April Events Lineup & Reminders

Hey PG! I hope this message reaches you well. I’m sending out this update to make sure everyone knows what’s up for April and to remind of a few other things in the works.  🙂

This Friday is April’s First Friday at El Segundo Brewing Company, a night that was very popular with the hop-heads last year. I overheard some chatter in our Facebook group too, about stopping into Richmond Bar & Grill for food beforehand, which I highly recommend.  Tania and I will arrive at the brewery at 7pm. Show up when you can, we will likely be around all night.  Don’t forget to bring a growler!  ESBC pours are worth taking home.

April’s Third Thursday club meeting is on Thursday April 20th at LA Ale Works. We’ll start the night with the award ceremony to close out our 3rd LA Belgian Beer Challenge, and we’ll have a bunch of leftover (cold-stored) entries to taste afterward. Member Barry will be manning the tasting table too!  We will also be collecting donations at this event, that will go on to people in need via our connection (Dianne & Mimi) at The People Concern, based out of Santa Monica (formerly Ocean Park Community Center). We’re looking for clean clothing for men, women, and children, unopened personal & household items,  gift certificates to supermarkets, fast food restaurants, or retail stores, and books & art supplies. Anything you can bring will be accepted and appreciated.

Style of the month is Belgian (a personal favorite of mine) and I can’t wait to try all of the entries into our Best of Meeting competition.

Looking ahead, we’ve got the Southern California Homebrew Festival happening on the first weekend of May (5th & 6th). We still have a few campsites available, for more info or to reserve a spot for your tent click through to http://pacificgravity.com/schf

A few weeks later, on the 20th of May, we’re celebrating our 2016 club of the year win with Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. Now that our Monster Brew w/ Smog City and LABBC are in the books, we’re in the process of gathering quotes for a group rate on 20 hotel rooms nearby. I’ll post instructions for booking on Friday. (Update: This took longer than expected, sorry about that!) Shout out to Ian F. for volunteering to help me canvas the area for quotes.   I don’t have final pricing yet but we are anticipating the nightly rate to be in the low $200’s and almost 1/2 of the rooms are already spoken for. If you want to reserve one of the remaining rooms right now, let me know via email at President at pacificgravity.com

Further on down the line, it’s our turn to host Pacific Brewer’s Cup homebrew competition. The details are just coming together now, but we’ll need a LOT of help. Reach out to Competitions at pacificgravity.com if you are interested and able to volunteer some time to help.

Lastly, I just heard that our friends at Smog City Brewing Company are hosting a fundraiser THIS THURSDAY April 6th for Jesse Esphorst Jr. who was killed in a tragic car accident in early March. A percentage of the proceeds of food and beers sales (Barley Hops Grill will be there) go to Jesse’s family. Silent auction, live auction, sodas and juice, plus commemorative pint glasses to celebrate Jesse Jr. will be available at the taproom.  If you can make it, please do. I’m sure Porter & Laurie and Jesse’s family will appreciate it.  Don’t forget to tell them you’re from PG!  More info here: http://bit.ly/2ozDwKw

If you made it this far: Thanks for reading!  Hopefully we’ll get to chat some of this stuff up on Friday together, over a hoppy pint of beer from ESBC.  See you there.

Michael

7apr7:00 pmFirst Friday - El Segundo Brewing Company7:00 pm El Segundo Brewing Company

Thursday Meeting @ LA Ale Works

Hey PG!

Saturday’s monster brew with Smog City was another seriously fun day. My batches are burping away here near my desk as I type this message, I hope yours are going well. 😀      Shout out to the Smog City team and our PG board for such a well executed event.

Coming up this Thursday the 16th we have our March Third Thursday club meeting at LA Ale Works in Hawthorne.  

One important update to our plan: LA Ale Works is absolutely fine with us bringing our corny kegs of homebrew so please disregard the previous messaging limiting us to growlers & bottles. We’ll be hanging out in the back of the brewery away from the taproom, just like we’ve done at Smog previously. As always, we want to have a good time without disrupting business for LAAW so your best behavior is requested. Also…

  • By all means, rinse out a growler to bring. Kip’s pricing on fills is mighty fair and there are more than a few beers on tap that I’d take home on a Thursday night.  😉
  • Thursday is a perfect time to drop off your entries for LABBC. The window for drop off ends Friday and they’re headed for LA Ale Works eventually either way. Bring them!
  •  We’re also still short on coolers for organizing entries too so if you can lend one out until April 1st or so – Please bring it!

Looking forward to seeing you Thursday!

Michael

16mar7:30 pmMarch Club Meeting7:30 pm LA Aleworks

Monster Brew, March Club Meeting, and LABBC 2017

Hey PG!

