September First Friday at Tortugo Brewing!

Greetings Pacific Gravity!

It is September already!

For our First Friday in September, we have decided to head back to Tortugo for our home court advantage.

First Friday:  September 2nd, 2022 @ 7:00 PM at Tortugo Brewing Co, located at 916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302

Note: We will not be gathering in the meeting area, but will have a table near the bar.

We hope to see you all Friday!

It is great that we can all get together in person, but as always we encourage and expect everyone will be vigilant about their own health to ensure the groups safety!  Please observe all safety precautions and stay home if you do not feel well.

Yeastside Brewers San Diego bus trip next month, September 17

The YS is planning a bus trip to some San Diego breweries for September 17th and we wanted to extend an invite to PG.  We’re still in the planning stages and looking to get as good a deal as we can for the bus and for us, so the more, the merrier, and cheaper.  We also have a call out to the WASH folks for interest.

Breweries we’re considering stopping at are White Labs, Setting Sun (sake), Lost Cause Meadery, Duck Foot, Pure Project, California Wild Ales, and Black Plague.  Ambitious, but a few of these are very close to each other and we’ll be making adjustments as necessary on the day of.  Some of these breweries should have food trucks, so no dedicated eating stop – we’ll all be responsible for ourselves.

We’ll meet at Union Station and be on the bus and on our way at 10am latest.  We expect to be back around 8pm or so.

Cost will be approximately $35 to $50 per rider depending on how well we can do on the bus / turnout.  Payment could be via email / Venmo, or we might have a Square on the bus, and cash.

Anyone interested should contact Terry Molloy (brewfest @ pacific gravity)

Club Meeting Thursday (8/18) at Tortugo Brewing

Hope your summer is going well!  We have one more chance to party before fall sets in.  Please join us Thursday August 18th at Tortugo Brewing Co, located at 916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302.   We will get started about 7:30 PM.  We will have a recap of the Summer Party (thanks Dean!), as well as announcements of upcoming events such as club elections, upcoming First Friday or Second Saturdays, and important news about upcoming homebrew competitions such as Pacific Brewers Cup and the California State Homebrew Competition.

Our President Ian will be be pouring commercial samples of our styles of the month Wheat and Witbier.  And, of course, if you bring your homebrews to share, we will have a full slate of enjoyment.

We have no organized food plan this month, so please plan on dropping a few buck on Torgugo’s grill, or eat before the meeting.

Hope to see you there!

UPCOMING EVENTS
August 18:  Club Meeting at Tortugo Brewing Co, located at 916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302
September 2:  First Friday at Tortugo
September 15:  Club Meeting at Tortugo Brewing Co.
September 3 – 25:  Entry Drop-off Window for Pacific Brewers Cup
October 8, 15: (Maybe other dates too) Judging at Project Barley Brewery & Pizzeria

STYLES OF THE MONTH

  • August – Wits and Wheats
  • September – IPAs
  • October – Festbiers and Amber lagers
  • November – Dark beers
  • December – Holiday Party, all styles

 

Competition Corner August 2022 – Here Comes Pacific Brewers Cup

Call for Entries- 2022 Pacific Brewers Cup

It is my pleasure to announce this year’s Pacific Brewers Cup Homebrew Competition will be hosted by Strand Brewers Club.  This most prestigious event is hosted on a rotating basis with Pacific Gravity Homebrewers Club, Long Beach Homebrewers Club and Strand Brewers Club.

Registration for Entries for the 2022 Pacific Brewers Cup Homebrew Competition is now open at:

https://strandbrewersclub.org/pbc/bcoem/

We are also seeking Judges, Stewards and Competition Volunteers for this event.  Registration for these positions will be available at the same website beginning August 15, two weeks from now.  2022 PBC T-shirts and other perks will be available when registering as a Judge, Steward or Competition Volunteer; please consider helping Strand Brewers Club with this event.  Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided to all Volunteers at the Final Judging on October 15.

