September Club Meeting @ CCHBS

Good afternoon PG!

I hope this reminder reaches you all well and enjoying your end-of-summer. Thursday is our September club meeting at Culver City Home Brewing Supply and it should be a very fun one, so I hope you’ll come out. We get started at 7:30p and finish up around 10:30p usually.

September’s host Keith is bringing out a flight of IPA’s for the commercial tasting and we’ll have some hot food on hand as well. Bring out your IPA styled home brew for the Best of Meeting competition. It’s a great way to get feedback on your beer and winner takes a nice prize.

In other news, the board and I are looking ahead to the chili cook-off on November 11th, and we’re thinking elections too as they are usually held around that time of year. If you are interested in running for an elected position (President, Vice President, Treasurer) or might like to be club Secretary or any of our other volunteer positions please reach out. Having been on the board for almost two years now, I can confirm it’s a satisfying way to spend some free time. There is a work aspect to it, but that’s really about perspective. If you already attend most events, and have enough time to put in one more evening per month to help plan (and talk beers,) it’s worth considering and we’d love to have you on board.

I’ll end with a link to our events calendar for you. Take a peek at the next few months and plan ahead. I realize there are hundreds of things to do in this city but I’m hopeful you’ll keep us on your radar!

http://pacificgravity.com/event-calendar/

Thanks!

Michael

Pacific Brewers Cup Activities 2017

Pacific Brewers Cup is almost here and I could use a hand from you folks to make sure it all runs smoothly.  The entry deadline has passed and we are ready for bottle organizing day.

Sunday September 17th, 11AM Bottle Organizing day at Los Angeles Ale Works
Many volunteers needed!  We need to borrow just about every ice chest this club can come up with.   Make sure they are well labeled.   If you have a cooler to lend, but can’t make it down to LAAW, drop me a line or swing by my place to this afternoon (Saturday Sept 16th).   We need about a dozen folks to come by LAAW to help sift through the 430 entries (860 bottles) and arrange them by category, and put them into the coolers until judging.  LA Ale Works is at 12918 Cerise Ave., Hawthorne, CA 90250.

Also NOW!  Volunteer to Judge or Steward!  We are looking to have 60 judges and 30 stewards and as of the moment we are only half-way there.  Signing up now will let us know how many preliminary judging sessions we need to run.  Links for sign-up are here:
http://comp.pacificgravity.com/index.php?section=register&go=judge
http://comp.pacificgravity.com/index.php?section=register&go=steward

Sept 18th – Sept 29th
Preliminary Judging Sessions.
  Time is TBD with the location being LAAW, so check back for updates.  I’ll have updates on this in a couple of days.

Friday, September 29th, 5:00 PM, Beer moving Day.  Meet at LA Ale Works
We need a handful of guys with strong backs and couple of folks with trucks to help move the beer from Los Angeles Ale Works over to St. Bede’s Episcopal Church.  St. Bede’s is at 3590 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles 90066.

Saturday, September 30th, 9:00 AM
Judging Day at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
  We need everybody out to help out on this one.   I want to see at least 60 judges and 30 stewards.  We will be doing both a morning and afternoon session, with a lunch break hosted by Master Chef Ian Fraser in-between.  Afterwards, we need help at the end of the day to make sure we pick it all up and leave the Church clean.  Many of the coolers will be empty by then.  If so, please take yours home.

October 1st – October 14th
Post-judging sessions and Best of Show Judging.
    Time and locations TBD, so check back for updates.  If we are short of judges and we have a lot of entries, there could be a number of these.

Sunday, October 1st
Cooler pick-up day.
  Come pick up your cooler, which will most likely have a present of several bottles of competition quality beer!

Awards Ceremony
Date TBD.

Competition Corner – September 2017

OK, folks, we are coming down to short strokes here.  If you haven’t noticed, the bottle delivery window for the Pacific Brewers Cup2017 Pacific Brewers Cup is now open and runs through Friday, September 15th.  As I scan through the database, I see that many of you haven’t entered yet!  Now is the time!  The on-line registration page is up and running at http://comp.pacificgravity.com/.    If you can’t make it to the Culver City shop, the full list of sites you can drop off entries at any of the homebrew shops listed here.  Please check the closing time for the other shops.   Each entry requires 2 bottles, and has an entry fee of $8.00.

