Attention Members

Hello Yeastside Members,

APRIL MEETING RECAP:

Our April 2015 Yeastside Meeting was held April 11th at Eagle Rock Lounge with over 55 attendees and over 45 homebrews to sample. The Bragging Rights Only winner was Ward Walkup IV and his (shhhh – top secret) Stout. Our club is looking forward to presenting this entry to compete with all the other homebrew clubs at the 2015 SCHF at Vail Lake May 1-3. LET’S GO YEASTSIDERS!!

Speaking of SCHF, at last count, we have 40 campers and about 25 homebrews ready to pour at the festival. Campers, please be prepped with a cobra tap and bucket if needed to pour your beer and if you didn’t let Josh Jensen know what you’re bringing to the camp site or festival, please do so a.s.a.p.

If you haven’t bought your CHA membership or purchased your event ticket, don’t forget to do that before the cutoff of April 17th at: calhomebrewers.org You will NOT be let in at the gate without pre-paid CHA membership, separate event purchase and a photo ID – NO EXCEPTIONS!

If you have any of the following items, please bring with you as well:
Folding tables, chairs, EZ-up canpoies, drip coffee pot, long extension cords, Christmas lights, 2.5 gal water jugs, firewood, lanterns, flashlights.

 

OUR NEXT YSB MEETING:

Will be at new member, Dave Lauridsen’s home in Glendale (watch your email for the address).

May 9th 2-6pm (yep, bumped again to the 2nd Saturday due to SCHF)

Good news…no limit on how many bottles of brew you can bring which sounds like a very busy day for UBER!!

Beer Style of the Month – IPA’s

 

NATIONAL HOMEBREWERS CONFERENCE:

The only way you’ll forgive yourself for missing SCHF is if you sign up for the 2015 Annual National Homebrewers Conference to be held in San Diego June 11-13, 2015

SIGN UP HERE – http://www.ahaconference.org/

The conference is an amazing confluence of incredible beer, knowledge and community.
** You must be a member of AHA to attend. Sign up using our AHA link on our Yeastside web page www.yeastsidebrewers.org

Please email me with any questions you may have and Happy Brewing!

Louie – Your 2015 Yeastside Presidente

YSB Meeting This Saturday 3/14/15

Here are some important reminders for this meeting:

YSB Meeting this Saturday 3/14/15 at City Tavern DTLA 2-6pm http://www.citytaverndtla.com/
Parking is $5 flat rate at Fig & 7th. (please limit homebrew to 1-2 bottles)

Remember to sign up & pay for the May 2015 SCHF at Vail Lake NOW! Don’t be left hanging out in the cold May 1-3rd… tickets are limited and our camp sites are filling up.

http://www.calhomebrewers.org/

Sign up for the BRO competition with Jack Hautzinger (limited to the first 13 entries)

​The June 2015 NHC San Diego registration is back up since they still have capacity. Let a board member know if you are going so we can gauge the amount of beer we ​will be​ bringing down for club night. ​http://www.ahaconference.org/

New Sweatshirts, T-shirts, Canvas Bags, Taster Glasses and Pint Glasses have arrived – don’t forget to get yours now before we are sold out!

​Happy brewing!​

Vail Lake – Southern California Homebrew Festival

It’s time to register for VAIL LAKE -Southern California Homebrewers Festival.  Register by April 15th “TAX DAY” – only 1600 tickets will be sold. Don’t miss out on the fun (or the most interesting brewers of SoCal)!

SCHF will be held in Temecula May 1-3, 2015.

Steps:

1.  Join the Southern California Homebrewers Association:  http://www.calhomebrewers.org/membership/become-a-member/

2.  Purchase Festival Entry:  http://www.calhomebrewers.org/southern-california-homebrewers-festival-vail-lake-update/

3.  Reserve your Yeastside campsite with Josh Jensen

 

Hello Yeastside Members…

Our February 2015 Brewsletter will be coming soon. Our Administrative Coordinator and friend has had a family emergency and we wish her and her family our very best.

