This is the HOTV Brewsletter
VOLUME XXII, NUMBER 8
THIS MONTH'S MEETING
from Derek Whiteside
The Heart of the Valley Homebrew Club meets on the third Wednesday of
each month, alternating between Corvallis and Albany. Instead of our
regular meeting, we will be holding out annual club picnic on Saturday,
August 18th, from 12:00 to 6:00 at the Maple Grove Shelter in Avery Park
Directions to Avery Park: Avery Park is in the southern part of
Corvallis, between Highway 99 and 20/34. From 20/34, turn south(ish) on
15th street; take the 1st right, and look for the signs for the
shelter. From 99, you can turn right on Avery Avenue, turn right on
Allen Street, and follow the road around the edge of the park until you
see the signs for Maple Grove Shelter.
The picnic should be lots of fun. Lee will be deep frying some of his
Cajun-style turkeys; Scott Caul and Jerry will be grilling corn and
sausages; and there will no doubt be plenty of beer on hand. There will
be lots of other food, too, including vegetarian options. Mare Goeger
has graciously volunteered to coordinate the pot-luck aspect of the
picnic, so be prepared to comply with her requests for participation.
Kids are welcome and encouraged, as are guests. If you know someone who
is interested in beermaking, this would be a great opportunity to bring
them along! (Note: your guests need not be aspiring brewers.)
If you have any portable chairs, please bring them. If you'd like to
help out in some way, send me and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and
I'm sure we can find something for you to do.
Jerry Malloy is going to donate some special beers from Stone Brewery
near San Diego for a raffle. Perhaps we could raffle off some other
cool beers or beer stuff as well. If you have ideas (or would like to
donate homebrew, commercial brew, or something else, please let me
know. Bring Frisbees, balls, squirtguns, or any other favored park-type
devices. We hope to see you there.
[Editor's Note: At the picnic I plan to conduct a horizontal taste test
of six commercial examples of Belgian Witbiers. I need about seven
participants to contribute $6 apiece to cover my costs. It should be
LAST MONTH'S MEETING
by Kendall Staggs
Last month we had a great time at the home of Ron Hall and Jenny Miller,
north of Corvallis. The turnout was a little sparse¸lots of things are
going on during the summer. We talked about the upcoming picnic, the
summer beer festivals in Portland, and how many Doppelbocks the Fox and
Firkin should have on tap. Thanks again, Ron and Jenny.
BOB McCRACKEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND
by Lee Smith
For the third consecutive year, Heart of the Valley Homebrewers has
contributed $100 to this worthy fund. It was established by the Oregon
Brew Crew to honor the memory of long-time member Bob McCracken. Bob was
deeply involved in club activities and was a skilled and innovative
brewer. He was always a strong supporter of our annual competition and
often would drive down from Portland to deliver his club entries.
Bob Farrell, the current OBC president, has acknowledged our latest
contribution: "On behalf of the Oregon Brew Crew, thanks to members of
the Heart of the Valley Homebrew Club for your generous donation. Last
year we were able to award two $500 scholarships."
BETO'S BEER ADVENTURES IN SEATTLE
from Beto Zuniga
Forecasters, located in Redhook's new brewery facility in Woodinville,
is more like a ski lodge than a hospitality house. It has on tap all of
Redhook's product line (Red Hook ESB, Ballard Bitter, Redhook IPA,
Wheathook, Red Hook Rye, Blackhook Porter, and Coffee Stout) with
typical pub grub. When we were there, there was a Microsoft function so
a lot of the tables were taken over by young professional types. The
beer I had was actually quite tasty: Redhook Chinook is much better
than the commercial ESB. Woodinville is in on the east side of Lake
Washington, north of most of the burb towns. The new brewery is large
The Pyramid Alehouse is across the street from Safeco Field. So on game
days it is best to avoid it because the Mariners are hot this season.
The Pyramid Alehouse has about 14 beers on tap, featuring the Pyramid
Ales and Thomas Kemper Lagers product lines. Pyramid Wheaten Ale,
Hefeweizen, IPA, ESB, Draught Pale Ale, Amber, Best Brown, and Porter,
are there, along with some golden lagers, and fruit-flavored beers
(Thomas Kemper's Weizenberry and Pyramid Apricot Ale.) There are also a
couple of hoppy summer beers: Pyramid Sunfest and Thomas Kemper Viking
Fest Summer Lager. This Pyramid Alehouse is much smaller than the one in
Berkeley. The food is typical pub grub fare.
