First Friday-February 5

This coming month we’re all going to Bar Food, a new destination for Pacific Gravity.
Bar Food is located at 12217 Wilshire Blvd., 1 block West of Bundy, in West L.A. Tel: (310) 820-3274

They have 24 taps, most at very reasonable prices.
The bar opens at 5PM and has a Happy Hour menu until 7PM, including FREE hot Dogs and other food from 2-6 bucks.
House beers (Blonde, Amber, and Pale Ales are $3.50 during H.H.
Check out their website for more information.
P.G. members have said it’s a place worthy of our presence as a First Friday destination, so we’ll grace them with our presence.

Check out their website

Hope to see you there.

First Friday-January 8

Get ready for the First Friday of the New Year, to be held on the second Friday of January.

Because the 1st Friday is New year’s Day, we are meeting at the 5th Amendment in Santa Monica the second Friday .

The 5th Amendment is owned by fellow club member Dan Petrovich, and we’d like to have a good turnout to show him our support.

Address: 129 Broadway (at the South-West end of the Promenade)

Santa Monica

Parking: Public parking structure at Bway and 2nd.

Maximum fee is 3 bucks after 6PM

Dan and his lead bartender Dave are trying to put together something special for us, and it would help to give them an idea of how many of us will be going to the event. Starting time is usually around 7, but the bar opens at 5, and there’s no reason people can’t start earlier.

Please let me know if you intend to come, or even if you THINK you might come.

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2009 Holiday Party Recap: Winter Storm Fails to Dampen PG Holiday Spirit

by Tomm “Christtmass” Carroll

The Pacific Gravity Holiday Party Carol

Sing along (to the tune of “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”):

Oh the weather outside was pouring,

But the beer was so alluring,

And since we’ve got kegs to drain,

Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain!

The brew club threw one good meeting,

And cooked up a feast for eating,

The homebrew was just insane!

Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain!

So they thoughtfully tarped Neil’s yard

(How we hate drinkin’ out in the storm!),

And the guests came from near and far,

For Mulled Mead and Winter Warm(er).

The turnout was never baffling,

‘Cause Santa was there for raffling,

And as long as we’re feelin’ no pain,

Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain

Perhaps jealous that she wasn’t invited, Mother Nature dealt Pacific Gravity a meteorological lump of coal, heaping wind and rain aplenty on our annual Holiday Party Saturday, December 12.

But despite the storm, the party at Neil Saund’s Mar Vista duplex (site of the annual celebration since 2007) came off without a hitch, thanks to the busy PG elves, who erected tarps and E-Z Ups in the outside area, which housed the all-important kegs of homebrew and kept the partiers – but not their thirsts – dry.

Some 175 club members, guests and friends braved the elements to participate in the bacchanal – and to see whose photos and what beer cans and coasters bedecked the fully trimmed Xmas tree this year. A few warmed by the roaring fireplace, although the outside temperatures were rather mild, thanks to the tropical origin of the storm.

Nearly three-dozen homebrewed wassail (or wasslager) offerings were on hand, arguably offering a tipple for every taste. See the full list, below.

Whether you wanted warm (Dan Hakes’ Mulled Mead), spicy (Carl Townsend’s, Matthew Rick’s and Nels Brown’s Spiced Holiday Ales), or sweet (Jonathan Fischer’s Cookies n’ Milk Stout); something to pick you up (Reed Wilson’s Coffee Cocoa Robust Porter), or knock you out (Larry Caldwell’s Madeira Oak-Aged Barleywine); something traditional (Terry Molloy’s English Mild, Neil Saund’s ESB), experimental (Chris Simental’s Oak Tripel), or inspirational (Tim Bardet and Ian Fraser’s Sticke Fred; a Düsseldorf Alt-style beer dedicated to founding club member Fred Waltman as a thank-you for arranging the “Sticke Warriors” beer tour of Germany and beyond this past October), there was a tap for you.

Many bottled beers, mostly of the aged holiday variety, also made appearances for the partiers’ drinking pleasure.

But it was the bodacious banquet that kept bellies full and prepped for further drinking. Club Master Chef Ian Fraser once again topped himself (does the man know no limits?). Not only overseeing most of the preparation and presentation for the holiday feast, he also contributed: Read more

Holiday Party-Again

O.K. PG’ers, we’re headed down the home stretch for this coming Saturday’s Annual Holiday Party at Neil Saund’s Duplex. The address is 12966 Rubens Ave. It’s at the Southeast corner of Alla Rd and Rubens Ave in Los Angeles.

A group of loyal members went to Neil’s house this past Sunday to set up, and the place is ready to go, including the roaring fireplace.
Final setup will happen early Saturday, and the party will begin at 7PM, ending around midnight.

