September 2001 Newsletter


It’s hard not to feel insignificant writing about beer, with such human tragedy so close and so current. And yet, oddly enough, I found myself inspired by a message from the realm of beer – if you will indulge me a moment.

I was going through my usual collection of emails, most relating to messages around the events of Sept. 11, and many cancellations. So, when I opened the email from Tom Gibbons of Andy’s Corner Bar (Bogota) about their Octoberfest celebration slated for the Saturday after Sept. 11, I expected it would be a cancellation. To my surprise, it was not. While acknowledging the current somber mood, Tom pointed out that “enjoying such simple pleasures as a beer or two” is symbolic of the freedom and “simple things” that we enjoy as Americans.

And really this simple glass beer symbolizes much more – our freedom as Americans to enjoy beer and alcohol, our national pride in American beers, acknowledging our friends who we drink with and who are not there to join us, celebrating the thousand years of tradition of brewing that mankind has enjoyed, and toasting to the past and hoping for the future. A toast then, to enjoying all these “simple things,” which are perhaps not so simple after all.



In terms of club news, it has been kind of slow this summer, and the
next big event that is definite at this point is the Hoppiest Show on
Earth homebrew competition, scheduled for the first week of December at River Horse brewery in Lambertville. More details coming soon!!!


One of our club’s members (and a past president), Roland Pena, holds a pig roast every year around this same time every year. This year Roland and wife Jocelyn have decided to make this into a benefit for disaster relief, with attendants contributing there admission fee to the fund.

Support has been so great for the event, that Roland and Jocelyn have had to move the event to a local restaurant in Skillman – Piper’s Pub – to accommodate everyone. Details follow:


To help survivors of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center
and Pentagon.

Roland & Jocelyn Peña and Piper’s Pub

DATE: Saturday, October 6th
TIME: 3:00PM to 7:00PM

PLACE: Piper’s Pub, Route 206, Skillman, NJ (908)-431-4233
Located 2 miles north of Princeton Airport.

DONATION: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Please give as generously as you can.
Every dollar donated goes to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in support of their efforts in this crisis. If you can’t
attend, please consider making a contribution.

Donation includes dinner and entertainment. Cash bar also available.

Make checks payable to:
American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund

Mail to:
American Red Cross Fundraiser
c/o Roland Peña
P. O. Box 285
Skillman, NJ 08558

Include the names and ages of guests. Photo identification is

QUESTIONS? Call 609-683-4132 or 908-431-4233

In case of severe weather, please call for up-to-date schedule


Back to our regularly scheduled programming… For those of you who attended the Garden State Craft Brewer’s festival this past July and filled out the “People’s Choice” ballot, the results have been
posted. Truimph’s Coffee and Cream Stout won the gold, with
Gaslight’s Eliminator Honey Double Maibock winning the silver, and J.J. Bitting’s Raspberry Wheat winning the bronze.
October is of course the time for Octoberfest beers in NJ. River
Horse (Lambertville) will hold its Octoberfest celebration on Oct.
13, from12-5 pm. It will feature German food, music, dancing, and of course – great beers. Proceeds will benefit the Twin Rivertown
Projects, a local charity group.

Heavyweight (Ocean) will launch its first Bock beer this October –
“Cinderbock.” This strong lager, which will be available in bottle
and draft, will be flavored with German smoked malts and is expected to weigh in around 7% ABV, according to brewer Tom Baker. In other news, Heavyweight is also releasing variety 4-packs, which will feature a rotating variety of their beers, Baker said. German-style Wheat beer producer, High Point (Butler) has released its annual draft-only Octoberfest beer. And let’s not forget the big-bodied (9.5 ABV) Winter Wheat seasonal, the brewery’s rich weizen doppelbock, scheduled for release (bottled and select drafts) on Nov. 1.

