November Meeting – Learn To Homebrew Day, Haven Collab Competition deadline, and Old Ales

When: Saturday November 3rd, 9AM – 4PM
Where: 757 E. Doran St., Glendale CA  91206

This Saturday we celebrate AHA “Learn To Homebrew” Day at Club Treasurer Danny Exum’s house in Glendale. If you are thinking about making the jump from extract brewing to all-grain, this would be a perfect time to see all-grain brewing in action. Danny will be brewing the recently published White House Honey Porter recipe, just in time to be fermenting on Election Day! We will also be BBQ’ing some chicken and carne asada. If you would like to eat something else, bring it along to toss on the grill. There is plenty of space for additional brewers, so we encourage you to bring your kettle and burner. Please reply and RSVP if you plan to brew a batch at the meeting.

Old Ales are the style of the month, 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. Since we are at a member’s house, commercial beers are welcome and encouraged. If you would like to see future meeting locations and styles, check the website for the schedule.

We have Yeastside logo glasses still available! We will be selling them for $8 a piece, or 3 for $20. Why use plastic when you can sample beers from a glass while showing your club spirit too?

We took nominations for the 2013 Club Board in October, but the response was minimal. Hopefully, only because attendance was light that day. We’ll continue to take nominations in November for Vice President, Treasurer, Activities Coordinator, and Competition Coordinator. Per our By-Laws, the current Vice President will become President the following year (that would be Jerl Leutz, if you didn’t know). Being a board member isn’t so hard, as we normally do 3 or 4 board meetings a year. You will have a say in what we do, where we meet, and what styles we focus on. We hope to get some new blood involved, so ask current board members any questions you may have.

The By-Laws have been finalized, and will be sent out to members in good standing for review. With 50% or more members voting to accept, they will be formally adopted.

This meeting is the deadline to enter the Haven Gastropub Collaboration Competition. Check the link for all the details which were posted in September. In short, you need to bring 2 (12oz) bottles, there is no entry fee, you may only enter one beer, and only 8 specific styles are being accepted. Also, you must be a member in good standing to enter. The Best Of Show winner will get their recipe brewed by Haven, and on tap in the Spring of 2013. Good luck to all Yeastside Brewers!

Competition Results – Pacific Brewer’s Cup

The Pacific Brewer’s Cup results were released in record time, and once again Yeastside made a good showing!

Larson Whipsnade placed 2nd English Pale Ale for his Special/Best/Premium Bitter.

Ward G. Walkup IV placed 2nd in American Ales for his American Pale Ale, 3rd in Specialty Beer for his Sweet Stout with Peanut Butter and Cocoa Nibs, and an Honorable Mention in Spice/Herb/Vegetable for his Sweet Stout with Chai spices and vanilla beans.

David Ochoa and Cody Darwin got an Honorable Mention in Porters for their Robust Porter.

Christopher Kennedy placed 2nd in Fruit Mead (Melomel) for his Cyser.

Congrats to all, and hope you have a special beer fermenting or carbonating for the Haven Gastropub Collaboration competition which is due November 3rd!

October Meeting – Light Hybrid styles, glassware, and Club Board nominations at Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply

When: Saturday October 6th, Noon – 4PM
Where: 4981 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

The meeting at Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply is getting moved up to Noon since the Eagle Rock Music Festival will be starting at 2PM. We wish to make parking easy on you, and we want to give you a chance to go enjoy some live music after the meeting! Lucky for us, it looks like the heat is finally going to ease up a bit.

Light Hybrids are the style of the month, 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. Since we are hanging out in the parking lot, commercial beers are welcome and encouraged as well. As always when we visit the homebrew shop, snacks are greatly appreciated if you can bring them. If you would like to see future meeting locations and styles, check the website for the schedule. We made some recent changes, so check out the calendar feature!

The long awaited Yeastside logo glasses have arrived! We will be selling them for $8 a piece, so bring along some cash if you would like to pick one of these beauties up. I have heard rumors that your homebrew will taste even better when consumed from this vessel, and after extensive testing, I believe it to be true! We will also offer a special deal of 3 glasses for $20.

As the year draws to a close, it is time to start palnning the new Club Board for 2013. We’ll take nominations at this meeting for Vice President, Treasurer, Activities Coordinator, and Competition Coordinator. Per our By-Laws, the current Vice President will become President the following year. If you have questions about what you would do on the board, we’ll be happy to explain at the meeting.

Speaking of By-Laws, we are putting the final touches on the document, and it will be sent out soon to members in good standing for review. If we get 50% or more members voting to accept, they will be formally adopted.

Our November meeting will be on the 3rd for AHA “Learn To Brew” Day at Danny Exum’s house in Glendale. If you have any friends or family who believe you are an amazing magician for brewing your own beer (rightly so), and want to learn how it is done, then bring them along! We want to introduce more people to what we already know is the best hobby in the world.