Club meeting 8-15 at Tortugo Brewing

Greetings folks:
I hope your hangovers from the summer party are gone.  Why?  Because the third Thursday of August is this week!  Please join us for our regular club meeting this Thursday August 15, 2019 at Tortugo Brewing, 916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302.

Our style of the month is fruit beers with our style tasting being hosted by Dominic Reiss and Jun Gao.  We will get started about 7:30 PM.  I hope to see you there!


Dates to remember:
9/6/19  First Friday:  TBA
9/19/19 Next Club meeting at Neil’s Duplex in MDR.

Big Brew Saturday July 13th 2019

Have you ever wanted to make the jump from extract to all-grain brewing but didn’t really know how to go about it? Come on over to Carl’s place for our annual Big Brew on Saturday, July 13th. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance your brewing skills and see how other members of the club create some awesome-tasting beer. Carl will crank up the amazing thermosiphon reboiler as he sharpens his “Exceedingly Quick Wit” for the Summer Party. In addition to the brewing activity, Master Chef Ian will crank up the BBQ for summertime picnic fare. Side dishes are welcome. The Wave of Beer will be up and running, so if you have a keg to share, bring it along.  The Big Brew takes the place of the regular July meeting, so other club business will be discussed as needed.

We still have room for more brewers, so if you want to bring your brew system, drop me a line at c136 @ 7 d . com .  There is still time to make a batch of a low-gravity quick-maturing beer for the Summer Party. The first four respondents are guaranteed a space to set up your rig. Other space will be allotted on an availability basis. All-grain, extract brewers and other alternative beverage brewers are all welcome.

I will also have a handful of fresh-harvest Nugget hops available directly from my hop garden.

Speaking of the Summer Party (coming up August 3rd), we will have some all-important planning updates about including sign-up sheets for pot-luck food dishes, volunteer set-up/clean-up, and the all-important beer sign-up list.

Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2019
Place: Carl’s Place
3621 Redwood Ave
Los Angels CA 90066
Time: Carl will start mashing in around 10:00am.  Extract brewers can start later.

If you secure a spot, it would be helpful if you could drop off your equipment either Thursday or Friday. Arrange a drop off time with Carl (c136 @ 7 d . com).

June Meeting 6/20 at Smog City

Our next meeting will be held this Thursday, June 20, at 7:30pm at Smog City Brewing Company – 1901 Del Amo Blvd B, Torrance, CA 90501

Bring your Monster Brew! Porter has been gracious enough to host our annual monster brew, but rarely gets to sample the results. Not anymore!

Our style of the month is British and American strong ales, with a commercial tasting hosted by Robert Wilkinson and Peter Moran.

Jill, of Strand Brewers Club, will be handing out ribbons from the Jeff Sanders Memorial Competition.

See you there!

Upcoming dates:

July 5: First Friday at The Doughroom

July 13: Big Brew at Carl’s House – Limited Space – Sign up with Carl

August 2: First Friday bottle-share/Summer Party setup at Dean’s House

August 3: Summer Party at Dean’s House – Get your keg on The Wave of Beer – sign up with Carl

August 15: Meeting at Tortugo Brewing

May Meeting This Thursday 5/16 – Moved to Tortugo Brewing


Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to postpone our meeting at Smog City until June.

We will instead be meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Tortugo Brewing.

916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302 (424) 227-9963

We will get started at 7:30 PM.  Our style of the month is Czech Lagers / pale lagers hosted by Craig Corley.

See you all there!





April Meeting 4/18 at L.A. Ale Works!

The next meeting of Pacific Gravity is this Thursday, April 18, 2019.

We will be meeting at L.A. Ale Works (Kip’s brewery), located at 12918 Cerise Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250.

We will be getting started at 7:30 PM.  We are not planning food for this event as there will be a food truck on location.

The ‘style of the month’ is Belgium beers and will include a commercial style tasting hosted by Brian Watson.  Please bring your Belgian Beers to the meeting!  This month’s style is appropriate because we will also be hosting the awards ceremony for the recent LABBC.

See you all there!

Upcoming dates to remember:

5/3/2019 – SCHBF, Temecula

5/11/19 – SECOND Saturday @ Harujuku Taproom: 4410 Sepulveda Blvd.,

5/16/19 – Club Meeting @ Smog City

Ian Fraser

March Meeting 3/21 at Tortugo Brewing

We will be meeting March 21 at Tortugo Brewing 7:30PM
916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, our commercial tasting style is Irish and British dark beers, hosted by yours truly!
Dust off your potatoes for an unofficial stew-off! Bring your crock-pot of Irish or British stew to the meeting. This is just for bragging rights. We will have a side of rice, and hopefully some bread from Tortugo’s neighboring bakery.
We still have spots for the Southern California Homebrewer’s Festival. Do not miss one of the best events of the year! Talk to Terry to sign up for a campsite.

Upcoming dates:

April 5: First Friday @ El Segundo Slice & Pint
April 18: Meeting @ LA Ale Works
May 3-5: Southern California Homebrewer’s Festival
May 11: First Friday Second Saturday @ Harajuku Taproom

February Meeting 2/21 at Tortugo Brewing


Please join us this Thursday, 2/21/2019 for our February meeting!

We will be meeting at Tortugo Brewing at 7:30 PM

Our style of the month is Cider’s and Perry’s with Tyler Schwartz leading the commercial tasting.

