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May 5 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Philly Beer Geek 2008 Steve Robson
Veets? Veets Nosbor? Was this some strange language from an obscure country within the European Union, or some other-worldly communication from an off-shore Spam account?

Bohemian Beer of the Czech Republic
How much do you know about beer in the Czech Republic, with its rich Bohemian traditions? The Czech people are proud of their long heritage and traditional beer...

Real Cider and Perry
As a child, my love for nature’s gifts was enormous. My mind’s eye can retrace every dimple and divot on that Wild Cherry Tree with absolute accuracy...

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Gluten Free Sprecher Shakparo - Fire Brewed & African Style
For the 25th Anniversary celebration, Oshi Adelebu, President of the Board of Directors of African World Enterprises, announced that Sprecher Brewing Company of Glendale, Wisconsin was selected to develop the official World Festival Beer for the 25th African World Festival.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week:

American Craft Beer Week, May 12-18, 2008, celebrates the brewers, breweries and diversity of beer throughout America. American Craft Beer Week is recognized by the U.S.Congress with House Resolution 753 (PDF file). Craft breweries in the United States contributed more than $20 million to charitable organizations in 2007.

Craft brewers in each state will be holding special American Craft Beer Week events. Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience will take place in Washington, D.C. For a drop-down menu of events in your state, visit:

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:

A Classic - Divorce Letter

Dear wife:

I'm writing you this letter to tell you that I'm leaving you forever. I've been a good man to you for 7 years & I have nothing to show for it. These last 2 weeks have been hell. Your boss called to tell me that you quit your job today & that was the last straw. Last week, you came home & didn't even notice I had a new haircut, had cooked your favorite meal & even wore a brand new pair of silk boxers. You ate in 2 minutes, & went straight to sleep after watching all of your soaps. You don't tell me you love me anymore; you don't want sex or anything that connects us as husband & wife. Either you're cheating on me or you don't love me anymore; whatever! the case, I'm gone.

Your EX-Husband

P.S. don't try to find me. Your SISTER & I are moving away to West Virginia together! Have a great life!

Dear Ex-Husband

Nothing has made my day more than receiving your letter. It's true you & I have been married for 7 years, although a good man is a far cry from what you've been. I watch my soaps so much because they drown out your constant whining & griping. Too bad that doesn't work. I DID notice when you got a hair cut last week, but the 1st thing that came to mind was 'You look just like a girl!' Since my mother raised me not to say anything if you can't say something nice, I didn't comment. And when you cooked my favorite meal, you must have gotten me confused with MY SISTER, because I stopped eating pork 7 years ago. About those new silk boxers: I turned away from you because the $49.99 p rice tag was still on them, & I prayed it was a coincidence that my sister had just borrowed $50 from me that morning. After all of this, I still loved you & felt we could work it out. So when I hit the lotto for 10 million dollars, I quit my job & bought us 2 tickets to Jamaica But when I got home you were gone. Everything happens for a reason, I guess. I hope you have the fulfilling life you always wanted. My lawyer said that the letter you wrote ensures you won't get a dime from me. So take care.

Signed, Your Ex-Wife, Rich As Hell & Free!

P.S. I don't know if I ever told you this, but my sister Carla was born Carl. I hope that's not a problem

Beer News:

Aladdin Beverage, New York City importers of Fine Craft Beer, is introducing Patagonia Negra Intensa to the U.S. market. Crafted in Argentina, South America, by Patagonia Brewery, this dark stout is made of richly roasted malted barley, with a balanced bitterness. Aladdin expects to have it available by late summer, 2008.

Beer Fests:

Savor - May 16-17, 2008 - Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC, USA
The Brewers Association, producers of the Great American Beer Festival, is bringing the quintessential craft beer and food event to Washington D.C. in celebration of American Craft Beer Week. Tickets are $85 and went on sale February 4, 2008. This includes:
-Samples from of a wide variety of small dishes and appetizers crafted to match the taste profiles of craft beers
-Commemorative tasting glass
-2-ounce samples of specially selected craft beers
-Souvenir program
-Craft Beer Tasters Journal
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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.
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Craft Beer of the Week Award

Iron Duke - Wellington Brewery, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Style: English Strong Ale - 6.5% ABV

A deep, sparkling, garnet-brown body supports a soft tan head that settles to a creamy veil and ring around the perimeter of the glass. Aromas of lightly sweetened bread mix with toffee, chocolate, and nuttiness, woven with rum-dipped fruit. The palate mirrors the complexity noted in the nose, with a soft mouthfeel, dry finish and gently lingering alcoholic warmth.


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