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BEERFEST at Suydam Farm April 1


If you’ve been around the club more than a short while, you know that Suydam Farms has a long history of supporting us over the years. This is an excellent opportunity to show them how much that means to us all and support a charity that is very close to them — the Franklin Food Bank. Oh, and there’s great beer to be had. I probably should have started with that bit.

BeerFest is sponsored by Stop & Shop and Scarlet Knight Liquors.

Musical Entertainment provided by:
Screamin’ Rebel Angels
Crash Gordon and Debra Dynamite
Kevin Hill
Sound and booking donated by Iguana Music & Sound

The Early Bird catches the worm so register before March 15th to save some green! Tickets are $30 in advance and include a commemorative cup OR $40 at the door.

More details and tickets.

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November 2016 Update

With cooler temperatures comes my favorite time of year — when the tap water gets cold and everyone’s chillers start working really well for the first time in a while! We’ve had some great meetings in 2016. But, we also missed a couple of our monthly meetings due to a last minute cancellation of a speaker and at least one-weather related cancellation. So, we’ve got a little catching up to do! Have a look at the calendar. December is traditionally a meeting-less month due to the Holiday rush and we will continue to honor that. But we’re doubled up for January. There’s a meeting with Two Roads and a holiday party. The website calendar now pulls events directly off the FB page. And directly below this post is the last few things that club members have posted to the FB page.

Cheers!

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2 weeks ago

Tim Kowalski

Big Brew 2017 ... See MoreSee Less

Big Brew 2017

2 weeks ago

Marc Leckington

Kevin Trayner droppin' it like it's hops. ... See MoreSee Less

Kevin Trayner droppin it like its hops.

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Working that wort!

3 weeks ago

James Manley

Hey PALEALES! This coming Saturday(May 6) is the Big Brew!

We'll be brewing at the Suydam Insurance Agency as usual, thanks Paul!

Address: 1743 NJ-27, Somerset, NJ 08873

Parking will be easier, no stores will be open, so the front lot is fair game.

Please remember, this is not a child friendly event, if I need to spell it out, NO ONE UNDER 21.

As usual, starting time is whenever you set up, just try to be mashed out by noon!

Wort for competition entrants should be ready by noon, which brings up a couple more points:

Please drop off a brew bucket(labeled and with a lid) at Princeton Homebrew on Friday, or message me to arrange a drop off. You can bring it the day of, but it will add time and effort to the day's work, which leads us to...

I need a couple volunteers for brewery cleanup, nothing major, just a little grain lifting, a touch of scrubbing. Please shoot me a message if you're willing, it will help a lot.

I'll send an email or FB message to competition entrants once costs are tallied, remember to bring your hops!

-James
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Each 5 gallon batch will be $30. Please bring cash or a phone with access to PayPal. Also, given the soaking we're getting, setting up in the rear lot instead of on the grass is likely to be the best plan. See y'all tomorrow!

Sparge has begun. ETA on the wort is about 11:30...

We're taking bets on the boil over.

Derby toast prep!

3 weeks ago

Joe Bair

When the great Charlie P. Came to visit us. ... See MoreSee Less

When the great Charlie P. Came to visit us.

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When was that? Must have been a while ago, Charlie has color in his hair.

April 8, 2000

1 month ago

Terry Gartland

I learned yesterday that the company I work for, Advansix, is the largest supplier of CO2 on the East coast. It's a byproduct of other manufacturing processes. Interesting factoid . . . In your draft beer! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Marc Leckington

Day before the Big Brew!!This is the line-up so far for Cinco de Sour!

AVERY RASPBERRY SOUR
LOST ABBEY CUVEE DE TOMME
LAGUNITAS BLACK SWAN
FREE WILL OLLY
FIRESTONE KRIEKY BONES
TERREUX HUMULUS
GOOSE ISLAND LOLITA
TWO ROADS PASSION FRUIT GOSE
CAPE MAY CORROSION
MONKS CAFE FLEMISH SOUR
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Day before the Big Brew!!

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I wonder if the Referend can sell to bars to get on this list? They have been putting out some amazing stuff!

James was not planning to do that any time soon when I last spoke to him. I expect he will be able to sell bottles out of the brewery directly easily enough. In the beginning, he just won't have the capacity to sell externally. I agree totally though - I think he would be an easy sell in upscale restaurants and beer stores. I think there will be a lot of demand. I am pretty impressed with what he has done so far. Truly proud to have this brewery in the state.

1 month ago

James Manley

Hey PALEALES, Big Brew is coming up and I need two bits of information from everyone.
The recipe is Lance's winning grain bill with whatever hops you wish to bring, finished off with WLP001.
1. Are you brewing this recipe?
2. If yes, are you planning on entering the competition?
I'd like everyone entering to use the same wort, so we'll squeeze as many batches as we can out of the Monster Mash.
Please shoot me a message on FB or email with your responses.
-James
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Chuck Wilkins lets use the monster mash!

1 month ago

Charlie Zielinski

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E. on Easter

1 month ago

Marc Leckington

The beer run for the July styles meeting has begun! I'll post some pics over the next 3 days of our progress. ... See MoreSee Less

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Progress!

Stop 2. Some beers are only available at certain places on certain days.

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1 month ago

Marc Leckington

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Styles meeting beer run Stop 3.

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Can that beer you owe me come from there? 🙂

It can.

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Annual Homebrew Competition

It’s a bit late notice, but the club competition is set for October 18th, with a 1 pm start time. The location will be the Mill Hill Saloon, 300 S Broad St, Trenton, NJ 08608

Instead of the usual BJCP categories, we’ve decided to go with four broad categories:
Hoppy- IPAs etc
Roasty/Malty- Stouts, Brown Ales, etc
Crisp/Light- Pilsners, Kölsch, etc
Funky- Sours, Brett Beers, anything odd.

I’m sure there will be entries that could be in more than one category, use your best judgment. Please bring at least two 12-ounce bottles (or one 22oz), plain bottles are preferred. Extra beer is encouraged.

Please expect to judge in at least one catergory. We’ll go over how everything works the day of. We’ll be providing appetizers; the kitchen will be open for anything else.

Remember, the competition is open to club members only, so please be sure that your dues are paid up!

Any questions should be sent to PALEALESevents@comcast.net

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20th Anniversary PALE ALES Meeting

Yes, that’s right it’s been 20 years since Joe Bair convinced a bunch of his customers to all show up one night at The Alchemist and Barrister in Princeton. We decided the only appropriate thing to do to commemorate  the milestone would be to go back to The A&B and raise a pint.

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Mike Ultee Snags Some Homebrew Awards

Long-time member of the Club, Michiel Ultee, passed along the news that he did really well in a couple of homebrew comps.

Top Tier!
Top Tier!

I’ve had a bit of luck in a couple of area competitions recently. “Mike’s Irish Red Ale” won 2nd place in the Philadelphia “Malt Madness” competition in September, and 3rd place in the Morristown “Motown Mash” competition just last weekend. I tried to post this on the PALE ALES yahoo site, but I don’t think it worked. Is there some other way to do this now? In each case I proudly stated my club affiliation as the PALE ALES. 🙂

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Fell Under The Spell

As a new brewery, I think its always good indicator that you’ve got it right when the local homebrew club comes out and fills their trunks with your beer. Keep an eye out for Spellbound beers on tap. You won’t be sorry! They seem to be doing a little bit of everything style-wise and doing it well every time. Thanks to Michael Renegar, Jimmy and Bair for the pics!

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Annual Styles Meeting 2014 – BOCK! BOCK!

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.

IMG_8130Photo by Gary Kaplan.

 

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