This is the HOTV Brewsletter
VOLUME XXVI, NUMBER 6
PRESIDENT: Jerry Malloy
VICE-PRESIDENT: Royal Willard
NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Ron Hall
TREASURER: Scott Leonard
FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: Scott Caul
THIS MONTH'S MEETING
The Heart of the Valley Homebrew Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month, alternating between Corvallis and Albany. The June HOTV meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 pm at the home of Doug and Mare Goeger in North Albany. This is one of the most popular meetings of the year because we get to taste all the leftover entries from the festival. We will also be reviewing the festival in a short post-party...um.
Directions to Doug and Mare's are as follows:
From Corvallis take Hwy 20 toward Albany. From the Garland Nursery sign, go 1.4 miles to Independence Highway. Turn left and go over hill and dale for 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 onto Springhill Road. Left on Alder (second street after your turn). Doug and Mare's is the blue house on the left (4080 NW Alder), 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. Doug and Mare's is the blue house on the left (4080 NW Alder), about 1/2 way down road.
Lost members may call Doug and Mare at 928-5023 for search and rescue.
LAST MONTH'S MEETING
Last month's meeting was THE incredible 24th Annual Oregon Homebrew and Microbrew Festival. Here is an update.
FESTIVAL EPILOGUE by Scott Caul
We did it again! The 2006 Oregon Homebrew and Microbrew Festival was another smashing success. It seems I've gotten the blame for doing a good job, but I say: NAY! Had it not been for the hard work and dedication of ALL who volunteered, it would have been a major flop. I cannot thank enough those who were there from the beginning to the very end, you deserve the credit for a job well done. Major kudos as well to those who showed up and worked all day taking care of those pesky little details and filling in the gaps of the volunteer list. I can't put into words how grateful I am.
Although I was ill prepared to keep an accurate head count, we estimate about 1300 beer fans came to our little party, and man were they thirsty! Our event costs were comparable to that of last year, but our revenues were way up. I am very pleased to say we are able to give away considerably more this year. The Food Share will receive $4000 and the Bob McCracken Scholarship Fund will fatten up by $2000. Even with this, there's enough left over to maintain our regular club functions and enough seed money to continue to improve on our fest. Next year will mark our 25th annual OHF, you can trust it will be celebrated with all the enthusiasm it deserves.
It seems that our event has now become a bit of a tradition. I know I speak for many of us when I say it's one we can be very proud of. Our past and current successes with the OHF competition have blossomed into an event that can please any craft beer enthusiast. I'm glad I can be a part of it. CHEERS!
BARLEY DAZED AND CONFUSED by Joel Rea
On Monday, June 5th the Second Annual Barley Daze was held at the Hyslop OSU research farm and a great time was had by the 30 odd folks. After an amazing feast of PBR beer boiled brats and barley salad, we all loaded up on a tractor and headed out to the fields to look at assorted barley research projects. The crowd was a congenial mix of mostly OSU staff in the barley breeding program and about 10 HOTV members.
Look forward to a 3rd Annual coming up in about a year!
FISH FRY EXTRAVAGANZA by Louis Hans
The Blue Den Trout Farm and I would like to invite H.O.T.V brew club for a trout and catfish b.b.q. and fish fry at the Blue Den Ranch in Scio, OR. There is a nice gazebo next to a pond and creek that could accommodate 30 to 40 folks. Fly fishing, boating, kayaking and swimming on the ranch's 700 acres will be available for the group. There is also a museum of farm equipment used in the Willamette Valley over the last 100 years. The fish farm is 35 miles from Corvallis. Maybe we could get the brew-bus in action for a group trip outing. I have put in to reserve the gazebo pinic area for Sunday July 9th....how does that date work for everybody? [Mail to: Louis Hans [firstname.lastname@example.org]
(stay tuned for late breaking emails on this event)
RESOLUTION PASSES U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
AMERICAN CRAFT BREWERS RECEIVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION
From: Charlie Papazian [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2006 9:21 AM
Subject: RESOLUTION PASSES U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
On June 6, the U.S. House of Representatives gave unanimous consent to House Resolution 753, commending America's craft brewers for their many and varied contributions to our nation's communities, economy, culture and history. See Resolution at:
Under the leadership of two friends of the craft brewing community, Representatives Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and with over 70 additional Congressmen cosponsoring the measure, H. Res. 753 achieved passage in just 60 days. It is worthy of noting that Representative DeFazio is a homebrewer himself.
This is an important and significant step in our effort to raise the profile of craft beer and brewing in Washington. The amount of support we received from Members of Congress was extremely gratifying and was due in large part to the efforts of individual professional Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members calling and writing their Congressman to ask for their support of the resolution.
The resolution, which also recognizes the establishment of American Craft Beer Week, was a featured element of a Capitol Hill Congressional reception held on May 16th which featured American Homebrewers Association and BA members serving professional BA member craft beers from across the country paired with a variety of artisinal foods. At this event, Congressmen Boehlert and DeFazio were publicly recognized and thanked for their outstanding support of America's craft brewers.
It is truly the year of the beer!
President, Brewers Association
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