Stuffed Sandwich Trip, Monster Brew, Competitions

Greetings Pacific Gravity!

There are two great events coming up that you will not want to miss.  We will be having our First Saturday next weekend at Stuffed Sandwich next Saturday 2/3 and a Monster Brew at Smog City on Saturday 3/9.  Read below for details on each!

Stuffed Sandwich FIRST SATURDAY this coming weekend!!

For February’s First Friday, we will instead be partaking of an epic FIRST SATURDAY at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel -Please join us!

Time: Saturday, February 3, 2024 12 noon.
Location: Stuffed Sandwich
1145 East Las Tunas Dr.
San Gabriel,  CA  91776  (626) 285-9161

Marlene’s featured theme for February will be “Barlywines and Strong Ales” – this of course means very high alcohol.  Please make your travel plans accordingly! Carpooling with a designated driver, public transport, or sharing a ride-share can be a  good strategy…

Stuffed Sandwich is part of our local beer history as it specialized in craft beer before it was even called craft beer.  In addition to the great beers they will have on tap, they always have a disturbingly excellent collection of bottles for sale.

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Monster Brew ’24 at Smog City – SIGN UP NOW!

Porter has once again graciously offered to host a monster brew at Smog City Brewing Company.  This will be our 8th Monster Brew with Brewmaster, Jon Porter (and lucky 13th if you count the ones he hosted previously, going all the way back to his days at Tustin Brewing!).  These events are always a highlight of the year’s activities and an unreasonably huge amount of fun, so please come out and join us!

Date:  Saturday, March 9, 2024
Sign-Up Deadline: Mon March 4
Time:  ~7:00 AM Mash-In
~12pm Fermenter Filling
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. Purchase yeast and any ingredients desired for modification to the wort – I suggest supporting local South Bay Brewing Supply (call ahead to verify stock)
  3. Arrive at the Monster Brew with a clean plastic or metal fermenter (NO GLASS!) which we will fill with UNFERMENTED wort.
  4. Take it home and modify as desired and pitch your yeast
  5. Ferment until ready for bottling or kegging

For this year’s batch, Porter will be using a base wort based on the ever popular Little Bo Pils that will allow for maximum creativity.  Consider this your blank slate.  For the hop heads, boost up the bitterness with your favorite English or American hop tea to make an awesome IPA, or darken it up with roasted malts to make a porter or stout. Use your imagination to make the most awesome beer ever.  Each person will need to pitch a yeast of their choice, add adjuncts to the wort, dry hop in secondary, or do nothing special to it at all.  To see the full recipe and for modification ideas, see Carl’s extensive “How Do I Modify My Monster Brew?” post.

COST and RESERVATIONS
We need a headcount WELL BEFORE the brew session, so we can plan the batch size.  You must make a reservation by Monday 3/4 if you want wort.  The cost will be $35 for each 5 gallons of wort and you can order as many batches as you like  If possible, please pay in advance.  If you want wort but cannot attend the event, you may designate a buddy who can attend to collect your wort.  (We do not have a delivery service.)

SIGN-UP
You can sign up one of two ways:

1. Pay now with Paypal with https://py.pl/2M8HyzSGODw.  If you do this your reservation is good to go.
2. Drop a line to [email protected] saying how many batches you want.  Payment will be due on brew day.  We will accept payment at the Monster Brew: cash or check and will be accepted – NO CREDIT CARDS (though of course you will still be able to pay via the paypal link/QR code with credit card).

FERMENTERS
Bring a pre-sanitized PLASTIC or STAINLESS STEEL fermenters for each 5-gallon batch you purchase.  Absolutely NO GLASS fermenters will be allowed in the brewery due to the risk of breakage. You may bring small glass vessels with yeast or other additions, however. Fermenters must have a wide opening for the filling nozzle. Plastic buckets are ideal, but Cornelius kegs are acceptable. Again, please do not bring any skinny-neck containers – we may not be able to fill it.

If there is wort left over at the end, we will hold a lottery to determine who may purchase an additional 5 gallon allotment. Bring an extra fermenter if you are interested.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Yeast and any additional ingredients you wish to add to your wort are not included. You can bring your yeast to the brewery, or pitch it at home.  We recommend getting your supplies in advance.  I suggest purchasing at South Bay Brewing Supply, which also happens to be near the brewery if you need last-minute supplies on brew day, but of course supplies may be limited, so it’s better to plan ahead!

PARKING
Please park on the WEST side of the building to keep the tap room lot open.
The tap room will be opening to the public at noon.

FOOD
We will have coffee and some light breakfast snacks in the morning.  Later on, the food trucks will be setting up in the parking lot.  In addition, Porter will be supplying tasting samples of some of his fine brews mid-morning.  Cut off time for free pours will be shortly before the tap room opens for business.
REMEMBER TO TIP YOUR BEERTENDER!!!

