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September 22 2013 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

We took the summer off in Newsletter-land, but now we’re back. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot for you to catch-up on. If you haven’t been patched-in, take a look through the list and choose your pleasure from these new articles at the Beer and Brewing site at

Saison De Rose - Counting Down with Tara Nurin

At Penn, funds will help local people through their challenge to eliminate breast cancer from their lives. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, a disease that takes the lives of an estimated 40,000 women and 390 men each year.

Saison de Rose - David Wood Intercepts the Pass

One never knows where inspiration might be found. Sometimes it arises from the depths of exhaustion.

Saison de Rose - Marnie Old Speaks Good Beer Sense

Saison de Rose, a Belgian-style, pink Saison Ale created for release during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, may just be a little, sessionable beer at 5% ABV, but she sure packs a wallop. Hear what the articulate Marnie Old has to say about the project.

Saison de Rose - Erin Wallace & The Launch

Erin Wallace is one of the most dynamic women you could ever meet. She comes off a bit soft spoken, with round edges like a well-seasoned Winter Warmer, classically designed for a special occasion.

Saison de Rose Debuts in Philadelphia

Although my hair will never be pink, my commitment to the quality of life for women fighting Breast Cancer has never been greater.

Pumpkin Ales and Foods That Harmonize

Good beer-and-food harmonization is achieved by following the guidelines set by the Brewers Association. This may scare you regarding pumpkin ales.

The Society of Beer Judges

As I prepare myself for the task of judging at the Great American Beer Festival in October, a million random thoughts run through my head. I ask myself, Have I practiced enough?”

And don’t forget these from early summer:

Hophound Productions – Experts in Cuisine & Beer

We were all fascinated with the idea that we, too, could entertain with the same flair that Martha Stewart promoted. And we did.

Abbey Doubled

Some of the most passionate advocates in the world of beer are among the monks of the Roman Catholic Order of the Cistercians, also called the White Monks or Bernardines.

2013 National Homebrewers Conference

Like you, I have attended lots of beer events over the years. I have even gone to the Netherlands for whiskey, but strangely enough, I had never been to the AHA National Homebrewers Conference … until now.

Beer Is Better Than Soft Drinks

As we listened to Yvan DeBaets of Brasserie de la Senne speak of his childhood, some chuckled quietly to themselves.

Philly Beer Geek 2013 was crowned in June too! Read all about this year’s winner and how he’s going to change the world:

Hoparazzi Videographer Wins 2013 Philly Beer Geek

For most videographers who live behind the lens, competing in front of an audience and camera can be a bit unnerving. Not so for Mike Lawrence, who dramatically seized the stage in his self-styled rendition of Night of the Liquid Bread...

The Serious Side of Mike Lawrence - Interview

Mike Lawrence, 2013 Philly Beer Geek Champion, appeared to be having fun throughout the 2013 competition on June 6th at the Field House in Philadelphia, PA. Don’t be fooled.

Mike Lawrence Aces the Competition - Interview

How does one win this tournament that focuses on beer knowledge and passion? What are the feelings these geeks have, and is it really fun … or is it nerve-wracking?

Philly Beer Geek 2013 Mike Lawrence - Interview

If you have ever wondered about the basics surrounding Philly Beer Geek, Mike Lawrence and his experience may set you on your own path to success and what it really takes.

Beer Fox Tip of the Week

Fruit in beer may make some people do a double-take, but it is not an uncommon occurrence. Many brewers are barrel aging their beers, choosing to add the refreshing tartness of fruit during the aging process. In Belgian style Lambics, you may commonly find cherries (kriek), raspberries (framboise), or peaches (peche). In Belgian Witbier, coriander and orange rind may be added. American brewers may add strawberries, pomegranates, or blueberries.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week

A man goes skydiving for the first time. After listening to the instructor for what seems like days, he is ready to go.

Excited, he jumps out of the airplane. About five seconds later, he pulls the ripcord. Nothing happens.

He tries again. Still nothing.

He starts to panic, but remembers his back-up chute. He pulls that cord. Nothing happens. He frantically begins pulling both cords, but to no avail.

Suddenly, he looks down and he can't believe his eyes. Another man is in the air with him, but this guy is going UP!

Just as the other guy passes by, the skydiver -- by this time scared out of his wits -- yells, "Hey, do you know anything about skydiving?"

The other guy yells back, "No! Do you know anything about gas stoves?"

Beer Fests and Events:

Great American Beer Festival – October 10-12, 2013 – Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado - see you there!


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