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May 26 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Beer Tasting Themes
Beer tastings are a fun way to gain an education. Many would scoff at the idea that drinking beer is educational, but if you consider that beer has been a part of human civilization for over ten-thousand years, you may wish to reconsider your immediate impression.

Dave Alexander of the Brickskeller - Beer Tastings
The structure of beer tastings vary as much as human imagination allows, but the idea of tasting beer, en masse, was initiated by the convergence of ideas from a bunch of young guys who didn’t really know what they were doing.

Mondial de la Bière Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Vous désirez Quelque Chose, Monsieur? This deep garnet aperitif, rich with aromas of tart cherries, seduces you into her hands as she balances herself, paired with the hazelnut flavors of a firm Emmental or the smooth and supple texture of Friulano Canadian cheeses.

Beer and Drink Quotes - Short One-Liners
Beer quotes are fun, and one-liners are often the best medicine for provoking thought. They make great conversation starters, and are often used in movies as clever interjections.

Quotes About Beer & Drink
Everyone seems to love a beer quote. Beerwriters select their favorites for hook-boxes in journals; magazine editors use them as attention-getters. Often, these quotes have not been thoroughly researched for the exact source...

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Breweriana - Collectors' Corner of Beer Stuff
If the stars align on a particularly good day, you learn that your beer mug could bring in as much as $5,000! You are bitten by “the bug.” Breweriana!

Beer Fox Tip of the Week:

Brewed with only a small proportion of oatmeal, beer can take on a silky creamy texture and rich flavor. Most often, oatmeal is used in stout. Flavors of oatmeal stout typically showcase toasted chocolate and coffee. These pair well with creamy desserts - custards, cheesecake, zabaglione, tiramisu, and crème brûlée.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
For people that live in or have visited Colorado - courtesy of Jeff Foxworthy:

You are a Coloradoan if ...
1. You switch from 'Heat' to ' A/C' in one day.

2. You know what the 'Peoples Republic of Boulder' means.
3. Your sense of direction is: towards the mountains and away from the mountains.

4. You're a meat-eating vegetarian.

5. The bike on your car is worth more than your car and you have your own special bike lane.

6. You're able to drive 65 miles per hour through 13 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without even flinching.

7. You take your out-of-town guests to Casa Bonita even though you would never go there otherwise.

8. You think your major food groups are granola bars, tofu and Fat Tire Beer.

9. You design your kid's Halloween costu mes to fit over a snowsuit.

10. You think that sexy lingerie is wool socks and flannel PJs.
11. You know all 4 seasons 'almost winter, winter, still winter and spring blizzards

12. You've been tear gassed in a riot to celebrate a CU/CSU victory.

13. You can never figure out why your out-of-town guests faint from altitude sickness on a picnic to the mountains.

14. You can drive over a 12,000-foot pass in 4 feet of snow, but can't get to work if there are 4 inches of snow.

15. You know the 'correct' pronunciation of Buena Vista.

16. When you visit friends at sea level, you can drink a case of beer and not get a buzz.

17. Your car insurance costs more than your car.

18. You have surge protectors on every outlet.

19. April showers bring May blizzards.

20 'Timberline' is someplace you have actually been.

21. You know what a 'Chinook' is.

22. You know what a 'Rocky Mountain Oyster' is.

23. You know what a 'fourteener' is.

24. .But you don't know what a 'turn signal' is.

25. A bear on your front porch doesn't bother you nearly as much as a Democrat in Congress does.

26. Your golf bag has a 9-iron, a 3-wood and a lightning rod.

27. People from out of state breathe 5 times as often as you do.

28. Having a Senator named Nighthorse doesn't seem strange.

29. Thunder has set off your car alarm.

30. You have an $800 stereo in your $300 truck.

31. You think a red light means 3 more cars can go.

32. Where we're going, we don't need roads!!

33. You know where the real 'South Park' is
34. You can recognize the license plates of all 50 states on sight

35. Driving directions usually include 'Go over_________ Pass.'
36. You've checked for ticks.

37. You've dressed in shorts, sandals, and a parka with a hood.

38. You've gone snow skiing in July and...

39. You've played golf in January and...

40. They were in the same year!

41. You've urinated on the Continental Divide just so it could run into both oceans.

42. You know what a down slope and an up slope weather pattern is.

43. And the most important: You get a certain feeling of satisfaction from knowing that California and Texas are both down stream.

44. You actually understand these jokes and send them to your Colorado friends.


Keep your eyes open for Samuel Smith's Organic Cider after June 1, 2008. Merchant du Vin will be importing this clear, crisp quencher - Certified Organic by the USDA accredited UK Soil Association - from the UK. Samuel Smith's Old Brewery is located in Tadcaster, N. Yorks, England.

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.
For information:

American Craft Beer Festival - June 20-21, 2008 - Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Presented by BeerAdvocate, this is the largest Craft Beer Festival on the East Coast. Over 75 breweries will present 300+ beers. Guest speakers and discussion panels will be part of the fun. For Information:

21st Annual Oregon Brewers Festival - July 24,25,26 & 27- Tom McCall Waterfront Park (between the Morrison and Burnside Bridges) in downtown Portland, Oregon. 72 Breweries from across the USA, great food, and 14 live bands promise a weekend of high energy. For information:

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Peche Mortel - Brasserie Du de Ciel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Style: Imperial Coffee Stout, 9.5% ABV

This sinfully delicious beer pours black as the keys on a piano, while a creamy tan head puffs up, then settles to a persistent veil and ring. Aroma and flavors of sweet malt display a coffee latte profile. Smoky and peaty, with full body and robust character; Peche Mortel means "Mortal Sin."


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