Also NOW!  Volunteer to Judge or Steward!  The very same registration page has a sign-up space for both.  We are looking to have 60 judges and 30 stewards and as of the moment we are only half-way there.  Signing up now will let us know if we need to run preliminary judging sessions.

Along the way, we have plenty of other tasks where we can use your assistance:
Saturday, September 16th, Noon(ish)Bottle Pick-up day.  Volunteers Needed!  We need someone to cover the Woodland Hills drop-off site.   Then, bring them over the to organizing session on the 17th.

Sunday September 17th, 11AM at Los Angeles Ale Works
Bottle Organizing day.
  Many volunteers needed!  We need to borrow just about every ice chest this club can come up with.   Make sure they are well labeled.   We need about a dozen folks to come by LAAW to help sift through the hundreds of bottles and arrange them by category, and put them into the coolers until judging.

Sept 18th – Sept 29th
Preliminary Judging Sessions.
  Time is TBD with the location being LAAW, so check back for updates.  If we are short of judges and we have a lot of entries, there could be a number of these.

Friday, September 29th, 7:00 PM
Beer moving Day.
  We need a handful of guys with strong backs and couple of folks with trucks to help move the beer from Los Angeles Ale Works over to St. Bede’s Episcopal Church.

Saturday, September 30th, 9:00 AM at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
Judging Day!
  We need everybody out to help out on this one.   I want to see at least 60 judges and 30 stewards.  We will be doing both a morning and afternoon session, with a lunch break in-between.  Afterwards, we need help at the end of the day to make sure we pick it all up and leave the Church clean.  Many of the coolers will be empty by then.  If so, please take yours home.

October 1st – October 14th
Post-judging sessions and Best of Show Judging.
    Time and locations TBD, so check back for updates.  If we are short of judges and we have a lot of entries, there could be a number of these.

Sunday, October 1st
Cooler pick-up day.
  Come pick up your cooler, which will most likely have a present of several bottles of competition quality beer!

Awards Ceremony
Date TBD.

After all this hullabaloo, we can take a moment to look back at some recent accomplishments.  We scored well in the 2017 Los Angeles County Fair; winners listed below.  Congratulations especially to Carl Townsend, who captured Best of Show with his American Stout.  This is Carl’s second Best of Show at LACF; the first being in 1999. Complete results are available at https://www.maltosefalcons.com/content/los-angeles-county-fair-results.

Best of Show Carl Townsend American Stout 17.6: American-Style Stout
1st Carl Townsend London Smog 4.3: Strong Bitter and Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
1st Carl Townsend American Stout 17.6: American-Style Stout
2nd Carl Townsend American Pale Ale 5.1: American-Style Pale Ale
3rd Carl Townsend Imperial Stout 14.3: Imperial (“Russian”) Stout
2nd Craig Corley 253 Kolsch #14 8.1: Kolsch-Style Ale
1st Parker Waechter …Only Soul In The World That’s Real 20.3: Belgian-Style Strong Dark Ale
1st Parker Waechter L’Estivale 26.2: Smoke Beers, Other
3rd Parker Waechter Senex 26.3: Wood-Aged Beer, Whiskey
1st Reuben Shah Mojo RIS 14.3: Imperial (“Russian”) Stout
2nd Reuben Shah Hefe-Why-Zen 18.2: Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen
3rd Reuben Shah Dos Mucho 9.1: Vienna-Style Lager

 

With the ribbons in LACF, Carl Townsend takes the lead in the Brewer of the Year, but parker Waechter is just 1 point behind.  Things could still take a dramatic turn with just 2 more competitions to go.

2017 Pacific Gravity Brewer of the Year Competition Schedule

Pacific Brewers Cup Activities:
•    September 1st –   Entry drop off begins
•    September 15th – Entry Deadline
•    September 16th – Entry pick-up, deliver to LA Ale Works
•    September 17th – Entry organizing  at LAAW 11:00 AM
•    September 18th – 28th Prelim rounds at LAAW (if needed, hopefully not many)
•    September 27th – Prelim Session at Woodland Hill, part of BJCP class
•    September 29th – Move beers from LAAW to St Bede’s
•    September 30th – Judging Day

October               California State Homebrew

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/.

First Friday @ Maple Block Meat Company

Hey PG!

Quick note to those of you who are looking for info on tonight’s First Friday. It looks like some kind of technical difficulty is going on with the site, and the event mysteriously vanished from our calendar.