Don’t forget, this is a pot luck, with the club supplying main dishes, including prime rib, Carbonnades a la Flamande (Beef & Beer stew), deep fried turkeys, and shrimp platters. Appetizers, salads, and desserts are welcome additions to the festive occasion. Seasonal side dishes such as sweet potatoes, hot veggies, turkey dressings, and the like have been brought in the past, and are guaranteed to be hits once again.

We need volunteers for the clean up crews. Some night owls can help when the party winds down, and most will be needed Sunday morning, around 10AM.

Please contact me at [email protected]com,  Ian Fraser at [email protected], or Craig Corley at [email protected]  if you are willing and able to help.

Lastly, it is likely that the weather will be cool, and perhaps rainy (we sure hope not). Dress accordingly. We will have some canopies set up, should it rain, and heaters outside to keep us warm. Weather permitting, we will also have one or two fire pits going for your enjoyment.

Holiday Party – Volunteers Needed

Our annual Holiday Party is rapidly approaching and it takes a lot of effort to put together. As with all our parties, we count on club members to volunteer to help out.  There are a number of ways you can volunteer to help.  We need help with set up and clean up, we need members to bring potluck dishes for our feast, we need members to donate beer and we need assorted equipment.

Set Up and Clean Up

We’ll be doing two rounds of set up for the party and we’ll need help for both

On Sunday, Dec 6th at noon we’ll be meeting at Neil’s duplex to do an initial setup. We’re planning on setting up most of our equipment and decorating the house and our Christmas tree.  Everybody who shows up is encouraged to bring a can or two of beer with them, we plan on emptying the cans and using the empty cans as decorations on our Christmas tree like last year.

On Saturday, Dec 12th in the afternoon we’ll be meeting at Neil’s duplex to do final set up.

On Sunday, Dec 13th at 11 am we’ll meet at Neil’s duplex to clean up alter the party.  We always need lots of people to help with clean up and the more we get the faster it goes.

If you’d like to volunteer for set up or clean up contact: Craig Corley at [email protected]

Potluck and Food

The menu should reflect past Holiday Parties featuring Prime Rib, Carbonnades ala Flamande, roast & deep fried turkeys, spiced ham and much more!  As is customary with our holiday parties, this is a potluck event, the club supplies the main dishes and we count on members to provide the side dishes, salads and deserts.  So if you have a favorite family holiday recipe and want to share it with the rest of us, this is your time to shine!

Please remember to label any dishes, utensils, etc. that you bring so that we can get them back to you.

If you’d like to volunteer food for the party contact: Ian Fraser at [email protected] or Michael Steinberg at [email protected].


We also need beer for this event, lots of beer!  Or mead!  Or cider!  We’re counting on you to provide it. So pull out your kegs and dig deep in your closet for those old tasty bottled treasures and bring them along!   Please let us know what and how much homebrew you’re planning on bringing.  Loaner kegs are available for those who are not so equipped.

Any of you who have already volunteered kegs should drop them off at the shop by Thursday, Dec 10th or bring them to Neil’s Saturday afternoon before the party.

We’ll be dispensing a lot of beer and will need more taps, jockey boxes and dispensing equipment than we currently have.  If you can volunteer dispensing equipment, please let Carl know.

Please remember to label any kegs or dispensing equipment that you bring so that we can get them back to you.

Also, if anyone will be heading to Stone Brewing in the next week or so, let us know.  We’d like to refill a couple of the 3 liter bottles to use as toasting beers.

If you’d like to volunteer beer for the party, contact Carl Townsend at [email protected].


We’re still looking for some assorted equipment.  Please let us know if you can volunteer any of the following:

  • PA System
  • Folding tables
  • Patio heaters
  • Jockey boxes/beer dispensing equipment
  • Christmas lights/decorations

Any of you who will be volunteering equipment should try to bring it to Neil’s this Sunday, Dec 6th or Saturday, Dec 12th in the afternoon before the party.

Again, please remember to label any equipment that you bring so that we can get them back to you.

If you’d like to volunteer equipment contact: Craig Corley at [email protected]

And finally, if you’re volunteering equipment, kegs or food, plan on picking up your items at the Sunday clean up. We really don’t have any capacity to store items that are not picked up.

Neil Saund’s duplex is located at:

12966 Rubens Ave. Los Angeles, CA

It is the house on the SE corner of Alla Rd. and Rubens Ave.

December 2009 Club Events

Note: There are no Ladies Club or regular Club Meetings in December, both are replaced by the Holiday Party.

Online and subscribe-able club calendar available at:

For more info on upcoming events, check for related articles herein or contact [email protected]

It’s Holiday Party Time-Again!

The annual PG Holiday Party is almost here, this year to be held on December 12. This will be a first for the club, holding the party on a Saturday. This will guarantee a great turnout, lots of beer, food, and fun for all.

