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

October Meeting

October 4th Meeting – Old Oak Cellars

What: October Monthly Meeting
Where: Old Oak Cellars, 2620 E Foothill Blvd Suite D, Pasadena, Ca 91107

When: Saturday, October 4th, 2pm – 6pm
Why: You want to check out an awesome winery in the heart of Pasadena

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

Sorry for the delay in this email.  I am currently in Richmond Virginia and haven’t been able to send this email.  This Saturday we will have our monthly meeting at Old Oaks Cellars in Pasadena.  The owner and Yeastside Brewer member, Dave Lustig, was gracious enough to host us for the meeting, and I am really excited to check it out!  Parking is street parking, there will be wine for sale, and hopefully we will have a special surprise while we are there.

We also have our 2nd Annual Cider Pressing in October organized by our previous president Jerl.  We are returning to Snow Line Orchards in Oak Glen on October 26th from 11a – 5p.  It is a great event and  an excellent way to expand your brewing repertoire.  Please RSVP to Jerl Leutz by Sunday, September 28 to reserve your spot.

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Money or Credit Card for shirts, glassware, and wine
  • Snacks
2015 Board Member Elections and Appointments:

As we are getting to the end of the year, we are starting the process of electing new board members to the Yeastside Brewers.  We have had a great year and I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication this year.  Being a board member is a awesome way to give back to the great club we are a part of and comes with some nice perks.  As some of you may know, our current Vice President, Luis, will become president at the start of the new year.  The other positions will either be filled by appointment(1 candidate) or by election(more than 1 candidate).  Here are the positions that are available.

Vice President –   Responsible for organizing monthly meetings and becomes president in next calendar year

Treasurer – Responsible for handling all club funds, collection of yearly dues, and payments of club activities and products

Competition Coordinator – Responsible for Brewer of the Year Contest, promotion of beer contests and events

Events Coordinator – Responsible for events throughout the year and website updates

Some of the perks for becoming a Board Member include paid yearly dues for the year on the board, a special Yeastside Brewers T-Shirt, quarterly board meetings with dinner provided, and a chance to impact the club in a positive way!  Please respond to this email with the position you would be interested in or see any of the board members at the meeting Saturday.  If all goes to plan we will have elections at either or November meeting or at the December meeting.

Brewer of the Year Update:

Here is the current point tally for Brewer of the Year, counting ribbons won in the LA County Fair.  Pacific Brewers Cup results have not been added.

Ward G. Walkup IV – 15 points

Jeff Koehler – 11 points
John Montes De Oca & Vicki Tisdale – 6 points

Matt & Sarah Luker – 5 points

Sean Morris – 4 points
Tyler Jaynes – 4 points

Jorge Pineda – 2 points

Matt & Sarah Luker, and Louie & Gayle Michel – 2 points

Jerl Leutz & Michelle Fabale – 1 point

Tyler Thurman – 1 point

 

 

SoCal Regional comp is now set for Oct. 25th, and entries are due Sunday, Oct. 12th (Eagle Rock shop closes at 4pm). Cost is $6/entry, and only two bottles are required.

 

CA State Homebrew comp is due Oct. 11th, and you will need to ship entries up to Concord or Berkley, unless anyone in the club is willing to volunteer to drive them up. Cost is $8/entry, and requires three bottles.

 

Looking for even more comps to enter? Check the AHA website to get an overload of choices!

Enter those beers under Yeastside Brewers!

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

November’s meeting will be at Angry Horse Brewing!

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

September 13th Meeting – Progress Brewing

What: September Monthly Meeting
Where: Progress Brewing1822 Chico Ave, South El Monte, Ca

When: Saturday, September 13th, 2pm – 6pm
Why: You have been itching to try a new local brewery and have great Homebrew to share!

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

This Saturday, we will have our meeting at Progress Brewing in South El Monte.  Thanks to Gayle for securing the location and Kevin from Progress for hosting our meeting, and letting us arrive one hour before they open to the public.  They have offered a guided tour so arrive on time if you want to check out their Brew System.

As we are nearing the end of the year,(it goes so fast!) we have to start planning for new board members to join the Yeastside Team.  If you are interested in a spot on the board, or have any questions, please talk to me at the meeting. More updates to come!

We also have our 2nd Annual Cider Pressing in October organized by our previous president Jerl.  We are returning to Snow Line Orchards in Oak Glen on October 25th from 11a – 5p.  It is a great event and  an excellent way to expand your brewing repertoire.  Please RSVP to Jerl Leutz by Sunday, September 28 to reserve your spot.

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
  • Snacks, as there will not be a food truck that day
Hollywood Pub Crawl:

We had a great Pub Crawl a few weeks back, and I just wanted to thank Sally for organizing the event.  We had about 20 people, and had a great time checking out some great Craft Beer Bars in Hollywood.  I would love to have another Pub Crawl in a few months. There was a cool article that had a LA Metro Rail Map with the best bar within walking distance.  Lets pick a color and see where it takes us!  Please reach out to any Board members if you have any ideas.  

