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“The Beauty and Bounty of Beer”

The AACCI Northwest Section was proud to host a tour, beer tasting and Charles Bamforth (pictured below), Anheuser-Busch endowed professor of malting and brewing sciences at UC-Davis, at the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery on March 5, 2013.

“The Beauty and Bounty of Beer” presented by Charles Bamforth was a highly attended event with a diverse crowd of industry professionals including local Twin Cities brewers. Charles Bamforth tapped his wealth of knowledge and shared insight on beer methodology, manufacturing, processing, chemistry, sensory analysis, history and other valuable information. To engage in all five senses, four different beers brewed by Town Hall Brewery were sampled throughout the evening. One of these beers made available to attendees to take home in a growler, included a specialty beer brewed for AACC called Surreal Chemistry, using a malt supplied by Cargill. On top of all of the foam and fun of the beer, a few holders of a winning raffle ticket had the pleasure of taking home a book written by Charles Bamforth. As you can imagine in a room full of beer enthusiasts, it was an exciting event to have fun, network, learn, collaborate and exchange ideas from others. If you didn’t get a chance to attend this event, a similar event is already on the docket for next year.

Beer Tasting Menu:

Hope and King Scotch Ale: The rich flavors of this Scottish style ale accent the beauty of malted barley. A deep mahogany color hides caramel, toffee, and toasted chocolate flavors.

Masala Mama: American style IPA brewed using Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Crystal, Mt. Hood and Warrior hop varieties. The crisp hops are backed with American malts for a noted balancing sweetness.

Red Sterling Lager: This toasty, deep-amber lager is supported by European Pilsner & Munich malts with a spark of dark crystal and wheat malts. Well hopped!

Surreal Chemistry: This unique beer has the malt and hops of a Czech-style Pilsner, but was fermented cool with an ale strain. Crisp, clean, bready, hoppy & lager-like.