Bus Trip to Stone AHA Rally March 10th

Last month we reported that the 40 homebrewer spots were full for the Stone March Madness AHA Rally. But that was before we learned that club member Ward G. Walkup IV has an entry, and Josh Jensen got accepted from the waiting list! So 2 club members will be vying for the honor of being the next homebrewer to collaborate with Stone for a beer that will be released nationally, and enter the GABF Pro-Am this fall. 40 homebrews will be available for tasting and the top 4 beers in a people’s choice vote will go to a best of show round. Stone crew picks one of those 4 as the winner. We need your support to make sure both Ward’s Wheatwine and Josh’s Rye Double IPA make it to the final four!
We’ll be organizing a bus trip to this event, leaving Union Station at 10AM on Saturday the 10th, and returning around 7 or 8PM. The event at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens is from 1-4PM, and you must RSVP in advance and be a AHA Member to attend. The event is free to get into for AHA members, or you can renew or join at the door. But RSVP on their site NOW if you want to go, as they will cap the attendance. The bus trip will cost you $25/person. You can pay at the March meeting, or reply to this email to have a PayPal invoice sent to you. Please pay ASAP, so we have a head count for the bus. After the event we will stop by a brewpub in the area for a early dinner and more beers before heading back to LA.

March Meeting – Mohawk Bend in Echo Park

When: Saturday March 3rd, 2PM – 5PM
Where: 2141 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

This month’s meeting has been moved from Haven Gastropub to Mohawk Bend. Haven’s brewpub is not up and running yet, so we’ll plan to go there in June when we can try their house brews. Tony Yanow and his staff are excited to have our club visit their restaurant and bar. If you have never been there, you are in for a treat. They have around 70 taps of mostly California Microbrews. There is great food, with lots of vegan and carnivore options, plus amazing pizza. Show up hungry and enjoy lunch with your beers. Since they sell beer here, only bring homebrews to share with your fellow club members, not commercial examples. At 5PM they will need to get ready for existing dinner reservations, so we can move to the bar area around that time.

The style of the month is Stout, but feel free to bring any type of homebrew. Consider bringing a copy of your recipe, as that only helps when discussing your beer and getting feedback.
If you would like to see the meeting locations and styles for the rest of this year, check the website for recent updates.

The next Club Only Competition is upon us!  For those members who have a good example of a stout, please bring three 12-oz bottles to the March meeting along with the recipe and bottle labels already filled out.  All classes of stout in the BJCP Category 13 are welcome.  The best stout will be sent to represent the club and those who were not selected can take their remaining bottles home or share with the club.
The April meeting will also have another Club Only Competition showdown – this time for Scottish and Irish Ales.  Once again, if you have a beer in the Scottish/Irish styles of BJCP Category 9, please bring three 12-oz bottles and completed paperwork to the April meeting.
Finally, the American Homebrewers Association’s National Homebrew Competition is soon upon us.  Starting February 28, you can start entering your beer in the competition.  This is the largest homebrew competition in the world and spots fill up quickly, so don’t wait too long to enter your beers!  One 12-oz bottle is required for the first round and if your beer places, you will need to send 3 more to the Nationals.  Jeff will speak more about this competition at the meeting.