Calling all PG Volunteers for Fun Events with The People Concern

Pacific Gravity’s favorite charity, The People Concern, (formerly OPCC) is looking for volunteers for a few fun events.
They have 3 upcoming fund raiser events in May and June.  Please think about helping out and feel free to sign up with a friend.

Here is a brief summary of the 3 volunteer opportunities but please see the flyers below for more details.

  • (for anyone not going to SF)
    Saturday May 20th – Sisters of Sojourn is hosting a fundraiser for Sojourn on Saturday May 20th.
    Event will be held at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica.
    6-8 volunteers are needed
     from roughly 5-10pm.  Volunteers would be assisting with the silent auction and check in.
    Sojourn is their shelter that serves Adult and Child Victims of Domestic Violence.  (note: no flyer below but info available on their website)
  • Saturday, June 10th – Vintage Hollywood Wine & Food Tasting Event (16th annual)
    (see flyer content below for more details)
    Location: at a beautiful estate in the exclusive Beverly Hills neighborhood
    2 shifts available:
     – 9:00am – 2:00pm – 15 volunteers needed for set up only
     – 4:00pm – 10:30pm – 30 volunteers needed and must be 21years or older**

    This event raises crucial funds for The People Concern – please see the flyer for more details. (I have already signed up for this one so hope to see some of you there.)
  • Sunday, June 18, 2017 – 8:00am – 11:30am – k9 connection Summer Fest (see flyer content below for more details)
    15-20 volunteers are needed for setup. Event will be in Malibu
    at the Malibu Bluffs Park.
    All volunteers will receive a k9 connection Summer Fest 2017 jersey and are invited to attend the event itself when it runs from 12:00-4:00pm. They will have a beer & wine garden! Dogs (well-behaved and on leash) are welcome to join in on the fun once all volunteer duties are complete! (note: this is Father’s Day and they will have some nice perks for dads in attendance.)
    This is the annual fund raiser for this amazing project. K9connection is an experience-based program which educates and inspires at-risk teens through the experience of bonding with and training homeless shelter dogs.

Please contact the Volunteer Coordinators directly if you (or friends & family) are interested in signing up to help at one of these fun events. They can also address any questions about the events.

Kate Berman –  [email protected]
Rebecca Gustavson –  [email protected]

Also, you can see more info at their website: You can also contact me (Mimi Bardet) at [email protected]  if you have any questions or would like me to send you a copy of the flyers.

  content from Vintage Hollywood flyer:
We invite you to join us as a volunteer for the 16th Annual Vintage Hollywood Wine and Food Tasting Event to benefit The People Concern (formerly OPCC and Lamp Community), Saturday June 10th, 2017!
Where is this taking place? This event is being hosted at a beautiful estate in the exclusive Beverly Hills neighborhood.

What is the Vintage Hollywood Foundation and why do they want to host an event for The People Concern? The Vintage Hollywood Foundation is a group of dedicated volunteers with big hearts who, since 2002, have put on the Vintage Hollywood fundraising event to benefit local charitable organizations that promote the health and well-being of Southern California’s diverse community. Its Board and Committee members have combined their love of wine and food with their incredible talents and big hearts to create these successful events, and once again The People Concern has been fortunate enough to be selected as the beneficiary! This event raises crucial funds for our organization and we’d love for you to be part of it. Please click here to view the list of participating wineries, restaurants, incredible sponsors and photos of what the event has looked like in past years.