Climax’s (Roselle Park) Octoberfest is out as well – both High Point
and Climax Octoberfest beers were featured at Andy’s Corner Tavern Octoberfest celebration this past Sept 15th. (You may still be able to catch some the ten or so Octoberfest’s featured at Andy’s) Speaking of seasonals, Climax is featuring a Winter Ale for the holidays, an amber beer at around 5% ABV that will be delicately spiced, according to brewer Dave Hoffman.

Flying Fish (Cherry Hill) will put out its first bottled winter seasonal, the luscious Grand Cru Winter Reserve, on Oct. 1 in limited
production of 12 oz. six packs. This version, developed by new head brewer Chris Rafferty, will feature a fuller body, slightly higher
ABV at 6.6% and will be made with all Belgian yeast strains. Draft
versions will be available only in sixtel kegs and the occasional
cask. For the holidays (as of Nov. 1), the brewery will also be
producing a holiday gift pack, featuring four different beers and a
limited-edition collector’s pint glass.

And while we’re in South Jersey… As part of Cape May’s “Victorian Week” celebration, two separate tutored beer tastings will be held on Oct. 6th and 13th, from 2-4 pm, featuring the Boston Beer company and Flying Fish, respectively. The cost is $25 per person and reservations are required for both events. Check out or call 800-275-4278.

In brewpub news, be on the lookout for a bevy of beer dinners in the
Garden State. Kicking things off, Gaslight will host a German beer
dinner on Oct. 3rd. As an added bonus, during Octoberfest, the
brewpub will serve beer in boots and liter mugs! This will be
followed up with a British Beer Dinner on Nov. 28th. The $65 price
includes seven different beers, a five course meal, tax and tip. It’s
not too early to reserve for the Victorian Beer Dinner on Dec. 12th,
which features Victorian foods and special beers. Upcoming beers include Octoberfest, Pilsener, IPA, and Oatmeal Stout. Guest beers include British Real Ales from B United International and

Next is Triumph (Princeton) with a five-course Gambrinus beer dinner on Oct. 9th. Call the brewpub for details at (609) 924-7855. Upcoming brews in the coming months will include – Snakebite, an ale/cider hybrid, a Roggenbock (rye beer), Pumpkin Ale, Octoberfest, and Oatmeal Stout.

Trap Rock (Berkeley Heights) is hosting an Octoberfest beer dinner on Oct. 9. Call the Watchung Hills Adult School, hosts of the event, at (908) 647-4820. for more info. In addition, the brewpub will host a second German-style beer dinner, which will feature guest beers from High Point’s Greg Zaccardi, according to brewer Bob Mullen. Call the brewpub at (908) 665-1755 for details. In terms of beers, Mullen has been “stretching out” creatively with his beers. Recent offerings include Nectar des Dieux, a Belgian-style blonde ale conditioned with fresh apricots, and Death by Triple-Chocolate Stout, a 6.3% ABV black ale brewed with
chocolate, cocoa, and chocolate malt. In October, look for an
Octoberfest, Roggen(rye beer), Pumpkin Ale, and a Scotch Ale
(beginning of November).

Pizzeria Uno (Metuchen) will be holding its own Octoberfest-style
beer dinner on Oct. 15, which will feature the brewpub’s first
Octoberfest (ABV 5.6 %) with nearly a two- month lagering. Admission is $40 pre-paid, $45 at the door. Look for a seasonal Scotch Ale in November.

In other news, last year’s GABF winners, J.J. Bittings (Woodbridge)
and Long Valley (Long Valley) will be submitting beers to the GABF
again this year. J.J Bittings has entered three beers this year – a
Pale Ale, Octoberfest, and an Old Ale (over 1.5 years old), according to brewer Brad Reninger. On tap, look for last year’s Bronze medalist, the Bad Boy Octoberfest, and a coffee milk porter (made with a lager yeast).

Long Valley is sending six beers to GABF this year, according to
brewer Tim Yarrington. Long Valley will hold its annual Octoberfest
celebration on Oct. 14th Sunday. Look for the award-winning Bitter on cask in October.

