Here's your chance to taste the Great American Beer Festival award-winning beer in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged category. Spellbound Brewing's Porter Aged on Palo Santo Wood beat out seventy other beers to win GOLD in the category. We'll have a chance to hoist one or two with the team from Spellbound and celebrate this amazing achievement.
As mentioned at the July meeting, this is the judging event for the second round of our competition. Even if you don't have an entry you should try to come, everyone gets to vote! There will be BBQ. The address is 26 Meadowbrook Ave, 08648. Park in the church's lot next door. $5 entry fee, winner takes half, the other half goes toward the final round.
29 Skillmans Ln, Somerset, NJ 08873-5322, United States
Building off Paul's twist on last year's styles meeting where we focused on the beers of a particular region, Joe Woodside and I did a beer run up to the Green Mountain State for a this year's meeting. I'll be teasing you all with the beers we'll be tasting in the run up to the night.
130 Hopewell Rocky Hill Rd, Hopewell, NJ 08525-3111, United States
It's a rare Saturday meeting for the PALE ALES! But, it's going to be worth it! Come out for a tour and tasting at the first farmhouse distillery in the New Jersey since Prohibition! This is sure to be a good meeting. In addition to the distillery, there are two other fermentation-based businesses operating at the Farm. Troon Brewery will be open and doing growler fills. Saturdays are a bit too busy for them to commit to a tour of the brewery. But if they can, they will. A visit to the 3rd fermentation-based business is still in the works. I'll update this event when I have that locked down.
We've got another steller brewery sending out a rep to take us through their offerings! Fun fact, our generous host always has a couple Oskar Blues on tap. Come hungry! Friends, family and other beer fans are always welcome.
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. 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.
Barley Legal / ALEiens / Spellbound / Dutch Gold Honey Our next meeting will be held jointly with our pals from Barley Legal and ALEiens at Spellbound Brewing in Mt Holly, NJ. Click here for a map. March Meadness! The scheduled speaker is from Dutch Gold Honey, so we’ll talk mead and brewing with honey. Spellbound is otherwise closed to the public that night so please park and enter at the rear of the building. If you are looking for some pre- or post-meeting food, check out The Local Pub & Eatery, located 5 minutes away in downtown Mt Holly. Good selection of NJ craft brews. A special thanks goes out to Barley Legal for setting up this meeting! A FB event and website calendar update will follow later today.
The Otter Creek rep totally flaked out on us for tonight. Huge thanks to The Great Joe Bair for lining up a replacement meeting for us on incredibly short notice. We're headed out to perhaps one of the most innovative and ambitious breweries in the State.
Late notice! This Saturday is the brew day for Keystone Homebrew's annual Club Barrel Brew Competition. We need anybody that can come to show up with boil kettles and burners, this whiskey barrel aged Stout isn't gonna brew itself! If you can make it, please do!
Shahan Stepanian from the Global Beer Network is going to come out and lead us through a tasting of some of the company's sour offerings. Shahan organized the Cinco de Sour event last month and knocked it out of the park with the offerings.
PALEALES! We are one month away from the Big Brew! This year marks 500 years since the Reinheitsgebot officially went into effect, so what better way to celebrate than by making some German beers? This year's recipe choices are Altbier and Kölsch(again, I know). The beauty of these is that they can ferment at ale or lager temperatures, no need to go crazy trying to keep that temperature low! You can, of course, make whatever you like, you'll just miss out on comparing brews with you club mates. Estimated costs are $34 for the Alt, $30 for the Kölsch. These could go down a bit if we have enough to bulk order. We will be brewing at our usual spot, behind the Suydam Insurance office at 1743 NJ-27, Franklin Township, NJ 08873. It's at the intersection of Route 27 and Skillmans Ln. Start time is whenever you can drag your butt out of bed, I'll be there around 8, maybe earlier, you probably want to be mashing in before 11am. There will be water and 110V power available.
Here's what I need from you- an email by April 16th with the following info: 1. Which recipe you'd like to brew and how many gallons(5 or 10)? 2. Do you have equipment for all grain brewing? 2a. If yes to above, can you accommodate an additional brewer on your equipment?
Please send your answers to JamezManley@comcast.net with the subject Big Brew.
We're getting STONEd a day early. On Tuesday, April 19th the New Jersey rep for Stone Brewing is coming out to the Firkin to take us through their offerings. Come hungry AND THIRSTY! We'll have club shirts available at the meeting. I blieve we are due for club elections too. So, If you have any interest in being part of the leadership of the club, be sure to get your spray tan freshened up! I'll pass along more details about that in the next couple of days.
