April Meeting

When: Saturday April 2nd, 12:00
Where: Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply

4981 Eagle Rock Blvd.
LA, CA 90041

The new homebrew store in Eagle Rock isn’t open yet (at this time mid-April is the estimate) but Greg Beron has agreed to open the doors for our April meeting! The meeting will start at Noon. Our style of the month is American Ales (category 10). These include American Pale Ale, American Amber Ale, and American Brown Ale. If you have any homebrews to share in these styles, please bring them. Of course, any style of homebrew is encouraged. If you have a favorite commercial American Ale, bring it along too.
Around 1PM we’ll have meeting notes about upcoming events and competitions, especially about SCHF (see below) and the National Homebrew Conference in San Diego, June 16-18.

Future meeting plans:
May 7th – Cheesemaking demo at member Skipp Shelly’s house in Silverlake. Monthly style is Specialty, Experimental, Historical beers (category 23)
June 4th – location TBD, but a beer bar such as Tony’s Darts Away, Mohawk Bend, or 38 degrees. Monthly style is IPA (category 14)

So. CA Homebrewers Festival info.

When: Friday April 29th-Sunday May 1st
Where:Lake Casitas Recreation Area
11311 Santa Ana Road
Ventura, CA 93001

http://www.calhomebrewers.org

Yeastside Brewers have a booth reserved for the festival, so come along and pour your beer at the best homebrew festival all year! The SCHF is a weekend long gathering of homebrew clubs from Southern California. There will be more than 30 clubs pouring this year, and each club pours an average of 10-15 beers, and some as many as 40! On Friday night a few yet to be named commercial breweries will be pouring FREE BEER from 6PM until they run out (or 10 PM if they make it). Bands perform during the day on Saturday, there is a huge raffle, and speakers from the beer industry (Peter Bouckaert from New Belgium, and Tyler King from The Bruery this year).
Important details:
1. You must join the California Homebrewers Association by purchasing a membership online by April 29th at Noon. It is $45 until the end of March, and then $50 in April. Your one and only membership benefit is admission to the main event on Saturday starting at 11AM, and usually lasting until 10 PM or later.
2. Camping/Hotel: We’ll be camping at the Owl Court Group site with Culver City club Pacific Gravity. For $50/person, you get 2 nights camping, and 4 fantastic meals! There is also a $25 option for camping only, and you bring your own food. The site is great with lots of shade trees. There is water and electricity, so it is far from “roughing it.” If you are one of those people who will not camp, hotels are available in Ojai, but going fast. They have free shuttles from the fest to Ojai.

If you are interested in going to SCHF or have questions, please contact me at joshjensen42@gmail.com. Visit the CHA website above for more info. If you look at my videos on Facebook, you can see 2 quick “walkthrough” videos I made at the 2009 and 2010 fests! This event is outstanding, and not to be missed.

Cheers, and keep brewing!
-Josh Jensen

March Meeting

When: Saturday March 05, 4:00
Where: Nibble Bit Tabby Brewery
2001 S Santa Fe Ave Los Angeles, CA 9002

Brian Lethco will be opening his doors for us this Saturday afternoon! Come down and check out their downtown brewhouse, ask questions, geek out, etc. Rumor has it there may be some fresh ESB on hand as well. They’re into traditional ales, so bring down your bitters, english pales, browns, etc. (Or any other homebrews for that matter). See you guys soon! Lee.