April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


Due to the recent changes in the ABC law, home brew is illegal to be served at any location with a license to manufacture and/or serve alcohol. Henceforth, we have to move the location of Pacific Gravity’s April Club meeting.

We are moving Thursday, April 17th’s meeting location from Smog City Brewing to Ian Fraser’s abode in Venice.

We apologize from the last minute notice, but it’s in compliance with the ever evolving ABC law associated with the art of home-brewed beer. We will explain these laws and how it affects Pacific Gravity and home brew in Thursday nights meeting.

Please pass the word along to any members you come in contact with.

Thursday, April 17th 2014  - 7pm to 10pm

Ian “Club Chef God” Fraser’s Abode
3938 Glencoe Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 435-1329

• Commercial tasting of IPAs!
• Voting on Club Bylaws! (Please review here before meeting: XXXX)
• Upcoming events
• Distribution of 2014 Membership cards!







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Mayfaire Preliminary Judging Session Wed, April 23rd

April 14, 2014 in Competitions, Events

Please join us on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 PM for a preliminary judging round for the Mayfaire Homebrew Competition.   The Falcons have over 500 beers to judge and will need all the help they can get.  If you  have ever wanted to learn about judging beer this is an ideal opportunity in a less formal setting.  I’m looking for about six judges and two stewards.

We will be gathering at
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Club Bylaws – For all Club Associates to review!

April 11, 2014 in Bylaws, Club Meetings, Club News, President's Message


As discussed at last month’s club meeting at Culver City Home Brew Supply, the board has been working towards creating a draft of our club bylaws for all associates approval.  This is the first step in a potentially lengthy process towards converting the club to a 501c3 Non-Profit with the state of California and ultimately filing for tax exempt status with the IRS.

Please review the attached document and come to next week’s meeting at Smog City Brewery in Torrance prepared to vote to approve or reject the attached bylaws.  So to review, we WILL be voting next Thursday April 17th at the club meeting, please review this document prior to the club meeting.

Cheers and I look forward to seeing you all next week-


Pacific Gravity Bylaws.v2.04-01-14

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Competition Corner – April 2014

April 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

April is already here and that means it’s time to get your homebrew competition entries going.  Registration is now open for Mayfaire hosted by the Maltose Falcons.  Entries are due April 10th at the Culver City Shop.  On-line registration is up and running at  Please sign up to judge and steward too; they will need our help.   Judging will take place on Saturday April 26, 2013 9:00 AM at St Martins in the Fields Church 7136 Winnetka Ave Winnetka CA, 91306 (click for map).

Also due in late April is the California State Fair.  Entry information and registration is available at   We are looking for a road trip volunteer to deliver these entries, with closer sites in Riverside (Morebeer) and San Diego (Ballast Point) , so if you are interested, please contact me at

Looking ahead, now it the time to brew for the 2014 Pacific Brewers Cup.  The entry deadline is August 22nd, with judging on September 6th at Smog City Brewing.  We are looking for everyone to put their best foot forward and get those fermenters going before the weather gets too hot.

If you are hard-core competition junkie, there are a bazillion other contests to enter.  The AHA has their master list at

2014 Pacific Gravity Brewer of the Year Competition Schedule

April 10th              Mayfaire entries due at the Culver City shop

April Date TBD   California State Fair (on-line entry closes May 2)

July                        Los Angeles County Fair

August 22            Entry Deadline for Pacific Brewers Cup

September 6      Judging Pacific Brewers Cup
October               California State Homebrew Competition

Save The Fest! Action Needed Now!

April 5, 2014 in SCHBF

Hi Everybody:

As you may be aware, legislation has been drafted which will modify an existing bill that essentially prohibits events like the SoCal Homebrewers Festival.  The vote on the new legislation takes place on April 9.

That’s 4 days from now, but it is NOT TOO LATE to act.  You can make your voice heard by sending letters to (1) the GO committee chair, Isadore Hall and (2) your state representative if he/she is on the GO committee.  The list of the GO committee members is attached.  Here is a link you can use if you are unsure who your representatives are: Assembly Member  (Thank you Scott Burnell for the link).

And to make it even easier …

- A sample letter is attached that you can modify by adding your name and the name of the legislator.  Please delete any of the helpful notes embedded in the document.

-You don’t even have to go to the post office.  Email your completed letter document(s) to:   She will make sure they get directed to the appropriate person.

Thank you.

GO Committee members

AB 2609 Sample Letter


April 4, 2014 in First Friday, Uncategorized

Hello PG Members!

MAN AM I THIRSTY!  FIRST FRIDAY is here and I have some updates!!

