January, 2017 General Meeting Recap

by Terry Molloy, Vice President
Our January meeting marked the beginning of what is sure to be a fun and educational 2017.  It also marked the debut of the Pacific Gravity Communications Board at Culver City Homebrew Supply.  Be sure to check it when you are picking up ingredients for your next brew.
Our Homebrew Style of the Month was “anything goes”.  These kegs were in attendance:
Tim & Ian’s Jacked Up Cider;
Parker Waechter’s Sage Cider;
Michael Patterson’s Cider; and
Andrew Whittle’s Holiday Spiced Ale.
Bottles included:
Michael Musgrave’s Belgian Trippel;
Simon Ford’s tasty sours; and
Honest Abe Cider courtesy of Paul Bobadilla.
There were a few others floating around that I did not get to sample; thanks to all that brought beer to share.
Education Corner: Michael Patterson led a Hop Aroma and Taste Test, where participants graphed their impressions of the hop itself and a single hop beer.  It was interesting to see the different graphs reflecting different palates.  Who was “right”? Only Michael knows for sure.
Commercial Tasting:  Michael M. led a tasting of English Ales that included Well’s Bombardier (English Premium Bitter), Fuller’s ESB, Fuller’s London Pride, Boddington’s Pub Ale, and, for our Metal fans, the Iron maiden Trooper Ale from Robinson’s Family Brewers in the UK.   Reference these when you brew your next English style ale.
Raffle swag included hops from the Corley Cellar, hop rhizomes from Carl Townsend’s impressive hop garden, a rare t-shirt, and some classic PG Glass-&-A-Beer specials.
Welcome New Members:
Kevin Cooke
Keith Edie
Zachary Goode
Brian Pfeiffer
SCHBF news:  Save your registration fee by working a volunteer shift at Vail lake.  Sign up on the SCHBF registration page.
Our next meeting is Thursday, February 16, 7:30pm at Culver City Homebrew Supply.  See you there!