July 12th Meeting – 38 Degrees Ale House!

What: July Monthly Meeting
Where: 38 Degrees Ale House
100 W Main St Alhambra, Ca 91801
When: Saturday, July 12th,1pm – 5pm
Why: You want to try some great home brew

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

This Saturday, July 12th, we will have our meeting at 38 Degrees Ale House!  If you have never been, it is a great Craft Beer Bar with an excellent selection and great food.  Come hungry!  Please limit the home brew you bring to 1 bottle so we can partake in some great offerings.  The meeting will run from 1p – 5p instead of our usual 2p – 6p.  Also, Ohana Brewing Company has recently opened a tasting room right down the street from 38 Degrees.  Feel free to check them out before, during, or after the meeting.

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Money or Credit Card for shirts, glassware, and commercial beers
CRAFTED Event Recap:

We had a great event a few weeks back at CRAFTED LA down in San Pedro.  If you haven’t been, it is a craft market with a variety of food, crafts, and oddities.  They were celebrating their 2 year anniversary and had local homebrew clubs pour their beers.  We had a excellent turn out and we had over 10 beers pouring!  Not to brag, but we had the nicest booth setup!  A special thanks to Victor for organizing and coordinating the event.

Brewer of the Year Update:

Here is the current point tally for Brewer of the Year.

Ward G. Walkup IV – 14 points

Jeff Koehler – 11 points
Matt & Sarah Luker, and Louie & Gayle Michel – 2 points
Matt & Sarah Luker – 2 points
Sean Morris – 2 points
Tyler Jaynes – 1 point
Tyler Thurman – 1 point
A special congrats goes out to Will Labrie who won 1st Runner Up with his Cherry Saison in the Claremont Craft Ales comp! Bring a sample to the meeting, Will!
SoCal Regional comp is still TBD, all quiet on their website so far about this.
LA County Fair is coming up quick! Entries are due by July 18th by 7pm at the Eagle Rock. Register by Noon the same day. Entries are $8 each, and judging will take place on Aug. 2nd in Winnetka. Judging and Steward help will be needed!
Pacific Brewers Cup registration is now open until Aug. 22nd. It isn’t too late to brew for this, if you can knock a beer out in 7 weeks. Judging will take place on Sept. 6th at 3590 Grand View Blvd, 90066. They will need all the help they can get, this competition usually gets upwards of 400 entries. Grand Prize is a 15 gallon Chronical fermenter from SS Brewtech!
Looking for even more comps to enter? Check the AHA website to get an overload of choices!
These dates are approximate based on previous years, and will be updated with info as it becomes available. Enter those beers under Yeastside Brewers!

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses for Sale:

  • Yeastside Brewers logo Tasting Glasses are for sale, $8 each, 3 for $20
  • New Yeastside Brewers Logo T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $25
  • Classic Yeastside Brewers T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $20
  • Neck Lanyard, $5
  • Combo Tasting Glass and Neck Lanyard, $10

August’s meeting will be on the 2nd, location to be announced

I look forward to seeing you all this weekend.  Happy Brewing to you all, and see you on Saturday!

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

It’s Time To Get Crafted!!

It’s Time To Get CRAFTED!!

What: Home Made Brew and Food Festival
Where: CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles,
When: Sunday, June 29th 2pm – 6pm at 112 E 22nd Street, San Pedro Ca 90731
Why: Because you want to support your club and drink some awesome Craft Beer

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

Are you looking for a something to do this Sunday?  I have some news for you, CRAFTED is having a great event this weekend to highlight local home brewers, including the Yeastside Brewers!  We have had a great response from the club and will have 10 people bringing beer to serve for the event.  Many other local homebrew clubs will be in attendance as well as local chefs showing off their culinary skills.

You can purchase tickets through this Eventbrite link.  The cost is $20 per person if you purchase before noon on the 28th, using the promo code TASTE.  You should purchase your tickets as soon as you read this email!  I look forward to seeing you there in your Yeastside Shirt and lanyard!

I want to also thank Victor Macias for organizing and planning this event.  It has been a big help and I really appreciate the support.  See you all on July 12th for our next meeting at 38 Degrees Alehouse!

