What is the deal with
The Rubber Chicken?
The Rubber Chicken is our Club newsletter. Way back when paper was used as the main medium of information exchange, there was a book. This book was called The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, by Charlie Papazian. In this book is a recipe for a "Cock Ale" that reads thus:
“Take 10 gallons of ale and a large cock, the older the better; parboil the cock, flay him, and stamp him in a stone mortar until his bones are broken (you must gut him when you flay him). Then, put the cock into two quarts of sack, and put to it five pounds of raisins of the sun – stoned; some blades of mace, and a few cloves. Put all these into a canvas bag, and a little before you find the ale has been working, put the bag and ale together in vessel.” from Charlie Papazian’s The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, and originally from The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digby Kt. Opened, 1677.
As a nod to Charlie Papazian's pioneering in the hobby of Homebrewing, and the ridiculousness of this recipe, we named our newsletter after this. But, with modern knowledge of microbiology, we cannot condone using anything but a properly sanitized rubber chicken in your own beer.
Our earliest known manuscripts of this Rubber Chicken date back to 2001. This newsletter was and continues to this day to inform the membership of Primetime Brewers of meeting times and places, current events, and educational articles. The Rubber Chicken is also a place you can find the annual brewer of the year standings and schedule.