The latest trials, tribulations, and thoughts from the club you know and love.
  • 10/14/2013 2:36 PM | Deleted user
  • 10/11/2013 12:57 PM | Anonymous member
    TTB not approving any new labels until the government is back in business!

    All new beers that get bottled or canned to be sold across state lines must be approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, known in the industry as the TTB. Federal workers must approve the label, as well as the recipe if it uses non-traditional ingredients, which many seasonal beers contain.

  • 10/02/2013 7:45 PM | Anonymous member
    On Monday, September 30th, the Portland Water Bureau began increasing the level of chlorine disinfection leaving our treatment facility from 2 mg/L to 3 mg/L. These higher levels of chlorine should be entering the distribution system in the next few days. As a result of the increase it is expected that some customers may experience a higher level of chlorine residual in their drinking water.
    The increase in disinfection will help to maintain disinfection residuals throughout the system which can decline with the warmer water temperatures and decreased customer demand typically seen in late summer and early fall.
    We anticipate returning to our normal treatment targets in a few weeks.
  • 09/10/2013 5:10 PM | Anonymous

    Just four more meetings left for the 2013 Oregon Brew Crew. It seems like as a board, we just started a few weeks ago and it’s funny how fast that time goes. But in these final few months the board has a number of business items to put forward to the membership. First we are planning 2 bylaw revisions. The first one will deal with Board Member indemnification and is pretty long, but straightforward when you read the plan English version of it. The second is clearing up some language about board member removal, which was prompted by a situation earlier this year when the person elected for the communications chair left without telling anyone and we had to wait the 3 months for them to no-show to the board meetings in order to formally remove them. Both of these revisions will be published in a separate article that gives the full details of the revisions and why we need to do them.

    Additionally we will be presenting the 2014 budget for the membership to review in next month’s newsletter. The format of this will be the same as last year’s where we have a link to the forum for discussion about the budget and hopefully we can get all the questions and answers out of the way so that the November Election meeting can go as quick as possible.

    Speaking of the November Elections meeting, have you ever thought about running for the board? If so now is the time to start thinking about running for the 2014 board. I know some people think that it takes a ton of free time and saps your soul, but it’s really not that bad. I’ve been doing it for the past 4 years and a total of 6 years, so it’s either enjoyable or I’m slightly insane (it could be a combination of both). If you are interested then please come up to a current board member or email them and find out questions about their job and what they have to do during the year. It can be a really rewarding experience and quite enjoyable.

    In addition the board will be hosting an open meeting at the Green Dragon on September 30th at 7pm. If you want to come to the meeting feel free to show up, but I would prefer that you send me an email. We’re going to be using the little room in the back I want to make sure we don’t run out of space if we have too many people show up. These meetings last anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half, but you get to sit around and drink beer so they go pretty quickly. Last year when we did this the board covered 1 beer for each person that showed up, so yea for free beer.  

    Let’s cover what our September meeting is going to be about. First off our education topic will be the trials and tribulations of starting a brewery. Our education chair Aaron Hanson has been in the process of starting one out in Sandy and will let us know all about the process he’s gone through so far. We’re still not sure what Josh is planning for food, but if you want to bring something please contact him and let him know. If you’re interested in bringing something that will accompany that please let Josh know. Ted will be organizing the judging for Belgian Strong Beers in our Style Competition program. Finally if you want to bring a keg and hook it up to our club jockey box, have 2 taps currently open, so if you’re bringing beer to the meeting and would like to put it on the jockey box please let me know so I can reserve a spot for you.


    As our August meeting showed, we has a number of guest from that came to check out the club via the info they got from the Oregon Brewers Festival. I anticipate we will probably still see a number of guests at September’s meeting. So if you see someone you haven’t talked to before, please take the opportunity and talk to them about the club. Find out how they are brewing, what they are brewing and if they have any questions. Show them what’s great about this club.



