Show off your Homebrew!! Craft (Beer) Night @ Craft & Folk Art Museum and a new LB HB Fest Comp.

template_logo_01Hi PG members,

Here’s a chance to show off your homebrew to the public!! Thursday Nov. 3rd, the Craft and Folk Art Museum is doing a Craft Beer Night. Sorry its kind of last minute, my fault for not getting this out there sooner.

Pacific Gravity member, Lindsey Vaniman now works for the museum and thought this would be a fun thing to do with some of the members. So the Museum is calling out to all craft homebrewers to join them for the night and share your creations.

If you have any beers ready and would like to sign up, just email the Museum organizer at: [email protected]
Here’s the link to the events page for the month with the Craft Night listed on it: http://cafam.org/programs

Also let me know, Lindsey and I would be interested to hear if any PG members sign up! [email protected]

If you have never done something like this in the past, I assure you it will be a blast. I did one for an art event in the past and it was an awesome way to show off some beer, talk beer, and introduce people to new beer styles and watch what they end up liking the most. Plus everyone loves the person pouring their drinks!

 


 

14681891_10157636743760203_5720631095947930937_nAlso, there is another event going on in Long Beach in early December on the 10th (2-5pm) as a Homebrew Comp and pouring festival. I imagine kind of like the Stone Homebrew comp coming up in November.

Here is the link to the sign up sheet and more info on dates of submission and festival. Along with a bunch of other questions.  http://tinyurl.com/h2sguuw
You can email any additional questions to: [email protected] or [email protected]

 

 

California State Competition Entries due Thursday 9/22

state-comp-smHey Folks, just a quick reminder that entries for the California State Homebrew Competition are due by the close of business (6:00PM) this Thursday, September 22 at the Culver City shop.  Michael and Tania have graciously volunteered to drive them up to the Bay areas.   This is one of the three competition used by Anchor Brewing to select the California Homebrewer Club of the Year, so make sure you hold a few entries aside to take our club to glory!  Register online at http://castate.brewcompetition.com/ .  If you miss the local drop-off deadline, you can ship your entries up to More Beer in Concord, CA by October 1st.

And don’t forget that Saturday, September 24th is judging day for Pacific Brewers Cup.  Judging will be held at Brouwerij West, at 8AM 110 E. 22nd St., Warehouse No. 9, San Pedro, CA 90731.  Because this is a working taproom, we are only having a morning session of judging. We are asking all judges to arrive by 8:00 am, so we can start on time. There will be coffee and food before the judging, and lunch after. All judges and stewards will receive a t-shirt.

 

Competition Corner – September 2016

PacCupLogo2016September is on our doorstep and it is time to get your entries for the next two big competitions. First up is Pacific Brewers Cup.  This year, the prestigious event is being hosted by Long Beach Homebrewers.  Entries are due by noon this Saturday, Sept 3rd.  Registration is up and running at http://www.longbeachhomebrewers.com/comp/.  Entries can be dropped off at the Culver City or Eagle Rock homebrew shops.  The competition uses the 2015 BJCP style guidelines.  The Best of Show winner will brew a commercial sized batch of a version of their beer at Brouwerij West, in consultation with the brewer. Speaking of which, we also need your help with stewarding or judging.  Judging day is on Saturday, September 24th, 8AM at Brouwerij West, 110 E. 22nd St., Warehouse No. 9, San Pedro, CA 90731.  Because this is a working taproom, we are only having a morning session of judging. We are asking all judges to arrive by 8:00 am, so we can start on time. There will be coffee and food before the judging, and lunch after. All judges and stewards will receive a t-shirt.  Also, because we are only having a morning session, pre-judging will be necessary. If you are able to judge Sept 17 or 18, please let us know.

Coming right on the heels of Pacific Brewers Cup is the California State Homebrew Competition.  This is one of the three competition used by Anchor Brewing to select the California Homebrewer Club of the Year, so make sure you hold a few entries aside to take our club to glory!  Registration is already open from now until Sept 23rd at http://castate.brewcompetition.com/ .  Entries need to make it up to More Beer in Concord, CA between the 23rd and October 1st.  Check back later for info on a possible local drop-off.