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

Craft Beer and Food Festival @ CRAFTED June 29th – Call for Kegs and Bottles

When: Sunday, June 29th 2pm – 6pm
Where: CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

As we announced at Saturday’s meeting, the Yeastside Brewers have been invited to participate in a Craft Beer and Food Festival happening at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles on June 29th from 2pm to 6pm.  The event has been advertised in the LA Weekly, on KCRW, and in a segment on the KTLA morning news.  This is a great opportunity to show the community how interesting, varied, and delicious homebrewed beer can be.

The donation / admission price for the event is $20 (21 and over) which will benefit a couple of non-profit organizations, but participating clubs have been allotted 10 free tickets.  We’ve decided that the recipients of those free tickets will be the first members who donate a keg, a couple of six-packs, or several bombers of their homebrew to be poured at our very own Yeastside Brewers bar.

The time is quite short, so if you’ve got homebrew ready (or soon to be ready) and you’d like to donate it and represent for this great club of ours, please contact Victor as soon as possible and let him know what you’ve got.  Let’s make this happen!  Thanks all.

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

June 7th Meeting – Eagle Rock Brewery

June 7th Meeting – Eagle Rock Brewery!

When: Saturday, June 7th, 2pm – 6pm
Where: Eagle Rock Brewery3056 Roswell Street, Los Angeles, Ca 90065

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

This Saturday, June 7th, we will have our meeting at the legendary Eagle Rock Brewery!  It was the first Craft Brewery to open in Los Angeles in over 60 years, and paved the way for all the new breweries that have or will open soon.(Angry Horse Brewing included!)  They are a great group of people and have given us a perk while we visit, any beers we buy will get the AHA discount.  Thanks Ting!  Please limit the homebrew you bring to 1 bottle so we can take advantage of this great discount.

As some of you know, I was unable to attend last meeting as I was in Africa!  Me and my wife had a great trip with lots of adventures.  I just wanted to thank some people for helping me as I was away.  Thank you Josh for sending the email blast for last meeting, and Louie, Gayle, and Jeremy for running the meeting.  I really appreciate the support!  We are still planning a Hollywood Pub crawl soon, but the date has been changed as there was a conflict with the previous date.  More detail to come at the meeting!  Be there or be square.

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Snacks
  • Money or Credit Card for shirts, glassware, and commercial beers
Brewer of the Year Update:

Results are announced for the CA State Fair competition. Congrats to Jeff Koehler for a 2nd place Robust Porter, and to Matt & Sarah Luker for 2nd place in Specialty beer for their Hazelnut Brown!
Here is the new point tally for Brewer of the Year.

Ward G. Walkup IV – 14 points
Jeff Koehler – 11 points
Matt & Sarah Luker, and Louie & Gayle Michel – 2 points
Matt & Sarah Luker – 2 points
Sean Morris – 2 points
Tyler Jaynes – 1 point
Tyler Thurman – 1 point
The bulk of the competition season is coming in the next month or two. Brew soon, and brew often.
SoCal Regional is TBD, but usually July
LA County Fair due July, judged on Aug. 2nd
Pacific Brewers Cup due August 22nd. 3 bottles, $7/entry
CA State Homebrew comp due October. 
These dates are approximate based on previous years, and will be updated with info as it becomes available. Enter those beers under Yeastside Brewers!Angry Horse Brewing Indiegogo Campaign:As most of you know, Louie, Gayle, and Nathan are in the process of starting their own Brewery!  How can you help you ask?!?  By going to their Campaign page right now and donating!!  Here is the link.  Any donation will help them get to their goal and share share share with your friends.

Bill 2609 AB Needs Your Support:

We just got word that bill AB 2609 will be heard by the Senate GO Committee on June 10.  AB 2609 passed the full Assembly UNANIMOUSLY!!  But, we do expect dissent from the Senate, so need to be prepared.
We need to get as many letters as we can to the Senate Committee.  The letters really do help and we were congratulated for the number of letters SoCal Homebrewers were able to get for the Assembly hearing. Each person should send a letter to Chair Correa, and to their Committee members, much as we did before, but sending to both helps our case be stronger. Right now, it’s all about strength in numbers for our cause.  And, call the office of your representative if you can.You can use the sample the Falcons have posted.Send letters to Senator.Correa@sen.ca.gov  the GO  Committee Chair.  And to your own Senator on the Committee, if yours is a Committee Member.  Send letters to arrive by June 7 if possible!