    Chris Hummert


    Oregon Brew Crew

  • 09/09/2013 4:12 PM | Anonymous member

    OBC v. Tampa Bay BEERS Cross-Country Brew-Off: Round 2

    September 14th is the day it all comes to an end: Judges in Asheville, NC at the Blue Ridge Brew-Off will determine which is the better beer brewer, the prime Pilsner producer: Oregon or… Florida.

    Well I haven’t tasted Tampa Bay’s Pilsners, but I do know one thing: we’ve flown some amazing beers to North Carolina.  When you see these guys at the next meeting, you need to give them a high-five for Pilsners: Jason Barker, Mark Easton, Warren Johnson, Will Minderhout, Aaron Schnabel, and Rick Strauss.

    Recent OBC Members Wins:

    Speaking of Jason Barker’s Pilsner: it was recently selected in the Timber’s Army Homebrew Competition for the Full 90. Can’t wait to see this beer on tap at the games.

    And because I haven’t mentioned him enough this month: congratulations to Jason Barker for winning Best of Show in this year’s Oregon State Fair Homebrew Competition. Also to Dave Hamilton, for placing 3rd in the Best of Show with his Raspberry Mead.

    Other recent wins include: Chuck Macaluso took a 3rd in the Sasquatch competition, and a 2nd in Heart of the Valley, 2 1sts and a 2nd in Columbia River County Fair, 1 2nd and 1 1st in the Oregon State Fair,  and 1 2nd and 1 3rd place in the Spirits of Baker County competition. Jason Barker won 1 1st and 2 2nds in Heart of the Valley, 1 2nd in Spirits of Baker County, 2 1sts in Oregon Garden Classic, 1 1st in the NHC 1st round, 1 2nd in Sasquatch, and 4 1sts and 1 3rd in the Oregon State Fair (+ BOS).

    Congratulations to all our excellent brewers that compete representing the OBC. This list is by no means complete: If I’ve missed your name and/or your wins, it’s because I’m writing this sober. Catch me at the meeting and buy me a beer.


    Feel bad I didn't mention your name? Still looking for the one, last, big competition to dominate with your best brew? Well I have got the competition for you:

    It’s time for the OBC FALL CLASSIC!!!!

    That’s right, you too can join the ranks of Chuck Macaluso, Jason Barker, Mark Easton, and others (like me!) who want their “beer room” to look like the bosom of a Soviet-era general after the Great Patriotic War!

    Wait, you don’t like medals? How about prizes? Like:

    • Having your winning recipe brewed to 15bbl at one of our local breweries with a master brewer?

    • A case of Mead!

    • A t-shirt or hat! Or hat!

    Still not doing it for you? OK. I was hoping to just keep it for myself, since I didn’t win it at last year’s Holiday Party raffle, for the Best of Show winner, we’re handing over a 15 gallon stainless conical fermenter from STOUT Tanks and Kettles, valued at $500.

    So bring your beer! We’ve got special categories for beer made with hops grown in Oregon, and this year just for kicks, we’ll take SODA POP too. Or pop, or soda. Any of those.

    So you’re going to enter and you want to judge or steward too? GREAT! We can do that. You can sign up for both online. Tell your friends, tell your enemies: you’ll see them and their beers at the Fall Classic, October 26th at Portand Brewing.

    Like Columbo says, “JUST ONE MORE THING:”

    I have had such a great time this year, and we’re closing in on that time of year when each board member decides if they’re going to run again for the next year. I’d like to announce that there will be a vacancy for the position of Competition Chair for 2014. I don’t intend to serve in this role next year, but will instead be running for club President. If there was ever a time for a member to jump in and be supported by other club members who have done it before, this is that time (for me and you!). If you have any interest at all in helping your club by making sure we have a strong presence at competitions, please consider running for this position. You don’t have to (and can’t) do it all by yourself. So jump on in there. It’s a fun gig. And hey, you get to enjoy the summer!