Rise and shine homebrewers, and don't forget your booties cause there's beer ready to be tasted! When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a barrel of beer bleak and dark and bereft of drinking. Yet we know that barrel is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the homebrewers of Pennsylvania and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a beautifully crafted barrel-aged beer.
Okay okay, enough Ground Hog Day references. The beer has been brewed, the beer has been aged. The beer has been fine tuned to perfection. The time is nigh to crown a champion!
And on April 9th at 6pm, eleven unique and equally dedicated homebrew clubs will be pouring their brewed beverage that was carefully aged in premium spirit barrels. The styles of beer that were brewed were as unique as the clubs themselves. The awards ceremony on April 11th, will mix the most dedicated homebrewers in our fair parts, along with a celebrity panel of judges to decide the homebrew club that will walk away, well, walk a little ways at least, with $500 in Keystone Homebrew gift certificates.
We invite everyone to come and partake in the sampling and you can judge for yourself. Meet the brewers who made the beer, learn tips and tricks, and maybe even find a home in a homebrew club you never knew existed!
Beer, Barrels, Homebrewers, Party, Beer-Celebrities, Food------All against a backdrop of a state of the art Winery (with wine and hard cider)....This is not to be missed!
Drive up Witherspoon till it turns into Mt. Lucas, continue till you get to the top of the hill, it is on the right, but then , Do not drive in the driveway, continue driving 150' and park on E. Stuart Rd and walk back and follow the driveway to the back of the house, you will see everyone on the far side of the property. What to bring: Pot Luck, Homebrew, Beer, Mead, Wine...
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
Since the last time we visited, our own Richard Bolster has gotten a bit of a title change over at The Vault! As an officla Vault Brewer, he'll be taking us through a tasting of their offerings. Come hungry!
29 Skillmans Ln, Somerset, NJ 08873, United States
Two years ago, there were no more than 3 or 4 examples of Kölsch available. Lately, the style seems to be making a comeback. What intrigues me most about doing a tasting of this super delicate, "nothing to hide behind" beer, is comparing all the new US brewed examples against the Cologne-brewed versions that have been made for 100s of years.
Of course, we're also hoping to see some homebrewed (or Big Brewed) examples of this beer! So, bring em if you got em!
$55 per person Oysters on 1/2 shell with a Kolsch mignonette & watermelon salsa, paired with Kuhl Kolsch Fried goat cheese salad, paired with Jarrylo IPA Saison braised pulled pork slider with apple slaw, paired with CBC Blanc Saison Chipotle Cinnamon lamb chops with malted onions, paired with Storm King Stout Lemon cheesecake with Cherry Gose ice cream, paired with Kirsch Gose
If you've been following Screwy Brewer on Facebook, you know he's on the forefront of using technology to improve his homebrewing -- and I'm not talking about a recipe app! We've managed to steal him for an evening from his duties as Editor of the Homebrew Talk front page. He's prepared some powerpoint slides for us to take us through the latest gadgets. This is a homebrew friendly event.
If you need ingredients batches, it would be best to email Joe ahead of time.
We're headed back to the place where it all began! Twenty years ago a rag tag group of homebrewers met at The Alchemist & Barrister in Princeton to form what would become the PALE ALES. If you weren't at that first meeting and want to read a bit about it, check out the newsletter archive (www.paleales.org/history/). We'll be doing a little reminiscing and having some great food and beer to celebrate our 20 year anniversary. We will also be holding club elections. If you have any interest in being part of the leadership of the club, this is your chance! Look for an email over the next couple of days with more details on the elections.
By the way, the staff of the A&B have asked that we do not bring homebrew to the meeting.
Yes, you read right. We’ve got a big evening planned! The New Jersey Brand Rep for Ballantine will be on hand to take us through a tasting of the new Ballantine IPA. More importantly, there’s a really great story behind this brand. I don’t want to spoil anything. But, let’s just say it starts with Pabst buying Ballantine and it ends WELL!
We’re also doing a whiskey tasting that night. We have a real deal Irishman lined up to take us through a tasting of some Jameson whiskey. Bryan from the Firkin promised to pull out some special stuff too.
Come hungry, they have a full menu of some great pub food at the Firkin.
Triumph Princeton has invited us out to share our homebrew with some of their customers. They'll be tapping a cask of something special and we'll be tapping a keg of something special. Please do not bring homebrew to this event -- we've got you covered!
A few of us went to a soft opening of Spellbound a few weeks back and we were thoroughly impressed by all measures — staff, equipment, production, and most of all BEER! The brewery has invited us to come out and check out their digs and drink some beers. Plan to get there at 7:30PM on Wednesday the 19th. There will be beers, growler fills and probably cans available for purchase.