May 19 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Sunset Steam Rye Bread Recipe
Home-baked beer bread not only warms the house, but also comforts the spirit on cool and dreary days. Rarely do we seem to have enough time to take on such a project as baking bread, but it takes only minutes to mix the ingredients.
Savor and Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers Festival
How did you celebrate American Craft Beer Week this year? For those of us who appreciate suds while soaking in suds, every week might well be celebrated for the treasures beholden in the twinkle of malt magic.
What is an American Craft Brewer?
Beer is a sensual experience. Few can deny the initial salivation that occurs as one observes her favorite beer, spilling into the glass. It is Ravel's Bolero; Saint-Saens's Havanaise; Milt Jackson's Stairway to the Stars.
Taras Boulba at Monk's Cafe
The atmosphere is relaxed…anticipatory. Belgian brewer Yvan de Baets is here to present a magnificent pairing of victuals and beer, and it happens to be scheduled during American Craft Beer Week.
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
When making salad dressings with beer, choose an extremely acidic beer as a base. A snappy Gueuze or Berliner Weisse work well in the place of vinegar or lemon juice. Use Framboise or Kriek to make fruitier dressings like balsamic raspberry vinaigrette. For Waldorf -type salads, with apples, raisins, and nuts, you may wish to choose a Northern Brown Ale or an Old Ale to complement the nutty flavors.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
Friendship Between Women:
A woman didn't come home one night. The next day she told her husband that she had slept over at a friend's house.
The man called his wife's 10 best friends.
None of them knew about it.
Friendship Between Men:
A man didn't come home one night.
The next day he told his wife that he had slept over at a friend's house.
The woman called her husband's 10 best friends.
Eight of them confirmed that he had slept over, and two claimed that he was still there.
On Thursday, May 15, 2008, Anheuser-Busch announced plans to donate $500,000 to the Chinese Red Cross to assist in relief services directed in the Sichuan province in Central China, where a 7.9 magnitude earthquake impacted the community. In addition, they will be distributing 425,000 cases of fresh drinking water, worth approximately $1.1 million, to residents throughout five counties in the Sichuan province where the earthquake has caused the greatest impact and harshest conditions. Chengdu, the site of Anheuser-Busch's Regional Sales Office, will be included in the water distribution relief plan.
Beer Fests and Events:
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
River Horse Double White Belgian Style Ale (Brewers' Reserve), Lambertville, New Jersey, USA
Style: Belgian White / Witbier - 7.0% ABV
A burnished straw sheen glows beneath a fluffy pile of white that leaves intricate patches of sticky white lacing on the glass. Aromas of wheat, banana, citrusy lemon, clove and spices envelop the olfactory sense. Within your mouth, spices come alive, vibrant and solid - wrapped in citrus and warming alcohol. Delicate, refreshing, clean and quenching.
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