Competition Corner – March, 2014

As the Ides of March approach, it is time to check up on the homebrew competition schedule.    If you have entries for the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition, here are the submission instructions.

For the San Diego region ONLY, you may drop off your entries at the Culver City shop no later than Friday, March 14th. .  (Note new address4234 Sepulveda Blvd, next to Dominoes Pizza.)  Mike Patterson has volunteered to hand-carry them to San Diego.   For any other region, you will need to ship your entries.  The regional addresses can be found here:  All entries must arrive by March 17th, regardless of site.   Also, if anyone is interested in judging in San Diego, I’ll be driving down for the Friday and Saturday sessions on April 4th and 5th.

Results are now out for America’s Finest City homebrew competition, hosted by QUAFF.  Congratulations are in order for Mike Patterson  for Flanders Red (3rd place) Kingsley Toby and Brian Holter for their Sled Dog Imperial Stout (3rd place) and Carl Townsend for his Earthquakes are Common (2nd place).  Full results can be found  at

Looking into April, registration is now open for Mayfaire hosted by the Maltose Falcons.  Entries are eue April 10th at the Culver City Shop.  On-line registration is up and running at  Please sign up to judge and steward too; they will need our help.   Judging will take place on Saturday April 26, 2013 9:00 AM at St Martins in the Fields Church 7136 Winnetka Ave Winnetka CA, 91306 (click for map).

Also due in late April is the California State Fair.  We are looking for a road trip volunteer to deliver these entries, so if you are interested, please contact me at

Looking ahead we will be tallying wins in the same set of competitions as last year, though please note the AHA “club-only” series has been discontinued.   If you are hard-core competition junkie, there are a bazillion other contests to enter.  The AHA has their master list at

2014 Pacific Gravity Brewer of the Year Competition Schedule

March 14th:         AHA Nationals entries due at the Culver City shop for San Diego ONLY.
March 17th:         AHA Nationals entries due by shipping by all other sites.
April 10th:             Mayfaire entries due at the Culver City shop
April Date TBD   California State Fair
July                        Los Angeles County Fair
September         Pacific Brewers Cup
October               California State Homebrew Competition