We are in fact meeting TONIGHT at Maple Block Meat Company here in Culver City, just up the street from the shop. I’ll be there (with no reservations) around 7pm and the plan is to snag a table and fill out the outside area if possible.

Maple Block is at 3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230 Hopefully I’ll see you there!

Michael

August Club Meeting at CCHBS

Hey PG!

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the summer, preferably brewing lots and lots of delicious homebrew. I’m sending this simple message out as a reminder that THIS THURSDAY is our August club meeting at Culver City Homebrewing Supply starting at 7:30pm. Here’s a short list of what to expect…

– Our commercial tasting style this month is “Sour”, hosted by Tim J.
– Best Beer of The Meeting competition style is also Sour beer. (Kegs and bottles are welcome!)
– I’ll be cooking up some tasty cheese burgers on the grill, condiments will be care of Dean, and homemade buns by Tom R. (Suggested donation is $5 per burger, every dollar helps and is appreciated!)
– Announcements, raffle & prizes, and of course: Generally excellent comradery.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Details and directions below.

Thanks!

Michael

17aug7:30 pmAugust Club Meeting7:30 pm Culver City Home Brew Supply

First Friday August: Firestone Walker’s Propagator

Hey PG,

Our Summer party on Saturday was a blast, wasn’t it? A well earned thanks goes out to Mimi for orchestrating, Dean for hosting, and to the team of volunteers who planned, prep’d food, brought beer & raffle prizes, and helped with setup & cleanup. Our special events and charity coordinator Mimi did her usual excellent job of laying out the plan, and everything went off without a hitch.

If you have photos from the event, I’d love to see them. There are about four ways to reach me, choose one or two. 🙂

Next up on our calendar is August’s First Friday this Friday August 4th. We are going out to Firestone Walker’s Propagator near Washington and Lincoln; not too far from the shop actually. Manager Jay is always good to us, and we have a great relationship with FW in general. I’m hoping for a decent turnout, on that note just a reminder too: First Friday’s are always open to friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Aiming to be there myself at around 7pm, but come by when you can.

Heads-up: Firestone Walker only fills FW branded growlers.

Looking further on into the month, I’m going to be cooking up some burgers at Culver City Home Brew Supply for our Third Thursday club meeting. Tim J. will supply the commercial tasting, style is Sour beer. I have a few bottles I’ll be bringing out for the Best Beer of Meeting competition, and I’m calling on our best sour beer makers to do the same. Yes, that was a challenge. The line is drawn in the sand, cross it if you dare! 😛

Alright, info on First Friday is below. Tim, I hope you’re already shopping for your Sour flight — I’ll gladly help you pick them if you’re having trouble deciding.

See you Friday @ 7pm PG!

Michael

4aug7:00 pmFirst Friday - Firestone Walker's Propagator7:00 pm Firestone Walker Propagator

Summer Party Tomorrow!!!!

Hey PG!

We are just ONE more night away from our annual Summer party tomorrow (Saturday)!

We’ve heard from a bunch of you with beer, food, and equipment volunteering and things are coming together nicely.

A few bits we can always use more of:

Power cords
Power strips
Tables & chairs
MORE FOOD AND MORE BEER!

And we’ve got our setup work to do tonight starting at 6pm as well, if you’re free c’mon up!

Also, don’t forget that a big part of what we do each year revolves around charity work. We’ll be collecting donations at this event and would love it if you each dug into a closet or stopped into a box store to grab a few items to donate. All donations will go on to our partners in charity at The People Connection (formerly Ocean Park Community Center.)

IDEAS & SUGGESTIONS

Clothing (all donations should be clean and, if used, in good condition.)

Sweat socks – for men, women and children
New underwear – men’s, women and children
Sweat shirts and tee-shirts for adults – all sizes especially larger sizes
Flannel and long sleeve shirts for adults
Pants and jeans for adults – all sizes especially larger sizes
Sneakers – men’s & women’s most needed
Shower shoes/thongs
Rain ponchos for adults & children
Personal & Household items

Hygiene Items (Travel or regular size)
toothpaste
• toothbrush
• deodorant
• shampoo
• 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.
Welcome Home Packages

Kitchen Kits (dish towels, dish soap, utensils, plates and cups, pots and pans etc.)
Bathroom Necessities (shampoo and conditioner, body wash/soap, hand and body towels, shaving cream, razors, etc.)
Bedroom Essentials (comforter, sheets, pillows, pajamas, slippers, etc.)
Cleaning Supplies (dust pan, broom, Windex, counter spray, toilet bowl cleaner and brush, etc.).