Here are a few important dates and reminders in the meantime:

It’s time to sign up for The 2015 Annual NATIONAL Homebrewers Conference to be held in San Diego June 11-13, 2015 ** SIGN UP NOW ** http://www.ahaconference.org/
The conference is an amazing confluence of incredible beer, knowledge and community. ** You must be a member of AHA to attend. Sign up using our AHA link on the top of this page. ** There will also be several trips, brewery tours and pub crawls during conference week not to mention the Yeastside Brewers have signed up to pour at the conference Club Night. Check out this First Time Attendee link and you will know that this is not an event to be missed!http://www.ahaconference.org/conference/frst-time-attendee-guide/

The Yeastside Brewers will have a booth at the Ventura Beer Experience March 7th, 2015. 100% of the money raised goes to serving underprivileged youth through field trips and assemblies. We hope to see all of you at this event to support Yeastsiders and this great cause!

Due to the Ventura Beer Experience, our next Yeastside meeting will be March 14th from 2-6pm at City Tavern DTLA. Please limit homebrew to 1-2 bottles and come hungry to enjoy their superb menu.
http://www.citytaverndtla.com

Hope you are all busy brewing a stout to bring with you to our April meeting. Our very own club BJCP judges will be choosing (1) winner that will represent the Yeastsiders in the Bragging Rights Only Competition @ the Southern California Homebrewers Festival May 1-3, 2015. We are limiting this to the first 10 members that sign up at our March 14th Yeastside meeting.
AND – Did you sign up for your CHA membership and pay for your SCHFestival entry yet http://www.calhomebrewers.org/Of course you did, but don’t forget to sign up and pay for your Yeastside campsite too.

Please email me with any questions you may have and Happy Brewing!

Louie

Brew Demonstration – RSVP Now

For those of you that have been inquiring about an all-grain brewing demonstration, here you go…

Yeastside Members – – – Gayle, Louie & Nathan invite you to Angry Horse Brewing’s next brew day Sunday, February 22 @ 9am.

They will be brewing their 2015 Doug King winner, Hooligan English IPA, for the Southern California Homebrewers Festival.

Please RSVP by emailing Gayle at yeastsidetreasurer@gmail.com

2015 Doug King Memorial Competition

Thanks To All Who Participated in the 2015 Doug King Memorial Competition

There were 182 entries judged and 276 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

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Best of Show Winners

Best of Show

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Matt Castellino
Co-Brewer: Courtney Castellino, Todd Slater
9.1: Vienna-Style Lager Thousand Oaked Homebrewers
2nd John Aitchison 14.1: Dortmund-Style Adambier Maltose Falcons
3rd Craig Shapland
Co-Brewer: Ryan Boring
Pliny The Youngest 30.2: Imperial Anything+ Maltose Falcons

Winning Entries

Category 1: American-style Pale and Dark Lager (4 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
2nd Enrique Piceno El Clasico 1.2: American-Style Pre-Prohibition Lager Long Beach Homebrewers

Category 2: European-style Pale Lager (9 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Matt Castellino
Co-Brewer: Courtney Castellino, Todd Slater
2.4: Dortmunder Export-Style Lager Thousand Oaked Homebrewers
2nd Jonathan Kissinger I Hope I Place 2.3: North German-Style Pils Worts of Wisdom ( WoW)
3rd Matt Castellino
Co-Brewer: Courtney Castellino, Todd Slater
2.1: Munich-Style Helles Thousand Oaked Homebrewers
HM Dana Cordes 2.3: North German-Style Pils Maltose Falcons

Category 9: Amber and Dark Lager (10 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Matt Castellino
Co-Brewer: Courtney Castellino, Todd Slater
9.1: Vienna-Style Lager Thousand Oaked Homebrewers
2nd Jeff Koehler 9.4: Munich-Style Dunkel Yeastside Brewers
3rd Nicholas Taylor Oktoberfest 9.2: Marzen/Oktoberfest Maltose Falcons

Category 10: American West Coast-style Beers (26 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Eric Alldredge
Co-Brewer: Harrison Barth
Stonemarch Draught 10.2: California Common Beer Yeastside Brewers
2nd John Aitchison 10.4: Imperial Pilsner Maltose Falcons
3rd Eric Alldredge
Co-Brewer: Harrison Barth
Bitter-Strike 10.1: West Coast Extra Pale Ale Yeastside Brewers
HM Tim Kazules Aria 10.3: American-Style Red and Amber Ale Thousand Oaked Homebrewers

