This is the HOTV Brewsletter
VOLUME XXI, NUMBER 1
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 at 7:00 p.m. on January 17 at the Oregon Trader Brewery. The brewery is located at 140 Hill Street, in Albany, at the corner of Hill and Water Streets. From Corvallis via Highway 20, cross the bridge into Albany and turn left on 2nd Street. Proceed until you cross a set of railroad tracks. Go to the second cross street (Hill) and turn left. Go two blocks and you will see the brewery on your left. Park on the street or diagonally across from the brewery in an open lot. DO NOT park across the street from the brewery as this is private and the owner is hostile. From Albany, head toward the bridge on Lyons, turn right on 2nd Street and proceed as above.
LAST MONTH'S GATHERING by Kendall Staggs
Last month, Sam Holmes once again graciously hosted our annual Holiday
Party. It was well attended and everyone seemed to have a great time.
The food was great, and I understand the beer was, too. I only had a
few sips because I served as a designated driver. Michael Villiardos
managed the ring toss for beers, which served up some great prizes.
Joel Rea provided some delicious pairings of quality beers and fine
chocolates. With able assistance from Scott Leonard, I organized and
presented the annual Name That Beer competition. There was much
jocularity, and Sam and Dave (weren't they a Soul duo in the Sixties?)
treated us to fun music.
RESULTS OF THE NAME THAT BEER COMPETITION by Kendall Staggs
Here are the official results of the Name That Beer Competition:
First place: 75 points, Ron Hall
Second place: 68 points, Mark Taratoot
Third place: 64 points, Jerry Malloy
The beers were:
Ayinger Bräu Weisse
Samuel Smith Taddy Porter
Saxer Jack Frost Winter Doppelbock
Old Boardhead Barley Wine 
Duvel (Belgian Strong Golden Ale)
Thanks again to Scott for all his help, and thanks to everyone who
participated for making the contest a lot of fun. A motion was made to
bar Ron Hall from all future Name That Beer events. Another motion was
made to have a special "shoot out" competition between Ron and me next
year. Sounds OK to me, as long as we handicap it. Perhaps Mark
Taratoot should be included, too.
TREASURY REPORT from Lee Smith
Of our 56 members, 18 (about a third) have paid their annual dues.
That's pretty good for this early in the year. If you have not yet paid
your dues, please remember to bring your checkbook - or cash - and do your
duty. HOTV dues are still a modest $12 per member. In comparison, the
Crescent City Homebrew Club has dues of $30, and most other clubs have
dues in the $18 to $24 range.
DECEMBER LITTER CREW GETS LUCKY AGAIN! by Lee Smith
On Saturday, December 9, the fearless HOTV Litter Crew performed its
job. The day started out damp, chilly, and generally nasty, but not so
bad as to discourage our determined gang. Then, just as we suited up
and were ready to hit the road, the clouds scudded off to the east, the
sun came out, and blue skies were smiling. The temperature nudged up
enough so that most of us were overdressed and almost too warm!
Our newest members, Greg and Angela Kurbis, joined Doug and Mare Goeger,
John Sterner, Jim Cantey, and Lee Smith in ridding Oregon of 29 big bags
of litter and assorted junk. Greg and Angela were quick to volunteer
for this important club activity and, in doing so, set a fine example
for new and old members alike. (Scott Malvitch and his daughter turned
out, as well, but Scott was unaware that ODOT prohibits anyone under 16
years of age to participate in the highway program. Sorry, Scott, but
Naturally, our efforts were not without reward. When our work was done,
good conversation and India Pale Ale awaited us. Try to join us in
COOKING WITHOUT BEER: Helen Smith's Chocolate Chip Pie
Since so many at the party wanted the pie recipe, here it is. Here's a
little history: when Lee and I first got married almost 50 years ago, a
neighbor gave me this recipe, and it's been a hit at every function.
Chocolate chips were just on the market in 1951. Double for 2 pies.
