Oddbits…Morphine beer? Homebrewer busted in Santa Cruz, Oktoberfest in Oakland, Bistro Wet Hop Fest…
By William Brand
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 at 1:40 pm in Uncategorized.
OK, now I’ve seen everything… check out this story by Jennifer Squires in the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Homebrewer in Santa Cruz busted for making “morphine beer.” Damn, homebrewers are a creative lot, aren’t they.
SANTA CRUZ — Police raided a Westside house Friday morning where they suspected people were producing opiates and arrested a UC Santa Cruz doctoral candidate who said he used dried poppy pods to flavor home-brewed beer a month ago.
“All I did was make a poppy beer,” said Chad Renzelman, 28, who was arrested at his Bay Street home Friday. “I spent all morning in jail for brewing beer. I had no idea what I was doing was illegal.”
But police reported that Renzelman, who studies chemistry, allegedly had used a chemical process to extract opium from poppy plant pods, then converted the opium to morphine.
Morphine is the active opiate in heroin.
Police reported finding a pressurized canister of homemade beer laced with morphine in Renzelman’s garage, as well as lab equipment contaminated with opium alkaloids and other hazardous chemicals….READ THE REST OF THE STORY
- Oktoberfest in Oakland? Yes. Julie Johnson, a member of the Dimond Improvement Association, says the association is sponsoring its first annual Oktoberfest celebration Oct 4., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at MacArthur and Fruitvale in the heart of the historic Dimond District. Julie points out that the area has a big German heritage and at one point early in the 20th Century boasted four beer gardens. Here’s an historical link.
She wasn’t sure what beers will be served, but is checking. I recommended Linden Street Brewery, of course. There’s also going to be a homebrew contest.
- Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., annual Wet Hop Beer Fest, Bistro, 1001 B. St., Hayward. This is a beauty of a festival; beers are made with just-harvested hops. Some brewers go to elaborate lengths, trucking in hops from the Washington hop fields minutes after harvest. Others, like the esteemed curmudgeon-brewer Brian Hunt, Moonlight Brewing, grow hops in front of their brewery.
OOPS, wrong castle. Don’t know if Queen Elizabeth is a real ale lover like her son, Prince Charles, but the royal family was less than pleased the other day when 12 barrels of lager arrived at Windsor Castle. They were destined for The Windsor Castle Pub, a few miles ago. The pub was stocking up for England’s football match with Croatia