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June 5 2007 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Creating Desserts With Beer
As an accompaniment to dessert, beer is a well-matched partner. Take it one step farther, and it doubles as a secret ingredient that adds a voluptuous quality to a large variety of desserts.

Grilling With Beer Workshop - Beer Marinades
In his book, The Dictionary of Popular Food/Nutrition Misbeliefs, German food chemist Udo Pollmer recommends that soaking red or white meats in beer, before grilling, reduces the formation of cancer-causing HCA’s (heterocyclic amines), and actually prevents the formation of these compounds.

Beer Cookery - Chef Mick Hug's Oatmeal Stout and Cheddar Soup
Executive Chef Mick Hug of the Millennium Alaska Hotel in Anchorage Alaska, reveals his recipe for this cheesy, beer-infused soup: “Extra-sharp Cheddar and Oatmeal Stout balance perfectly in this hearty soup.”

Beer Cookery - Chef Mick Hug's Smoked Porter Brine for Fish and Meat Smoking
Chef Mick Hug of the Millennium Anchorage Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, reveals his recipe for Smoked Porter Brine prepared to smoke a side-of-salmon during his demo, “What’s Smokin’ in Alaska’s Hot Beer Scene?” at the Alaska Women’s Show, in Anchorage Alaska.

Superfoods and Beer - Midnight Sun Coffee Porter
It may seem impossible that someone from Chicago, one of the most illustrious culinary areas in the contiguous United States, would earn a degree in Culinary Arts, work as a Sous Chef for Bayport Cookery – the top rated restaurant in Minnesota, according to the Zagat Survey – and leave it all behind.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week:

Bear Creek Mountain Resort goes beachside this Sunday, June 10, 2007 from 1:00 to 5:00, when Parrotbeach keys-out their live music of summer for the Bear Creek Brew Fest in Macungie, Pennsylvania, USA. More than 30 participating breweries will be showcasing their beer, presenting cooking-with-beer demos that will knock your socks off! Schedule of demos includes the Executive Chef from Victory Brewing of Downingtown, PA at 3:00 and Backyard Cooking - Smokers Art with Legacy Brewing of Reading, PA at 4:00.

Food goes center stage, with a seductive menu of foods crafted with beer, available to Fesival-goers: Beer and Cheddar Cheese Soup; Stoudt’s American Ale Grilled Chicken Breast; Victory Beef Salad; Sam Adam’s Beer Battered Fish-n-chips; Beer Battered Shrimp; Victory Pale Ale Marinated Flank Steak over a bed of seasonal greens, dressed with our BCG Beer Blend Vinaigrette; and more will be served at The Grille at Bear Creek all day.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and include a sampling glass; $5 for Designated Drivers. You must be 21 with a valid I.D. to attend. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Event is outdoors; in the event of inclement weather, it will be moved indoors within the mountainside lodge.

Bear Creek Mountainside Resort is at 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie, PA - Ph: 601.682.7100
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Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:

There is a factory in Northern Minnesota, which makes the Tickle Me Elmo toys. The toy laughs when you tickle it under the arms.

Well, Lena is hired at The Tickle Me Elmo factory and she reports for her first day promptly at 8:00 AM. The next day at 8:45 AM there is a knock at the Personnel Manager's door. The Foreman throws open the door and begins to rant about the new employee.

He complains that she is incredibly slow and the whole line is
backing up, putting the entire production line behind schedule.

The Personnel Manager decides he should see this for himself, so the 2 men march down to the factory floor.

When they get there the line is so backed up that there are Tickle Me Elmo's all over the factory floor and they're really beginning to pile up.

At the end of the line stands Lena surrounded by mountains of Tickle Me Elmos.

She has a roll of plush red fabric and a huge bag of small marbles. The 2 men watch in amazement as she cuts a little piece of fabric, wraps it around two marbles and begins to carefully sew the little package between Elmo's legs.

The Personnel Manager bursts into laughter.

After several minutes of hysterics he pulls himself together and approaches Lena.

"I'm sorry," he says to her, barely able to keep a straight face, "but I think you misunderstood the instructions I gave you yesterday..."

"Your job is to give Elmo two test tickles."

Beer News

A study, led by Associate Professor Danny Dhanasekaran of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, shows that yeast can detect airborne particles from explosives found in landmines. Published in Nature Chemical Biology, the scientists succeeded in genetically engineering Saccharomyces cerevisiae to glow green when they sense molecules of dinitrotoluene, or DNT, a bi-product in the production of TNT.

Craft Beer of the Week Award

Wooly Bully - Siletz Brewing and Public House, Siletz, Oregon, USA

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Gently hazed and golden, reflections of coral-orange dance within the body, while a creamy head of ecru blankets the top in a one-finger layer. Grainy aromas of toffee and malt greet the nose, washed with spiciness and a floral mask.

Sweet malt dominates the mouth, with grassy depth and a spiciness that sits on the edge with hoppy, floral notes. Mouthfeel is medium and agressive. Highly drinkable.


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