When do we need you? We need you to help make this event a success and fill a variety of volunteer roles on Saturday, June 10th 2017. Please know that this event is a lot of fun and you will be on your feet for most of the time you spend with us! Most volunteers will end up filling a variety of roles and you will be what makes this event run so smoothly.
There are 2 shifts that we need to fill and we need a LOT of hands on deck!
 Saturday June 10th, 2017 – 9:00am – 2:00pm – 15 volunteers needed for set up only
 Saturday June 10th, 2017 – 4:00pm – 10:30pm – 30 volunteers needed and must be 21years or older**

All available roles – we will gladly take your preference but will staff you where most needed
 Event set-up – we will need strong and able bodied volunteers to assist in setting the event space up (9am-2pm shift only).
 Check in & Registration – we will need volunteers to make sure all of our guests, media and celebrities are checked in
 Silent & live auction monitors – we will need volunteers who love playing on cell phones, as we will be using an electronic bidding system that works right through our guests’ cell phones!
 Winery and restaurant liaisons – we need volunteers to make sure all the participating wineries and restaurants are supported and stocked with what they need!
 The green team – we need volunteers to be circulating on-site at all times to make sure the grounds are looking pristine throughout the entire event itself.
 Event break-down – we will need strong and able bodied volunteers to help break down after the event wraps up at 9:00pm, the more help we have the faster it gets done!

If you would like to make a difference in your community and contribute as a volunteer with this fabulous event please contact:
Kate Berman [email protected], 310-401-0303 OR Rebecca Gustavson, [email protected], 310-401-0668

content from K9 Summer Fest flyer:

We invite you to join us as a k9 connection Summer Fest volunteer!  What is k9 connection and what is the Summer Fest event?
k9 connection is an experience-based program which educates and inspires at-risk teens through the experience of bonding with and training homeless shelter dogs. Each individual program serves counselor referred teens at participating schools and concludes with a graduation ceremony and the placement of each dog in a permanent home. Now in its 12th year, k9 connection’s Summer Fest is our signature summer fundraising event – drawing more than 300 of Southern California’s most devoted animal and teen supporters.

It will be a fun filled day with food, a silent auction, beer + wine garden, games and contests for dogs and humans and much, much more!
Please click here for more information, and be sure to scroll down for a video and photos of the 2015 event!

What do we need you to do? We need your helping hands to set up the event in the following roles. It will be because of your help that it runs smoothly.  Summer Fest Entrance – we need volunteers to assist with installing our entrance frontage  Summer Fest Enclosure – we need volunteers to help with putting in temporary fencing with posts to go around the entire perimeter, the size of a regulation soccer field.  Doggy Fun Zone Set Up – we need volunteers to assist with the set up the ‘Doggy Fun Zone’ track, lure system and perimeters  Tent and Banner Set Up – we need volunteers to build our pop-up tents and set up all banners on the front of each tent Vendor and Agency Area Set Up – we need volunteers to assist the with tent/booth set up to ensure it runs smoothly the process go more smoothly and quickly.  Games and Photo Booth Set Up – we need volunteers to set up all games and the backdrop for the photo booth.




Come join us for PG’s Party at Anchor Brewing in San Francisco — MAY 20th!


Hi Pacific Gravity!

Just a quick reminder that our trip to San Francisco is coming soon!  Are you ready to party?!!

As winner of the California Homebrew Club of the Year for 2016, Anchor Brewing will be honoring us (PG) with a party at their brewery on Saturday, May 20th from 12noon to 4pm. (address: 1705 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94107)

PG reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate for Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th.  Last we checked, there are still a few rooms available so please come join us.

Here are hotel details:

The Carlton Hotel 

$199 per night plus taxes & fees. Parking is available at the hotel for valet charge of $35/day.

Also, there are public pay lots nearby to store your car.

To reserve a room at the discounted rate (while supplies last):

  • By phone, call Camisha Green at 415-292-1181 and let her know you’re with Pacific Gravity.
  • Via email, email Camisha at cgreen at

Many people will be driving (or flying) up on Friday so I suspect there will be a fun pub crawl in SF on Friday night.

And, probably another one on Saturday evening after the Anchor party.

Those who have been before, know that this is a weekend not to be missed!

It’s not too late, please come join us for an amazing and unforgettable weekend!


April Club Meeting and LABBC Ribbon Ceremony @ LA Ale Works

Hey PG and happy Monday!

April’s Third Thursday is almost upon us, so this is a notice of where we’ll be meeting and what is planned.