Can be frozen.
CHOCOLATE CHIP CHIFFON PIE
12 ounce package of real chocolate chips
3 TBS sugar
3 TBS milk or cream
l tsp vanilla
Separate eggs, placing the 3 yolks in a bowl
Add the sugar, milk and vanilla and beat them
Whip the 3 whites till stiff
Melt the chocolate chips in microwave or over double boiler till very
smooth and soft.
Remove from heat and immediately beat in the egg yolk mixture, then FOLD
IN the beaten whites.
Pour into your favorite homemade baked crumb crust. I used chocolate
graham crackers and butter.
*For the crust, follow any crumb crust recipe-push into pie plate and
press to mold. Bake 10 minutes at 350. Cool.
Top pie with REAL whipped cream or ready made.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW from Lee Smith
Kent Cruzan is one of our oldest members and has always stayed current
even though he moved to Astoria many years ago. Along with a dues check,
his wife Kay sent a holiday card with the following note:
"All is going fine here. Kent has had no cancer for six plus months. He
has tiredness, etc., but we seem to be ready for a new beginning. In
November, he even got a batch of pumpkin beer made. It turned out
great - guess he hasn't lost his touch! Warm wishes to everyone."
signed Kenton & Kay Cruzan
SEATTLE BREWPUB SCENE by Beto Zuniga
I have not been out as much as I would like to check out the brew scene
in Seattle, but I would like to mention a few things. While looking for
another place I could not find, I stumbled onto the Hill Top Ale House
in the Queen Anne section. It had about 15 brews on tap and I was not
impressed with their selection. I ate there but was not impressed with
the food, either. I will have to back to check them out again because I
like to give any place two visits before I diss them too much.
Next I went to Pike Brewing downtown close to the Pike Street Market.
The place was trendy and loud. But this was not why I was impressed
with the place. Their guest taps were tremendous! While Anne opted to
a Pike Scotch Ale, I went for the Ayinger Celebrator on tap. They also
had four Lindemans Lambics on tap. We had a chocolate brownie dessert
with the Framboise. It was so fresh! It was so strong with raspberries
that it reminded me of the Celis Raspberry on tap back at the Ginger Man
Another spot I visited was the Big Time Brewery on the "Ave" in the
University District (the street is also know as University Way). I was
immediately reminded of the Twenty Tank Brewery in San Francisco. I
have learned that Big Time was associated with the now out-of-business
Twenty Tank; the two owners were brothers. Big Town has about 12 brews
on tap. I tried their Amber, Porter and Stout. The Porter is nice when
it is fresh. I had it twice. The Big Time Brewery is Seattle's
oldest brewpub, established in 1988. Their brews when I was there
included Bhagwan's Best IPA, Atlas Amber Ale, Prime Time Pale Ale, Coal
Creek Porter, Redemption Nitrogen Ale, Sunbreak Blonde, Old Rip Oatmeal
Stout, Beam Me Up Scottish Ale, Lift Ticket Winter Ale, Hopfest Ale
(featuring Mt. Hood hops), and a cask-conditioned version of one of the
I also visited a brewpub in Bellingham: the Orchid Street Brewery. I
tried a sampler and was impressed with the Golden Ale they had. It had
a lot of flavor for a Golden. It reminded me of the first time I
tasted Celis Golden in the land of "Buhbuh beer" back in Houston again.
The rest of the beers were alright but their Holiday Ale was way too
overspiced for me.
I promise to taste more beers soon.
AHA CLUB-ONLY 2001 COMPETITION SCHEDULE
Let's try to get some entries in this year's AHA Club-Only competitions.
March - Stout: Category 16, Stout and Category 12c, Russian Imperial
hosted by Keith Curtachio and the Niagara Association of Homebrewers
May - Bockanalia: Category 14, Bock
hosted by Elaine Seely and the Cincinnati Malt Infusers
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
It's not too early to mark your calendars. The next annual Oregon
Homebrew Festival will be May 18-19, 2001.
