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:

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.).

Final Reminder for PG Bus Trip to the Stuffed Sandwich on Saturday, July 8th!

 

There are still some seats available on the bus so come join us for a fun road trip. Friends are welcome.
And, don’t forget to bring a brew or 2 to share with friends on the bus.

The bus leaves at 12noon from the Culver City Home Brew Supply so please plan to arrive by 11:30am.
See more details for this can’t be missed PG adventure at: http://pacificgravity.com/2017/06/save-the-date-for-pgs-bus-trip-to-stuffed-sandwich-saturday-july-8th/

If you want a preview, then go checkout Stuffed Sandwich’s website for the July beer special offerings.

See you on the bus!

 

Upcoming Summer Events that can’t be missed!

Bus Party/Bus Trip to Stuffed Sandwich on Saturday, July 8th

Who’s going on Pacific Gravity’s road trip to Stuffed Sandwich on Saturday, July 8th?
Please let us know ASAP if you want a seat on the bus. And, please let us know if you will be going but not on the bus. We need to give Stuffed Sandwich an estimated headcount by the end of this week. Please email Mimi at [email protected] at your earliest convenience this week.

Also, please note that Stuffed Sandwich has confirmed the lunch special as:
Half a sandwich (Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef, Italian Sub or veggie option) served with a side of potato or macaroni salad along with a pint of draft beer in a complimentary glass for $19.50 (a $25 value).  Note this is in ADDITION to your money for the bus ride. The sandwiches are huge, so this is a good lunch even for a big eater. We will collect orders for the special lunch as we board the bus on July 8th.
Please see the post for this trip on the PG website for more details.

Pacific Gravity’s Summer Party on Saturday, July 29th

A note from Chef Ian about our PG Summer Party on Saturday, July 29th:
SUMMER LUAU

WE ARE GOING ON A HUKILAU, A HUKI HUKI HUKI HUKI HUKILAU!  We are going to eat some ono kau kau!  At our huki huki huki huki hukilau!

Aloha and shaka bra!  This year’s summer party will feature a Hawaiian style luau theme.  This particular theme is near and dear to our chef’s heart and soul as he was a long time native of the islands.  So expect him to pull out all the stops and try to create as close to a traditional style luau as we can get without actually digging an imu (oven) pit in Deans yard!  So get out your grass skirt and palm frond hat on and hula on down to Dean Sussman’s little grass shack in the Pacific Palisades.  The address is 1310 Amalfi Drive.  The date for our luau will be July 29th.

As usual this is a huge operation and its success will depend on massive amounts of member assistance.  First off we need beer, lots of it; if you brew now you still have time to get it in the keg for the summer party.  We also need sodas for the non-drinkers, if you ever wanted to make a soda, now is a good time to try it.  This year’s drink contest will feature ‘tropical fruit’.  Any alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink or beer that features a tropical fruit will be considered for this award.  Plus we will award the best beer an honor as well.

We will need all party attendees to bring food dishes to compliment our Chef’s luau feast. So, please start thinking what you will bring.

And, time to clean out your closets! We will have collection of charity donations for The People Concern (formerly OPCC). Charity Donation Goods to be collected: – clothes, toiletries, new socks/underwear, kitchen kits, cleaning supplies, etc ( https://www.opcc.net/?nd=in )

Finally, we will need volunteers for all aspects of the party: setup-Friday & Saturday, food prep-Friday & Saturday, check-in, bartender shifts & cleanup-Sunday am.

So, please email us ([email protected] ) if you have questions or just want to sign up to volunteer!

First Friday (July 7th) in Redondo Beach

And, don’t forget that we have First Friday (July 7th) in Redondo Beach: Naja’s Place & King Harbor Brewing Taproom. (see PG website/calendar for more details)

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 jdvhotels.com
  • 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!

 

Thanks!

 

Michael

 

Club of the Year, Club member or the Year, and Chili Cook-off Recap!

Hello PG Members,

We all have been pretty busy the last week, so its taken me some time to officially get this post out here. So please Read on:

First, if you haven’t heard Pacific Gravity won the 2016 “Anchor California Homebrew Club of the Year” competition!!!! We turned in our submission and judging was on Nov. 5th during the Cal. State homebrew comp. Check out the link here: http://castatebrewcomp.org. I want to thank everyone for a great year and to all the board members for helping make it so. We strived to make a difference, to evolve this club to higher standards, and this is just one of the pay offs. I hope everyone, for years to come, will continue to make Pacific Gravity one of California’s best homebrew clubs around. By striving for more education, involvement, club charity, and as always brewing the best damn beer!

