September 20 2009 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Great American Beer Festival Expands for 2009
Much like the annual migration of the Monarch butterflies, beer enthusiasts across the United States set out in late September on their journey to the Great American Beer Festival, held at the Colorado Convention Center in the mile high city of Denver, Colorado.
Captain Lawrence at the Belgian Cafe
On September 8, 2009, Scott Vaccaro of the award-winning Captain Lawrence Brewing Company of Westchester County, brought his tasty brews to the Belgian Café.
Juniata Flapjacks and Beer Recipe
The texture of these flapjacks is achieved from the paired action of a yeasty beer with the lightness of beaten egg whites.
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Speaking of Cuisine a la Biere...when adding beer to a sauce, be sure to add it when the sauce is very hot, but not boiling. This will reduce the alcohol in the beer, while allowing the malty and/or fruity flavors of the beer to shine through. Hoppy beers can be used in very spicy sauces and can add a distinctive zest that wows the palate. Malty beers work better with meaty dishes, while lighter wheat beers add zest to seafood and poultry.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
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After an online presence that began in June of 2009, Beer Connoisseur Magazine hits the newsstand as hard-copy on December 8th, in time for the holidays. The American public has discovered that beer enlivens the palate just as much as wine does, and has achieved its own sophistication in the realm of beer. So kick off your shoes, pour yourself a satiating digestif, and drink in the pleasures of the Beer Connoisseur.
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
Cuvee Delphine, De Struise Brouwers, De Panne, Belgium
Style: Russian Imperial Stout - 13.00% ABV
Artwork on the label by Delphine Boel exclaims, "Truth Can Set You Free." The legend behind this beer is that this is the same recipe as the evil Black Albert, Batch 0, aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels. It was originally to be called "4 Black Roses," but Kentucky warned them not to.
Her body shines like inky obsidian in the glass with sticky tan head, painting the glass with strings and swaths of lace that have incredible staying power. Aromas are like chocolate drenched dark fruits, dipped in whisky and served on a plank of aged wood. As it hits the tongue, the palate sings between the thrill of the heat and her effervescent liveliness. Dark chocolate, apples, licorice and molasses merge together in an earthy funkiness and oaky heaven. A roasty, dry finish adds to the pleasure.
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