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May 27 2013 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Philly Beer Geek Championship Shows Philly Pride
Philly Beer Geek: The title alone is one that commands respect in the Philadelphia region, the Best Beer Drinking City in America.

Sound Bites
Madame Blavatsky, on the verge of becoming an amputee, cured herself “by having a white dog lie across her leg, healing all in no time.”

2013 Philly Beer Geek Semi-Finals Hits High Mark
The 2013 Philly Beer Geek Championship promises to strengthen the position that Philadelphia has taken as the U.S. leader in beer sophistication.

Pubs and Alehouses in the UK
Real Ale is a funny term, one which implies that some ale is not so real. What is meant by this separation between "ale" and ale?

World Slogan - Will Chew for Beer
An old wives’ tale cautions against beer in the morning, but I suspect those old wives were not from Belgium; nor were they from Philadelphia where craft beer is a celebrated entity.

From the Beer Fox Archives:

Bar Towel Collection Guinness World Record Holder
Guinness World Record Holders seem to only exist in our imagination. But one of these Real People is Bar Towel Bob, who holds the Guinness Record for having the Largest Bar Towel Collection in the World.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week

A quickie loose guideline to some common hops flavors and aromas:

Brewer’s Gold: Resin/ spice/black currant
Cascade: Citrus/floral
Centennial: “Super Cascade,” but not as citrusy. Florals emerge more.
Chinook: Herbal, slightly smoky
Columbus: Pungent and clean
Citra: Citrus/tropical
Columbus: Citrus/woody/ somewhat resiny
Fuggles: Earthy
Goldings: Smooth/sweet
Liberty: Spicy/resiny/sweet
Hallertau/Hersbrucker: Noble/German lager
Motueka: Citrusy/lemon/lime/tropical
Nelson Sauvin: Fruity/passionfruit
Northdown: Resiny
Saaz: Cinnamon spicy/earthy
Simcoe: Passion fruit/pine/earth/citrus
Sorachi Ace: Lemon/bubblegum/dill pickle
Spalt: Woody
Strisselspalt: Floral/lemony
Tettnang: Noble
Willamette: Earthy/fruit/floral

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

Are you ready for a little music trivia?
Q: What do you get when you drop a piano into a mine shaft?
A: A Flat Miner

Q: What's the similarity between a drummer and a philosopher?
A: They both perceive time as an abstract concept.

Q: Why was the musician arrested?
A: He was in treble

Q: What's the difference between a jet airplane and a trumpet?
A: About three decibels.

Q: What will you never say about a banjo player?
A: "That's the banjo player's Porsche."

And for the true music and beer lover:

A 'C', an E-flat, and a 'G' go into a bar. The bartender says: "Sorry, but we don't serve minors." So, the E-flat leaves, and the C and the G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished: the G is out flat. An F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough.

A D comes into the bar and heads straight for the bathroom saying, "Excuse me. I'll just be a second." An A comes into the bar, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices a B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and exclaims: "Get out now! You're the seventh minor I've found in this bar tonight."

The E-flat, not easily deflated, comes back to the bar the next night in a 3-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender says: "You're looking sharp tonight, come on in! This could be a major development." This proves to be the case, as the E-flat takes off the suit, and everything else, and stands there au natural.

Eventually, the C sobers up, and realizes in horror that he's under a rest. The C is brought to trial, is found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of DS without Coda at an upscale correctional facility. On appeal, however, the C is found innocent of any wrongdoing, even accidental, and that all accusations to the contrary are bassless.

Beer News:

The Philly Beer Scene Awards ceremony was held Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at World Café Live in Philadelphia, PA. Mat Falco, publisher of Philly Beer Scene Magazine, was duly impressed with the commemorative Beer, Millennium Falco Ale, crafted by Weyerbacher. Along with awards for beer styles, distributors, beerwriters, bottle shops, and best bars, top awards went to:


Beer Fests and Events:

Philly Beer Geek is in its 6th year and IT ROCKS!!! And so do Philly beer geeks.

Philly Beer Geek gave away over $4,000 in prizes to the winner of Philly Beer Geek in the 2012 Competition, and this year promises to be just as fabulous. Six finalists have been chosen to move to the Championship Round on June 6th, 2013 at The Field House in Philadelphia, PA., during Philly Beer Week, in the hopes of claiming the prestigious Philly Beer Geek 2013 title.


SAVOR in New York City is going to be AWESOME this year: After five consecutive years of hosting SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington, D.C., the Brewers Association is bringing the event to New York City. In 2013, SAVOR will be held on June 14 and 15 at the Altman Building and adjoining Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. The two-night event will return to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. the year after on May 9 and 10, 2014. Tickets are selling out quickly, and there's still time for you to get your own tix. This year's event features 76 small and independent brewers sharing their great beers and entertaining stories.

Some say NYC is pricey - OK, maybe so, but the world is always looking at NYC as the "early adopter" of all that's hot and current, and THAT's where craft beer is: The Hottest and Most Current. It's def "In the Spotlight!" See you there!

AHA Homebrewers Conference – June 27-29, 2013, The majority of official conference activities take place in the host hotel, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For details:

Craft Beer of the Week Awards

The Audacity of Hops – Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge,A USA
Belgian IPA – 8.0% ABV

Hazy, gold-orange body glows like summer beneath a frothy, eggshell head. Aromas are like fresh baked Challah, with grapefruit and lemon-citrus notes and a “Belgian yeast” character. On the palate, herbs take over, with an echo of citrus and hints of apricots. Finish is dry and satisfying. Beautifully done!


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