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses for Sale:

  • Yeastside Brewers logo Tasting Glasses are for sale, $8 each, 3 for $20
  • New Yeastside Brewers Logo T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $25
  • Classic Yeastside Brewers T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $20
  • Neck Lanyard, $5
  • Combo Tasting Glass and Neck Lanyard, $10

July’s meeting will be on the 12th, due to the Fourth of July, location 38 Degrees Alehouse Alhambra with a field trip to Ohana’s Tasting Room

I look forward to seeing you all this weekend.  Happy Brewing to you all, and see you on Saturday!

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

May 10th Meeting – at The Glendale Tap

When: Saturday, May 10th, 2pm – 6pm
Where: The Glendale Tap, 4227 San Fernando Road, Glendale, CA, 91204

Yeastside Brewers,

Happy Cinco De Mayo! Our Fearless President Dave is off to South Africa, and asked me to let you know about the upcoming meeting.

This Saturday, May 10th, we will be at The Glendale Tap. Please limit the Homebrew you bring to 1 bottle, so we can partake in the 50 plus beers available. After a great time here for our February meeting, we just couldn’t wait to return! So get ready for lots of free pool playing, peanuts, and excellent beers.

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Snacks
  • Money or Credit Card for shirts, glassware, and commercial beers

Brewer of the Year Update:

Results have recently come in for Mayfaire, so 4 of the Brewer of The Year “Major” comps are in the books. Here are the standings thus far, with Ward taking a strong lead after a pair of 1st place ribbons and a 3rd place in Mayfaire.

Ward G. Walkup IV – 14 points
Jeff Koehler – 9 points
Matt & Sarah Luker, and Louie & Gayle Michel – 2 points
Sean Morris – 2 points
Tyler Jaynes – 1 point
Tyler Thurman – 1 point

It is great to see some more names on this list, everyone keep brewing and entering! Here is a tip for those looking to get a ribbon: Enter the categories which have less entries, such as lagers, Scottish, and British styles. If your technique and recipe are good, you have a better chance going up against 9 other entries rather than 35! Also, ask Ward what he is entering and avoid those categories completely.

We have a short break in the schedule, now that CA State Fair registration is closed. Good luck to those who have entered. On the horizon:
- SoCal Regional due July
- LA County Fair due July
- Pacific Brewers Cup due late August
- CA State Homebrew comp due October.
These dates are approximate based on previous years. A 1st place ribbon earns 3 points, 2nd place is points, and 3rd place is 1 point. Best of Show gets an additional 3 points, and runner up BOS is 2 more points, 2nd runner up is 1 point. A reminder, enter those beers under Yeastside Brewers!

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses for Sale:

  • Yeastside Brewers logo Tasting Glasses are for sale, $8 each, 3 for $20
  • New Yeastside Brewers Logo T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $25
  • Classic Yeastside Brewers T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $20
  • Neck Lanyard, $5
  • Combo Tasting Glass and Neck Lanyard, $10

June’s meeting will be on the 7th, location TBD.

I look forward to seeing you all this weekend.  Happy Brewing to you all, and see you on Saturday!

Cheers

Josh Jensen- Yeastside Brewers Competition Coordinator 2014

April 5th Meeting – Mead Demonstration & Camping Updates @ Will Labrie’s House

When: April 5th, 2PM – 6PM
Where: Will Labrie’s House, 417 E. Olive Ave Monrovia, Ca, 91016

Dear Yeastsiders,

This Saturday, April 5th, we will have our meeting at fellow Yeastside Member Will Labrie’s House in Monrovia.  Will has graciously offered up his home and we have a few fun activities planned.  Jerl Leutz, our former president, will be doing a Mead Demonstration!  If you have never tried making a Mead, this will be a great experience to learn from a outstanding Homebrewer.  Also, Will has offered his gas grill for any of your BBQ or grilling specialities!  Please feel free to bring any potluck item you desire and anything that you would like to grill.  It looks to be a perfect weekend with lots of sunshine!

