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Heart of the Valley Homebrewers Records, 1982-2004

By Tiah Edmunson-Morton and Alyssa Collins

Collection Overview

Title: Heart of the Valley Homebrewers Records, 1982-2004


Primary Creator: Heart of the Valley Homebrewers

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: This collection consists of one series: 1. Club Records, 1982-2004.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Heart of the Valley Homebrewers Records are comprised of a wide variety of materials that document the club's activities and outreach. The Heart of the Valley Homebrewers club was founded in Corvallis, Oregon in 1982.

Scope and Content Notes

The Heart of the Valley Homebrewers Records are comprised of a wide variety of materials that document the club's activities and outreach. The items in this collection include forms, bylaws, correspondence, flyers, meeting minutes, membership lists, newsletters, newspaper clippings, recipes, and brewsheets. In addition to documenting beers made by Heart of the Valley Homebrewers (HOTV) members, the records document annual events organized by the club, beer judging certification, and the involvement of club members in the American Homebrewers Association. The collection's newsletters represent the HOTV and other local homebrew clubs, including the Capitol Brewers (Salem), the Marys Peak Lagers, and the Cascade Brewer's Society (Springfield).

Biographical / Historical Notes

Formed in 1982 in Corvallis, Oregon, the Heart of the Valley Homebrewers (HOTV) is a nonprofit organization of homebrewing enthusiasts devoted to raising money for scholarships and other charitable groups. HOTV is a registered homebrew club operating under the guidelines of the American Homebrewers Association. In addition to hosting the annual Oregon Homebrew Festival - the Pacific Northwest's oldest homebrew competition - HOTV also organizes the annual SeptembeerFest event, which serves as a fundraiser for local charities.

Author: Tiah Edmunson-Morton

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 2 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These materials were donated to the Special Collections and Research Center by Patrick Gorman, the treasurer of Heart of the Valley Homebrewers, in 2015.

Related Materials:

The Heart of the Valley Homebrewers Records are complemented by several other collections. The Brewing and Fermentation Research Collection (MSS BFRC) contains information pertaining to the history, growth, and culture of the Pacific Northwest brewing industry; included are newsletters for homebrew clubs such as the Oregon Brew Crew and Cascade Brewers Society, as well as other noteworthy industry periodicals and publications. The Fred Eckhardt Papers and Denny Conn Papers contain recipes, manuals, and club newsletters.

There are interviews with homebrewers in the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives Oral History Collection (OH 35), including Lee Hedgmon, Annie Johnson, Denny Conn, and Fred Eckhardt.

Further information regarding the values, logistics, and goals of the burgeoning regional brewing community can be found in collections such as the McMenamins Brewery Collection (MSS McMenamins), and Ninkasi Brewing Company Collection (MSS Ninkasi). The personal research collections of Pete Dunlop (MSS Dunlop), Fred Bowman (MSS Bowman), and Robert Daly (MSS Daly) contain additional information regarding the beer writing process and Portland-area beer culture.

This collection is a component of the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives.

Preferred Citation: Heart of the Valley Homebrewers Records (MSS HOTV), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid supersedes information about the collection placed online in 2015.


Heart of the Valley Homebrewers

People, Places, and Topics

Corvallis (Or.)--Social life and customs.
Heart of the Valley Homebrewers
Home brewing
Hops and Brewing
Local History

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Club Records, 1982-2004
Records related to club operations, including organizational records, newsletters, event information, and recipes.
Box-Folder 1.01: American Homebrewers Association, 1987-1992
Membership information, competition rules and regulation, flyers, and correspondence.
Box-Folder 1.02: Annual Picnic, 1995-2004
Permits for park rental, receipts for expenses, attendance lists, correspondence, and activities.
Box-Folder 1.03: Beer Judge Certification Program, 1990-2003
Judging records, correspondence, bylaws created by Lee Smith.
Box-Folder 1.04: Forms, circa 1990
Blank forms, tasting information sheets, recipes, bottle identification.
Box-Folder 1.05: Bylaws and Correspondence, 1990-2004
Bylaws, correspondence, Slurp and Burp event, home brewed soda recipe, rules and regulations.
Box-Folder 1.06: Membership List, 1991-2000
Box-Folder 1.07: Meeting Minutes, 1982
Box-Folder 1.08: Newsletters: Cascade Brewers Society, 1988-1991
Meeting information, updates on events and club news.
Box-Folder 1.09: Newsletters: Heart of the Valley Homebrewers, 1982-1998
Club meeting information, discussion on brewing styles, festivals planning, budget.
Box-Folder 1.10: Newsletters: Oregon Brew Crew, 1987-1993
Information on meetings and events, discussion on brewing styles.
Box-Folder 1.11: Newsletters: Other Clubs, 1989-1993
The Prost (1991), Worts of Wisdom (1991), Hop Barley and the Alers (1989), Brews News (1992-1993), Capital Brewers (1993), The No Name Brew Club (1992), Marys Peak Lagers Homebrewing Club (1992), The Brew Club Newsletter (1992).
Box-Folder 1.12: Newspaper Clippings, 1982-1983
Gazette-Times, October 16, 1982: clipping on the Heart of the Valley Homebrewers. Albany Democrat Herald March 3, 1983 clipping on Ted Cox and Heart of the Valley Homebrewers club origin. Examiner September 15, 1992 clipping on health benefits of beer.
Box-Folder 2.01: Oregon Homebrew Festival, 1983-2000
Entry information, forms, attendees and entries, correspondence, mailing list.
Box-Folder 2.02: Recipes, 1987-2003
Beer recipes and notes on competition results.
Box-Folder 2.03: Recipes and Brewsheets, 1998-1999
Beer data sheets and recipes entered into competitions.
Box-Folder 2.04: Reference Material, 1992-1999
Beer Judge Certification Program information, best selection of beer and wine making books list, "King Kooker" instruction book, yeast cultures.

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