Category 14: Northern European-style Strong Beers (14 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st John Aitchison 14.1: Dortmund-Style Adambier Maltose Falcons
2nd Israel Arrieta Abel 14.1: Dortmund-Style Adambier Maltose Falcons
3rd Jon Silvertooth RIS 14.3: Imperial (“Russian”) Stout Long Beach Homebrewers
HM Scott Hackney Dark Ritual 14.3: Imperial (“Russian”) Stout

Category 15: Bock (7 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Dana Cordes 15.5: Eisbock Maltose Falcons
2nd Dana Cordes 15.4: Doppelbock Maltose Falcons
3rd Jon Silvertooth Boc’s Big Bock 15.4: Doppelbock Long Beach Homebrewers

Category 24: Specialty Beer- Fruit/Vegetable & Herb/Spiced (27 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Sarah Luker
Co-Brewer: Matthew Luker
Cumber Some 24.1: Fruit- and/or Vegetable-Flavored Beer Yeastside Brewers/ BEAVR
2nd Jeremy Stacy Lemongrass/Sage Saison 24.2: Herb- and/or Spice-flavored Beer Yeastside Brewers
3rd Ernie Smith Peach Cobbler 24.1: Fruit- and/or Vegetable-Flavored Beer IBU (Intellectual Brewers Union)

Category 25: Specialty Beer – Experimental, Historical & Other (21 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st John Mazurco
Co-Brewer: Jeff Leonard
Peanut Butter Milk Stout 25.2: Experimental and Specialty Beer, Other Brewing Network
2nd Melanie Kilian
Co-Brewer: Jim Champoux
Elephant Hut Brewing – Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Stout 25.2: Experimental and Specialty Beer, Other
3rd Hal Ward 25.1: Historical Beer
HM Eric Alldredge
Co-Brewer: Harrison Barth
Color Spray 25.2: Experimental and Specialty Beer, Other Yeastside Brewers

Category 29: Experimental Session (13 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Ward G. Walkup IV Dark Mild (Bottle) 29.1: Traditional Session Yeastside Brewers
2nd Jonathan DeRoche
Co-Brewer: Sam Stanton
Bright Bay 29.1: Traditional Session Maltose Falcons
3rd Darrell Rogers
Co-Brewer: Bill Pence
Ale Of Hoppiness II 29.2: Experimental Session
HM Dana Cordes 29.1: Traditional Session Maltose Falcons

Category 30: Imperial Anything (17 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Craig Shapland
Co-Brewer: Ryan Boring
Pliny The Youngest 30.2: Imperial Anything+ Maltose Falcons
2nd Ward G. Walkup IV Brandy Barrel Aged Big Black Cocks (Growler) 30.2: Imperial Anything+ Yeastside Brewers
3rd Henry Hofmann
Co-Brewer: Rick Kinkel
Heinrich’s Imperial Rauch Ale 30.1: Imperial Anything Maltose Falcons
HM Bob Wilson 30.2: Imperial Anything+ Strand Brewers Club

Category 31: English/Irish/Scottish and Specialty (34 entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
2nd Luis Michel
Co-Brewer: Gayle Michel & Nathan Sewell
Hooligan IPA 31.0: English/Irish/Scottish and Specialty The Yeastside Brewers
3rd Jonathan Tronson Black Knight Milk Stout 31.0: English/Irish/Scottish and Specialty Maltose Falcons
HM Ward G. Walkup IV Rye AK Mild (Growler) 31.0: English/Irish/Scottish and Specialty Yeastside Brewers

January 10th Meeting and Preparing for 2015!!

What: January Monthly Meeting and a changing of the guard
Where: Eagle Rock Homebrew Shop4981 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90041

When: Saturday January 10th, 2pm – 6pm, Delayed due to the New Years Holiday this weekend, Happy New Year!!
Why: You are an awesome Yeastside Member and you want to welcome the new board with some great homebrew.

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

I hope you all had a great holiday and are ready for New Years!  2015 is right around the corner.  As I reflect on the year, I want to thank each and everyone of you for being part of the Yeastside Brewers.  You made my job easy this year and I always felt supported and honored to be president this year.  I know there is always more we could have done or I wanted to do, but we accomplished a lot of great things this year, and I am excited for the coming year and where we will go from here.  Onward and Upward!!

