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American Beer Month's West Coast Rally

July 2001 marked the second year's celebration of American Beer Month, starting with a rally in Philadelphia, cradle of American brewing, and ending with another rally in Portland.
Alan Moen, left, and Jim Parker, right, toast to American Beer Month, photo by Lucy Saunders
Did Americans recognize that July is American Beer Month? Depends on who you ask.

The two guys to the right, Alan Moen of Northwest Brewing News, and Jim Parker of the Oregon Brewers Guild, worked hard to promote the concept of American Beer Month, featuring articles in newsletters and brewspapers. So did many breweries, and a big steering committee of volunteers.

Rex Halfpenny, left, pledges American Beer Month, photo by Lucy Saunders Mt. Hood brewer Jon Graber organized the largest rally at the Oregon Brewers Festival, to read the pledge. Rex Halfpenny raised glasses with the "founding fathers" of American craft brewing.

Still, most of the drinkers I encountered at the Oregon Brewers Festival were more concerned with lines for beer tokens than celebrating the rally.

Christine Harbauer bastes sausages with beer, Cooperstown NY, photo by Lucy SaundersBut in upstate NY, Brewery Ommegang and Slow Food,an international group dedicated to celebrating old-fashioned food traditions, gathered 500 beer and food fans for a hot dog tasting.

Brewery Ommegang made a special witbier, Pale Snail, to mark the occasion.

USA Today sports writer Mike Dodd participated in the judging, and also wrote an article about hot dogs, giving the event national publicity.

Did you know that July is also National Hot Dog Month, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council?

Maybe there's a "hot dog in hand, beer in mouth," approach for both groups to work together next July...

But in May 2008, American Beer Week will be celebrated in Washington DC with SAVOR, a festival for craft beer and cuisine. Many of the recipes to be sampled were created for the Cooking with Beer Challenge, sponsored by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, and some are from the cookbook, The Best of American Beer & Food.


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