July 6 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
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Organic Beer - Going Green for the Earth
Go green, young man, go green! is the new phrase of advice for the youth of our planet. Although I remember this adage from my grandmother and great aunts, as they grew their own vegetables and put up (as they called it)everything from peaches and jellies to corn and spaghetti sauce, I seem to have
Miracle Fruit and Beer Tasting
In 1725, French cartographer Chevalier des Marchais, in his many travels to West Africa, was intrigued by the food culture of local tribes, who chewed a tiny red berry before meals. The tiny fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, seemed to change the flavors of food. Strange.
Samuel Adams Longshot 2008
So, how many times have you gone for the Longshot, that crazy venture with the slightest chance of success?
These two links in last week's newsletter of June 29, 2008 were broken. For your convenience they are corrected below:
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!
Extreme Brewing at Home
Deep down, you know that you need to understand the basics, but you were never one for slowing down and reading the directions, especially for a complex project.
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Tropical Orange Grove Chicken Recipe
The Beer Fox says, “Delight in the glazed sweetness of citrus-drenched chicken, enhanced by the grandeur of a complex brew in an award-winning mustard!
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
To cool down in hot weather, have a beer float.
Most Beer Floats are designed with vanilla or chocolate ice cream. You may use your own variations for a gourmet touch and optimum palate appeal. Peach and raspberry ice cream flavors echo the flavors of peche and framboise, but may overpower the delightful flavors of the beer itself. These fruit lambics work well with vanilla bean ice cream, as do kriek, pomme, cassis, apricot, banana, and faro. Some summer ales also combine favorably, but caution must be made with those that are overly hoppy or citric. With these, you may add a splash of orange, apricot or chestnut liqueur. Stouts of all styles and brown ales work well with chocolate and coffee ice creams. Experiment to discover flavors that “float your boat.”
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
Scientists at NASA have developed a gun built specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.
British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and when the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurtled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, crashed through the control console, snapped the engineer's backrest in two and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin.
Horrified Britons sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield, and begged the U.S. scientists for suggestions. NASA's response was just one sentence, "THAW THE CHICKEN!"
Schlitz Beer, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA has gone through a reincarnation. Schlitz, owned by Pabst Brewing Company, is being marketed as the "Classic 1960s formula." Introduced to markets in Tampa, Florida and Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2007, the classic, brewed by MillerCoors LLC in Eden, N.C., was released for sale in Milwaukee last week. Sales have been so brisk that they sold out in one day, while passionate loyalists to the brew patiently have added their names to waiting lists. "The Beer that made Milwaukee famous," indeed...
Beer Fests and Events:
Local Beer, Local Wine, Local Food - July 8, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. - Monk's Cafe Belgian Beer Emporium and Restaurant, 16th and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Seating is limited, so call ahead for reservations - 215-545-7005 - $65 + gratuity
Eric Miller from the award winning Chadsford Winery will be presenting both beer and wine pairings with each course. Local beers, produce, meat, fish and fruit will take the spotlight in this celebration of superior victuals.
Five Course Mexican Beer Dinner - July 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. - Iron Hill Brewery, 3 West Gay Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380. $50 + tax and gratuity -
Only 30 seats available: e-mail email@example.com for reservations.
Chris LaPierre presents a fabulous line-up of beers with Dan's tasty South of the Border fare:
Ceviche Playero - Rock crab, scallops, honey, manila mango, papaya, pineapple, jicama, pasilla chiles, grapefruit, lime and plantain tostadas
Paired with - The Cannibal
Strong Belgian Golden Ale. Light bodied but complex and high in alcohol with notes of tropical fruit and spice from the unique yeast strain used in this brew. 2005 GABF gold medal, 2006 World Beer Cup silver medal
Roasted Pork Tamale…. Dan’s way - Sweet corn, cilantro and cheesy grits
Paired with - German Pilsner
Dry crisp German lager loaded with continental hops
Pescado con Hongos Crema (fish dish) - Serrano marinated woodland mushroom-poblano cream, rustic smashed potatoes and grilled green beans
Paired with - Saison
Belgian Farmhouse Ale, dry and spicy with earthy undertones
Pato en Clemole Castellano - Grilled-roasted, red chilled rubbed duck breast, mole of ancho and pasilla chiles, pecan and hazelnuts with black beans, braised greens and crispy onions
Paired with - Black and Tan (Ironbound and Porter)
Roasted and chocolate notes marry with the bright character of American hops
Chocolate Chipotle Cake with cajeta sauce
Paired with - Baltic Porter
Dark sweet lager with chocolate and mild roasted notes followed by a warming alcohol character
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 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
Coopers Best Extra Stout - Coopers Brewery, Regency Park, West Australia
Style: Foreign Extra Stout, 6.3% ABV
Black as night, this gleaming, slick wonder sports a lean tawny head that dissolves to a ring, highlighting the glass. With no additives and no preservatives, the aroma lifts into the air as chocolate all the way, like bittersweet black cocoa pearls and lactic nuances.
The taste is rich and chocolaty with a firm malt backbone. Effervescence pops across the tongue, while pepper heats the back of the throat. Bitterness comes forth, then recedes as sweetness arises. Mouthfeel is medium full, and gives in to a final bitterness in a long finish.
The rich, full flavors pair well with a juicy sirloin burger.
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