The 25th Anniversary Celebration continues at the Stuffed Sandwich!

We have secured a bus to drive us out to the Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel where Marlene is expecting us and will put forth some specials to keep us occupied! Also as we have done in the past, we will do a pre-order of sandwiches, anyone who does the pre-order option gets to skip the line once we arrive.

The plan as it currently stands is the Bus will depart from Veterans Park in Culver City, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City, CA, United States, 90230 at 12:00 NOON and return at 6:00 PM that evening.

Let me repeat, the bus departs at 12:00 Noon, sharp!

Please show now later then 11:30 AM to be sure to be on board!

The cost for each passenger is $25.00

We only have room for 30 riders, so while Pacific Gravity members get first dibs on the seats, we will open it up to the other brew clubs to sell any remaining seats. Your seat is only guaranteed once we receive payment. We will have sign up sheets at the bottle share and the February meeting.

If you remember the bus trips of old, you know you won’t want to miss this!

Cheers,

Ian Fraser

25th Anniversary Bottle Share

Greetings! February is the Pacific Gravity’s 25 Anniversary month and we are setting up many events to celebrate with you! Last Friday we hit Jon Porter’s new tap room, Smog City West.  We had a great turn out and Porter himself was there but NOT WORKING and he got to hang out with the gang, pour some samples of his sour projects, proved he is smoother then I am throwing a ring on a hook and generally had a good time!  If you missed it, you missed a great event!  We even set the date for our upcoming monster brew!

Next up we are planning a ‘25th Anniversary Bottle Share’ on Saturday, February 15 at the 4th Horseman in Long Beach…any of you who went last year will know that Martin pulls out some crazy beers for this event.  We will get started at 2 PM. 4th Horseman:  121 W 4th St Long Beach, CA 90802

This event is to celebrate the bottle shares of old, bring a bottle or two from your beer stash to share with the group!  Please limit yourself to only bring 2 750’s of beer to share to avoid having a ton of undrunk beer at the end of the event.  Any beer not poured will be confiscated and served at the 25th anniversary club meeting at Neil’s party duplex on Feb. 20th, 2020.

Our 25th Anniversary Club meeting is on 2/20/2020 at Neil Saund’s Party Duplex.  It is located at 12966 Rubens Ave. Los Angeles, CA (At Alla Road).  This will be a big one!  Take Friday off!  We will have food, we will have beer!  You will want to be there! For March’s First Friday (on Saturday March 7, 2020) we are planning to arrange a bus trip to the Stuffed Sandwich, Marlene has promised to put together something special for us to celebrate our year.  Details on this are being worked out as we speak…but mark the date!

The LABBC will be held in March also, so get brewing and enter that competition! As I stated above we set the date for the Smog City monster brew, it will be on March 28, 2020 at Smog City, stay tuned for updates on this as well!  There will be much more big brews, pub crawls, and road trips!  So stay tuned to the social media pages and email notifications!

 

Cheers,

 

Ian President

First Friday at Smog City West Feb 7th

Greetings,

For First Friday this month we are visiting Smog City’s newest tap room location located at 22755 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505. We will get started about 7:00 PM.

This is a very busy month! Please mark your calendars for the following:

2/15/2020 25th anniversary bottle share at the 4th Horseman (Hosted by Martin Svab)
2/20/2020 the 25th anniversary (The actual!) club meeting to be held at Neil Saund’s Alla Road party pad!
3/7/2020 The Stuffed Sandwich party!

Cheers,
Ian

It’s Time to Enter LABBC

Pacific Gravity’s first homebrew competition for 2020 is now open for business!  Registration is now up and running at http://comp.belgianbrewchallenge.com/  On-line registration will run up until March 6th at 6:00 PM.  Entries can be dropped off at the local homebrew shops, or directly at our host brewery, Los Angeles Ale Works in Hawthorne, starting on February 21st.