I also want to personally thank my fellow board members for their hard work and dedication.  Luis, as Vice President and soon to be President, thank you for your positive attitude, your quick resolve in finding meeting locations and logistics for those meetings, and offering up your brewing space to fellow members and really being a mentor to new brewers.  Gayle, as Treasurer, thank you for bringing the club into the 21st Century with the addition of Square payments, coming up with a great system for managing current and new members and always being ready and willing to help in any way you could. Jeremy, as Administrative Coordinator, thank you mitigating the Spam that constantly attacks our website, being a part of almost all of our activities throughout the year even with a move out of the area, and your willingness to help at the drop of a hat.  Josh, as Competition Coordinator and soon to be Vice President, thank you for putting together the Brewer of the Year, filling in for me on a few email blasts this year when I was unable to put them together, and informing members of the changes in Homebrew Law which helped to bring back the Southern California Homebrew Festival.

There are also some people that I want to thank for help in organizing some events this last year.  Victor, thank you for helping coordinate the CRAFTED event and also for helping organize some of the other events we had this year.  Jerl, thank you for hosting and coordinating the Cider Pressing.  Sally, thank you for hosting and organizing the Hollywood Pub Crawl.  Matt and Sarah, thank you for inviting the club to the Ventura Beer Experience.  Will, thank you for opening up your home to host our April meeting.  Dave L, thanks for hosting our October Meeting at the Old Oak’s Cellar Winery.  If I am missing anything I apologize.  As we look forward to the coming year, we have a lot of events to lead or participate in and I encourage everyone to participate as it will really help our club grow and prosper.  Sorry for the long winded email!!  It is my last one!

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Money or Credit Card for shirts, glassware, and merchandise
  • Food!  We will have some EZ Ups for shade and sharable snacks are always welcome
December Meeting Orange County Bus Tour:

The December Meeting Bus Tour was a huge success!!  Thank you to the 45 members who attended!  We attended three breweries, The Bruery, Noble, and Bottle Logic.  All the breweries were welcoming and offered us a discount for coming in and tours when they were available.  A special thanks to The Bruery.  We had a private tasting set up in the Brewery and got to look at their new bottling line and recent expansion.   I was glad to be able to have that tour as a final event of the year.  I am hoping we will continue to have a special meeting at the end of each year!!

Brewer of the Year and Upcoming Competitions:

The final results are in for Brewer of the Year and I would like to congratulate Ward Walkup IV for his excellent brewing this year. Ward has always brewed amazing beers and he is consistently placing in homebrew competitons.  The final tallies will be posted in the next email blast.  We are currently working on your trophy Ward!!

With 2014 done, the 2015 Brewer of the Year contest is starting right away!  We will update the website with the 2015 schedule but wanted to let you know about two upcoming contests in January.

2015 Doug King Memorial Homebrew Competition 

The Doug King is run by the Maltose Falcons and is coming up really quick!  Entries are due Saturday January 10th!!  Judging will take place on January 24th in Woodland Hills.  All the info about the competition is in the above link.  There is a twist to the competition this year.  The overall winner will have their beer brewed by Eagle Rock Brewery as their GABF Pro Am entry.  This year there is a new category, “The British are Coming!!!”  The winner of this category will have their beer brewed at MacLeod Ale Brewery Co. in Van Nuys.  These are 2 great opportunities to have your homebrew brewed on a pro system and serve to a greater audience.  It is unfortunately a little late to brew for this competition(unless you brew right now!), but hopefully you have something to fit into the categories listed on the Maltose Website.  Good Luck!

Romancing the Beer 2015 Competition

There is a new competition added to our Brewer of the Year Competition.  It is run by the Thousand Oaks Homebrewers.  Registration and entries are due January 31st.  The judging will take place on February 8th in Moorpark.  All the details and styles accepted are in the link above.  There is plenty of time to brew for this contest, so fire up those burners and lets have a strong Yeastside showing!!

National Homebrew Competition

The National Homebrew Competition is run by the American Homebrewers Association.  It is the mother of all homebrew competitions!  Just last year, there were over 8,000 entries.  The registration window is February 2nd – 8th.   This basically means that you have to register on the 2nd to have a chance in this competition.  More info to come at the January Meeting.

As for most competitions, there is always need for volunteers, stewards, and judges.  In both of the links, there is a link to register.  I will most likely be judging at the Doug King and it usually a great learning experience to see a how a Homebrew Competition runs.  Hopefully I will see some of your lovely faces at the events!