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting

  • Homebrew!  We have no restrictions on the number you can bring, so feel free to bring anything that you would like to share or get feedback on.  Any Mead would be welcome as well!
  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Potluck or Grilling item.  Usually we have a nice variety, so anything you want to bring will be great!
  • Money or Credit Card for Camping Trip Fees

Pyramid Lake Camping Trip

I want to thank you all for the great response we have gotten for the Camping Trip next month.  As of right now, we have 27 RSVP’s!!  The site we have can handle 40 people so there is still space if you want to go.  RSVP to me right now!  We will be collecting $20 for everyone going to pay for the campsite, ice, wood, and some basic essentials for the weekend.  It is unfortunate that the Homebrew Festival was cancelled but I know we will have a great weekend filled with awesome Homebrew, lots of laughs, and a great group of people.  More details to come at the meeting and in the coming weeks.

Competition Updates and Events Coming Up

  • The 2014 Mayfaire Competition is upon us.  This is a great event hosted by the Maltose Falcons and it is part of our Brewer of the Year Contest.  Registration and Entries are due April 10th, and you can drop them off at the Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply Shop.  Competitions are a great way to get some great feedback about your beer and it feels great to medal!  They are also looking for Judges and Stewards for the event.  If you have never judged a competition,Stewarding is a great opportunity to see how a competition is run.  All the details can be found in the link above to the Maltose Falcons Website.
  • Gayle, our Treasurer and Founding Member of Angry Horse Brewing, organized a great event with Yeastside Members, Mary Novokhovsky, Kelly Beach, Georgia Bell, and Sarah Bennett for International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day.  Want to try this Beer?  They will be pouring it at City Tavern in Culver City on April 19th.  More details to come at the next meeting and be sure to check out the City Tavern events page for more info.
  • Tomorrow Night, April 2nd, Glendale Taps is having “An Evening of Spectrophotometric Beer Analysis.”  It is late notice but it looks to be an interesting event if you are free tomorrow night.  They will have a BioSpectrometer that will analyze different beers for color, bitterness, PH, and other metrics.  You can also bring in your Homebrew to be analyzed as well!  The event will start at 7:30p and run until 11p.

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses for Sale

  • Yeastside Brewers logo Tasting Glasses are for sale, $8 each, 3 for $20
  • New Yeastside Brewers Logo T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $25, more sizes coming soon!
  • Neck Lanyard, $5
  • Combo Tasting Glass and Neck Lanyard, $10

May’s Meeting will be May 10th(due to the camping trip) at Glendale Taps

Cheers

Dave Ochoa- Yeastside Brewers President 2014

Pyramid Lake Camping Trip

When: May 2nd – May 4th
Where: Pyramid Lake Los Alamos Campground, Lebec, Ca

Dear Yeastsiders,

As many of you might have heard, the California Homebrew Festival has been cancelled this year.  This is unfortunate, but we are not going to let it get us down. We are YEASTSIDERS!!  We are going to have our own Festival!!!!  The Board and I have booked a Group Camping Site at Pyramid Lake in Lebec, Ca (just north of Santa Clarita), and we want you to join us for a great weekend!  Here are the details.

Pyramid Lake Camping Trip

  • The group site can hold 40 people.  If you want a spot, you need to RSVP ASAP!!!  Once we fill the 40 spots, we will not be able to add any more people.
  • Check in Time is 2:00pm on Friday May 2nd, and Check out Time is 12:00pm on Sunday May 4th.
  • $20 per person will include camping fees, ice, and wood, for the weekend.
  • The group site is for tent camping.  I would consider it very easy car camping!  We will have bathrooms, running water, and a small general store for basic necessities.
  • There is a lake nearby for fishing, swimming, and boating.  If you have a boat, I guarantee you will be the most popular person for the weekend!
  • The site is Dog Friendly so feel free to bring your pups.
  • We will have BocceCorn hole, and a variety of other games to keep us entertained throughout the weekend
  • Beer, beer and more beer.  All the beer we were going to bring to the CHA, we will bring to the camping trip!
  • A possible field trip to a local honey farm if we get enough interest.

I am really excited to have this trip and I look forward to filling the campsite with good people, good beers, and great times.  Please RSVP to your president David Ochoa.  You can also RSVP at our April 5th Meeting at Yeastside member Will Labrie’s House.

