January 2001 Newsletter


JAN 2001


DATE: Monday, Jan. 22nd TIME: 8 pm

PLACE: Harvest Moon, 392 George Street, New Brunswick, (732) 249-6666

Brewer Barry Holsten will present the beers of Harvest Moon at our Jan. meeting. Some of you may remember Barry from his keg-making days at Princeton Homebrew, Since then, Barry has worked as a professional brewer for the past five years finally ending up back in NJ. In addition to its regular host of beers and a seasonal brew, the brewpub features a new cask-conditioned beer each week. Past beers have included The brewpub had been doing joint cask-conditioned beers with Flying Fish. In continuing this tradition, it looks like Flying Fish will be doing a co-brew with the brewpub later on in the month, according to Flying Fish President Gene Muller. I had a great American Brown ale and Vanilla-flavored Porter cask beers in past visits. Check out the brewpub’s web page at www.harvestmoonbrewery.com for more info. Did I mention that Harvest Moon is only a block away from Old Bay restaurant, which features a fine selection of American craft beers, including two beer engines. Check out the Old Bay’s web site at www.oldbay.com.

HEAVYWEIGHT A HIT AT HOLIDAY MEETING Our Dec. 11th holiday meeting featured the prodigious brews of knockout brewer Heavyweight. Tom Baker presented Old Salty barleywine (1.102 OG/9.2% ABV) with co-brewer Bill Coleman, creator of the Salty Dog comic strip, beerwriter, beer judge, and homebrewer. The holiday party was held at the Susan Paterson Center in Princeton and also featured some excellent homebrew and outstanding food. Close to 30 club members and guests attended, including Triumph brewer Tom Stevenson, who invited homebrewers over to Triumph afterwards. As you may recall, PALE ALES members were some of the first to sample Tom’s original brew – Lunacy, a Belgian style Golden Ale. Since then Tom has made a range of great strong beers, ranging from Baltic Porter, to Smoked Wheat to Gruit. Certainly, members seemed to enjoy the bottles of Old Salty and equally warming Perkuno’s Hammer Baltic Porter (8.5% ABV). The Porter (esp. on tap – hoohah!) is one of my favorites, and the Barley wine did not disappoint. Despite its relative immaturity (in barleywine years), the Old Salty displayed a smooth, clean malt character, with a somewhat sweet palate – typical of the English style. Tom advises: “We are vintage-dating this one, so lay some down.” I’m guessing I’m not the only one planning to buy some of this and lay it down for six months to a year. Tom and Bill happily fielded questions about the Barley wine and Heavyweight’s other beers, including the mysterious use of the Roman beans in the Baltic Porter. Both the Porter and Barley wine are available in 12 oz. single bottles. Ask for it at your local distributor. You can buy Heavyweight at the following stores in Mercer county – Circle Liquors in Pennington, Varsity Liquors in Princeton, and Carduner’s Fine Wine & Liquors in East Windsor. Check the web site for more info on beers, events, etc. at www.heavyweight-brewing.com. Thanks to Tom Baker and Bill Coleman for presenting. Thanks to all the officers and PALE ALES members who helped set up and support this event – Andy Koontz, Laurie Harmon, Dave Albert, Joe Bair, Al Boccardo, Steve Rowley, Joe and Betty Scarlatta, all those who brought food, and anyone else I’ve left out.

BEER WRITING & NJ – PERFECT TOGETHER The Garden State has its very own beerwriter’s association – The New Jersey Association of Beerwriters (NJAB), which was formed on August 16. Our mission statement is simple “NJAB exists to promote quality craft beer brewed in New Jersey, and to encourage its responsible consumption through education.” NJAB was organized by my fellow beer writers – Gary Monterosso, Mark Haynie, Jim Carlucci, Lew Bryson, and Kurt Epps. The group met this past month at Basil T’s in Toms River to discuss our plans for the future, as we all quaffed pints of the excellent Raspberry Porter brewed by Basil T’s brewer Jim Carlucci. We are in the process of putting together some events in the coming year – possibly a Fall Fest for NJ beers in the coming months and a beer dinner or two. Stay tuned, and for more information on NJ beer news and NJAB, including upcoming events, reviews, etc., check out http://kurt_epps.tripod.com/njab_index.

UPCOMING BEER EVENTS BEER DINNERS June 1: Belgian Beer Dinner. Nicole’s Fine Cuisine, First Avenue & Eighth Street, Avalon, NJ. 609-967-7708. Price to be determined. Sept 24: Tutored Tasting. Cape May Food and Wine Festival. Location and price to be determined. Featuring Blue Collar Brewing Co. www.capemaymac.org Oct: Atlantic City Gourmet Food & Kitchen Show. Dates TBA. www.gourmetshows.com Oct 6: Tutored Tasting. Victorian Week in Cape May, NJ. Location and price to be determined. Featuring Boston Beer Co., maker of Samuel Adams beers. www.capemaymac.org Oct 13: Tutored Tasting. Victorian Week in Cape May, NJ. Location and price to be determined. Featuring Flying Fish Brewing Co. www.capemaymac.org Fall: Beer Dinner. Nicole’s Fine Cuisine, First Avenue & Eighth Street, Avalon, NJ. Date, theme and price to be determined. 609-967-7708.