You have 3 options for parking:

The WP is 3 doors down from GULP! at the corner of Westwood & Pico. Parking is free for the first 3 hours and has a nominal charge per hour after. Lot stays open till wee hours of the morning. Save your money for beer and get a short walk in!

-  STREET PARKING (Pocket Change)
If you are lucky to find a space and have some pocket change (or ATM/CC card) you can park on PICO Blvd. BEWARE of residential street parking – almost all of it is permit parking after 6pm.

-  VALET (Cash)
GULP! does have a valet that will run you around 5 bucks. If you are lazy and have some extra cash this is your best option!

Jessie, the GM @ GULP! Has reserved a table for 10-12 people under PACIFIC GRAVITY. I plan on being there right at 6, but if you get there before me just ask about the PACIFIC GRAVITY table.

Happy hour is from 5pm to 7:30pm. They have draft and food specials that will be sure to please!

Here’sa the original link for location and venue info…

Hope to see you there!

VP | Pacific Gravity




FIRST FRIDAY | Friday, April 4th @ GULP! (Westwood) ***Reminder***

April 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hey folks!

Just a quick reminder about this weeks FIRST FRIDAY @ GULP! Click the link below:

See you tommorrow!



GOING PRO! | Brewer’s Association interview with PG club member KIP BARNES!

March 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

Check out the Brewers Association interview with fellow club member Kip Barnes!  Keep those LA ALEWORKS beers coming and thanks for the Pacififc Gravity shout out!




March Meeting Recap!

March 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ian setup for his commercial tasting

Ian setup for his commercial tasting

For those of you who were unable to attend this past week’s club meeting at Culver City Homebrew Supply, here are the recap notes from the meeting along with a few pictures I grabbed.  First though, a huge thank you to the guys at CCHBS for hosting the meeting in the shop – it was great to get everyone in there for the night and good to be back for the month.  Also another special thank you to Ian Fraser for doing an awesome job with the commercial style of the month with his epic Stout offerings.  I think the bar has just been set for how to gather up beer for the monthly beer style!  Here are the important notes from this weeks meeting:

  • Next month’s First Friday will be held on Friday April 4th at Gulp! in West LA.  Details can be found here.  Kingsley and I went there for lunch a few weeks back to check it out and the beer selection is fantastic.  It should make for an awesome First Friday.
  • Next month’s club meeting is going to be on April 17th @ Smog City in Torrance.  Details can be found here.  Porter has offered to host us for another club meeting and also host the style of the month – IPA’s.  There is still plenty of time to brew up a good IPA for this meeting – so get to work!
  • Speaking of style of the month, May is still available, along with the rest of the month’s for the year (as far as I know at least).  The list of monthly beer styles can be found here.  If you are interested (and hey, why wouldn’t you be – you get to buy a bunch of beer and the club pays for it!) in hosting the monthly style please send an email to Dean Sussman @ to volunteer.


  • Membership dues are due now.  If you haven’t yet paid for this year’s membership you can do so by visiting CCHBS and paying there or you can send a check to our PO box which is:
    • P.O. Box 2451, Culver City, Ca 90231.  Checks can be made payable to Pacific Gravity.
    • This year the club has started to gather additional discounts for club membership.  In addition to the 5% off you receive as a club member at CCHBS you will now receive 10% off at City Tavern in Culver City if you show your 2014 ID Card (which will be issued at the next meeting).
  • The annual Mayfaire competition hosted by the Maltose Falcons is coming up and entries are due at CCHBS by April 10th.
  • Unfortunately the SCHF was officially canceled this past month.  All clubs were asked to cancel their reservations, which we have done.  Our replacement plan for that weekend is a possible bus trip with the Long Beach and Strand clubs – details to follow.  In addition, we are trying to get the three clubs together to do a collaborative bottle share on the 17th of May – details on both events will hopefully be posted by the end of this upcoming week.
  • I also want to throw out a special thank you to the guys at Strand Brewers club for including us in their bus trip down to Stone, Lost Abbey and White Labs.  It was a great trip with a lot of great beer to taste on the bus and at the breweries.  I took pictures at the event and attached them to this post for those of you who want to browse through.
  • And finally with the club hosting Pacific Brewers Cup this year we are finally going to file the appropriate paperwork in an effort to make the club a 501c3 Non Profit corporation.  Along with this filing we will be requesting Tax Exempt status from the IRS.  This will allow us greater opportunities for fundraising and sponsorship gathering for this year’s competition, among other advantages.  In the next few weeks we will be finalizing a draft of our club bylaws and issuing it to everyone via email.  At next month’s club meeting we will be voting as a club to enact/ratify (whatever the legal term is) the bylaws so that Dean can proceed with the rest of the filing paperwork.  This is an important first step and time is not on our side.  We need to get this initial paperwork filed as soon as possible so that we can begin to acquire more and more sponsors for the competition.

