Strange Brew Homebrew Club
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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!
In Fond Memory of John Huck
In tribute to our good friend John Huck who passed away on May 26, 2013.
Huck was many things to this club and its members over the years. He was President, Webmaster, recruiter, judge and organizer. He gave his time and energy and stepped up to volunteer to help make Strange Brew shine and be recognized in the region and nationally. John did much of the behind-the-scenes, before-and-after work that made events go smoothly and inspired others to help by his example.
Huck was a masterful and decorated brewer. He won awards across the spectrum of styles, from pilsner to IPA, stouts to meads. He won AHA club only competitions and many blue ribbons. His beers advanced to 2nd round Nationals in multiple categories. In 2011, John won the OBC Fall Classic BOS and had the opportunity to brew a 20 Barrel (720 gal.) batch of his winning brew. He was very proud of his Hopworks Huckster IPA at his release party and for good reason as it handily outsold the Hopworks house IPA and was tapped out within two weeks.
As a beer judge, John was a rock for any competition. He was always willing to take the flights others would not and was an asset to any BOS panel. He had a refined palate and was able to recognize quality and give constructive feedback where it was needed. Huck was always honest and didn't soft pedal what was good and what was bad. He made us better brewers.
John had a sharp and wicked wit that made us laugh. He was not afraid to challenge tradition or embrace change and he stuck to his beliefs. He had generosity, and kindness and warmth. We will miss him terribly.
A memorial fund to benefit John's family has been established.