Coming up in April is the “All Things Hops” meeting and we’re asking members to participate in a single-hopped beer experiment. Basically, we’ll all brew as close to the same base pale ale as possible but with different hops. Hopefully we end up with a wide variety of different hops and are able to really see how various different singlehop strains impart flavours to beer!
We’ll keep the recipe simple with a grist that will let the hops characters shine: 85% 2-row, 10% Munich/light crystal, and 5% white/pale wheat malt, and a clean American yeast strain, like White Labs California Ale (WLP001), Wyeast American Ale (1056), or Safale US-05. To get the full bittering, flavouring, and aroma characters, drop hops in around the 60, 15-20, and 0-5 minute marks (target ~40 IBU) then dry-hop for a few days.
If you want to participate, simply open this Google Doc, fill in your name and the hops you’d like to use, brew your beer, and bring enough of it to share at the April meeting. As always, we ask that you bring a 6-pack of regular bottles, 3 bombers, or a full growler. If there’s a strain of hops you want to use that’s not on the list, feel free to add it.
A new Brewer of the Year circuit is upon us! The BOTY website isn’t updated yet but we’ve contacted a few clubs directly to get their competition dates. As always, your ALES Club offers free shipping to competitions. There are two competitions that are coming up quickly:
You need to have your entries for these two comps in our hands no later than Thursday, 16 February so we can get them shipped off the next day to make the receiving deadline. We’ll collect entries at the next ALES meeting on 1 February, but as always we’ll accept your beers if you want to drop them off at our place (we live in Lakeview). But again, no later than Thursday, 16 February.
The next competition after that is the Cowtown Yeast Wranglers Homebrew Roundup (26 March – 1 April). We’ll collect entries for that one at the March ALES meeting and you’ll have until Monday, 6 March to get your entries to us.
Competitions are a great place for the ALES Club to show everyone across the nation that we have the best home brewers in Canada! It’s also a great way to get solid feedback on your beer. So whether you’re a seasoned circuit vet or if you’ve never entered a competition before, we encourage you to enter. You’re responsible for entry fees but shipping’s on us. Also, the club has two Blichmann BeerGuns that you can borrow for FREE to bottle off kegs.
Let’s get our beers out there and bring back some hardware!
Visiting the Sherbrooke “Wine Spirits and Oodles of Beer” store (Edmonton)
By Neal Markewich
If you are lucky enough to make it through the St. Albert Trail/Groat Road traffic circle, located in the northeast corner is a strip mall that is home to the Sherbrooke liquor store. This store boasts Canada’s largest selection of imported beers and a six tap growler filling station.
The filling station features pressure equalizing CO2 flushed growler fillers and a cowler machine. What is a cowler, you ask? It is a 946 ml can of beer that is filled and sealed right in front of you. This is a great way to bring beer home from your road trip. Cowler machines are common in Portland, however, this is the only one of its kind in Edmonton.