THIS is the HOTV BREWSLETTER
VOLUME XX, NUMBER 11
PRESIDENT: Scott Caul
NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Kendall Staggs
The Heart of the Valley Homebrew Club meets on the third Wednesday of
each month, alternating between Corvallis and Albany. Our next meeting
will be Wednesday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Derek and
Sue Whiteside. Their address is 1510 SW Takena Street in Albany.
Directions: From Corvallis, take Hwy 20 east and follow it through
downtown Albany. Take a right on 9th Street. Takena is about 8 blocks
down; turn left, and continue 4 to 6 blocks. Their house is a blue and
white jobber on the corner of 15th and Takena. Alternate directions:
>From Corvallis, take Hwy 34 east until Oakville Road north (about 5
miles); there is a flashing yellow light at the intersection. Turn left,
and drive about 5 miles into Albany. Oakville Road magically turns into
Queen Avenue. Turn left on Takena (in front of the West Albany High
School sign), and their house is one block down on the left hand side.
(It is blue and white from this direction, too.) Derek says that if you
don't want to drink beer out of a plastic cup, please bring your own
glass. He and Sarah will provide some snacks.
LAST MONTH'S MEETING by Kendall Staggs
In October we met at the home of Werner Karlson in Corvallis. There
were plenty of tasty buffalo wings and other snacks, and lots of great
beers. Two items of business were on the agenda. First, club officers
were nominated (see below). Second, there was still some discussion
about the location of next year's festival and the lingering issue of
liability insurance at the Fairgrounds (see below, below).
HOTV ELECTIONS by Kendall Staggs
The following persons were nominated for officers for the Heart of the
Valley Homebrew Club:
President: Derek Whiteside
Vice President: Scott Leonard
Treasurer: Lee Smith
Newsletter Editor: Kendall Staggs
Festival Chair: Joel Rea
Formal elections will be held during our next club meeting. Please
participate in this all-important democratic process. Remember, every
vote counts. In our elections, there is no electoral college to screw
PRESIDENT'S CORNER by Scott Caul
Whoa! Was that a Presidential race or what? With that one out of the
way, let's have our own! I would like officially to endorse Derek
Whiteside in this race. His competition simply doesn't have what it
takes. And his running mate, Scott Leonard, is a leader of the highest
caliber. I am certain they will be victorious. About Joel Rea, what can
I say? He is perfect for Festival chair. I have no doubt he will do
well. Lee and Kendall, you're it! Thanks to all who are stepping up for,
or retaining your seats as club officials. Your efforts are appreciated
greatly by many. Thanks also to those who encouraged me to serve again;
I'm flattered. I truly would like to do it again, just not now. Look for
me in years to come. I really had a fun year as Prez, it was a great
way to meet and know a larger portion of the club.
There is still some business to talk about, though. Better news on the
insurance front. Because we do not invite the general public to the
festival, we can ditch the liquor liability insurance. This can make a
huge difference in cost. Hopefully, we will have more specific
information by meeting time. It will soon be time to round up our yearly
batch of volunteers to work with the Festival chair and cater to his or
her every whim......NOT! But I do want to put out the word that we can't
put on a good gig without help and you may want to consider helping out
in some way.
That's all I have this time. See you all at the meeting!
COOKING WITH BEER
by Helen Smith
Bock, Bock, Bock Chicken
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 TBS butter or olive oil
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
or thighs cut into bite size pieces
1/2 pound fresh snow peas or sugar snap peas
1/4 cup Bock Beer
1/4 cup jam of choice, like plum
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon whole dried thyme or l sprig fresh
l/8 tsp dry sage or 3 or 4 leaves fresh parsley
Sauté fresh mushrooms in a large non-stick skillet
Remove mushrooms from skillet and set aside.
Sauté chicken about 10 minutes or until brown
Add Bock Beer and peas. Cook 5 more minutes.
Add mushrooms back, and rest of ingredients.
Simmer 10 minutes. Add parsley.
Serve over rice. *
* If using dark meat, simmer 20 min. extra.
COMMERCIAL BEER REVIEWS
by Kendall Staggs
Here are some brief reviews of Doppelbock beers that I have tried
Samuel Adams Double Bock-This is a good, strong beer, with plenty of
chocolate malt character and a good Noble hop balance. Its roasty
character is not perfectly true to the Doppelbock style, but it is a
well-made beer, well worth a try.
Saxer Jack Frost Winter Doppelbock-This is a more authentic example of a
Doppelbock, full of rich caramelly malt. It is aggressive in its hop
finish, and obvious in its alcohol punch. Is this the last year we will
see this classic beer from a now closed Oregon brewery?
Andescher Doppelbock Dunkel-This is a good German example, brought to me
all the way from Deutschland by my dear friend Dianna. It is rather
sweet and rich, and in many ways a classic Doppelbock, with all the
smoothness of a lager, a nice hop balance, and plenty of alcohol. (7.1
Doppel-Hirsch Bavarian Doppelbock-This is another German example with a
very German malt profile, but it is not as rich and good as the
Andescher. The most obvious characteristic of this beer is the alcohol
strength, which seems higher than what is listed, 7.2 percent abv. The
name means "double deer."
EKU 28-This is one of the world's strongest and best known Doppelbocks.
