This is the HOTV Brewsletter
VOLUME XXII, NUMBER 7
THIS MONTH'S MEETING
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 at 7:00 p.m. on July 17, at the home of Scott and Karen Caul,
2930 NW Mulkey, Corvallis. Their phone number is 757-1190. Here are
From Highway 99W:
- Take Highway 99W to Circle Boulevard.
- Go west on Circle to 29th.
- Go south (left) on 29th to Mulkey.
- Turn right on Mulkey. Scott's house is a yellow house on the left.
From Highway 34:
- After you get to Corvallis, Highway 34 becomes Harrison. Take it until you get to 29th.
- Turn right on 29th. Continue north past the Dari Mart at Grant and 29th. Mulkey is the second left past Grant.
- Turn left on Mulkey. Scott's house is a yellow house on the left.
LAST MONTH'S GATHERING
Many thanks again to Lee and Helen Smith for hosting the post-festival
meeting. Lots of great leftover homebrews were available, despite the
scramble for beers tp take home. Helen's jambalaya was delicious, the
weather was great, and there was a good turnout among the members.
HOTV SUMMER PICNIC
by Lee Smith
It's time to mark your calendars for the annual picnic. The date is
Saturday, August 24, in Avery Park, Corvallis. This year we have the
Thompson Shelter, which is much larger and better than Maple Grove.
BOB MCCRACKEN SCHOLARSHIP UPDATE
by Lee Smith
Here is the OSU Foundation's response to our fourth $100 McCracken Fund
donation. It was addressed to the Heart of the Valley Homebrewers.
"Thank you for your recent contribution to the College of Agricultural
Sciences through the Bob McCracken Scholarship Fund. As you know this
scholarship fund has been utilized to provide support to a group of very
fine young scholars. We would like to take this opportunity to thank
you for your assistance of the students and programs in Agricultural
Sciences at Oregon State. Your support of the College and its students
and programs has shown true generosity and is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for leading the way with your gift."
Andrea Chavez, Jennifer Milburn,
AMERICAN BEER MONTH
July is here, and that means it's time to celebrate American Beer
Month. Over 7000 brands of beer are brewed in the United States, so
take the time to appreciate the diversity of the many brews and support
your local breweries. It's also time to start brewing the beers that
will sustain you through the fall and winter, so support your local
COMMERCIAL BEER REVIEWS
by Kendall Staggs
BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST
Here are some big beers that are still suitable for summer sipping. I
purchased the first two at Belmont Station in Portland. The third one
came from Liquid Solutions in Tigard. Like Belmont Station, Liquid
Solutions keeps all its beers cool and dark; shoppers see only the
display bottles along a wall. It has a huge selection of imports and
domestics and a knowledgeable staff. I recommend it highly.
Topvar Dark Lager [500 ml, 5 percent abv]
This beer from Slovakia features a dark chestnut brown color and a
modest cream head. A brew has all the intense, roasted character of a
Stout but the smoothness of a lager. There is a slight burnt quality
from black malt. It is very drinkable and satisfying-I recommend it
with dark chocolate.
DeLandtsheer Malheur Tripel [750 ml, 10 percent abv]
Here is a delicious Monastic Ale from Buggenhout, Belgium. It calls
itself a "blonde, double- strength (20¼ Plato), bottle-conditioned ale
with the outstanding flavor of whole hops." I found it spicy, even
peppery on the finish, with a very soft mouthfeel. It became even more
delicious as it warmed.
Belzebeth [250 ml, 15 percent abv]
Talk about intense-this beer proudly proclaims its potency on the bottle
neck foil. The label features a rather nasty-looking, dancing,
long-tailed devil. It is brewed by the Brasserie Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of
Arc Brewery) in northern France, and it is related stylistically to the
Belgian beers Duvel, Lucifer, Satan, Judas, and Hapkin. Unlike its
Belgian cousins, it is all-malt (no candi sugar), and at least one beer
writer, Roger Prost, has speculated that the brewers use champagne yeast
to achieve its strength. Dark gold in color with a big white head, it
immediately grabbed my attention with alcohol warmth in the aroma and
flavor. Next, a myriad of spices and fruity esters competed for my
attention with an intense maltiness. The dry, satisfying finish was
also marked by a fairly assertive hop bitterness. Not as thick as you
might think, it is nevertheless a sipping beer. It reminded me of
Scaldis Noël-a spicy, strong beer in its own right at 12 percent abv.
But Belzebeth is in a class by itself. Look for it if you plan to
attend the International Beerfest.
