Embroidered PALE Club Shirts

Last evening, we launched the new PALE Club Shirts.  We are still taking orders for the June meeting.

Please visit THIS LINK to see the options and prices available.  You must be a PALE Homebrew Club Member to see the link.  If you are a member are you are having problems getting to the site, please email us at tech@PALEBrewers.org and we will help you out!

2013 AHA – PALE Big Brew Day

Looking for some brewers for Big Brew Day, I have space for a 5-6 brewers.
We are discussing brewing a big barleywine or IPA and barrel aging it!
Recipe discussion on the forums : http://forum.palebrewers.org/index.php/topic,211.0.html

Please respond ASAP if interested!

When: Saturday May 4th – starting at 9am — all day.
Location:  2366 Shiloh Dr.- Aurora IL. 60503
I will be providing food, and have some beer. Please bring some to share as well.
Thanks all,

John Lawlor

Illinois HB630 Heading to the House Floor for a vote!

Illinois Homebrew Alliance (IHA) Call to Action

If you are a homebrewer, or you are a friend with a Homebrewer, please take a moment to read this. The Vote is scheduled for this week, so the sooner you call, the more impact you will have!

The IHA has been working to draft a bill that will change Illinois Law to codify existing practices and expand curtailed rights for Homebrewers.

The bill that was drafted, House Bill #630 (HB630) was negotiated with a group called the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois (ABDI) over the last few months. The bill, while not perfect, gets us a number of things that we as Homebrewers want. Among them are:

- Homebrew Tastings will be legal (again) at Beer Festivals such as, oh, I don’t know, the Midwest Brewers Fest!
- Homebrew will be legal to consume in any location where commercial beer can be consumed. (so long as you don’t share it with the public). The park, tailgating, Ravinia, …a Homebrew Club Meeting… all become officially legal.
- The fermenting of Homebrew becomes legal at any Homebrew Shop willing to allow it.
- Homebrew Shops, if they get the insurance for it, are allowed to brew their own homebrew and serve samples to customers.

To get this bill passed, we need you to take 15 minutes out of your day and make two telephone calls.

- Visit IllinoisHomebrew.org, locate your Illinois Senator & Illinois Representative on the website, click on their name, locate their Springfield Office phone number and call it.
- Tell the person the phone “My name is YOUR_NAME_HERE and I am calling to ask you to support House Bill 630.” If they ask your address and name, be sure to provide it so they can confirm you residency.
- Tell your friends, family, and neighbors to make the same phone calls!

That is it. You have done your part to help ensure the passage of House Bill 630. Thank You and Congratulations, go open a Homebrew in celebration!

Illinois Homebrew Legislation: HB630

Huge news with the homebrew Legislation!!!  We have a bill!

HB630 was submitted by Co-Sponsors Rep. Keith Farnham and Rep. Michael Tryon.  You can read the full text HERE

This bill is what will get us back into the Festivals and make homebrew samples to the public legal! (under controlled conditions, of course)

The language of the bill was negotiated by the Illinois Homebrewers Alliance (IHA) and the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois (ABDI), and has language that benefits Homebrewers, Homebrew Clubs, and Homebrew Shops.

The IHA has stated that they will release an annotated version of the bill to explain what each sections means, the benefits, and the restrictions.  We will post it up here when it becomes available.

If all goes as planned, the Illinois House will vote on the bill on Friday, April 19, and then the Illinois Senate on Thursday, April 25.

PALE Project Categories for 2013 – Updated

We wanted to get an updated schedule out for the remainder of 2013 and start of 2014. We are going to coordinate the PALE Project with the AHA club only competitions in order to send the winners on to the AHA.

  • May 2013 – Extract Beer
  • July 2013 – Pale Ale-for bragging rights
  • August 2013 – TBA
  • October 2013 – European Amber Lagers
  • December 2013 – TBA
  • February 2014 – TBA
  • April 2014 – Strong Belgian Ale
  • May 2014 – Porters

When the TBA categories are posted, we will update them accordingly.

As before please have at least 2 12oz bottles for the competition with your name and style on the bottle. The start time will be between 6:15 and 6:30.

If there are any questions, please contact Chris Schabert.

2013 Charlie Orr Memorial Chicago Cup Challenge

Congratulations to the following PALE members who were winners at the recent Charlie Orr Memorial Chicago Cup Challenge!

  • Paul Pfeifer 1st place in Smaller Stouts for “Paul’s Stout” Dry Stout
  • Nick Olson 1st place in Bigger Stouts for “Temhota” Imperial Stout
  • Bill Cartwright 1st place in English and American IPA for “Hossdawg IPA” American IPA
  • Richard Gauthier 2nd place in Belgian Strong Ale for “Monk As A Skunk” Belgian Dark Strong Ale
  • David Christensen 3rd place in German Wheat and Rye for “Weizenbock” Weizenbock
  • Brian Phad 3rd place in Light Hybrid Beer for “Blinded by the Lights” Cream Ale
  • Brian Phad 3rd place in Amber Hybrid Beer for “California Dreamin” California Common Beer
  • Michael Jacobs 3rd place in Scottish and Irish Ale for “Piper Down!” Scottish Heavy 70/-

Drunk Monk Challenge

From the desk of the PALE Vice President:

PALE Drunk Monk Challenge results:
Congratulations to our members! Mark Pannell (okay, not a current member, but one of our founders) 1st Place for Ed’s Best Brown in Flight 16 and 3rd Place to Brandon Wright for his Big Bad Red also in Flight 16.Brian Phad wins again with a 2nd Place in Flight 24 for his The Drinking Dead. Mark Pannell also wins a 2nd Place in Flight 33 for his Three Cats Smoked Porter. Cindy O’Dell Todd (Really Ken Todd) wins a 3rd Place in Flight 35 wit his Mocha Stout. But Ken – You registered with UKG as your homebrew club. What’s up with that? Don’t you love us? ;-) Cheers to all our winners!