Competition Update and Yeastsiders in the News

  • The Mayfaire Homebrew Competition run by the Maltose Falcons is coming up!  Registration and entries are due April 10th.  Get those entries in and be sure to let them know you are a Yeastsider.
  • Gayle, our Treasurer and Founding Member of Angry Horse Brewing, organized a great event with Yeastside Members, Mary Novokhovsky, Kelly Beach, Georgia Bell, and Sarah Bennett for International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day.  Check out some of the Press they have gotten!  Want to try this Beer?  They will be pouring it at City Tavern in Culver City on April 19th.  More details to come at the next meeting and be sure to check out the City Tavern events page for more info.  Great job ladies!  I can’t wait to try the beer.

Thanks for reading and see you all in a few weeks!

Cheers

Dave Ochoa- Yeastside Brewers President 2014

March 1st Meeting – Stone AHA Rally & Homebrew Festival Updates @ Chloe’s at Golden Road

When: Saturday, March 1st, 2pm – 6pm
Where: Chloe’s at Golden Road Brewery5410 W San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Dear Yeastsiders,

This Saturday, March 1st, we will have our meeting at Chloe’s at Golden Road Brewery.  Thanks to everyone at Golden Road for hosting and for Jeremy Stacey for securing the location.  If you have never been to Chloe’s, it is directly behind the bar at the Golden Road Brewery Pub.  It is usually rented out for private events, but they waived the fees for us!  I would encourage you to come hungry as we will be able to order food and drinks from the Pub.  Here is a link to the menu, and as you can see, they offer a wide variety to cater to many dietary needs.  Please limit the Homebrew you bring to 1 bottle, so we can partake in all the beers they have to offer.  Please plan your transportation responsibly.

I unfortunately will not be in attendance for this meeting.  I will be in Lake Tahoe celebrating a bachelor party for one of my good friends.  I will be there in spirit!  Our Vice President, Louie, will take care of the meeting announcements, and the entire board will be available for anything you might need.  You are in good hands!

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Appetite for some delicious grub from the Golden Road Pub

Stone AHA Rally and Bus Tour with Strand Brewers Club:

The Stone American Homebrewers Association Rally is coming up soon!  It is at Stone Brewing World Bistro in Escondido, onSaturday March 15th, from 1pm to 4pm.  The Rally is a great way to meet fellow home brewers, meet the Stone Brewing Team, and most importantly, taste and rate the homebrews for the annual Stone Rally Homebrew Competition.  The 30 entries are available for tasting and rating, and the top four people’s choice, go on to the best of show.  The 1st place winner will have their beer brewed by Stone and released nationally, as well as entered as their Pro Am entry for GABF in Denver.  It is quite an honor.  We have 3 members(Josh, Ward, and yours truly), who are entered in the competition.  We were 2nd and 3rd last year and with your help, we can take the 1st prize!

Strand Brewers Club has graciously invited us to ride along with them on a chartered bus to the rally.  It is always great to mingle with fellow home brewers, and have safe transportation to and from the event.  There will be 2 pickup spots, Redondo and Marine Park & Ride lot on the Green Line (2406 Marine Av, Redondo Beach, 90278), and Willow Station Park & Ride lot on the Blue Line (2750 American Av, Long Beach 90806).   The pickup times will most likely be 9:30am from Redondo Beach, and 10:00am from Long Beach.  There is plenty of free parking at both spots.  Cost will be $35 – $40, depending on how many people we can get!  There will be other brewery stops after the rally that are yet to be determined.

Here is what you need to do if you plan on attending the rally!

- RSVP with the American Homebrewers Association.  You have to be a member to attend.  The event is free if you are a member of the AHA and they offer a discount if you join or renew at the Rally.  I would recommend joining ahead of time or filling out the necessary paperwork provided in the link above.
RSVP with Josh Jensen if you plan on joining us for the Bus Tour.  Do this ASAP as we need to let Strand Brewers Club know who many people to account for.  You can also RSVP with Josh at the meeting this Saturday and he will be available to answer any questions you have.

I hope to see a good turnout from the Yeastsiders at the rally to support and stuff the ballot boxes for our 3 entrants!