Second, if you “missed” the Chili Cook-off and did not get a chance to vote for Pacific Gravity’s “Club Member of the Year” nows your chance! Please email your vote here: [email protected] you will have tell Next Sunday to vote. That is voting will now close after Nov. 20th. Nominated Members are: Lloyd Johnson, Michael Musgrave, Tim Bardet, Carl Townsen, Terry Malloy, Michael Patterson, Mimi Bardet, Tania Musgrave, Dean Sussman, and as always feel free to vote for any other PG member not on that list. You will get two votes for two different people. So please send those emails with two names!

Third, we had a blast at the Chili Cooks off. It was a good day, hot at first and then the marine layer rolled in to cool us off a bit. Chili’s and cornbread where showing up and snack where laid out. Terry had the lights up for night and a fire pit ready to go. We had a slow start, but soon got some good number later. Just in time for Rives amazing rare and expensive cider and mead tasting that lasted for quite some time into the night. Thank you Rives for going so above and beyond! We did announcement and last calls for voting about mid evening. As there was no contested board members for 2017 we did a vocal call for agreement in next years board members. They are as followed: President Michael Musgrave, VP Terry Molloy, Treasure Tim Bardet, then Carl Townsend for Competitions Coordinator, Dean Sussman as Styles, Mimi Bardet as Charities and Special Events, Tania Musgrave as Secretary, Michael Patterson as Education Director, and Brett Wilson as Activities Director that I know for sure as of now.

All the chili’s where great. We absolutely stuffed ourselves, but only two chili’s could come out on top. Ian Fraser took the win for Best Chili and Parker took the most unique! Both where amazing, Ian’s was a delicious super spicy meat chili and then Parker’s was like an amazing Mole like vegetarian chili (sorry Parker blanking on the actual ingredients). Also we did not get a lot of the style of the month beers that night, but we did get a bunch of kegs so we opened the best beer of the night to everyone that brought beer. It looked like by the end of the night Ian, Tim, Luis, and Larry took the win with there Big Red IPA, and then Carl was in close second with a hoppy pale “Extra Galactic”.

I want to give The Molloy’s a big Thank You for hosting at their house again this year, great times! Check out some of the pics below.

http://pacificgravity.com/2016/11/club-year-club-member-year-chili-cook-off-recap/

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PG Golf Day Outing and Bottle Share afterparty @ Tomm Carrol’s Trux Stop, RECAP!!

Well we had a lot of fun this last weekend. First off I would like to thank our new Activities Director, Brett Wilson for organizing and taking on the new roll this last few weeks! I and a bunch of other people can’t wait for the next event. Also a huge thank you to Tomm and Denise for hosting the After Party Bottle Share at their back yard bar called the Trux Stop. So many beers where enjoyed by all. Lastly I would like to thank Ian Fraser, our resident club Chef for cooking up some amazing grub as well. Mesquite charcoal cooked sausages and brats that then got a beer bath in secondary! Plus thank you to everyone that brought other amazing side dish foods and to everyone that brought all the beer to share!

A good bunch of us started off by meeting up in the mid morning around 10:15-10:30am at the Westchester golf course, to hit some balls and pay for our golf rounds. It was a busy day and the course was behind about 20-30 minutes tell we tee’d off. Brian Holter and two of his friends and other club member Bill was the first 4’some and then Brett Wilson, Michael Patterson, Ian Fraser, and I (Lloyd) was the second 4’some. The sun was out, but with a cool breeze as we all hacked away at the balls. No matter how bad we did we where having fun and we celebrated big on the good shots! We had a running  game between both 4’some of “closest to the Pin (flag)” on the par three holes, aka the ones we should hit it on the green in one shot. Good thing there where a lot of par threes! In the end one of Brian’s friend killed us on getting it closer, she took home the Beer Prize! Then we all finally made it to the 18th hole and finished off strong. There where a few craft beers enjoyed on the course, Brian was trading with everyone. We lost a couple balls in the water and over the fence, but we could of not had a better day out on the course!

Then we all headed to the Trux Stop, a bit late due to the late start on the course and a bit of waiting at the holes. Ian got right away to prepping the Charcoal Grills, Brian got to Popping Bottles,  Tomm showed the first timers around the bar and walk-in, and we all got to drinking some rare beers! A bunch of PG members where already there when us Golfers showed up, but then a lot more came as the night fell. Brett awarded Brian and I (Lloyd) with best and worst scores, I got worst with a 102 vs Brians 82 for 18 holes! As a lot of beer talking and passing around bottles continued, soon came time for food. We where all ready and I loaded a few plates that night. The beer bathed sausages where amazing and we can always count on Ian’s great food ideas. Plus we had all the toppings, some awesome salads, Mac & Cheese and also Spiced beans from Scott, 2) potato dishes, and tons of chips. Some time later Denise brought out a cake with all the club member’s October Birthdays on it and we all got a huge slices and ice-cream on the side after singing the B-Day song to the members that where present. Although after all the beer, food, and cake, the best part of the night was about to come. Tom and Tomm combined forces and brought out a beer vertical of “Samichlans Bier” aka the Santa Clause Beer, an imported Swiss winter warmer I believe. The oldest bottle spanning back 26 year!!! Bottle order: 1990, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2010. It was quite a treat, granted the first two tasted like soy sauce, but still awesome to try something 26 and 20 years old. The early 2000’s where more oxidized tasting, and then the 2010 was probably the best tasting. Where you could still pick out the original qualities, but with 6 years of age. An inspiring vertical tasting for sure, thank you Tom and Tomm!

