This is the HOTV Brewsletter
VOLUME XXII, NUMBER 4
THIS MONTH'S MEETING
The Heart of the Valley Homebrew Club meets on the third Wednesday of
every month, alternating between Corvallis and Albany. Our next meeting
will be on Wednesday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. at Corvallis Brewing Supply
(Joel's store), 464 SW Madison Avenue, Corvallis. Phone: 758-1674
LAST MONTH'S GATHERING by Derek Whiteside
Our last meeting was graciously hosted by Dave and Stine Benson in South
Albany. For those of you who didn't make it, you really missed out.
There was more beer on hand than we could deal with, and at the end of
the meeting Dave served some special beverages that, for now, I'll call
"exceedingly old, oak-aged, distilled beer." Thanks again, Dave and
Stine. You have an extremely cool puppy, too.
COOKING WITH BEER by Helen Smith
EGGPLANT PUFFS - SWEET OR SAVORY TYPES
1cup of cooked eggplant, drained and mashed
1/4 tsp. cinnamon*
1/4 tsp. nutmeg*
1/4 tsp. ginger*
2/3 cup dark brown sugar*
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup dark ale
1 cup sifted flour
Blend together first 7 ingredients. Blend in flour, a little at a time
until mixture has the consistency of thick batter. Drop by rounded
teaspoons into hot oil. Cook like any other puff. Sprinkle done puffs
with powdered sugar before serving. Good breakfast or brunch treat.
You can also make these without the sugar or above listed spices. Just
add your favorite herbs or seasonings instead. They're good this way
too. I would think some savory, sage, and a little thyme would work.
SLURP & BURP by Kendall Staggs
The following HOTV members judged beers and the Slurp & Burp
competition, held Saturday, March 31 at Jane's Restaurant in
McMinnville: Ron Hall, John Sterner, Rob Nicol, Scott Leonard, and
Kendall Staggs. The competition went smoothly enough, but it ran a
little long, so Scott and Kendall drove home before the winners were
announced. (We wantd to watch the NCAA basketball championship
semifinal game.) For more information on the results of the Slurp &
Burp, ask John Sterner, a Best-of-Show judge, or contact Ted Hausotter
of the Strange Brew Club.
AHA CLUB-ONLY 2001 COMPETITION SCHEDULE from Zymurgy
Let's try to get some entries in this year's AHA Club-Only competitions.
August - Wit: Category 19b, Belgian Witbier
hosted by Donna Bettencourt and the Gold Country Brewers Association
October - California Common: Category 6c, California Common
hosted by John Aitchison of the Maltose Falcons
December - Mild: Category 10c, Mild
hosted by Bruce Bennett and Brewers United for Real Potables (BURP)
OREGON HOMEBREW FESTIVAL from Lee Smith
Another reminder: the annual Oregon Homebrew Festival will be May
BETO'S BEER ADVENTURES IN SEATTLE
by Beto Zuniga
The Ram Restaurant and Big Horn Brewery
I found this one in the University Village along with a few upscale
shops. The brewpub was not hard to find due to its small grain hopper
in the front. There was a long line for dinner but we placed our names
down and proceeded to the bar after we were handed a pager. The
restaurant was upscale, much like the village. It reminded me too much
like a Rock Bottom. This was what they had on their brew list; Buttface
Amber Ale, Bighorn Hefeweizen, Total Disorder Porter, Washington Blonde,
Ram Premium Pilsner, Dawg Sled Ale, and Big Red IPA.
Eggs Cetera's Blue Star Cafe and Pub
This is one of the first non-smoking watering holes in Wallingford. The
have a very impressive bar which houses their 14 taps, 5 rotating along
with a rotating cask. The brews are mainly Pacific NW fare. The neat
thing about this place is that you can pound a few brews, have dinner
and then come back the next morning for breakfast. They have decent pub
grub, like all-you-can-eat fish 'n' chips.
Maple Leaf Grill Ale House
I was driving to the University District and the words "fine ales"
caught my eye at the house on the corner in the Maple Leaf area of
Seattle. The next time we wanted to go out for dinner we paid them a
visit. The house looked like it had just been redone. It was kind of
weird. It's like walking in a new house but there is U- shaped bar in
middle of the living room and there are tables scattered throughout the
house. It didn't have the feel of an ale house or a restaurant. That
did stop me from ordering some brews. They had 12 on tap. The beer was
good but the house thing still bothered me.
Wedgewood Ale House
This neighborhood pub was quite noisy but more typical of a old 50s bar.
They have 18 taps, all of which are rotating except for Guinness. Most
of the brews I didn't recognize. I think most were from Washington.
They have very excellent pub grub; in fact Anne had her best burger yet.
Finding Good Bottled Brew in Seattle
I have been trying to find a good place to buy beers recommended by our
resident beer guru, Kendall. I have not found a place with the caliber
and selection of Burlingame Grocery. The one place that I have found
with a very good selection (for a grocery store) is the Central Market
in Shoreline, north of Seattle at Aurora and 155th). If can't find what
I am looking for there I check out the Big Star Beer Market on Northgate
off Aurora. They don't stock more beers than Central Market but they do
have a different assortment. Another place to find good brews in the
Seattle area is Bottleworks in Wallingford on 45th. This place is where
all the yuppies go for their brews, but this is where I found Unibroue's
Don de Dieu, a beer recommended by Kendall. I have one other place I
would to check out soon called the Stumbling Monk. It sounds good to me!