Lastly, but not least, Basil T’s (Red Bank and Toms River) will be
bringing back its Porter this month. Look for a German Rye beer,
followed by the Spiced Apple Wheat in Red Bank, and a Pumpkin Ale in Toms River.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact:
Jennifer Hart at 206-394-5959


Seattle, WA, September 14, 2001–Merchant du Vin hails the arrival of its much-anticipated winter seasonal—Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale.

Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome is a honey-amber colored ale with great depth, balance and richness. It has a creamy head and a floral aroma with a delicious malt flavor.

Brewed just once a year, Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale has become a collector’s item; the special label features unique, original artwork each year. The 2001-2002 Winter Welcome bottle features a black grouse, a bird closely related to the quail. The black grouse is an endangered species in England.

“We look forward every year to the arrival of this winter warmer,”
Alan Shapiro, national sales manager, said. “Winter Welcome has
become a perennial favorite among beer enthusiasts since its
introduction in 1990.”

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery in Tadcaster, established 1758, is
Yorkshire’s oldest brewery. The family-owned business still draws its water from a well that was sunk 200 years ago. The brewery relies upon its own strain of yeast, which has remained unchanged since the turn of the century. It is the last remaining brewery to use the Yorkshire slate square method offermentation. Samuel Smith has been named one of the top ten breweries in the world at the World Beer Championships.

Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome is available in 4-12 oz bottles in the 4-pack or in individual, 18.7 oz bottles.

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

For more information on any of Merchant du Vin’s beers, go to

Artwork available upon request.


The Prairie Homebrewing Companions are hosting the Hoppy Halloween Challenge Homebrew Competition for its 4th year.
The competition has grown each year, last year we had 169 entries. We accept beers in all 26 BJCP/AHA styles including meads and cider. We’ve grouped them into 15 competition categories and added a special category for a Halloween Theme beer with a worthy prize. See the description of this special category at the end of this message.

The PHC invites you to send your beer to Fargo, to
participate in the Hoppy Halloween, compete against some of the best beers in the country and perhaps win one (or a bunch!) of our
wonderful prizes.

Use a standard entry form or use ours:

Put a bottle label of your choice on each bottle (3 twelve
ounces bottles per entry) of beer or use ours:

Send your beer so it gets to our Registrar between Sept 22 and Oct 5 at this address:

The PHC % Dave Trautmann
1914 10th St N
Fargo, ND 58102
(701) 237-0756

Oh, we must ask you to include a little money to cover our costs.
The first four beers you enter are $7.50/each and all entries after
that are $5.00/each.

For additional questions and all the details, visit:

If you’re in Fargo, ND around Oct 27 be sure to join us for the Best-
of-Show ceremonies, always a great time!

Competition Coordinator,
Karl Gunderson
Home: 701-282-4966

Halloween Theme Beer

27a – WIDE OPEN STYLES (NOTHING THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED A HEALTH HAZARD PLEASE) Any beer with characteristics that would identify it as being made for, and in the spirit of, Halloween. Individual qualities such as aroma, appearance, and flavor should be part of the “Halloweeness” of the
entry. Brewers should specify the style (if any) and any unique
ingredients as appropriate.

NOTE: This category will be judged with the theme in mind. The beer will receive points for overall quality AND for its “Halloweeness” (i.e. how well it fits the Halloween theme). The name of the beer will be considered in the judging process. To insure anonymity, brewers are encouraged to name their beer accordingly (i.e. please don’t incorporate your name, initials or any other wording that would identify the beer as yours). Have fun!

Due to the “unique” nature of this category, the Gold medal winner
will not be eligible to compete for Best of Show. Also, medalists in
this category will not accumulate points toward the Great Pumpkin
Award. Brewers are allowed to enter more than one beer in this category.

Original Gravity (Plato): 1.030-110 (7.5-27.5)
Final Gravity (Plato): 1.006-30 (2-8)
% Alc/Wt (Alc/Vol): 2.0-9.5 (2.5-12.1)
IBUs: 0-100
SRM (EBC): 1-100 (2-197)

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