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A visitor in Paris
« on: September 19, 2011, 02:44:01 AM »
We had a special guest at the club on Friday evening:


Randy Mosher!

He was vacationing in the south of France at a client's house and was in Paris to do some sightseeing, and was kind enough to give a talk about Radical Brewing to our club. He also did a beer and cheese pairing, and managed the considerable feat of convincing some of our French club members that perhaps beer and cheese go better together than wine and cheese. The New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red and Burrata, and the (some smokey beer, I can't find my notes) and Beaufort pairings really won a lot of us over.

All in all, a great time! Plus we went out to dinner afterwards, which was fun! The best quote of the night, in re the lack of good categorizations for beer styles in France, Randy said, "If you think five categories are enough for beer, how can you justify over 400 different types of cheese?" Which is a great way to push for BJCP-style categories at the contests here. Someone on the French forum had a good point, though, which is that the contest categories are designed for the huge breweries - 1664, Kro, Leffe, etc. So they have to be broad.

Anyway it was fantastic to see Randy in person, and he donated signed copies of Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer to our club library.
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Re: A visitor in Paris
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2011, 05:50:05 AM »
Not sure what is awesom-er - Randy Mosher at a club meeting in France? Or beer and cheese pairings in France?
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Re: A visitor in Paris
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011, 07:55:41 AM »
That Randy sure is a swell guy. :)
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Re: A visitor in Paris
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2011, 07:59:01 AM »
That Randy sure is a swell guy. :)

He is, indeed.  Phil, did he mention anything about his brewery?
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Re: A visitor in Paris
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 08:09:58 AM »
That Randy sure is a swell guy. :)

He is, indeed.  Phil, did he mention anything about his brewery?

Five Rabbit, yep, just that they're trying to get it going. Hopefully he can take me on a tour when I visit Chicago next month.
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Re: A visitor in Paris
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011, 08:18:19 AM »
Five Rabbit, yep, just that they're trying to get it going. Hopefully he can take me on a tour when I visit Chicago next month.

I got to sample one of the beers at NHC last summer.  Delicious and very unusual.
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Re: A visitor in Paris
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2011, 08:23:57 AM »
Five Rabbit, yep, just that they're trying to get it going. Hopefully he can take me on a tour when I visit Chicago next month.

I got to sample one of the beers at NHC last summer.  Delicious and very unusual.

BTW Denny, he claims you stole the mushroom beer idea from him :-)
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Re: A visitor in Paris
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2011, 08:28:03 AM »
BTW Denny, he claims you stole the mushroom beer idea from him :-)

I absolutely did and I freely admit it!  Credit where it's due, ya know!  The very first brewing book I got, that came with my original kit, was Randy's Brewer's Companion, not Papazian's book.  It mentioned Nirvana, Randy's chanterelle beer.  Having an abundance of chanterelles around, I had to try it.
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Re: A visitor in Paris
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2011, 07:44:06 PM »
That Randy sure is a swell guy. :)
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Re: A visitor in Paris
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2011, 08:21:15 PM »
How did you get Bilbo Baggins to come to Paris?!  Too cool! ;D
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