ANNUAL HOTV PUB CRAWL by Derek Whiteside
The membership voted (at our last meeting) to hold the pub crawl on
SUNDAY, APRIL 22. For those of you who haven't participated before, the
pub crawl goes something like this: we charter a good old-fashioned
school bus, load a 1/2 keg onto it, and depart the Corvallis/Albany area
around 10:00 a.m. From there, it's a drive to the Portland area, where
we stop in a few local establishments in search of liquid refreshment.
We eat along the way, and sing songs on the bus ride home. Generally,
we're done by about 6:30 p.m. The cost (per attendee) will be in the
$15 to $20 range. If you would like a friend (or friends, or significant
other) to join us, there will probably be space available.
Please email me ASAP if you would like to attend. Also, if you plan to
bring a guest or two, their names as well. For now, just an email
indicating interest is fine, but as we get filled up, we'll move to more
of a first-paid, first-served type of arrangement.
If you haven't already decided to go, consider this: our very own Joel
Rea will be joining us for his first ever HOTV pub-crawlin' experience!
BIG BREW 2001 by Joel Rea, Corvallis Brewing Supply, Site #56
Big Brew 2001 will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. As usual,
Corvallis Brewing Supply will be supporting the AHA's Big Brew event.
This event encourages homebrewers all over America to brew the same beer
on the same day. To make it easier for folks, bring in a printout of
your site registration and with the purchase of all the ingredients, I
will provide the hops for the recipe, any number of gallons, any number
of batches. Corvallis has done real well in years past with this event
and I would like to encourage folks to join in the collective fun this
year. Invite a friend who has never brewed before to see how it fares!
Here is the AHA's announcement: Help us celebrate National Homebrew Day
with a day of worldwide simultaneous brewing! The 4th Annual Big Brew
will kick off with a simultaneous toast at 12:00 p.m. CDT, then fire up
the burners and start brewing! This year there are three recipes to
choose from, a Classic American Pilsner provided by Jeff Renner (for
more information on this style see the Sept/Oct 2000 issue of Zymurgy or
email Jeff Renner), a Cream Ale provided by Scott Abene (AKA Skotrat),
and an American Brown Ale provided by Paul Gatza. All recipes for 5
gallons. Email Joel or Kendall for the details of each recipe.
Each site participating in the Big Brew 2001 Membership Drive will have
a chance to win one of two complete sets of the Brewers Publications
Classic Beer Style Series books.
SPRING CLEAN-UP A SUCCESS by Lee Smith
Even though our date, March 31, conflicted with the Slurp & Burp
Competition, we still had five members turn out to brighten up our
stretch of Highway 20. Scott Caul, Paul Jorgensen, Greg and Angela
Kurbis, and Lee Smith defied the weather odds (it wasn't too bad) and
vacuumed up 26 tightly packed bags of trash.
This stuff must be tossed along the road by tourists passing through,
because no self-respecting Oregonian could be guilty! (Yeah, right). As
usual, we had a mini-tailgate party afterward and shared a bit of Amber
Ale from Oregon Trader. Our next litter pick-up date will be June 23,
the Saturday following our regular monthly meeting (at which we dispose
of the festival leftovers!). I hope you can join us.
TURNING GARAGES INTO BREWERIES from Dianna Fisher
March 23, 2001
SYDNEY (Reuters) Beer-loving Australians have flocked to their garages
to turn them into home breweries after hotel beer prices jumped
following the introduction of a 10 percent consumption tax nine months
ago. "We've had huge sales of home brew kits in the last eight months,"
Alec Hill of Pacific Brewing Party, Ltd., told Reuters on Friday.
Australia's largest grocer, Woolworths, says the sale of home beer
brewing kits has risen 55 percent since the introduction of the goods
and services tax last July, according to local media. A home brewing
kit costs A $70 (US $35) and makes 22 liters (five gallons) of beer or
60 small bottles called "stubbies" in Australia. But refills cost only
$11.50 for 60 bottles compared with A $25 for a case of 24 bottles in a
hotel - a saving of close to A $50 for beer-swilling Australians.
The Australian Hotels Association said there has been a sharp decline in
over-the-counter beer sales since the consumption tax hiked the price of
on-tap beer by nine percent. Australia is one of the world's biggest
beer drinking nations with 99 liters (22 gallons) per head being downed
IN A RELATED STORY? from Dianna Fisher
Man Plunges Over Cliff on Lawnmower
March 23, 2001
SYDNEY (Reuters) An Australian gardener rode his lawnmower over an
18-foot cliff in Sydney on Friday, plunging into the Parramatta River
but suffering only minor back and leg injuries.
An ambulance service spokesman said the man was winched back up to dry
land by emergency crews. He fell in the water while his lawnmower
crashed onto rocks at the bottom of the cliff. "It was a steep bit of
lawn so maybe he shouldn't have been mowing there," the spokesman said.
The story failed to indicate whether the man had a homebrewery in his
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