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Posted by Dave McFadden
Some of may think we know a lot about beer but we don't know nearly as much about it as Tim Kostelecky, John I Haas' Technical Services Manager. Tim has spent his 39+ year career in the industry and told our club a great story about how the local hops industry is booming due to our passion for IPAs and other hoppy beverages.
Craft brewers are popping up across the country and taking market share from the mega breweries. They now account for 14 percent of domestic market share and exports are surging. For the hop industry this is huge. Craft brewers can use 10 times the amount of hops in their pale ales and IPAs compared to a Miller or Budweiser.
The brewing renaissance has also fueled big changes in hop production. The craft brewer wants aroma hops, the varieties that impart nose and flavor to an ale. Bitter hops, the former mainstay for brewers are less popular. There has also been an explosion in development of new hop varieties. Citra, Mosaic and are just a few new hop cones entering the market today. Craft brewers are now also working hand in hand with hop growers to perfect unique varieties that give their ales a unique signature. Fremont Ales offers a pale ale with Cowiche Canyon hops. I recently had a Citra IPA.
It's refreshing to see good ale and beer choices proliferate. Before prohibition smaller pubs and breweries were common in America. They offered places where the community could mix and enjoy a locally crafted ale. They didn't drive automobiles back then though... so just remember to drink responsibly.
We were very pleased to be finished with our annual raflle fundraiser. Our club raised over $60,700 this year. Thanks to everyone who sponsored and pitched in to make this year's raffle a record succuss
The winners of our 2014 raffle aree:
- Chevy Cruze Bruce Moorer
- Gasperetti’s flowers for a year Mike Battle
- YAC Fitness year membership Alfonso Dabalos
- BBQ Grille October Brost
- Valley Cycling gift certificate Michelle McNichols
- Mercy Movie passes Connie Falon
- Pearl necklace Jess Uriostegui
- Westwood Golf for a year Marcia Cavender
- Seahawks tickets Mike Stobie
Proceeds from our raffle will be used to support local youth oriented charities and programs such as:
Learn to Swim
Rotary Speech Contest scholarships
For those who haven’t been out to visit it yet, The Range is open and doing a pretty booming business with the new, state-of-the-art indoor shooting facility. Owners Austin and Leslie Harlan visited with Sunrise Rotary recently to explain just what happens inside the new $3 million building.
Located in the old Garretson cold storage building, just at the base of Garretson Grade, The Range is Austin’s attempt at changing the image of a “shooting range.”
“We focus on safety instruction, education, and proper training,” he explained. “People with firearms need to be able to use them safely.”
The Range staff of 12 provides classes for those who have never held a firearm to the more experienced. As a Class 2 licensed facility, they also provide training and education for area SWAT teams and police departments, as well as manufacture the fire arms for several police departments.
With professional trained instructors; a huge retail store; a safe, comfortable environment; and even a coffee bar, The Range offers memberships and walk-in packages to suite just about any shooter’s desires. You can check them out at www.therangellc.com
To build awareness around domestic violence, The Allstate Foundation has partnered with 27 YWCAs in a month long "Purple Purse Campaign." Backed by Allstate, the YWCA team that raises the most money will receive an additional $100,000!
Similar to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Purple Purse Campaign hopes to shed light on domestic abuse. It is more prevalent than many think: one in four women will experience abuse at some time in her life. That is more than the number of women who will get breast cancer. It's past time to do something about it.
Wednesday, September 10, Sunrise Rotarian and Director of Development for the Yakima YWCA, Amy Flynn, asked for Sunrise Rotary's support in helping with the Purple Purse Campaign. Currently, Team Yakima is on the leaderboard, but is still several thousand dollars behind first place. If you haven't yet, help support survivors of domestic violence by donating here.
Thanksgiving! Now that most of us are a little rounder why not do something for others (as well as your waistline). Join Ralph Berthon in the Leftover turkey Trot tomorrow. All proceeds from this Saturday, November 29 event will go to support Camp Prime Time and the Yakima Greenway. Get your registration form , and get ready to kick some turkey butt!
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