Very strong and rather caramelly sweet in its malt profile, its flavor
is balanced by citrusy hops. A rare treat, EKU 28 is definitely a beer
to be sipped. "EKU" stands for Erste Kulmbacher Unionbrauerei, which
means "First Union Brewery of Kulmbach." The 28 refers to the original
gravity in Plato. Michael Jackson says that the original gravity of
some of the recent "vintages" has been 30 Plato, and that its finishing
strength has been as high as 12.5 percent abv. The version that I had
listed its strength at 11.0 percent abv.
Samichlaus -Talk about rare, this beer is available only among
collectors of old "vintages." This was my last one. Take heart
Samichlaus fans, it is apparently going to be available again.
Samichlaus is almost cloying in its sweetness, and it is extremely
strong, finishing at over 14 percent abv. This beer is definitely for
sipping only. Often compared to Cognac, it has aromas and flavors
reminiscent of port wine, dark fruits, nuts, and bitter chocolate. It
is truly remarkable.
SAMICHLAUS IS COMING BACK from the Real Beer Page
As reported first by Michael Jackson at http://www.beerhunter.com,
Samichlaus is making a comeback. The much-loved strong Christmas beer
was not produced for three years. It is now being brewed by Austria's
Eggenberger to the same recipe as when it was made by Hürlimann of
Switzerland and using the same yeast. Karl Stohr, managing director at
Castle Brewery Eggenberg, noted that the Internet-and specifically a
campaign launched by breWorld (http://www.breworld.com) -was vital in
saving the classic beer. Read more about it at:
GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL, 2001
For those of you who are interested, the complete results of this year's
Great American Beer Festival, held last month in Denver, can be found at
BEER GUT GENE? from the Real Beer Page
British scientists have bred rats with beer bellies and expect the rats
may reveal why middle-aged men accumulate fat around the middle. "We
know that fat in the abdomen is associated with a range of risks
including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension, but we don't
yet know why, and these rats may help us find out," said Professor Ian
Robinson of London's National Institute for Medical Research. His team
of researchers dubbed the rats SLOBs-Severe Late Onset oBesity-and
they are the first test animal with true middle-aged spread. This "beer
gut" typically hits men in their forties and women after menopause.
Robinson told the 11th International Congress of Endocrinology that his
research team had not yet proved that there was a "beer gut gene," but
it was likely that it would be demonstrated to be one of several genes
GERMAN CONSUMPTION CONTINUES SLIDE from the Real Beer Page
Beer consumption in Germany fell in the first three quarters of the
year, continuing a trend that began in 1995. Beer sales were down 0.2
percent through September, according to the Federal Statistics Office.
Although some of this was blamed on cool drizzly weather, the practice
of mixing beer with soda also was a factor. A drink call "Radler"-German
for biker-has been particularly popular. It is half beer and half soda,
lessening the alcohol content. Younger drinkers feel the cocktail does
not inhibit their ability to bike or inline skate, but many also prefer
the less assertive flavor. Consumption of such diluted beer mixes was up
31 percent, the federal statistics show.
STUDENTS OFFERED FREE BEER FOR OLD BOOKS from the Real Beer Page
British college students are being offered free beer in return for
trading their old course books through Books4Beer.com. Registered users
of the site have a chance to win 76 free cans of beer. A computer
randomly picks three winning users each month. The site matches up users
who want to sells a books and persons who want to buy them, and also
offers a guide to local pubs, clubs and live music venues.
NO BEER AT OKTOBERFEST IN ALABAMA from the Real Beer Page
Not only do the folks in Cullman, Alabama, not serve German beer at
their Oktoberfest, they don't serve any beer. Cullman County, which
includes the city of the same name, is legally dry. Residents celebrate
by dressing in German-style lederhosen, eating bratwurst and downing
soft drinks. Some festival-goers have compared the occasion to a Fourth
of July without fireworks.
BLAME IT ON THE "STRONG" BEER IN CANADA
Drunk Soldier Blames Strong Beer, October 20, 2001
TORONTO (Reuters) A U.S. soldier fined in Canada for resisting arrest
and insulting the police blamed high-alcohol Canadian beer for his
disorderly conduct, a police spokesman says.
Army cook Jason Dalgai from Flagstaff, Arizona, pleaded guilty to
causing a disturbance and assaulting a police officer and was fined
C$375, said Kingston, Ontario, police spokesman Mike Weaver. The
24-year-old soldier told the court on Tuesday that he was not used to
Canadian beer, which has higher alcohol content than American beer. He
struggled with officers and was arrested only after local police brought
their Canine Unit in to help.
Most American beers contain between three and five percent alcohol
content while Canadian beers contain as much as seven percent alcohol.
[editor's note: What the Reuters news agency failed to add was that a
beer labeled four percent in the United States would be listed at five
percent in the rest of the world because the United States lists alcohol
by weight and almost everybody else lists it by volume. It is a myth
that the typical Canadian lager is stronger than a Budweiser or Coors.]
BART SIMPSON WOULD BE PROUD from the Real Beer Page
This is one of those stories that's been bouncing around the Internet
long enough that it could be an urban legend (in other words, a
fabrication). But the folks at the Real Beer Page tracked it down and
found it was first reported in the Red Deer Advocate newspaper in
central Alberta, Canada. Last year, 18-year-old David Zurfluh tried to
eat his undershorts in the hope that the cotton would absorb alcohol
before he took a breathalyzer test. He had been flagged down by a
constable when his vehicle was seen weaving as he drove. The constable
told a provincial court that Zurfluh ripped the crotch out of his shorts
and stuffed the fabric in his mouth while sitting in the back of the
patrol car. He was subsequently acquitted of impaired driving because he
blew .08 percent on the breathalyzer, which was within the legal limits.