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/.

2016 Pacific Gravity Brewer of the Year Competition Schedule

September 3rd   Pacific Brewers Cup Registration

September 24th Pacific Brewers Cup Judging

September 24th  California State Homebrew Competition Registration

A Quick Recap on the ProAm!

I wanted to thank everyone that was able to participate in the ProAm Opportunity. Which was being held through our club freind Devon Randall at the Arts District Brewery.

She was given a blind list of all of the Pacific Gravity homebrew comp winning beers form Jan. 1st, 2015 thru the recent present. From that list she picked 6 beers that she thought would be fun to brew for the brewery and be a good fit for a ProAm entry! The Six she choose we sent in full recipes for her to then pick a final one to brew, the six where:

Rives Boreland’s “White IPA”, from the 2015 LA Belgian Beer Competition

Carl Townsend’s “Scottish Ale”, from 2015 LA County Fair

Lloyd Johnson and Ted Silvas’s “Elderflower Belgian Pale”, from 2015 LA Belgian Beer Competition

Craig Corley’s “Alt #15”, from 2015 LA County Fair

Parker Waechter’s “Surfin Sancho Toasted Coconut Stout”, from the 2015 California State Fair

David Codney and Kevin Koenig’s “Incident Reflection White IPA”, from 2016 LA Belgian Beer Competition

From this Six recipes she then chose a winner. I know I will get some flack for it, but in the end she chose mine, aka Lloyd and Ted’s “Elderflower Belgian Pale”. As of lately we have been talking about the recipe and supplies for the brew, as well as the brew date getting bumped up. Which will be tomorrow July 28th, starting at 7am at the Arts District Brewery! Something Ted and I could not pass up and are extremely excited to be able to finally brew one of our beers on a pro system. As well we made the GABF ProAm deadline and the beer will be going this October to compete, and at some point will be on tap at the brewery!

Thank you all and I hope we can give the club more chances in the future for ProAm opportunities like this.
Lloyd

 

Competition Corner July 2016

2016-lacf-logoEntries are due this Friday July 15th for the Los Angeles County Fair Homebrew Competition.  Full registration details are available at http://competitions.maltosefalcons.com/.  This competition uses the Falcons guidelines which you can download from https://www.maltosefalcons.com/comps/styles/2015-falcons-style-guidelines.  Entries can be left at the Culver City Homebrew Supply Co.  Judging will on Saturday, July 23rd. Read more

Cal State Competition Entries Due

CaState1Just a quick reminder that we are rapidly approaching the entry deadline for the California State Fair.   Greg has offered to collect entries that are at Culver City shop provided they show up by the close of business on Tuesday, April 19th, and take them over to the Eagle Rock brewshop, one of the official drop-off sites.  If you miss the Tuesday window, you can still trek them to either Eagle Rock, or the South Bay shop until Sunday, April 24th.  Registration for the event is open at http://www.castatefair.org/homebrew/.

Also, don’t forget to help out with Mayfaire judging, this Saturday.  Sign up here:   http://competitions.maltosefalcons.com/

Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply
4981 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

South Bay Brew Supply
1311 Post Avenue
Torrance CA 90501.

The Results Are In!

I’m excited to announce that the results are in from our 2nd Annual Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge!

Congratulations to Derek Johnstone from Long Beach Homebrewers, this year’s Best Of Show winner. Can’t wait to try your Dubbel as a ProAm release. Have a GREAT time brewing it with Henry at Monkish Brewing Company!

Ribbons will be handed out on Thursday April 21st during our April club meeting at Terry Malloy’s place and we’ll be emailing out scoresheets as soon as possible. Those who can’t attend the ribbon ceremony will be mailed their ribbons the following weekend.

For more info and to see the entire list of ribbon winners, visit belgianbrewchallenge.com

Congratulations to those who earned ribbons and a huge thanks again to our sponsors, volunteers and all the homebrewers who entered beers. We’re already planning and looking forward to next year’s LABBC!

 

Cheers!

