Do you like India Pale Ale?

Well if you do, you should be excited about the May club meeting this Thursday!  This year May is for IPA, and I know of at least 4 people bringing kegs of IPA to the meeting.  Do you have a keg or bottle of IPA that you would like to share with club members?  Bring it along, and you will be elligible for the Beer of the Meeting award, which gets you a $25 gift certificate to Culver City Home Brewing Supply.

Do you really love IPA?  How would you like to host the commercial tasting this meeting?  It’s pretty easy, you buy up to $150 of delicious IPA (Beverage Warehouse is our preferred supplier) that you love or have always wanted to try.  Chill it, bring it to the meeting, open bottles after announcements, and make about 100 new friends.  Sound great?  Email me at vicepresident@pacificgravity.com and I will give you the lowdown.

April Club Meeting This Thursday the 19th

Join us for our monthly club meeting this Thursday, April 19th, at Culver City Home Brewing Supply.  We get things started at 7:30pm out back of the store, so bring your best homebrew or even a commercial beer and get to know some of your fellow club members!

Commercial Styles of the Month:  Scottish & Irish Ales, selected and poured by our Communications Director & valiant SCHBF Coordinator, Victor Macias.

Homebrew Kegs of the Month: Scottish, Irish, & English Ales.  Best keg of the bunch wins a $25 gift certificate to CCHBS, which happens at each meeting, so check out the upcoming style of the month on the website and start brewing!  If interested in bringing a keg of your own to an upcoming meeting, sign up with our VP Dave Mauceli, either at the club meetings or via email at: VicePresident@pacificgravity.com

COC- Scottish & Irish Ales (BJCP Category #9): If you are bringing entries for the COC, you’ll need 3 bottles of your beer.  Please see Carl’s Competition Coordinator post for more info or email him at: Competitions@pacificgravity.com

SCHBF: For those of you planning to spend the weekend of May 4-6th camping with the club and enjoying what your fellow homebrewers have to offer by lovely Lake Casitas in Ojai, please make sure you have signed up and paid for the event.  We’ll also have a Keg signup sheet for all of your Fest Beer contributions.  This is 2 nights of camping with the Southern California Hombrew Festival all day Saturday and cost is only $40 (food included) or $20 (camping only).  You also need to join the California Homebrewers Association as this is your ticket to the fest.  Victor will have a short meeting after the announcements this week for those of you planning to attend; you can also shoot him an email directly with any questions at: SCHBF@pacificgravity.com

OC Road Trip:  We’re heading to Orange County with our own bus stocked full of PG members, great beer, and laughter on Saturday, June 9th.  For those of you interested, you can sign up and reserve your seat on the bus for the very low fee of only $20.  See Kurt at the meeting, or you can shoot him an email at: RoadTrips@pacificgravity.com

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March Club Meeting Thursday 3/15/12 – Happy St. Pat’s!

Our monthly club meeting and annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration is next Thursday!

Commercial Styles of the Month:  Stouts and Sour Ales in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Homebrew Kegs of the Month: Stouts and Sour Ales.  Favorite keg of the meeting each month wins a $25 gift certificate to CCHBS.  Check out the upcoming style of the month on the website and start brewing!  If you’re interested in bringing a keg of your own to an upcoming meeting, sign up with our VP Dave Mauceli, either at the club meetings or via email at: VicePresident@pacificgravity.com

Annual Dues: If you have received a dues reminder from our Treasurer Craig, please remember to pay your dues and help keep our club running.  Dues are $30, cash or checks made out to “Pacific Gravity.”

SCHBF: Sign-ups for our upcoming camping trip in Ojai for the Southern California Homebrewers Festival May 4-6th will begin at the March club meeting.  For those of you who have never been, ask your fellow members about it and please consider joining us for an amazing weekend filled with great people and beer!  $40/person with food or $20/person if you’d rather be responsible for your own food preparation, cash or checks made out to “Pacific Gravity”.  Sign-up sheets for festival kegs and the Friday night potluck will be available at the meeting.  Please email Victor with any questions at: SCHBF@pacificgravity.com

Club Merchandise: We have more Anchor Club of The Year long-sleeve shirts ($30) available for purchase at the meeting, as well as both long & short sleeve PG shirts ($15) and some Pacific Brewers Cup shirts ($20) for those of you who are interested.

