Yes, we get emails but then we also notice we have lives and jobs and I never get back to doing a proper round up of the household hints you good folk send me so here goes:
- Lew Bryson keeps in touch via regular emails and in his most recent he has this notice for events this Saturday and the one following:
On March 18th and 25th (both Saturdays), I'm riding with Rich Pawlak's GOLDEN AGE OF PHILADELPHIA BEER tour again this year, and it's our tenth anniversary. Ten years ago, Rich and I pulled together about 20 people and toured Philadelphia bars, and went big-time with it the next year. Ten years later, we've got three vans lined up to do it again, with a bigger, ambitious schedule to celebrate the 10th anniversary, which includes our return to Monk's Café and Manayunk Brewing. Yards is doing a specially-hopped version of Philly Pale Ale for the tour, and there's good food at every stop on the way, starting with pre-lunch at Monk's, then lunch at Ludwig's Garten, and ending up the day with dinner at Independence. This tour is all about the beer, the food, and the beer and the food! There are still seats left on both tour dates. Details (and photos from past tours) are up on the site: http://www.lewbryson.com/golden_age10.htmI just like the concept of "pre-lunch"! Want to go but I find I am in another country twelve hours drive away. Others of you must be not so encumbered.
- Over a month ago - a month ago I tell ya - Myrick in Shanghai sent me a link to his story on those beer serving robots. It serves only cans but I suppose I would not mind it if you could have it serve Old Chub. Then...despite me not even posting the picture of the robot, he is good enough to send me a shot of possible the least mouth watering image of a beer I have ever seen. Milk beer. Mmmm...Please forward your reviews of Kefir if you've had it.
- Then Matt sent me the beer tap in the kitchen sink story from Norway, P. Bailey sends me another about how beer scientists are turning by-products of beer into sweeteners which seems to me a waste of wort, and a co-worker mails me the best story of 2006 bar none - the Slovak guy who peed himself out of an avalanche on his way back from the beer store. All beer stories, all the time.
- Then I get news of a very interesting sort from Marty Jones of the makers of Old Chub. Someone won the Beerdrinker 2006 award:
Tom Schmidlin, a 36-year-old University of Washington graduate student, devout homebrewer and yeast enthusiast, won the 2006 Beerdrinker of the Year title in Denver on Saturday, Feb 25. In a two-hour session packed with difficult beer questions from a panel of seven judges, Schmidlin used an intense knowledge of beer, a quick wit, and some impressive bribes to land the 2006 crown. In addition to winning the coveted Beerdrinker of the Year title, Schmidlin won $250 worth of beer at his local brewpub (Big Time Brewery & Alehouse, in Seattle, Washington) and free beer for life at the Wynkoop Brewing Company. "I’m moving to Denver," Schmidlin joked in his acceptance speech.Good Lord! I was watching short-track speed skating from Italy all February and missed the whole thing. Here is the whole press release with information on how you can be beerdrinker of the year 2007.