ALL I KNOW ABOUT THE PUB CRAWL
The last communiqué that I have received indicated that the HOTV pub crawl will be held on Sunday, March 16. The bus (big/small/in-between?) will head toward Portland on a route yet to be determined. Cost could be $20-25, depending on attendance etc. etc. Anyone interested in joining the group, who hasn't already contacted Scott Caul, should do so ASAP to reserve a space. Friends, relatives and hangers-on are most welcome.
HOTV FESTIVAL UPDATE
By Joel Rea
The 21st Annual Oregon Homebrew Festival and Coming of Age Blow out
Birthday Bash planning is well underway! As a recap, recall that there
are two distinct operations here: The competition and the party. Ron
Hall is our fearless leader for the competition aspect. We have (had?)
a meeting on Wednesday the 5th to get all of our ducks lined up. The
big push immediately facing us will be the first mailing and
distributing entry forms. If you are not judging at the competition
but would like to assist that weekend in making things happen please
contact one of the following people: Ingeborg Reed is head steward and
could use lots of peeps for help! Kendall Staggs will be present to
lead judge training and to keep us all in stitches with his newly found
Utahan wit. Beto Zuniga has been graciously working the website and
editing our mailout. Ron Hall is Festival Director and is looking for
a few good judges!
As far as the Birthday Bash is concerned, well, where to begin.
Currently we are lacking a major sponsor. Times are tough and nobody
is stepping forward with financial assistance. It'll be an interesting
road we travel down but one none too muddy. Widmer Brothers are
supporting us with glassware at cost, a keg or two for the beer garden
and a few raffle items. We also have Rogue Ales, Oregon Trail and
Steelhead brewery. Club member Charlie Gilson will also be present
with his Pheasant Court winery to supply folks who don't want beer with
some great wine. There is lots more peeps out there I have yet to
contact and the party gifts shall be quite diverse and ample.
The timeline. This is how I envision the weeks leading up to the
festival and the day of the festival:
May 3rd: Deadline for dropping off entries
May 6 and 7: Pick up entries, donated goods and raffle items. Also
May 9, 10 and 11: Early judging. The early start of the birthday bash
on the 17th means that as a club we will need to have the bulk of the
judging done long before the 17th
May 16th: Judge training and first big judging session. Start
promptly at 7 pm
May 17th: Judging begins at 9:30 and if all goes to plan we are done
by lunch at noon. Best of Show judging at 1 pm. Also at 1 pm the
first raffle begins and shortly afterward awards. By 3 pm the doors
officially open for the beer garden. 3 pm - 9 pm there will be the
beer garden, music by 4 bands (yet signed in ink, but Scott Leonard is
working on the lineup,) food venders, more raffles, homebrewing
demonstrations and vender booths. Cake? After 9 pm the massive
cleanup begins. Must be gone by midnight or else we will all turn into
By Scott Caul
The president is around. He doesn't have a corner this month.
UPCOMING FESTIVAL DATES
All the following festivals are encouraging HOTV members to enter their homebrews and, if interested, to join in judging.
Slurp 'N Burp, March 29 at the Ram's Brewery in Salem
Entry drop-off deadline is 3/24. Corvallis Brewing Supply is a drop-off.
KLCC Springfest Beer Garden and Homebrew Competition, March 28 & 29
If you're interested in going, Joel is headed that way to judge and sample some beers.
Entry drop-off deadline is March 25. Corvallis Brewing Supply is a drop-off.
Oregon Homebrew Festival, May 16 & 17 at the Benton County Fairgrounds
Entry drop-off deadline is 5/3. Corvallis Brewing Supply is a drop-off.
2003 MAZER CUP MEAD COMPETITION
Attention all you makers of meads. A Michigan competition exclusively for meads will be judged on April 12, 2003. Entries are due by March 28. For entry information, forms etc. explore the website at www.mazercup.org.
KLCC MICROBREW FESTIVAL
To be held March 28 & 29 from 4-11pm at the Lane Events Center, 796 W 13th in Eugene. Admission is $10 which gets you a souvenir glass and 1 drink. Joel plans to go, so you might catch a ride with him.