October 2003 Newsletter

October 2003

Cooking and Beer
DATE: Monday, October 13th
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

This month’s meeting will change our focus a bit from brewing and
drinking beer to brewing, drinking beer AND COOKING with beer.

Longtime club member and officer Dave Albert will host the meeting. Dave is asking interested parties to bring dishes cooked with beer along with recipes. If you are thinking of bringing a dish, please let Dave know ahead of time, so we can prepare with enough plates, silverware, etc. Dave’s email is dsalbert124@c….

In terms of location, we are still finalizing details, so stay tuned.
What could be better than beer and food though?


Last month’s meeting, which featured Kalamazoo/Bells Brewing from the city of the same name, was a great time. Club members sampled a half dozen brews, including a winter white (hefeweizen) that the brewery has just released, and some great stouts – the 11% Expedition Stout being my favorite (what a surprise!).

Thanks to Veronica Sanders from Kalamazoo, and the management and staff at Issac Newtons. If you haven’t been there recently, check it out – it’s better than ever!

Speaking of Issac’s, they have a few events upcoming including an
Octoberfest on Sunday October 12th, 2pm – 6pm; and a Beer Dinner on November 17th. Call the restaurant for more information – 215-860- 5100. You can also check out the website at www.isaacnewtons.com.


Here is a quick list/recap of the club’s events for the year. Note
that some of these are tentative, but this gives you a good idea of
what we are planning for the upcoming year:

* JANUARY – Barleywine styles meeting

* FEBRUARY 24TH – Beers of Harvest Moon

* MARCH 10TH – Sake meeting

*APRIL 21st – Styles meeting – Pale Ales

*MAY – Big Brew – 100 gallons of California Red!

*JUNE – Summer Ales

*SEPT. 15 – Speaker to be announced – Issac Newton’s in Newtown, PA.

OCTOBER 6th – Cooking with beer. Location probably will be the
clubhouse at Dave’s condominium. Everyone will be encouraged to
bring a dish made with beer, and to share the recipe. We may also
consider inviting a chef, such as Triumph’s, or how about
getting “The Brew Chef” Tim Schafer?

NOVEMBER 10th: Triumph to “Meet the Brewer” Also have style meeting on Pilsner.

DECEMBER 8th: Club only competition and holiday party.


JANUARY 12TH: Style meeting on Strong Ales 7:30 at Triumph.

FEBRUARY (2 OR 9): All about Yeast

MARCH (1 OR 8): Style meeting on Octoberfest/Martzen Speakers: Andy and Steve

APRIL 5TH: Hops.

*Indicates past meeting


October means Octoberfest beers, and fall seasonals in the beer
world, and NJ is no exception. Triumph (New Hope) kicks things off on Oct. 4, from 1-5 pm with a 10-brewery Octoberfest celebration, which will feature German music, stilt walkers, and other entertainers, and children’s activities as well. The outdoor celebration coincides with the New Hope Arts Festival that weekend, which will feature 135 artists set up on and along Main St.

Attendees will include Troegs, Victory, Appalachian, Lancaster Malt, Weyerbacher, Bethlehem Brewworks, Porterhouse brewpub, River Horse, Flying Fish, and others. The $15 ticket includes beer samples, with food available for purchase.

River Horse (Lambertville) will be holding it’s annual Octoberfest
celebration the weekend of Oct 11th-12th. Admission is free, with
food and beer for sale, and proceeds donated to the Twin Rivertown project, a local charity. BTW, River Horse’s bottled winter seasonal will be a medium to big-bodied dark Belgian Ale called “Belgian Frostbite.”

On Oct. 12th, Old Bay (New Brunswick) will host its 14th annual
Octoberfest celebration, one of the longest running in NJ. Check the website www.oldbay.com for more info. Down south, Basil T ‘s (Toms River) will host an Octoberfest beer dinner onOct.14th, 6 PM. Call 732-244-7566 for details. Upcoming beers from brewer Tom Paffrath will include India Pale Ale, Red Ale, Nut Brown Ale, Pilsner and an Octoberfest.

Up North, Long Valley will host its annual Octoberfest celebration on Oct. 12, 12-6 pm. The brewpub will feature pay-as-you-go food and beer, and continuous live music featuring The Leaky Tin Cans and Katfood.

High Point (Butler) releases its luscious Ramstein Winter Wheat
Doppelbock (estimated 9.5% ABV) in bottles and draft in the second week of November. If you can’t wait for a taste, check out the first tapping of it at the brewery’s open house on Nov. 8th.

