We are always really excited when local homebrewers go big time. Spellbound Brewing has done just that. They’ve got a massive space, a fantastic tasting room and — get this– their very own canning line! Check the Calendar Page for details. Here’s Joe proving that he CAN clean out the mash tun with his eyes closed.
Our annual style meeting is always a great time. We had plenty of great food and some really good beers (and some not so good). Steve Rowley led us through a wide range of beers under the heading of bock, including maibocks, dopplebocks, weizenbocks and eisbocks. You can find some pretty dicey beers brewed in these styles — and some members could resist bringing them! However, the vast majority of the beers we sampled were great examples of their respective style. Thanks, Paul for hosting us once again. If you have an idea for the 2015 style meeting, add it to the comments of this post.
For the first time in club history, PALE ALES was represented at the National Homebrew Convention Club Night. Four members loaded up a van with a bunch of kegs and drove to Grand Rapids (and met a 5th member there). Clearly, a good time was had by all. The club owes a huge thanks to everyone that spent their time, energy and money pulling this off — Ryan Hansen, James Manley, Thackman, Dave Rollins and Tim Kowalski.
One of the PALE ALES most senior and respected members recently passed away, Joe Scarlata, on June 9th 2013 while visiting family in Denver. Our own Joe Bair gave a fitting eulogy during the funeral service. The next time you have a porter, tip your glass for a true gentle and wise man.
Another year, another Big Brew down in history… meeting again on the Suydam property in Franklin, the PALE ALES turned out 200+ gallons of homebrew! A big thanks to Paul and Robin for having us there, and everyone who showed up and had some fun! Got pictures I haven’t posted? Send them in and I’ll add them.
Similar to previous years, we are having our club-only competition this March 17th at Pizzeria Uno in Hamilton NJ at 2 pm! It also happens to be St. Patrick’s Day, but I hope to not see any green beer coming out of any competitor’s bottles…
As is typical, I encourage all to come out for the judging and some fun! If you want to judge, please show up a little early so that we can give some brief instructions.
You must drop off either 2 – 12 oz bottles or 1 22 oz bottle at Princeton Homebrew by March 16th. Bottles must be labeled with brewer’s name, email address, beer name, and category number.
Like past years, this is NOT a BJCP style event. There are 5 categories listed below to categorize your beer, and be honest!
Category 1 – Malty beers with a starting gravity below 1.060
Category 2 – Hoppy beers with a starting gravity below 1.060
Category 3 – Malty beers with a starting gravity greater than or equal to 1.060
Category 4 – Hoppy beers with a starting gravity greater than or equal to 1.060
Category 5 – Brett and/or soured beer. No gravity spec.
Thanks to our sponsors: Briess, Wyeast, White Labs, Brewer’s Supply Group, Blichmann Engineering
The rules: Must be a paid member of the PALE ALES. Limit of two entries per brewer. Must drop off either 2 – 12 oz bottles or 1 22 oz bottle at Princeton Homebrew by March 16th, bottles must be labeled with brewer’s name, email address, beer name, and category number. There are more rules, but I don’t feel like typing them now…
Matt and Brandon of Triumph New Hope had the chance to show us around Triumph New Hope. The second brewpub built of the three in total, we got a behind-the-scenes look at what makes this location different in terms of operations. The brewhouse has a great view, but I would guess it gets really hot in there cranking out the 10 barrel batches in the summer sun! Also they had some interesting stories about overcoming a limited glycol chilling unit, grain and supply elevator fun, and of course shuffling bags of grain! And of course, there were some nice brews to sample: a slightly smoked mild on hand pump, a german pilsner that was oh-so clean, and a tasty coffee stout!
A big thanks to Matt and Brandon!
Wade Gerhardt, the vintage ale rep from Goose Island, showed off that although the brewery was purchased by AB-Inbev, they aren’t laying eggs. While many were quick to note they had indeed sold out, Wade also mentioned how it took 9 months for AB-Inbev to get one of the beers correct. That’s right. Every week, 400 barrels of beer were dumped until they perfected the outcome. So much for the idea it’s easy to clone a beer.
The night started off with Sofie, which actually isn’t AB brewed due to the brettanomyces (AB-I refuses to let that in the brewhouse) which is a pleasant farmhouse-y beer, followed by Pepe Nero, an interesting dark ale infused with black pepper that is quite nice. Next was Matilda, a dry and refreshing amber ale, and Pere Jacques a malty dubbel style ale. The one that stole the show was Bourbon County Stout. Aged in bourbon barrels for quite a while, this 14% abv ale had everyone on their toes and tongues sizzling!
A big thanks to Brian from the Firkin Tavern for hosting us!