Upcoming Events and Updates:

Southern California Homebrew Festival – May 1st and the 2nd Save the Date!!!

After a long struggle and back and forth with California Legislatures, we are fortunate to have the SCHF back on for 2015!!  We are looking to have a strong showing from the Yeastside Brewers.  We will have room for 48 people to attend and would love to fill that number.  The event is very special and a great way to show your support for homebrew, your club, and serve your homebrew to a group of over 2000 people!  We will have more info to come but we wanted to have people start saving the date!!  All the info about registration is on the website above.  The basic info is you buy a yearly membership to the CHA for $10, and then you can purchase the ticket to the Festival in the members only area.  Currently, tickets are $25 until the end of January, but they will increase to $30 in February.  We will have campsites organized through the club for a per person fee.  Feel free to talk with any board members, or previous board members, about the event.  It is not one to miss!      

Transplant Brewing Indiegogo Campaign:

There are just a few more hours to support fellow Yeastside Members, Matt and Sarah, with their Indiegogo campaign.  They are in the process of opening their own brewery in the beautiful city of Palmdale and need your help and support!!  There is still a chance to buy beer for life!

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses for Sale:

  • Yeastside Brewers logo Pint Glass, $5
  • 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 Pint Glass and Neck Lanyard, $10

February’s Meeting will be at 55 Degree Wine in Atwater Village 

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

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

December Brewery Tour!!!!!

What: December Holiday Meeting on a Bus!!
Where: Union Station, The 
Bruery, Noble Ale Works, and Bottle Logic
When: Saturday, December 6th, 2p – 7p
Why: You are an awesome Yeastside Member and as a reward, we are ending the year with a bang and taking our December meeting on the road and checking out some great Orange County Breweries

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

This year is coming to an end and want to thank you for the great year we have had.  We have increased our membership steadily throughout the year, we have participated in numerous beer events pouring our great homebrew, and we had strong showings in local homebrew competitions.  There is always more that can be done but I am proud of the board for their hard work and dedication.  As a show of our appreciation, we are all set for our December Bus Tour in Orange County.  I am really excited to spend the day tasting some great beer with great company!  Here are the details and look forward to seeing you this weekend!

December Meeting Orange County Bus Tour:

I sent this information out to all members who RSVP’d.  If you did not receive the email, please reply to this email to ensure I am aware that you are going on the tour.  We currently have 8 spots available for the tour and you can  RSVP or reply directly to this email to grab one of the final spots!  First come first serve!

To reduce our impact on the breweries we will be visiting, I would ask that you bring cash for any beer purchases throughout the day.  We will run into issues if we have to close out 30 tabs and make it to the next brewery on time!  I would also ask that you listen for any instructions from your yeastside boards members!  We want to be able to spend as much time at each brewery and will need to stick to a strict schedule to ensure we don’t miss anything!

