Club Meeting June 16th

This Thursday is the June Club meeting, featuring Lagers. As
always, the meeting will take place at Culver City Homebrew Supply, running
from 7:30-10pm.

I’ll be at the AHA Conference in San Diego, so will be
missing this month’s meeting. Veep Reed Wilson will be taking over for me and making
the announcements.  Our Activities Directors,
Audrey and Mimi will supply the snacks, and urge you to go on the Stuffed
Sandwich Road Trip, brew beer for the Summer Party, and volunteer to help out
at club events.

Fundraiser Terry Molloy will sell a lot of raffle tickets, I
hope, and give away some great prizes.

Don’t forget to bring beer to the meeting (favorite lager
wins a $25 gift certificate), even if it is not in the monthly style. If you’re
a new brewer, bring samples for our club experts and judges to taste and give
you feedback.  Most importantly, enjoy yourself.

May 19 Club Meeting

This Thursday we will all gather out back of Culver City Home Brew Supply to share American Ales (BJCP Category #10). Our tasting host will be newcomer to the job, Andy Caruso.

Snacks will be provided by Audrey and Mimi, our super duper Activities Directors.

Audrey has been busy making more beer leashes, so bring some extra cash or a check.

Leashes are $5, PG glasses, $6. $10 for both. What a bargain, and opportunity to support P.G. These items make perfect Birthday, Father’s Day, Christmas, or Wedding gifts.

We have  lowered the price of P.G. shirts. They are now $15, a bargain you shouldn’t pass up. Also, until we sell the current stock, we won’t be able to move on to our next shirt, with a different logo.

The meeting begins at 7:30, with announcements at 8, followed by the commercial tasting, and raffle at 9.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday.

Michael Steinberg, President

Special Raffle at April 21st PG Meeting!

Come one, come all to our “special” raffle at tomorrow’s Monthly Meeting. The Pacific Gravity Board of Directors has decided to donate ALL raffle proceeds to a worthy Japanese charity. Activities Director, Mimi Bardet, and Tomm Carroll have been contacting friends in Japan in order to find an appropriate charity. A final decision on which one we will send money to has not yet taken place, but rest assured, it will be one worthy of our efforts.

If you have any equipment, glasses, or beer you would care to donate to this (or any other) raffle, please bring it to the meeting. All donations are welcome.

Don’t forget to bring cash to the meeting so that you can purchase tickets from Terry Molloy, our Grand Fundraiser. Lets see if we can break a record, and send a nice fat check to relieve the suffering in Northeastern Japan.

Michael Steinberg,

President, Pacific Gravity

Club Meeting-April 21

Wow! Time flies when you’re drinking beer. Seems like we were just drinking Stouts and Bocks. Now it’s time for the April styles, Porters, Smoke Flavored and Wood-Aged brews. If you have any homebrewed beers in these styles, please bring kegs or bottles to share at the meeting. As usual, the beer voted Favorite of the Meeting will get the brewer a $25 CCHBS gift certificate.

As usual, Audrey and Mimi, our esteemed Activities Directors will have a selection of fine snacks. I may bring some smoked popcorn (or maybe just burned).


If you are going to the Southern California Homebrew Festival (4/29 – 5/1) and haven’t paid, PLEASE show up at the meeting and see Vic Macias, SCHF Coordinator. Vic will also be holding a short meeting of those who will be going to the Fest, in order to give out some very important information, as well as answering any questions you may have.


Kurt Periolat is going to start working on our next road trip, so if you have any suggestions for destinations, please let him, or one of the other Board members know. You can always send Kurt, VP Reed Wilson, our Activities Directors, or me an E-mail with any ideas you may have.


There will be a Club Only Competition held at the meeting featuring BJCP Category #22C-Wood-Aged Beers. If you have any of that style you’d like to enter in the COC competition, please bring a bottle or two to the meeting. The one chosen by our judges will be entered in the AHA Club Only Competition-at no cost to the entrant. PG will pick up the tab for the entry and shipping.

Meeting starts at 7:30pm behind Culver City Homebrew Supply and ends at 10. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Michael Steinberg

President-Pacific Gravity

Ladies Club Meeting: Thursday 4/14

Hey PG ladies just wanted to remind you that tomorrow night is our monthly ladies meeting. The meeting will start at 7:30 at the Culver city homebrew store. There will be beer tasting and possibly a brewing demo. hope to see you all there!

March Meeting- Special Beer Addition!

Club member Chris “Cosmo” Briles, has recently begun to brew commercially, and has graciously agreed to bring a keg of his flagship brew, Hellhound Brown, to our March meeting. Those of you who attended the February 1st Friday, at BarFood in West LA,  may have had a pint. I did, and it was a great treat. Chris is  currently brewing at Bayhawk, in the O.C., and is marketing the Hellhound Brown on the Westside. Give it a try, ask questions, and if you agree with me that it’s worthy of drinking, ask for it at your favorite saloon.

See you all on Thursday, March 17-St. Patrick’s Day.

