Michael here, I hope this message reaches you all well rested and satisfied now that the busyness of the holidays are over. As I look ahead to 2018, I can’t help but reflect on what a great year we’ve had.
The first milestone of 2017 that comes to mind for me is all thanks to our member of the year and vice president, Terry Molloy. This year, thanks to Terry’s diligent work, we became a recognized 501(c)(3) organization which opens many doors for us for growth and events. Terry’s work as VP over the past year has been hugely helpful and I am very proud to volunteer alongside him again in 2018.
Then more recently, the holiday party, and what a festive and fun party it was. Chef Ian, who chopped his index finger pretty good just days before the event, directed a gang of volunteers and put together a fantastic feast (picture him waving around that bandaged finger.) Neil’s generously donated property was mobbed with members & friends and tap after tap of delicious homebrew. Rare bottles were abundant and smiles were ear-to-ear.
2017’s Southern California Homebrew Festival, our Monster Brew with Smog City, the 3rd annual Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge, the summer party at Dean’s, and our hosting of Pacific Brewer’s Cup this year are others that shine brightly for me. All of the above were made possible by volunteers (like our Competition Coordinator Carl), and I’m very proud of and thankful for each.
A few things to be aware of as we get ready to step into the new year…
- Rob Ruben’s Distilling & Brewing in El Segundo has invited us to a homebrew share on Saturday January 6th at 1pm. We can bring bottles or kegs of homebrew to share and there is room for 40 of us. Please drop us a line at board @ pacificgravity.com if you’re interested in joining, to reserve your spot(s). Friends and family are welcome.
- There is currently a Pacific Brewer’s Cup Best of Show Pro-Am beer on tap at Yorkshire Square and the runner-up BOS will soon be available at LA Ale Works. Make sure to tell them you’re with Pacific Gravity!
- Adam at the brand new Harajuku Tap Room in Culver City (previous location of Grey Block Pizza) has offered us a 10% discount on dinner. You’ll simply need to print the email at the following link and bring it with you. http://mailchi.mp/38e9b26f9610/enjoy-a-meal-at-the-harajuku-taproom-5456499
- Finally, a quick reminder that the 2018 Southern California Homebrew Festival is approaching fast! Ask a fellow member who has been if you’re not familiar, it is an awesome time and I highly recommend you put it on your to-do for May. We’ll begin collecting reservations in January but if you want to reserve early, reach out and we’ll get you on the list.
Again, thank you all for helping to make 2017 such an exceptional year. I’m honored to be President again in 2018 and pledge to (with help from our board and all you volunteers) make 2018 just as memorable and exciting as 2017.
On a personal note, I’m excited to announce that Tania and I celebrated the holidays at our new home in Downey. Housewarming gifts (beer!) are encouraged. 😉
See you on the 6th at Rob Ruben’s, if not sooner!