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
 ——
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

January 4th Meeting – Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply

When: Saturday, January 4th, 2pm – 6pm
Where: Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply, 4981 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Dear Yeastsiders,

This Saturday, January 4th, we will be having our first meeting of the year at Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply from 2pm – 6pm.  This weekend looks to be beautiful, and there is no better way to celebrate the New Year than with some outstanding homebrew.  Please plan your transportation responsibly!

IPA’s will be the style of the month.  I have asked our new Competition Coordinator and previous president, Josh Jensen, to provide a tasting for everyone during the announcements.  Josh will lead us in a toast for the 3rd Anniversary of our Club!  We welcome your homebrews of this style, as well as any other style you have to share.  Moving forward, there will be a change in how we determine the style of the month.  Details to come.

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Snacks, Lunch, Food
  • Folding Chair
  • Any entries for the Doug King Competition (ERHBS is a drop off location)

Thanks to previous and future Board Members:

I just wanted to thank all the previous Board Members for their work in promoting and running our club.  Jerl Leutz accomplished a lot this past year as president, and really set the bar high for what we want to accomplish this year.  Danny Exum and Jeff Koehler have been Treasurer and Competition Coordinator for the past two years, respectively. We have increased member numbers, increased medal counts in competitions, and have certified  BJCP judges during the past year.  I thank them both for their hard work and dedication to the club.  Jeremy Stacy will continue his role as Administrative Coordinator.  Thank you Jeremy for helping us get organized!  I welcome Louie, Gayle, and Josh to the board this year, and I look forward to all that we will accomplish.  It is going to be a great year!

Competitions:

The Competition season is starting up and the first competition is the Doug King Memorial Competition 2014. Registration and entries must be submitted by January 10th.  For your convenience, you can bring your entries to the Meeting Saturday!  Please note that this competition uses the Maltose Falcons Style Guidelines, as opposed to the BJCP Guidelines.

We will update the Competition Schedule soon so check it regularly for updates.  Josh will also have some announcements at the meeting as well.  So far we have the following competitions to plan for, with many more to come.

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

February’s Meeting will most likely be at the Morrison in Atwater Village

I look forward to the New Year and I really appreciate everyone’s contributions to the club.  Every meeting is filled with great people, great beer, and great laughs!  Happy New Year and Happy Brewing to you all, and see you on Saturday!

Thanks

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

 

December 7th Meeting – The Ochoa Residence

When: Saturday December 7th, 2PM – 6PM
Where: The Home of Dave and Sammy Ochoa5020 Glen Iris Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Dear Yeastsiders:

This Saturday, December 7th, we’ll be holding our meeting at the home of VP Dave and Sammy Ochoa in Eagle Rock, from 2PM to 6PM. Street parking is available nearby. Please plan your transportation responsibly!

One of my favorites, Smoked and Wood-aged beers, will be the beer style of the month, which is appropriate especially for the holidays! We welcome your homebrews of this style, as well as any other style of homebrew to share and discuss. We’ll have some commercial samples on hand as well. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback.

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

  • Tasting glass (YSB glasses are for sale, see below)
  • Homebrew
  • Recipes for discussion
  • Nominations for 2014 Officer Elections
  • Snacks, lunch, food
  • Folding chair

Officer Elections

I’ll start this off by thanking all of you for making this a truly memorable year for me as your president. We accomplished a lot with what we had, and I’m proud of that. We will continue to grow next year because there is still so much left to do, like build our serving station and achieve legitimacy in the eyes of “the man.” Let’s remember how much we’ve impressed our homebrew community with our presentation as skilled brewers and kind individuals at CHF. We’ve had so many new members join us this year, and that counts for a lot. Cheers to all of you and your help! Next year, Dave Ochoa will take over as president, and I have faith that he will bring us closer to the light.

We still seek new nominee officers for the 2014 calendar year. We still need a new VP, treasurer, administrative coordinator, and competition coordinator. One of our club’s core philosophies is to always bring in new members as officers so our club stays fresh and exciting.

I should emphasize that you do not need to be an overly experienced, award winning homebrewer to “qualify” as an officer. We just ask that you be dedicated to the group and willing to devote a few hours per month to club duties. We keep the club’s structure very streamlined so that it will still always be, above all things, a fun, stimulating and educational gathering.