Final Judging for the 2022 Pacific Brewers Cup will be held on Saturday, October, 15, 2022 @ Project Barley Brewery & Pizzeria, 2308 Pacific Coast Hwy. Lomita, Ca., 90717, starting at 8:30 AM.  We are planning a morning and afternoon Judging session.

This is a BJCP and AHA-sanctioned competition.  This is also a full-category Competition based on the 2015 BJCP Guidelines, including meads and ciders.

As this Competition will be judged live and in-person and the PBC Organizing Committee cannot predict future Covid-19 activity, we are asking that all judges and stewards be fully vaccinated.  Please be advised that the PBC Planning Committee and Project Barley Brewery & Pizzeria will be doing everything possible to ensure a safe Event, in compliance with current L.A. County and BJCP/AHA recommendations.  We will also ask everyone to observe COVID protocols such as wearing a mask whenever possible and your nose is not inside a taster cup, as a courtesy and precaution.

Judges, Stewards and Competition Volunteers are invited to submit entries as well.  Due to limits on comfortable size and space, we will be limiting the competition to 300 total entries, as an added safety measure.  Registration of Entries will run from August 1 to September 25, 2022.  Please note the deadline for Competition Entries is September 25, 2022.  For more information, including conveniently located drop-off locations, as well as an Entry Mail-in Location, please refer to the above website.

Cheers & Thank You
Jeffrey Hoy, Organizer, 2022 PBC

 

Upcoming Events

August 15:  Registration starts for Pacific Brewers Cup
August 18:  Pacific Gravity Club Meeting at Tortugo Brewing
September 3 – 25:  Entry Drop-off Window for Pacific Brewers Cup
October 8, 15: (Maybe other dates too) Judging at Project Barley Brewery & Pizzeria

Pacific Gravity Summer Party Saturday, July 23rd

Greetings Pacific Gravity!

Time for some blether, braw and fizzy juice!

This year’s summer party is set for July 23, 2022 and will be held at Dean Sussman’s Highland’s home located at 1310 Amalfi Drive, Pacific Palisades.  It is sure to be a wee beastie!

The theme for this year’s summer party is the Scottish Highland Games!  So, grab your kilt, your sporran and your brogues and join the fun!  We will feature a haggis and our own poet laureate Reed will offer up our address to the haggis!  There will be other Scottish inspired foods as well, Scottish eggs, clapshot, salmon, and more!

However, this being a ‘bring a plate’ potluck event we want you to bring your favorite dish along to the event as well; any dish is welcome, so the menu is WIDE open for you to bring your best scran and show off your culinary skills!

The summer party is a volunteer’s event, and we need lots of volunteers!  Volunteers will be needed for set up the day before and clean up of Dean’s house the day after.  We pay all volunteers in beer at the event, all-you-can-drink in fact; the only catch is we need you to brew the beer so we can use it to pay the volunteers!  Lot’s of beer!

We also need your sodas for the non-alcohol drinking crowd, if you have a good soda recipe; this is a great place to show it off.

Along with our best beer of the party judging we will also host this year’s drink competition!  Bring a batch of your favorite non-beer or non-alcohol (sodas count!) summertime drink and we will judge it and announce a winner at the event!

As always with the pandemic, we expect everyone to be fully vaxxed and/or non-symptomatic.  Please be careful and remain safe at all times.

Stay tuned for additional details!

Pacific Gravity’s Summer Party Checklist

Saturday, July 23, 2022 – 2pm to 10pm

Location:  Dean Sussman’s – 1310 Amalfi Drive, Pacific Palisades, 90272

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IMPORTANT: PLEASE EMAIL US WITH WHAT YOU WILL BRING AND HOW YOU CAN HELP!

