November 2002 Newsletter

November 2002

Bock the House!
DATE: Monday, Nov. 11th
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: Triumph, 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
PHONE: (609) 924-7855

Our November meeting continues our Beer Styles Series with the debut of that most delicious of fall beverages – Bocks. Ah yes, when the weather turns chill and damp, what could be better than a
little malty warmth at the end of a hard day!

President Steve Rowley will discuss and present various commercial examples of Bock beer styles.Bock beer has been brewed in Einbeck since the 1300’s. Although no one is certain, most speculate that the word “Bock” is a corruption of the town’s name. To further complicate matters, since “Bock” is German for “goat, goats are often found on the labels of Bock beer.

In Germany, this malty sumptuous lager by law must have a 6.5% ABV to bear the name of Bock. Come to our styles meeting to learn more about this classic lager style.


Bill Covaleski of Victory did not fail to entice our palates with a nice cross-sampling of beers:

*Festbier (get it if you haven’t tried it, perfect beer to ward off winter’s chill)
*Moonglow Weizenbock (a weizen doppelbock that hides its alcohol too well!)
*Hop Devil (’nuff said)
*Storm King (one of my favorite winter seasonals – a pitch black, roasty, hoppy delight of an Imperial Stout)
*V10 – Victory’s newest entry in a special, corked, bottle-conditioned line. V10 is a dubbelesque Belgian style beer with wonderful body and nice winey/whisky overtones. We were the
first to sample this in NJ, according to Bill.

And of course there was great homebrew to sample
afterwards. A great evening all in all.


The club only competition is slated for early December, and we should be announcing full details at the next meeting. We are working out guidelines for the competition itself and other detail. Entry information will be fairly simple: specify whether the beer is Ale or lager; what is the O.G., is it Hoppy or malty, etc.

Also, we are currently ironing out the details for the speaker and location of the holiday party in December. More details to follow!

Saturday November 2, 2002 is the American Homebrewers Association’s 4th Annual Teach A Friend To Homebrew Day.

Grab your brew kettle and your non-brewing friends and join the fun!
Take this opportunity to grow the brewing community (in numbers not waist size!) by exposing some of those sorry souls who have never experienced the wonders of homebrewing to the hobby (the waist part can come later).

Be sure to introduce your brew recruits to the local homebrew supply shop.

Over the past three years this event has brought more than 400 new homebrewers into the hobby. Help us make this year the best yet!

We’re already on our way, the Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers managed to sign up 38 attendees at Tulsa’s Wild Brew beer festival for their Teach A Friend To Homebrew Day site.

Go to
m for additional details and to register your site. After the event, please revisit the site to report your results so we can continue to track the success of Teach A Friend To Homebrew Day.


Gary Glass, Project Coordinator
Association of Brewers
(303) 447-0816 x 121


SEATTLE, WA, October 16, 2002—Just in time for the holidays, Winter Welcome Ale, Samuel Smith’s winter seasonal, makes its annual return to the United States.

Brewed just once each year, Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome is the perfect winter warmer. Its honey- amber color and great depth make Winter Welcome a great ale to share with friends. Winter Welcome has a floral aroma and delicious malt flavor with
great richness and balance.

Each year, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery commissions an original painting to adorn the Winter Welcome label. The 2002-2003 label commemorates the Queen’s Golden Jubilee with a crown floating
above a foamy pint of Samuel Smith beer. The Golden Jubilee celebrates the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne.

“Every year, we look forward to the arrival of this winter warmer,” Rich Hamilton, president of Merchant du Vin, said. “Now in its 12th year, this winter classic is more popular than ever.”

Winter Welcome ale is great when paired with holiday dishes like roasted turkey with oyster stuffing, Smithfield ham or Christmas cake and eggnog.

Serve Samuel Smith Winter Welcome in a traditional Yorkshire tulip glass. Established in 1758, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery in Tadcaster is Yorkshire’s oldest brewery. Now in its fifth generation of family management, the rich Samuel Smith brewing tradition remains unchanged. The yeast at The Old Brewery has not been altered since the turn of the century. Only whole Kent hop flowers, which are hand-weighed by the master hop blender, are used, and the brewing water is drawn from a well sunk over 200 years ago.

In addition to the full line of Samuel Smith beers, Merchant du Vin also imports Melbourn Bros. Ales from England, Traquair House Ales for Scotland,Lindemans Lambics, Orval Trappist Ale
and Duinen Abbey Ales from Belgium,and Ayinger and Pinkus-Muller from Germany. Merchant du Vin is also affiliated with the acclaimed Pike Pub and Brewery in Seattle.

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