The Great Gathering takes the place of our monthly Club meeting, so that club members don’t have to miss celebrating the holidays with their families.

For those new members, and there are many of you reading this, the Holiday party is as good as the Summer Party. There are a few differences, though. This is not a kid friendly event. The party is at night, a lot more crowded and noisy, and there is nothing for a child to do, except be stepped on.

Once again, Neil Saund is graciously allowing us to hold the party at his empty duplex in Del Rey. We’ll have our usual line up of incredible appetizers, fabulous main courses, and succulent desserts.

Four batches of Carbonnades a la Flamande, each featuring a different beer, are being cooked, to be scarfed up by members and guests. We hope no one will be too “stewed” to eat it.
We’ll be having Baked Hams, for you porkers among you. Fried turkeys will be cooked and gobbled up. A most special surprise treat, by Club Chef Ian Fraser, will be served right on ‘cue for those of the bovine persuasion.

In addition to the above, we count on YOU to also bring food, beer, soda and any other homemade or purchased beverages you can think of. The Club depends on the membership and its guests for making the party a complete success. Appetizers, snacks, salads, sweets, and desserts are more than welcome. They are actually needed!

We also need volunteers for set up, and clean up. Those who arrive early get first beer tastings, and those who stay late, get to pick over the leftovers, which usually include some late night brews. We will be setting up on Sunday, Dec. 6 around 12-4, and again on Saturday Dec. 12 in the early afternoon. Cleanup is Sunday morning, around 10.

If you don’t know what to bring, contact me or PG Prez Craig Corley for hints.
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The Board of Directors wants to wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season. May Gambrinus be with you.

Address: 12966 Rubens Ave.
Los Angeles 90066
Date: December 12, 2009.
Time: 7:00pm. The party ends when the last one out locks the door.

November 2009 Club Meeting

The November club meeting will be on Thursday, November 19th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Culver City Home Brewing Supply. We’ll be featuring Brown Ales and Porters as our style of the month and as always; we’ll have some homebrewed examples on tap to complement our monthly commercial style tasting (volunteer kegs are welcome).  Lee and Andrew Bakofsky will be guiding us on a tour of Brown Ales and Porters for our style tasting.  Please remember to bring some of your homebrew to share with us.  While you’re at it, bring some of your friends and maybe some new members.  As always we’ll be giving away lots of club swag and beer/brewing related goodies (donations welcome) in our monthly raffle.

The November meeting will feature our annual election of club officers and the club member of the year. We will be voting for President, Vice President and Treasurer.  In addition, we will be voting for the prestigious honor of Club Member of the Year with the results of this ballot to be announced at our Holiday Party on December 12th.  See Annual Club Elections for more details.

We’re planning on having the new club tee shirts with our new club logo on hand.  If you pre-ordered a shirt we’ll have yours set aside for you to pick up and if not, we’ll have extras available, but you’ll probably want to pick one up before we run out of your favorite size/style.

With this being the last meeting before our annual Holiday Party, we’ll be actively seeking volunteers for food and homebrew.  Plan on showing up and signing up to let us know what food and homebrew you’re planning on sharing with us.  We’ll also be collecting entries for the upcoming Belgian Strong Ales (category 18) AHA club only competition (see Competition Corner for more info).  Of course we’ll also have the latest info on all upcoming club events, plan on joining us…

Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day

Every year, the first Saturday of November is designated “Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day”, by the American Homebrewer’s Association. This year Neil Saund is once again hosting a brew event at his home in Del Rey. The event is a single brew all grain event, and is a great opportunity for new members who want to move up from extract to all grain brewing. Snacks will be served.
See the club calendar, posted earlier today by club Prez, Craig Corley for a map link to Neil’s house.

Chili Cookoff Results

Well, better late than never, I say.
Your humble servant had an attack of the lazies and has neglected to write an article about the Chili Cokoff until now.
Here goes…
On September 26 Eric Moreau hosted the PG Annual Chili Competition and Big Brew. Eric and his loyal fellow brewer Chris “Cosmo” Briles brewed 10 gallons of Saison. with help from about 20 drinkers/observers.
We had 6 chili entries and the results were close for the Grand Prize winning Best Chili. After a tiebreaker vote, Club Master Chef, Ian Fraser, was once again crowned, “Master of Chili”. The prize was a bottle of Deus which,
being pre-chilled, was graqciously shared by all.
Current PG Treasurer, Peggy Robinson, won a Malheur Brut for making the “Most Unique” chili.
In addition to all the above, Tom Rierson made a tortilla and salsa verde side dish, worthy of the great chili being eaten. Eric’s mom made cupcakes, and we ate like piggies.
To all those who weren’t there, be sure to come next year. To those who weren’t successful in dethroning Ian, Including me, better luck next time.
Michael Steinberg, PG Activities Director