September 12 2010 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Beer Events Before & After the GABF 2010 in Denver
Whether you have tickets for one Great American Beer Festival session this year or for several, stay alert to the happenings that wrap themselves around the main event.
Six Tips - Doing the Great American Beer Festival
If you are doing the 2010 Great American Beer Festival for the first time this year, you might be a touch overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the event. You need a Plan of Action.
The 2010 Great American Beer Festival Rocks Denver
Of all the thousands of events each year, this is the chart-buster, the magnum opus, the crème de la crème. It is the Great American Beer Festival, the Crown Jewel of the Brewers Association and of the Beer World. There are other beer fests across the globe, but this one lives as the nonpareil.
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week
Places to taste great craft beer after the GABF in Denver:
Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake Street, Denver
Cheeky Monk, 534 Colfax, Denver
Euclid Hall, 14th Street, between Larimer and Market, Denver (New!)
The Cruise Room in the Oxford Hotel, 17th and Wazee, Denver (for martinis)
Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th Street, Denver
Rock Bottom Brewery, 1001 16th Street, Denver
Breckenridge Brewery, 2220 Blake Street, Denver
Denver Chop House & Brewery, 1735 19th Street, Denver
Pints Pub, 221 West 13th Avenue, Denver
Brasserie Rouge, 1801 Wynkoop Street (across the street from Wynkoop), Denver
FreshCraft, 1530 Blake, Suite A, Denver (New!)
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
A farmer stopped by the local mechanics shop to have his truck fixed. They couldn't do it while he waited, so he said he didn't live far and would just walk home.
On the way home he stopped at the hardware Store and bought a bucket and a gallon of paint. He then stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, struggling outside the store he now had a problem - how to carry his entire purchases home.
While he was scratching his head he was approached by a little old lady who told him she was lost.
She asked, "Can you tell me how to get to 1603 Mockingbird Lane?"
The farmer said, "Well, as a matter of fact, my farm is very close to that house I would walk you there but I can't carry this lot."
The old lady suggested, "Why don't you put the can of paint in the bucket. Carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?"
"Why thank you very much," he said and proceeded to walk the old girl home.
On the way he says, "Let's take my short cut and go down this alley. We'll be there in no time."
The little old lady looked him over cautiously then said, "I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won't hold me up against the wall and have your way with me?"
The farmer said, "Holy smokes lady! I'm carrying a bucket, a gallon of paint, two chickens, and a goose. How in the world could I possibly hold you up against the wall and do that?"
The old lady replied, "Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the paint on top of the bucket, and I'll hold the chickens."
On Tuesday, September 14, Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (215-567-7683) will host an Oyster Homecoming to celebrate their collaboration with local brewer, Yards Brewing Company, on their acclaimed Love Stout. The traditional oyster stout, brewed earlier this year using a bushel of oysters donated by Oyster House owner Sam Mink, is a local favorite, and will be served alongside Buck-a-Shuck Oysters from 5 pm until 7 pm.
Look for Victory Brewing new releases: Saison du Buff , Victory Village Coffee Infused Beer, and Scarlet Sunset Dunkelweisen with a touch of smoke.
Honza Kocka (known in the US as Jan) has managed to finish the first version of a new web site dedicated to one of the most popular beer styles around the world - the Bohemian Pilsner. Find it at http://www.czbeer.cz You can find info on Czech brews, new breweries, and the craft beer movement - but also on Bohemian Pilsners around the world, interviews with people who have experienced those beer styles, and more. There is also an interactive map of Czech pubs and breweries.
Beer Fests and Events:
The 29th edition of the Great American Beer Festival - September 16-18, 2010 - Colorado Convention Center, Denver Colorado Th: 5:30-10:00 pm, Fri: 5:30-10:00 pm, Sat: 12:30-4:30 pm and 5:30-10:00 pm
America's greatest beer celebration: 3 fabulous days of festivities, 552 breweries, 2,200 beers and 49,000 + attendees. In addition to all these great beers, attendees can participate in the Farm to Table Session, Beer & Food Pavilion, Brewers' Studio Pavilion, video podcasts, and more.
The 2nd edition of the Mondial de la bière - October 22-24, 2010 - Exhibition Park (Wacken), Strasbourg, France - 100 breweries and 400 outstanding beers, beer & cheese workshops, restaurants on-site, and presentations on the history of beer from grain to the glass, including live brewing demonstrations. For information: http://www.mondialbierestrasbourg.com/
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Norwegian Wood Smoked Beer - Haandbryggeriet, Drammen, Norway
Style: Smoked Beer, 6.5% ABV
A dark, walnut-wood burnt-umber body lingers in the snifterwith a lean tan head that dissipates to a ring. The aromas of malt and chocolate rise into the nose, with hints of juniper berries and smoke. On the palate, heavy malt, dark fruit, earth and burnt smoke light the tongue. Complex, dry profile displays good balance for a smoked beer!
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