September 2003 Newsletter

September 2003

Pale Ales Meeting
DATE: Monday, September 15th
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: Isaac Newton’s, 18 So. State St., Newtown, PA
PHONE: (215) 860-5100

The summer is winding down, and we’re back in business again folks. We are kicking off our first Fall meeting at the newly opened Issac Newton’s on Sept. 15.(For those of you who didn’t know, Issac Newton’s was closed for many months due to renovations necessitated by a fire last year.)

Speaker details will follow, but be sure and save this date. This is simply a great gem of a beer bar, and probably the absolute best you will find in Bucks County.


1. Take Rt. 95 South toward PA.
2. Take the PA-322 exit, exit number 30, towards NEWTOWN.
3. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp, and merge onto NEWTOWN YARDLEY RD/SR-332 W.
4. Turn RIGHT onto SILVER LAKE RD/SR-332. (0.1 miles).
5. Stay straight to go onto SR-332. SR-332 becomes SR-332/E WASHINGTON AVE. (0.6 miles).
6. Turn LEFT onto S STATE ST.


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. Perhaps Jay can have one on tap for us to sample. I don’t recall if we mentioned a speaker for this style.

DECEMBER 8th: Club only competition and holiday party. Kevin – can you contact Riverhorse again?

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. Betty offered to check for a speaker from Rutgers.

*Indicates past meeting


Flying Fish (Cherry Hill) kicks out its newest seasonal, a draft-only German lager called Octoberfish. Last year’s two inaugural batches
were sold out through pre-sales, so the Fish has more than doubled production, according to President Gene Muller. Of course, the fall
seasonal Grand Cru is right around the corner in October, said Muller. Stay tuned for the brewery’s first Barleywine (draft only) coming this winter.

While we’re down the shore, it’s worth mentioning that Atlantic City has added a promising new beer bar to its retinue – Firewaters. The beer bar opened in May in the Tropicana casino with a respectful list of 50 taps and over 100 bottled beers. (I will hopefully be checking it out on Sept. 12 when I sojourn to AC.)

Heavyweight (Ocean) has launched a new, draft-only beer line – OneTimeOnePlace. OneTimeOnePlace will be a series of small-batch, draft-only, one-off beers. “The idea is that only two kegs of each beer will be available and only to one pub in each of our
markets,” said Brewer Tom Baker.

First in the series was a Regal Pale Ale (a big, big pale ale), which debuted last month at NYC’s Blind Tiger. This was followed up by a strong, dark, Weizenbock. Andy’s Corner Bar ( will be featuring this brew on Sept. 10, 7:30 pm. (BTW, Andy’s is simply one of the best NJ bars in NJ if you haven’t checked it out). If you miss these most singular of beer selections, some will be held back for Heavyweight’s open house tours, Baker said.

Look for a new Winter seasonal from River Horse (Lambertville) in late September. In the tradition of a Winter Warmer, the seasonal will be malty, and hearty at around 7.5-8% ABV, said co-owner Jim Bryan, noting that the details need to be worked out. A new look is coming for River Horse products, with a new packaging debuted in
the coming month. The brewery has expanded distribution into Eastern, Pa all the way up to the New York state border.

On Sept. 2nd, High Point (Butler) releases its draft-only Octoberfest. Sample the Octoberfest and more at the brewery’s open house on Sept. 13.

Speaking of Octoberfests, Climax was scheduled to release its Octoberfest lager at the end of Aug., to be followed up by an “Ur-Pilsener,” and Bavarian Dunkel. Dave spoke at our holiday meeting about 2 years ago, and the Ur-Pilsner was one of the beers we sampled – tasting fabulous at 6-8 months old!

Triumph in Princeton has been keeping its new brewer Jay Misson rather busy. “I appreciate Tom (Stevenson) more every day. This is definitely more than a one-man operation here, and Tom did it really well.” Nonetheless, Misson is happy to be back and brewing in NJ – where his illustrious brewing career began over a decade ago at Vernon Valley brewing.

Misson is in the process of looking for an assistant brewer to help out with the production brewer, as his long-term role will be managing Triumph’s (soon to be three) brewpubs. In terms of beer styles, Princeton will have lagers in its future –German Pils, Roggenbock, Maibock, and Keller bier. In fact, we have Jay scheduled as a future speaker on the style of Pilsener.

Triumph New Hope will be celebrating its First Annual Octoberfest Celebration on Saturday, October 4, 1-5pm. Proceeds will benefit the new James Michener Art Museum.

Charlie Schroeder, coming up on his one year anniversary at Trap Rock (Berkeley Heights) hosted California beer luminary, North Coast Brewing (Red Seal and Rasputin’s Imperial Stout) for a beer dinner this past Aug. 19th. Charlie has been making some great brews – look for a Saison, Raspberry Wheat, and of course an
Octoberfest in the coming months

J.J. Bitting’s head brewer, August Lightfoot, also marks his first year at the brewpub. “I’m looking at doing another beer dinner, when I have the time,” he said, noting that the brewpub will be sending off five brews to the GABF this year. With longtime assistant brewer Tom Paffrath leaving, Lightfoot has been pretty busy.