We hope to see you all there!

Parker Waechter, President Pacific Gravity

Competition Corner January 2024

Greetings fellow homebrewers.  I hope your year is starting out well.  Personally, I’m taking advantage of the cool weather and have a “garage lager” in the fermenter.

With the beginnings of a new year, everybody in the club is tied for the 2024 Brewer of the Year award!  Now is you chance to pull into the lead. Here is the rundown on the 2024 cycle:

  • America’s Finest City:  Whoops, already full!  I was stunned to see this 500-entry competition was full before I even had the date.
  • AHA National Homebrew Competition:  AHA has revamped the schedule this year, so advance brewing and planning is needed to pull this off.  Details can be found at https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/national-homebrew-competition/ .  Entry requests open February 27th and close March 15th.  First round entries need to be shipped off in May or June.  If you advance to the finals, second round entries are due in Dan Diego by August 9th, with judging the 3rd week of August.  Final results will be presented at the Great American Beer Festival in October.
  • April – Mayfaire Competition
  • May/June  State Fair
  • May – July:- LA County Fair seems to be history.  If things change, I’ll have an update.
  • July:  Red, White and Brews.  We decided to add this competition to the cycle this year since the LA County Fair left a gap in the schedule.  Run by Long Beach Homebrewers, this competition focuses on various American Styles.
  • September:  Pacific Brewers Cup.  Pacific Gravity is running the competition this year, so we’ll need all hands on deck. More about this in the months to come.
  • October:  California State Competition

If you want to get some competition practice in, there are many other competitions out there.  Check out https://www.bjcp.org/competitions/competition-calendar/ for the full schedule.

Carl Townsend
Competition Coordinator

Upcoming Styles of the Month

  • February – Belgian beers
  • March  – British Isle beers

Upcoming Events

  • February 3: First Saturday Stuffed Sandwich
  • February 15: Club Meeting at Tortugo Brewing Company – Style: Belgian Beer
  • March 9: Monster Brew Smog City Brewing

Pacific Gravity First Saturday September 2nd, 2023 – Project Barley Square

Greetings Pacific Gravity!

As summer winds down and the 3 day weekend approaches joins us this Saturday September 2nd at the UK inspired Project Barley Square in Torrance for some real ale and fish and chips. For those that are unaware Project Barley took over Yorkshire Square Brewery facility and are continuing the tradition of British influenced food and Cask Ale. We’ll get started around 12:00pm. Project Barley opens at 11am for brunch.

Location:
Project Barley Square
1109 Van Ness Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501
12pm

South Bay Brewing Supply is just 2 block away, (1311 Post Av).  While you are in the neighborhood, plan your next brew day now and pick up everything you need for your next brew day.

PG News:

  • Our next club meeting will be at Tortugo Brewing on the 21st of September and it’s Festbiers and Amber lagers month.
  • Board Member Elections are upcoming.  Nominations will be held at our September and October club meetings.
  • Elections for Board Members (President, Vice President and Treasurer) will be held at our November club meeting, along with voting for the Club Member of the Year.

Upcoming Competitions

September – Pacific Brewers Cup (Long Beach Homebrewers)

  •  https://www.longbeachhomebrewers.com/comp/pbc/bcoem/
  • Registration open, deadline September 23
  • Dropoff at Stein Fillers in Long Beach starting September 7th.
  • You can bring them to the club meeting September 21st and Carl will drop them off at Stein Fillers.
  • Judging at La Jara Brewing October 7th in Norwalk.  Please sign up to judge or steward.

October – California State Competition

  • This is the last competition of the 2023 Brewer of the Year Cycle. The winner will be announced at the Holiday Party.
  • Registration is now open at https://castate.brewcompetition.com/ .
  • You must ship your entries to the bay area between September 30th and October 12th. Entries due by October 12.
  • Judging October 28th – November 5th in the Bay area.

Upcoming Styles of the Month

  • September – Festbiers and Amber lagers
  • October – IPAs
  • November – Amber and Brown Beers
  • December – Holiday Party

Upcoming Events

  • September 21st: Club Meeting at Tortugo Brewing Company Styles includes any Festbiers and Amber lagers
  • September 23rd: Pacific Brewers Cup Deadline
  • October 7th: La Jara Brewing Pacific Brewers Cup Judging.
  • October 12th: California State Competition Deadline

First Saturday at Bar 326

Greetings Pacific Gravity!

For our March “First Friday”, we are once again switching it to a FIRST SATURDAY rather than a Friday.  At the suggestion of our illustrious member Scott Burnell, we are headed to Bar 326 in the Farmer’s Market (in the Grove @ 3rd & Fairfax).