I hope everyone is doing well and brewing like crazy. We have had some decent weather for it. Here, I’ve been over to the shop and put together a few batches recently that should make SCHF and PBC a lot of fun. 😀

March is an exciting month for us, so I think it’s best I send around an outline of things to come. I also have some great news to share so read on.

Our monster brew with LABBC Gold Level Sponsor Smog City Brewing Company, which is quickly becoming an honored PG tradition, is THIS weekend and I hope you’re ready. Culver City Home Brewing Supply reports a stash of fresh new fermenter buckets at the ready, if you need one or two. More info, including PayPal purchase link here: http://pacificgravity.com/2017/02/smog-city-monster-brew-march-11th/     I’m looking forward to seeing you all there and I’m hoping for another smooth brew day.

Next up, we have our monthly club meeting scheduled next Thursday March 16th at LA Ale Works. They’ve been really hospitable and club friendly so far, and it should be a memorable night.

A couple things to note before coming down to Hawthorne for this meeting:

  • March is dues collection month. Treasurer Tim will be setup to get renewals and new memberships going.
  • To keep our footprint smaller (and cleaner) this is a NO KEGS event. Bring your homebrew, including entries into the best beer of the month competition, in growlers or bottles. We’ll make a space for them, and make sure each one gets a label, and exposure for tasting, etc.
  • Best Beer of the Meeting style is: Irish and Stout beers, in honor of St Patrick’s Day.
  • Submissions for our Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge are due, so bring your entries to this meeting. We’re storing and judging the beer at LAAW, so it’s super helpful if you bring them down directly.
    • Also, we could use a few more coolers for the competition. If you have a cooler you can loan until March 26th, bring it too.
  • Barley Hops Grill food truck will be there so bring a few bucks for food. Out of respect for the food truck workers, we’re going to forgo providing outside food and encourage everyone to patronize them instead. Sorry 🙂 No corned beef and cabbage this year.
  • Remember, we’re guests at LAAW. Have an excellent time but keep it respectful and positive. It’s a privilege to be invited in the first place and I absolutely want to be invited back!

Finally, I’m extremely happy to share news that our party with Anchor to celebrate our winning the 2016 Anchor’s California Homebrew Club of the Year award has been scheduled!   The party will be during the day on Saturday May 20th, 2017 at the Anchor brewery in San Francisco. As we discussed earlier in the year, transportation to and from the event will be up to you each to figure out individually but we are going to work on securing a club rate at a hotel. I will post more on the hotel subject as soon as I have something worth sharing.  In the meantime rejoice! The party is scheduled! 😀 😀 😀

So we’ve got big plans together this month and beyond! Reach out if you have any questions, especially if you can volunteer to pitch in and help.

Thanks!

Michael

Pacific Gravity February 2017 Recap

(From Terry M)

Our Homebrew Style of the Month was Amber & Brown Ales.  Kegs included:

  • Tim / Ian / Larry’s Cider;
  • Parker W’s Peanut Butter Porter;
  • Michael Patterson’s Saison and German Lager from the same wort;
  • CCHBS’s Melrose Mild; and
  • Ruben’s Oatmeal Stout in a mini freshman keg that stood tall with all the senior kegs.

Bottles/Growlers included:

  • Eli’s Doctored Porter right out of the fermenter;
  • Andrew W’s Evil Monk Belgian;
  • and a few others that I did not get to sample.

Thanks to all that brought beer to share.

Education Corner: Michael Patterson led a Single Hop tasting session. I hope everyone there was able to take advantage of Michael’s creative learning presentation.

Commercial Tasting:  Andrew W. led the commercial tasting, starting with some interesting Ambers (Dude’s Blood Orange Amber, Mission Brewery’s Amber, and Alesmith’s 2015 Decadence Belgian Amber) before launching into some interesting Brown Ale examples (Los Coast’s Raspberry Brown, Alesmith’s Nut Brown, and Port Brewing’s Board Meeting Double Brown).

An additional thank-you to Andrew for the thoroughness of the tasting session. Each commercial beer is evaluated, along with its vital stats, and the tasting itself had an interesting twist: the first example from each style had fruit, followed by a classic example, then a higher gravity example. Well done.

Raffle swag included lots of hops from the Corley Cellar (congratulations Larry) and some classic PG Glass-&-A-Beer specials.

Welcome New Members:

Josh M.

Damien S

David S.

March Activities:

First Friday will be held at our traditional March First Friday site: Irish Times Pub, 3267 Motor Ave, Los Angeles.

The 9th Annual Monster Brew will take place at Smog City Brewing, 1901 Del Amo Blvd in Torrance. Each 5-gallon pour will cost $30. Brewing starts at 6:30a, with wort distribution around Noon. See the Monster Brew section for more details and hints on how to modify the wort for your style of choice.

Our next club meeting is Thursday, March 16, 7:30pm at LA Ale Works, 12918 Cerise Avenue in Hawthorne.

