April 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Now that Spring has sprung it’s time for May’s FIRST FRIDAY!!

Our next FIRST FRIDAY will be held at PG Club favorite THE DAILY PINT in Santa Monica. Voted into the top 100 bars in the country 3 years in a row, The PINT’s never  to disappoint tap selection, cask ales, and bottle selection will keep you satisfied. And if you decide to switch it up, you can enjoy one of the largest Single Malt Scotch cadres west on the Mississippi.

Check out thier current tap selection here…

Note: THE DAILY PINT does not serve food but you can bring in your own, order pizza, or grab something from some of the establishments nearby. LAZY DAISY, GILBERT’S, etc.

So join the club regulars up at the bar, share homebrew stories, and emerse yourself in everything the PINT has to offer.

Check out our events link for more information!



Bite At The Beach – Brewing Reminder!

April 21, 2014 in Special Events



To follow up from our discussion at the club meeting and my meeting recap post I wanted to post a reminder to everyone that we have an AWESOME opportunity ahead of us next month for the Bite At The Beach event in Manhattan Beach.

The organizers reached out to our club to see if we were interested in donating homebrew to this event and serving it alongside some of our favorite local breweries.  We have agreed to do this and we need you to brew/donate beer! The event is 26 days away which is still plenty of time to brew up a batch of beer for the event.

Here is a blurb about the event:

Stella Artois presents the first annual Bite at the Beach featuring food and craft beer pairings from all around the South Bay and Los Angeles.  This will be an extraordinary event filled with delicious bites, craft beer and wine with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Surfrider Foundation.

Brewery List:

  • Alosta Brewing Company
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company
  • Ohana Brewing Company
  • Angel City Brewery
  • Goose Island Beer Company
  • Pacific Gravity Homebrew Club
  • Angry Orchard Hard Cider
  • King Harbor Brewing Co
  • Samuel Adams
  • Ballast Point Brewing
  • Ladyface Ale Companie
  • Shock Top
  • Big Sky Brewing Co.
  • Mission Brewery
  • Sierra Nevada
  • The Bruery
  • Modern Times Beer
  • Strand Brewing Co.
  • Eagle Rock Brewery
  • Monkish Brewing Co.
  • The Dudes Brewing Company
  • El Segundo Brewing Co.

The event is a fundraising event for the Surfrider Foundation:

The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide.

The South Bay Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is very proud of the efforts we have made, and the successes we have achieved in making our community a better place to live and enjoy the ocean. At our core, we are an environmental organization that strives to protect and, where necessary, restore coastal and ocean ecosystems and ensure free and open access to the beach and waves. We are dedicated to making our work FUN AND REWARDING!!

This is a reminder to everyone in the club to let me know if you have a beer that you would like to donate to the event.  I would like to get an idea of how much beer is going to be donated from our club by Thursday of next week (May 1st).  So far we have 15 gallons that the club is bringing but we need more – please shoot me an email at to let me know if you are planning on donating beer, what style and how many gallons (or kegs) so we can work out the serving logistics as well.  There will be limited serving positions available – I am waiting to find out from the organizers how many people we can have to serve.



April Meeting Recap

April 18, 2014 in Bylaws, Club Meetings, Club News, Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out for April’s monthly club meeting.  We had an excellent turnout, especially considering the last minute change of location.  A special thanks to Ian for hosting us again and on such short notice.  Another special thank you to everyone who brought out beer for the night.  I think there were more kegs of beer at last nights meeting than I have seen at a monthly club meeting in quite a long time – so good work brewing and sharing the beer!