Ventura Beer Experience:

Last weekend, we had the privilege of pouring at the Ventura Beer Experience, an event that raised $6000 for underprivileged kids.  Thanks to Sarah and Matt for inviting us to the event as they had previously attended as Transplants Brewing.  I have to say we had some of the best beers pouring at the event and thanks to our wonderful table and sign, one of the most professional looking booths at the event.  Thanks to Jeremy, Cori, Victor, Sarah, Matt and Oscar for providing kegs and participating. We look forward to attending this event again and again!

Brewer of the Year Update:

Here is the current point tally for Brewer of the Year, counting ribbons won in the LA County Fair.

Ward G. Walkup IV – 15 points

Jeff Koehler – 11 points
John Montes De Oca & Vicki Tisdale – 6 points

Matt & Sarah Luker – 5 points

Sean Morris – 4 points
Tyler Jaynes – 4 points

Jorge Pineda – 2 points

Matt & Sarah Luker, and Louie & Gayle Michel – 2 points

Jerl Leutz & Michelle Fabale – 1 point

Tyler Thurman – 1 point

Pacific Brewers Cup was judged on Sept 6th, but results are not posted yet as they still have Best of Show to finish. We’ll post winners from our club, a link to full results, and B.O.Y. total updates when it goes public.

SoCal Regional comp is now set for Oct. 25th, and entries are due Sunday, Oct. 12th (Eagle Rock shop closes at 4pm). Cost is $6/entry, and only two bottles are required.

CA State Homebrew comp is due Oct. 11th, and you will need to ship entries up to Concord or Berkley, unless anyone in the club is willing to volunteer to drive them up. Cost is $8/entry, and requires three bottles.

Looking for even more comps to enter? Check the AHA website to get an overload of choices!

Enter those beers under Yeastside Brewers!

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

October’s meeting will be on the announced at the meeting!

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

Upcoming Yeastside Events


Greetings Yeastsiders,

I hope you are all doing well!  I wanted to send an email with some events that are happening in the next few weeks.  This week is our Hollywood Pub Crawl, organized by Sally.  Next week, entries are due for the Pacific Brewers Cup, and in 3 weeks we will be participating in the Ventura Beer Experience thanks to Sarah and Matt Luker.  It is an exciting few weeks and there is no better way to support the club than by attending one of these events or entering your awesome beers in a competition.  We had a great showing in the LA County Fair! 

Hollywood Pub Crawl

Where: Lucky Devils to Stout Burgers and Beer
When: Sunday August 17th,1pm – 6pm or until late
Why: You want to check some awesome bars with some even more awesome people!

We have about 16 RSVP’s for the Pub Crawl so far.  The more the merrier!!  If you plan on attending, shoot me an email to let me know.  Here is the itinerary and I can’t wait to check out these great craft beer bars.

1pm – Lucky Devils – 6613 Hollywood Blvd

2pm – Ball and Chain – 1642 Cahuenga Blvd

3pm - Berlin Currywurst – 1620 Cahuenga Blvd

4pm – District 13 – 1556 Cahuenga Blvd

5pm – Stout Burgers and Beer – 1544 Cahuenga Blvd

All the locations are very close together and we will spend an hour or so at each place.  They all serve food so you can fuel up during the crawl.  There is great transportation to this area and I encourage you to use public transportation, get dropped off and picked up, or book an Uber for the crawl!  Please be responsible!  

Ventura Beer Experience

Where: Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura Ca
When: Saturday, Sept 6th, 1pm – 4pm

Why: Come support your fellow Yeastsiders as we support a great cause and serve our great beer!

In 3 weeks, we will be participating in a great event in Ventura.  It is a collection of local breweries with the goal to raise money for under privileged kids.  We will have 8 members serving our great beers.  I have linked the Facebook Page above if you want to get more info.  The flyer has most of the info.  We would love to get some member support so if your are free that weekend, tickets are on sale!  Thanks again to Matt and Sarah for getting us involved in this event.

Los Angeles County Fair Homebrew Competition

We had a great showing in the LA County Fair Homebrew Competition!  Congratulations to all the winners and keep entering those beers under the Yeastside Brewers.  We are wrapping up the competition season but it is not too late to enter for the Pacific Brewers Cup.  Entries are dueAugust 22nd so register and drop off those beers next week!  Here are the results from the LA Fair.

