October 2011 Hot Break

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In This Issue
From the President
From the Judges Table
Ciao, Birra! Craft Beer in Italy
September General Meeting Recap
October General Meeting

Upcoming Events 

Thursday, Oct 13, 5pm-8pm
@ Flanny's Tempe  
1805 E. Elliott Rd #104, Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Oct 13
We will have the clubhouse open 6-9pm for dropoffs
2515 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ
in the Rose Market storefront

ASH Peaktoberfest (Monthly Meeting)
Tuesday, Oct. 18 7pm-9pm
Four Peaks Brewing
1340 E. 8th Street
Tempe, aZ
  16th Annual ASH Oktoberfest
Saturday, Oct 22, 12pm-6pm
Ruben Romero ramada complex at Tempe Kiwanis Park
6111 S. All American Way
Tempe, AZ

Beer for Brains RAREAffair
Saturday, Nov. 5, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ

ASH Holiday Party
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Walter Bus Hanger

Member Benefit Corner  

Did you know ASH Members get:

All Day, Any Day Happy Hour Pricing at Whole Foods Watering Hole in Chandler


Click Here to See More ASH Membership Benefits  

Contest Standings  

2011 Homebrewer of the Year


1 - Dennis Tsonis - 5 pts.

1 - Ken Saxe - 5 pts.

3 - Chris Sprague - 4 pt.

4 - Mik Heerbrandt - 3 pts.

5 - Jon Badalamenti - 2 pts.

6 - Mike Tinker - 1 pt.

6 - Kevin Masaryk - 1 pt.


2011 Club Only Competition Standings  

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Did you open this email right away? Great! Then you can pick and attend at least one of the many events happening on this busy Thursday, Oct 13. What events? Check the ASH Secret Page for info (you'll have to log in).

If you want to know what else is up for the rest of the month, you'll have to read through the Hot Break. We'll also fill you in on the latest contest standings, plead for your help in judging the record number of entries we received for the ASH Oktoberfest Homebrew Competition, and treat you nicely with a great feature by GirlfromArizona Angela Muniz about the emerging Italian craft beer scene.

You've gotten this far, so read on, take it in, and use this Hot Break as your guide to info for all things ASH.
From the President
By Rob Fullmer
Rob Fullmer with HopsOctober.


You have until the 15th to take care of your business.

What else is there to say?

A few things.
We have a top 10 Oktoberfest according to The Republic  and The Phoenix NewTimes thinks we're the best thing since Prohibition.

Depending on when this goes out, you may still have a chance to judge or steward for the Oktoberfest Competition on Oct 15th. Contact Barry Weeg at competition@azhomebrewers.org  right now!

On Tuesday October 18th (our normal meeting time) we will be meeting at Four Peaks in Tempe for Peaktoberfest. This is great way for us to show our appreciation for the wonderful support that Four Peaks has given our club this year as our Ninkasi Sponsors. Their support extends well beyond the financial support and the beer donations. Behind the scenes, our board has gotten help from people like Ted Golden and Andy Ingram. Melissa Osborne lead a discussion on judging shortly after the Chandler Can Fest and she's attended a number of our events. Four Peaks has been there for us and so I ask you as the President of ASH, to come to the brewery and show your thanks!

There are two other places that I'd like you to show your ASH this month and as fate would have it, there is fine beer to be had and more amazing people to thank for their support. Jim Lolli of the Hungry Monk is celebrating Hoptoberfest on Oct 27-30. Jim has always offered his support at our events and this year is no exception.

Another event that you should be aware of is Flanny's Anniversary on November 4th. The family Flannigan has hosted many a happy hour for us and was an early supporter of our discount program. I don't have a event link for the Anniversary yet, but expect John Jr to make an announcement at Oktoberfest.