March Style of the Month is Irish Ales and Stouts, in recognition of St. Paddy’s Day. Please bring your homebrew in growlers or bottles only; due to CA Alcohol & Beverage Control (A.B.C.) regulations, homebrew kegs will NOT be allowed on site.

You can drop off your entries for the 3rd Annual Los Angeles Belgian Beer Challenge at the meeting. Entry deadline is Friday, March 17. Judging will take place at LA Ale Works on March 26.

SCHBF Update:  22 of the 30 camping slots for the May 5-7 festival have been reserved. Cost is $30 per camper. Please pay at any upcoming club event. Don’t forget to follow the registration process at the California Homebrewers Association website so you can get into the festival itself.

Competition update – AHA NHC, Jeff Sanders Memorial

For those of you who have been allocated entry slots for the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition in the San Diego region, I have successfully negotiated beer transportation to Alesmith Brewery.  You can drop off your entries at the Culver City shop by close of business Tuesday, February 28th.   You can think of this as giving up beer for Lent!

For all other locations, you are on your own to ship entries to the respective sites.  If you miss this deadline, you will need to ship your entries for arrival no later than March 8th.

Also now hitting the radar is the 2nd annual Jeff Sanders Memorial homebrew competition, hosted by Strand Brewers. This small competition celebrates the beers that Jeff loved. Registration and complete details are now available at http://www.jeffsandersmemorial.com/ . This is a limited styles competition, so check the rules carefully. Entries are due by April 1st, and can be left at the Culver City or Southbay brew shops.

 

March 17th:      Drop-off deadline for Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge
March 26th:      Judging for Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge
April 7th            Mayfaire entries due
April 22nd        Mayfaire Judging
July                     Los Angeles County Fair
September        Pacific Brewers Cup
October              California State Homebrew Competition

 

Smog City Monster Brew March 11th

Smog City Brewing Company 1901 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501

On March 11th, 2017,  Smog City Brewing Company  and its Brewmaster, PG’s Jon Porter, will be hosting their Fourth Pacific Gravity Monster Brew!

Update:  We have plenty of wort!  If you want to order more batches, they are available!! 

Jon Porter and Carl Townsend have developed the base wort for this event with an English theme.  But, keeping with past monster brews, the recipe can be the base for whatever creative endeavor you might want to do.  Consider this your blank slate.  For the hop heads, boost up the bitterness with your favorite English or American hop tea to make an awesome IPA, or darken it up with roasted malts to make a porter or stout. Use your imagination to make the most awesome beer ever.  Each person will need to pitch a yeast of their choice, add adjuncts to the wort, dry hop in secondary, or do nothing special to it at all.

You can always contact Carl at Competitions AT pacificgravity.com for any suggestions and look for Carl’s article  can work on “How to Modify my Monsterbrew”.

COST

The cost will be $30 for each 5 gallons of wort.  Read more

February Club Meeting

Hey PG!

I’m sending you all this quick reminder that our February club meeting is THIS Thursday. We’ll meet at Culver City Home Brew Supply, the style of the month is Amber and Brown Ales, and Andrew W. will host the commercial tasting. There will also be a little food and a few announcements, and a raffle and best beer of the meeting competition as always.

See you there!

Michael

16feb7:30 pmFebruary Club Meeting7:30 pm Culver City Home Brew Supply

Competition Corner – February 2017

Ahh, I love the cool winter months where I actually have to keep by beer WARM to ferment well.  My mash tun does double duty this time of year, keeping the fermenter warm with the help of a small submersible aquarium heater.

We have a bunch of competition dates coming up sooner than I had thought, so take note.

TODAY is the last day to apply for entry slots to the AHA Nationals.  You must be an AHA member, in which case you should have gotten a personal notice (well, actually an automated message) with the application details.   Your entry authorization and payment must be done by February 15th.  Physical entries will need to be shipped off by the last week of February.  Like last year, we will be asking for a volunteer to drive them down to San Diego.  Drop me a line at Competitions AT pacificGravity.com if you can make the trip.  We’ll reimburse you gas money.

Next up, surprisingly enough is the California State Fair.  On-line registration is open now and runs only until February 11th.   Physical entries can be dropped off from February 13th through the 19th  at the Eagle Rock Homebrewing Supply Co or South Bay Brew Supply.  Do NOT leave entries at the Culver City shop.

Judging for America’s Finest City (AFC) Homebrew Competition has been completed.  Check back soon for results at  https://quaff.org/AFC-2017/ .

Next up on the radar is the 3rd annual Belgian Brew Challenge.  Entries will be due on March 17th, with judging on March 26th.   Look for more details from Brian on this competition for volunteering, stewarding and judging opportunities  at http://belgianbrewchallenge.com/.   Best of show this year will be brewed at Los Angeles Ale Works.    Speaking of volunteering, we will be running Pacific Brewers Cup this September and will need everyone’s support.  The balance of the official list of competitions for accumulating Brewer of the Year is listed below.  Check back frequently as exact dues dates become known.