I had a special visit from the Vice President of HOTV Monday, July 2.
Scott Leonard was in town so we met at Elysian Brewpub in Capital Hill.
We all had the featured brew "BÉte Blanche," (white beast) Elysian's
Belgian Tripel. The brewers use 100 percent Pils malt, Northern Brewer,
Saaz, and Styrian Goldings hops, Turbanado sugar, and two kinds of yeast,
a domestic strain and a Belgian strain. The starting gravity is 1.075
and the alcohol strength is 7.4 by volume. A few rounds of other brews
were had by all, and we had a fun visit. It's always good with good
friends and good beer!
JOEL'S BEER ADVENTURES IN EASTERN OREGON
from Joel Rea
Enterprise is a long ways away just to go visit a brewery. That is why
I considered the Terminal Gravity Brewery to be a bonus when Liz and I
took a recent road trip over to the NE corner of our great state to take
a gander at the Wallowa mountains. The trip itself is worth every mile
because the scenery up through the Colombia River Gorge is fantastic!
And then there are all of those little towns, such as "Imbler," "Elgin,"
"Echo," "Huntington," "Granite," and "Sumpter" that never cease to amaze
me. How and why they exist today is a mystery--the populations of those
towns in the late 19th century were considerably larger. Enough
rambling. My point is the drive is worth it just for the sheer beauty
of Wallowa county.
If you do head over with the intention of visiting the Terminal Gravity
Brewery, just remember that it is closed Monday and Tuesday, which is
precisely the days when we were there. OK, so just what kind of a
report is this? Well, in Corvallis we have been privy to just the TG
IPA and TG Stout. I did have a couple of other TG beers in a nice
little bar in Joseph. After a long day of climbing around the foothills
of the Wallowas a cold Terminal Gravity Blond sure went down easily. In
TG fashion the Blond is a bit hoppier than maybe what we think a Blond
ought to be, but it was crisp and refreshing with a pleasant, but very
slight, malt character nicely packaged in the middle of the initial and
lingering hop character.
They also had a beer which I could not resist trying: a Tripel. In
typical TG fashion it was also too hoppy. I did not care a lot for the
beer because is was too murky and yeasty for my taste. Although it had
a fairly high alcohol content, it was not a sharp and it had a
noticeable bite. The malt character was just a little bit too forward
for my notion of a Tripel and it could have used the assistance of more
adjunct sugars. The brewery also has a Rye Ale, but it was not on line
at this particular bar. I might drive back just to give it try!
Even though the brewery was closed, I just couldn't resist taking a
peek, so on our way out of town early Tuesday morning we drove on down
to the brewery. The brewpub looks like a heap of a lot of fun. It is
an old farmhouse, with the brewery in an adjacent building, and the
compound is secluded with surrounding apple trees. There is a nice
covered porch for eating and drinking, with volleyball courts and
horseshoe pits. I am sure the locals have a wonderful gatherings for
watching the tourists drive on home.
If you are looking for breweries to visit in Eastern Oregon, there is
Full Sail and Big Horse in Hood River, Terminal Gravity in Enterprise, a
brewery in Baker City and the great High Lakes Brewpub in Redmond - not
bad little loop. Just call before you go to see if they will be open!
BEER APPRECIATION CLASSES
by Kendall Staggs
Beer Appreciation Classes are underway. The next class, featuring
British Ales (Bluebird Bitter, Old Peculier, and other award-winning
brews), will be Friday, August 3, at 7:00 p.m., at the Bagel Sphere,
2027 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis. The cost is $25 per person. We will
serve eight delicious beers, plus fresh-baked bagels and cheeses. It
should be lots of fun.
Upcoming classes will feature Belgian Exotic Ales (Rodenbach, Liefmans,
Kwak, The Mad Bitch, and others) on August 17, and European Pilseners on
August 31. For more information, please call me at 753-6538 or email