_Michael

 

Competition Corner – April 2016

Monkish Best of Show SponsorWow, time flies!  Spring has sprung, Vin Scully is back in the broadcaster’s booth and the hop rhizomes are bursting forth.  And the homebrew competition season marches inexorably forward.

Entries are due this Friday for the 38th Maltose Falcons Mayfaire Competition.  Full registration details are available at http://competitions.maltosefalcons.com/.  This competition uses the Falcons guidelines which you can download from https://www.maltosefalcons.com/comps/styles/2015-falcons-style-guidelines.  The Best of Show winner will have their beer brewed by the Ladyface Ale Company and entered in the Great American Beer Festival Pro/Am competition!  Entries can be dropped off at the Culver City shop until close of business on Friday, April 8th.  Judging will be at St. Martins in the Fields, 7136 Winnetka Ave Winnetka CA, 91306 on Saturday, April 23rd.

Coming up sooner than you might think is the California State Fair.  Registration is now open at http://www.castatefair.org/homebrew/.  Entries can be dropped off at South Bay Brew Supply no later than April 25th, 1311 Post Avenue, Torrance.  Do NOT drop them off at the Culver City shop!

Results have been announced for America’s Finest City competition.   Congrats go to Lloyd Johnson and Ted Silvas for three ribbons, including First place for Nectarine and Peach Saison, and a pair of 3rds for Whisky Barrel Imperial Stout and Funky BGS Brett Beer.  Congrats also to Chris Lindsey for a blue ribbon for his Rauch Roggenbier, Craig Corley for a 2nd for Belgian Blonde, and an HM for Munich Helles.  Finally, our Club Weizenbock Big Brew took an HM for Weizenbock.  Lloyd and Ted take the early lead in the Brewer of the Year award!

We had a great time with the Second Annual Belgian Brew Challenge!  Thanks to all who entered, and all who contributed as judges, stewards and the all-important staff.  I presume you saw the recap.  Award will be presented at the April club meeting on April 21st at Casa Molloy.

Entries have made it safely to San Diego for the AHA National Homebrew Competition. The NHC is still looking for judges for the event. The San Diego site will be judging on April 8th and 9th.

Looking ahead, we have LA County Fair in July, Pacific Brewers Cup in September and the California State Homebrew Competition in October.   You still have plenty of time to brew for these events.  The whole list is below.

If you are hard-core competition junkie, there are a bazillion other contests to enter.  Some of you asked about the Orange County Fair.  Info is available at http://ocfair.com/competitions/docs/2016/guides/1-homebrew.pdf.   The AHA has their master list at http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/aha-bjcp-sanctioned-competition/.

2016 Pacific Gravity Brewer of the Year Competition Schedule

April 8th                Mayfaire Entries
April 23rd              Mayfaire Judging
April 25th              California State Fair
July                        Los Angeles County Fair
September            Pacific Brewers Cup
October                 California State Homebrew Competition

Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge, Recap!!

Thank you to everyone that volunteered to Judge as well as Steward, and to everyone that Entered Beers into this last Saturday’s Comp, and of course a huge thank you to our 2016 Sponsors and the LABBC board members that helped make it happen. Everything went great and we couldn’t ask for a smoother judging day.

It started off with a bit of light set up work in the early morning and some super fresh Noah’s bagels! All the volunteers started rolling in and got signed up with judging stickers, name tags, and all of the volunteers walked away with some of the best looking competition shirts ever made!! They also got a 10 oz Firestone Walker glass thanks to Firestone Walker donating a ton of swag.

Judging was on its way by around 9-9:30am and the rooms of Neil’s complex where filled with the sounds of bottles popping, pencils writing, and Judges conversing. The morning or a.m. judging round consisted of all the largest categories that where entered for the competition. After the judges started finishing their categories, it was time for lunch. Where everyone was greeted by Ian and his super delicious Beef Carbonnade made with Belgian Dubbel beer and sides of red potatoes and a gourmet raspberry salad. It really helped soak up all that judged beer.

By the Afternoon session some of the judges and stewards had gone. One session of judging beer is usually enough, but for some of us we stayed for the long haul by doing a second session of some of the smaller entered categories. All but one was judged by the end, the Best of Show. Now scheduled for this Thursday with Henry, owner of Monkish Brewing. We wanted him to be a part of the BOS since he will be brewing one of the winning beers!