For those of you who can help out with other competitions, the Romancing the Beer Competition needs judges Monday Feb 6th and Saturday Feb 11th.

If you are hard-core competition junkie, there are a bazillion other contests to enter.  The AHA has their master list at http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/aha-bjcp-sanctioned-competition/.

2017 Pacific Gravity Brewer of the Year Competition Schedule

February 5th:     AHA Nationals Pre-registration

February 11th     California State Fair on-line registration deadline

February 15th:     AHA Nationals registration and payment

February 19th     California State Fair Entry Drop off

Late February:   AHA Nationals entries due

March 17th:       Drop-off deadline for Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge

March 26th:         Judging for Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge

April                     Mayfaire

July                       Los Angeles County Fair

September          Pacific Brewers Cup

October               California State Homebrew Competition

January, 2017 General Meeting Recap

by Terry Molloy, Vice President
Our January meeting marked the beginning of what is sure to be a fun and educational 2017.  It also marked the debut of the Pacific Gravity Communications Board at Culver City Homebrew Supply.  Be sure to check it when you are picking up ingredients for your next brew.
Our Homebrew Style of the Month was “anything goes”.  These kegs were in attendance:
Tim & Ian’s Jacked Up Cider;
Parker Waechter’s Sage Cider;
Michael Patterson’s Cider; and
Andrew Whittle’s Holiday Spiced Ale.
Bottles included:
Michael Musgrave’s Belgian Trippel;
Simon Ford’s tasty sours; and
Honest Abe Cider courtesy of Paul Bobadilla.
There were a few others floating around that I did not get to sample; thanks to all that brought beer to share.
Education Corner: Michael Patterson led a Hop Aroma and Taste Test, where participants graphed their impressions of the hop itself and a single hop beer.  It was interesting to see the different graphs reflecting different palates.  Who was “right”? Only Michael knows for sure.
Commercial Tasting:  Michael M. led a tasting of English Ales that included Well’s Bombardier (English Premium Bitter), Fuller’s ESB, Fuller’s London Pride, Boddington’s Pub Ale, and, for our Metal fans, the Iron maiden Trooper Ale from Robinson’s Family Brewers in the UK.   Reference these when you brew your next English style ale.
Raffle swag included hops from the Corley Cellar, hop rhizomes from Carl Townsend’s impressive hop garden, a rare t-shirt, and some classic PG Glass-&-A-Beer specials.
Welcome New Members:
Kevin Cooke
Keith Edie
Zachary Goode
Brian Pfeiffer
SCHBF news:  Save your registration fee by working a volunteer shift at Vail lake.  Sign up on the SCHBF registration page.
Our next meeting is Thursday, February 16, 7:30pm at Culver City Homebrew Supply.  See you there!

Reminders, updates, and invites…

Hey PG!

I thought it best I send a few reminders, updates. and invites as we roll into February here. I hope this message finds you well, with a glass of beer and some friends and family nearby. 🙂

THIS WEEK

The team at LA Ale Works cordially invites us to check out their taproom during the soft-launch this Wednesday February 1st from 7pm – 10pm.  We are so proud of our friends at LAAW and I can’t wait for Wednesday!

Looking further ahead toward the weekend, our friend Drew and the crew at Santa Monica Brew Works invites us into their taproom as well for February’s First Friday. Drew and I had a blast floating FOUR 1/6 bbl kegs of SMBW beer at Surfas this past Thursday night and I’m looking forward to trying the other styles they have, especially the taproom only stuff.

Reminders…

First: Remember, we’ve got our 3rd Annual Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge coming up quickly and registration and submissions are due sooner than you’d think. Get those Belgian’s brewing and visit belgianbrewchallenge.com for more info.

Also, we’ve got the VERY fun CHA Southern California Homebrew Fest coming up in May. For more info and to reserve a spot for you and your PG camping party, fill out our sign up form here:  http://pacificgravity.com/schf

Finally, a brief update regarding the Anchor California Homebrew Club of The Year trip too: President’s weekend created a scheduling conflict for the team at Anchor so they are rescheduling with us on another weekend. As soon as the date is known, I’ll post a sign up with info for those of you who are looking to attend.

I had hoped to be brief but truthfully we have a lot going on. 🙂

Looking forward to seeing you all this week!  Reach out if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Michael

1feb7:00 pm- 10:00 pmLA Ale Works Soft Launch7:00 pm - 10:00 pm LA Ale Works

3feb7:00 pmFirst Friday - Santa Monica Brew Works7:00 pm Santa Monica Brew Works