May 14, 2013 in Club Meetings
I hope everyone is excited about our club meeting this Thursday, May 16th which features probably the most popular beer style – India Pale Ales. The turnout for this meeting is usually the largest of the year and that includes the number of samples of members’ homebrew as well. I know I will be bringing two beers to the meeting myself. If you do bring an IPA to the meeting, be sure to enter in the beer of the meeting competition for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for Culver City Home Brewing Supply. Besides sampling your fellow members homebrew, we will have a special guest: Bill Jablon, the owner of Lucky Hand Brewing out of Novato, CA. His bottles are available at beverage Warehouse and area Whole Foods. Learn more about his craft at luckyhandbeer.com
Our commercial calibration features a wide variety of IPAs curated by Anthony Samaniego, from a standard American and English IPA to the newer black IPA and Imperials. See how your homebrew stacks up to samples from the pros. And finally, come to learn about the great upcoming events for the club, such as our Second Saturday at Tomm Carrol’s or the Summer Party on July 20th. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Culver City Home Brewing Supply on Thursday at 7:30 PM!
May 14, 2013 in Competitions
The time is now to get your entries ready for the California State Fair. The deadline is Sunday, May 19th at the Culver City shop. Thanks to the help of Peter Moran and his buddies, we have a chauffeured service of our entries up to Sacramento. This means they don’t have to be packed for UPS shipping. By now, hopefully, you have completed your registration process, which was due last week. If you have forgotten the details, you can find more info here: http://www.northerncalbrewers.com/state-fair-craft-beer-competition.html
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April 26, 2013 in Competitions
Registration forms for the 2013 California State Fair competition are due this Friday, May 3rd. I’d suggest you fill it out NOW and get it in the mail by Monday morning along with a check for the entry fee. Despite the claim by the Fair organizers, there does not appear to be an on-line registration process, though it looks like you can pay with PayPal.
The mail-in form and other info is available now at http://www.bigfun.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2013-Homebrew-Entry-Forms.pdf at http://www.northerncalbrewers.com/state-fair-craft-beer-competition.html
Although the Registration must be received by May 3rd, the bottles can be dropped off at the Culver City shop by May 12th.
By the way, we still need Mayfaire judges Saturday morning 4/27. Details at http://www.maltosefalcons.com/comps/2013mayfaire
April 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
Hey all .. a friendly reminder that you have 11 Days to purchase your California Homebrewers Association membership so you can attend the 2013 Southern California Homebrewers Festival on May 3-5, 2013 at Lake Casitas in Ojai.
If you are going to joining us for camping at the Pacific Gravity Festival HQ at Owl Court, please drop your camping fees off at Culver City Homebrewing Supply, and drop an email to Tim ( treasurer @ pacificgravity.com ) and me ( schbf @ pacificgravity.com ) so we can count you in.
Don’t miss out on this fun beer sampling event!
See you there.
April 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
The SoCal Homebrewers Festival is approaching fast, and WE NEED BEER. Please drop Carl an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to donate a keg for us to highlight at our festival booth.
Don’t miss out on this excellent chance to share your brew with homebrewers from around the state.
April 21, 2013 in Competitions
We will be doing a small preliminary session for the Mayfaire Homebrew Competition this Wednesday, April 24th at the Culver City shop. We plan to get started at 7:00 PM.
We need a total of six judges and two stewards. If you can help out, please drop me a line at Competitions@PacificGravity.com. Also, sign up on the Mayfaire website at http://maltosefalcons.com/comps/2013mayfaire . Make sure you check the check-box for “preliminary session”. And, or course, if you can join us for the main judging session on Sat, April 27th, check the box for that session too.
We are expecting some great beers, so this should be a good opportunity. Hope you can come on by.
April 17, 2013 in Club Meetings
Hi everyone, it’s already the third Thursday tomorrow which means out April meeting is upon us. We are entering the sweet spot of our club calendar, and if you want to attend some of the best events of the year I encourage you to attend. This is your last chance to signup and pay for our road trip to several San Diego breweries this Sunday. You can roll the dice and show up and pay at the bus, but this is a pretty epic bus trip so I would suggest securing your spot. This is also your last opportunity to signup for camping and/or food for the Southern California Homebrewing Festival at Lake Casitas. This event was written about in Radical Brewing as one of the “can’t miss” home brewing events in the world, and with Chefs Ian and Travis running the kitchen I personally guarantee the best food in the entire fest.
Not enough to sway you away away from Glee? Well this is one of my favorite meetings for beer tastings – extract beers. Are you a new brewer who wants feedback on your early work? Bring them to this meeting and enter them in our club only competition – all styles are eligible as long as the majority of the malt used is from liquid or dried malt extract. Plus anyone who brings extract based beer will be eligible for our beer of the meeting award, which is a $25 gift certificate to Culver City Home Brewing Supply. Personally I’ll be bringing a keg of English Best Bitter made from the malt extract I won at the raffle at the last meeting. And even if you are an all grain brewer, bring your recent work to the meeting. Nothing improves your skills like comparing notes with and receiving feedback form our experienced membership. Our commercial tasting will be English and Scottish ales, so expect more than a few old favorites to be pouring after our announcements.
Finally, we’ll have a selection of t-shirts and other club swag available for purchase at the meeting, so if you want to represent on the road trip, Ojai, or just on Fridays at the Daily Pint make sure you bring your checkbook. See you tomorrow night!
April 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
April 20th San Diego Trip Update: We will be leaving from CCHBS at 9 on Saturday so that we can be at Pizza Port at 11 when they open. From Pizza Port we will be going to Green Flash and then White Labs. We should be finishing up about 4:30 and be back in Culver City about 6:30. Please do not park in the shop parking lot, there should be plenty of parking in the neighborhood. We should have enough extra money to cover the pizza for lunch, but you might want to bring a few bucks just in case. As always let me know if you have any questions.
April 11, 2013 in Competitions
The time is now to get your entries ready for the 35th Annual Mayfaire Homebrew Competition hosted by the Maltose Falcons. On line registration is up and running now and your entries must be received no later than April 18th. Also sign up for judging on Sat, April 27th. Details can be found at http://maltosefalcons.com/comps/2013mayfaire . The Falcons promise that the registration site will not collapse under a barrage of users. This competition uses the Maltose Falcons guidelines, so check the style listings before entering. We might also do a preliminary judging round on the Westside, so check back here for details. Let’s see if we can earn the right for the Falcons to give us the bird!
Also coming up in April is the next Club-only competition. The April selection is all extract beers. Entries must be brewed with at least 50% extract. All styles are eligible. Bring your entries to the April 18th meeting. Please fill out the entry form here: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/0326/entry_recipe.pdf. Read the rest of this entry →
April 5, 2013 in First Friday
Join us tonight for our first Friday event at The Overland in Palms. Best know for their bottomless champagne brunch on the weekends, by day The Overland Cafe serves up breakfast and lunch to local residents and Culver City’s finest. By night The Overland turns into a craft beer bar with a tap list originally selected by our own Tomm Carroll. Our normal start time is 7 PM, but you should know about their ripping happy hour: 1/2 price beer and wine 4pm – 7pm & 9pm – close.
3601 Overland Ave Los Angeles, CA 90034