Checklist for ALL party attendees:

  • Bring BEER, BEER & more BEER!  Also, bring sodas or a non-beer beverage for the Beverage” competition!  Please email what you are bringing to Carl at [email protected]
  • FOOD – sign up to bring any dish to our POTLUCK party. (the club will supply some food but we need YOUR dishes too!) We need ALL kinds of food: appetizers, sides dishes, main dishes (pre-cooked), desserts, etc. All your specialty dishes are welcome!  We need LOTS of food to go with all the beer so please email us at [email protected] what dishes you will add to our feast!
  • VOLUNTEERS – we need YOU to help make this a successful party!  Please email us at [email protected] .  We have lots of volunteer opportunities!
    • Setup on Friday night – starting at 6pm
    • Food prep on Friday – please contact Chef Ian to help
    • Cleanup on Sunday morning – starting around 10am
    • Bartender shifts – 1hr. (please see Carl on Saturday to volunteer)
  • Beer Equipment  (email Carl at: [email protected])
    • Jockey boxes
    • CO2 cylinders
    • Bags of ice for jockey boxes
  • Other Equipment needed for the party.  Please let us know if you have any of the following and would be willing to loan to us for the party. Please email us at: [email protected] . We will email confirmation back if we need you to bring items on Friday night during setup.
    • Tables
    • EZ Ups/Canopies
    • BBQs
    • Power/extension cords
    • Extra coolers/ice chests

Don’t forget to bring and things to know:

  • Bring BEER & other beverages
  • Bring FOOD – Scottish themed or any food that goes with beer!
  • Fee for all adult guests is $10 per guest. Kids are free. (Current members are free.)
  • Payment for past due membership – cash or credit
  • Chairs and Blankets
  • Bathing suits and towels, if you want to use the swimming pool.
  • Sunscreen
  • Jackets & sweaters for the evening
  • Cash for Raffle tickets
  • PG merchandise will be available for sale at the Front Desk.
  • Note for food contributions, we will NOT have use of a kitchen for heating or cooling so please plan accordingly. Please label your food containers so that we can get them back to you.

It is great that we can all get together in person, but as always we encourage and expect everyone will be vigilant about their own health to ensure the groups safety!  Please observe all safety precautions and stay home if you do not feel well.

Second Saturday at Project Barley Taps and Grill

Greetings Pacific Gravity,

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!

For our First Friday (on second Saturday) in July, we are headed down to Kings Harbor to visit Project Barley’s new tasting room located at:

Project Barley Taps and Grill
136 International Boardwalk,
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
https://projectbarley.com/

We will get started at about 12:30 PM on July 9, 2022.

I have heard good things about his food vendor as well so come hungry:  https://www.proudlyservingla.com/

This new location is just doors down from Naja’s and King Harbor Brewing Co. so those so inclined can make it into a pub crawl!

This will be a great way to spend an afternoon exploring new and old beer locations!  See you there!

Cheers,
Ian Fraser
President
Pacific Gravity

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

1 very important date:

July 23 – Summer Party at Deans.  The Highland games!  Scottish foods!

Pacific Gravity Club Meeting Thursday, June 16th at Tortugo Brewery

Greetings Pacific Gravity!
Our next club meeting is on June 16, 2022 at Tortugo Brewing Co, located at 916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302.   (424) 227-9963
We will get started about 7:30 PM.

We will discuss upcoming events, the next First Friday and the Summer Party!

We have restarted the ‘style of the month’ effective with the May meeting, which you can find here.    For June, the official beer is Pale Ale.  Of course, at any meeting, any beer you have brewed will be gladly accepted and drank!

Our monster brew last month at  Smog City Brewing was a rousing success.  Seventy-five batches were sold using a modified recipe of Little Bo Pils.  We hope to see many of these beers  with a diversity of modifications at summer party! Thank you Porter for a great time!

Results have been release for the 2022 Mayfaire homebrew competition.  Congratulations to Carl Townsend for his first place at IPAs with his “Let the Wookie Win” black IPA, and for his second place ribbon for Czech Dark Lager.  Full results can be found at https://competitions.maltosefalcons.com/2022Mayfaire/

We had a great showing for our First Friday on Second Saturday at All Season Brewing in Korea town.   The IPAs were quite solid as was the fruited Berliner weisse.  We wish to thank the team for their recent sponsorship of Pacific Brewers Cup.