California Homebrew Festival: May 2nd – 4th

There has been some progress in bringing back the California Homebrew Festival.  We are still waiting to hear for sure, but it is looking like we will have the event!  Please visit the California Homebrew Association for further details.  We are moving forward with our plans so now is the time to RSVP and ensure you have a spot!

  • RSVP with Josh Jensen if you want to go to the Festival – We will start a list of people going and reserve spots for our camping site.  We have room for 40 or so people.  Camping fees and parking are not included in the cost of the Festival ticket.  The spots are first come first serve so do not wait to reserve your spot!
  • We are in the process of building a Serving Station to Debut at the Festival, and we need to fill it with your Homebrew.  We will need kegs, kegs, and more kegs!  Last year we had over 20 beers and I know we can match or exceed that total this year.  Do you have a keg of some really tasty homebrew?  Do you have a recipe that that will knock the socks off the other home brewers in the State?  Now is the time to start brewing and planning because the event is less than 3 months away.
  • Look for future communication about the event as it comes out.

We have a backup plan for that weekend if the Festival is cancelled.  Our May Meeting would be the 3rd, or the 10th if the Festival goes on as planned.  More details to come!

Competitions & Brewer of the Year Contest:

The Brewer of the Year contest is in full swing.  1 competition has already passed, 2 are waiting to be judged, and 6 are still open.  Here are the Standings so far.

1st Place – Ward Walkup 5 points
2nd Place – Jeff Koehler 3 points

If we miss any points, please be sure to let us know and make sure to put Yeastside Brewers as your Homebrew Club.  Here are the remaining competitions.

Mayfaire due mid-April
- CA State Fair due May
- SoCal Regional due July
- LA County Fair due July
- Pacific Brewers Cup due late August
- CA State Homebrew comp due October.
These dates are approximate based on previous years. A 1st place ribbon earns 3 points, 2nd place is points, and 3rd place is 1 point. Best of Show gets an additional 3 points, and runner up BOS is 2 more points, 2nd runner up is 1 point.

Membership Dues:

Thanks again to Gayle for making the membership and merchandise sales so much easier.  Thank you all for paying your dues as well.  Membership for the Year, which is required to attend meetings and participate in Club events and contests, is $24 for one and $36 for a couple.    We will always accept cash, but we can now accept credit cards with our Square Reader!  Here are some of the wonderful items you can buy! 

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses for Sale:

  • Yeastside Brewers logo Tasting Glasses are for sale, $8 each, 3 for $20
  • New Yeastside Brewers Logo T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $25, more sizes coming soon!
  • Yeastside Brewers T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $20
  • Neck Lanyard, $5
  • Combo Tasting Glass and Neck Lanyard, $10

April’s meeting will be at Yeastside Member Will Labrie’s House.

Have a great meeting on Saturday.  Happy Brewing to you all, and see you on Saturday!

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

Urgent action needed to save the Southern CA Homebrewer’s Festival!

We need the help of all club members to save the SCHF from being shut down. The SCHF is held the first weekend of May every year, for the past 23 years. Over 40 homebrew clubs gather at Lake Casitas in Ojai to discuss the hobby and share their beers.

In October of 2013, bill AB 1425 went into effect to help non-profit organizations raise money by legally selling homemade wine and beer. However, there is a section which states that a non-profit established for promoting homebrewing or whose members is composed primarily of homebrewers shall not be eligible. This was not the intention of the Committee on Governmental Organization to exclude our event. The ABC has interpreted this to mean our festival is illegal, and they will not issue the permit required for the event.

So what can you do? I’m so glad you asked!

1. Go here to read the bill yourself and get a better understanding. AB 1425

2. Learn who your State Assembly Member and State Senator are by going here and entering your address. Go to their websites to get their contact info, and then write/call/fax them asking for help amending the bill and changing the ABC’s negative interpretation of AB 1425 so the festival may proceed as planned. A form letter is below, add your personal info in the first paragraph, and explain what homebrewing and/or the festival mean to you. Stay respectful and professional. It is their job to listen to their constituents,

3. Inform the California Homebrewer’s Association board whom you have contacted, so they know which state reps have been asked for help. Send an email to marlajo@calhomebrewers.org

4. Visit the California Homebrewer’s Association website to stay posted on the latest news and/or donate to the CHA legal fund.

