Let there be beer week



Since we are on day four of American Craft Beer Week, you've probably already heard that on Tuesday, House Resolution 1297 was passed in support of the celebration.

Here's what it says:

Supporting the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week.
Whereas American Craft Beer Week is annually celebrated in breweries, restaurants, and beer stores by craft brewers and home brewers nationwide;
Whereas in 2010, American Craft Beer Week is celebrated from May 17 to May 23;
Whereas craft brewers operate smaller breweries, each producing less than 2,000,000 barrels per year, and produce high-quality beers using traditional brewing techniques;
Whereas more than 1,500 craft breweries are in business across the United States;
Whereas in 2009, 110 new breweries opened, creating jobs and improving economies in communities across the United States;
Whereas in 2009, American craft breweries produced more than 9,000,000 barrels of beer, which was 500,000 more barrels than in 2008;
Whereas American craft brewers export more than 1,300,000 gallons of beer abroad and are creating new markets and new international opportunities each year;
Whereas American craft brewers employ nearly 100,000 full and part-time workers and generate more than $3,000,000,000 in wages and benefits;
Whereas American craft brewers support American agriculture by purchasing barley, malt, and hops grown, processed, and distributed in the United States;
Whereas American craft brewers increase awareness of the differences in the flavor, aroma, color, alcohol content, body, and other complex variables of beer, as well as historic brewing traditions dating back to colonial America;
Whereas American craft brewers champion the message of responsible enjoyment to their customers and work with their communities to prevent alcohol abuse and underage drinking;
Whereas American craft brewers are frequently involved in local communities through philanthropy, volunteerism, and sponsorship of community events;
Whereas craft brewing harnesses the innovative spirit of the United States, creating new and unique styles of beers that consistently win international quality and taste awards
Whereas increased Federal and State support of craft brewing is important to fostering growth of an American industry that creates jobs, greatly benefits the economy, and brings international accolades to American small businesses: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives —
(1) supports the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week, as founded by the Brewers Association;
(2) recognizes the significant contributions of craft brewers to the economy of the United States;
and (3) encourages beer-lovers of the United States to celebrate American Craft Beer Week through events at microbreweries, brewpubs, and beer stores across the United States to appreciate the accomplishments of craft brewers.

Interestingly enough, you can also read the Declaration of Beer Independence here.

And while on the subject, here's a trio of beer-related news bits:

1) A note on BJ's Brewhouse's website says that a BJ's should open in University Village around September of this year. The chain brewery has locations in 14 other states; this new spot would be the fourth in Colorado.

2) Trinity Brewing Company will release its Southern Hospitality pecan pie beer tomorrow at 5 p.m. Yes — I said pecan pie beer.

Here's a brief description:

Although we live in Colorado, everyone still appreciates a little bit Southern hospitality, and we are here to deliver. Brewed with all the ingredients from a pecan pie including: fresh roasted pecans, brown sugar, whole cinnamon sticks, and fresh Madagascar Vanilla beans. Since this is a beer we do leave out the eggs and butter that you'd expect in a pecan pie, but we do load our mash tun with ample sweet caramel malts. Served with or without ice cream! 5.5% ABV.

3) Attend a New Belgium beer dinner at the Craftwood Inn at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 22. Brewmaster Peter Bouckaerd will be on hand for five beer-paired courses.

Here's the menu:

Welcome Course - Sunshine Wheat
Summer Citrus and Ale Oysters on the Half Shell
Swirls in the mouth with ripples of coriander and orange peel tartness, settling nicely into a tranquil sea of apple and honey tones.

Salad Course — Blue Paddle
Peppered Buffalo and Grilled Asparagus Salad
A Czech style pilsner with a refreshing crispness from noble hops and a rich, malty finish.

Poultry Course — Bier de Mars
Brew Masters Braised Pheasant L’Orange with Haricot Verts
With earthy tones of ripe mango and lemon verbena, this bottle-conditionedale reflects the hearty
character of the southern Belgian and northern French country sides.

Fish Course - Trippel
Crispy Halibut Cheeks with Coriander-Jicama Slaw and Roast Poblano Verde Butter Sauce
This beer opens with a bold blast of hops that slowly gives way to the fruity esters implied by our Belgian yeast strain.

Dessert Course — Transatlantique Kriek Sour Cherry Lambic Float
A spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with Polish cherries which offers a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish.

Seats are $50; call 685-9000 for reservations.

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