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].

26mar9:00 am2nd Annual Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge9:00 am Neil Saund

Competition Corner – January 2016

Well, a new year is upon us as well as a fresh brewing competition season. I hope you took advantage of the cool weather over the holiday season to bet some batches fermenting. I did! Each year, Pacific Gravity honors the brewer (or team) with the most homebrew competition wins. Last year we added in our new competition: Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge, with entries due March 12. Also, keep your sites on the America’s Finest City Homebrew Competition, hosted by QUAFF with entries due in late January, and the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition with open registration starting February 1-7. Read more

State Homebrew Comp Entries Due Thursday Oct 8th

It is time to get your entries ready for the last competition of the 2015 season.  Registration for the California State Homebrew Competition is now up and running at  http://nchfinfo.org/castatecomp/.  This is one of the three big competitions that Anchor Brewing considers for the California Homebrew Club of the Year Award, so make sure you get your entries ready to go.

Michael Musgrave has volunteered to hand carry the entries up to the Bay area, but only if you get them to the Culver City shop by the close of business Thursday, October 8th.  NOTE HOURS:  the shop closes at 6:00 PM.

If you miss the local drop-off deadline, you can still ship your entries to Oak Barrel Winecraft 1443 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702.  Entries must be registered by October 10th, and arrive by October 17th.

Pacific Brewers Cup Results Posted

Results for the 2015 Pacific Brewers Cup have been posted!  Congrats to Craig Corley with four ribbons including a 1st place for his Alt #15.    Brian and Kingsley stepped in with two firsts and a a 3rd, with help from Kevin Segna to pull an a 2nd place as well.  Ted and Lloyd picked up a 1st place for their Lavander IPA beer in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable category and an honorable mention in the Strong Belgian Ale category as well.  Dan and Emily picked up a couple of 3rds.  Chris Lindsay and Mike Patterson each picked up a 3rd.  Finally to round out the field, Neil Saund picked up an honorable mention for his Biere de Garde.

Thanks to all the PG members that showed up for the judging session at Four Points Sheraton.   Strand Brewers did an excellent job this year.  My hat is off to them!

Complete results have been posted at http://strandbrewersclub.org/pbc/db/ .  And, about a bazillion photos have been posted to http://craftbeerguy.com/tag/photos/


Pacific Brewer Cup Entry Deadline Saturday

Just a reminder that the entry deadline for  Pacific Brewers Cup  is this Saturday Sept 12 at Noon!  Register now!

Judges and Stewards are also needed.  Sign up at the same you register your entries!  http://www.pacificbrewerscup.com/

Entries can be dropped off at the Culver City Home Brewing Supply Company, or at several other locations.

The competition is going to be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Four Points Sheraton LAX, 9750 Airport Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, 90045.

First Friday – Monkish Brewing Co

First Friday is upon us and this month we’ve changed it up and are going to Monkish.  The reason we decided to do this is because Triumphus is on tap!

What is Triumphus?  It is the best of show beer at the Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge (ran by Pacific Gravity) this year, that was won by our very own Brian Holter and Kingsley Toby!  Not only is it a delicious tripel, it will be entered as a pro-am for this years GABF!  Even more awesome, it also comes in corked bottles which are only sold at the brewery!  There are limited quantities so make sure you support the club and Monkish and buy some, it’s really good, as Henry and co have graciously supported us for this competition and even put the PG logo on the bottle! How cool is that?!


Food at Monkish

Monkish does have snacks available in the tasting room and outside food is welcome, so please make sure you plan accordingly.


4sep7:00 pmFirst Friday - Monkish Brewing7:00 pm


Competition Corner – August 2015

2015_PBC_fb_logoThe entry deadline for the 2015 Pacific Brewers Cup is  fast approaching on September 12, at noon. On-line registration is now up and running at www.pacificbrewerscup.com. Hosted by the Strand Brewers Club, the competition is going to be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at the Four Points Sheraton LAX, 9750 Airport Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, 90045. The Strand folks helped us out big time last year, so I’d like all of you to step up and help this year.The big thing to note this year is that the competition is using the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. This is a MAJOR revision, Read more

Judges Needed for Thursday Session

I still need three more judges for the Thursday judging session for the LA County Fair at the Culver City shop at 7:00 PM.  We could also use a steward or two as well.

We have the following styles to judge:


If you can help out with this prelim session, please drop me a line at [email protected] .

And, if your are not brewing Mead, we can use more judges on Saturday, Aug 1 at the main judging session at MacLeods Brewing Co, 14741 Calvert Street, Van Nuys, CA 91411. Judging starts at 9:00 AM.


LA County Fair Entries Due Friday July 24th

2015 LA County FairAs everybody gets ready for the summer party, we have another deadline to keep in mind. Entries for the 2015 Los Angeles County Fair Homebrew Competition are due at the Culver City shop no later than Friday, July 24th. Yes, this is our big party set-up day, so don’t let it slip your mind as you chill down your keg and make up a pot-luck dish. On-line registration and payment is up and running at http://www.maltosefalcons.com/comps/2015LACF.

We will be holding a small local judging session for the County Fair on Thursday, July 30th at the Culver City shop at 7:00 PM. If you can help out with this prelim session, please drop me a line at [email protected] . Read more

California State Fair Entries Due May 3rd

Online entry registration is due May 3rd for the California State Fair Homebrew Competition.  Entry information and registration is available at http://www.northerncalbrewers.com/homebrew-competition.

Thanks to Jeff Sanders and Ryan Penrod of Strand Brewers Homebrew club, you can drop off your physical entries at the South Bay Brewing Supply Co. on or before May 8th.   Jeff has graciously offered to drive the beers down to the San Diego drop-off point.   Please do NOT drop them at the Culver city shop.  There is no pick-up there and your beer could very well be consumed!

South Bay Brewing Co is at 1311 Post Avenue in Old Town Torrance.

If you happen to miss the local drop-off, you can ship you beers up to Sacramento by May 15th.

Good Luck!
Carl Townsend