. Perceptions in other countries are high that all Americans drink flavorless beer. Make your preference for local beer known, and you will not only experience the best a country has to offer, but will forge international friendships that can last a lifetime. Ask where the locals drink, and travel away from the over-beaten tourist path to experience this local color.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
It was mealtime during an airline flight.
"Would you like dinner?" the flight attendant asked John, seated in front.
"What are my choices?"John asked.
"Yes or no," she replied.
A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store but she couldn't find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, '"Do these turkeys get any bigger?"
The stock boy replied, "No ma'am, they're dead."
A truck driver was driving along on the freeway and noticed a sign that read: 'Low Bridge Ahead.' Before he knows it, the bridge is right in front of him and his truck gets wedged under it. Cars are backed up for miles.
Finally a police car comes up. The cop gets out of his car and walks to the truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, "Got stuck, huh?'"
The truck driver says, "No, I was delivering this bridge and I ran out of gas."
A woman is standing in her "natural state" looking in the bedroom mirror. She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, "I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment."
The husband replies, "Your eyesight's damn near perfect."
Monk's Uncle Triple by Pike Brewing was their first beer to use Belgian yeast. Originally brewed as a Spring seasonal, it was first released at Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, and has won a readers' choice award as "Best Belgian Ale" in 2008. With the most recent expansion, Pike Brewing has added more fermentation tanks, and with this greater capacity, will be making Monk's Uncle available year round due to its strong following. It is made with organic malt and organic sugar, a Westmalle yeast strain, hints of honey, and a touch of fruit and spice.
Head Brewer Drew Cluley has reformulated Pike's Tandem Double with the Westmalle Belgian Yeast, and has added organic sugar and coriander to his Gold Medal winning brown ale.
Beer Fests and Events:
Mondial de la Biere - June 3-7, 2009 - Windsor Station and Courtyard, Downtown Montréal, 1160, De la Gauchetière Street West (Between Peel and De la montagne)
Since its creation in 1993 the Mondial de la bière has provided beer lovers with a unique tasting experience offering them quality products, many of which are presented exclusively at the Festival. Visitors have had an opportunity to discover beers from the four corners of the world, as well as beers, ciders, mead, and a variety of foods that highlight Quebec artisans and products. Over the years, the Mondial de la bière has become a must for beer lovers, each year drawing more than 75,000 people. A unique event, the Mondial de la bière has as its mission to give beer back its rightful place.
Le Mondial de la Biere, Strasbourg - October 16-18, 2009 - "We wanted to establish ourselves in Europe, and Strasbourg, the French beer capital, was a natural choice," said Jeannine Marois, founder and president of the Mondial de la bière.
Craft Beer of the Week Award
2008 Black Tulip Trippel Ale - New Holland Brewing Company, New Holland, Michigan, USA
Style: Tripel 9 % ABV
This clear golden body supports a frothy, ivory head, while intricate lacing clings to the inner surfaces of my crystalline glass. The nose is bready, yeasty and mildly tart, with spicy fruit. On the tongue, a gentle wash of honey-like malt is balanced by subtle tartness and crisp spiciness. Fruit lingers in the back of the mouth. The 9% ABV never shows its head, making this one that could catch you without forewarning. Superb!
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