Judging for Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge will be held this year at Los Angeles Ale Works, on Sunday, March 15, 2020.    Back again are all your favorite Belgian styles as described in the BJCP guidelines, along with the ever-popular Belgian Specialty Category 35A.

A new feature this is is that we will have TWO Pro-Am opportunities for the Best of Show Beer and a second beer to be selected between Los Angeles Ale Works and Smog City Brewing.

In addition to your entries, we need judges and stewards to make this all work.  You can sign up for either at  http://comp.belgianbrewchallenge.com/index.php?section=volunteers .  All volunteers will get a tee shirt, so make sure you enter in your tee shirt size.

Other upcoming events:
Feb. 7, 2020 First Friday at Smog Cites newest taproom, Smog City West
Feb. 15, 2020 25th anniversary bottleshare at 4th Horseman
Feb. 20, 2020 25th Anniversary Club meeting at Neil Saunds
March 7, 2020, 1st Saturday Bus Trip to Stuffed Sandwich

Competition Update – AFC and State Fair

Our first competition of the year First up is America’s Finest City, run by QUAFF in San Diego.   Registration is now open at https://quaff.org/AFC-2020/I’ll be heading to San Diego Friday morning 1/31, so if you get you entries to my place no later than Thursday 1/30, they will get personal service.  Or, you can ship them off for arrival by Friday to  AleSmith Brewing Company, 9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126. 

The next competition is the California State Fair.  This one has been moving earlier in the season each of the last several years.  Registration is already open at http://home.castatefair.beer/.  You can drop off entries at South Bay or Eagle Rock shops, but they must be packed for shipping.  Local drop-off is February 3 – February7, 2020.  I‘ll be heading to Eagle Rock on Thursday morning February 6th, so if you drop them off by Wednesday, Feb 5th, I’ll take them along.  They still need to be packed for shipping. 

Next up is first round of the AHA Nationals.    Placement announcements and payment must be made by February 14.  Entry drop-off then runs from February 20th through March 5th.  Judging will begin on March 13thIf you can make the trip to San Diego at the end of February of Early march, please let me know.

Carl Townsend
Competition Coordinator

January Club Meeting

Greetings and Happy New Beer!

Our January meeting will be held January 16, 2020 at Tortugo Brewing. We will get started about 7:30 pm

Club meeting at Tortugo Brewing
916 W. Hyde Park Blvd. Inglewood CA 90302
7:30 PM

This is our “anything goes” meeting, so bring any type of beer you want to bring!

Our commercial tasting host will be: Dean Sussman who graciously won’t tell us what he is bringing because even he does not know it yet! Surprise!

We will introduce our new Board Members as well as go over some details of upcoming events and get your feedback on our plans!

Dates to Remember:
Feb. 7, 2020 First Friday at Smog Cites newest taproom, Smog City West
Feb. 15, 2020 25th anniversary bottleshare at 4th Horseman
Feb. 20, 2020 25th Anniversary Club meeting at Neil Saunds
March 7, 2020, 1st Saturday Bus Trip to Stuffed Sandwich

Cheers,

Ian
President

Foam on the brain from the President

by Ian Fraser

Happy New Year!

We are starting out a new year with some changes to the P.G. Board.  I would like to thank our outgoing officers, Eli Barone and Terry Malloy for their work on behalf of the club; and welcome in the new board:

Ian Fraser – President
Parker Waechter – Vice-President
Derek Marshall – Secretary/Communications
Craig Corley – Treasurer
Carl – Competition Coordinator
Brian Watson – IT
Dean Sussman – Activity Director

This year is Pacific Gravity’s 25th Anniversary Year and we are planning some fun events and trips to commemorate this milestone!

February is the actual anniversary month and we hope to make that particular meeting memorable!

We are planning a 25th anniversary bottle share on Saturday, February 15 at The 4th Horseman in Long Beach…any of you who went last year will know that Martin pulls out some crazy beers for this event.