COMMERCIAL BEER REVIEWS by Kendall Staggs
Have you had any good beers lately? Here are some brief reviews of a
few beers from the Golden State (you know, the one south of us). Some
are available at Burlingame Grocery. Others were courtesy of beer
hunter Scott Leonard, who recently made a California trip. There are
some good beers "south of the border." There are some bad ones, too.
1 Firestone Double Barrel Ale (Firestone Walker Brewing, Los Olivos,
CA) This amber ale featured a solid malt profile from five different
kinds of malts and good hop balance from Saaz and East Kent Goldings.
The label claims that the beer's "distinctive complexity" is "brought
about through our exclusive, patented, oak barrel fermentation." I
don't know how exclusive the process is, but a few oak notes appear on
the nose and the palate. This is a nice, drinkable beer and is well
worth seeking. (5.0 percent alcohol by volume)
2 SLO Amber Ale (SLO Brewing, Paso Robles, CA): This was a
better-than-average amber ale with plenty of hop aromas and flavors. It
went well with spicy Korean food. This brewery used to have a mediocre
reputation; apparently they have a new brewer and this year they won a
silver medal for their Oatmeal Stout at the Great American Beer
Festival. The brewpub is in San Luis Opisbo; the brewery is in nearby
Paso Robles, near the central California coast. (alcohol unavailable)
3 Prohibition Ale (Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, San Francisco): This was
a fairly strong, hoppy ale with some caramel malt notes. Joel Rea
reported that the beers were rather mediocre at the brewpub, but Scott
and I found this bottled example to be very tasty. (6.1 percent alcohol
4 Ragwater Ale (Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma, CA): This beer features
the slogan, "Keep it Dark." It did indeed pour dark and a little
murky. Fresh hops dominated the aroma. The flavors, unfortunately,
were not very appealing. The malt was missing, the hop flavor and
bitterness were too assertive, and the beer had a dry, scratchy,
cardboard character. Scott and I were unable to finish the 22-ounce
bottle. This brewery makes some good beers, but my advice is to stay
away from the aptly named Ragwater. (OG 1.056; 47 IBU; alcohol
5 Lagunator Solstice Ale (Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma, CA): This beer
features the slogan, "I'll Be Bock," but it is definitely an ale, not a
true Bock. It was a good, hoppy, West Coast Ale, with a noticeable
alcohol punch. Nevertheless, it was dangerously drinkable. (OG 1.072;
36 IBU; 6.8 percent alcohol by volume)
6 Double Bastard Ale (Stone, San Marcos, CA): This whopper of a beer
from the San Diego area is an even stronger version of the notoriously
potent Arrogant Bastard Ale. There is lots of malt, even more hops, and
even more warm alcohol notes. The label features the warning: "If you
can even contemplate, on any level at all, the remotest possibility of
consuming a fizzy yellow beer in your miserable future, then DO NOT buy
this bottle. Instead, leave it for a worthy soul who has already
matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those who are in the know
lovingly call Liquid Arrogance." This is a relatively expensive brew at
$5.25 for a 22-ounce bottle. (10 percent alcohol by volume)
7 Tahoe Organic Amber Lager (Truckee, Truckee, CA): This beer features
the slogan, "The way it was in 1862" on its attractive, colorful label.