REMINDER: SoCal Brewfest camping fees collection

Greetings, all.  This Thursday the 17th is our next club meeting, and if you’re planning on going to the Brewfest with us but haven’t paid your camping fees yet, the meeting would be a great time to do so.  The festival is just around the corner (less than 7 weeks away!) and your confirmed attendance will help us set our budget and move forward with the “meat” of the planning and organization.  Remember also that your spot isn’t reserved until you’ve paid your fees.

This year we’re offering two camping fee tiers – $50 / person for camping plus 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners, or $25 / person for “camping only”.  With the latter, you’ll need to provide for your own nutritional requirements.  Checks are best (make them payable to Pacific Gravity and write “Ojai Camping” on the memo line), but cash is fine too.

Lake Casitas will be charging $60 per car to park for the weekend, so if you’d like to carpool, please try to coordinate that at the meeting – the signup sheet already shows some folks doing it and others who would like to.  Talk it up!

Finally – if you haven’t yet brewed for the festival, you can still sneak in a lower-gravity beer in time if you do it soon (perhaps an entry for the BRO competition – Session Ales).

For more info, follow this link to my January article and please disregard the “volunteer” information, as that is now closed.

Thanks again for your support.  See youse Thursday – and please feel free to ask myself or any of the other past attendees about the fest.

— Victor Macias

SCHF Organizer, 2011




In honor of St. Patrick’s Day the Pacific Gravity Homebrew Club will be celebrating the event by holding its monthly club meeting on the 3rd Thursday of the month.

“Oh”, you say. “Isn’t the meeting always on the third Thursday of the month?” Well, yes it is, boys and girls. But since it’s March, and Stouts along with BJCP Category  5-Bocks are our styles of the month, we’ll be celebrating Patrick’s life and good works at the meeting.

Those of the Roman persuasion can also celebrate the day of another great man’s death, Julius Caesar “Beware the Ides of March [15]”. No orgies, please, and leave your daggers at home. Church keys are permitted, however.

As usual, this humble leprechaun will be cooking our annual corned beef and cabbage meal, to be served on site, beginning at 6:30pm. There is no charge for the meal, but donations to defray the cost are more than welcome.  The official meeting will begin at 7:30.

We will need beverages for the meeting, so anyone who has a stout waiting to be drunk by an appreciative PG membership is urged to bring it. The more we have, the better the meeting. As we do every month, the beer judged the best, or at least, most popular, will bring the winner a $25 CCHBS gift certificate. Commercial tasting will follow announcements. Commercial tasting will follow the announcements.

If anyone has brewed a Bock, please bring it for onsite judging. The winner of the judging will have the beer entered in the AHA Club Only Competition. PG will pay for the entry and shipping.

We will also be accepting payment of annual club dues ($30), and collecting money for the March 26 O.C. Road Trip to TAPS, and The Bruery on March 26. Seats are going fast, so sign up and pay up soon.

See you all on the 17th.


UPDATE: PG Monthly Meeting – Thursday, February 17th

Looking forward to seeing you all at our February PG meeting – rain or moonlight!

 UPDATE: 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 Anniversary meeting with many strong Belgian & French Ales being served. 

The meeting officially begins at 7:30pm. See you Thursday.


Mimi & Audrey

PG Activities Directors

PG Meeting, February 17

The February PG Monthly Meeting will feature Belgian and French Ales, so eat a good dinner before arrving, in order to soak up this month’s Magic Elixer. 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 or French Style Brew will be in the running for a $25 CCHBS gift certificate if his/her beer is chosen the Best of the Night.

This month’s announcements will be made by Vice President, Reed Wilson.

Raffle Tickets can be purchased from Terry Molloy, the Raffle Guy, and 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.

IMPORTANT NEWS: We still have space for the upcoming Tustin Monster Brew which will be held on February 26 at the Tustin Brewery. See the postings on the PG Website for details, or speak to Reed or  PG Brewmaster, Carl Townsend,  about the details. Signup sheets will be available, but more importantly, you must pay for the wort. This can be done at the meeting by check (preferable), or cash. See Craig Corley if you are going to pay at the meeting. PayPal is also available, and a lot easier than in person for most of us. The price is $27/5 gallon pour, limit 2 pours ($54). The deadline for payment is February 24th, unless there are extenuating circumstances. The organizers DO NOT want to be scrambling to collect money at the event, if all possible.

ROAD TRIP MARCH 26: See Kurt Periolat’s article about the O.C. Road Trip to TAPS, and The Bruery.

If you have questions, talk to Kurt, or send an E-mail to him.

Lastly, don’t forget to BREW, BREW, BREW. We have a lot of events coming up this year, and will need lots of homebrew to serve (Southern California Homebrew Festival, AHA Conference in San Diego, PG Summer Party, and entries for the Pacific Brewer’s Cup, which we are hosting. Stay tuned for details on those events.

Sorry I won’t be at the February meeting, but I hope you all have a great, and sober, time.

Michael Steinberg, President