It’s Holiday Party Time-Again!

The annual PG Holiday Party is almost here, this year to be held on December 12. This will be a first for the club, holding the party on a Saturday. This will guarantee a great turnout, lots of beer, food, and fun for all.

The Great Gathering takes the place of our monthly Club meeting, so that club members don’t have to miss celebrating the holidays with their families.

For those new members, and there are many of you reading this, the Holiday party is as good as the Summer Party. There are a few differences, though. This is not a kid friendly event. The party is at night, a lot more crowded and noisy, and there is nothing for a child to do, except be stepped on.

Once again, Neil Saund is graciously allowing us to hold the party at his empty duplex in Del Rey. We’ll have our usual line up of incredible appetizers, fabulous main courses, and succulent desserts.

Four batches of Carbonnades a la Flamande, each featuring a different beer, are being cooked, to be scarfed up by members and guests. We hope no one will be too “stewed” to eat it.
We’ll be having Baked Hams, for you porkers among you. Fried turkeys will be cooked and gobbled up. A most special surprise treat, by Club Chef Ian Fraser, will be served right on ‘cue for those of the bovine persuasion.

In addition to the above, we count on YOU to also bring food, beer, soda and any other homemade or purchased beverages you can think of. The Club depends on the membership and its guests for making the party a complete success. Appetizers, snacks, salads, sweets, and desserts are more than welcome. They are actually needed!

We also need volunteers for set up, and clean up. Those who arrive early get first beer tastings, and those who stay late, get to pick over the leftovers, which usually include some late night brews. We will be setting up on Sunday, Dec. 6 around 12-4, and again on Saturday Dec. 12 in the early afternoon. Cleanup is Sunday morning, around 10.

If you don’t know what to bring, contact me or PG Prez Craig Corley for hints.
[email protected]
[email protected]

The Board of Directors wants to wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season. May Gambrinus be with you.

Address: 12966 Rubens Ave.
Los Angeles 90066
Date: December 12, 2009.
Time: 7:00pm. The party ends when the last one out locks the door.

November 2009 Club Meeting

The November club meeting will be on Thursday, November 19th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Culver City Home Brewing Supply. We’ll be featuring Brown Ales and Porters as our style of the month and as always; we’ll have some homebrewed examples on tap to complement our monthly commercial style tasting (volunteer kegs are welcome).  Lee and Andrew Bakofsky will be guiding us on a tour of Brown Ales and Porters for our style tasting.  Please remember to bring some of your homebrew to share with us.  While you’re at it, bring some of your friends and maybe some new members.  As always we’ll be giving away lots of club swag and beer/brewing related goodies (donations welcome) in our monthly raffle.

The November meeting will feature our annual election of club officers and the club member of the year. We will be voting for President, Vice President and Treasurer.  In addition, we will be voting for the prestigious honor of Club Member of the Year with the results of this ballot to be announced at our Holiday Party on December 12th.  See Annual Club Elections for more details.

We’re planning on having the new club tee shirts with our new club logo on hand.  If you pre-ordered a shirt we’ll have yours set aside for you to pick up and if not, we’ll have extras available, but you’ll probably want to pick one up before we run out of your favorite size/style.

With this being the last meeting before our annual Holiday Party, we’ll be actively seeking volunteers for food and homebrew.  Plan on showing up and signing up to let us know what food and homebrew you’re planning on sharing with us.  We’ll also be collecting entries for the upcoming Belgian Strong Ales (category 18) AHA club only competition (see Competition Corner for more info).  Of course we’ll also have the latest info on all upcoming club events, plan on joining us…

Annual Club Elections

Nominations were accepted at the October meeting and we’ll be holding our annual elections for the Club Board and the Club Member of the Year award at the November club meeting on Nov 19th.

The 2010 Club Board will have a slightly different look since Club President, Craig Corley has decided its time to take a break from running the club.  Drew Butler and the team of Peggy Robinson & Nathalie Caldwell were nominated to replace him as club president. Dan Hakes was re-nominated as Vice President and Craig Corley was nominated for Treasurer. The remaining board positions are appointed and will include Carl Townsend returning as Competition Coordinator, Mike Steinberg returning as Activities Director, Ian Fraser rejoining as Club Chef, Thomas Lee Bakofsky & David Stickel returning as Webmasters, Terry Malloy joining as Fund Raiser, Dean Sussman joining as Style Tasting Coordinator, Josh Jensen returning as SCHBF representative, and Tomm Carroll returning as a newsletter columnist. While this is an impressive roster of club members, we’re always looking for new faces to get involved, contact Craig Corley at [email protected] if interested.

Six club members were nominated for the 2009 Club Member of the Year award. This award recognizes and honors significant contributions and involvement by club members.  The members nominated at the October meeting include Lee Bakofsky, Craig Corley, Dan Hakes, Jon Porter, Neil Saund, and Dean Sussman.  Selection of the Club Member of the Year will be done by secret ballot and the results will be announced at our annual Holiday Party by last years winner, Larry Caldwell.

Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day

Every year, the first Saturday of November is designated “Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day”, by the American Homebrewer’s Association. This year Neil Saund is once again hosting a brew event at his home in Del Rey. The event is a single brew all grain event, and is a great opportunity for new members who want to move up from extract to all grain brewing. Snacks will be served.
See the club calendar, posted earlier today by club Prez, Craig Corley for a map link to Neil’s house.

First Friday At BottleRock, Downtown L.A.

This coming Friday, Nov. we will be going to BottleRock in downtown Los Angeles. We have usually had Sunday events at the Culver City branch, but if you havent been to the downtown incarnation, you’ve missed a very good drinking venue. They have more taps (see their website for menu) than C.C., and more food. It’s easy to get to, and is near the Staples Center and Nokia Theater. They have a new manager, Corwin, so be sure to introduce yourselves when you arrive.

Chili Cookoff Results

Well, better late than never, I say.
Your humble servant had an attack of the lazies and has neglected to write an article about the Chili Cokoff until now.
Here goes…
On September 26 Eric Moreau hosted the PG Annual Chili Competition and Big Brew. Eric and his loyal fellow brewer Chris “Cosmo” Briles brewed 10 gallons of Saison. with help from about 20 drinkers/observers.
We had 6 chili entries and the results were close for the Grand Prize winning Best Chili. After a tiebreaker vote, Club Master Chef, Ian Fraser, was once again crowned, “Master of Chili”. The prize was a bottle of Deus which,
being pre-chilled, was graqciously shared by all.
Current PG Treasurer, Peggy Robinson, won a Malheur Brut for making the “Most Unique” chili.
In addition to all the above, Tom Rierson made a tortilla and salsa verde side dish, worthy of the great chili being eaten. Eric’s mom made cupcakes, and we ate like piggies.
To all those who weren’t there, be sure to come next year. To those who weren’t successful in dethroning Ian, Including me, better luck next time.
Michael Steinberg, PG Activities Director

November 2009 Club Events

  • Thursday, November 19, 2009 – November Club Meeting @ Culver City Home Brewing Supply
    • Style: Porters & Brown Ales – keg volunteers welcome
    • Elections for Board & Member of Year
    • AHA Club Only Competition – Belgian Strong Ales (cat 18)
    • Contact [email protected] for more info

Online and subscribe-able club calendar available at: http://ical.me.com/cgcorley/PacificGravityEvents

For more info on upcoming events, check for related articles herein or contact [email protected]

He’s Alive!

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This just in! Photographic evidence that in contrast to popular belief;  Pacific Gravity member formerly known as Martin Svab is in fact still alive and well!
See it to believe it: gentleman-scholar.com/.

October 2009 Club Meeting

The October club meeting will be on Thursday, October 15th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Culver City Home Brewing Supply. We’ll be featuring All Lagers as our style of the month and as always; we’ll have some homebrewed examples on tap to complement our monthly commercial style tasting (volunteer kegs are welcome).  Carl Townsend will be guiding us on a tour of Lagers for our style tasting.  Please remember to bring some of your homebrew to share with us.  While you’re at it, bring some of your friends and maybe some new members.  As always we’ll be giving away lots of club swag and beer/brewing related goodies (donations welcome) in our monthly raffle.

The October meeting marks the beginning of our annual election season.  We’ll be accepting nominations for the elected positions of the 2010 Club Board (President, Vice President and Treasurer) with the election to be held at our November meeting.  The remaining board positions are appointed and we’ll be recruiting club members to fill those positions as well.  We’ll also be accepting nominations for the 2009 Club Member of the Year award, which recognizes and honors significant contributions and involvement by club members.  Elections for this prestigious award will also be held at the November meeting with the winner being announced at our annual Holiday Party in December.

We’re planning on having the new club tee shirts with our new club logo on hand and will be selling them for $15 each.  If you pre-ordered a shirt we’ll have yours set aside for you to pick up and if not, we’ll have extras available, but you’ll probably want to pick one up before we run out of your favorite size/style.

With several club events upcoming, including the Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day and Holiday Party, we’ll have a number of sign ups and details to finalize.  Of course we’ll also have the latest info on all upcoming club events, plan on joining us…

2010 Club Board Elections

Fall is here and its time for our annual elections for the Club’s Board of Directors.  We’ll be accepting nominations for the 2010 Club Board at the October club meeting and will hold an election at our November club meeting. Club President, Craig Corley has decided its time to take a break from running the club, so we’ll be selecting his replacement.  And depending on his replacement (we have a few who have expressed interest), we’ll have a couple of other positions to fill as well.  The rest of the current club board members have expressed an interest in serving for another year.

Beyond the open board position(s) we need to fill, we’re always looking for new members to get involved.  To make it easy for club members to get involved, we have part-time positions as well as the full-time positions. The full time board includes the elected officers (President, Vice President and Treasurer) and the appointed officers (Competition Coordinator and Activities Director).  The part time positions include the Webmaster, Publisher, Club Chef, Fund Raiser, Ladies Events Coordinator, Road Trip Coordinator, Style Tasting Coordinator, So. Cal Home Brew Festival Coordinator and more.  The part time positions tend to focus on one event or task and do not require regular attendance at the board meetings. We’ll even tailor part time positions to utilize the skills set of anyone who volunteers.  If you’re interested in the joining the club board, contact Craig Corley at [email protected].