August 23 2009 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Radler Fights for Its Life in New Zealand
Technically, a trademark cannot be granted on a name that is a generic term or is known as a recognized beer style, but DB in New Zealand succeeded in trademarking the terms Radler and Saison and claiming them as its own idea.
Quick & Easy Recipes to Treat a Hangover
During a hangover, you are suffering, so you need the ability to treat your throbbing head with a simple remedy that tastes good and works effectively.
Treating a Hangover
Treating a hangover is much like treating a spill of French-roasted cappuccino on your finest white shirt. The sooner you attack the invader, the better your results will be.
How to Interpret the Meilgaard Flavor Wheel
The Meilgaard Flavor Wheel, developed by Morten Meilgaard in the 1970s, has long been considered the beer flavor analysis standard by the European Brewing Convention, the American Society of Brewing Chemists, and the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.
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Tavern Limericks & Beer
In the highly populated taverns of olde, entertainment took on many forms: A brawl between the weary, games of daring and chance, music from the highlands, and the beginnings of the tavern limerick.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week
Mike Saxton of beertrips.com, still has space on two trips this year:
• Prague, Bamberg, & Munich - September 17 - 27 -- 9 nights + 1 flying night - $2895, $635
• The Great Beers of Belgium - October 1 - 11 -- 9 nights + 1 flying night - $2895, $585
Don't let the opportunity slip away! World Class beer is not only an immersion into history, science, and anthropology, but also one of the most pleasurable experiences known to man (or woman!) Seize the day!
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
An Irish Ghost Story
This story happened a while ago in Dublin, and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, its true (of course)!
John Bradford, a Dublin University student, was walking on the side of the road hitchhiking on a very dreary dark night and in the midst of a big storm. The night was growing longer and no car was in sight. The wind and rain from the storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. He was cold, wet and miserable.
Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped. John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door...only to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn't on.
The car started moving slowly. John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life. Then, just before the car hit the curve, a hand appeared out of no where through the window and turned the wheel. John, paralyzed with terror, watched as the hand came through the window, but never touched or harmed him.
Shortly thereafter, John saw the lights of a pub appear down the road, so, gathering strength, he jumped out of the car and ran to it. Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and started telling everybody about the horrible experience he had just had. A silence enveloped the pub when everybody realized he was crying and . . . wasn't drunk.
Suddenly, the door opened, and two other people walked in from the dark and stormy night. They, like John, were also soaked and out of breath. Looking around, and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other...
"Look Paddy......there's the bloomin' idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it!"
Stats from the Brewers Association for the first half of 2009 report that growth among America's small and independent craft brewers continues, even while the rest of the economy is suffering. Dollar growth from craft brewers during the first half of 2009 increased 9%, and volume of craft beer sold grew 5% for the first six months in 2009. The numbers, although not quite as high as 2008 growth, are impressive in an economy that has purse-strings drawn tight on consumer spending in other sectors.
Beer Fests and Events:
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 – Saturday 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 Brewmasters’ Dinners 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
Pilgrims Dole, New Holland Brewing Company, Holland, Michigan, USA
Style: Wheat Wine - 10.00% ABV
Crafted of 50% barley and 50% wheat, this wheat wine gleams orange-copper in the glass, with a thick head of cream. Aged in Dragon's Milk barrels, it emits aromas of oranges, pineapple, untoasted malt, and earth. On the palate, caramel merges with succulent fruit, with the breadiness of a morning breakfast cake. Effervescence pleases the mouth while ever present heat and spice awaken the taste buds. Malt continues into the finish. Wonderful!
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