Raffle: Our ever-enthusiastic Fundraiser, Terry Molloy, will be selling raffle tickets for $1 each.

For those of you who have never been to a meeting, this is a great way to meet current members, share and sample other homebrew or commercial beers & meads, and have some fun at the end of a long week!

Hope to see you all there.

-Audrey

 

Abbot’s Pizza is our February Fare!

I just got off the phone with the kind folks at Abbot’s Pizza, which is located a very short walk away from the shop, and they’ve generously offered us a 20% discount on slices and pies this Thursday for our Belgian & French Ales meeting.  Abbot’s will be open until 11pm on Thursday night.

As many of you know, this meeting in particular requires a “solid foundation” for best results, and I think Abbot’s fits the bill perfectly.

To receive the discount, show your PG membership card, or if you don’t have it with you, simply mention that you’re a member of the Pacific Gravity Homebrewers Club.

Let’s make a great showing with our support for neighboring businesses – come hungry and ready to eat some fine gourmet pizza!  See you all Thursday.

February Club Meeting Thursday Feb 16th, 2012

Don’t forget to join us for our monthly club meeting next Thursday!

Commercial Styles of the Month:  Belgian & French Ales, carefully selected by our resident Belgian expert, Craig Corley.  He has an amazing selection for us each year.

Homebrew Kegs of the Month: Belgian & French Ales.  Best keg of the bunch wins a $25 gift certificate to CCHBS, which happens at each meeting, so check out the upcoming style of the month on the website and start brewing!  If interested in bringing a keg of your own to an upcoming meeting, sign up with our VP Dave Mauceli, either at the club meetings or via email at: VicePresident@pacificgravity.com

COC- Stouts (BJCP Category #13): If you are bringing entries for the COC, you’ll need 3 bottles of your beer.  Please see Carl’s Competition Coordinator post for more info or email him at: Competitions@pacificgravity.com

COY Anchor Road Trip: If you are planning to hop on the bus to SF the next morning and have not paid for your seat yet, remember to bring $85 (checks payable to Pacific Gravity).  We’ll also have our Club of the Year long-sleeve shirts for sale ($30), in limited quantity, and for those of you who pre-ordered, you can pick up your shirt that night just in time for the Anchor trip!  See the website post for more information about the trip or email Kurt at: RoadTrips@pacificgravity.com if you have any questions and enjoy the party!

COY Party at Anchor Brewing: The Party at Anchor begins at 1pm on Saturday, February 18th and will wrap up about 5pm.  If you are planning on attending and not riding the bus, please send Audrey an email (president@pacificgravity.com) by Monday the 13th so we can give Anchor a head count for the party.

Club Merchandise: We have a few beer leashes ($5) and glasses ($6) left, as well as both long & short sleeve PG shirts ($15) and some Pacific Brewers Cup shirts ($20) for those of you who are interested.

Raffle: Our ever-enthusiastic Fundraiser, Terry Molloy, will be selling raffle tickets for $1 each.

For those of you who have never been to a meeting, this is a great way to meet current members, share and sample other homebrew or commercial beers & meads, and have some fun at the end of a long week!

Hope to see you all there

-Audrey

January 2012 Club Meeting Thursday the 19th

It’s our first club meeting of the year so please come out and kick off the New Year with some great beers!

Commercial Styles of the Month:  Pilsners & Dark Lagers, which are being carefully selected by our resident Lager enthusiast Neil Saund.

Homebrew Kegs of the Month: All types of Lager beers are encouraged.  Best keg of the bunch wins a $25 gift certificate to CCHBS, which happens at each meeting, so check out the upcoming style of the month on the website and start brewing!  If you would like to bring a keg to upcoming meetings, our VP, Dave Mauceli, will have a sign-up sheet and you can always shoot him an email at: VicePresident@pacificgravity.com

COC- Dark Lagers: If you are bringing entries for the COC, you’ll need 3 bottles of your best Dark Lager.  Please see Carl’s Competition Coordinator post on the website for more info or email him at: Competitions@pacificgravity.com

COY Anchor Road Trip: If you plan to take the bus to SF, remember to bring $85 to reserve your seat (checks payable to Pacific Gravity).  We’ll also have pre-orders for our Club of the Year long-sleeve shirts for $25, so please bring your payment and decide what size you’d prefer!  See the website post for more information about the trip or email Kurt at: RoadTrips@pacificgravity.com

Club Merchandise: We have a few beer leashes ($5) and glasses ($6) left, as well as both long & short sleeve PG shirts ($15) and some Pacific Brewers Cup shirts ($20) for those of you who are interested.

