[Brewtopia] Great Beer Stuff!
- From: Owen Ogletree <brew@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: brewtopia@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 19:06:31 -0400
If you do NOT wish to receive these Brew Fest and craft beer updates, instructions on how to be taken off this Brewsletter list are at the bottom of this message. To talk to Owen, please send an email to brew@xxxxxxxxxx BREWTOPIA EVENTS EMAIL BREWSLETTER Owen Ogletree (brew@xxxxxxxxx) October 16, 2003 http://www.ClassicCityBrew.com phone (706) 254-BREW BEER CALENDAR - Decatur, GA Beer Festival, Saturday, October 18, Courthouse Square, downtown Decatur. Come and enjoy an afternoon of micro-brew tasting on the square in Decatur. Area distributors and Decatur?s restaurants and pubs will offer samples of more than 100 of the finest local, American, and international beers. http://www.decaturga.com/events/m_events.html#Beer. - Fall Wine Fest - A benefit for the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation - Taste over 80 wines, sample food from the Athens' finest restaurants, and listen to jazz on the tree-lined grounds of historic Ashford Manor. Attendees will receive a program book and wine glass and have the opportunity to bid on silent art auction items. 3:00-6:00 pm, Sunday, October 19. Ticket Prices: Donation $25 in advance. $30 at the door. Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast, 5 Harden Hill Road, Watkinsville, GA, 706-769-4565. http://www.ocaf.com - GEORGIA CRAFT BREW CHALLENGE - Nov. 1 - Georgia's craft brewers are going head-to-head to see whose beer reigns supreme in Georgia. Come see who wins and try them all at a Halloween-themed festival and tasting with live music. "Champion Beer of Georgia" awards will be given in several categories, and a "Grand Champion Beer of Georgia" award will be given to the best-in-show beer. Saturday, November 1st, Max Lagers, Peachtree Street - downtown Atlanta, 8:30-midnight. This celebration of Georgia's craft beers should not be missed! http://www.worldclassbeer.org/Challenge.asp - for tickets and all the information! - CLASSIC CITY BREW FEST, April 3, 2004, Classic Center, Athens, GA. Our 9th annual festival is coming up next year where a lucky 2500 attendees will be able to sample almost 200 of the best beers from the Southeast and around the world. 2004 sponsors are: Terrapin Beer Company, Five Points Bottle Shop, Center Stage Catering, Rock 103.7 FM and Flagpole magazine. Tickets will go quickly, so you may as well GET YOUR TICKETS NOW at... http://www.BrewFest.net STRONG BEER EVALUATION Ort (from Athens' FLAGPOLE magazine) helped us taste and review some incredible beers at Wild Wing Cafe recently. If you are curious about such potent beer styles as Saison, Bock, Doppelbock, Imperial Pale Ale, and Strong Scotch Ale, you should check out the tasting results at... http://www.negia.net/~brew/blind_strong6.html It is very sad that due to outdated laws, NONE of these phenomenal beers are available in Georgia. If you'd like to find out what you can do to help us change these laws, head to http://www.worldclassbeer.org OWEN IS BACK FROM THE GABF I was very happy to be included as a judge at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. With around 2,000 craft beers from the United States, the GABF is the largest and most respected beer festival in the world. I flew into Denver on the night of Tuesday, September 23 and checked into my hotel. Judges for the GABF gathered at 9am the next morning to begin their tasting and evaluations. There were two judging sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, and one session on Friday. The judging was extremely organized and professional with beers organized into categories and flights. After two or three initial flights per style of beer, the final medal award round of judging for each category took place. Over the three days, I was included on the judging panels for: Kolsch, Imperial Stouts, American Pale Ales, Barleywines, Munchner-Style Helles, American Brown Ales, Belgian-Style Abbey Ales, Imperial/Double IPA and Belgian Whites. This was an educational and extremely ! enjoya ble experience. The Connoisseur Tasting and awards ceremony took place in the main GABF hall on Saturday afternoon. Atlanta's Sweetwater Brewing Company and Dogwood Brewing Company both scored silver medals this year. For the complete list of winners from GABF 2003, click on http://www.beertown.org/events/gabf/03winners.htm. To see my photos from the GABF, go to http://www.negia.net/~brew/gabf03.html ORVAL, BELGIUM A friend of mine in England, John White, has just posted a remarkable article on his website that outlines the history and beer of the beautiful Orval Trappist Abbey in the south of Belgium. Orval Trappist Ale is one of the world's best beers with layers of flavors that are dry, spicy, earthy and warming. To view the article, please see... http://www.whitebeertravels.com/orval WE GET EMAIL Heath writes: "I have some friends visiting New Orleans from England. They are staying right off Bourbon Street in the French Quarter and are looking for some place to get a few good brews. Could you help me out and point me in the right direction?" Owen replies: New Orleans is actually a fantastic place to find some world-class beers. There are no restrictive alcohol limits on beer in Louisiana, so many gourmet American and European specialty ales and lagers are available. Search out these spots for the best brews in "The Big Easy"... - Balcony Bar, 3201 Magazine Street. - Bulldog Pub, 3236 Magazine Street. - Carrollton Station, 8140 Willow Street. - Cooter Brown's Tavern, 509 South Carrollton Ave. - Crescent City Brewhouse, 527 Decatur Street. - Crown and Anchor Pub, 200 Pelican Ave. (take the ferry across the river and walk to the pub). - DBA Pub, 616 Frenchmen Street (probably the best selection in the city). - O'Flaherty's Irish Pub, 514 Toulouse Street. - Sidney's Wine/Beer Cellar (package store), 917 Decatur St. NORMAL BREW SHOP (ATHENS, GA) SEEKS HELP Normal brew shop is seeking store clerk(s). Brewing knowledge is important, but weekday availability is more important (especially Wednesday and Friday 12 ? 7). Solid reputation and excellent references are needed. The pay is low, but the benefits can be great. Bring your resume to the shop at 1383 Prince Ave., Athens Georgia 30606 from 12 ? 7 Wed-Fri or 11 ?6 Sat-Sun. BEER TIP OF THE MONTH For a dark, chocolatey taste sensation, try a rich Stout or Porter with a scoop of chocolate sorbet and a sprig of mint. Wow, you'll never have coffee with dessert again! ______________________ That's about all for now. Take care and remember to always drink responsibly and support homebrewing and craft-brewed beers whenever possible! (Owen Ogletree is an Athens, Georgia certified beer judge, beer author and traveler, homebrewer, and director of Brewtopia Events and the Classic City Brew Fest. Feel free to email Owen at brew@xxxxxxxxx with any questions or comments.) THANKS! To UNsubscribe to this Brewsletter, please send an email (from your email address that received this Brewsletter) to brewtopia-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with UNSUBSCRIBE in the SUBJECT field. To contact Owen about other matters, send an email to brew@xxxxxxxxxx
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