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

 

Shop Drop-off for AHA Entries Saturday 3/5

We have finally confirmed entry pick-up for the AHA National Homebrew Competition at the Culver City shop on Saturday, March 5th at 5:00 PM. 

Please make sure your entries have a prominent tag saying “AHA NHC”.  The shop is also collecting entries for the Los Angeles Belgian Brew Competition and we don’t want beers ending up in the wrong city!

For those you you who have entered at other AHA NHC sites, please note that you are on your own to ship the beers.  Also, if you miss the drop-off at the shop, you can still ship your entries to San Diego, provided they arrive by march 9th

Thank you Amber for volunteering for the drive.  Have a safe trip!

Thank You
Carl TownsendCompetition Coordinator

 

AHA NHC Entry Drop-off Volunteer Needed

We still need a volunteer to take the National Homebrew Competition entries down to San Diego sometime between now and March 9th.  If you can make the trip, please contact me at [email protected]

Entries need to be delivered to:
Ballast Point Home Brew Mart
5401 Linda Vista Road, Suite 406
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 295-2337
Attention: George Cataulin

The club will contribute up to $50 for gas money.  Let me know what day you can make the trip.  I’ll put out the word to get entries collected ahead of time.

For those you you who have entered at other AHA NHC sites, please note that you are on your own to ship the beers.

Thank You
Carl TownsendCompetition Coordinator

Competition Corner – February 2016

OK folks, the thick of the competition season is upon us. I hope your finest is ready to go. First up is America’s Finest City competition. Registration is open at http://quaff.org/AFC-2016/. President Lloyd has graciously offered to haul the entries down to San Diego. So you can drop off your entries at the Culver City shop no later than the close of business on Tuesday, February 23rd. To avoid any entry confusion with other upcoming events, put a tag on your six-pack holders or box saying “AFC”. This is a great warm-up event for the AHA Nationals.

Speaking of which, I hope you got your entry registration reminders from AHA for the National Homebrew Competition. Read more

2nd Annual Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge

Calling all home brewers! Our 2nd Annual Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge is coming up fast and I’m excited to announce the details here tonight!

Once again, PG member Neil Saund has generously donated his space to host our competition and Henry Nguyen of Monkish Brewing Company in Torrance has signed on to brew a Pro-Am version of the Best of Show beer. As you may remember, last year’s Best of Show by Brian Holter and Kingsley Toby brewed at Monkish as “Triumphus” was an unforgettable Tripel. I can’t wait to see what the 2016 Triumphus will be!

We’ll begin accepting registrations and online submissions on February 1st and drop off starting March 1st through March 12th so you’ve got some time to get over to Culver City Home Brewing Supply to grab ingredients and brew your entries.

Judging will occur on Saturday March 26th at 9am. We’ll need plenty of volunteer stewards and judges so please make sure you opt-in appropriately if interested while registering.

For more details navigate to http://belgianbrewchallenge.com  and if you have any questions email [email protected].

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