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!


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!


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