1:45p – 2:00p – Meet at Union Station – WE WILL LEAVE PROMPTLY AT 2:00p SO PLAN ACCORDINGLY!!
800 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90012
We will meet at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza side, which is at the intersection of Alameda and N. Los Angeles Street.    Please arrive promptly at 1:45p so we can load up the bus and be on the road exactly at 2:00p.  As for getting to Union Station, I highly recommend Metro Rail, Bus, Bike, or get dropped off.  There is parking available at the Gateway Plaza(behind Union Station) which is $6 for the day.  Bike Racks are available next to the Alameda Street Entrance.  Union Station is serviced by the Red, Purple and Gold Lines and Metro Buses service the station as well.  
2:00p – 2:45p – Drive Down to the Bruery
Our adventure down to Orange County begins.  If you have never been on a Brewery Bus Tour, then you are in for a treat!  We are able to have drinks and snacks on the bus and there is a bathroom on board.  We will provide some snacks and water for the group, but you are welcome to bring some snacks to share and plenty of homebrew to sample.  I recommend using your Yeastside Lanyard to secure your tasting glass or bring a plastic cup.  It can get a little bumpy on the bus!  
2:45p – 4:00p – The Bruery – Placentia, Ca
I am excited to start the day at such a great craft brewery!!  The Bruery specializes in barrel aged and experimental ales and I have never been disappointed in any of their wonderful beers.   They have offered a $5 discounted flight of a mix of beers.  They are requesting cash so we don’t have to wait in line for credit card transactions.  We will be hosted in the brewhouse and will be able to drink our beers among the fermenters and brew kettles!  They have also offered small group tours of the production space, so please think of any questions you have to ask about their operations.  Finally, they have offered 15% off merchandise and beer to go.  
4:00p – 5:15p – Noble Ale Works – Anaheim, Ca
Our next stop is Noble Ale Works.  They are dedicated to creating full flavored craft beer and our located right next to Angel Stadium.  They also have offered 15% off our our group tab and have a variety of different options(tasters, full pints, flights) to choose from.  I again would recommend cash as we will be able to pay quicker and not have to wait in line as long!  
5:15p – 6:30p – Bottle Logic Brewing – Anaheim, Ca
Our final stop will be one of the newer breweries in the area, Bottle Logic.  I was able to check them out earlier this year and really enjoyed the beer they had and they have a pretty unique tasting room.   They have offered a 10% discount off our purchases and they also have a 5 taster flight for $8.  I would again recommend cash to make things easier.  They have offered their warehouse space to host the group and have offered tours of the brewery.  
6:30p – 7:00p – Drive Up to Union Station
We will head back to Union Station at 6:30p at the latest!  We might arrive slightly after 7:00p but the plan is to be back on time.  Usually the ride back is full of sleepy people but we can keep the party rolling if you so desire.  Stay tuned for some after tour activities that will be happening that night!  

 

LA IPA Festival:

Although it conflicts with our December Meeting and bus tour, I wanted to let you all know about the LA IPA Festival that is happening this weekend.  It is December 6th at Mohawk Bend in Echo Park.  Not only will there be plethora of great IPA’s available, but two of our members, Matt and Sarah Luker, will have one of their beers in the lineup!  It is there Collaboration beer with Bravery Brewing called Plant Trance.  Here is a great article listing all the beers and info.  Anyone up for some extra curricular activity after the brewery tour?!?!?!

Transplant Brewing Indiegogo Campaign:

As some of you might have heard, Yeastside Members Matt and Sarah Luker are in the process of opening their own Brewery in Palmdale!!  This is very exciting for them and I wish them the best of luck.  They always have unique and tasty homebrew and I am excited to see how they progress and can’t wait to taste some Transplant Beer in their very own Brewery!  Here is a link to their Indiegogo campaign.  You can help by contributing and sharing the campaign with everyone you know!!  Best of luck Matt and Sarah!

January’s meeting will be announced soon by our new president Louie!!

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

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

December Brewery Tour RSVP

December Brewery Tour!!!!!

What: December Holiday Meeting on a Bus!!
Where: Union Station, The 
Bruery, Noble Ale Works, and Bottle Logic
When: Saturday, December 6th, 2p – 7p
Why: You are an awesome Yeastside Member and as a reward, we are ending the year with a bang and taking our December meeting on the road and checking out some great Orange County Breweries

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

As we come to the close of the year, I am honored to have served as the Yeastside Brewers President for 2014.  It has been a great year and I want to thank everyone for making our club one of the best homebrew clubs in Los Angeles.  I always look forward to seeing everyone at our monthly meetings and tasting some excellent homebrew.  We have been fortunate enough to have some great activities throughout the year and we have one more planned!!

December Meeting Orange County Bus Tour:

As a reward for being a Yeastside Member this year, we are having an Orange County Brewery Tour that is free for current members!  The tour will be on December 6th and will be our December monthly meeting/holiday party.  Here are the details so far and more info will be sent as we get closer to the event.

  • The Bus Tour is December 6th from 2pm – 7pm and will start at Union Stationand stop at The BrueryNoble Ale Works, and Bottle Logic in Orange County.  I have been to all 3 and they are all fantastic in their own way!
  • The tour will be free for current members of the Yeastside Brewers.  Current members are those who have paid their yearly dues for 2014.  If anyone wants to join at tomorrows meeting or anytime before the tour, there will be a $15 charge to attend the tour.
  • We have booked a 57 person bus!  If you have never been on a Brewery Tour with a group of Homebrewers, get ready to live!  We will have snacks and you can bring homebrew to share as we make our way down to the breweries.  It turns into a rolling beer festival!
  • We are limited to 57 people so RSVP as soon as possible.  We should have space for all those who want to attend, but we will have to cap the number of people so please respond promptly.  I will check our current roster that Gayle has put together and ensure you are paid up for the year!
  • We are in contact with all the breweries and will hopefully have some discount pricing and tours planned.  You are responsible for your tasting fees and any bottle purchases on the tour.
  • Please contact me or any of the Board Members for any further information.
November Meeting Update:

