This is the HOTV Brewsletter
VOLUME XXIII, 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 15 at the Oregon Trader Brewery.
One of the many good reasons to attend this month is that our meeting falls on a "Once Again Wednesday", meaning Gene's great brews, usually priced at $3 are only $2. And his super special offerings such as RIOS and Thor's Hammer are $1 off!
The Oregon Trader 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 parking 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 MEETING
The December meeting was disguised as a Holiday Blowout at Sam Holmes' party pad. There was a premium selection of beers to celebrate with. Many thanks to club member Gene Gregg who generously provided 5 gallons of Stout. Eric Wager from Widmer Brewery in Portland donated quarter barrels of Widmer Alt and IPA, and the 2002 kegging of SnowPlow, our club's own creation, was unveiled and enjoyed by party revelers. There was a ton of delicious potluck food, and games such as "Beer and Chocolate" to keep us warm and happy.
You've just gotta love the ring-toss game. Everybody wins. I mean, if you don't, you've really been tapping into those great beers a little too frequently. Michael Villiardos once again did a fantastic job of organizing the game and keeping things moving. There was an outstanding pool of prizes, so everybody should have gone home with an armload of loot.
Those tricksters who planned the "Name that Beer" contest were just a little too tricky this time. They just happened to omit the name of the first beer from the score sheet. But that benefited everyone's score since they were awarded points for the ommission. Everyone who participated sampled the following 5 beers and got points when they were able to identify 1) the correct beer style and 2) particular brand.
1) Kindel Weisse
2) Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
3) Pranqster Golden Ale (North Coast)
4) Traquair House Scotch Ale
5) 8 Ball Stout (Lost Coast)
For best scores on "Name that Beer", the golden tastebud awards were distributed as follows:
First place: Gene Gregg
Second place: Matt Arsenault
Third place: Joel Rea