  • 09/07/2013 4:02 PM | Anonymous member

    Wow just like that, summer’s wrapping up and we’re ¾ of the way through the year! I really enjoy summer in Beervana: I get to forget all that crazy competition stuff and just sit and drink beer.  

    Oh wait, that didn’t happen!

    The competition elves have been busy doing all kinds of stuff. Let’s get you an update:

    Style Competition Program (SCP)

    First off, congrats to our winners from the August competition (Session Styles): Jason Barker claimed 1st and 2nd with his Wit and Pils, respectively. Dean Reiner placed 3rd with a Saison, and Corrie Heath with a Gingerbread Brown took honorable mention. Well done!

    Special thanks to our judges. We can’t do this without you.

    Septembeer’s SCP will be held at our meeting Sept 12 at FH Steinbart! If you’re bringing a beer or would like to judge, please email, and have it in by 7pm. The style this month is Belgian Strong, ideally made with the yeast distributed at the April meeting. Regardless if you’re entering or not, please bring some to share with members and guests to enjoy and learn about examples of this style.

    October will be our LAST SCP for the year: the style is Baltic Porters.

    Aaron always has great prizes for SCP winners, and all entrants and judges receive HBOY points! (Don’t know what those are? Keep reading!)

    HBOY/OBC CUP Updates

    For those of you who may not yet be familiar with these: All members are eligible to compete in the OBC Cup program. Only non-board members are eligible to compete in the HBOY program. Members self-report club-supporting volunteerism and competitive brewing achievements online. It’s my responsibility as competition chair to award points based on my interpretation of the posted rules and point structure. This is not always easy: the rules appear to have been written during a 3rd pint, so it takes 3 pints to interpret them. I’m up to the challenge.

    At the end of the year, the club will recognize and and reward the winners of each program.

    In addition, HBOY points will converted into free raffle tickets at the holiday party. So even if you don’t win, you still win.

    You can report your achievements any time throughout the year, and some will even get you points in both systems (see rules posted online). But if you don’t report them, you don’t get any points for them. The final cutoff for reporting will be two weeks before our holiday party: November 30th, 2013.

    Here are the current standings for this year, as of Septembeer 6th 2013:

    OBC CUP:

    1. Jason Barker: 209

    2. Chuck Macaluso: 172

    3. Ted Assur: 5


    I’m guessing there might be some more folks who want to bump me out of the running that might not’ve submitted their points yet?


    Jason Barker


    Brian Haslip


    Joshua Padelsky


    Mark Glasby


    Jenn McPoland


    Josh Merrick


    Aaron Schnabel


    Alex Graham


    Andy Fullenwider


    Brian Isaacson


    Bruce Prior


    Corrie Heath


    Dan May


    Dave Capolarello


    Don Stewart


    Doug Ballou


    Doug MacGregor


    David Smith


    Eric Ebel


    Jeremie Landers


    John Oldendorf


    Julie Mikalson


    Lori Bokovoy


    Marilyn Burns


    Mark Easton


    Matthew Ellis


    Michael Corbett


    Nick Dahl


    Paul miller


    Roy Niffousi


    Ryan Hicke


    Sam Simms


    Samantha Tanner


    Scott Beck


    Shirley MacGregor


    Stephen Woods


    Todd Young


    Tom Bowden


    Bruce Prior


    Chuck Macaluso


    What? You’ve helped the club by volunteering or represented the club in competitions, and your name’s not on these boards? Get your points in: OBC Cup and HBOY submission forms and rules.

    As a heads up: this year’s board has been very taking a careful look at the HBOY and OBC Cup systems. We’re finalizing some changes to the systems (for next year) that we hope will help clarify the rules, and improve the experience of participating in the club’s competitive brewing and volunteer reward programs. We plan on announcing those very soon. I want to be clear: any changes we make will affect these programs in the 2014 year, not this year.

  • 08/16/2013 12:09 PM | Deleted user
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