THIS is the HOTV
VOLUME XVII NUMBER 12
Winter Solstice Edition
PRESIDENT: Jerry Marshall (541) 757-3551
EDITOR: Mark Taratoot
club home page: http://www.peak.org/~taratoot/hotv.html
Local Homebrew Club Makes Sunday Paper...Again!
I was enjoying that second cup of Sunday's beans and filling
up my mind with the news when I saw
Section "C," the section with Dave Barry, the national earthquake report,
wedding announcements, and travel information, shuffled its
way to the top. "Gee, who is that guy with the short hair
wearing a Squatters Pub shirt?" I knew I had been saying
this to myself a couple of months ago when he cut his long
locks, but now that it is back to its natural color, it is easy
to see that this is Ted's hair. And, that's Ted's barrel of
lambic. Hey, put the airlock back on that thing; you
wouldn't want it to get contaminated (or don't want it to
contaminate everything else). And there's our President,
Jerry. He is on his knees, bowing his head to the beer
goddesses and admiring the dishwasher. There's even Joe!
Hey, long time no see!
In addition to all these lovely color photos was a fluff piece
about homebrewing and our club. The article briefly
profiled three of our members. We were first introduced to
Jerry, our President. Then we learned of Herky Gottfried's
introduction to brewing, competitions, and label design. We
were finally introduced to the old sage, Ted, who "just
brews enough to keep beer in stock." Yeah. Right....
Information follows the article. Our club and Marys Peak
Lagers are listed with contact addresses and phone
numbers. Information about Corvallis' newest homebrew
supply store, Corvallis Brewing Supply, 115 NW Jackson is
also presented. Check your local library or ask other club
members if you haven't seen this article yet.
Our last official business meeting of the year was hosted by
our very humble and lovable Jerry Marshall. Jerry has
ignored past experience and invited us, once again, into his
home. There were hand made pretzels, and we got to try
the beer we saw Jerry bottling on the dishwasher door in the
Of course, we also got down to business. Jerry introduced
Joel Rea, the proprietor of Corvallis' newest homebrewing
store. Corvallis Brewing Supply has just opened, and is
located downtown by the Avalon Theater at 115 Jackson
Ave. Stop by and say hi to Joel and Sheba. Sheba is the
furrier of the two.
Cliff and Diana announced the
relocation of The
Homebrew Shop in Albany. Due to unforseen circumstances, The
Homebrew Shop has moved to a better location. Stop by
the new shop at 234 Ellsworth Street SW. This is
downtown near the camera store at 3rd and Ellsworth.
Elections were conducted. A motion to elect the ticket as
written was seconded, and carried. The vote was not
unanimous, however no dissenting opinions were submitted.
The surprising thing is that the officers all agreed to all of
this, and all elected officers were, in fact, present at the
elections! Whadayaknow. So, your new officers for 1998
are: Fearless Leader Bill Baxter didn't see the train coming
and has been railroaded into the office of President. This
leaves Lys Buck free to take up Bill's slack as Vice
President in charge of everything. Herky Gottfried
somehow got himself wrangled into taking over the
newsletter, and Lee Smith graciously agreed to continue to
manage the books for our gang. Congratulations!
Initial planning for the solstice party was next on the
agenda. Long timer Dave Wolf will be heading up the team
as Logistics Officer. Ron Hall, Kelly Ivors, and Mark
Taratoot will try to stump everyone else with name the beer,
and Bill will provide rings for ring-toss and will coordinate
the beer-and-chocolate thing.
Lee reminded all that dues are, in fact, due. Ron Hall
agreed to serve as competition registrar for our little 16th
annual shindig in May. Dave Wolf and Herky Gottfried
agreed to select a location for the competition (see related article).
The Solstice is Upon Us All
December is the month that brings us the shortest days.
There is just less of that lovely light out and about, so it
seems to be the month that people are out after dark more
often. After the darker celebrations of late October and
gluttonous feasts of late November, late December
celebrates the returning of the sun, longer days, and the
promise of a green spring in short order. Heart of the
Valley has a tradition of celebrating this season by having a
party in lieu of an ordinary, dull, routine business meeting.
Last year our incoming president Jerry hosted this gala
event. This year, we will move back the Manahan residence
in scenic North Albany. The festival will be at our normal
meeting date and time, the third Wednesday of the month.
