20090930

'Sample NY Beer Festival' in Finger Lakes

If you want an extra excuse to look at autumn foliage in the Finger Lakes, the first-ever "Sample NY Beer Festival" will take place this Friday and Saturday at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua.

The event is intended to highlight craft beers from local breweries and brewpubs.

Visitors will be able to participate in the “Taster’s Choice Award” which will be presented at the end of the evening. Each participant will receive a tasting glass bearing a commemorative logo.

The opening event, "NY On Tap," will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and will include food cooked by the Center's kitchen staff.

The second event, the "Beer Garden," will run from noon to 5 p.m. It will include a variety of beer-themed classes -- seasonal pairings, craft beer pairings, and a classic sausage, cabbage, and beer pairing class.

Tickets to "NY on Tap" are $45 per person or $75 per couple. Class prices range from $20 to $65. Participants who bring their Friday night beer glass to the Saturday event will receive free admission. Pre-registration is required for many of the festival's events, including Friday's "NY on Tap." That can be done online.

The NYWCC facility is located at 800 South Main Street on the lakefront.

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20090919

A celebri-quote: Matt Damon

Matt Damon packed on more than 30 pounds for his latest movie role, in "The Informant." How did he do it? asked OK Magazine.

"I think people have a natural range of weight that they’re in, and I probably went outside mine so it was probably easier to lose the weight

"The gaining weight was alarmingly easy. That was just drinking beer and eating pizza.”

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20090911

Anheuser-Busch dabbling in exotica

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

... If your eye espies a Michelob sampler 6-pack at a grocery story in the next few months, take a close look. It may contain a rye IPA, or India Pale Ale.

For Anheuser-Busch, the beer’s creator, it’s another example of dabbling in fairly exotic styles under the Michelob umbrella.

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20090908

Canned craft beer getting its showcase

CANFEST, the first international craft beer judging and tasting for canned beer, is being readied for Reno, NV.

The Buckbean Brewing Company, Nevada’s largest production microbrewery, will host the event at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino on October 23. Proceeds will benefit The Nature Conservancy and the Great Basin Bird Observatory.

Other brewers scheduled to participate include the Big Sky Brewing Company, Oskar Blues, Ukiah Brewing Company, Maui Brewing Company, Surly Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Uncommon Brewers, and Rochester Mills Brewing Company. Others may be added before the event judging.

Judging will take place prior to the public tasting, based on categories to be determined. Beer seminars, beer and food pairings and a forum of brewers who can beer are planned.

Ticket prices are $35 per person and room packages will be available for attendees.

Buckbean produces its two signature beers, Original Orange Blossom Ale and Black Noddy Lager, in 16-ounce, environmentally-friendly cans.

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