November 2000 Newsletter

ROAD TRIP TO FLYING FISH FOR NOVEMBER

DATE: Sunday, Nov. 26th (the Sunday after Thanksgiving)
TIME: Meet at Flying Fish at 2 pm
PLACE: Flying Fish brewery, 18 Olney Avenue,
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
PHONE: (856) 489-0061

For November’s meeting we will be taking a road trip to Flying Fish brewery in Cherry Hill, NJ on the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26th). Gene Muller, president and founder will take us on a tour, answer questions, and of course provide samples. (Perhaps, if we twist his arm he might even provide samples of the new winter seasonal – the Grand Cru, due out in December.

This is a great chance to taste the beers (you can also buy beer and flying fish merchandise) of one of NJ’s finest craft breweries, whose ESB and Dubbel have been praised by Michael Jackson and other beer luminaries. The Fish has won medals for its cask-conditioned beers, and is one of the few breweries that bottle conditions its products (Porter and Dubbel).

Depending on interest, we may go out to a local bar or restaurant afterwards. We will play this by ear.

Car Pooling – I live about 40 minutes away from Flying Fish in Hamilton, NJ (Right off of 130, 195, and NJ Turnpike – it’s like the old NJ joke – what exit do you live off of?). If anyone would like to carpool with me, I may have room for 2 to 4 people, depending. You can email me at paleales@altavista.net or give me a call at 609-890- 8611 for more information. (NOTE: Joe Bair had also kindly volunteered to car pool but since we selected a day the store is open, he will be unable to do so.)

DIRECTIONS TO FLYING FISH

From the NJ TPK:
Exit 4 (Maple Shade) to Rt. 73 N. As soon as you get on Rt. 73, move into the left hand lane and make a left at the first light  (Fellowship Rd). Make a left at the next light (Church Rd.) Make a right at the next light (Springdale Rd). After you pass the second light on Springdale (by the Getty station), make a right at the next street–Pin Oak. When you reach the stop sign, you’ll be at a t-intersection facing Olney Avenue. Flying Fish is straight ahead and slightly to the left (18 Olney Avenue/Bldg. 44) (note: all the traffic lights are fairly close together).

From Philadelphia:
Take the Ben Franklin Bridge to Rt 70 East (bear left over the bridge and watch for the signs for 70). After about 4 miles, I- 295 crosses over Rt. 70. At that point move over to the far right lane. Make a right at the next traffic light (Marlkress/Greentree Rd.) by the Exxon station. Then make the next possible left (you’re on a very large jughandle). You will then cross over Rt. 70. Go to the next light (Springdale Road) and make a left. Go three streets and make a left at Pin Oak. When you reach the stop sign, you’ll be at a t-intersection facing Olney Avenue. Flying Fish is straight ahead and slightly to the left (18 Olney Avenue/Bldg. 44)

From I-295:
Exit 34A (rt. 70 East). Make a right at the next traffic light (Marlkress/Greentree Rd.) by the Exxon station. Then make the next possible left (you’re on a very large jughandle). You will then cross over Rt. 70. Go to the next light (Springdale Road) and make a left. Go three streets and make a left at Pin Oak. When you reach the stop sign, you’ll be at a you’ll be at a t-intersection facing Olney
Avenue. Flying Fish is straight ahead and slightly to the left (18 Olney Avenue/Bldg. 44).

Directions can also be found at the brewery’s website at www.flyingfish.com.

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DEC MEETING – CHRISTMAS CHEER

We are currently trying to reserve a meeting place for Dec. 11th for our Christmas party/meeting. We have tentatively scheduled Heavyweight brewer Tom Baker to tap his new Barley wine (Old Salty) for this meeting. Tom brewed this beer with homebrewer Bill Coleman, from the Malted Barley Appreciation homebrew club in NYC. Also, we will have our Christmas Porter on tap (which we brewed at our last meeting). Details to follow – soon!

SAKE IT TO ME BABE!

PALE ALES members Bruce Hammel and Glen Pannicke have been heavily involved in sake brewing lately. Their activities have received mention in the World Sake Newsletter. One of their quests has been to get better ingredients – including better grade rice and Koji for Sake homebrewers.

Sake is an ancient beverage that is actually more of a beer than a rice since it is made from a grain and not distilled – although strengths of 15-20% ABV are not unusual. Sake is brewed with a mold known as Koji instead of yeast.

Bruce is looking at putting together a Sake meeting for the club in the near future – Jan or Feb., possibly. More information as it becomes available.

NEW PALE ALES WEB SITE COMING ON LINE SOON

Club member Dan Noon has been working hard on putting together a new web site for our club. So far it looks great, and all that remains is for the site to be reviewed prior to going on line. Look for it soon.


MALTED BARLEY CLUB PLANS ROAD TRIP TO CONNECTICUT BREWPUBS

Kevin Winn from the Malted Barley Appreciation Society, an NYC homebrew club, dropped me an email about a trip his club is sponsoring which will be leaving from NY. Contact Kevin Winn at krewbrew@mindspring.com for more info.
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The Malted Barley Appreciation Society is planning a club trip to Connecticut on Saturday December 2nd, 2000. We will visit My Place restaurant in Newtown and Colorado Brewery in Danbury. My Place is an Italian restaurant with an interesting beer selection that currently includes Hammer and Nail Oktoberfest, McChouffe, Spaten Oktoberfest, Cantillon Iris (Cantillon’s all malt beer made with fresh hops), and Hammer & Nail Brown Ale. We will visit My Place first and sample a few beers from their selection. We will then head on to Colorado Brewery. Brewer Paul Saylor has a saison and oktoberfest on tap in addition to his regulars, blond ale, wheat, IPA, doppelbock, brown ale, and stout. We will have dinner at Colorado and then head back to New York.

We plan to arrive in Newtown around 4:00 and leave Danbury by 9:00. The method of transportation will depend on the number of people going, but it is likely that people will take a train to Westchester and then drive to Connecticut. We will either take a few cars or rent a van, depending on the number of people. If we rent a van there will be a small fee to cover cost. It is under two hours from Grand Central Station to the Danbury area.

Please let Kevin Winn know by November 20 if you would like to attend.

ST. LOUIS BREWS SPONSORS HOLIDAY HOMEBREW COMPETITION

The St. Louis Brews are holding their annual Happy Holidays Homebrew Competition on December 9, 2000. This is also the last MCAB3 qualifying event of the year. For more info check their site at www.stlbrews.org.

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