We do not yet have any nominations for 2014 vice-president, and the other positions are still up for a vote, too. So, please check in with any of our officers to learn more about the positions should you have interest! Time is running short, and elections will be held at the December 7th meeting this Saturday.

Mead Demonstration

I will be demonstrating how to brew mead at the meeting on Saturday. I’ll be available to field your questions and engage in fervent discussion.

Competitions in and around December

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines.

Group Hops & Yeast Buy

I’m still working on this, and I apologize for the delay. I hope to have it as soon as possible.

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses For Sale

  • Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three.
  • The first generation Yeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.
  • The new, second generation Yeastside Brewers t-shirts are for sale, $25 each. They are Anvil cotton t-shirts, sizes M through XXXL, and Anvil women’s v-neck t-shirts. Both are black shirts with Yeastside-red logo on the front left chest and a five color, stylized design on the back (there’s a photo on our facebook). We are already running low on the sizes, so there are no guarantees. Get ‘em while they’re hot!
  • Neck Lanyards for holding your tasting glass are for sale, too. $5 each. One size fits most. No logo.
  • Combo Deal: one neck lanyard plus one logo glass, $10.

January’s Meeting location is TBD.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

November 2nd Meeting – Verdugo Bar

When: Saturday November 2nd, 3PM – 7PM
Where: Verdugo Bar3408 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Dear Yeastsiders:

This Saturday, November 2nd, we’ll be holding our meeting at Verdugo Bar in Glassel Park, from 3PM to 7PM. Street parking is available nearby. Please plan your transportation responsibly!

Belgian Strong Ales will be the beer style of the month, which is surely a favorite, especially for the holidays! Verdugo Bar will hopefully have some commercial samples on hand. We also welcome your homebrews of this style as well as any style of homebrew to share and discuss. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback.

Since Verdugo Bar is a retail tap room, please limit yourself to bringing one bottle of homebrew. They have upwards of 22 craft beers on tap!

There will also be a food truck in attendance on the patio, as well as board games to pass the time.

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

  • Tasting glass (YSB glasses are for sale, see below)
  • Homebrew
  • Money to buy beers at the bar
  • Recipes for discussion
  • Self-nominations for 2014 Officer Elections

Officer Elections

Yeastside Brewers needs new officers for the 2014 calendar year. Dave Ochoa will be our president, but we still need a new VP, treasurer, administrative coordinator, and competition coordinator. One of our club’s core philosophies is to always bring in new members as officers so our club stays fresh and exciting. Check in with any of our officers to learn more about the positions should you have interest! Time is running short, and elections will be held at the December meeting.

Competitions in and around November

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines.

Group Hops & Yeast Buy

I’m still working on this, and I apologize for the delay. I hope to have it as soon as possible.

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses For Sale

  • Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three.
  • The first generation Yeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.
  • The new, second generation Yeastside Brewers t-shirts are now for sale, $25 each. They are Anvil cotton t-shirts, sizes M through XXXL, and Anvil women’s v-neck t-shirts. Both are black shirts with Yeastside-red logo on the front left chest and a five color, stylized design on the back (there’s a photo on our facebook). We are already running low on the sizes, so there are no guarantees. Get ‘em while they’re hot!
  • Neck Lanyards for holding your tasting glass are for sale, too. $5 each. One size fits most. No logo.
  • Combo Deal: one neck lanyard plus one logo glass, $10.

December’s Meeting will be held at Dave and Sammy’s house, in Eagle Rock, on December 7.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

October 5th Meeting – Gayle & Louie’s House aka AngryHorse Brewing Co.

When: Saturday October 5th, 2PM – 6PM
Where: Gayle & Louie’s House, aka AngryHorse Brewing Co., 3012 Via Breve, Montebello, CA 90640

Happy Harvest, fellow brewers:

We unexpectedly had to change our venue of the meeting this Saturday. Some of you may remember that we were supposed to hold the meeting at VP Dave Ochoa’s house in Eagle Rock. However, the Eagle Rock Music Festival is scheduled for this Saturday, too, which would have made for a traffic snarled, logistical nightmare with respect to parking and arrival. Gayle and Louie graciously offered to help us out with hosting again. December’s meeting will be held at Dave’s house.