Finally the night wound down, but a ton more great bottles where opened. Rives showed up later with some beer from going to the grand opening of Ventura Coast Brewing, where Dan White is now Head Brewer. Tomm held down the Trux Stop bar like a captain at his ship, as I asked hit what was next form the fridge behind him. One by one people drop off and had to go and so did I. Only to come back the next day to pick up some stuff and find the lines of dead soldier bottles following around the patio, great times!

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Last Night’s Club Meeting Reminders and Recap.

Thanks everyone that came out last night, we had a great October Club Meeting that had some long announcements and Nominations for 2017.

Just a Reminder, Voting for the Club President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Club Member of the Year will be held November 5th at the chili cook off Saturday club meeting at Terry Maloy’s house. More info on that to come, but in the mean time Nominations for Pres., VP, Treasure, and Club Member of the Year will be open tell about Nov. 4th. Please email us at [email protected] for your Nominations. There is still plenty of room for Pres., VP, and Treasurer nomination!

Secondly, Tomorrow is the Golf Day Outing hosted by our new Activities Director, Brett Willson. if anyone is interested in golfing there still might be a chance to squeeze you in. Email Brett at [email protected].

Also we will have a Bottle share after party at the Trux Stop, hosted by Tomm Carroll, aka his place. Tomm said last night that if you don’t have any bottles to share don’t worry he has it covered!! also if anyone is interested in bringing any homebrew kegs as well we will have taps set up!! feel free to email me if you do: [email protected] and I will let Tomm know. As well Ian will be cooking up some brats, but with a beer bath technique I’m told so it should be awesome as always. All are welcome to Tomm’s stating at 3pm tomorrow!

Lastly check out the new First Friday schedule for the months of November and December that has been updated for the rest of the year.


Here’s a bit of Recap of Last nights October meeting:

We had a ton of Kegs line up at last nights meeting, all sorts of styles and a couple for the Style of the Month. Everything from Strong Ales, to Smoked Porters, Fresh Harvest IPA’s and NE IPA’s. Plus some great beers being passed around like Rueben’s Smash Hopped Dorado IPA and a American sour blend dry hopped with Mosaic form one of the New Members that signed up last night! There where a ton of new faces and it was great to see and meet you all. I hope you enjoyed the meeting and will be back for more of our events!

Tim J. hosted the Commercial Tasting and did a great job finding all sorts of English Strong Ales and some American Barleywines. We also had a great Raffle with a lot of classics like “A beer and a Glass”, but also gave away some Fresh Cascade Hops from Carls garden, a new and rare LA Ale Works hat and a beer, some PG glassware swag and a beer, a Brewery 750ml, and ended with a grand prize of a 6.5 gal. Glass Carboy donated form Porter at Smog City.

We did our last 2 off flavor tastings last night, hosted by Michael Patterson. Thank you Michael for hosting all the set ups this year. Last night ended on some fun ones Earthy and Spicy. The Earthy one tasted like you just took a shot of dirt mixed in with some grass clippings. Great Stuff!

Club Member Parker Waechter once again this year took home the Best Beer of the Night price of a $25 gift certificate at Culver City Homebrew Shop with his Wee Heavy. He has consistently brewed not only the style of the month, but has done it in away that has improved his skill immensely. I encourage all to be like Parker and brew those beers! The Style of the Month has been there to encourage people to step out of their boundaries. To brew and learn about different styles. Parker has done that, admitting last night how brewing the style of the month has been a great and fulfilling challenge for him this past year and it show in his awesome beers he brings every month. Great Job Parker!

Below are some pics form last night. Cant see the pics on the email?? go to this post link: http://pacificgravity.com/2016/10/last-nights-club-meeting-reminders/

 

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Some PG reminders!!! Sign-ups and Club Meetings.

Hi everyone,

Just a few reminders if you wanted to sign up for a couple things now is your last chance. The Firestone Walker PG collaboration BB Weizenbock bottle survey and then the PG Gold Day Outing. Also a Reminder of this Thursdays Club Meeting being held at the Culver City Homebrew Supply store!


