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May 23 2006 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Beer for Sophisticated Restaurateurs
It was a memorable day, that "coming-of-age" moment when I was mature enough to be included in the family toast.

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Beer Cookery - Honolulu Coconut Clouds
The Beer Fox says," Sweet and simply divine, this after-dinner treat satiates the palate with a touch of tropical elegance."

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Beer & Molasses History - The Great Molasses Flood of 1919
You raise a glass of Old Peculier Ale to your lips, and the kinesthetic tips of your olfactory senses awaken with malty caramel, nuts, dark fruit and...molasses.

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Ask the Beer Fox - History of Molasses in Beer
What is the history of the use of molasses in beer? We are doing a story on the Molasses Flood of 1919, and want to know what the use of molasses was in beer at that time.

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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:

If you have not yet traveled to Montreal, Canada, plan a quick jaunt for the Mondial de la Biere, May 31 to June 4, 2006.  Six seminars will be presented by beer professionals with their unique, characteristic flair.

Experts include:

Sam Calagione - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery founder and author of "Brewing Up a Business" - discussion on extreme brewing trends throughout the world;

Alain Geoffroy - co-author of "404 Bieres a deguster" - presentation on the variables of tasting and evaluating beer;

Jerome Rebetez -
Founder of Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes - conference on the challenges of developing a micro-brewery;

Alan Moen - Northwest Brewing News editor and freelance beer writer - Discussion on developing a synergistic relationship within the beer and wine industry;

Phil Markowski - "Farmhouse Ales" author and brewmaster at Southampton Publick House - presentation on lambics, Belgian ales, and traditional brewing;

Pete Slosberg - Cocoa Pete and designer of Pete's Wicked Ale - Discussion centered on the trends in premium chocolate and craft beer pairings.

There will also be two Panel Discussions/Debates on Saturday, June 3, 2006:

"Good Ingredients Indeed" - What constitutes acceptable ingredients in beer, and who is responsible for defining the parameters that govern such additives? -

Panel members:
Stephen Beaumont; Lauren Clark; Horst Dornbusch; Jean-Francois Gravel

"Beer Classification and Quality Standards" - A discussion on whether it is necessary to classify beer into styles, who should determine style, and what parameters should be used for evaluation -

Panel members: 
Tom Dalldorf; Claude Boivin; Tony Forder; Gregg Glaser

...and lots of great beer!

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:

On a Trans-Atlantic flight, a plane passes through a severe storm. The turbulence is awful, and things go from bad to worse when one wing is struck by lightning. One woman in particular loses it.

Screaming, she stands up in the front of the plane. "I'm too young to die!" she wails.

Then she yells, "Well, if I'm going to die, I want my last minutes on Earth to be memorable! I've had plenty of sex in my life, but no one has ever made me really feel like a woman! Well I've had it! Is there ANYONE on this plane who can make me feel like a WOMAN??"

For a moment there is silence. Everyone has forgotten their own peril, and they all stare, riveted, at the desperate woman in the front of the plane.

Then, a man stands up in the rear of the plane. "I can make you feel like a woman," he says.

He was gorgeous. Tall, built, with long, flowing black hair and jet black eyes, he starts to walk slowly up the aisle, unbuttoning his shirt one button at a time. No one moves.

The woman is breathing heavily in anticipation as the strange man approaches. He removes his shirt. Muscles ripple across his chest as he reaches her, and extends the arm holding his shirt to the trembling woman, and whispers: "Iron this."

Beer News:

Only four months after start-up, Kawerau Aotearoa Breweries Ltd., creators of Mata Artesian Beer in Kawerau, New Zealand, snatched a Bronze Medal in the Pale Ale-German Style Kolsch Division at the New Zealand International Beer Awards in Nelson.

It was an astounding accomplishment for brewmaster Tammy Viitakangas who had entered the beer solely for the valuable feedback she could gain from the panel of international judges.  Despite beginner's success, Viitakagas remains focused on acquiring the judges' results for the analytical insight she can gain, with an eye on improvement and the development of additional styles in the near future.

Craft Brew of the Week Award:

Fort - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware, USA
Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Coppery, melon-tinged orange with voluminous, creamy almond head.  Aromas of raspberries arise in sweet/tart complexity. Palate is of sweet malt and a powerful display of framboise orchestration, grabbing at the back of the mouth with a balance of floral hops and a tart fruity twinge, delicately warming in the finish.



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Carolyn Smagalski, Beer and Brewing Editor

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