Reply back to this message if you have any questions (or reach out on Facebook, that works too) and otherwise I’ll see you tomorrow at 2pm!

Michael

29jul2:00 pm2017 Summer Party2:00 pm Dean's House

Countdown to Party!

Hey PG

Michael here, I hope this message reaches you well and I hope your spring brew sessions are paying off big! We have definitely had plenty of beer drinking weather, and finally the good sun has landed on the weekends for once. I put a Belgian Saison in the fermenter (at 75F) just this past Saturday and I’m already planning my next warm fermented beer.

In just a few days now, we’re meeting at Dean’s place for our annual Summer party. There will be plenty of food and home brewed beer, lots of fun people, and we’ll have our door prize raffle as always.

I want to make sure everyone who can make it comes out and if you’ve never been to a PG event before, it’s a great one to start with. Members enter free and non-members pay just TEN BUCKS each for free reign on food and access to a wide range of unique and delicious home brewed beer, cider, and mead.

Pick your preference of Uber, Lyft, or carpool. Dean’s house really isn’t difficult or far to get to and from the Culver City area and I don’t remember much traffic in previous years.

As usual, we need help from members to make this event a success.

First, if you’re bringing a beverage to put on tap with us, be it a keg of beer or soda; Reply back to this email and let us know what you’re bringing. Carl will make a tag for the tap handle and everyone will know who made it and what it is.

Next up, we need help most on Friday night starting around 6pm and Sunday morning starting around 10am for setup and clean up. It’s a fun way to give back and usually involves a beer or two and some creative thinking. Please, please, please, if you volunteer just one hour – Make it at either Friday’s setup or Sunday’s cleanup. We need the help.

Chef Ian may tap you on the shoulder for help too, there will be plenty to do around the BBQ.

We need some items too, if you can bring an item or two from this list we would be much better off.

Folding tables
Folding chairs
Popup tents
Bottled water
FOOD and BEER! (our theme is Tropical but bring whatever!)

Finally, here’s a quick list of things I recommend bringing for you and your guests.

Cups/glasses
Sunscreen and/or a hat
Picnic blanket or a chair
Towel and bathing suit (the pool is open)
Friends!

Okay, I intended for this to be a quick one but I’m too excited for Saturday. Don’t be surprised if you hear from me again before the week is up. 🙂

See you Saturday at two pm!

Michael

29jul2:00 pm2017 Summer Party2:00 pm Dean's House

PG Summer Party — Are You Ready?

Pacific Gravity’s Summer Party Checklist

Saturday, July 29th – 2pm to 10pm

Location:  Dean Sussman’s – 1310 Amalfi Drive, Pacific Palisades, 90272

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IMPORTANT: PLEASE EMAIL US WITH WHAT YOU WILL BRING AND HOW YOU CAN HELP!

Checklist for ALL party attendees:

  • Bring BEER, BEER & more BEER! Also, bring sodas or a non-beer beverage featuring TROPICAL FRUIT for the “Best Non-Alcoholic Beverage” competition!  Please email what you are bringing to Carl at [email protected]
  • FOOD – sign up to bring Hawaiian Luau-themed dishes to our POTLUCK party. (the club will supply some food but we need YOUR dishes too!) We need ALL kinds of food: appetizers, sides dishes, main dishes (pre-cooked), desserts, etc. All your specialty dishes are welcome! We need LOTS of food to go with all the beer so please email us at [email protected] what dishes you will add to our feast!
  • VOLUNTEERS – we need YOU to help make this a successful party! Please email us at [email protected] .  We have lots of volunteer opportunities!
    • Setup on Friday night – starting at 6pm
    • Food prep on Friday– please contact Chef Ian to help
    • Cleanup on Sunday morning– starting around 10am
    • More setup and food prep on Saturday morning – between 10am and 2pm
    • Bartender shifts – 1hr. (please see Carl on Saturday to volunteer)
  • Beer Equipment (email Carl at: [email protected])
    • Jockey boxes
    • CO2 cylinders
    • Bags of ice for jockey boxes
  • Charity Donation Goods – clothes, toiletries, new socks/underwear, kitchen kits, cleaning supplies, etc. See more info on PG website or on OPCC.net/Giving/WishList website (https://www.opcc.net/?nd=in_kind)
  • Other Equipment needed for the party. Please let us know if you have any of the following and would be willing to loan to us for the party. Please email us at: [email protected] . We will email confirmation back if we need you to bring items on Friday night during setup.
    • Tables
    • EZ Ups/Canopies
    • BBQs
    • Power/extension cords
    • Extra coolers/ice chests

