September 27 2008 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Beer Color and the Beer Color Reference Guide
Evaluating the visual aspects of beer was, in my mind, one of the easiest profiles to describe. Being a very visual person, I believed in WYSIWYG, that is, what you see is what you get.
Duvel Green at Monk's Cafe
In 2008, the duvel arrives in America, dressed in green. Tom Peters graciously opened the back bar of Monk’s Café in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for a special preview tasting of Duvel Green.
Celebrator Beer News Brews Cruise to Alaska
Even with this promise of nature´s magnificence, choosing a premium themed Alaskan cruise presents exponentially greater rewards, particularly when that cruise is beer-centric.
Anheuser-Busch Introduces Budweiser American Ale
In response to spectacular growth in the craft brewing industry – sales of craft beer grew 11% by volume in the first half of 2007 – Anheuser-Busch is poised to release Budweiser American Ale in September, 2008.
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company - Symbol of Tenacity
When Leslie and Mark Henderson chose to open a brewery in 2003, they fittingly chose the Magnolia as the symbol of their tenacity. Up to that point, not one brewery had been established in Mississippi since Prohibition.
Uerige Altbier and Stickum Distilled Beer Brandies
Uerige means “grumpy”, and the actual establishment of Uerige is credited to Wilhelm Cürten, the original “Uerige” himself.
Bier-Mania Cultural Beer Tours in Europe & USA
While touring Brouwerij Rodenbach in Roeselare, Belgium, they decided to shoot a flick in classic “Michael Jackson” style for the simple pleasure of Michael Jackson himself.
Distilled Beverages - GF Choice for Celiacs
In normal life, you would go to dinner at your local brewpub, have a few drinks, relax and commiserate with your friends about the week’s happenings...
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
To create your own smoked beer (aka Rauchbier) you can use a caludron-style charcoal grill with a shallow, screen-basket to smoke the malt. The malt rests in a screen-basket, which you can make from a wood frame with screening stapled to it. Build a small fire with a handful of charcoal briquettes off to the side (you do not want the malt directly over the coals), and wait until the briquettes have finished flaming and are white-hot. Soak wood chips in water, then spread them over the coals. Spread malt evenly into the screen-basket, and place the basket on the rack in the grill (but snuggled to the side), close the lid, and allow to smoke from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Be selective in the wood chips you choose for smoking. Mesquite will give a delicate spiciness. Peat imparts phenolic, oily, creosote-like characteristics. Alder has a sweet, delicate woodiness, as does apple. Cherry adds almond fruitiness, and birch gives a subtle wintergreen profile to the malt. Grapevine wood is herbal, while white oak tends to add a pungent, musty backbone.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
The scene is a newspaper office. The editor says to one of his reporters: There's a fire raging out of control west of town and I want you to get out there fast. And above all, get some good shots. If that means you have to hire an airplane, just do it. Don't worry about the expense.
So, the reporter calls the local FBO and orders a plane. He rushes out to the airport, spots a small aircraft with a young pilot in it, pulls open the door, jumps in and says to the pilot: Let's go, take off. As directed, the pilot takes off, gets up to altitude, and the reporter then tells him, "See that fire raging to the west? I want you to fly over that and get down as close as you can."
Incredulous, the pilot says, "You want me to fly over that fire?"
"Sure," the reporter says, "I am a photojournalist and that's why I am here--to take dramatic shots of the fire!"
The pilot looks over with a quizzical look on his face and says, "You're not the flight instructor?"
Beers of the World, an international consumer magazine, has announced the winners of the annual World Beer Awards. An international panel of judges tasted hundreds of beer from the UK, Europe, Australia, and the USA to name best in each style category. These winners were then submitted into a semi-final round, where a select committee of the UK's most renowned brewers assessed them in a blind-tasting round to select the best in each category. Those winners entered a final round in which four beers were selected as the "World's Best Beers."
...and the four Winners are:
World's Best Lager:
Primator Exkluziv 16% - Bock - Pivovar Náchod a.s, Náchod, Czech Republic
World's Best Ale:
Tripel Karmeliet 8% - Tripel - Brouwerij Bosteels, Buggenhout, Belgium
World's Best Stout/Porter:
Rogue Shakespeare Stout 6% - American Stout - Rogue Ales Brewery/ Brewers on the Bay, Newport. Oregon, USA
World's Best Wheat Beer:
Kaltenberg Konig Ludwig Weissbier 5.5% - (Grain only) Weissbier - Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG, Furstenfeldbruck, Germany
Other American breweries winning Category Awards were: Deschutes Bachelor ESB, Sam Adams Holiday Porter, and Sam Adams White Ale. American breweries winning Highly Commended Category Honors were: Sam Adams Dark Black Lager, Deschutes Abyss, and Blue Moon Belgian White.
American beers winning Style Trophies were:
Goose Island IPA, Rogue I2PA, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Cream Stout, Sam Adams Cherry Lambic, and Goose Island Bourbon Cream Stout.
All winners of the World's Best Awards were also winners in their style and category class.
For those who love Gluten Free Beer, SA Damm Ed Apta Para Celiacos was the Style Winner in the Gluten Free Beer category, crafted by SA Damm of Barcelona, Spain.
Beer Fests and Events:
"Highway to Hops" Pre-GABF Boulder County Brews Cruise - October 8, 2008 - departs from the Colorado Convention Center (at 14th Street and Stout Street) at 8 a.m. and returns at about 5 p.m.
Sponsored by Draft Magazine, the "Highway to Hops" bus trip will take beer lovers on an all-day excursion to Avery Brewing, Boulder Beer Company, Left Hand Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery & Pub (in Lyons), the new Oskar Blues Brewery (in Longmont), the Pumphouse Brewery, Redstone Meadery, and Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey. Seats are a bargain at $50. For reservations:
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
Ring of Fire Porter and Tabasco Pepper - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Style: Pepper Porter, 5.4% ABV
Crafted of nine parts porter and one part pepper, this deep walnut "hot shot" is packed with assertive malt and the feel of a big beer. it has a delicious tongue feel, with a firm balance between malt and pepper. The malt profile is complex, drenched in roastiness, with subtle bittersweet chocolate, and a hint of smokiness. Heat plays well in the background with just enough attention to wow the taster and quench the thirst.
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