It is gratifying that we have resumed gathering in person, but as always we encourage and expect everyone will be vigilant about their own health to ensure the groups safety!  Please observe all safety precautions and stay home if you do not feel well.

I hope to see you all at our meeting!

Cheers,

Ian Fraser
President

Annual Dues

It’s time to renew your annual membership dues for the Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club. Your dues are the primary way we fund such club activities as club parties, monthly meetings, club brews and much more.  Your paid membership also ensures that you’ll continue to receive the many club benefits available, access to various brewing activities, discounts and information. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming members only opportunities!

Individual Membership = $36/yr – Renew now with PayPal: https://py.pl/BiB2I
Couples Membership = $54/yr  – Renew now with PayPal: https://py.pl/2T086cDIgzz

Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 23  SUMMER PARTY at Dean Sussman’s place.

Thursday, August 18:  Club Meeting at Tortugo Brewing.

 

Upcoming Styles

  • June – Pale Ales
  • July – Summer Party (all styles)
  • August – Wits and Wheats
  • September – IPAs
  • October – Festbiers and Amber lagers
  • November – Dark beers
  • December – Holiday Party (all styles)

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Smog City Monster Brew May 28th – Sign Up Now

After two years of hiatus due to COVID, we are now back on track for a Monster Brew at Smog City Brewing Company. This will be our 12th Monster Brew with Brewmaster, Jon Porter, going all the way back to his days at Tustin Brewing.  Everybody has a blast at these events, so please come out and join us!

Date:  Saturday, May 28, 2022
Time: Mash-In: Approx. 7:00 AM
Fermenter Filling:  Around Noon
Location:  Smog City Brewery 1901 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501

If you have never participated in a Monster Brew, here is how it works:
1)  Order wort ahead of time.
2)  Bring a clean Fermenter, which we will fill with UNFREMENTED wort.
3)  Take it home and add whatever yeast and other ingredients you like to customize the batch.
4)  Ferment until ready for bottling or kegging. Read more

Pacific Gravity Club Meeting Live In-Person Thursday April 21st

Greetings Pacific Gravity!
Our next club meeting is on April 21, 2022 at Tortugo Brewing Co, located at 916 W Hyde Park Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90302.   (424) 227-9963
We will get started about 7:30 PM.

We will discuss upcoming events, the next First Friday and start selling tickets to next month’s monster brew!

We have restarted the ‘style of the month’ effective with the May meeting, for May it will be ‘Session beers’ so that you all will still have time to brew one if you desire!  For April, due to time constraints, no style was selected so any beer you have brewed will be gladly accepted and drank!

Our monster brew that was scheduled for Smog City Brewing back in March has been rescheduled to May 28, 2022.  Stay tuned for style information, pricing and suggestions for tweaking your wort!  These beers can be finished in time for the summer party!

The deadline for entering Mayfaire is Friday, April 22.  Register at https://competitions.maltosefalcons.com/2022Mayfaire/   You can bring entries to the Club Meeting at Tortugo and Carl will run them up to the Valley Friday morning.

We will have some updates for the Southern California Homebrew Festival April 29-May 2.  If you have kegs for the fest, please add them to the sign-up sheet we will have at the club meeting.

If you did not attend last month’s First Friday (on a Saturday) Bottle share at Martin and Ryan’s 4th Horseman Pizza museum just kick yourself!  It was freaking epic!  Martin outdid himself as our host and the beers and pizza’s just did not stop coming!  A seriously good time was had!  Big shout out to Martin and Ryan for all the love!

The First Friday for May, will be on May 6th at Upshift Brewing,  339 Indiana St, El Segundo, CA 90245.  We will get started at 7:00 PM.

It is gratifying that we have resumed gathering in person, but as always we encourage and expect everyone will be vigilant about their own health to ensure the groups safety!  Please observe all safety precautions and stay home if you do not feel well.