Finally, November 5th we have a very busy day. In addition to being Learn to Homebrew Day, it is also the RareAffair. While we hope that we can have the brewout at Brewers Connection, we're still in the planning stages. Regardless of where we have it, you should know that Brewers Connection has donated the following amounts to ASH and we thank them for their generosity:
2010: $655
2011 YTD: $876

We have 47 more to go on our ASH 100 RareAffair challenge, but I've already been able to reward one lucky early participant. Mik HeerBrandt won 2 tickets to a cheese and beer tasting at HB Hanrattys on Oct 14. More on that event here, Thanks to the GirlFromArizona and Hanratty's for the ticket donation.

Back to November 5th. It's a big day. My question to you is simply this: Do you have the ability to hang with your President. Can you go the distance with this old man? Can you pull it together and brew and then go to one of the best beer events in the country?




From the Judges Table
by Barry Weeg 

2011 Arizona Society of Homebrewers Oktoberfest Competition

Can we agree to just call this thing the Ofest Comp? I'm getting tired of typing all of that out. As of this writing we have 273 entries from 6 states. Thursday, October 13 is the deadline for entries so we will have the clubhouse open on the night of Thursday, October 13 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. This will be the only time you will be able to drop entries off at the clubhouse and the final deadline to drop them off anywhere at all. Also, I would like to thank everyone who has already volunteered as judges and stewards, but I'm still looking for more. We will be judging on Saturday, October 15 from 8:30am to 3:00pm and Sunday, October 16 from 8:30am to about 3:00pm at the clubhouse. You don't have to have BJCP certification to judge, only a good understanding of the style guidelines. And you don't need any experience at all to steward. So if you are interested in helping us out and haven't contacted me yet please do so at competition@azhomebrewers.org.


Homebrewer of the Year

No change in the HBOY (since we're creating acronyms) competition this month since we finished up all of the mini-comps in August. And you probably won't hear any more about it until the results are announced at the Holiday Party in December. It's a tight race right now, and rumor has it that Dennis and Ken are going all out for Ofest. So it shouldn't be too hard to figure out the winner once the Ofest competition results are announced.



1 - Dennis Tsonis - 5 pts.

1 - Ken Saxe - 5 pts.

3 - Chris Sprague - 4 pt.

4 - Mik Heerbrandt - 3 pts.

5 - Jon Badalamenti - 2 pts.

6 - Mike Tinker - 1 pt.

6 - Kevin Masaryk - 1 pt.

AHA Club Only

Well, we had another first in ASH competitions: more judges than entries. How can we go from a record 19 entries in August's HBOY competition to only 4 in last months AHA Club Only Competition? And in the Specialty category of all things. This is the catch-all category for all your weirdness that comes out over the year, and I know there has been a lot of weirdness. But Keevin Simpson came through with a nice Summer Solstice Cream Ale that we're going to send off to the AHA this month. Good luck Keevin.  


The November AHA Club Only style is Hefeweizen and is due during the November general membership meeting. 

Homebrew and Craftbrew Events

Friday October 14, 6pm-9pm South by Northwest: When Arizona Beer Meets Oregon Cheese. HB Hanratty's Pub. $25 Celebrate American Cheese Month and experience the art of pairing beer and cheese. Four hearty cheeses from Oregon's Edge Chevre, Rogue Creamery, Tumalo Farms and Willamette Valley Cheese are paired with Arizona beers from San Tan Brewery, Sonoran Brewery and Sleepy Dog Brewery. Gourmet crackers, cheese-friendly condiments and four tasters of beer and a pint of your favorite are included. Visit Facebook page, click on events and post a comment to reserve a seat. One ticket per person is held until 7 p.m. Pay at the door.


Friday October 14, 7pm to 9pm Beer Class: Odell Brewing at Chandler Whole Foods Market, 2955 West Ray Road Chandler, AZ 85224  

$5 The weekly beer classes with James inside the bar at the Watering Hole always feature the best selection of craft beer. Join James for the weekly beer adventure!