So, without further ado, we’ll be holding our meeting this Saturday, October 5th, at Gayle and Louie Michel’s home in Montebello, from 2PM to 6PM. Street parking of plenty is available nearby. There is also a Gold Line station at Atlantic & Pomona, approximately 1.5 miles from their house, but using it will obviously require some logistics and planning. Whichever route you choose, please plan responsibly!

German Wheat and Rye Beers will be the beer style of the month. We’ll have some commercial samples on hand, and we welcome your homebrews of this style as well as any style of homebrew to share and discuss. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback. Your own commercial samples are welcomed as well.

Like last time, we’re going to have a potluck! Please, coordinate your contribution with Dave Ochoa, VP, so we can have a well-rounded spread.

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

2014 Officer Elections

Yeastside Brewers wants new officers for the 2014 calendar year. Dave Ochoa will be our president, but we still need a new VP, treasurer, administrative coordinator, and competition coordinator. One of our club’s core philosophies is to always bring in new members as officers so our club stays fresh and exciting. Check in with any of our officers to learn more about the positions should you have interest!

Upcoming Events

  • Cider Pressing, October 20th, Oak Glen, CA. I received all your RSVPs. For those of you that signed up, please remember to read up on cidermaking, and please only bring plastic fermenters. I will send a final confirmation shortly.
  • Hop Union and East Coast Yeast group buys. I received all your requests. For those of you that signed up, there will be an announcement shortly as we digest your requests and coordinate space and availability.

Competitions in and around October

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines. As we discussed last month, the AHA phased-out the COC program and instead instituted the Radegast Club of the Year program. Our participation is still TBD and open for discussion.

  • Pacific Brewers Cup results were posted, and Yeastsiders took home numerous awards. Sarah Luker won 2nd in American Pale with her Citra Pale Ale!
    Josh Jensen won 1st in India Pale Ale and 1st in Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beers with his “Cup of the Old Chai, Sir?”!
    Jerl Leutz won 2nd in Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beers with his Fruitcake Solera Ale and 3rd in Specialty Beers with his Yoga Flame 3xIPA!
    Congratulations to all!
  • OC Fest of Ales results were posted, and Yeastside members took several awards once again. George Felix and Nathan Sewell won 1st in Cat. 13 Stout with their Russian Imperial Stout and 3rd in Cat. 16 Belgian and French Ale with their Saison! Sarah and Matthew Luker won 1st in Cat. 14 IPA with their American IPA!
  • The entry date for the California State Homebrew Competition has finally been announced! Have your entries shipped to arrive by October 12th. The prizes for this competition are usually very cool, so I would definitely suggest entering! Be careful when entering – even though BJCP guidelines are used, the styles are collapsed into categories which is what you submit the beer under. The website is fairly clear with how to enter the beer, but do not be afraid to contact our competition coordinator Jeff Koehler if you have questions! Good luck!
  • If you know of other competitions or results not mentioned here or on our competition schedule, please advise us!

YSB Logo T-Shirts, Glasses, and Lanyards

  • Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three.
  • The first generationYeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.
  • The new, second generationYeastside Brewers t-shirts are now for sale, $25 each. They are Anvil cotton t-shirts, sizes M through XXXL, and Anvil women’s v-neck t-shirts. Both are black shirts with Yeastside-red logo on the front left chest and a five color, stylized design on the back (there’s a photo on our facebook). Big thanks go out to Kim Turner and Victor LaFontaine for all their hard work coordinating and designing the awesome new shirts!
  • Neck Lanyards for holding your tasting glass are for sale, too. $5 each. One size fits most. No logo.
  • Combo Deal: one neck lanyard plus one logo glass, $10.

November’s Meeting will be held at Verdugo Bar on November 2nd.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

Last Competition of the Year!

The entry date for the California State Homebrew Competition has finally been announced! Have your entries shipped to arrive by October 12th.

The prizes for this competition are usually very cool, so I would definitely suggest entering! Be careful when entering – even though BJCP guidelines are used, the styles are collapsed into categories which is what you submit the beer under. The website is fairly clear with how to enter the beer, but do not be afraid to contact Jeff Koehler if you have questions!

Good luck!