OREGON BREWERES FESTIVAL
The Oregon Brewers Festival will be held July 26 through 28 at the Tom
McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. For more information, here is the
ARTICLES FROM THE REAL BEER PAGE
MINNESOTA BREWING CLOSES
The debt-ridden Minnesota Brewing Company, one of the nation's last
old-line regional breweries, shut down in June. German settlers first
made beer on the site of the former Jacob Schmidt brewery in 1855. The
brewery faced $14 million in debts, and filed for bankruptcy protection
in February. It recently employed up to 160 full-time workers during
peak summer months. An ethanol plant, built in 1999 with the help of
state subsidies and designed to save the brewery by sharing overhead
expenses, will remain open. It employs 14 people. Minnesota Brewing
made several brands under contract, but its best known house brand was
Grain Belt Premium. That is expected to live on. "Grain Belt did well
in the past," said August Schell Brewing president Ted Marti, whose
brewery will likely bid for the brand. "It has a strong following.
Rumor has it there is lots of competition for the label."
BIG AND SMALL WIN IN WORLD CUP
Wisconsin breweries showed that size doesn't always matter in taking
home mounds of medals when the winners of World Beer Cup 2002 were
announced during ceremonies in Aspen, Colorado. Milwaukee's Miller
Brewing Company, which recently was sold to South African Breweries and
will soon be part of the world's second largest brewing company, won
seven medals for beers it brews. Miller produced more than 40 million
barrels of beer last year. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing, a Miller
subsidiary with headquarters in Chippewa Falls and a large brewery in
Milwaukee, won three gold medals. Leinenkugel maintained its status as
a regional power last year, brewing 340,000 barrels. Angelic Brewing
Company, a Madison brewpub that produced 1,000 barrels in 2001 (that's
1/40th of 1/1000th of Miller's production), won six medals, including
two golds. Angelic head brewer Dean Coffey won for beers of all styles,
including those of German, Belgian, British, and American origin. What
happened in breweries less than 100 miles apart was mirrored in the
overall results, illustrating the diversity of beer and the breweries
who make it. See http://realbeer.com/spotlight/wbc
OHIO OKS STRONGER BEER
The Ohio Senate has followed the lead of the state house and voted to
permit production of higher alcohol beer, doubling the alcohol content
limit for beer to 12 percent. Governor Bob Taft has indicated he will
sign the bill into law. The legislation was supported by a coalition of
the state's 40 microbreweries and brewpubs. Ted Lipovan, marketing
manager for Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, said the bill's
passage means "the consumer wins" because many more varieties of beer
will be available. He said Ohio brewers have been impeded by the fact
that surrounding states don't have similar alcohol content limits on
IN PRAISE OF EXPENSIVE BEER
Stephen Beaumont explains why craft brewers might get more respect by
charging a higher price for their beer.
HAMM'S BEAR BOBBLEHEADS BLOCKED
A Minnesota club's plan to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Hamm's
Bear was put on hold after objections from the Miller Brewing Company,
which owns the Hamm's beer label. The Hamm's Club wants to sell
bobblehead dolls to raise $15,000 for a granite sculpture of the icon,
made popular in TV commercials. But Milwaukee-based Miller fears that
cute beer-related novelties might appear to condone or target underage
drinkers. Commercials in the 1950s and 1960s featuring the bear from
the land of sky-blue waters put the character among the elite
Minnesota-bred ad icons. Miller spokeswoman Lori Barthelemy said the
company will donate collectibles that the club can auction off. "But we
turned down the bobblehead production because our corporate
responsibility policy dictates we neither sell nor market to children,
and this may appeal to children," she said.
SPACE BEER-BUT THERE'S A CATCH
The Russian Academy of (Agricultural) Science is developing a
non-alcoholic beer for Russia's cosmonauts to drink in space. It is
specially adapted with added vitamins and minerals. The non-alcoholic
beer was originally created for rescue workers who wanted a drink that
would not impair their performance. The science academy is revising the
recipe with the idea that it will also to cheer up the cosmonauts.
FREE BEER-BUT THERE'S A CATCH
British volunteers are being sought to drink a free liter of beer a
day. The EU-funded research is looking into a possible link between a
vitamin called folate-found in beer-and a reduced risk of heart
disease. However, potential volunteers may be put off by one catch-the
supplied beer is non-alcoholic. The experiment is being carried out at
the Institute of Food Research in Norwich. Project leader Paul Finglas
said people suffering from heart disease generally have high levels of a
chemical called homocysteine-which has been linked to blocked arteries
and heart disease. The 80 volunteers will be tested to see if their
folate levels increase and homocysteine levels decrease.
OREGON BREWER SWEEPS TOP AHA HONORS
Curt Hausam of Salem, Oregon, a member of the Strange Brew homebrew
club, won Homebrewer of the Year Award and the Ninkasi Award at the
American Homebrewers Association (AHA) 24th Annual National Homebrewers
Conference in Irving, Texas. Quality Ale & Fermentation Fraternity
(QUAFF) of San Diego captured Homebrew Club of the Year. See all the
winners at http://www.beertown.org/AHA/NHC/02_winners.htm