This is the HOTV Brewsletter
VOLUME XXII, NUMBER 9
ASSISTANT NEWSLETTER EDITOR:
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 Wednesday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Doug and Mare Goeger, 4080 NW Alder, in North Albany.
From Corvallis take Hwy 20 toward Albany. From the Garland Nursery sign, go 1.4 miles to Independence Road. Turn Left and go over hill and dale, 3.4 miles. Make a Right turn onto Palestine Road. At the stop sign, continue straight up the hill. Palestine will "T" into Scenic. Turn Left on Scenic. Left at the stop sign by Fir Grove School. Left on Alder (second street after your turn). Blue house on the left, about 1/2 way down the road.
From Albany take the bridge over the Willamette. At the first light, take a Right on Springhill. Begin clocking mileage. At 5 miles, you'll be in a school zone, and see Scenic Drive on your left, then Ridgecrest, then Alder. Turn Left on Alder. Blue house on the left, about 1/2 way down road.
LAST MONTH'S MEETING
by Mare Goeger
Perfect weather and tons of food and beer helped in making this year's picnic a success. Has it now been established as an HOTV picnic tradition that Lee deep fry those succulent turkeys and Helen whip up crispy fried green tomatoes? These goodies were accompanied by all sorts of wonderful potluck dishes provided by club members and guests. Did everyone try Ron Hall's ceviche? You missed out on something special if you didn't. Many HOTV members and some members of those friendly homebrew clubs to our North brought their offerings, both liquid and "solid?". The vast selection of beer made choosing what to try difficult, unless you came with a designated driver and tried them all.
Entertainment was brought to us by Sara and Karen who kept the kids busy all day with water balloons and red jello (to by eaten without using any hands), and by Derek and Royal who are trying to establish tradition number 3 with their beer raffle. This isn't just your regular, run of the mill raffle. A fine selection of hard-to-find brews from Liquid Solutions and generous donors were distributed when ticket numbers were called. Or, instead of a beer, you might be get a "Steal" card entitling you to steal a raffle beer from another player, or a "Robin Hood" card asking that you steal a raffle beer from someone and then give it to a worthy recipient. Most folks went home happy. Those that didn't will no doubt remember who stole from them and retaliate next year. And speaking of how low you can go, Pat Gregg proved to be the most nimble by winning the sometimes dizzying (depending on consumption) limbo contest.
Prior to the start of the beer raffle, a special commemorative beer, Skull Splitter, was awarded to club member Doug Goeger who, earlier in August, sustained a 9 inch gash in his scalp, peeled the skin on his finger like a banana and broke 2 cervical vertebrae requiring immediate surgery. All in a one-man bike wreck. Who will be able to top that one at the next picnic?
Thanks to all who helped set up and clean up, and to guests from other clubs who joined us and brought great beer and potluck dishes.