In Cat. 6 Scottish-style Ale, Jerl Leutz & Michelle Fabale placed 3rd with their Scottish Export 80 “Grime Sinister.”
In Cat. 7 IPA (tough category!), Jorge Pineda placed 2nd with his American IPA “Pinedabrau Double IPA.”
In Cat. 8 Euro-style Ale, John Montes De Oca & Vicki Tisdale took 1st with their Kolsch.
In Cat. 13 Double IPA and Barleywine, Sarah & Matthew Luker received Honorable Mention for their Double IPA “Transplants IPA.”
In Cat. 18 German-style Wheat, Tyler Jaynes took 1st with his Weizenbock.
In Cat. 21 Belgian-style Specialty, John Montes De Oca & Vicki Tisdale took 1st again with their Witbier.
In Cat. 25 Specialty-Experimental/Historical, Sarah & Matthew Luker placed 3rd with their Experimental/Specialty “Navel Vanilla IPA.”
In Cat. 26 Smoke/Wood Aged, Sarah & Matthew Luker placed 2nd with their Wood Aged “Port Porter.”
Also in Cat. 26 Smoke/Wood Aged, Ward G. Walkup IV placed 3rd with his Wood Aged “Rum Barrel Aged Kit.”
And in Cat. 27 Mead, Sean Morris placed 2nd with his Metheglin “Vanilla Bean & Cinnamon Mead.”

Again, congrats to everyone who won!  We will have an updated Brewer of the Year Points tally in the next email.

Just a reminder, September’s Meeting will be on Sept 13th because we will be attending the Ventura Beer Experience.  It will be at Progress Brewing in South El Monte.

Happy Brewing to you all, and see you on the crawl!

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

August 2nd Meeting, The Hermosillo

August 2nd Meeting – The Hermosillo Highland Park

What: August Monthly Meeting
Where: The Hermosillo5125 York Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90042
When: Saturday, August 2nd, 2pm – 6pm
Why: You want to try some great home brew


Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

This Saturday, August 2nd, we will have our meeting at The Hermosillo in Highland Park.  We have had a meeting there in the past, but they just recently opened their own Brewery!!  Highland Park Brewery  is among the many new breweries opening in the LA area.  It is an exciting time for the craft beer industry, and we are reaping all the benefits!  Hopefully, we will be able to get a tour of the brewery with the owner.  Thanks to the Hermosillo for hosting! Also, they have a shuffleboard and a ring toss game that I am pretty good at.  Bring it on!

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
Hollywood Pub Crawl:

Here is the info for the Pub Crawl we have planned for August 17th in Hollywood.  I have gotten some response but I am hoping to get a larger group!

1pm – Lucky Devils – 6613 Hollywood Blvd

2pm – Ball and Chain – 1642 Cahuenga Blvd

3pm – Berlin Currywurst – 1620 Cahuenga Blvd

4pm – District 13 – 1556 Cahuenga Blvd

5pm – Stout Burgers and Beer – 1544 Cahuenga Blvd

All the locations are very close together and we will spend an hour or so at each place.  They all serve food so you can fuel up during the crawl.  There is great transportation to this area and I encourage you to use public transportation, get dropped off and picked up, or book an Uber for the crawl!  Please be responsible!  There might also be some extra curricular activity at Blue Palms Brewhouse if you are so inclined.  Again please RSVP as soon as possible and the more the merrier!

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
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

September’s meeting will be on the announced at the meeting!

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

Hollywood Pub Crawl!

Hollywood Pub Crawl!!

What: Hollywood Pub Crawl
Where: Lucky Devils to Stout  Burgers and Beer
When: Sunday August 17th,1pm – 6pm or until late
Why: You want to check some awesome bars with some even more awesome people!

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

Have you been looking to try out some new bars in Hollywood but can’t find the time to go?  I have a solution for you!  Join us on August 17th from 1pm – 5pm and get five of them done on our Hollywood Pub Crawl.  Thanks to Sally for organizing the route and reaching out to the locations to ensure they can accommodate our group.  Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can get a head count and plan accordingly!  You can also RSVP at the next meeting.  Here is the itinerary and I can’t wait to check out these great craft beer bars.

1pm – Lucky Devils – 6613 Hollywood Blvd

2pm – Ball and Chain – 1642 Cahuenga Blvd

3pm – Berlin Currywurst – 1620 Cahuenga Blvd

4pm – District 13 – 1556 Cahuenga Blvd

5pm – Stout Burgers and Beer – 1544 Cahuenga Blvd

All the locations are very close together and we will spend an hour or so at each place.  They all serve food so you can fuel up during the crawl.  There is great transportation to this area and I encourage you to use public transportation, get dropped off and picked up, or book an Uber for the crawl!  Please be responsible!  There might also be some extra curricular activity at Blue Palms Brewhouse if you are so inclined.  Again please RSVP as soon as possible and the more the merrier!

August’s meeting will be on the 2nd, at the Hermosillo Club, Home of new the newly opened Highland Park Brewery

Happy Brewing to you all, and see you on next week!

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014