June 29 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Sudan Grass - Dock Street Gluten Free Beer
Inspired to celebrate America´s significant African Heritage, Rosemarie Certo of Dock Street Brewery in Philadelphia began researching sorghum as a possible grain for brewing.
Gout and Gluten Free Beer
I have gout and am told to reduce or stop drinking beer because of the purine in yeast. Is gluten free beer helpful to me?
Emmy Lou's Georgia Cornbread Recipe
The Beer Fox says, Sweet Northern Cornbread may take you back into memories of Grandma´s kitchen, but Southern Style authenticates the gracious hospitality of the Old Manor homes of the Savannah River region. Which do you prefer? Northern Style or Southern Style?
Jay Misson of Triumph Brewing Company Passes Away
The difference between try and triumph is the UMPH! and for Triumph Brewing Company the UMPH has taken on a sadder tone this week with the passing of Jay Misson, 45, Director of Brewing Operations for three Triumph brewpubs.
Low Calorie Lakeland Pasta Salad Recipe
The Beer Fox says, Crisp garden vegetables and festive rotini with tantalizing Lakeland Dressing is a refreshing, low-calorie addition to a Sunday afternoon barbecue!
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week
It's time to check out the Summer Seasonal releases at your local brewpub or microbrewery. You may think of Summer releases as citrusy and light, but there is a broad cross section of style available across the country, and throughout the world. Just a brief example of what is available for the pleasures of your palate:
Victory Brewing, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA:
-Whirlwind Wit - the "Tamed Tempest" - citrusy, peppery, spicy, 5% ABV - through August;
-Throwback Lager - tribute to C. Schmidt Brewing Company of Philadelphia, brewed using C. Schmidt's yeast and a touch of brewers' flaked corn.
Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, Oregon, USA:
-Surfer's Summer Ale - inspired by the Summer Ales of England, the fruity, floral, herbal profile smacks with quenching satiation at 5.5% ABV.
Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, Vermont, USA:
-Odd Notion English Dark Mild Ale, 2008 Release - Malty and bready, with a touch of caramel and pear at 4.2% ABV
Liberal Cup Public House and Brewery, Hallowell, Maine, USA:
=Summer Bitter Summer Not English Bitter - Hoppy, pungent, and bitter, this cask-conditioned sweetheart is worth the trip at 5.2% ABV
Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, New York, USA:
-ÜberSun Imperial Summer Wheat Beer - Golden, citrus, and hazy, with a biscuit profile and piney hops. 8% ABV
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
Out for dinner one evening, the husband leans over and asks his wife, "Do you remember the first time we joined in connubial passion over fifty years ago? We went behind this very tavern where you leaned against the back fence and I made love to you."
"Yes," she says, "I remember it well."
"OK," he says, "How about taking a stroll around there again and we can do it for old time's sake?"
"Oh Charlie, you old devil, that sounds like a crazy, but good idea!"
A police officer sitting in the next booth heard their conversation and, having a chuckle to himself, he thinks, 'I've got to see these two old-timers making love against a fence. I'll just keep an eye on them so there's no trouble.' So he follows them.
The elderly couple walk haltingly along, leaning on each other for support aided by walking sticks. Finally, they get to the back of the tavern and make their way to the fence.
The old lady lifts her skirt and the old man drops his trousers.
As the old man moves in, she clutches the fence.
Suddenly they erupt into the most furious love session that the policeman has ever seen.
This goes on for about ten minutes while both are making loud noises and moaning and screaming. Finally, they both collapse, panting on the ground.
The policeman is amazed. He thinks he has learned something about life and old age that he didn't know.
After about half an hour of lying on the ground recovering, the old couple struggle to their feet and straighten their clothing.
The policeman, is still watching and thinks to himself, 'I've got to ask them what their secret is.' So, as the couple passes, he says to them, "Excuse me, but that was something else. You must've had a fantastic love life together. Is there some sort of secret to this?"
Shaking, the old man, barely able to reply, says, "Fifty years ago that wasn't an electric fence."
Maui Brewing Company in Lahaina, Hawaii is "going green." This summer, they are installing an 80-kilowatt photovoltaic system that will supply 80 percent of the energy for the Kahana Gateway Center brewpub and a 57-kilowatt system to cover energy needs at the production facility where they 'can' Maui Brewing Company beers. Canning is more environmentally friendly, eliminates skunking due to light damage and cuts down on oxidation. Cans are unbreakable, light, and recyclable.
Beer Fests and Events:
21st Annual Oregon Brewers Festival - July 24,25,26 & 27- Tom McCall Waterfront Park (between the Morrison and Burnside Bridges) in downtown Portland, Oregon. 72 Breweries from across the USA, great food, and 14 live bands promise a weekend of high energy. For information:
Great American Beer Festival - October 9-11, 2008 - Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, USA
Also known as the Journey to Beer Mecca for beer enthusiasts, the Great American Beer Festival features American Beer from all regions of the United States. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it features the largest number of beer on tap anywhere in the world. Attendees have their choice of sampling 1,800 beers from 400+ breweries, while being entertained by on-stage live presentations In the Brewers Studio, beer and food demos at the Beer and Food Pavilion, and meeting leading authorities throughout the beer community. It also features the world's largest competition of commercial beers, awarding the winners with gold, silver and bronze medals.
Tickets for the general public go on sale July 1, 2008. This is typically a sell-out event, so get your tickets early. For information:
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Mikkeller It's Alive - Mikkeller, København, Denmark
Style: Belgian Wild Ale, 8% ABV
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium, Mikkeller It's alive is a clone of Orval Trappist beer. Brett is added to the bottle, resulting in the characteristic wild ale profile. The body is coppery amber and unfiltered, and emits a wonderful combination of fruity complexity. Flavors of grapefruit, berries, florals, earth, and leather work in tandem with a piney resin bitter bite. A shade of the botanical (wormwood?) dances with the berries up-front. A satiating bitterness lingers in a long, slow finish.
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