Strange Brew Homebrew Club
Strange Brew Homebrew Club is centered in Oregon's Willamette Valley. We started in 1994 with only 4 members. Today, our 20+ member club's mission is simply "To help brewers make better beer!"
Our brewers have taken many Regional and National awards in competitions across the country. We have helped brewers to excel at the National Homebrew Competition, the Master Championship of Amateur Brewers and many local competitions.
We host the Northwest's largest homebrew competition, the Slurp & Burp Open. Our brewers learn about many different beer styles, the ingredients that make them unique and give them that extra touch of intrigue.
With a small club, there are great opportunities for interaction on brewing ideas, new beers available and all aspects of brewing. We want to keep our club small and unique, but we love to help newcomers make their best brew yet!
Tribute to Paul Johnson
13 Virtues Brewing Company
Please join us to share your memories of Paul and toast him with a beer that he brewed in collaboration with David Vohden at 13 Virtues.
We are very sad to let you know that our friend Paul Johnson (“PJ”) passed away peacefully December 28th. Paul's fight against cancer was not easy but he fought it like a champ since April 2014 and never gave up. Anyone who knew PJ knows he was a stubborn guy and he wasn’t going to give up without a fight. He is a true inspiration of inner strength and human will in the face of brutal adversity.
In the last weeks of his life, all PJ wanted to talk about was Slurp and Burp 2015. His passion and commitment to Strange Brew and the Slurp and Burp competition showed through to the very end. Paul made sure that he had transitioned his notes and know-how to other members for the various roles he filled over the years and we know he would be happy seeing the competition in good hands moving forward for 2015.
Those who knew PJ knew fully how much this club meant to him. He was a long-standing member of the club and was the guy who welcomed many into Strange Brew (alongside John Huck) as the long-time membership coordinator. He was always prodding members to ‘do more’ and working to keep members interested. That was PJ: always pushing us to judge at more comps, get more involved with Slurp and Burp and to make better beer.
One can not say enough about HIS beers and skills as a brewer. From his Vienna Lager to his Pipeline Porter clone, from his IPA’s to “Paultoberfest” that he brewed for the 2014 Pro-Am with Dave Vohden--PJ’s beers were top notch.
We will miss PJ dearly and all that he has contributed to Slurp and Burp and Strange Brew over the years. Beyond his huge contributions to our club, we will miss Paul as a the good friend who was not afraid to give honest, in-your-face feedback on beers and life in general. Paul came across to some as gruff but we knew him to have a huge and giving heart. He was generous with his time, passionate about his hobbies and a wonderful person to know.
Cheers to you Paul,