Saturday-Sunday October 15-16 ASH Oktoberfest Competition Judging 8:30am-3pm ASH Clubhouse 2515 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ

Saturday, October 15-16 Taste of Cave Creek
11 a.m. - 5 p.m., at Cave Creek's Stagecoach Village, 7100 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek Arizona.
Tickets $10 per day.
Food samples from $2-$4.
Tickets available at the Town of Cave Creek, at participating restaurants and at the gate.Craft beer garden featuring SanTan Brewing fresh brews and other great craft beer  tastings from award winning breweriesFeaturing 20+ Cave Creek area restaurants *Desert Foothills Film Festival Showings * Wine tastings from Total Wine & More Desert Ridge * * Live music with Chicks with Picks and Rondavous * Tequila Tastings from Cruz Tequila and much more.

Saturday October 15 Phoenix Old World Oktoberfest
Time 10:00 am - 9:00 pm EDT Where Phoenix, Arizona Venue Name Margaret T. Hance Park Paper Date October 15 Event Phone 480-947-PHXO Notes
6th Annual. Held in the heart of Phoenix at Margaret T. Hance Park (on the deck tunnel). Be German for a day! Bavarian beer, German music and food, all sorts of games and contests and more. Adults $5, kids under 12 free. This is a family-friendly event. 

Saturday October 15 New Belgium Tour de Fat Tempe


Saturday October 15 12pm-6pm Taste of Chandler tastechandler.com, Word from James Swann: "Once Inside, show your ASH Membership card for free Entrance into VIP Craft Beer Tent. Air-conditioning and lots of free craft beer samples. Cheers!"

Thursday October 20  5:30pm-7:30pm Four Peaks Birds n' Beers at Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon center 3131 S. Central Ave Phoenix https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150244466907652&set=o.179740608745173&type=1&theater

Saturday October 22 12pm-6pm ASH Oktoberfest http://club.azhomebrewers.org/events/ash-oktoberfest-2011

Saturday October 22 4pm-11pm Phoenix Food Truck Festival http://www.rooseveltrow.org/events/phoenix-food-truck-festival/

Tuesday October 25 Four Peaks Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest


Friday October 28 7pm to 9pm Halloween Brews Party at Whole Foods Chandler 2955 West Ray Road Chandler, AZ 85224

$10 cover includes small plate tasting of food & beers

Come in costume for our first-ever Halloween Beers Party. We will have Pumpkin Beers on tap and great small bites to eat. Kick-off your Halloween festivities inside the bar, the Watering Hole, this year!


Saturday October 29 Hungry Monk's Hoptoberfest & Chili Cook Off www.hdeagency.com/blog/?p=307  

Friday November 4 7pm Flanny's 1 Year Anniversary

Saturday, November 5, AHA Learn to Homebrew Day www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/events/learn-to-homebrew-day

Saturday November 5 6:30pm Beer for Brains RAREaffair Be a part of the ASH 100 



Ciao, Birra!

By Angela Muniz  

We are beer lovers.

No matter where we go - from the neighborhood store to the family vacation - you'll find us detouring down the beer aisle or eyeing the taps at the town bar.

I travel. A lot. And wherever I go, I always hope to mix my tourist agenda with local life. Beer is a reliable "go-to" for this and thankfully, it's never hard to find. It's one of the oldest beverages known to man (and woman), and nearly every country has a national brew plus recognizable imports. But let's face it. Some countries are better known for beer than others.
Earlier this year I somehow convinced my clients that I could do my work from Europe. I packed my bags, had a final hamburger and Bell's Two Hearted Ale and spent three amazing months in Italy. Italy. The land of fast coffee, slow food, Super Tuscan wines, and two kinds of beer: blonde and brown.



This was not my fir
st time in Italy. Ove
r the past five years, I've visited a small climbing town half way between Genoa and France as often as possible. It's hardly a metropolis but it is popular enough with an international sports crowd to have a nice variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. Bars that to my surprise now serve Italian craft beers.