Here is a summary of the items covered last night at the meeting for those of you who were unable to attend, couldnt hear us, or drank a few too many and cant remember what was covered:

  • First, we issued our new Associate’s Cards to everyone in attendance who has paid in full for this calendar year.  The new cards are awesome – they are thermal printed PVC cards like you would get issued from Costco or the AHA for example.  This card entitles you to discounts at local businesses.  Currently we have two discounts in place – 5% off at Culver City Home Brew Supply and 10% off @ City Tavern in Culver City.  As we are able to gather up additional discounts/benefits for memberships we will post about them here on the blog or you can click on the menu item above under About > Benefits to see a current list of club benefits.  If you have not paid your dues yet please do so ASAP so you can get your new card.  The only way to redeem said benefits is by presenting this new PVC ID card, last years cards will not be accepted.  Thanks again to Ramesh and Tad for putting this together for us.
  • We had to do a last minute change of venue this week, which was unfortunate.  There is a newish Q&A issued by the ABC regarding home made wine and beer and where you can serve these items.  Unfortunately one of the items on that list made it illegal for us to share our homebrew at Smog City, so we made the call to cancel that location for last night and move to Ian’s.  Right now it is very important for you as a homebrewer to understand the law so that you dont expose yourself to legal issues.  Here is a link to the new Q&A.  Also note that in this document it lists homebrewing demonstrations as illegal.  Thanks again to Kingsley for rallying the troops to a new location and to Ian for hosting.
  • Last night we held our vote to ratify the bylaws presented to the club last week on this blog.  The vote was nearly unanimous (the only nay being Dean – who wrote the bylaws – because he wanted there to be at least one nay).  This is really great news for our club and is the first official step towards our march towards non-profit status.  The Board and I will file our articles of incorporation as soon as possible and continue through with the remaining paperwork towards our goal of becoming a 501c3 Non-Profit club and filing for Tax Exempt status with the IRS.  A special thank you to Dean for the amount of work he put in to create these bylaws is needed – if you can buy the guy a beer sometime you should.  Another special thank you to the club associates who spent the time reading through the document.  Its not a fun read, but a lot of you spent the time and we all appreciate that.
  • We handed out the LAAW & PG Cask forms last night and many of you filled out your special ingredient forms.  For those of you who did not get a chance to fill out the forms before the end of the night, you can email me @ and I will send you an electronic copy of the form to be filled out.  For the next iteration of this event we will switch over to using a google doc so that it is 100% online.  If you are interested, please try and get your form in to me no later than Friday May 2nd.
  • The Summer Party will most likely be held on July 26th this year at Dean’s house.  We should know in another month or so if this is date is 100% set in stone.  There will be more information coming at next month’s Club Meeting regarding planning and organizing this event.
  • Lastly, as I mentioned at the March meeting and last night, we have been asked to provide donated homebrew to an event on May 17th in Manhattan Beach called “Bite at the Beach”.  This is a non-profit event which allows us as homebrewers to donate our brews to be poured.  I am really excited about this event.  If you look at the website you can see our logo on it up front.  You officially have one month until this event and I would like to get an idea of how many of you are interested in donating beer so that I can let the organizers know how much homebrew to expect.  Please email me @ to let me know if you are interested.  I will be bringing 10-15 gallons of beer with me for the event – many of you approached me last night saying you would be donating beer as well – which is awesome.  I will follow up this post tomorrow or Sunday with a single post dedicated to this event.

Cheers everyone!



April 17, 2014 in Club Meetings

Couple of updates regarding tonight’s meeting!

  – If you have paid your 2014 membership dues, your new membership cards are available @ tonight’s club meeting! These new cards entitle you to our growing list of local beer centric discounts and events!

  – If you have not done so yet, remember to bring payment for your 2014 membership dues. April is the last month to renew your dues before a late penalty. The sooner you get your new 2014 card, the sooner you can enjoy its benefits!

  – Bring some cash for tonight’s Club raffle! Getting in on the raffle can land you some cool items, including donations from local breweries, but it also supports the club and all it’s members! As always, Terry has some great stuff in the mix.

 - Bring it – Share it – Drink it

See you tonight!



April 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Members! Here’s a friendly reminder of tonights meeting – Now @ Ian Fraier’s House! Link below:

If you are in contact with any club members – please spread the word!




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