February 1998 Newsletter

Issue #25 February 1998


It is going to get busy for PALE ALES in the next 2 weeks with our annual elections on Feb. 23 at the Rocky Hill Inn in where else? – Rocky Hill, NJ (for directions call (609 497-4755.) Our guest speaker will be from River Horse Brewery in Lambertville. They are going to bring in a cask conditioned Pale Ale for the meeting. For March 2nd, we are extremely happy to announce Mr. Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewing Company will be at the Nassau Inn (609 921-7500) in Princeton. Don’t miss this one – Mr. Oliver’s Black Chocolate Stout is just delightfully yummy and strong!

Upcoming Elections

It looks like the stage is set for PALE ALES’ yearly elections which will take place at our Feb. 23rd meeting. Candidates are Roland Pena for President, Dave Corbishley for VP, Al Boccardo for a second term as Treasurer, and Kent Brehm sliding into the position as Secretary. It does not appear that anybody else will be opposing these candidates, but then again, if late contenders wish, they are more than welcome to enter into the race. Our immediate focus is an increasing presence in the national homebrew community with technological development of a premier web site, increasing membership, dissemination of brewing knowledge and skills through up notch speakers and demonstrations, and putting on another, quality homebrew competition.

Treasurer Al steps-up an taps the mic

Ahem…Just a friendly reminder that dues were due the first of the year. So to make it easy for anyone that just wants to pay by mail, you can put my address on the letter; Al Boccardo, 4 Wesleyan Drive, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690. You can also e-mail me at anjifelal@erols.com to see if your membership is current. As you know, PALE ALES only accepts $24/yr checks for dues.

The State of Independence

January 26, 1998 marked the kick off of another year for PALE ALES. Matt Revere, Assistant Brewer from Independence Brewing Company presented a cask conditioned ale to a well attended session at the Alchemist & Barrister. The five gallon Firkin with the portable beer engine was most definitely a cool site to behold. Due to an unfortunate accident at the brewery, head brewer, Bill Moore, was unable to attend, but Matt stepped up to discuss what is happening down in the city of brotherly love. Matt also brought along a case of the Independence Winter Warmer, a lovely beer for a cold winter’s night. Thanks to Matt and the folks down at Independence. Since Bill is doing better now, he is going to have a beer dinner at the A&B in late March. Contact the folks at The Alchemist & Barrister for more details and make reservations by calling 924-5555.


You can help make my move easier. Starting March 1 and continue till I leave my present location. The deal is 15% off for PALE ALE members and 10% off for customers. No sale on special orders. Almost everything else will be on sale. For those of you that wanted to make wine or stock up ingredients or equipment for later, now is your chance, — I’d rather sell it than move it. Also, I’d greatly appreciate any help with the move, pls. e-mail me and I’ll try to organize a few moving days.


The Homebrewers of Staten Island have announced the 7th Annual New York City Spring Regional Homebrew Competition on Mar. 22. For details: http:www.wp.com/hosi/ Princeton Homebrew will be a drop off point for entering, deadline is Wed. 3/18.

Princeton Homebrew part of AHA’s Retailers Pilot Program

Princeton Homebrew is on a three month trial program for getting new members to the AHA. If you are interested in becoming a member to the American Homebrewers Association, you need to see or call me. I have to latitude to discount memberships. If you are interested, now is the time to join. Membership includes 5 issues of Zymurgy, a patch and more.

Pres. Kent’s Farewell Message

As election time nears, I would like to thank everybody for the support they gave me while I was President of PALE ALES. I hope that what I have done as President, has been as rewarding to the members as it has been to me. With a lot of help from many new friends, the club has grown from a meager handful to over 80 people. We’ve incorporated and achieved a not-for-profit status, entertained with fantastic speakers, put on one of the largest homebrew competitions in the country, and shared a fare¬†share of some wonderful beverages. Though I’m not disappearing entirely from the officer corps, I will be stepping aside to let new leaders take over the reins. This is an important step for PALE ALES, but one I am sure will only benefit everyone . It has been a blast. See you at the next meeting. Kent


Well, I’ve signed the lease, now it’s a done deal! I have occupancy from March 1st and my present lease ends April 1st. I predict that my hours of operation at my present location may be chaotic in March, due to the move, and the moving sale. Please call or e-mail me your orders so I know when to be available. I try to have your order ready when you arrive. The new location is 148 Witherspoon St. (i.e., 300 yards from my present location. It is right next to Eddy’s Place and it has free parking out back. To get to the free parking, the entrance is ~30 feet before my store on the right, up the steep driveway and park out back. There is also plenty of parking in front and off the side streets. It is just still just a short walk from downtown Princeton if you prefer to park there.


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