Bar 326
6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

We plan on getting started around 12:00 Noon on Saturday 3/04/2023.

They have 24 taps, and Friday night they have a tap-takeover with Common Space & Three Weavers featuring their collabs, so I assume there will still be quite a bit of that going for our Saturday shenanigans.  You can find the current tap list here.
One minor point in route planning is that it sounds like Wilshire will be closed between San Vicente and Fairfax.

See you there!

Thanks,
Parker Waechter VP Pacific Gravity

PS: It still bears repeating how great it is that we can all get together in person!   Yet, 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.

Southern California Homebrewers Association

The Southern California Homebrewers Association will be here before you know it, so reserve your spot today! We still have some tent camping slots available at Camp-PG for $35 per camper for the weekend. Sign up now by contacting Terry Molloy at [email protected].

DON’T FORGET to buy your admission into the festival itself. The longer you wait, the more it costs. You must do this ahead of time – admission can NOT be purchased at the gate.

FAQs: 
FAQ #1: If I pay $35 to stay at Camp-PG, am I automatically admitted into the Fest?
Answer: No!! The Camp-PG only reserves a place for you to camp with your fellow PG members over the weekend. This does not cover festival admission, food or any other expenses.

FAQ #2; How can I purchase admission to the Southern CA Homebrewers Festival?
Answer: EACH attendee must follow these simple steps:
1) Go to the California Homebrewers Association website www.calhomebrewers.org
2) If you are already a registered member of the CHA and have a password, sign in, skip to #3.
a. To Register, select “Register” on the Menu line.
b. Fill in the form on the right hand side of the page.
c. Select the “Register” button
d. Note: each attendee must sign up using a unique email address.
3) Select SHOP from the Menu
a. Select Membership / SCHF from the Drop-down menu
b. Add the $10 Membership fee to your cart.
c. Check out using the PayPal site.
4) After you are redirected to the main page, Select SHOP (again)
a. Select Membership / SCHF from the Drop-down menu (again)
b. Add Southern California Homebrewers Festival Admission to your cart ($50 through 1/31, increases $5 every month)
c. Check out using the PayPal site.
5) Check your email to confirm CHA Membership and Fest Admission.
6) Log off CHA website
7) Prepare for a fantastic weekend of sampling brews from over 35 Homebrewers Clubs from around Southern/Central California and Nevada.

FAQ #3: Will there be food available?
1) Rumor has it that Chef Ian is pondering a menu that will be available for an extra fee.
2) Food trucks will be at the Festival on Saturday, you are on your own Friday and Sunday (pending Ian’s final menu).
3) You can set up your own camp-kitchen and cook your own meals.

Do the Dues!

March is Dues Month!

You should have received a dues renewal notice from Craig in the last day or so.

There are several ways you can renew your annual dues. Club Treasurer, Craig Corley will be collecting dues at the March club meeting and other upcoming club events. You can mail us a check with a copy of this e-mail. Checks should be made out to Pacific Gravity and mailed to Pacific Gravity, P.O. Box 2451, Culver City, CA 90231. And for the ultimate in convenience, you can renew your dues online via PayPal using the personalized link that Craig posted in his dues email. For those of you who pay your dues before or at the March club meeting, we’ll have a tee shirt for you at the March meeting (limited to stock on hand) and should you choose to wait, a $5 late fee will be added after the May club meeting.

Enter Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge Now!

The entry window for the is open and will close on March 10th!  Register your beer entries at http://comp.belgianbrewchallenge.com/  We are also looking for more judges, stewards and assisting volunteers at the same link.  If you sign up as a volunteer in the next few days, please note your tee shirt size.  We will be going to print in the next few days!

Upcoming Events

  • February 25:  Entry Drop-off began for LABBC
  • March 4:  First Saturday Bar 326
  • March 10:  Entry Drop-off Deadline for LABBC
  • March 11:  Bottle Organizing Session for LABBC at Tortugo
  • March 16: Club Meeting at Tortugo Brewing Company  Styles includes all Belgian Beers
  • March 25:  Main Judging Session for LABBC at Tortugo
  • April 7 or 8:  First Friday or Saturday TBD
  • April 20: Club Meeting at Tortugo Brewing Company  Styles includes all German Beers

Stuffed Sandwich FIRST SATURDAY!

Greetings Pacific Gravity!

For our February First Friday, we are switching it up to FIRST SATURDAY!

Please join us at the Stuffed Sandwich, Saturday February 4th at 12:00 NOON in San Gabriel.

