August 24 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Glossary of Beer Terms - A
Glossary of Beer and Brewing Terms - A
Court Avenue Brewing Remembers Michael Jackson
The warm chestnut browns of the bar merge warmly with the brick walls and historic feel of our surroundings and I think how charmed beer Hunter Michael Jackson would have been by this haven for malt.
Gluten Free Beer Bread with Dill Recipe
If you are eating Gluten Free due to Celiac Disease or sensitivity to wheat flour, you can still delight in the joys of fresh baked beer bread.
Sorghum Beer Across Cultures
We have slowly become aware of grains such as quinoa, flaxseed, sorghum and millet. Can they be used to brew beer? What might it taste like?
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Michael Jackson Collection at Oxford Brookes
He was just a child when he left school to pursue a career as a journalist. He had, of course, fulfilled all the requirements of a British education, so at the mature age of sixteen, Michael Jackson pounded the pavements of competition that would eventually lead to Fleet Street.
Beer Wrapped in Tissue - A Sign of Luxury
We are sensory creatures. We are constantly tuned-in to those things that stimulate our senses. The most successful brewers understand the power of kinesthetic appeal, and strive to pique the senses on all levels.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
If you are a Celiac in search of Gluten-Free Beer when you are out for dinner, you can, of course, BYOB. One step better is to speak with the manager about the broad range of Gluten-Free or Sorghum Beers on the market. You may wish to "clue-in" the wait staff, too. If you are a regular, the manager will be much more open to accommodating your wishes because it guarantees the beer will not stretch beyond the freshness date.
Restaurants that already offer Gluten-Free menus are the most receptive to your request. Many local restaurants offer GF menus, but so do some of the larger chains like Uno Chicago Grill, Outback, and Carrabbas. My local Iron Hill Restaurant and Brewery offers an extensive Gluten Free menu, but no GF beer (yet.) The ones that have GF menus are generally trustworthy, and will take extra measures to ensure that the environment is free of wheat, barley, rye, and other gluten-rich grains, is sanitized properly, and that they change gloves during preparation.
Stay away from Applebees, Red Lobster, Texas Roadhouse, and Olive Garden, unless you have found one that is very forward-thinking and well-educated about GF food preparation.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
As migration approached, two elderly vultures doubted they could make the trip south, so they decided to go by airplane.
When they checked their baggage, the attendant noticed that they were carrying two dead raccoons. "Do you wish to check the raccoons through as luggage?" she asked.
"No, thanks," replied the vultures. "They're carrion."
Marty Jones reports that Old Chub Scottish Style Ale, brewed by Oskar Blues Restaurant and Brewery in Lyons, Colorado has been spotlighted on the food network in their "Next Food Network Star" show. In a segment on Beer Can Chicken, Finalist Adam Gertler of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, used the premium beer in full frontal exposure. The message here is: Great gourmet recipes require the selection of a great beer for maximum pleasuring of the taste buds.
Beer Fests and Events:
Savannah Craft Brew Festival - August 29-30, 2008 - Esplanade of the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, One International Drive, Savannah, Georgia, USA
Two-day festival dedicated to the craft beer lover where you will meet brewers from across the US while tasting beer on the picturesque Savannah Harbor. For information:
Suds on the Green - September 13, 2008 - On the final hole of the National Golf League's Sacramento Team Golf Shootout, William Land Park, Sacramento, California, USA
Features unlimited beer tasting from over 30 breweries, live music, and a Free Concert after the fest featuring Aroarah! For information:
Philly Beerfest 08 - September 27, 2008 - 23 Street Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. with a special VIP noon session
Sponsored by Spaten, this event will raise funds for Philly Beer Week and breast cancer research, with a special VIP tasting at noon, highlighting a premium selection imported by Shelton Brothers. More information:
Return of the Belgian Beer Fest - September 26-27, 2008 - Boston, Massachusetts, USA
4th Belgian Beer Fest includes a Friday"Night of Funk" session where over 50 hand-picked Belgian Style beers will pour alongside guest speakers and tasty victuals; and two Saturday sessions with great beer, more guest speakers and educational seminars. 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:
Flaveurs Bieres et Caprices - November 14-15, 2008 - Le Windsor Ballroom, 1170 Peel Street, Montreal, Canada. Maximum of 800-1,000 visitors per session, with 3 sessions available: Friday and Saturday evenings 5:30-11:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoon 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
This is the second edition of this culinary event which features beer pairings with fine food. This edition pays homage to Sweden and Denmark, and will feature the artisanal creativity of 24 Swedish and Danish beers paired with delicacies from these Nordic countries. In addition, over 100 international beers will be showcased including those from the USA, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy, and Canadian areas of Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Food pairings will include appetizers, cheeses, seafood and fish, sweetsand, and Nordic inspired dishes.
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Ondineke Oilsjtersen Tripel - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren, Erpe-Mere, Belgium
Style: Belgian Tripel, 8.5% ABV
Anticipation rises as you unwrap this treasure from the crinkly tissue that announces it as something special. Aromas of grapes, apple, pear and spices dress the air, as it pours, cloudy orange with a creamy, off-white head. Clean and effervescent on the tongue, with gentle hops and pepper. Alcohol hides well, so take care with this naughty girl.
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