Raffle: Our ever-enthusiastic Fundraiser, Terry Molloy, will be selling raffle tickets for $1 each.

For those of you who have never been to a meeting, this is a great way to meet current members, share and sample other homebrew or commercial beers & meads, and have some fun at the end of a long week!

Hope to see you all there

-Audrey

PG Meeting November 17

Don’t forget this most important meeting of the year, this Thursday at 7:30pm behind Culver City Home Brew Supply. We will be conducting our annual elections for President, Vice President, and Treasurer, as well as PG Club Member of the Year.

Ballots will be made available for the Member of the Year-Vote for TWO.

The monthly beer styles are German Wheat and Rye  Beers(BJCP Cat #15).

There will be a judging of the Club Only Competition entries,  also German Wheat and Rye Beers (BJCP Cat. #15).

If you cannot be present to vote, you may e-mail your selections to Elections@PacificGravity.com

For more detailed election information please see the previous postings on the PG website.

If you have beer, whether in style, or not bring some to share. Remember, all in-style beers are eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to CCHBS if yours is chosen as the evening’s favorite.

We will be holding the monthly raffle, so if you have any equipment you wish to donate, please bring it. The reward for donating raffle prizes is free beer at all  meetings and parties.

There will be sign up sheets available for the following:

Holiday Party Beer and  Food, Volunteer opportunities for the Holiday Party-you really don’t want to pass up an opportunity to help out at this once a year event! Unlike the Summer party, this one is much more of a pot luck.

Volunteers will be making the main courses, including prime Rib, Hams, Deep Fried Turkeys, and Carbonnades a la Flamande. We need you members and guests to bring  appetizers,  sides,  salads, and  desserts. More details will be given at the meeting by our Activities Directors, Mimi and Audrey.

Be sure to check out the next edition of the Pacific Gravity Gazette which will be published at the end of November. I am sure that all your questions regarding the PG Holiday party will be answered.

Michael Steinberg,

President of Pacific Gravity, the 2011 California Homebrew Club of the Year!

PG Club Meeting – Thursday, October 20th @ 7:30pm

Our club meeting is this Thursday! Our October meeting will feature Belgian Strong Ales!

PG Treasurer, Craig Corley, will be hosting the commercial tasting, and he’ll have some fine examples of the styles.  As usual, anyone who brings a keg of Belgian Strongs will be in the running for a $25 CCHBS gift certificate if his/her beer is chosen the Best of the Night.

El Rincon Criollo, our club’s local Cuban & Spanish restaurant, will be selling food at our meeting! Food service will begin at 7pm. They will be offering plates of rice, beans, plantains & a choice of 1 meat (chicken or pork) for a discounted price of $7.50. Sandwiches will also be available at a discounted price of $7.00.

You will want to make sure you have a good meal before our PG October meeting with many strong Belgian Strong Ales being served. So, come support CCHBS’s neighbor, El Rincon Criollo, and enjoy their delicious food while enjoying the October beer offerings.

Our October meeting will be a busy one. Here are some of the topics:

  • Pacific Brewer’s Cup awards will be given out at the meeting.
  • As is tradition, at the October meeting the membership of the Pacific Gravity Homebrew Club will nominate candidates for Club Member of the Year!  (Nominations can also be made by email to President@PacificGravity.com by 11/19/11. Also, see President’s article on PG website for more details or contact any PG Board member.)
  •  Also, as is tradition, at the October meeting the membership of the Pacific Gravity Homebrew Club will nominate candidates for Club Officer positions. The elected offices are President, Vice President, and Treasurer. Anyone who is interested in performing much needed service to the club is urged to run for office. (Nominations can also be made by email to President@PacificGravity.com by 11/19/11.  Also, see President’s article on PG website for more details or contact any PG Board member.)
  •  There will be announcements & sign up sheets for many upcoming PG events, such as: 

