May 30 2009 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Naming Your Beer
Naming beer is as easy or as complex as you care to make it. When it comes to shelf time, the old laws of political correctness come into play.
Lammsbraeu Barley Based Gluten Free Beer
The German consumer magazine Öko-Test reports that Neumarkter Lammsbraeu Organic Beer now makes Neumarkter Lammsbraeu Gluten Free Beer, a German Pilsner-style beer crafted with barley.
Mother's Day Beer Breakfast in Bed
Slits of sunshine pattern my wall in vertical slashes. As the object of Mother’s Day, my secret thrill of escaping breakfast in bed is beyond words.
Olives in Beer
When I initially heard olives in beer was a common practice in the Midwestern part of the USA, tiny hairs stood up on the back of my neck. That bittersweet malty profileEiolated by a Pit Junkie
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Organic Beer - Going Green for the Earth
Go green, young man, go green! is the new phrase of advice for the youth of our planet. Although I remember this adage from my grandmother and great aunts, as they grew their own vegetables and put up (as they called it)everything from peaches and jellies to corn and spaghetti sauce, I seem to havethe world of the wealthy. Amsterdam brewer Carlsberg has announced the release of the most expensive beer in the world.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week
The Beer Connoisseur Magazine goes live online beginning June 15, 2009. Topics on Belgian and Foreign Beer, Beer Styles, African American Interests and Beer, Women and Beer, Food and Beer Pairings, Becoming a Beer Connoisseur, Craft and Domestic Beer, and more will be covered in highly sophisticated style. Following the online launch, the Beer Connoisseur targets November, 2009 for delivery of its hard copy edition, published quarterly, with plans to expand to bi-monthly production.
Visit www.beerconnoisseur.com beginning June 15th, for more information.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
Waiter: "Tea or coffee, gentlemen?"
1st customer: "I'll have tea."
2nd customer: "Me, too - and be sure the glass is clean!" (Waiter exits, returns)
Waiter: "Two teas. Which one asked for the clean glass?"
Two men were in a restaurant and ordered fish. The waiter brought a dish with two fish, one larger than the other. One of the men said to the other, "Please help yourself." The other one said "Okay", and helped himself to the larger fish. After a tense silence, the first one said, "really, now, if you had offered me the first choice, I would have taken the smaller fish!" The other one replied, "What are you complaining for; you have it, don't you?"
A merchant teaches his son the secrets of the trade: "When you charge a customer $100, and he pays you by mistake $200, you have an ethical dilemma -- should you tell your partner?"
Armand Debelder, brewer/blender at Drie Fontenain, Berseel, Belgium, lost 100,000 bottles of Lambic and gueuze May 23, 2009 when a thermostat malfunctioned. The lambic was subject to temperatures of 50 degrees C, or 122 degrees F. This amounts to one-third of his annual revenue. For enthusiasts of Drie Fontenein, this means that 37.5 cL bottles of gueuze will be scarce this summer.
Not one to be easily discouraged, Debelder has been taking a class in distillation, and hopes to be able to salvage the beer into a marketable liquor. Disposing of the ruined beer is not easily achieved. It would require being trucked to a facility in the Netherlands for environmentally safe disposal.
Beer Fests and Events:
Dock Street Beer Dessert Competition - June 1, 2009 - Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 6-8 p.m.
15 contestants will compete at the brewpub in West Philadelphia. For info:
Dockstreetrenata@gmail.com or call 484 347 9067
Mondial de la Biere - June 3-7, 2009 - Windsor Station and Courtyard, Downtown Montréal, 1160, De la Gauchetière Street West (Between Peel and De la montagne)
Since its creation in 1993 the Mondial de la bière has provided beer lovers with a unique tasting experience offering them quality products, many of which are presented exclusively at the Festival. Visitors have had an opportunity to discover beers from the four corners of the world, as well as beers, ciders, mead, and a variety of foods that highlight Quebec artisans and products. Over the years, the Mondial de la bière has become a must for beer lovers, each year drawing more than 75,000 people. A unique event, the Mondial de la bière has as its mission to give beer back its rightful place.
Celebration of Blue Point's 10th anniversary - June 13, 2009 - The Blue Point Brewery, 161 River Avenue in Patchogue, New York. 2-7 p.m.
The celebration will include the debut of a special limited-edition commemorative beer, fittingly named The Blue Point Brewing Company 10th Anniversary India Pale Ale, and an amazing lineup of musical guests including Grammy-nominated headliner Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Info at:
American Craft Beer Fest - June 19-20, 2009 - Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd in Boston, Massachusetts
The East Coast's largest celebration of American Craft Beer. for info:
Hops & Cops at Yards Brewing Company - June 28, 2009 - Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA - 1:00-5:00 p.m.
This Summer fundraiser celebrates with the Philadelphia Federal Order of Police and will have live music, great food and incredible beer. Event will be both inside and outside of the brewery.
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Selinsgrove Beer & Wine Festival - July 18, 2009 - Downtown Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania - 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Micros and Craft Brews, wine from regional wineries, entertainment, tastings, and great food are delivered in this historic section in Northeastern USA. For info:
Big Beer Float River & Beer Festival - August 8-9, 2009, Ann Morrison Park Fountain Area, Boise, ID - 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
With over 50 beers, live music, dozens of great vendors, kids events, a home-brewers challenge, costume contest and lots of other great events.How about a $1000 gift certificate at Brewtopia Beer Market for the person who travels the farthest? Good deal! Info to come at:
Le Mondial de la Biere, Strasbourg - October 16-18, 2009 - Mondial de la Biere wanted to establish ourselves in Europe, and Strasbourg, the French beer capital, was a natural choice," said Jeannine Marois, founder and president of the Mondial de la bière.
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Weyerbacher Echo Pale Ale, Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
Style: Rye Beer 6.8% ABV
Released as an edition of the Brewers Select Series, this Pale ale is brewed with 30% rye, and displays a golden body and off-white head of dense foam. The nose is fruity with light breadiness. Simcoe and Centennial Hops contribute a succulent bite to this spicy beer for quenching satisfaction. Echo pairs well with spicy wings, crudites, barbecued ribs and grilled shish-kebabs.
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