“PALE ALES Makes” at 2014 National Homebrew Convention Club Night

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.

 

Joe Scarlata

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.

Rest in Peace Joe. Joe Scarlata

Big Brew 2013

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.

 

 

March 17th – Club Competition!

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…

February Meeting – Triumph

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!

Grain storage
Grain storage
fermenters
fermenters
keep it clean
keep it clean
tight brewhouse
tight brewhouse
mash it!
mash it!
Paul tells a story
Paul tells a story
grain mill!
grain mill!
funny story
funny story
Brewer's table
Brewer’s table

December Meeting – Goose Island

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!

Keystone Homebrew Club Barrel Brew Championship

On Saturday October 27th, a few choice PALE ALEs members ventured out to the Keystone Homebrew supply for a brew day.  The purpose?  To brew an entry for the Keystone Homebrew Club Barrel Brew Championship!  Keystone Homebrew supply was nice enough to allow clubs entering a choice of a freshly used whiskey or applejack barrel for aging beer.  The finished beers will be judged as an AHA club night event!  The brewday took on the feel of the big brew with more than usual going on.  Brewers from NJ and PA brought loads of equipment and brewed to fill the ~50 gallon barrels.  Iron Abbey brought in plenty of Brazilian style bbq, Free Will brewing had a few firkins, and lots of homebrew clubs were on hand to talk shop with!

Early feedback from many brewers indicate this will be a pretty tough competition!

There were also some fermentation incidents… but I’d rather call it plenty of healthy yeast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oktoberfest at Suydam Farms

On Friday October 12th, The Promise Culinary School, Suydam Farms, and the PALE ALES teamed up for a Farm to Table evening of local brew and seasonal foods to benefit Elijah’s Promise.  Elijah’s Promise began as a volunteer New Brunswick soup kitchen, and has evolved into a culinary school and job creation enterprise that helps to rebuild lives by not simply providing food.  Suydam Farms has been growing produce, livestock, and plants for 13 generations, not to mention helping out us PALE ALES by giving us a great meeting backdrop twice a year.  The result of this epic team?  Chef prepared local foods, paired with homebrew or local brew (Harvest Moon, Triumph).  Many compliments were passed to both brewers and chefs alike!  To say the event was a success is understatement; a sold out crowd enjoyed the best of both worlds, all for the benefit of a local charity.

A big thanks to the following:  The entire Suydam family, all of Elijah’s Promise, and the PALE ALES that participated: Andy, Ben, Chuck, Dave, Kevin, Laurie, Paul, and Steve.

Due to the success of the event, they are really looking forward to a repeat in 2013!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Princeton and Local Environs Ale and Lager Enthusiast Society