                   NOVEMBER 12th “Go North” Road Trip
                   NOVEMBER 5th: Learn to Brew Day
                   DECEMBER 4th: First Sunday & Holiday Party Setup
                   DECEMBER 10th: PG Holiday Party

  • Raffle tickets can be purchased from Terry Molloy, PG Raffle Guy & Fundraiser. We always need raffle prizes, so if you have any used equipment you want to donate, it is much appreciated. Glasses, “excess” commercial beers in the monthly style and gift certificates are always appreciated.
  •  PG merchandise will also be available for purchase.

 See you all at our meeting on Thursday!

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE-OCTOBER

The Pacific Brewers Cup is now in the history books, and I’d like to extend my congratulations to all the participants and ribbon winners. I’d also like to extend a special thank you to Competition Coordinator, Carl Townsend. Carl performed yeoman’s work this year, keeping the crew on track, and making sure that the PBC was a successful event. We had a great crew working with Carl, including Head Judge- Jeff Koehler, Cellarmaster-Tim Bardet, Database Coordinator- Terry Molloy, and Head Steward- Peigi Robinson. Activities Directors Audrey and Mimi worked hard to put food and coffee on the table, and unsung heroes Neil Saund and Tom Rierson worked all weekend helping with transportation and setup. Dave Stickel handled the Website, and Tomm Carroll and I gathered sponsors for the event.

Elections Are Coming!
As is tradition, at the October 20th meeting the membership of the Pacific Gravity Homebrew Club will nominate candidates for Club Officer positions, as well as Club Member of the Year. The elected offices are President, Vice President, and Treasurer. Anyone who is interested in performing much needed service to the club is urged to run for office. I have served for one year, and will be unable to run again, so the field is clear for a new PG President. If you think you are up to the job, and want to find out more about what the President does, just ask any of the current Board members.
Pacific Gravity Club Member of the Year recognizes the individual who has performed work for the club above and beyond that asked or expected of all club members. This is the most prestigious award that club members can grant to one of our own. The nominees don’t have to be great brewers, or sit on the PG Board of Directors. The criteria for nomination is being present, taking part in activities, helping out when needed, and generally helping to make Pacific Gravity a great club, one we can all feel proud to be members of.
As in past years, nominations will be made by voice, taking place during after announcements are made. Nominees must be members in good standing, meaning they must have paid their dues in full by the time the meeting commences. All nominations are seconded by a club member.
This year we will do something we have not done before. Anyone who nominates a candidate for one of the Board positions, or Member of the Year, will be asked to write a short paragraph stating why (s)he has nominated that person. The statement should be no more than 1 paragraph long. All of the paragraphs will appear in the November newsletter, and be available prior to the actual election.
The reason for having nomination statements available to the voters is to allow everyone to know what makes each nominee deserving of the Board position, or Member of the Year award. Many of our new members may not know who the “unsung heroes” are; those quiet people who, year in and year out, work hard to keep the club vital.
Please come to the October meeting in order to take part, and have your voice heard.

Michael Steinberg
President

Club Meeting August 18th

This month’s Pacific Gravity Homebrew Club  meeting will feature Fruit Beers, ciders, Perries and Meads (BJCP Cats. 24-26). Those of you who were at Dan and Anne Hakes’  house on August  6th  for Mead Day know how good some meads can be. If you enjoyed them,  then come to this meeting and try some more. Better yet, if you have anything in style at home, bring samples to pass around for your fellow club members. If you DON’T have any of this month’s style bring something else to share. All beverages are welcome at any meeting. If you are a new or an experienced brewer, don’t be shy about bringing some of your homebrew for others to enjoy. Don’t Bogart that beer, my friends!

Activities Director, Mimi Bardet will be bringing snacks which promise to compliment the brews. If you feel up to it, bring snacks as weel as brews.

Sign up sheets will be available for upcoming events.

We have the Pacific Brewers Cup on Sept 24th, and a Fall Road Trip to the North-West (Valley) has been planned. Listen to the presentations during announcement time for details.

See you Thursday evening at 7:30 behind Culver City Homebrew Supply, home of the finest brewing supplies on the Westside.