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Summer 2015, Issue 19

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Beer 101: The Fundamental Steps of Brewing

Brewing begins with raw barley, wheat, oats or rye that has germinated in a malt house. The grain is then dried in a kiln and sometimes roasted, a process that usually takes place in a separate location from the brewery. At the brewery, the malt is sent through a grist mill, cracking open the husks of the kernels, which helps expose the starches during the mashing process. The process of steep milling, or soaking the grain before milling, is also an option for large-scale brewers.

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Summer 2015, Issue 19

In This Issue...

 First Runnings

From the Editor

Issue 19 Contributors

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Beer 101: Temperature, Pour, and Glassware

When it comes to beer’s temperature, the common belief is “the colder the better.” This is not always sound advice. Beers served too cold can numb the tongue and deaden the taste buds to the delightful flavors within. Letting a beer warm up just a bit can unlock the flavors and enliven the character of a well-crafted beer. The temperature at which you serve different beers is often a matter of personal taste, but if you are seeking guidance, here are some serving suggestions that may bring out the individuality of certain types of beer.

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New Belgium Completes East Coast Distribution Center

In advance of its brewing operations, New Belgium Brewing has completed its distribution center in Asheville, North Carolina. The facility is poised to start distributing beers to the East Coast by the end of 2015. Progress continues on the company's new brewery on the French Broad River, which is expected to come on line in the spring of 2016.

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Beer 101: Storage

When you resist the urge to crack open a beer instantaneously, magic can happen. Storing or cellaring beer allows a number of internal and external factors to add character to it, often for the better.

Certain kinds of beer are ideal for cellaring, while others are meant to be enjoyed immediately. There are a few general rules to abide by, and a few exceptions to those rules.

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NoDa Brewing Opens Second Location

NoDa Brewing Company has announced the opening of its second location just a mile away from the original brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Quadrupling its brewing capacity from 60 barrels to 240 barrels, the production facility will increase to 32,00 square feet.

The new brewery is set to open on October 1. Here is the release from NoDa:

Charlotte, NC (September 1, 2015) - NoDa Brewing Company is set to open its second location in the up-and-coming North End District - just over a mile away from the current brewery - on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

7th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 5pm to 9pm; tickets $40 in advance, $45 at gate (if available)

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 - 1pm to 6pm; tickets $45 in advance, $50 at gate (if available)

Boos, Brews & Food

COME IN COSTUME! Bring a nonperishable food item for the local pantry. University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Grand Ball Room! 7pm to 11pm $35 unlimited beer samples and Taste of Somerset pay as you go food for $1-$5 Great DJs for dancing the night away while meeting local brewers and breweries while contributing to a great local cause! This is a GREAT event not to be missed! Tickets can be purchased online. See Facebook for event details.

Austin Beer Week 2015

Celebrating local, regional and national craft beer and craft brewers, join us as Central Texas serves up daily tastings, rare tappings, beer & food pairings, beer dinners, special events and festivals, beer education, contests, socials and more.