This is the HOTV Brewsletter
VOLUME XXII, NUMBER 5
THIS MONTH'S MEETING
The Heart of the Valley Homebrew Club normally meets on the third
Wednesday of every month, alternating between Corvallis and Albany.
This month we will have no regular meeting because of the Oregon
Homebrew Festival, May 18-19 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in
Corvallis (starting at 9:30 a.m.). Volunteers are still needed for a
variety of tasks in the days leading up to the festival. For more
information, please contact Joel Rea, our festival coordinator, at
758-1674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAST MONTH'S GATHERING by Derek Whiteside
Last month we met at Joel Rea's Corvallis Brewing Supply, and everyone
who attended had an excellent time. Joel had many beers to offer his
guests, including Fred on nitrogen, which was really delicious. Thanks
again to Joel for hosting us.
We discussed the then-upcoming pub crawl, which went off without a
hitch. It seems everyone involved had a good time, even though turnout
was lower than usual this year, probably because we voted to have it on
a Sunday. In any case, when it was all said and done, the pub crawl
actually EARNED the club about 20 bucks!
The club voted unanimously to extend an honorary (free) membership to
Beto Zuniga, our webmaster who recently moved to Seattle. Even though
Beto lives in another state, he has remained extremely dedicated to and
involved with the club: he has devoted lots of time developing web
content, festival publications, and our t-shirt design. Thanks to Beto
for all of his hard work; it's really top notch. Cheers.
Festival Judges: Mare Goeger, our judge coordinator for the festival,
had only TWO people signed up from the club to judge: one was Kendall,
and the other was her husband, Doug! Please, please register to judge
ASAP! You can find the judge registration packets online at
http://www.hotv.org/fest2001/fest4.html. First-time judges are
welcome! If you have questions, email Mare at email@example.com.
Our June meeting will be held at Lee Smith's house in Albany. This is a
gathering not to be missed, because all the leftover festival beer will
be there! There will be more information (and directions) in next
ANNUAL HOTV PUB CRAWL by Mare Goeger
Sunday, April 22, 2001
Ahhh, the long awaited Pub Crawl· By the time the big yellow schoolbus
pulled away from the Select Market lot in Albany, there were 20 people
and 2 quarter kegs aboard. A small problem with a frozen coil had us
directing Milt, our driver to the first unscheduled stop at Gene's
brewery for a quick thaw job. Then onward! Oregon Trail Brown Ale and
Oregon Trader Hoppy Trails sloshed in our glasses as the bus bumped and
swayed on its way toward Portland.
Joel Rea got to go pub crawling for the first time, and also got ăto goä
at the second unscheduled stop, the Woodburn rest area. Would we make it
to the first official place on time? Hence the name, ăCrawl.ä We
experienced another parking lot pause as Derrick, fearless navigator and
holder of THE MAP got his bearings. Then before we knew it, the Raccoon
Lodge sign loomed over the horizon. With watches faithfully counting the
allotted minutes, the group descended to the lower bar area which had a
view of the brewery. Unfortunately, due to a miscommunication among the
pub staff, we were expected upstairs instead of down, and had to spend a
good portion of our time just waiting to be served. However, the beer
was tasty and the couches cushy.
Back aboard the bus, our leader made an executive decision: because we
were already behind schedule, the shopping stop at Horse Brass / Belmont
Station was eliminated. But that was okay; we were on our way to the
Lucky Labrador, a neat place situated in an old warehouse on the east
side. It featured an impressive bar and some very good beers. We then
moved on to a hearty lunch and plenty of pitchers of authentic German
brews, such as Spaten Bock and Spaten Oktoberfest, at Gustav's / The
Now with full tummies, and still with an adequate amount of bus beer, we
made our way to the Laurelwood Public House and Brewery, where we were
treated to a self-service tour of their brewing facilities and informal
talk with the brewmaster. Then we went on to our final stop, the Alameda
Brewhouse. They had quite a nice selection of beers brewed onsite, and
some from our group were able to taste them all by getting a sampler.
It was a great deal: 12 beers for $5! And they were good, too.
The drive back went all too fast, and a good time was had by all. (Joel
seemed to be having an especially good time.) Attending were Doug and
Mare Goeger, Derrick and Sara Whiteside, Scott Leonard, Lee Smith, Joel
Rea, Kendall Staggs, Scott Caul, Dave and Stine Benson, Gary Terrell,
Gary Ferguson, John Terenzi, Jon Boles and Alyssa, Dave Starr, Paul
Jensen, Gene Gregg, and Jerry Malloy.
COMMERCIAL BEER REVIEWS by Kendall Staggs
HOW NOW BROWN ALES
Have you had any good beers lately? Here are some brief reviews of
American Brown Ales, the hoppier cousins of Newcastle Brown Ale and its
1 Moose Drool Brown Ale: This is a solid example of the style, with a
slightly roasted character and plenty of Northwest hops for balance.
Moose Drool is brewed by the Big Sky Brewing Company of Missoula,
Montana, but bottled by the Portland Brewing Company.
2 Pyramid Best Brown Ale: This is certainly not the best version. Its
dark enough to be a Brown Ale, but it lacks the chocolate and roasted
malt character that I like. It is thin, slightly grainy, and rather
lifeless. The Pyramid Brewery is in Seattle.
3 Downtown Brown Ale: This is my favorite. It has a solid malt
profile, with lots of chocolate and roasted malt aroma and flavor and
the right amount of hops for a balance of flavor and bitterness. Nutty
and slightly sweet, it is very drinkable on its own, but goes well with
soups and sandwiches. The artwork on the label is also a delight.
Downtown Brown is from the Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka, California.
4 Wolaver's Brown Ale: This ăCertified Organicä beer has lots of
promise, but honesty compels me to report that I was able to drink only
half a bottle before pouring it out. The beer had no real aroma or
flavor notes except for alcohol. It was as if someone had poured
Everclear in a huge vat of brown-dyed Coors Lite, and then bottled the
result. Wolaver's is brewed and bottled by the Panorama Brewing Company
of Ukiah, California.
5 Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar: This is one of my favorite dessert
beers. It really belongs in a class by itself. It is a well-made
American Brown Ale, made slightly sweet and very distinctive by the
addition of hazelnut extract. It reminds me of German chocolate cake in
a bottle. Hazelnut Brown Nectar comes only in 22-ounce bottles and is
brewed by the Rogue Brewing Company of Newport, Oregon.