We also plan to do an actual 25th anniversary party at Tomm Carroll’s TruxStop Bar and Grill much like the 20th anniversary we held there 5 years ago!  The date of this event is not settled but most likely will not be in February or March.  April has been suggested.

For March’s First Friday (on Saturday March 7, 2020) we are planning to arrange a bus trip to the Stuffed Sandwich, Marlene has promised to put together something special for us to celebrate our year.

The LABBC will be held in March also, so get brewing and enter that competition!

There will be much more big brews, pub crawls, and road trips!  So stay tuned to the social media pages and email notifications! 

Competition Corner – January 2020

As a new year dawns upon us, now is the time to brew!  We have a bunch of competitions front-loaded this year.

First of all, there is a series of BJCP Mead series of three judging classes starting Wednesday, January 8th, 3 classes Wednesday nights (7PM) lead by John Kaufman of the Maltose Falcons. Classes will be at the Woodland Hills shop.  The class will lead up to BJCP Mead judging exam on Saturday, Feb. 1,  2020.  Contact John at  [email protected] if you are interested.

Last year, Craig Corley walked away with the coveted Pacific Gravity Homebrewer of the Year award. Who will win this year?   Here is a rundown of the competitions eligible for point awards in 2020:

Our first competition of the year First up is America’s Finest City, run by QUAFF in San Diego.   Registration is now open at https://quaff.org/AFC-2020/ .  Beers need to be dropped-off any time up through January 31, 9:00 PM at AleSmith Brewing Company, 9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126.  If anyone is interested in making the trip to drop off entries, please let me know and the club can reimburse you with gas money. Read more

First First Friday of 2020!

Happy New Year Pacific Gravity!

Let’s welcome a new year with a new beer! Our first First Friday is this Friday, January 3rd, 2020 and we are going to visit a new brewery in El Segundo called Surfridge Brewing Co.

First Friday: January 3, 2020
Where: Surfridge Brewing Co.  137 Nevada St. El Segundo, CA 90245
Time: 7:00 PM

I hope to see you all there!

Cheers,

Ian Fraser
President

AHA / Stone Rally Bus to San Diego!

Road trip January 11, 2020.

This just in from the AHA and California Homebrewers Association.    Please read carefully; the procedure is a bit complicated.
If you are not already a member of CHA, you will need to join.

In addition to getting a bus ticket, you need to respond to the AHA Rally RSVP at:

If you are not already a an AHA member, you will need to join.

Carl

California Homebrewers Association
December 10, 2019
Hello!
The American Homebrewers Association / Stone Brewing Co. Homebrew Brew Competition and AHA Rally is on Saturday January 11, 2020, at the Stone Liberty Station location. The CHA has chartered a coach bus to take members from the LA area to San Diego and back.
Bus tickets are for sale in our online shop at calhomebrewers.org. 2019 and 2020 Members can purchase tickets; 2020 Memberships are now available and cards will ship in January. A direct link is here:
See the sales page for more details.

Important Notes:

1) 21+ Only On Bus! You will be carded before entering the bus. Please being valid ID (in-date Driver’s License, Passport, Military ID)
2) Pricing: December, $40 (CHA Members Only), January: $50 (Open to all)
2) Bus ticket is non-refundable but is transferable.
3) Your bus ticket is NOT admission to the Rally! See our FAQ.

The bus schedule is as follows:

Saturday January 11, 2020:

Passenger Pickups:
8AM: Leave LA Union Station (800 N Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA)
9AM: Leave Willow Blue Line Station (200 E 27th St, Long Beach, CA 90806)
9:30AM: Leave South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)

11:00AM-2PM: Stone Brewing Liberty Station (2816 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106)

2PM Depart Liberty Station
2-5PM: Brewery Stop (Location TBD)
5PM Depart TBD Brewery

Passenger Dropoffs:
South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)
Willow Blue Line Station (200 E 27th St, Long Beach, CA 90806)
No later than 8PM: LA Union Station (800 N Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA)

Cheers,
Andy Carter
President, California Homebrewers Association
847-881-6204
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