1145 East Las Tunas Dr.
San Gabriel, CA 91776 (626) 285-9161

Marlene has agreed to set up a blind tasting. Price according to # of participants but about $10. If you know Marlene; then you know you want in on this!  The theme for February for the taps is Barley Wines so we strongly recommend carpooling with a designated driver or public transport!!! Stuffed Sandwich is part of our local beer history as it specialized in craft beer before it was even called craft beer.  There is seating in the outside patio… but dress for the weather!

This is a ‘drive yourself’ event so try and arrange car pools if you can!

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.

Hope to see you all there!

Looking for a home for some growlers

A note from Adam of the closed Harajuku:
“I have pretty much wrapped up everything with the Taproom. One of the last things I’m trying to find a home for is about 270 remaining growler bottles and a case of caps to go with them. Would the Pacific Gravity group be interested in them, or do you know of any smaller breweries that might want them? I’m not looking to sell them. Ideally, I could trade them all for a few beers. The growlers have both a 32 oz. and 1 liter fill line. Here’s a cut sheet below with specs.”

Upcoming Events

February 1: Entry Registration begins for Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge (LABBC)
February 4th: First Saturday, Noon: Stuffed Sandwich
February 16: Club Meeting at Tortugo Brewing Company Styles include all English Beers
February 25: Entry Drop-off begins for LABBC
March 10: Entry Drop-off Deadline for LABBC
March 11: Bottle Organizing Session at Tortugo
March 25: Main Judging Session for LABBC at Tortugo

Styles of the Month

  • February – English Beers
  • March – Belgian Beers
  • April – German Beers
  • May – Specialty Beers
  • June – Pale Beers
  • July – Summer Party, all styles
  • August – Wheat Beers
  • September – Festbiers and Amber lagers
  • October – IPAs
  • November – Amber and Brown Beers
  • December – Holiday Party, all styles

 

First Saturday at Library Alehouse

Greetings Pacific Gravity!

Happy New Year!

For the first month of the year this January, we will be having a First Saturday instead of the usual First Friday. We are headed to The Library Alehouse in Santa Monica.

The Library Alehouse
2911 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405
https://libraryalehouse.com/

We will congregate on the patio at about 12:00 Noon on Saturday 1/07/2023.

Many thanks to Ian Fraser for facilitating this!

See you there!

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.

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)

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!

First Friday at The Daily Pint

Greetings Pacific Gravity,

I hope you all had a fulfilling and safe Halloween!

First Friday for November we are coming back to the Daily Pint.

Pacific Gravity First Friday
@ The Daily Pint; 2310 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405
11/05/2021 at 7:00 PM

Phil has rounded up some tasty beers for us. They include: Read more

September First Friday at Richmond Bar and Grill

Greetings Pacific Gravity,

I hope this message finds you safe and well!  The PG Board continues to struggle with keeping us all safe while allowing some kind of social gathering!  We hope this First Friday will fit the bill!

FIRST FRIDAY AT RICHMOND BAR AND GRILL
Sept. 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM
145 Richmond St, El Segundo, CA 90245  (310) 322-7197

https://www.richmondbarandgrill.com/

We have reserved the back patio for our group, it is outdoors yet in an enclosed area so we won’t have a lot of foot traffic coming through.  This way we can socially distance while being gathered together!

Tom Rierson reports in good things about the pub; the new owners have made some renovations to improve on the location.  He has also arranged that “Old Rasputin” will be one of the offerings on tap that evening.  The beers are $8.00.

So come on out, join your fellow members and lift a pint!

See you there!
Cheers,

Ian Fraser

President

Pacific Gravity

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 16, club meeting at Tortugo Brewing
  • Oct. 1, OCT. First Friday; location TBD
  • Oct 2 (SAT!) Octoberfest summer party!
  • November 6th:  Pacific Brewers Cup at Tortugo Brewing

Stuffed Sandwich FIRST SATURDAY August 7th

 

Greetings Pacific Gravity!

For our August First Friday, we are switching it up to FIRST SATURDAY! Please join us at the Stuffed Sandwich, Saturday August 7th at 12:00 NOON in San Gabriel.

1145 East Las Tunas Dr.
San Gabriel,  CA  91776  (626) 285-9161

THIS IS A LIVE EVENT!  We plan to sit in the outside patio under the misters…but dress for the heat!

I was in San Gabriel this last weekend and it was 90+ degrees.
Marlene is expecting us, and for August she is featuring fruit and sour beers on tap.
This is a ‘drive yourself’ event so try and arrange car pools if you can!

I hope to see you all there!
Cheers,

Ian Fraser
President
Pacific Gravity

Upcoming Events

August 28: Summer Party
September 3rd: First Friday (location to be announced)
September 16th: Club meeting @ Tortugo Brewing