September 30 2007 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
BellaOnline.com. Many of these pieces are focused upon the untimely passing away of Beer Hunter Michael Jackson - a death which had a dramatic impact on his admirers in the beer and whisky communities, as well as those of us who were personally involved in his life. The drama of real life has left its indelible mark - a void that will never be filled. To say "he will be missed" is an understatement.
My apologies for delaying this newsletter for a full month.
National Toast to Michael Jackson
On Sunday, September 30, 2007, beer lovers across the North American continent will be raising their glasses in remembrance of the world’s leading authority on beer and whiskey, Michael Jackson - the Beer Hunter, Whisky Chaser, Maven of Malt, Bard of Beer, and White Rose of Yorkshire.
Michael Jackson - A Final Farewell in London
Some traveled across town…others traversed invisible borders from countries sprinkled throughout Europe or over the Atlantic Pond – travelers, invited to the inner sanctum of Michael Jackson’s extraordinary life, journeying on a Mecca to pay their last respects to this leading world authority on beer...
Beer Cookery - King Tut's Chicken
The Beer Fox says, “Fit for a king and full of sweetness, this apricot/ale blend enhances the full flavor of King Tut’s savory, summertime chicken dish.”
Beer Bread Cookery - Scandinavian Coffee Twist
The Beer Fox says, “The enticing aromas of homemade bread and cinnamon twist together in a combination of harmonious pleasure.”
A Personal Look at Michael Jackson The Beer Hunter
That Thursday morning, darkness visited. It arrived without warning, like a cryptic prowler in a black cloak, waiting in the shadows for its next victim.
Michael Jackson Passes Away - World Beer & Whiskey Authority
This morning, the world lost its most distinguished and prolific authority on beer and whiskey. Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter, The Whiskey Chaser, Maven of Malt, and White Rose of Yorkshire, passed away today, August 30, 2007...
Beer Cookery - Colette's Cajun Shrimp Supreme
The Beer Fox says, “For the shrimp lover, this hot Louisiana magic will awaken your taste buds! Y’all be askin’ for more, every time!”
Sprecher Mbege - Exotic East African Beer
Flavors, although vastly different from anything in the US market, display a distinctive quality of African styling, much like a Belgian Beer in the European market.
Gluten Free Sprecher Shakparo - Fire Brewed & African Style
For the 25th Anniversary celebration, Oshi Adelebu, President of the Board of Directors of African World Enterprises, announced that Sprecher Brewing Company of Glendale, Wisconsin was selected to develop the official World Festival Beer for the 25th African World Festival.
Beer Fox Tip of the Week:
Are you ready for the GABF? The 26th Great American Beer Festival 2007 - held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, USA - runs Thursday October 11, Friday October 12 and Saturday October 13, 2007. The largest ticketed beer festival in the USA, it is the premier competition for the brewers of commercial beer.
Make a plan to get the most out of tasting your share of the 1,650 beers available on the festival floor. Action takes you by the hand, as you witness Beer and Food Presentations from some of the biggest names in beer and cuisine. A special tribute to Michael Jackson will be recorded for live radio during the "In the Brewers Studio" segment, hosted by Tom Dalldorf, publisher and editor of Celebrator Beer News, Hayward, California. Lots of other specials to choose from! For information see:
See you there!
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:
I was discussing Living Wills with a friend recently, and I told her I would never want to live in a vegetative state, kept alive only by the liquids that entered my body.
She got up, unplugged the TV and dumped my beer down the drain!
What a Bi*&$ch!
Tonight, September 30, 2007, a toast to Beer Hunter Michael Jackson will be held across North America, coordinated across time zones for one supernova event. The toast takes place at 9:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. central, 7:00 p.m. mountain, 6:00 p.m. pacific, and 5:00 p.m. Alaskan. Each participating establishment will determine how they would like to contribute to the National Parkinson's Foundation, in conjunction with the National Toast - whether they would like to "Pass the hat," contribute a portion of the evening's revenue, or sell items for charity.
When the donation is ready, the check is to be sent to the National Parkinson Foundation Attn: Kay Houghton
1501 N.W. 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road
Miami, FL 33136-1494
In the Memo line, please note: "Tribute to Michael Jackson."
A ceremonial contribution on behalf of all participating bars, restaurants, and brewpubs will be made at the Great American Beer Festival on Saturday, October 13, 2007.
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Brooklyn Pumpkin Ale - Brooklyn Brewing Company, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Style - Seasonal Pumpkin Ale
Upon the pour, the body shimmers clear and coppery in the moonlight, with a thin, creamy head of off-white slathered on the surface. Aromas of sweet malt, lightly toasted pumpkin seeds, nuttiness, clove and nutmeg splash the air, bringing up images of fall festivals and that memorable, hormone-laden roll-in-the-hay. The lips are treated to a tantalizing blend of malt, apricot, and spice, without any hint of vegetal earthiness. Clove, allspice, nutmeg and distinct nuttiness duel in the mouth, tempered with balanced bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium, with a silky, round finish.
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Carolyn Smagalski, Beer and Brewing Editor
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