August 25 2007 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Belgrade Beer Festival - Bear Facts
Established in 2003, the Belgrade Beer Festival has quickly won the hearts of beer lovers throughout Eastern Europe and is the second most visited festival in Serbia. Even with such praise, events occur that are beyond rational comprehension.
Developing the Sense of Aroma
The peanut gallery was abuzz. Their eyes were sparkling, and I felt the snapping of electricity in the midst of this awakening.
Aroma is a powerful temptress. She enters the mind through the olfactory senses, lingering in the background to activate memories, long thought forgotten.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
Join Special Guest Bruce Newbury, host of WHJJ's "On the Town" and "Dining Out with Bruce Newbury" at the19th Annual MS After Dark Beer Tasting on October 17, 2007 at the Westin Hotel, 1 Exchange Street, Providence, Rhode Island, USA from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Admission includes a sampling of over 200 different beers, hors d' oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, and souvenir beer glass. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door, and benefit the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This event is sponsored by Town Wine & Spirits and WHJJ Talk Radio. For information click on http://www.msafterdark.com
Allentown Brew Works, 812 Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA will hold The First Annual Tour De Brew on Sunday, September 9, 2007. The race THROUGH the Allentown Brew Works, (yes! Cyclists will literally race "through the main door of the Allentown Brew Works"), is the main event of an entire day of pro bike racing in Downtown Allentown.
See YouTube teaser:
Are you ready for the GABF? The 26th Great American Beer Festival 2007, held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, USA, runs Thursday October 11, Friday October 12 and Saturday October 13, 2007. This is the largest ticketed beer festival in the USA, and the premier competition for commercial beer.
Over 1650 beers will be available on the festival floor! Meet big names like Garrett Oliver, Charlie Papazian, Michael Jackson, Tom Dalldorf, Chuck Skypeck, Sam Calagione, Ray Daniels, Peter Bouckaert, George Reisch, and more! See you there!
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.
Four worms were placed into four separate jars.
The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.
The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following
The first worm in alcohol - Dead.
The second worm in cigarette smoke - Dead
Third worm in chocolate syrup - Dead
Fourth worm in good clean soil - Alive.
So the Minister asked the congregation:
"What can you learn from this demonstration? "
Eloise was sitting in the back. She quickly raised her hand and said,
"As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!"
That pretty much ended the service...
Abashiri Beer Brewery in Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido, Japan is producing a low-malt beer made with milk, developed to help use up surplus milk in the Japanese market. Sale of the new product began in February, 2007. Milk makes up one-third of the contents and necessitates the careful control of temperature throughout the boil. When yeast and hops are added, the drink mimics the appearance and aroma of tea with milk. After fermentation is complete, it takes on the hazy, amber look of a dark wheat beer, with mild fruity flavors.
The new phrase, "I'm not getting drunk, I'm fighting off osteoporosis by building strong bones and teeth," has a catchy sound to it...
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Otter Kilter (Otter Creek World Tour) - Otter Creek Brewing/ Wolaver's, Middlebury, Vermont, USA
Style - Scottish Style Wee Heavy
Otter Kilter pours a deep mahogany into the glass, with a thin, creamy head and swaths of generous lacing. Aromas are of roasty caramel malt, with woody earthiness and an herbal essence. The medium-full mouthfeel accentuates sweet, toasted malts and a lingering peat in the finish. Only a feathering of hops floats in the background. Satiating drinkability!
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