That's the 17th for those of you who like it by the numbers.
Some other important numbers are 1440 N. Albany Rd.
This is the address where the alleged party may or may not
occur. You need directions?
Take Hwy.. 20 towards Albany. Turn left on N. Albany Rd.
N. Albany Rd. Is the fist traffic light coming from Corvallis
into Albany. Go 0.9 miles. You will have gone past the
railroad tracks, Thorton Lake, North Albany Middle
School, and Quarry Rd. Just as you start to go up a little
hill, you will see the driveway on the left. Take the long and
winding communal driveway up about 200 yards. The
house is at the very end of the driveway, on top of the hill.
We will have some balloons or flagging to mark the rather
From Albany (and other I-5 places):
Take the Albany exit and follow the signs to Corvallis.
After going through Albany, you will cross the bridge over
the mighty Willamette River, life blood of the valley, and
head out of town. Whew. Sure is good to get out of town
at last. Turn right at the second traffic light onto N. Albany
Rd. Go 0.9 miles. You will have passed the railroad tracks,
Thorton Lake, North Albany Middle School, and Quarry
Rd. Just as you start to go up a little hill, you will see the
driveway on the left. Take the long and winding communal
driveway up about 200 yards. The house is at the very end
of the driveway, on top of the hill. We will have some
balloons or flagging to mark the rather tricky entrance.
It looks like this year's party will have some old favorite
activities, including a "Name The Beer" contest (clearly, my
choice is something simple, like Bob), ring-toss, and a beer
and desert tasting that is sure to please. Remember, bring
some beer to donate to the ring toss, bring smiles and good
cheer, and bring a pot-luck dish to share. If you feel up to
it, bring some beer trivia questions and/or prize donations.
And please make sure you have a car pool or designated
It's a Gas
Heart of the Valley maintains a carbon dioxide beer delivery
system for use both at club functions and by the general
membership. If you are a member in good standing (i.e.,
you have paid your current dues), feel free to take this
system home with you to help you dispense some fine
homebrew or something from down the Trail. Our kit
includes a gas cylinder and all connections necessary to
hook up to and deliver from just about any currently
manufactured keg system. If you are not a current dues
paying member, then please keep reading....
'Tis The Season
Ah, the frost is heaving from the ground, the Douglas-fir is
crackling away in the wood stove, a glass of Hair of the
Dog Adambier or Sierra Nevada Celebration rests quietly
next to you as you engross yourself in some fine literature
(or your most recent beer magazine). Things seem right in
the Universe. But wait. What's this? You haven't paid
your 1998 dues to Heart of the Valley yet? How could you
possibly have let that slip your mind? Well, never mind that.
Just make sure to cut a check TODAY and get it to your
trusty HOTV treasurer (Lee Smith) by the beginning of the
year. After that, you will again be among the ranks of the
swill-sucking deadbeats. And none of us wants that. So
pay up now before Lee has to come looking for you! It's
only twelve bucks for heaven's sake! That's only a dollar a
month! That's not even half of the cost of an OPB
membership! And, we only need 30 more members before
we return this newsletter to it's originally scheduled articles.
We need your pledge of support RIGHT NOW. So get up.
Operators are not on duty now, so put your check in the
Kendall Staggs Lecture
As part of a Fermentation Science class, OSU history
professor Kendall Staggs was invited to give a guest lecture
on "The History of Beer Styles." Mark Daeschel, recipient
of the Nor' Wester Endowed Chair, graciously invited
HOTV to attend this lecture. Several of us were able to
Dr. Staggs is currently performing academic research on the
effect of prohibition on the brewing industry in Oregon. He
also knows beer, and teaches a beer appreciation class in his
spare time. Dr. Staggs talked about the cultural conflict in
Belgium between the French and Flemish regions and how
this may have kept the ancient brewing tradition alive in
modern day lambics. Since there is the cultural dichotomy,
and everyone seems to think it's fine to do what you want,
speak French or Flemish if you desire, the urge to follow the
crowd and drop traditions for "modern" lager brewing
wasn't that strong. Conversely, the Germans had the Purity
Law(s). Not as easy going, you couldn't put fruit or candi
sugar in your beer if you wanted. Beer was this and not
that. Dr. Staggs also discussed the origins of hops in beer in
the 9th century, and how pale ale came about when wood,
which darkens malt in kilns, was replaced with coal.
