Call For Entries: 2011 Pacific Brewers Cup


Pacific Gravity Homebrewers Club is pleased to announce the

15th Annual Pacific Brewers Cup Homebrew Competition

This competition is hosted on a rotating basis by the Strand Brewers’ Club, the Long Beach Homebrewers and Pacific Gravity.

The PBC is an American Homebrewers Association sanctioned homebrew competition and will use the beer style guidelines published by the Beer Judge Certification Program.

Complete details and entry registration can be found at Read more

Mead Day Saturday August 6th

The first Saturday every August is the official AHA National Mead Day since it began in 2002.  So we will be celebrating on August 6th at the home of Dan & Anne Hakes by brewing, tasting and talking about mead.  For those of you who are new to mead making, we have some very experienced club members who will be happy to demonstrate and provide instructions on the process.

You of course are encouraged to brew your own batch or batches of mead as well! Please make sure to bring all of your own ingredients and supplies, though Dan has a water filter available so you do not need to bring your own water unless you choose to.

Some snacks will be provided and the Carriage House Taproom will be open.  If you have some mead to share, bring it along. Beer is welcome too as well as any other munchies.  Drop by, socialize, and watch how easy it is to make mead!

Time: 10am-4pm

Location:  2379 W 21st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90018


Directions: Take the 10 freeway to Arlington Exit, Head North to Washington, 21st Street is closed to entry from Arlington, so enter the neighborhood from Washington at Cimerron, Right on Cimmaron to 21st St.  Park anywhere in the neighborhood, and walk to Dan’s, though parking can be tough, so carpool if possible.

Our Club Only Competition for meads will be judged that day as well by our Competition Coordinator, Carl Townsend.  You can bring your entries to Dan’s house or if you cannot attend Mead Day, please bring your entries to CCHBS by Friday August 5th and notify Carl at [email protected].  Three 12-oz bottles are needed, but if you don’t win, you can take back 2 of them.  Also, please fill out an entry form at:


You can find more info on National Mead Day and sample recipes online at:


See you at Mead Day!

-Audrey & Mimi

Activities Directors


Competition Corner – April 2011

The thick part of the competition season is here!  Entry deadlines have been announced for California State Fair (April 17th) and Mayfaire (April 22nd).

Entries for the California State Fair must be packaged for shipping, but you can drop them off at the Culver City shop.  Since these are going to Sacramento, make sure there is plenty of padding.  The club will cover the shipping, but any entries not properly packaged will not be sent..   You can download an entry form at, as well as find additional information.  Read more

Competition Corner – March, 2011

Raise a toast to Timothy Golden, who earned the first point in the 2011 hunt for Brewer of the Year.  His Special Bitter beat out a field of two other entries to win our Battle of the Bitters.  His beer was submitted to the national Club-Only Competition taste-off.

Speaking of COC’s, don’t forget to bring your entries to the Club meeting on March 17th.  This month’s style is Bocks, BJCP Category 5, which includes Maibock, Traditional Bock, Doppelbock and Eisbock.  Read more

Competition Corner – January 2011

We start out the 2011 homebrew competition schedule at our club meeting on Thursday, January 20th with a Club-Only competition; this time the “Battle of the Bitters”, English Pale Ales, BJCP Category #8.  This includes bitter, best bitter and ESB in addition to English Pale.   If you have any one of these three (or more than one) bring three 12 oz. bottles to the meeting and make sure you let Carl know they are here.  If possible, please also fill out an entry form, which you can download from  The club picks up the entry fee, so it is free to you.  If your entry is selected, we’ll ship off the two remaining bottles to the national judging site.  If you lose, you can take back the two extra bottles.  Or if you prefer, you can pop them open to console your losses.

The entry deadline for America’s Finest City competition has been set for Friday February 4thRead more

Competition Corner – December, 2010

Raise your beer mug and give a toast to Jeff Koehler, the winner of the 2010 Pacific Gravity Homebrewer of the Year Award.  Jeff was honored at the Holiday Party on December 11th and presented with an engraved trophy mug.  Jeff picked up 27 points over 13 ribbons and handily beat our previous 2-time winner Chris Simenthal.

Coinciding with the periodic Club-Only contests, we have posted the club meeting tasting and keg styles of the month.  You can link to it on the left of this page, or click here:  Every person who brings a keg Read more

Competition Corner – November, 2010

The next Club-Only competition is upon us.  The theme for this is Strong Ales BJCP category 19, Old Ale, English Barleywine and American Barleywine.  Entries for this are due at the November Club meeting on November 18th.   If you have any one of these three bring three 12 oz. bottles and make sure you let Carl know they are there.  If possible, Read more

Competition Corner – October, 2010

Entries are due at the Culver City shop no later than Saturday, October 9th for the last major competition of the season, the California State Homebrew Competition.  This is one of the key competitions that are considered for the California brew club of the year awarded sponsored by Anchor Brewing, so we need a good showing.  Complete rules and entry forms can be found at .  Since this is a remote competition, your entries must be packaged for shipping by UPS.  Read more

Competition Corner – August 2010

Lift up you taster cup and raise a toast to Craig Corley, Best of Show winner for the 2010 Los Angeles County Fair Homebrew competition!.  His Saison took top honors.  Also honoring the club was Carl Townsend, whose English Porter pulled in the second runner-up best of show.  Altogether, ten different Pacific Gravity brewers pulled in 27 awards, Read more

Competition Corner – July 2010

The summer months are here and if you’ve planned ahead, you have your cool weather ales in the cellar and your lagers in the fridge.  Perhaps you even have a wheat beer or a Belgian style in the fermenter. Well, get them ready, because a couple of competitions are upon us. Read more