Date: 2/21/2109 @ 7:30 PM

Location: Tortugo Brewing, 916 W Hyde Park Blvd. Inglewood, CA 90302

Upcoming dates to remember:

March 1, 2019: First Friday at Irish Times
March 9, 2019: MonsterBrew at Smog City Brewing.  See Carl’s Monster Brew article.
March 21, 2109: March Club Meeting at Tortugo Brewery



Reminder: Pacific Gravity January Club Meeting

Don’t miss our first club meeting of 2019, headed by our new president, Ian Fraser.

When: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Where: Tortugo Brewing, 916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA.

Hyde Park Blvd is a few blocks East of Three Weavers, and just North of the iconic Randy’s Doughnuts. From La Cienega and Florence, go east on Florence about 1/4 mile, turning left at the first street. Go under the metro rail tracks, proceed to the big orange building on the East side of the street.

Commercial Style of the Month:   English Bitters. Dean will lead us in the commercial tasting

Homebrew Style of the Month:   English Bitters.

Please bring some home-brewed beer to share.


Club Meetings:
February 21: Tortugo Brewing Company, 7:30 pm
March 21: Tortugo Brewing Company, 7:30 pm

First Fridays:
February 1: Santa Monica Brew Works, 1920 Colorado Ave #c, Santa Monica
March 1: Irish Times, 3267 Motor Ave, West Los Angeles

Annual Smog City Monster Brew:
Saturday, March 9, 6-ish am

See you there!


Pacific Gravity: November Recap, Holiday Party, Club Member of the Year Voting

November Meeting Recap

Our Annual Chili Cookoff at Tortugo Brewing Company was a rousing success. Parker W (2), Robert W, Neil S, Luis D.S., Ian F, and Dean S (2) submitted chilis for consideration by fellow PG members and guests, with voting in the usual 2 categories: Best Chili and Most Unique Chile.

And the winners were {drumroll, please}:
Best Chili: Ian
Most Unique: Parker
Ian and Parker each won a growler of their choice from the Totugo tap list.

Q: What is a Chili Cookoff without some tasty homebrews? A: Not a PG chili cookoff. Our homebrew selection included:
– Pumpkin Spiced Marzen (Parker)
– 10% Apple Cider (Parker)
– Holiday Spiced Ale (Carl)
– Porter (Carl)
– Monstrous IPA (Ian)

Brian W. brought us an interesting array of commercial version of Spiced Beers (BJCP 30), including a vertical tasting of Anchor Specials.

Congratulations: 2019 ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS

By popular vote, the 2019 PG Board is:

President: Ian Fraser
Vice President: Elijah Barone
Treasurer: Terry Molloy


If you are a member in good standing and were not at the chili cookout meeting, you can still vote by email. Send your choices to me at: vicepresident @ pacificgravity dot com (standard email address, spelled phonetically to prevent phishing).

The nominees:

Parker Waechter  (brings multiple kegs to every meeting and PG event)
Carl Townsend (organizer of competition submissions, font of brewing information, education coordinator)
Michael Musgrave (outgoing president, sponsor acquisition specialist, lots of stuff you don’t see that keeps the club moving)
Tim Bardet (outgoing treasurer, storage unit organizer, and event supply hauler, tireless volunteer)
Elijah Barone (beer sharer, story teller, club cheerleader)

You can vote for up to 2.


When: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Where: Neil Saund Duplex, 12966 Rubens (at Alla), Del Rey, 90066

Plan to bring some beer to share, and a dish for the pot luck. Details to follow.


December 7: First Friday at The Doughroom, Culver City

December 9: Initial Party Set-up at Neil’s duplex. 12 Noon – 4:00

December 15: P.G. Holiday Party
Details about set-up dates will be forwarded soon.

December 16; Party Clean-up. 11a – ? The more hands we have, the faster it will go. Last year only took a couple of hours.

January TBD, 2019: Annual Trip To Rob Ruben’s Distillery, El Segundo

 See you Soon!


Pacific Gravity Reminder: Meeting This Thursday, Board Nominations Needed

Our next club meeting is right around the corner. We have some important club business to discuss with all members (see below), so please attend if you can.

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Where: Tortugo Brewing Company, 916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA.

Hyde Park Blvd is a few blocks East of Three Weavers, and just North of the iconic Randy’s Doughnuts. From La Cienega and Florence, go east on Florence about 1/4 mile, turning left at the first street. Go under the metro rail tracks, proceed to the big orange building on the East side of the street.

Education: In the second of a series, Carl will be demonstrating how water chemistry affects the taste of your homebrew, and how you can fine tune your H2O to the style you are brewing.

Commercial Style of the Month:   European Pale Ales.

Homebrew Style of the Month:   European Pale Ales, and any home-brewed IPA.


Nominations are being accepted for all three (3) elected positions: President, Vice President, and Treasurer

As we advised previously, Tim Bardet is retiring as Treasurer. Also, President Michael Musgrave recently started a new position that is sure to take up significant amounts of his time.

That is one firm opening (Treasurer), and a potentially provisional opening (President).

We will solicit nominations at the October meeting, or you can present our nomination via email to the board (board @ pacific gravity . com).


Nominations are being accepted for the Pacific Gravity member that you think has gone above and beyond helping P.G. be the great home brewers club that it is. Please raise your nomination at the October meeting, or by email to the board (board @ pacific gravity . com) .

Voting will be held at the November meeting.


 See you Thursday!