After the lecture, we were invited to tour the brew house
and sample some of the Czech lager that the class had made.
We also toured the vinegar plant and got to see the stainless
vinegar reactor. Jeff Clawson, in charge of the OSU pilot
brewery, apologized that most of the beer he makes mostly
resembles Bud Light or Coors. But, he said that they are
mostly testing hops, so they need a fairly bland "carrier" to
determine subtle differences. Also, since almost every
ounce of beer brewed at OSU must go down the sewer,
maybe it isn't such a loss that this fine brewery is making
Bud knock-offs. I also had the opportunity to ask Dr.
Daeschel about the future of the endowed chair, and indeed
the OSU pilot brewery itself, since Nor' Wester has folded
and the name has been sold. He assured me that OSU had
the foresight to sell the Nor Wester stock and invest it
elsewhere, that the steel belonged to OSU, and that more
support has come in from hop researchers. So, rest assured.
OSU is still equipped to continue the important task of
researching hops and beer, two very important scientific
Homebrew Competition update
At our last meeting, we agreed to empower a committee to
make final decisions on where to hold our competition in
May. Dave Wolf and Bill Baxter have been putting time
and energy into this work. After a few committee meetings
and a site visit, the decision was made to commit to holding
our event at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd
Street, Corvallis. This site has a great kitchen that will
make Dave a proud kitchen maniac! A deposit has already
been put down for May 9 from 10:00 till 8:00. To limit our
public liability, this will be a private event, closed to the
public. There will be a suggested five dollar donation for
guests (judges, stewards, volunteers, and competition
entrants will be admitted without question). Food will not
be sold this year, however, we will provide lunch for judges,
stewards, and organizers/workers.
We still need volunteers to make this competition work.
Ron Hall has already agreed to head the registration
committee and serve as chief registrar. Dave Wolf and Bill
Baxter may or may not have volunteered to co-chair the
Organizing Committee. We're still kind of fuzzy on that
one. We will still need people to be in charge of the raffle
the day of the show. We will need two people to chair the
Prize Committee. This committee will solicit donations for
raffle prizes, for competition awards, and for beer to serve
during pre-registration and with lunch. It would be really
nice if someone would look into booking some
entertainment. We may have already lined up a speaker
from OSU. Surely it wouldn't be that much to ask someone
to chair the Catering Committee (organize lunch for judges
and volunteers). So, can some of you take on any part of
any of these tasks? Sure you can! And you local homebrew
club thanks you!
HOTV Really Cleans Up!
Four times each year, volunteers from our group don
protective clothing and head out to the wild rambling of the
winding road. As part of our civic duty to better our home,
we walk the highway and pick up litter. Okay, there are
nicer ways to say it, but that's what we do, and we need
your help! Meet us on Saturday, December 20 at 11 am
at Hyak Park. This is the little park on highway 20 near
North Albany on the West side of the Willamette. Call Lee
Smith to confirm (926-2286) or just stop by!
"But, WAIT!" you say, "Why not wait until better weather
to get in on this most fun filled event? I mean, what are the
advantages of participating in the December cleanup?"
Well, for one, the Poison Oak is in its dormant stage and is
much less likely to "getsomeonyou." Second, there's less
traffic since fewer folks are heading to the lake or the river
for "wet" type recreation. This means less trash, and fewer
people throwing stuff out their windows at you. Third, the
beer tastes better in December. And, let's not forget that it
aint so dang hot, so you won't sweat so much.
Over the past 26 months, I have had the pleasure of putting
this monthly newsletter together. I would like to thank
everyone for putting up with my dry wit over this time. I'd
like to also thank everyone who contributed articles or other
material, and I would especially like to thank Lee Smith for
graciously offering to fold, address, stamp, and mail the
newsletters each month. As a representative of this group, I
have also put up and continue to maintain our club's home
page on the web, and have experimented with using the web
for competition entries and information dissemination. As
Herky takes over as the editor, please show him the same
courtesies that you have shown me over the last two plus
years. Look forward, also, to a fresh writing style, and
perhaps some changes to the layout as well. And, I should
also thank Herky for agreeing to take on this task! See you
all at the party.
your humble newsletter editor