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May 5 2009 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Bards Beer at Gluten Free Cooking Spree

Food selection is a major battle for those with Gluten Intolerance, one that can only be alleviated by providing flavorful alternatives that have the satisfying aroma, texture, taste sensations, and mouthfeel of the foods that need to be removed from their diet, including pizza, pasta and beer.

Sake - Education in Taste and Culture

Sake aromas are of a different nature; more light, delicate, and exotic. They feathered through the air, coaxing me gently into the Millennium Ballroom.

Whisky Festival of Noord Netherlands - The Whisky

The landscape on the road to Groningen seared itself into my brain, laying long and flat in a patchwork of reflective canals, thatched-roof houses, flowers peeking through the soil, and clouds hanging low in the sky.

Monks Beer Dinner Cantillon - LaSenne - beerbistro

In the world of beer and food, artisans still existEantillon,Brasserie de la Senne, beerbistro Ean echo of the aesthetic, striving to satisfy the senses, creating harmony with a sense of the dramatic.

Whisky Festival of Noord Netherlands - Beer Notes

As a beer writer, I had the opportunity to stretch to the other side of the World of Spirits in late March, 2009, as an attendee at the Whisky Festival of Noord (Northern) Netherlands in Groningen.

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Beer for Billionaires

Beer has leaped into the 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 next time you visit a museum of ancient artifacts, pay close attention to the drinking vessels. Chances are that you will find antiquities that evidence beer brewing or beer celebrations that are thousands of years old. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology displays a golden drinking straw, used by the Lady Pu-Abi for consuming beer, as well as an ostrich egg drinking bowl of gold and precious gems. You may also see vessels used for drinking beer, wine and mead, used during the funerary feast for King Midas.

Yebisu Beer Museum in Japan displays artifacts of more recent times, going back only as far as the Meiji Era - around 1887 when Nippon Beer was formed. It still makes for a fun focus on the museum trail.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Texas, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota.

All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Texas contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700."

The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"

The Texas contractor says " we do things differently in Texas- $1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence."

Beer News:

The Beer Connoisseur Magazine goes live online beginning May 25th, 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 beginning May 25th, for more information.

Beer Fests and Events:

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.

Selinsgrove3 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.

Boise 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!

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

Long Strange Tripel Bottle Conditioned Ale, Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Style: Tripel 9 % ABV

What is it about Boulevard Brewing Company that makes every beer they produce sing on the tongue? This place rocks! Long Strange Tripel is hazy amber with a frothy head of foam that holds esters, releasing them as the sky fairy releases stars as night covers the earth. Aromas of apple, pear, and honeydew, with a tart edge, swim in a dew of sumptuous breadiness. This tastes really fresh, with great balance and a squeeze of bitterness. Spices surround the exterior, while warmth spreads down the throat, barely perceptible, but voluptuous and tender. This is a mighty fine drinker, but be careful! With a 9% ABV, it can sneak up on you quickly...but what a great way to be captured.


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