I hope to see you all at our meeting!

Cheers,

Ian Fraser
President

Annual Dues

It’s time to renew your annual membership dues for the Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club. Your dues are the primary way we fund such club activities as club parties, monthly meetings, club brews and much more.  Your paid membership also ensures that you’ll continue to receive the many club benefits available, access to various brewing activities, discounts and information. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming members only opportunities!

Individual Membership = $36/yr – Renew now with PayPal: https://py.pl/BiB2I
Couples Membership = $54/yr  – Renew now with PayPal: https://py.pl/2T086cDIgzz

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 21:  Club Meeting at Tortugo Brewing.

Friday, April 22:  Deadline for Mayfaire Homebrew Competition.

Fri, Apr 29 – Sun, May 1:  2022 SoCal Homebrew Festival in Temecula.

Friday, May 6:  First Friday at Upshift Brewing, El Segundo.

Saturday, May 28:  Monster Brew at Smog City Brewing Co.

May 24 – June 3:  Shipping Window for AHA National Homebrew Competition.

Homebrew Fest Details – Sign Up Now

We are less than two weeks away from the 2022 Southern California Homebrew Festival, which will be back live in person after a two-year hiatus due to COVID.  If you haven’t ever attended, this is a three-day camping and beer-drinking fest, with all the other clubs in the Southern California region. It will be held at Vail Lake KOA Resort, just outside Temecula, California.  If you haven’t already signed up, here is what you need to do no later than April 27th.

  • Join the California Homebrewers Association at https://www.calhomebrewers.org/ .  Cost is $10. You must do this before purchasing fest admission.
  • Purchase the Fest Admission from CHA. Cost is $60.
  • Contact Terry Molloy at [email protected] and let him know you will be attending.  If you want to reserve an RV space, the cost is $130 (We have 1 left).  If you just want a space for a tent, the cost is $30.  Car pooling is recommended; there is an added fee for additional vehicles. Alternately, if you are not into the camping thing, you can book a hotel room in Temecula, in which case you are on your own.  You can get a shuttle pass from CHA, but check the hours carefully.
  • Contact Carl if you have kegs to serve at the fest, so we know how many taps to have on hand. Email him at  [email protected] .

So, what goes on at the festival?  Check out the complete rundown here: https://www.calhomebrewers.org/2022-schf-info/

Here are the main schedule details: Read more

Competition Corner – March 2022

We have two competition updates that need your attention:

First up is the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition.  This is a multi-step process, and you must be an AHA member to register.  Step 1 is to enroll your desire to enter the competition, which you must do by March 29th, 3PM Mountain time.  AHA members will have been emailed a username (email address) and password to enroll in the competition, request the amount of beers they’d like to enter and pay for their entries.  If there are more requested entries that AHA can handle, they will create a wait list.  Actual entry confirmation and bottle submission will not occur until May, so you can still brew something if you intend to enter.   Note that you will need SIX bottles for each entry, so don’t overdo it.

Next up are details for the Maltose Falcons Mayfaire Competition.  Entry registration is now up and running at: The 44th Annual MaltoseFalcons Mayfaire Homebrew Competition!

Two bottles are needed for each entry, and costs just $10 per entry.  This year the Falcons have switched over the the BJCP style guidelines.  Entry deadline is April 22nd.  If you bring your entries to the Club Meeting on April 21 at Tortugo Brewery, I’ll run them up to the Valley Friday morning.

We also will try to set up a preliminary judging session on the Westside the first week of May, so drop me a line if you can do some judging.

Get those brew kettles going!

Carl Townsend
Competition Coordinator

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Saturday, April 2, 2022:
NOON on Saturday
4th Horseman, 121 W. 4th St.
Long Beach, Ca. 9080

April Club Meeting:
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Tortugo Brewing Co.
916 W Hyde Park Blvd
Inglewood, CA 9030

April 29 – May 1, 2022
Southern California Homebrew Festival
Vail Lake, Temecula