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May 29 2011 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Fishtown Beer Runners at University of Granada
David April and the Fishtown Beer Runners of Philadelphia have become an iconic segment of the beer landscape, not only in their native Pennsylvania city, but also in the south of Spain.

Seven Fun Facts about Beer
Summer is fast approaching and light reading is the name of the game. Here are a few fun facts about beer, glassware, and bottle capacities to feed your inquiring mind.

Beer Tips by the Dozen
Beer tips by the Dozen is a simple, 12-point reference that keeps beer-centric information within easy reach.

Philly Beer Geek - Worth the Title
If it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth the title, says Jason Harris of Keystone Homebrew.

Mom Hates Beer - Gentle Ideas for Mother's Day
As for Mom, she still insists she hates beer. Be gentle, and understand her point of view. Bring her in gently with Cuisine à la Bière.

From the Beer Fox Archives

Beer Snobs
Since I do not typically drink mainstream beers, I may appear to be a beer snob, and beer snobs can scare people who are not well-versed in beer.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week

If you are planning to attend Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington DC this year, be on the lookout for Savor Flowers, the new collaboration beer between Jim Koch of Boston Beer Company and Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. This is only the second time Samuel Adams has made a collaboration beer, but you can bet it will fall into the “extreme beers” category.

Savor Flowers will be made with rose water, a key ingredient in Turkish cuisine, and an experimental variety of hops that goes by the name of 369. Koch wanted to somehow use “barrel one,” the first bourbon barrel used to age Samuel Adams Triple Bock of 1993, so they created a tincture from the barrel that is used in Twisted Tea. This tincture is 15% abv, with a neutral flavor but plenty of firepower. Brewed in Mid-March, 2011, it will be a Savor exclusive, with a few to-go bottles available to festival attendees.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

Oxymorons have always been a bit fascinating to me. What exactly do they mean by that? My favorites:

Act naturally
Microsoft Works
Found missing
Minor Catastrophe
Advanced BASIC
Genuine imitation
Death benefits
Airline Food
Good grief
Sensitive man
Everything except
Civil War
Legally drunk
Small crowd
Military Intelligence
Software documentation
"Now, then"
Synthetic natural gas
Taped live
Clearly misunderstood
Peace force
Temporary tax increase
Computer security
Pretty ugly
Twelve-ounce pound cake

Beer News:

RIP – Pierre Celis (March 21, 1925- April 9, 2011) who saved the style of Belgian Witbier, a local style from the town of Hoegaarden in Belgium, from extinction in 1966. In the late 1980s, his brewery burned down, and he sold it to Interbrew, (now A-B Inbev), moving operations to Texas, where he established Celis Brewery under the management of his daughter, Christine Celis.

Beer Fests and Events:

Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience - June 3-4, 2011 - National Building Museum, Washington, DC, USA -

Philly Beer Week – June 3-12, 2011 – Follow the HOG (Hammer of Glory) throughout Philadelphis on June 3rd, for Opening Tap, the official tapping of the first keg of Philly Beer Week by Mayor Michael Nutter at the Philadelphia Independence Center. To add to the glory, Philadelphia lists over 1,000 events during the 10-day celebration of beer, including the exciting and raucous Philly Beer Geek 2011 Finals Competition, now in its fourth year. For information on Philly Beer Week:
For additional information on Philly Beer Geek:

18th Mondial de la Biere - June 8-12, 2011 - Place Bonaventure and the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec, Canada -

Mondial de la Biere 2011 Strasbourg Europe - October 21-24, 2011 - Strasbourg Exhibition Park (Wacken), Strasbourg, France -

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Brewmasters Series, Imperial Porter, Long Trails Brewing Company, Bridgewaters Corners, VT, USA
Style: Imperial Porter, 8.3% ABV

Jet black, with a creamy, sticky head of taupe, this Imperial bad-boy is a sight to behold, with its sticky lace all over the glass. The nose is rich and roasty, like pumpernickel bread with a bit of charred edge, rich in chocolate notes, and dark figs and plums. Flavors are enhanced by a resiny pine profile, and clean brusqueness.


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