Ribbon ceremony is scheduled to be held at our next club meeting, which is at Terry’s house. Winners maybe announced online before that at some time TBD.

All in all a great time and a great competition, and here is this years 2016 Sponsors that made it all happen!

Monkish Brewing Co.
20311 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501Monkish Brewing Co. Logo
Smog City Brewing Company
1901 Del Amo Blvd., Ste B, Torrance, CA 90501Smog City Brewing Company Logo
Three Weavers Brewing Company
1031 W. MANCHESTER BLVD., UNIT A-B INGLEWOOD, CA, 90301 UNITED STATESThree Weavers Brewing Company Logo
Absolution Brewing Company
2878 Columbia St, Torrance, CA 90503Absolution Brewing Company Logo
Barley Forge
2957 Randolph Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626Barley Forge Logo
The Daily Pint
2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405The Daily Pint Logo
Brouwerij West
110 E. 22nd St., Warehouse No. 9, San Pedro, CA 90731Brouwerij West Logo
El Segundo Brewing Company
140 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245El Segundo Brewing Company Logo
Ladyface Ale Companie
29281 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CALadyface Ale Companie Logo
Phantom Carriage
18525 South Main Street Carson, California 90248Phantom Carriage Logo
Steinfillers
4160 Norse Way, Long Beach, CA 90808Steinfillers Logo
The Bruery
717 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA 92870The Bruery Logo
The Doughroom
3409 Overland Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90034The Doughroom Logo
Culver City Homebrewing Supply
4234 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City*, CA 90230Culver City Homebrewing Supply Logo
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
1400 Ramada Dr. Paso Robles, CA 93446Firestone Walker Brewing Company Logo
Wyeast Laboratories, Inc
PO Box 146, Odell, OR 97044, USAWyeast Laboratories, Inc Logo

Last chance!!!! to turn in LABBC Entries TODAY!!!!

Its the 12th and today is the final deadline for all “Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge” beer entries. Get them Registered and Paid for and then turned into the shops before the end of the day today!!

http://belgianbrewchallenge.com

http://comp.belgianbrewchallenge.com

 

Drop off locations:

Culver City Homebrew Supply
South Bay Brewing Supply
The Home Wine, Beer and Cheesemaking Shop
Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply
Steinfillers

 

 

Also Check out all our Sponsors for the 2016 LABBC :

Monkish Brewing Co.
20311 S Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

Monkish Brewing Co. Logo

Smog City Brewing Company
1901 Del Amo Blvd., Ste B, Torrance, CA 90501

Smog City Brewing Company Logo

Three Weavers Brewing Company
1031 W. MANCHESTER BLVD., UNIT A-B INGLEWOOD, CA, 90301 UNITED STATES

Three Weavers Brewing Company Logo

Absolution Brewing Company
2878 Columbia St, Torrance, CA 90503

Absolution Brewing Company Logo

Barley Forge
2957 Randolph Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Barley Forge Logo

The Daily Pint
2310 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Daily Pint Logo

Brouwerij West
110 E. 22nd St., Warehouse No. 9, San Pedro, CA 90731

Brouwerij West Logo

El Segundo Brewing Company
140 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245

El Segundo Brewing Company Logo

Ladyface Ale Companie
29281 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CA

Ladyface Ale Companie Logo

Phantom Carriage
18525 South Main Street Carson, California 90248

Phantom Carriage Logo

Steinfillers
4160 Norse Way, Long Beach, CA 90808

Steinfillers Logo

The Bruery
717 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA 92870

The Bruery Logo

The Doughroom
3409 Overland Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90034

The Doughroom Logo

Culver City Homebrewing Supply
4234 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City*, CA 90230

Culver City Homebrewing Supply Logo

Firestone Walker Brewing Company
1400 Ramada Dr. Paso Robles, CA 93446

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Logo

Wyeast Laboratories, Inc
PO Box 146, Odell, OR 97044, USA

Wyeast Laboratories, Inc Logo