High Plains Draughters, January 1997

I. Last Meeting
II. Next Meeting
III. Beer Brain Trust
IV. Extra! Extra!
V. Hail to Ale Competition
VI. 11th Annual Blue Bonnet Brewoff
VII. Winners Circle
VIII. New at the Brewshops
IX. February Meeting

I. Last Meeting

The HPD "Beery Christmas & Hoppy New Year" get-together was held on December 27, at the Belle Isle Brewery. The festivities were delayed a bit as it appeared that Santa (a.k.a. Joe Bocock) must have overslept! But what's an extra 30 minutes when you've been waiting all year! When we finally got started, Santa led off the evening with a brief program on Ales and how to make a distinctive brew that would stand out in competitions. This was a prelude to our club only Hail to Ale competition in January. Joe also reported on the proposed competition schedule for the New Year (assault all competitions without quarter) and all in attendance supported the proposal as presented. We had a visiting brewer from Lubbock--a friend of Jack Sparks--say a few words about the Lubbock brewing scene. He will remain nameless because I don't recall his name! Bob Rescinito then entertained the crowd with a poetry reading. The poem, a parody of the Night Before Christmas, was written by Lew Bryson, managing editor for Malt Advocate magazine and homeboy of Bob's. All in all, the smaller than usual crowd had a wonderful time! Some GREAT holiday ales made their rounds as did a superb Burt Renard Vienna lager and outstanding, award-winning meads courtesy of Brian Meyers. The usual assortment of finger foods and snacks accompanied the beer fare and some particularly HOT meatballs made the beer even more satisfying! As the evening waned, several celebrants made their way downstairs to the brew pub for a cigar and a sampling of Jack's excellent IPA, Stout and very enjoyable Spiced Pumpkin Ale. Nothing like pumpkin pie to finish off the evening.

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II. Next Meeting

The '97 inaugural HPD meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, January 24 at the Belle Isle Brewery. We'll continue our "Beer Styles" program series with a closer look at Bocks. With the Bock is Best compition scheduled for mid-May and the winter weather cooperating, now is a great time to brew a Bock. We'll have some history and background, some Bock brewing tips and a tasting/discussion session. If you have a homebrewed Traditional German Bock, a Hellesbock/Maibock, a Doppelbock, or an Eisbock, bring it along for the group's enlightenment.

We'll also be handing out the awards for the Hail to Ale compition (see below) and sampling everyone's latest and greatest. Bring a partner, some chow and a couple of your best barley pops. See you there!

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III. Beer Brain Trust

If you haven't been to a meeting lately, you're missing out on some excellent beer history, beer background and general all-around little known beer facts. We have the good fortune to have Dr. Stephen Law heading up the club's program committee. Steve is the head of the University of Central Oklahoma's Humanities and Philospohy Department as well as an experienced beer and mead brewer. As we work our way through the myriad beer styles, he digs deep to provide historical context, stylistic insights and intriguing trivia. Steve also has some pretty snazzy outfits. If you missed the toga and the monk's habit (for the mead and Belgian ale programs, respectively) you won't want to miss the Bock program. Bets are being taken on whether it will be lederhosen or some kind of goat getup. Whatever the fashion statement, an interesting and informative narrative is sure to be delivered. Thanks, Steve!

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IV. Extra! Extra!

If you've persued the current issue of Southwest Brewing News, you'll encounter an excellent article on the Southwest's GABF winners. Check out the byline. It's written be our own Caroll Houser! It looks like Caroll really did her homework, tracking down the brewers (which can be quite a task in itself) and working the homebrewer's angle on all of those winning recipes. Now that she's in with the big boys, free beer is a near certainty. Good job, Caroll!

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V. Hail to Ale Competition.

Don't forget to turn in your entries for 1997's first AHA Club-Only Competition, Hail to Ale. The eligible ales are widely brewed, so we expect lots of entries from everyone in the club. Entry deadline is Thursday, January 16 by noon. Entries may be dropped off at Professional Brewers Warehouse on Saturdays or left at SW Brewer's Outlet, 9414 S. Western. You may also call 329-4517 to arrange a drop-off if none of the above work for you. Eligible styles include the following: Classic English Pale Ale, Indian Pale Ale, American-style Pale Ale, American-style Amber Ale, American Wheat.

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VI. 11th Annual Blue Bonnett Brewoff

Start making your plans to attend the 11th annual Blue Bonnett Brewoff in Ft.Worth, TX on March 21 and 22. We had about a dozen attendees last year and would like to up that number considerably. For those who have been attending the Beer Evaluation Seminars, this is a good chance to actually get in on some stewarding and judging. Some 819 beers were entered last year and there will probably be close to a thousand this year. Now is the time to start making hotel reservations and travel arrangements. Entries are due in late Feb. or early March, so let's send some of our best down and see if we can win some beer awards this year! Once again, HPD entries will be hand-chauffeured to Texas on a yet-to-be-determined date. Check out your Zymurgy calendar or see a newsletter person for more info.

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VII. Winners Circle

We promised you Brian Myers' Spooky Brew Review winning Fruit Beer recipe last issue, so here it is. We can say without hesitation that this is one of the fruitiest hombrews in HPD history. It is smooth and complex, with the fruit flavors blending in a most exquisite manner. Try it out!

John Pearson's Belgian Strong Ale garnered second place amongst tough competition in December's Belgian Blockbuster competition. This one is strong, flavorful and definitely worth a go.

Brian Myers has really been racking them up in the fruit categories over the last month or so. His latest win was in the Fruit and Vegetable Mead category of the 1996 Happy Holidays Homebrew Competition, hosted by The St. Louis Brews on December 7, 1996. The St. Louis Brews boast Dave Miller, the patron saint of "true-to-style" brewers, as a member. Brian's mead is Charlie Papazian's Barkshack Gingermead recipe. Age at judging was 9 months.

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VIII. New at the Brewshops

News from Professional Brewers LLC
317 NW 67th, 528-3889

Color charts have arrived that allow you to precisely determine the lovibond color of your brew. We now have added 20 lovibond Munich malt to our 26 other grain varieties. Copies of the detailed Club-Only Competition specifications for the year are available together with handouts for the yeast and hops classes conducted in the last few months. Stop by the shop on Saturdays and join us for a brew.

On Saturday, January 18th, 10:00 am to noon, the class "Water Treatment for Advanced Brewing" will be presented. Call to reserve a spot!

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XI. February Meeting

February's meeting is tentatively set for the 21st at Belle Isle. Details next ish and at the January meeting.

That's all for now. If you have comments, contributions, gripes or whatever, feel free to contact one of the newsletter staff. They may be reached (at reasonable hours) at the following numbers: Joe Bocock - 552-2256, Rick Lloyd - 340-1977, Tim Nagode - 280-4957, fax: 290-2754.

See you on the 15th... Hoppy brewing!!!

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