It also says that the beer is "faithfully brewed with certified organic
malt and hops, yeast, and clear mountain water, with no preservatives,
additives, or pasteurization." After all that, I must dutifully report
that neither Scott nor I could drink more than one mouthful of this brew
because it had an overpowering diacetyl aroma and flavor. Something
went dreadfully wrong somewhere. (alcohol unavailable)
DESCHUTES DESCRIBES JUBEL 2001 from the Deschutes Brewery webpage:
This year the brewers at Deschutes brewed a special, strong version of
Jubelale to celebrate the Millennium. Actually, they produced two
special brews. This is how it went:
In early February a Jubelale with the traditional grist bill was mashed
in and a second batch of Jubel was milled in right behind it. The first
brew was lautered to kettle with minimum sparging so that it filled only
half of the kettle. While this first brew was boiling in the kettle, the
second batch was lautered to fill the kettle (50 barrels). The result
was a high-gravity version of Jubelale that contained approximately 50
percent more extract than the normal Jubelale. During the boil, a double
dose of Jubelale hops comprised of Galena, Willamette, Cascade,
Tettnang, and East Kent Goldings was added to achieve a final level of
about 3 pounds of hops per barrel.
This first batch was fermented for three weeks, repitched with fresh
yeast, and allowed to ferment for another two months. The brew was then
racked into new, American oak casks. The casks were prepared with a
medium roast and the staves were fire bent. The beer was aged in the oak
casks in the cold for four months.
While the beer was aging in oak, a second "double brew" batch of high
gravity Jubelale was brewed and fermented. After the four months of oak
aging, the first batch was racked from the casks into a small tank
containing East Kent Golding dry hops. As the casks were emptied, they
were immediately refilled with the second batch of strong Jubelale,
which was subsequently aged for in the cold for another three months.
Finally, at the end of October, the two batches were blended in a larger
tank, again dry hopped with East Kent Goldings. The beer was packaged
two weeks later in specially labeled 12-ounce bottles for release around
Thanksgiving. There were only about 1000 cases produced, so don't
hesitate to buy the beer if you are interested.
The final beer is stronger (about 9 percent abv) than the original
Jubelale and has a distinct character coming from the oak. We have found
the beer to be most suitable for drinking now, but it should also age
quite well. Enjoy!
Editor's note: Jubel 2001 is truly a remarkable beer, and I
congratulate the brewers for their willingness to undertake a project of
this magnitude. It is definitely darker and richer than the regular
Jubelale, with more chocolate notes on the nose and the palate. A
vanilla-like oak flavor is also evident. Although it is assertively
hopped, the hop flavors and bitterness do not overwhelm. A more
obvious trait is the alcohol component, which reminds me of whiskey. It
compares very favorably to Fred, one of our club's favorite beers. Like
Fred, Jubel 2001's price reflects all the effort and expense in making
it; at $3.15 for a 12-ounce bottle, it is definitely a beer to save for
a special occasion.
Fearless Beer Hunter Scott Leonard contacted the brewery to compliment
them on the Jubel 2001 and received this reply from Lesley Walthew:
Thank you for contacting Deschutes Brewery. I am happy to hear you like
the J2K, as we call it at the brewery, and no, I don't think it's a one
time thing. The brewers are trying to decide what to work on next
year. Keep your ears open, something will be coming along.
MILLER TO SELL CELIS - COULD IT BE BACK TO CELIS?
from the Real Beer Page
Miller Brewing Company plans to sell the Celis Brewery and its trademark
and close the Austin, Texas, brewery by the end of the year. Pierre
Celis, visiting Austin on Friday, said that his family might be
interested in repurchasing the rights and recipes to their specialty
beer. But they would need a partner. "If there is another brewer, I
would be ready. I think that is the best solution," Celis told the
Austin-American Statesman. "At my age (he is 75), it is difficult to
start alone the brewery. If I have a partner to help, I would able
again make the quality beer." The Celis Brewery has 10 employees and
sold 15,000 barrels in 1999, a tiny fraction of Miller's overall sales
of 44.1 million barrels. Miller bought a majority stake in the Celis
Brewery in 1995, then in April purchased the Celis family's minority
interest in the business. That sale occurred when the Celis family
exercised an option that required Miller to buy their share.
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION by Kendall Staggs
I hereby promise to brew more homebrew this year. I also promise to
drink lots of good homebrew this year.
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