Thank you in advance for your help! Time is short, so do not delay. Contact your reps right away!

Here is the form letter to use. The second one is shorter, since there is a limit on length when submitting on your reps website.

January 22, 2014
Honorable
«AddressBlock»
Dear   :
Subject:  Need immediate relief from ABC’s negative interpretation of regulations targeting homebrewed beer in AB 1425 for the Southern California Homebrewers Festival
I (work in/live in/am a member of a club in/support homebrew events in) the (Assembly/Senate) District you serve and am requesting your urgent attention to amending AB 1425 which was recently passed and signed into law.  This Committee Bill, introduced by the Committee on Governmental Organizations, establishes new statutes for home-made beer and wine. Subsequent to the Governor approving the bill on October 1, 2013, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has notified the California Homebrewers Association that our annual festival is now illegal.
The Southern California Homebrewers Association Festival has been held annually for the past 23 years and has become the premier event for awareness and attention to the hobby of homebrewing.  At the festival, Southern California homebrewing clubs come together to learn, discuss, and share our appreciation for the hobby. Sampling of different styles of brewing is imperative to learning the intricacies and science of homebrewing and allows homebrew clubs throughout the state to showcase their best artistry.
Our festival has grown to approximately 2,000 members and is scheduled to be held May 2-3, 2014 at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area outside of Ojai. Admission to the event is restricted to members only and has a 23-year track record of responsible citizenship. Our members are proud to help support the local community during their off-season, filling the Lake Casitas campsites on an off-peak weekend and spending well over $120,000 over the course of the event.
The California Homebrewers Association has been a non-profit organization in California since 1997. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has interpreted the law to say that “personal use” and “exhibitions” do not apply to our festival. Further, they have determined that our annual membership dues should be viewed as purchased “tickets” to the festival. The rigid interpretation of AB 1425 describes our event as something it is not and was never intended to be. We do not sell tickets or solicit non-members to attend our event.  It is geared exclusively to enthusiasts.
We desperately need your help in repairing the damage inadvertently done by AB 1425 and with our event only 3 months away we need your intervention immediately.
Sincerely,
Name, address
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Dear <Assemblyman/Sentaor>,
Relief from ABC’s interpretation of AB 1425 for the Southern California Homebrewers Festival
You are my state <Assemblyman/Sentaor> representing me in the <XX>th <Assembly> District and I need your help in amending AB 1425, which recently became law.  This Committee Bill sets new statutes for home-made beer and wine and since the bill became law, the California ABC has notified the California Homebrewers Association (CHA) that our annual festival is now illegal.
The Southern California Homebrewers Association Festival has been held annually for the past 23 years and is the premier California event for homebrewers.  Homebrewing clubs come together to learn, discuss, and share our appreciation for the hobby. Sampling of different styles is important to learning the craft of homebrewing and allows homebrew clubs throughout the state to showcase their best artistry.
Our festival has grown to ~2000 people and is scheduled to be held May 2-3, 2014 at the Lake Casitas. Admission is restricted to members only and has a 23-year record of responsible citizenship. Our members help support the local community during their off-season by filling the Lake Casitas campsites and spending well over $120,000 over the course of the event.
The CHA has been a non-profit organization in California since 1997. The California ABC has interpreted AB 1425 to say that ‘personal use’ and ‘exhibitions’ do not apply to our festival. Further, they have determined that our annual membership are purchased ‘tickets’ to the festival. This rigid interpretation of AB 1425 describes our event as something it is not. We do not sell tickets or solicit non-members to attend our event.  It is geared exclusively to enthusiasts.
We desperately need your help in repairing the damage inadvertently done by AB 1425 and with our event only 3 months away we need your intervention immediately.
Sincerely,
<Your name and address>

 

February 1st Meeting – Brewer of the Year Contest & California Homebrew Festival Update @ The Glendale Tap

 

When: Saturday, February 1st, 2pm – 6pm
Where: The Glendale Tap, 4227 San Fernando Road, Glendale, Ca, 91204

Dear Yeastsiders,

This Saturday, February 1st, we will be having our Meeting at The Glendale Tap.  I had planned to have our meeting at the Morrison, right down the street, but there was a change in management so we had to change venues.  Sorry for the last minute change.  Thanks to Louie for securing the new meeting spot, and Brian from Glendale Tap for having us!  Please limit the Homebrew you bring to 1 bottle, so we can partake in the 50 plus beers available.  The last meeting we had at the Glendale Tap was lightly attended due to a massive accident right up the street, hopefully we won’t have a repeat of last year!  Please plan your transportation responsibly.

