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Help For The Wine Drinker Ready To Try Beer

Issue 69 - 04 May 2001 - Help For The Wine Drinker Ready To Try Beer

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Issue 69 - 04 May 2001 - HELP FOR THE WINE DRINKER READY TO TRY BEER
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Congratulations to the Supreme Champion "The Cock and Bull" and to the
runners up Harrington’s and St.Arnou. Congratulations also to the winners
of
categories and gold medals, a special mention to the Shakespeare for six
category trophies - quite an achievement.

Searching for Gold, we can help you find it. Our Premium Malts have
contributed to numerous category and gold winners at the 2001 NZ
International Beer Awards. Names such as the Shakespeare, Cock & Bull,
St
Arnou, Harrington’s, Dux de Lux.

We supply Premium Pale and Coloured Malts, Kegs, Processing Aids,
Cleaning Agents, Gypsum and many other products. If there is a product
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don't stock we can direct you to someone who does. More information
mailto:david.cryer@brewing.co.nz

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Grey Lynn 1002
Auckland
New Zealand

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CITY BEER REKINDLES ANGER ON THE COAST
West Coasters have called for a renewed boycott of DB products after
claims
that the brewery has been slipping Auckland-made Monteith's to local
drinkers. Latest shipments of the beer to Greymouth carried local labels
and
packaging, but were apparently made at the company's Waitemata brewery.
The
"hoax" was exposed by former Hokitika man Gerry Morris, who said that
the
imposter beer was different to "true Monteith's" in taste, head and smell.
http://www.brewing.co.nz/20010426monteiths.htm

SPEIGHT'S MISLABELLING ACCUSATIONS FALL FLAT WITH LOCAL DRINKERS
In the week Speight's celebrates its 125th anniversary, it has been
defending
itself from accusations of false or misleading labelling regarding the
place
of origin of "our" beer. But it's not alone. The Commerce Commission is
already investigating claims about two rival beers, DB's Tui and
Monteith's.
Speight's may join them following a complaint to the commission last
week.
The basis for the accusation about "our" beer is that no canned or
bottled
Speight's is brewed in Dunedin any more: it is all brewed and packaged
in
Christchurch, or even Auckland.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/inl/index/0,1008,776879a3840,FF.html

BUDWEISER BATTLE MAKES IT TO WELLINGTON
The maker of American Budweiser, world No 1 brewer Anheuser-Busch, claims
the
much smaller Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar has breached the Fair
Trading
Act and the Trade Marks Act by importing its version of Budweiser into
New
Zealand.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/inl/index/0,1008,776413a11,FF.html

US BREWER HIRED INVESTIGATORS TO CHECK BEER RIVAL
Private investigators were hired by American brewing giant Anheuser-Busch
to
scout New Zealand stores for supplies of its rival Czech company's
product,
the High Court at Wellington heard.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/inl/index/0,1008,776825a1701,FF.html

PSYCHOLOGY EXPERT IN COURTROOM BEER BATTLE
Confronted with a bottle of Budejovicky Budvar, most New Zealand beer
drinkers would think they were drinking a product related to the
American
Budweiser beer, a psychology expert told the High Court at Wellington
http://www.stuff.co.nz/inl/index/0,1008,779951a1700,FF.html

U.S. BREWER CAN'T USE 'AMERICAN BUD' NAME IN GERMANY
A German court has ruled against Anheuser-Busch's efforts to use its Bud
brand name in Germany. It said "Bud" is too much like "Bit," the
diminutive
of the popular German beer Bitburger.
http://www.realbeer.com/news/articles/news-001514.html


The following is from Beer Break
http://www.realbeer.com/library/beerbreak/

HELP FOR THE WINE DRINKER READY TO TRY BEER
Since this newsletter is dedicated to beer appreciation, it's natural for
us
to look for analogies with wine because we think beer deserves the same
recognition that wine has received just about forever. At the same time
we
love the fact that beer is the most democratic of beverages. It's an
everyday
drink for the regular Joe and regular Jane.

Fritz Maytag of Anchor Brewing in San Francisco puts it pretty well:
"It's
very hard to get pretentious about beer. You can become knowledgeable
and
start to talk with a highfalutin' vocabulary. But you can only go so far
with
beer, and I've always liked that."

That's why we're still cautious when we talk about beer and wine. That
and
the fact that it's fun to note that the biggest difference between beer
tasters and wine tasters is that the beer tasters don't spit. Yet the
truth
is that wine drinkers are among the best candidates to try flavorful
beer.
And the larger the category grows the more our choices expand.

Mark Matheson seems particularly well qualified to talk about the
similarities between beer and wine. He's both the brewer at Turtle
Mountain
Brewing Co. in Rio Rancho, N.M., and the winemaker at Santa Fe Vineyards
north of Santa Fe.

"They are both fermentation," he said. "And yeasts are very forgiving if
you
make sure a few key elements are right. But in wine -- and some wineries
will
get mad when I say this -- yeasts aren't an important part of the taste.
In
beer, they may be part of the flavor profile."

When he talks about the parallels between making wine and beer, Matheson
could also be discussing the similarities between drinking the two
beverages.
"In brewing and making wine anything you do is experience -- 'Have you
seen
it before?'" Matheson said. "Whether it is wine or beer I think you have
to
do it about 10 years to get a grasp. I've gotten to the point with wine,
and
I hope I'm getting there with beer."

He points out that there's an old saying that farmers make wine and
engineers
make beer. In part that's because winemakers learn to deal with a
different
crop of grapes every year, while brewers count on consistency in malt.

"With wine you get that one shot. If you screw up, it's a long wait, but
there are some things you can do to fix it," Matheson said. "You cannot
fix
bad beer. You have to dump it down the drain."

So what guidance can we offer a wine drinker ready to explore the joys
of
beer? Michael Jackson prepared a concise "Wine Lover's Guide to Beer" in
his
1993 "Beer Companion." His suggestions:

Dry white: an authentic, hoppy Pilsner.

Gewürztraminer: a spicy, malty Vienna-style lager, or a darker
Munich-style
lager.

Champagne: a wheat beer.

Blush Zinfandel or pink champagne: a framboise (raspberry beer).

Cabernet Sauvignon: a fruity English-style ale, or an oaky American
India
pale ale.

Pinot Noir: a richer Scottish or Belgian ale.

Fino sherry: a lambic.

Amontillado sherry: a porter or dry stout.

Port: a dark Trappist ale, with some bottle-age.


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The dispatch includes tips on beer for novices and aficionados, two or
three
tasting notes about beers from around the world and a few links to
online
beer articles. You'll be able to read it all in just a few minutes.

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