May 11 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Mother's Day Beer and Food
What style is, or was, YOUR Mother? One thing is certain…whatever her style, good or bad, we all are children of someone whom we think about on Mother’s Day.
Three Tier System of Alcohol Distribution - USA
Imagine what it must have been like during Prohibition. Crazy and romantic, in its own way. Little shabby restaurants in brownstone houses…whisper the name of a mutual friend through the crack in the door, and the whiskey world would open to you. Or maybe you would drink beer.
Joe Sixpack's Philly Beer Guide - Book Review
Whether you love beer or think you hate it, no trip to Philadelphia should be made without a copy of Joe Sixpack’s Philly Beer Guide in hand.
Beer Fox - Craft Brew Awards - 06/05 to 11/18/2007
To honor the creativity and technical expertise of so many world-class brewers, the Beer Fox selects the Craft Brew of the Week. This listing covers awards from June 5, 2007 to November 18, 2007.
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On the North side of the River Thames, a slate footpath, dotted with hitching posts on the far end, leads the curious pub-seeker through a lapse in time, into a narrow alleyway of classic brownstone and stucco.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
For a quick reference tool to beer festivals all over the world, visit http://www.beerfestivals.org/
Michigan-based freelance writer Paul Ruschmann and his wife Maryanne Nasiatka maintain a well-kept, up-to-date site covering festivals in every corner of the planet.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
I went into my proctologist's office for my first rectal exam. His new blonde nurse, Evelyn, took me to an examining room And told me to get changed and have a seat until the doctor could see me. She said that he would only be a few minutes.
After putting on the examination gown that she gave me, I sat down. While waiting, I observed that there were three items on a stand next to the exam table:
A Tube of K-Y jelly, a rubber glove and a beer.
When the doctor finally came in, I said, "Look Doctor, I'm a little confused. This is my first exam. I know what the K-Y is for, and I know what the glove is for, but can you tell me what the BEER is for?"
At that, my doctor became noticeably outraged and stormed over to the door.
He flung the door open and yelled to his nurse.
"Darn it Evelyn!
I said a BUTT LIGHT !"
Results of the 2008 Australian International Beer Awards held in March, 2008 were impressive. There were 1084 entries from 217 breweries in 42 countries. Among international winners throughout the world were a select group of craft brewers from the USA who received high honors:
~Alaskan Brewing Company - Juneau. Alaska - Highest Gold Medal Winner Class 23 - Alaskan Barley Wine
~Pelican Pub & Brewery - Pacific City, Oregon - Highest Gold Medal Winner Class 29 - India Pelican Ale
~Pelican Pub & Brewery - Pacific City, Oregon - Highest Gold Medal Winner Class 49 - Stormwatcher's Winterfest
Awards also given -
Large Brewery Section winners included the following (Note, many received multiple medals, a sign of prestigious brewing in each category):
~Boston Beer Company - Boston, Massachusetts
~Kona Brewing Company - Lahaina, Hawaii
~Spoetzl Brewery - Shiner, Texas
~Rogue Ales - Newport, Oregon
~Stone Brewing Company - Escondido, California
~Flying Dog Ales - Denver, Colorado
~Matt Brewing, Utica, New York
~Shipyard Brewing - Portland, Maine
~BridgePort Brewing Company - Portland, Oregon
~Deschutes Brewery - Bend, Oregon
~Widmer Brothers Brewing Company - Portland, Oregon
~Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown, Pennsylvania
~Odell Brewing Company - Fort Collins, Colorado
~Harpoon Brewery - Boston, Massachusetts
~Pyramid Brewery - Seattle, Washington
~Pete's Brewing Company - San Antonio, Texas
Small Brewery Section winners included the following (Note, many received multiple medals, a sign of prestigious brewing in each category):
~Angel City / Southern California Brewing - Torrance, California
~Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub - Idaho Springs, Colorado
~Steamworks Brewing Company - Durango, Colorado
~Blue Point Brewing Company - Patchogue, New York
~Maui Brewing Company - Lahaina, Hawaii
~Pelican Pub Brewery - Pacific City, Oregon
~Great Divide Brewing Company - Denver, Colorado
~21st Amendment Brewing Company - San Francisco, California
~Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Milton, Delaware
~Ballast Point Brewing Company - San Diego, California
~Caldera Brewing Company - Ashland, Oregon
~2 Brothers Brewing - Warrenville, Illinois
~Eugene City Brewery - Eugene, Oregon
~Anderson Valley Brewing Company - Boonville, California
~Left Hand Brewing Company - Longmont, Colorado
~Terrapin Beer Company - Athens, Georgia
~Issaquah Brewhouse - Issaquah, Washington
~Lakefront Brewery - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Packaging Section winners included:
~Issaquah Brewhouse - Issaquah, Washington
Beer Fests and Events:
American Craft Beer Week, May 12-18, 2008, celebrates the brewers, breweries and diversity of beer throughout America. American Craft Beer Week is recognized by the U.S.Congress with House Resolution 753 (View the pdf file at:
Craft breweries in the United States contributed more than $20 million to charitable organizations in 2007.
Craft brewers in each state will be holding special American Craft Beer Week events. Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience will take place in Washington, D.C. For a drop-down menu of events in your state, visit:
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 went on sale February 4, 2008. This includes:
-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
Saison Du Pelican - Pelican Pub Brewery & Restaurant, Pacific City, Oregon
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale - 6.0% ABV
Hazy tangerine-golden hues command attention, while a frothy white head gleams like meringue on the surface. Fresh fields of delicate fruits - peaches, apricots, pears and melon - mix with spices and earth and float in the air. Fruits echo in the flavor. Carbonation dances across the tongue, and highlight the spicy, herbal notes. A solid earthiness lingers within a malt and yeast backbone.
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