JJ BITTINGS ON TAP Back by popular demand is Bittings’ GABF award-winning Martzen/Oktoberfest lager, known as “Bitting’s Bad Boy.” This will be due out late March. They will also be doing their Spring Knock Out Bock due in March also. Look for O’Hallorans Irish Red and Black Jack stout in March for St. Patrick’s Day. On the last Saturday of February (Feb. 24), the brewpub will have its Fourth Annual Mardi Gras Party to celebrate its fourth year anniversary.

TRIUMPH ON TAP The Gothic Ale, an unusual and tasty Gruit beer, just returned at Triumph, according to brewer Tom Stevenson. Look for a rich malty Scottish Ale on the handpump soon. In February, look for Jolie Blonde, their Mardi Gras beer flavored with hot peppers and ginger. This will be followed up by the Abbey Trippel, the strong (8%abv), fruity Belgian, which members may remember from one of our last meetings at Triumph. Also in February, they plan to have our Cherry Stout on tap for the first time.

FLYING FISH BOTTLING GRAND CRU As you read this, Flying Fish is in the process of bottling its Grand Cru, a Belgian inspired Golden Ale. Look for it at select distributors. For a list of distributors of Flying Fish products, check www.flyingfish.com/Outlets.html. In addition, it looks like Flying Fish will be doing a joint brew with Harvest Moon, possibly a lager of some sort, according to Gene Muller. Perhaps we can ask Barry about this at the Jan. meeting. RAMSTEIN BEERS NEAR YOU The web site for High Point Wheat Beer of Butler, NJ now features a list of outlets that sell their Ramstein brand of beers, including a Kristall, Dark, Blonde, and the Winter Wheat (a Weizen Doppelbock). Check it out at www.ramsteinbeer.com.

NY CRAFT BREWERS GUILD TO HOST SPECIALTY BEER EVENT Monday, February 12, 2001, Craft Brewers Guild will host New York’s first ever trade show dedicated exclusively to specialty beer. The event will be held in the Grand Ballroom of New York’s legendary Puck Building, at 295 Lafayette Street, just south of Houston. The event will be comprised of two sessions: 12:30pm to 4:30pm and 5:30pm and 9:30pm. B. United International will attend with four tables to feature their German Portfolio, International Portfolio, and Vintage Portfolio. Special guests include: · Monsieur Etienne Dupont of Domaine Familial E. Dupont, France · Derek Lowe, Head-Brewmaster of Gale’s & Co. Ltd., Hornedean, England · Miles Jenner, Head-Brewmaster & Director of Harvey & Son (Lewes) Ltd., Sussex, England · Giles Dennis, Head-Brewmaster of J. W. Lees, Manchester, England · Soetemans, Suys, Maertens & De Roo of Brasserie de Musketiers, Belgium For more info, try B. United at 914-238-7100, bunitedint@hotmail.com, or the website www.bunitedint.com

REAL ALE IN CONNECTICUT The Bru Rm at Bar and Mountview Wines & Liquors present Connecticut’s first Real Ale Festival on January 21, 2001, 1 – 5 pm, featuring Award Winning Casks & Keg conditioned beers (Burton Bridge Thomas Sykes Old Ale and RCH Old Slug Porter among others) at the Bru Rm at Bar. Tickets available at Bru Rm at Bar, 254 Crown Street, New Haven, CT 06511(phone: 203-495-8924) and Mountview Wines & Liquors, 727 Rubber Avenue, Naugatuck CT 06770 (phone: 203-729-5445)

WAR OF THE WORTS COMPETITION The Keystone Hops are proud to announce that the sixth annual War Of The Wort’s will be held on February 3rd at the Drafting Room in Springhouse, PA. This is an AHA registered event, and all BJCP styles of beer, mead and cider will be judged. Those who have judged in Keystone’s past competitions (myself included) know that they host a quality event and can once again expect a good time to be had by all and great prizes. If possible, please register on-line at: www.keystonehomebrew.com/judgereg.htm If you don’t have web access you can register by contacting Nate Briess, Judge Coordinator, by email at Nathaniel_Brese@rohmhaas.com or by phone at (215) 631-9674 or call Keystone Homebrew Supply at (215) 855-0100. Full details about the contest, directions to the event, and entry forms can be found at: http://www.keystonehomebrew.com/worts6.htm We look forward to your participation in making this year’ event as successful as in previous years. BACK ISSUES: You can access any back or current issues of the newsletter from the http://www.egroups.com web site! From the egroups home page, type our group name, which is “paleales” (no spaces), next to the GOTO button. After you press the GOTO button, a list showing the “messages” (i.e., previous newsletters and reminders) for each month will display. Click the number for the month you want to read, and review the newsletters/messages as you like.

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