Thanks again to everyone who came out for the club meeting this week, and another special thank you to everyone who brought beer.  Bringing homebrew to club meetings is an essential component of who we are as a group.  If you have some great homebrew – bring it!  If you have some homebrew that just doesn’t taste right and you aren’t sure why – bring it!  We have plenty of experienced judges and brewers in our club who can offer their insight into your problematic brews to help you refine your process.

I am hoping to get to taste some awesome IPA’s at next month’s meeting at Smog City – and not just Smog’s beers – please bring out some of your brews!

See you all soon.




March 19, 2014 in Club News, Events


Two quick announcements.  First, Los Angeles Ale Works (LAAW) is going to have a cask of their latest beer on tap tonight at City Tavern in Culver City. Tonight’s beer will be a cask of their latest beer Dampfmaschine (California Common with Rye) where Magnum hops have been added to the Cask.  One of the latest trends in the commercial beer industry is for craft breweries to offer 5 gallon casks of their beers spiked with additional ingredients.  The great thing about these beers is that they offer a unique presentation of beers produced by your favorite breweries.  This past January Smog City hosted their first Battle of the Cask where they were serving a Porter in 5 different casks as a competition between employees at the brewery.  LAAW has poured a variety of casks at different bars around Los Angeles to coincide with releases of different beers from their lineup.

Second, LAAW has offered to start a semi-regular project with Pacific Gravity.  Pacific Gravity recently purchased our own Pin cask to be used by club associates as well as for collaborating with LAAW.  With LAAW, we will occasionally host a competition within the club where homebrewers will submit their idea’s for ingredients to add to a cask of LAAW beer.  The winning flavor combination will be selected by Kip and John and will be served at a bar here in Los Angeles.  This will be an awesome chance for club members to have a beer on tap at a bar that they had a part in creating – something that is a dream for a lot of us.  This event will only be open to club members who are paid in full for the 2014 year – so make sure you get your dues in tomorrow night (or ASAP) so you can have a chance at winning the first competition.

At April’s club meeting we will be distributing ingredient forms to all associates who are in attendance and have paid for their 2014 club membership.  The next beer that LAAW is going to brew is their Lievre Saison with kumquats and some additional subtle spicing.  It should make for a perfect beer to start this fun project.  I could see some cool cask hopping ideas for that beer, or even additional spicing.

For now, here is a quick blurb the guys at LAAW put together for us to describe their beer that will be serving on cask TONIGHT at City Tavern as well as info about their cask projects:

From LAAW:

Dampfmaschine is a California Common style beer with rye and finished with magnum.  It has a persistant bitterness and a sikly mouthfeel.  The cask that will be at City Tavern tonight 3/19 is dry hopped with magnum, which will help bring to light even more, this amazing german hop.

We’re really excited to be collaborating with Pacific Gravity on this cask project.  This will be a great opportunity for us to get the word out about the club and serve beer in bars the club helped to make.  We’re always open to having people visit us during our brew day as well so if anyone is interested in coming down to Ohana when we make our monthly beer, let us know.  We’ve been collaborating with local restaurants and our Kickstarter backers as well to help us select the special ingredients.  Whether it’s an extra hop addition only or the addition of tea and spices, we’re really up for trying anything.  Obviously balance is key and bringing the club out to taste the beer is also a huge plus. A Pin hold 5.5 gallons of naturally carbonated beer.  We would love to have Pacific Gravity help choose the special ingredients that go into the cask.  We’ll put the PG logo on the cask head along with whomever chooses the winning ingredients.

Here’s an example of what goes into one of our casks.

          • Yeast – re-pitch main yeast into cask
          • Priming Sugar – Cane, Turbinado, Palm, Jaggery, Beet, etc
          • Special Ingredients – hops, tea, spices, herbs, cocao beans, coffee, etc

We typically make casks 10-14 days after the beer goes into the fermenter.  The only draw back will be that you’ll have to be creative if it’s a new beer style we’re doing as we won’t have the base beer for you to try.

Once it’s tapped, it must be consumed quickly – 12-24 hours is best.  If we can get the club out to the event, the bars are more likely to continue doing cask events with us – quickly emptied casks mean they get their money and no beer goes to waste.  We’re open to pouring at most bars as long as they are okay handling a cask.  City Tavern has agreed to carry our casks on a semi regular basis so this is an easy location and probably the location of the first PG tapping.

Here is a link to the website for the Campaign For Real Ale - - where you can read more about cask ales.  Thanks everyone, see you tomorrow night at CCHBS @ 7:30pm!

President  | Pacific Gravity Homebrew Club