June Meeting 6/20 at Smog City

Our next meeting will be held this Thursday, June 20, at 7:30pm at Smog City Brewing Company – 1901 Del Amo Blvd B, Torrance, CA 90501

Bring your Monster Brew! Porter has been gracious enough to host our annual monster brew, but rarely gets to sample the results. Not anymore!

Our style of the month is British and American strong ales, with a commercial tasting hosted by Robert Wilkinson and Peter Moran.

Jill, of Strand Brewers Club, will be handing out ribbons from the Jeff Sanders Memorial Competition.

See you there!

Upcoming dates:

July 5: First Friday at The Doughroom

July 13: Big Brew at Carl’s House – Limited Space – Sign up with Carl

August 2: First Friday bottle-share/Summer Party setup at Dean’s House

August 3: Summer Party at Dean’s House – Get your keg on The Wave of Beer – sign up with Carl

August 15: Meeting at Tortugo Brewing

4th Horseman & Long Beach Pub Crawl – June 8th

For our First Friday on the second Saturday in June, June 8th, we will be returning to the 4th Horseman in Long Beach!

Martin Svab will lead the group on a pub crawl of local beers, then the group will return to the 4th Horseman for Pizza and a bottle share. Any of you who attended the First Friday at the 4th Horseman saw Martin pull some serious beers from his collection but this time we will all participate with some bombs!

The plan is to meet up at Beachwood BBQ (210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA · (562) 436-4020) at 12:00 NOON for a light bite and starter beers, then travel by foot to Beachwood Blendery (247 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802) , then Uber a short distance to 10 Mile Brewing (1136 E WILLOW ST SIGNAL HILL, CA 90755).

Then we will retire to the 4th Horseman for late afternoon pizza and bottle share! We ask that you please limit yourself to bringing only 2 bottles to share!
This will be a very long day of beer drinking capped off with our bottle share! Please be responsible and consider public transportation and plan for the entire afternoon and evening to be consumed by this event!

May Meeting This Thursday 5/16 – Moved to Tortugo Brewing

Greetings:

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to postpone our meeting at Smog City until June.

We will instead be meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Tortugo Brewing.

916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302 (424) 227-9963

We will get started at 7:30 PM.  Our style of the month is Czech Lagers / pale lagers hosted by Craig Corley.

See you all there!

 

Cheers,

Ian

President

Competition Corner – May 2019

Entries are due this Thursday, May 9th for the Jeff Sanders Memorial Competition, run by Strand Brewers club.  Enter now at http://www.jeffsandersmemorial.com/.  This competition features a limited set of categories.  Entries may be dropped off at South Bay, Eagle Rock, Steinfillers, Woodland Hills homebrew shops.  Judging will be May 18th at  Los Angeles Ale Works. Read more

April Meeting 4/18 at L.A. Ale Works!

The next meeting of Pacific Gravity is this Thursday, April 18, 2019.

We will be meeting at L.A. Ale Works (Kip’s brewery), located at 12918 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250.  laaleworks.com

We will be getting started at 7:30 PM.  We are not planning food for this event as there will be a food truck on location.

The ‘style of the month’ is Belgium beers and will include a commercial style tasting hosted by Brian Watson.  Please bring your Belgian Beers to the meeting!  This month’s style is appropriate because we will also be hosting the awards ceremony for the recent LABBC.

See you all there!

Upcoming dates to remember:

5/3/2019 – SCHBF, Temecula https://www.calhomebrewers.org/2019-schf-info/

5/11/19 – SECOND Saturday @ Harujuku Taproom: 4410 Sepulveda Blvd., https://www.hjtaproom.com/

5/16/19 – Club Meeting @ Smog City

Cheers,
Ian Fraser
President

Competition Corner – April 2019

First up, a quick reminder that Mayfaire entries are due this Friday, April 12 at Eagle Rock, Steinfillers, Woodland Hills brewing shops.  Enter now at http://competitions.maltosefalcons.com/.   Judging will be April 27 at Five Threads Brewing Company.  We will also likely do a local preliminary judging round sometime in the next two weeks.  Check back here for details. Read more

Competition Corner – March 2019

The beers have been organized into their walk-in cooler lair
In hopes that Master Level Judges soon would be there.    

Well, the big event is almost here:  The 5th Annual Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge.  With thanks to Los Angeles Ale Works, just about everything is set for judging day on Sunday, March 24th. We have a cadre of judges lined up, including not one, but two Master level judges.  Any competition could use a couple more judges, so if you ever wanted to give it a try, come on down.  Activities will get under way at 8:00 AM on Sunday, March 24th at LA Ale works, 12918 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250. If you want to judge, please sign up at http://comp.belgianbrewchallenge.com/.  I’d like to give an advance shout-out for all volunteers including judges, stewards, the master chef, bottle sorters and course, our sponsors. Read more

March Meeting 3/21 at Tortugo Brewing

We will be meeting March 21 at Tortugo Brewing 7:30PM
916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, our commercial tasting style is Irish and British dark beers, hosted by yours truly!
Dust off your potatoes for an unofficial stew-off! Bring your crock-pot of Irish or British stew to the meeting. This is just for bragging rights. We will have a side of rice, and hopefully some bread from Tortugo’s neighboring bakery.
We still have spots for the Southern California Homebrewer’s Festival. Do not miss one of the best events of the year! Talk to Terry to sign up for a campsite.
Cheers!
-Elijah

Upcoming dates:

April 5: First Friday @ El Segundo Slice & Pint
April 18: Meeting @ LA Ale Works
May 3-5: Southern California Homebrewer’s Festival
May 11: First Friday Second Saturday @ Harajuku Taproom

Competition Entries Update – AHA Nationals and LABBC

Thank to Tom Hok, we will have transportation of entries to San Diego for the AHA competition!
Tom will be at the Monster brew at Smog City on Saturday (3/9).  You can bring entries with you if you are coming.
Otherwise, please bring them by my place tomorrow or Friday.  I’ll be out and about most of tomorrow (Thursday), but you can leave them in a cooler behind my unlocked metal gate if I am not home.  If you miss this deadline, you are on your own to ship them to Alesmith, or whichever regional site you have selected.  They must arrive no later than March 14th.
As previously noted, the entry deadline  for LABBC is Friday March 8th.  Bottles may be dropped off at one of the local brew shops or at Los Angeles Ale Works.  If you plan to join us for bottle organizing at LAAW, you can bring them Sunday morning March 10th at 9AM, but please note that the entries must be registered by Friday the 8th.
PLEASE do not mix up your entries!  Keep them separate.
Good Luck to all entrants!
Carl

Sign-ups needed now for Monster Brew

We still have plenty of space for the Monster Brew session at Smog City this Saturday, March 9th!  But, we need a headcount BEFORE the event, so you must must make a reservation NOW if you want wort.  The cost will be $30 for each 5 gallons of wort.  You can order several batches if you like.    If possible, please pay in advance.

You can sign up one of two ways:

1) Pay now with Paypal.  If you do this your reservation is good to go.

2) Drop a line to [email protected]  saying how many batches you want.   Payment will be due on brew day.  We will accept payment at the Monster Brew; cash, check and credit card will be accepted.

Please also see my posts on Monster Brew:

Hope to see you there!
Carl Townsend
Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club