-Firestone Walker and Pacific Gravity Bourbon Barrel Aged Weizenbock Collaboration bottles for sale. Check out the last post I did about the survey by clicking Here, or just go to the survey now to let us know of any further interest in getting reserved bottles. As far as I know there is no discount and you will have to commit to buying any bottles you reserve.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJgfECKf6lKU0t6dR3bjyu9oVrcTay0_Vl51eLx9YQ3YKyMw/viewform


-Pacific Gravity Golf Day Outing, click Here to check out the last post about the full day and bottle share for everyone held afterwords at the Trux Stop, aka Tomm Carroll’s place!

RSVP to [email protected] now asap if you want to join in on the golf day at westchester. Please also RSVP for the bottle share if you plan to go, so we can get a head count for food.


-Lastly a reminder of this Thursday’s PG Club Meeting, regular time 7:30pm at the Culver City Homebrew shop4234 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

Remember on Club Meeting you get a Double Store Discount at the shop for all members on your purchases!!! So bring your shopping lists, this will be the last meeting for the year at the store until 2017. Also the Style of the Month that night will be Commercial Tasting Style: British Strong Ales and then Best Beer of the Meeting competition styles: British Strong Ale, American & English Old Ales, Wee Heavy, American & English Barleywines, and Wheazwine. Where like always you can win a $25 gift certificate from the Shop.

There will also be our last 2 off flavors of the year being presented by Michael Patterson, the raffle, and also the Nominations for Club President, Vice President, and Treasurer, plus Homebrew of the Year!! So get thinking who you would like to nominate for 2017 or step up yourself and join the board. Last year we had two contested board member positions and it made it all the more exciting, so Im looking forward to seeing who we have in the running for 2017.

Note: We will be doing the Vote on November 5th at Terry Malloy’s house for the Chili cook off Saturday Meeting. Please set your calendar’s since it will be so early in the month this year around. It will count as our November club meeting and we are still deciding on what will be done about First Friday for November.

 

 

 

PG Golf Outing @ Westchester and Bottle Share @ the Trux Stop!! Oct. 22nd

Hi Everyone,

First off I would like to announce that Brett Willson is Pacific Gravity’s new “Activities Director” for the rest of 2016 and proposed 2017! Brett’s goals are to add more outdoor and physical activities combined with out love of Beer!
Brett’s first activity, which we have started to announce and some of you have signed up for is a PG Golf Day at Westchester Golf Course.
Also to top it off we are inviting all PG club members, even if you are obviously not a golfer, to the afterwords 19th Hole Bottle Share at Tomm Carroll’s beloved Trux Stop bar and backyard! (aka Tomm’s place).

Note: if you want to sign up for the Golf Day you have to do it now, so email Brett ASAP and you have to commit to the day and the price. [email protected]

Here is all the info and words form Brett:

Pacific Gravity will at long last combine our love for golf and beer into one glorious day. We are joining for a round of golf at Westchester Golf Course and then heading to the 19th hole at the Truxx Stop to relax and revel in an afternoon bottle share.  There will be prizes and bragging rights to those who are the best dressed, post the highest score, post the lowest score, and are closest to the pin on the first hole.  The round will be $45 and payable at the golf course.  A few of us will be at the course a little early to hit some warm up balls.  Feel free to join us at the driving range.

The bottle share will be from 3PM until 10PM at the Truxx Stop.  Please bring bottles to share and a your favorite side dishes or grill items because we will be cooking food on the charcoals at Tomm’s place during the bottle share.
You do not need to play golf to attend the bottle share, but all must RSVP to: [email protected] so we can get a head count for food! If you’ve never been to a bottle share at the Trux Stop, well it’s one you do not want to miss, you never know what Tomm’s going to pull out of the walk-in cooler! Just ask any other member thats been there.

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Pacific Gravity Golf Outing
When: October 22nd -9:30am to 2:30pm
How Much: $45 – Payable in Cash at the golf course
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19th Hole Bottle Share @ The Trux Stop: (close to Westchester)
When: October 22nd – 3pm to 10pm
Where: The Trux Stop (aka Tomm & Denise’s) 7643 Truxton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90045

So please RSVP now for Golfing and/or going to the Bottle Share. Bring your clubs to the course and your bottles and food to the Trux Stop!! Hope to see you all there.

 

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Other Announcements
Happy Birthday to our resident club Chef, Ian Fraser today!!

-October Club Meeting: Culver City Homebrew Shop, Oct. 20th, the Third Thursday. Style of the Month: British and American Strong Beers
We will be taking nominees for Board Member votes (President, VP, and Treasurer) as well as Club Member of the year nominees.

-November Club Meeting and Chili Cook off: Nov. 5th a Saturday at Terry Malloy’s house. Set your Calendars and think of your chili recipes your going to cook up!!!
This is an extremely early meeting in the month and the only day Terry could Host. We will be Voting that day for Board Members and Club Member or the year.
We have not decided on whether or not we are pushing First Friday, but it is more then likely. Nov. 5th will be our November Meeting.
Style of the Month: Ciders and Meads, plus Spiced, Smoked and Wood aged beers.