July 19 2009 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Rhinelander Beer Bread Recipe
The Beer Fox touts this as a hearty rye loaf, perfect with soups or German stews. Terrapin Rye Pale Ale adds complex flavor and spiciness, while the sea salt and poppy seeds paint the top like the hand of an artist.
Country Corn-Cheddar Chowder Recipe with Beer
The word chowder may possibly find its etymological roots in the Romance languages, from the French chaudière and the Latin word caldaria. Both words refer to the vessel in which the soup is prepared...
Summer Beer & Glassware - Belgian Chic
Our rooftop venue adopts the tone of a Viennese coffee house...joie de vivre, Bohemian kitsch. Elegant, hedonistic, lively...
What Causes Weird Flavors in Beer ?
Sometimes you just want basic information. No fluff, no confusion, nothing too technical. You hear the words, though, and at some point, you will want to know what they mean.
Union Station Brewery of Providence
Amidst the neon signs and stainless steel fermenters of Union Station Brewery in Providence, Rhode Island, emerges a history of America more than a century old.
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As the sun warms overhead and bronze bodies line the beach, thoughts of easy cooking fill your head. Outdoor grilling becomes a passion, making no exception for the occasional rainy day.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week
For summertime fun, treat your beer with the respect it deserves. A few basic rules will keep your beer fresh and tasty, and protect it from tasting like a skunk or a wet corrugated box from a flooded basement.
1. Store your beer upright, not on its side - Less surface will be exposed to oxygen and you will avoid those 'old' flavors that can ruin the experience. You don't want your beer to taste like paper, a wet cardboard box, sherry, or cheap, waxy lipstick.
2. Protect it from sunlight - Don't use an open bucket with beer bottles pushed into shards of ice. If the sun hits it, it will not only make the ice melt faster, but also will expose the beer to sunlight. Even if beer is in more protective brown bottles, the light can ruin it. Use a cooler with a lid. While you're at it, protect the beer in your hand too, either by drinking it in the shade, drinking it from its brown bottle or can, or using a cup that light can't penetrate, rather than a clear glass.
3. If you are taking beer outdoors, brown bottles or cans are your best choice. Keep that beer protected from sunlight to avoid skunky aromas and flavors that can ruin the experience.
4. Avoid frosted mugs - They pick up off-flavors from the freezer and alter the flavor of beer. Drinking beer too cold also diminishes the flavor. If you don't want flavor, save your money and drink water.
5. If your beer has warmed to room temperature, it's okay to cool it in the fridge again - but remember that it will not retain its freshness for as long. If you have left it in a hot room or a car that has reached 120 degrees, you can expect stale, oxidized flavors.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
A young jockey and his stable lass girlfriend make the decision to get married. Everything is planned and the couple intend to honeymoon in Italy for a week. The marriage goes without a hitch and the couple set off on their honeymoon.
While checking in, the lady behind the desk asks, "We have two suites available for you, would you like the bridal?"
"No thanks," says the jockey. "I'll just hold her ears till she gets the hang of it!"
Flying Fish Brewing Company of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, held a release party on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at Standard Tap, Philadelphia, PA for "Exit 11", the 2nd beer in their Exit Series Big Bottle Beers Collection. Exit 11 is a confluence of styles and ingredients, just as Exit 11 is the point in New Jersey where the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike and several other highways come together.
Exit 11 is an American-style wheat beer brewed with English ale yeast and three Pacific Northwest hops - Columbus, Palisade and Amarillo. It is brewed with 50% Belgian pale malt and 50% white wheat. Aromas are of citrus, tangerines, and apricots, with floral notes in the background, superbly vibrant, fresh, and quenching. Future Exit Series Big Bottles will be named for other exits, chosen based on videos, photos and testimonials submitted to Flying Fish by fans at http://www.exitseries.com.
Exit 11 gained national attention in the Associated Press and Fox News after officials from the Turnpike Authority expressed concern that the public may think the Flying Fish Exit Series is associated with the Turnpike Authority itself. Mothers Against Drunk Driving seized the opportunity to question whether the Exit Series promotes 'drinking and driving.'
Beer Fests and Events:
The Chefs Association of the Pacific Coast Master Butcher Demo - July 20, 2009 - Cathedral Hill Hotel, 1101 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA. 94109, USA - Demonstration: 6 p.m. Hors D’Ouevre Reception: 6:45 p.m. Dinner: 7:30 p.m.
Features a demonstration by a Master Butcher followed by a Four Course Dinner paired with the excellent beers of Lagunitas Brewing Company. For information and reservations:
Great British Beer Festival - August 4-8, 2009, Earls Court, London, England, UK - Tue 4th 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - Wed 5th to Fri 7th 12:00 noon to 10:30 p.m. - Sat 8th 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Organized by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), The GBBF is the UK's largest beer festival with more than 700 Real Ales, ciders and perrys, and foreign beers; tutored tastings; food; entertainment; bar games and quizzes; and the "Champion Beer of Britain Competition." For information: http://gbbf.camra.org.uk/home
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:
Great American Beer Festival - September 24-26, 2009 - Colorado Convention Center, Hall F, 14th and Stout Streets. Denver, Colorado 80302 - 5:30-10:00 p.m. with one Saturday Session (members only) 12:30-4:30 p.m.
The Great American Beer Festival is listed as one of the top 1,000 places in the US to visit before you die. Tickets for this year's festival went on sale to the public June 1. Tickets for the Saturday Members-Only session have sold quickly with 42% of the tickets already sold. Thursday ESaturday evening sessions have already climbed to around 20% sold. Info at:
Strasbourg European Mondial de la Biere - October 16-18, 2009, Strasbourg Exhibition Park, (Wacken), Halls 20/21, Strasbourg (European capital & metropolis of Alsace), France - 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Sunday
"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. At a time of « Dégustez peu, dégustez mieux » (taste sparingly, taste better), beer is taken to a higher cultural level, where hundreds of beers from across the world will awaken European taste buds as the craft brewing world gathers full speed and strength.
Tenth Annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival - January 7-9, 2010, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, 1300 Westhaven Drive, Vail, Colorado, USA - Event times to be announced soon.
This is the best in beer pairings - a World Class Winter Wonderland paired with a World Class International Beer Festival, complete with BrewmastersEDinners and Seminars by some of the world’s most innovative Brewers. Featured Brewmasters for the 2010 event will be Lodewijk Swinkels, Brewmaster for LaTrappe at Bierbrouwerij Koningshoeven in Berkel-Enschot, The Netherlands and Peter Bouckaert, Brewmaster for New Belgium Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, Colorado. Website will be updated soon:
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Dresdner Felsenkeller Pilsner, Feldschlösschen AG, Braunschweig, Germany
Style: German Pilsner - 4.8% ABV
A brilliant gold body with thick creamy head announces her jewel-like appearance with a beautiful floral and malt nose. This beer was, obviously, well handled throughout its journey from Germany to the US, and malty flavors are well balanced with delicate Saaz hops.
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