Don’t forget to bring and things to know:

  • Bring BEER & other beverages
  • Bring FOOD – Hawaiian Luau-themed or any food that goes with beer!
  • Fee for all adult guests is $10 per guest. Kids are free. (Current members are free.)
  • Payment for past due membership – cash or credit
  • Donations for Charity – clothes, toiletries, new socks/underwear, kitchen kits, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Chairs and Blankets
  • Bathing suits and towels, if you want to use the swimming pool.
  • Sunscreen
  • Jackets & sweaters for the evening
  • Cash for Raffle tickets
  • PG merchandise will be available for sale at the Front Desk.
  • Note for food contributions, we will NOT have use of a kitchen for heating or cooling so please plan accordingly. Please label your food containers so that we can get them back to you.

Charity Donation – IDEAS & SUGGESTIONS

Clothing  (all donations should be clean and, if used, in good condition.)

  • Sweat socks – for men, women and children
  • New underwear – men’s, women and children
  • Sweat shirts and tee-shirts for adults – all sizes especially larger sizes
  • Flannel and long sleeve shirts for adults
  • Pants and jeans for adults – all sizes especially larger sizes
  • Sneakers – men’s & women’s most needed
  • Shower shoes/thongs
  • Rain ponchos for adults & children

Personal & Household items

  • Hygiene Items (Travel or regular size)
  • toothpaste
    • toothbrush
    • deodorant
    • shampoo
    • 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.

Welcome Home Packages

  • Kitchen Kits (dish towels, dish soap, utensils, plates and cups, pots and pans etc.)
  • Bathroom Necessities (shampoo and conditioner, body wash/soap, hand and body towels, shaving cream, razors, etc.)
  • Bedroom Essentials (comforter, sheets, pillows, pajamas, slippers, etc.)
  • Cleaning Supplies (dust pan, broom, Windex, counter spray, toilet bowl cleaner and brush, etc.).

Competition Corner – July 2017

As we approach the middle part of summer, I hope your Summer Party beer is just about ready for action.  Along the way, don’t forget to hold back a couple of bottles for the Los Angeles County Fair.  Entries are due Friday, July 21st.  Registration is up and running at http://competitions.maltosefalcons.com/.  Two bottles are needed for each entry.  Styles are based on the Maltose Falcons Style Guidelines.  Entry fee is $9.00 and must be paid via PayPal.  Entries can be dropped off at the Culver City Homebrew Supply Co.  They also need judges for the event.  Judging will be on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8:30AM at the  94th Areo Squadron, 16320 Raymer St  Van Nuys, CA 91406.  Judges and stewards for the LA County Fair Homebrew Competition receive two free tickets to the fair as well as a free parking pass!

Pacific Brewers CupWhile you are at it, put away a couple more bottles for the 2017 Pacific Brewers Cup. As soon as you know the carbonation is good, keep them chilled.  Our big competition day is September 30th and you’ll want to make sure your beers haven’t been impaired by the hot dog days of summer.  You also have just enough time to start a quick-maturing beer if you brew now.  If you haven’t already done so, check out the website at http://pbc.pacificgravity.com/ (or you can click on the “competitions” tab above.)  The entry rules have been posted, along with the all-important timeline.  You can already sign up to be a judge or steward.  You can register your entries starting August 1st, with the entry deadline of September 15th.  We’re gonna need a ton of help with bottle organizing and transportation, as well as judging and stewarding help in the latter half of September.   The main judging session will be at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church at 3590 Grand View Blvd in Mar Vista.  Depending on the number of entries we get, we may also be doing some prelim sessions at Los Angeles Ale Works.

As we get caught up in the fray of Pacific Brewers Cup,  we will be approaching the deadline for the California State Homebrew Competition.  On-line registration is already working at http://castatebrewcomp.org/.  Entries will be due on October 12th and need to go up to San Francisco.  If you happen to be going that way in early October, we are looking for a driver to drop our entries off.  Drop me a line and the club can reimburse a portion of your gas money.