This wasn't always the case. On my last visit more than a year ago, my choices of Italian beers included Peroni, Moretti and the simply named COOP Birra. Now the bars and cafes in the walled mediev al square in Finale Borgo all sported signs and displays of Birra Artigianale. At the annual food festival there was not just a room for local wineries, but also a room for several microbirrificios. To which I said molto terrifico! (Yes, I can be a dork in more than one language.)


chalk board sign for italian craft beer

Seemly overnight, the microbrew culture had arrived in Italy. There were now several brewers in Northern Italy and many more scattered around the country. Of course, as we know from our own blossoming Arizona beer scene, microbreweries don't happen instantly. In Italy, they've been developing for about 15 years and only recently are finding wider distribution within their regions. Just like small wineries, most of the beers these breweries create can only be found in the nearby towns and cities. Move south toward Florence and Rome and you'll find a whole new set to sample. 


While Italy's international beers Peroni and Moretti have a distinct lager profile, Italy's craft beers are experimental and all over the map. The Malbus Faber birrificio in Genoa focuses on Belgium styles and the Extra Brun became my rainy day choice. At 10% ABV it warmed me up better than a macchiato. 


Over the hill, Birrifico Scarampola works out of a centuries old monestary and abbey in the village of Millesimo. Here they are creating beers that have unique characteristics to the region. Their Ipa was one of my favorites. Not an India Pale Ale, but their own Italian pale ale with less aggressive hops but a similar IPA kick. 


As I toured the country with family, I sampled a sparkly Imper Ale Alter and a malty Birra Dolomiti. The Imper Ales actually have a national distribution in Italy and I believe can be found in the U.S.. The Dolomiti was interesting more for ingredients than flavor. Most breweries get their ingredients from outside Italy because of simple supply and demand, but this used malts from the Dolimite mountains.

Italian craft beerAs my months in Italy changed from rainy spring day, to long summer nights it was a new treat for me to join my friends for a birra artigianale. After a day of climbing we would sit outside the pub, sipping our drinks. Whether beer, wine, or campari, it was all Italian.



Also known as the Girl From Arizona, Angela Muniz writes about the cities she visits and beers she encounters on her blog girlfromarizona.com.
September General Meeting Recap

The clubhouse was packed again as we had about 60 ASHers and guests in attendance.  


Our guest speaker was Robert Berkner, owner of North Mountain Brewing Company, who gave an inside look at the difficulties of starting a new brewery. He answered a lot of questions and we're glad to have him in our local brewing community. 


ASH President Rob announced his new project, the ASH Cache, and gave a rally call to complete the ASH 100 goal

October General Meeting (Peaktoberfest)
Tuesday, October 18, 7pm-9pm

The ASH General meeting will be at Four Peaks Brewing, 1340 East 8th Street #104 Tempe, AZ 85281.


This is our normal General meeting time, but we will be meeting at Four Peaks instead of the ASH Clubhouse. This gives our planners an opportunity to kick back before the big event (Oct 22nd). It's also a celebration of Four Peaks support of ASH through it's 2011 Ninkasi Sponsorship.

Homebrew is allowed but it will have to be opened and consumed in the non-licensed area of the brewery. We encourage you to come early and spend a few bucks on food and beer to show our support.


Always keep in mind, if you visit a new brewery, find a cool beer spot, had a life-changing brewing epiphany, have a great project you're working on, or anything else you'd like to mention on Hot Break, email me; editor@azhomebrewers.org. We want to see stories and photos from our members.


We'll see you at the General Meeting. Till then brew on and RDWHAHB






Your Club Board Members

Rob Fullmer with Hops
 - Rob Fullmer

Vice President - Ben Conner

 - Maureen Basenberg

Treas Profile Pic
Treasurer - David Schollmeyer

Communications - Tom Boggan

Dennis Tsonis

Operations Officer
- Dennis Tsonis

Mark Haugan
Projects Officer - Mark Haugan

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