Competition Corner – April 2010

Here we are in the rapidly-warming month of April and we are in the thick of the homebrew competition season.  Coming up this Saturday, April 10th is the due date for Maltose Falcon’s Mayfaire competition.  We are collecting entries for this at the Culver City shop.  On-line sign up is here: Note that the Falcons use their own style guidelines, which you can find here: . The entry fee is $7.00 and you need 3 bottles for each entry.  This is a local competition and they’ll need lots of judges.  We will do a preliminary round on Sunday April 18th at the Culver City shop.  The main session Saturday April 24th at Saint Martin’s Church, 7136 Winnetka Ave up in the valley.   This is a great opportunity for those of you who are in the BJCP class.

Looking on the Club meeting on Thursday, April 15th, we have another COC.  The theme for this is Extract Beers.  All BJCP styles are eligible, provided that the beer was made primarily (more than 50%) from malt extract.  This is a great way for you extract brewers to get in the game.  It is also a great way to forget about you taxes.   If you have eligible entries, bring three 12 oz. bottles (per style) to the meeting and make sure you let Carl know they are here.  If possible, please also fill out an entry form, which you can download from  The club picks up the entry fee, so it is free to you.  If your entry is selected, we’ll ship off the two remaining bottles to the national judging site.  If you lose, you can take back the two extra bottles.  Or if you prefer, you can pop them open to console your losses.

Don’t give up yet, we have one more to cover:  California State Fair Due at the shop by April 18th.  Since we need to ship these entries off, your bottles must arrive packaged for shipping.  This means plenty of bubble wrap and packed into suitable shipping boxes.  Cost for each entry is $10, but the club will pick up shipping costs.  Entry forms can be found at

On the award announcement side of things, congratulations go to Josh Jensen.  His Citra hopped XPA beat out seven other American amber and brown ales and will represent the club for the American Ale COC.

Get those brewkettles going and don’t stop until the 2010 Brewer of the Year has been announced.  If you need still more competitions, you can find the whole list at

2010 Competition Schedule

April 10th Mayfaire

April 15th COC – Extract Beers, all BJCP styles

April 18th California State Fair

July                  Los Angeles County Fair

July                  COC – Meads, BJCP Cat #24-26

August              COC – Sour Ales, BJCP Cat #17

September        Pacific Brewers Cup

October           Queen of Beer (open to ladies only) NOTE: Based on the recent Brewer of the Year vote, this will NOT be counted toward the point tally.)

October           COC – Strong Ales, BJCP Cat #19

December        COC – English Pale Ales, BJCP Cat #8