August 3 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Philanthropy and the American Brewer
She had pink hair, vibrant, pink hair…and her smile had the candlepower to light the whole of New York City.
Toshi Ishii at JDW International Real Ale Festival
Airport security was unusually tight. Under watchful eyes, laptop owners removed battery compartments and disconnected PCMCIA cards, while the contents in their backpacks were carefully scrutinized. Tourists endured frisking at random, and the air was abuzz with confusion.
Football & Beer Mini-Camp at Sprecher Brewing
Although women stayed behind the fence when the subject of football and beer leaked into the conversation, they have now discovered how much fun it is to talk intelligently about both topics.
Stu Stuart - Belgian Beer Me ! Beer Tours
If you listen attentively, you might hear Stu Stuart faking a psst as he opens a Belgian beer online in the hush of the radio studio.
Samichlaus Beer - Vintage Tasting in July
As a testimonial to its punch of power, Samichlaus was served in a stein the size of an espresso cup, fair warning of its potency.
Christmas in July - Monday Night Tasting 2008
As I leaned back in the summer sunshine, I closed my eyes and imagined it was December. Euphoria was rising and my head whirled as the weekly selection of brews tingled my lips.
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.
Brewmaster's Mexican Beer Dinner at Iron Hill
When you think Mexican, think Bethard and La Pierre. Although they may not sound like Masters of Mexican Gourmet pairings, their skill in the culinary realm of food and beer pairing is one to be emulated and enjoyed.
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
Hot weather and beer are natural partners, but even better when Organic Ice Cream is added. On July 30, 2008, Sebbie Buhler of Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon joined with Vosges Haut-Chocolat SoHo Purple House in New York City for a beer and ice cream pairing that featrued a sneak preview of Vosges' four new exotic ice creams: Argentinean-style dulce de leche, Arriba Nib Brownie, Madagascar Vanilla Bean and Barcelona. You ask, "Really? Do beer and ice cream go together?" The answer is "Yes," and "yes." and "yes."
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
The next time someone asks you a dumb question wouldn't you like to respond like this?
Yesterday I was at my local Wal-Mart buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Sheriff, the Wonder Dog and was in the checkout line when woman behind me asked if I had a dog.
What did she think I had, an elephant? On impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)
Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter's rear end and a car hit us both.
I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. Wal-Mart won't let me shop there anymore.
In July 2008, Heartland Brewery announced the introduction of The Beer Goddess®, a three-liter hand-blown Pilsner glass that holds 6.3 pints (101.4 ounces, or 8.5 cans) custom-made for Heartland by Rastal of Germany. Heartland Brewery believes that when filled with one of its locally brewed craft beers, the glass may be "The Largest Glass of Beer Commercially Available," (i.e. served in a bar or restaurant.) Heartland has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for verification.
Beer Fests and Events:
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
North Bridge Extreme IPA - Norrebro Bryghus, Kobenhavn, Denmark
Style: Imperial IPA, 9.5% ABV
Shimmering with clear, golden clarity, this lustrous body is topped with a creamy head of eggshell white. Aromas of a firm malt backbone merge with grapefruit. Hopheads will delight in the intense citrus bite, well balanced by the satiating malt. Alcohol is well hidden, and could sneak up as you work through such sessionable flavors.
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