ONE BIG REMINDER UP FRONT: This meeting is one of our scheduled charity drive events for 2017. Read on for more info and please bring whatever you can!

  • Kip and team have invited us to meet at LA Ale Works in Hawthorne again. Map and directions are at the end of this post.
  • We’ll start with the ribbon ceremony for this year’s Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge winners, and then move on to a few minutes of club announcements back behind the fermenters.
  • The style of the month for April is Belgian, and member Barry is all set to host the tasting. I’m looking forward to the best beer of the meeting competition too, because you know: I LOVE BELGIAN BEER!  😀 😀
  • Did you loan us a cooler for LABBC? (this year OR last)  We’ll have them available for pickup and they really need to go home. Kip has generously stored them for us over the past month, it’s time we get them out of his way!
  • LABBC left behind a ton of 2nd bottles that weren’t opened (didn’t make it to the mini best of show) and they’ve been “chillin” in my fridge at 34F. I’ll be bringing them too for random tasting and I’d like them to go home with a bottler who will clean and refill them.  If not, they are dumpster bound.
  • We’re also collecting donation items that will go on to people-in-need via our connection with the Ocean Park Community Center – The People Concern.

This is a great excuse to go through your closets and/or go to your favorite low cost stores to purchase donate-able supplies. You can shop stores like: Ross and other discount clothing stores, 99 cent stores, Costco and other whole sale stores, or even CVS, Walgreens, and Target. Want to give Money? Mimi your Charity and Special Event coordinator can take cash or checks (made out to: OPCC) for the organization. She’ll take it along with the purchase items for drop off.

If you have clothes & other items to donate, see the detailed list below. They are mostly in need of men’s clothing in large sizes. Clothing can be “gently used” and should be clean. Visit this link for other donations ideas:

Monetary donations will also be accepted – checks or cash. Special donation envelopes will be available at the meeting. Tax receipts for monetary donations will be sent to you by mail.

Below is a list of items that we can always use:


Sweat socks – for men, women and children

Sweat shirts and pants for adults – all sizes especially larger sizes

Sneakers – men’s & women’s most needed

Shower shoes/thongs

Rain ponchos for adults & children

New underwear – men’s, women and children

Flannel and long sleeve shirts for adults

Personal & Household items

Hygiene Items





Disposable razors

Bar soap

Hand & body lotion

Sanitary napkins & tampons

Blankets (preferably wool)

Backpacks or duffel bags

Sleeping bags for adults

Diapers – all sizes

Bedding: Twin size sheets, comforters and pillows. Please note pillow must be new.

Gift Certificates

Supermarkets (Ralphs, Vons,Albertson’s)

Fast food restaurants

Book & music stores

Movie passes

Clothing stores, department stores (Marshalls, Target or Ross)

Art Supplies

Markers, finger paints, facepaints, crayons, watercolors, glue, glitter, collage materials, coloring books,

activity books, stickers.

These charity drive events are an excellent way for us to give back to the local community. There’s something satisfying in knowing that our donations go to people in our own city who need help. Thank you each in advance for bringing out whatever you can afford.

Until Thursday! 🙂   Cheers!


20apr7:30 pmApril Club Meeting7:30 pm LA Ale Works


Reminder: Membership Dues Renewal

This is just a reminder that club membership dues are still being collected. Thank you to the many of you who have already renewed your membership recently.

If you still need to pay, there are a variety of ways to submit payment.

  • Follow this link ( ) to pay electronically via Paypal. No Paypal account required.
  • Also, cash or checks (payable to Pacific Gravity) can be left on your next visit to Culver City Homebrewing Supply.
  • Want to drop it in the mail? No problem, send to PG at PO Box 2451, Culver City, CA 90231. Of course you can also pay in person at an upcoming club event such as the upcoming club meeting at LA Ale Works in Hawthorne on Thursday, April 20th.

Annual membership dues remain at $36 (standard) and $54 for a couples membership. Renewals are synced to March each year, so if you joined the club since last March, a prorated amount would be due to get you paid in good standing through March 2018. Please contact me, club treasurer Tim Bardet at [email protected] with any questions on your dues or membership status.