Tomorrow, November 8th, is our monthly meeting at Angry Horse Brewing.  Louie will be hosting a group of people for a Big Brew at 10am and the meeting will start at 2pm.  The meeting is a potluck so please bring a tasty treat to share.  Louie and Gayle have offered up their BBQ for grilling and it looks to be a beautiful day.  I hope to see you all tomorrow!

Transplant Brewing Indiegogo Campaign:

As some of you might have heard, Yeastside Members Matt and Sarah Luker are in the process of opening their own Brewery in Palmdale!!  This is very exciting for them and I wish them the best of luck.  They always have unique and tasty homebrew and I am excited to see how they progress and can’t wait to taste some Transplant Beer in their very own Brewery!  Here is a link to their Indiegogo campaign.  You can help by contributing and sharing the campaign with everyone you know!!  Best of luck Matt and Sarah!

December’s meeting will be on a bus!!  

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

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

Big Brew For November 8th Meeting – Angry Horse Brewing

What: November Monthly Meeting and Big Brew
Where: Angry Horse Brewing3012 Via Breve, Montebello, Ca 90640

When: Saturday, November 8th, 2p – 6p or 10a – 6p if participating in Brew
Why: You are an awesome Yeastside Member and you want to take part in a  Big Brew with Louie and the Angry Horse Crew!

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

Next Saturday, November 8th, we will have our monthly meeting at Louie and Gayle’s house in Montebello.  Technically the first Saturday of the Month is the 1st, but with Halloween the night before, we decided to move the meeting to the following week.  Your liver with thank you for the change!  We have a few great things planned to wrap up the year, starting with a Big Brew at next weeks meeting.

Louie, our forthcoming president and master brewer, has offered up his brewing system to demonstrate an all grain brew.  If you have not seen his system, it is a quite a thing to see!  He is capable of brewing 40 gallons and for this brew, he is offering up wort for participants to take!  This is a great opportunity to learn all grain brewing, learn some new things and see a large scale brew, and get together with an awesome group for a club brew.

Here is what you need to do if you want to participate.  SPACE IS LIMITED SO RESPOND ASAP!!!  RSVP with Louie and let him know you would like to participate.  Depending on the response, you could get 5 – 10 gallons of sweet wort.  Louie plans to start the Brew day at 10a and you should be available to watch and help out.  The planned style is a Pale Ale.  After you receive your wort, you are responsible to ferment and make it your own.  Hopefully everyone would be interested in trying all the different people’s take on the same wort and we can taste it together as a club.  Maybe at the December Meeting?  We will see!!

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Money or Credit Card for shirts, glassware, and merchandise
  • Food!  Louie will have a BBQ available for grilling and good shareable food is more than welcome!!
Cider Pressing:

I just want to thank Jerl for planning and organizing our Cider Pressing last weekend.  I hope everyone had a great time and I look forward to tasting some great ciders in the coming months.

December Meeting:

We have quite an adventure planned for our December meeting!  As a thank you for being a member this year, we are having a Orange County Brewery Bus Trip!!  The trip will be free for current Yeastside Members and will end the year with a bang!  All the details are still getting worked out and I will send an email next week with more info and RSVP details.  Stay tuned and I am excited to celebrate the great year we have had!

California Homebrew Festival is back!!!!!!

Exciting news!  The Southern California Homebrew Festival is back in business!!  As you may know, this years event was cancelled due to language in a Bill that excluded serving homebrew at a non profit event that supports homebrew.  Everyone in the state has given time, written letters, and have succeeded in restoring these homebrew festivals.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.  Next years event will be at Vail Lake.  It goes without saying that the Yeastside Brewers will be in full force for the event!  Dates and ticket info will be announced in the coming months so stay tuned.       

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses for Sale:

  • Yeastside Brewers logo Pint Glass, $5
  • 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 Pint Glass and Neck Lanyard, $10

December’s meeting will be on a bus!!  

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

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014