Style of the Month is up for grabs! 

If anyone has a beer that they would like to share and talk briefly about for meeting announcements, please let me know.  The first person to contact me will have the honors of presenting the Style of the Month.  All you would need to do is bring two 22oz bottles or one 64oz Growler of your delicious beer.  Moving forward, if you know you will have a beer available for a future meeting, see me and I will assign you the Style of the Month for that meeting.

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Snacks
  • Money or Credit Card for your Annual Dues

Competitions & Brewer of the Year Contest:

If you missed the first meeting of the year, then you may not know that we will be awarding an official “Yeastside Brewer of the Year” in 2014! This will be determined by ribbons won in 9 competitions throughout the year which we’ll refer to as “The Majors.” These are LA local or nationwide events. They are:
- The Doug King Memorial - Congrats to Jeff Koehler for his 1st Place Munich Dunkel and Ward Walkup IV for his 1st and 2nd Place Speciality Beer!  Looks like Ward is taking the early lead in the contest.
America’s Finest City due Feb 12th
AHA Nationals (which will earn points for ribbons in the first round and medals in the second round, see below for more info)
- Mayfaire due mid-April
- CA State Fair due May
- SoCal Regional due July
- LA County Fair due July
- Pacific Brewers Cup due late August
- CA State Homebrew comp due October.
These dates are approximate based on previous years. A 1st place ribbon earns 3 points, 2nd place is points, and 3rd place is 1 point. Best of Show gets an additional 3 points, and runner up BOS is 2 more points, 2nd runner up is 1 point. Start brewing now, and enter those beers under Yeastside Brewers!
The AHA National competition is changing up procedures this year to avoid the rush to enter. You can register to enter up to 6 beers between 1/25 and 2/2. It doesn’t matter when you enter during those 7 days, which will avoid their server crashing like last year. More info can be found HERE.

California Homebrew Festival: May 2nd – 4th – TBD

As some of you know, The California Homebrew Festival is a great event that brings together Homebrewers from all over California.  If you haven’t been, it is a truly great way to meet fellow homebrewers, try some really unique beers, and represent the Yeastside Brewers in a meaningful way. This year, however, the event is in Jeopardy, and not the good Alex Trebek type ofJeopardy!  Please visit the California Homebrew Association for further details.  We will have a separate email that will go into more detail about what you can do to help.  Moving forward, we have to plan like the event is going to happen!  Here is what we need from you.

  • RSVP with Josh Jensen if you want to go to the Festival – We will start a list of people going and reserve spots for our camping site.  We have room for 40 or so people.  Camping fees and parking are not included in the cost of the Festival ticket.
  • We are in the process of building a Serving Station to Debut at the Festival, and we need to fill it with your Homebrew.  Start thinking about what you can have brewed and ready for the Festival.  We are trying to have a wide variety to offer so feel free to push your boundaries!  The more Kegs the merrier!
  • Look for future communication about the event as it comes out.

We have a backup plan for that weekend if the Festival is cancelled.  Our May Meeting would be the 3rd, or the 10th if the Festival goes on as planned.  More details to come!

Membership Dues:

As we start the New Year, it is that time of the year to collect Membership Dues.  Membership for the Year, which is required to attend meetings and participate in Club events and contests, is $24 for one and $36 for a couple.  Gayle, our new Treasurer, has made paying dues and buying merchandise 100% easier!  We will always accept cash, but we can now accept credit cards with our Square Reader!  Here are some of the wonderful items you can buy!

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses for Sale:

  • Yeastside Brewers logo Tasting Glasses are for sale, $8 each, 3 for $20
  • New Yeastside Brewers Logo T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $25
  • Yeastside Brewers T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $20
  • Neck Lanyard, $5
  • Combo Tasting Glass and Neck Lanyard, $10

March’s meeting will be at a local brewery, TBD

I look forward to seeing you all this weekend.  Happy Brewing to you all, and see you on Saturday!

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014