As our main source of revenue, membership dues help cover many of Pacific Gravity’s operating costs for things like commercial tastings, club meetings, the Summer & Holiday parties and more.

 Please renew and stay in the loop for another year of PG fun!



Hotel Booking Info For Anchor Trip May 19th & 20th

Hey PG!


I’m happy to announce the details for booking a room to stay Friday May 19th and Saturday the 20th with us in San Francisco.  Now that we’re finished with the early RSVP list, booking is open to all.


Not surprisingly, as in years past, The Carlton Hotel  gave us the best deal on rooms at only $199 per night plus taxes, fees, and parking if needed. There are public pay lots nearby to store your car, and the Carlton has a paid valet parking option too ($35 per day).


To reserve your room for Friday and Saturday, you have options.

  • By phone, call Camisha Green at 415-292-1181 and let her know you’re with PG.
  • Via email, email Camisha at cgreen at
  • Online, via this special link.    This worked for me, but it wasn’t super easy to figure out honestly. Might be easier to call.


The last time I checked, 10 of the 20 available rooms were booked so don’t wait. I’m here for questions if you have them and I am really excited to FINALLY get to Anchor for this party!






Quick Anchor Trip Update

Hey PG!

VERY quick update to get you all ready to book rooms for our trip to Anchor on May 19th and 20th.

  • We have 20 rooms reserved with a group rate of $199 per night plus taxes & fees.
  • I’ve reached out to the members who have indicated they definitely want to go via email, survey responses, or in person. Those early RSVP’ers gave us the base on which the confidence of contracting the 20 rooms was built (almost an $8000 commitment), so they get early access to book.
  • The early RSVP crew will have today to book their rooms before I unleash our deal to the general membership (and other clubs who want to come with us) TOMORROW.

Prepare! Tomorrow, I will post again with booking information.


Competition Corner – April 2017

Friday April 7th is the last day to enter the 2017 Mayfaire competition. Entries can be dropped off at the Culver City shop. 2 bottles per entry are needed. The Falcons will need help with judges and stewards as well. There will be two main sessions: Friday evening April 21, and Saturday morning, April 22. Both will be at St Martin in the Fields Church 7136 Winnetka Ave, Winnetka CA, 91306. Registration for all of the above can be found at . In addition, we will be trying to set up a preliminary round several days earlier at the Culver City shop. Check back here for details.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 3rd annual Belgian Brew Challenge.  Awards will be handed out at the club meeting April 20th at Los Angeles Ale Works.  Top honors within the Club goes to Parker Waechter with his L’Estivale, a Belgian Specialty Ale, which took 4th place in the Best of Show round!  Way to go Parker!     Overall, Pacific Gravity earned the most ribbons.   A complete list of winners can be found at   Best of show this year was a Belgian Dubbel, brewed by Joe St. John of Yeastside brewers.  His beer will be brewed at Los Angeles Ale Works.

I would like to thank the dozens of folks who helped make this the smoothest LABBC ever.  Brian did an outstanding job as head organizer, Kip stepped up with the facilities of LAAle Works, Michael collected a bunch of sponsors and arranged the tee shirts.  Dean made sure all the beers were cold, and Tim kept track of all the entries and scores.  Finally, keeping with the Belgian theme, Ian kept us fueled with an awesome batch of Beef Carbonnades.

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.

If you are hard-core competition junkie, there are a bazillion other contests to enter.  The AHA has their master list at

2017 Pacific Gravity Brewer of the Year Competition Schedule

Now:                   Entries due for Mayfaire competition, Culver City shop
April, TBD:          Preliminary judging round at Culver City shop
April 20                Awards Ceremony for Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge at LA Ale Works
April 21, 22         Mayfaire Judging, Winnetka up in the Valley
July                       Los Angeles County Fair
September          Pacific Brewers Cup
October               California State Homebrew Competition

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

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

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 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:

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.


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!


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:     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.