Paffrath, working at Bittings since 98, took over as head brewer of Basil T’s this past June. Starting with a Pale Ale in July, to be followed up with a Red Ale, Paffrath is gradually getting his beers on tap – with an Octoberfest slated for Sept.

“My main focus now is to work on getting the beer quality right,” Paffrath said. “I’d also like to vary the taps a bit more in the future,” he added, noting that the brewpub has hasn’t had much in rotation of taps. Paffrath is planning to do some “Meet the brewer” nights in the near future to meet and greet the public – so be sure to stop by on your way “down the shore.”

Upcoming beers for Bittings will include a Coffee milk porter, GABF medal-winning Oktoberfest, and Scottish Ale.

Harvest Moon (New Brunswick) is keeping it “real” with a new cask ale every Friday. Brewer Matt McCord is maintaining his usual excellent selection of brews – look for a Marzen, Pumpkin, Oatmeal Stout, and Helles in Sept.

Pizzeria Uno (Woodbridge) will be hosting a beer dinner on Sept. 15. Upcoming beers will include a Hefeweizen and Octoberfest.

That beer oasis of Bogota, Andy’s Corner Bar, made the top twenty of’s “Top 50 Places In America To Have a Pint.” With its great monthly promo nights (Stoudts and Wild Goose in June), events like the Annual Weiss Beer Tribute, a stellar selection of taps, and great atmosphere, it’s no surprise.

Gaslight (So. Orange) will be tapping its Octoberfest at the end of September, and will be featuring a special Octoberfest menu as well. Look for a Vienna Lager and1 920’s lager in the coming months.

Basil T’s opens up its mug club, NJ’s largest, this month. The brewpub will be doing their first Stoudt’s festival this Oct. 18th, and will be submitting to the GABF again this year (They captured a bronze last year for their Coffee Stout). Upcoming beers include Cream Ale, English Brown Ale, Spiced Apple Wheat and German Rye beer.


Boulder, Colo. . June 26, 2003 – The Association of Brewers crowned winners of the largest homebrew competition in the world this past weekend at the American Homebrewers Association’s
25th annual National Homebrewers Conference in Chicago, Ill. The best of 3,340 beer and mead entries by homebrewers from the U.S. and around the world advanced to the second round of the AHA National Homebrew Competition and were judged onsite during the conference.

Winners of the competition were announced at the conference’s Rogue Ale Grand Banquet on Friday night and were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals in 29 style categories. The National Homebrew Competition winners list is at the end of this press release and also available on

Some of the highlights of the awards were the crowning of Homebrewer and Homebrew Club of the Year. Bruce Stott of Hop River Brewers in Rockville, Conn. was named Homebrewer of the Year for his Cee Cee Schwarz Beer. Homebrewer of the Year, sponsored by Muntons P.L.C., is given to the Best of Show beer from the 24 beer categories.

Homebrew Club of the Year, sponsored by Coopers Brew Products, went to the Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity (QUAFF) for the third year in a row making them only the second club ever to secure the award for more than two years running.

The Ninkasi Award, sponsored by Boston Beer Company, is given to the winningest brewer in the 24 beer categories, with six points for a gold medal, four points for a silver medal, and two points for a bronze medal. For the second year in a row Curt Hausam of Salem, Ore. won the Ninkasi Award.

Meadmaker of the Year, sponsored by Redstone Meadery, was given to Paul Zocco of Andover, Conn. This award is given to the Best of Show mead from the three mead categories.

Cidermaker of the Year was awarded to Steve Olson of Menasha, Wis. And is given to the Best of Show cider from the cider category.

Alaska’s homebrewers shined, winning 11 of the 87 medals awarded.

The American Homebrewers Association is a division of the Association of Brewers, established 1978 in Boulder, Colo., U.S.A. In 1979, 200 people attended the first AHA National Homebrewers Conference held in Boulder, Colo. Now the conference is recognized as the world’s largest-attended conference devoted to amateur brewers.

Based in Boulder, Colo., U.S.A., the Association of Brewers (AOB) is a not-for-profit educational, trade association for small and craft
brewers. Its mission is to make quality beer and brewing knowledge accessible to all. Visit the website: to learn more.

The Association of Brewers has an additional membership division of 8,000+ homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association.

The association’s activities include events and publishing: World Beer Cup®; Great American Beer Festival®; Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®; National Homebrewers Conference; National Homebrew Competition; American Beer
Month (July); Zymurgy magazine; The New Brewer magazine; and books on beer and brewing.

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Association of Brewers
Cindy Jones, Sales and Marketing Director
Phone: +1.303.447.0816, ext. 144
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