Flying Fish (Cherry Hill) brews up its winter seasonal, a full-bodied
Belgian Grand Cru in October. This strong golden ale is hopped with Magnum and Styrian Goldings and brewed with pale and wheat malts. In other news, packaging manager Mark Hummel has left the brewery to be a stay-at-home dad for his twins. Coming on board to replace him is Jim Brennan, former head brewer at Manayunk Brewpub.

Heavyweight (Ocean) has been seeing a good response to its new, draft-only, one-shot beers – OneTimeOnePlace beers, according to brewer Tom Baker. “The reaction has been great. Bars are calling and asking me to put them on my list.” Upcoming beers planned for
OneTimeOnePlace include a Belgian Dark ale dubbed “Bizzaro” (weighing in at 10% ABV), which will be featured in September at Monk’s cafĂ© (Phila.) and the Brazen Head in NYC. This is to be followed by a Wee Heavy, and possibly something like a big Schwarzbier, said Baker.

Old Salty barleywine is bottled and should be available in October.
The brewery has upped production from 175 to 250 cases for this
year’s version, which was made with a lager yeast.

It’s all about the lagers at Climax (Roselle Park). Upcoming beers
include a Pilsner in November, to be followed by a Bavarian Dunkel
for the holidays.

Some strange comings and goings in NJ’s brewpub universe… (perhaps attributable to Mars passing closer to Earth than it has in over 100,000 years?).

Tom Stevenson of Triumph (Princeton), NJ’s longest standing brewer, who moved to Asheville, NC to head a new brewpub, mysteriously returned this past month at his old stomping grounds in Princeton. “Things didn’t quite work out in Asheville,” as Tom put it succinctly. “But apparently, it seems they missed me here, and I am happy to be back” In any case, we’re glad to have you back Tom!

The brewpub will host a Gambrinus dinner on Oct. 21st, which will
feature five tapas-esque courses (each featuring three dishes with a common theme). Upcoming brews will include a Jay Misson-inspired Fest beer, a Pumpkin Ale, and Tom’s Roggenbock on the hand pump.

Next, I hear that NJ’s next longest standing brewer, Tim Yarrington,
head brewer at Long Valley for the past eight years, has left the
building. Yarrington is the winningest brewer in the state with three
GABF medals to his credit, and (along with Gretchen Smidhausler of Basil T’s), NJ’s only gold medal winner.

Anyone who knew Tim, respected his brewmanship, and knew that he was not one to mince words on any brewing topic. I will miss Tim’s candor, professionalism, and yes his beers (in particular the cask bitter and wee heavy). Long Valley did not comment, other than to confirm that Tim was no longer there, and that Joe Saia, assistant brewer, has taken over the helm at the brewpub. Good luck Joe, you have big shoes to fill.

Trap Rock (Berkeley Heights) will host Brooklyn brewing for a beer
dinner on Oct. 7th. Upcoming beers will include a Porter, Special
Bitter, and Roggen Weizen.

J.J. Bitting’s (Woodbridge) will be sending five beers to the GABF
this year, and you can look for them at the Split Rock and Stoudts
festivals. Upcoming beers include Bad Boy Octoberfest, a California Common beer, and a Chocolate Cherry Stout.

Gaslight’s (So. Orange) Victorian style banquet will be held on Dec.
11th this year. Call (973) 762-7077 for more details. Upcoming beers will include a Vienna lager, Octoberfest, Schwarzbier, Harvest Ale, and Dark Mild.

Basil T’s (Red Bank) is helping cement its happy marriage of beer and food, by adding suggested beer pairings to its menu. Upcoming beers include a Spiced Apple Wheat and Pumpkin Ale (called “Bad Seed”), which will be tapped on Mischief Night.

During a recent trip to Atlantic City, I paid a visit to Firewaters.
This beer bar sports 50 taps – a mix of local microbreweries and some interesting imports, backed by a solid 101 bottled selections. Some of the finer touches of a beer geek bar are lacking – all beer is served in chilled pint glasses, but this is definitely the biggest
and best selection of beers you will find in AC, and probably one of
the largest in the state.

Firewaters is situated within a small shopping area in the Tropicana casino on the boardwalk, with food provided by the adjacent deli – a nice little place to chill out and have a beer, while you count your winnings or lament your losses.

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