October Meeting

October 4th Meeting – Old Oak Cellars

What: October Monthly Meeting
Where: Old Oak Cellars, 2620 E Foothill Blvd Suite D, Pasadena, Ca 91107

When: Saturday, October 4th, 2pm – 6pm
Why: You want to check out an awesome winery in the heart of Pasadena

Greetings Yeastside Brewers,

Sorry for the delay in this email.  I am currently in Richmond Virginia and haven’t been able to send this email.  This Saturday we will have our monthly meeting at Old Oaks Cellars in Pasadena.  The owner and Yeastside Brewer member, Dave Lustig, was gracious enough to host us for the meeting, and I am really excited to check it out!  Parking is street parking, there will be wine for sale, and hopefully we will have a special surprise while we are there.

We also have our 2nd Annual Cider Pressing in October organized by our previous president Jerl.  We are returning to Snow Line Orchards in Oak Glen on October 26th from 11a – 5p.  It is a great event and  an excellent way to expand your brewing repertoire.  Please RSVP to Jerl Leutz by Sunday, September 28 to reserve your spot.

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Money or Credit Card for shirts, glassware, and wine
  • Snacks
2015 Board Member Elections and Appointments:

As we are getting to the end of the year, we are starting the process of electing new board members to the Yeastside Brewers.  We have had a great year and I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication this year.  Being a board member is a awesome way to give back to the great club we are a part of and comes with some nice perks.  As some of you may know, our current Vice President, Luis, will become president at the start of the new year.  The other positions will either be filled by appointment(1 candidate) or by election(more than 1 candidate).  Here are the positions that are available.

Vice President –   Responsible for organizing monthly meetings and becomes president in next calendar year

Treasurer – Responsible for handling all club funds, collection of yearly dues, and payments of club activities and products

Competition Coordinator – Responsible for Brewer of the Year Contest, promotion of beer contests and events

Events Coordinator – Responsible for events throughout the year and website updates

Some of the perks for becoming a Board Member include paid yearly dues for the year on the board, a special Yeastside Brewers T-Shirt, quarterly board meetings with dinner provided, and a chance to impact the club in a positive way!  Please respond to this email with the position you would be interested in or see any of the board members at the meeting Saturday.  If all goes to plan we will have elections at either or November meeting or at the December meeting.

Brewer of the Year Update:

Here is the current point tally for Brewer of the Year, counting ribbons won in the LA County Fair.  Pacific Brewers Cup results have not been added.

Ward G. Walkup IV – 15 points

Jeff Koehler – 11 points
John Montes De Oca & Vicki Tisdale – 6 points

Matt & Sarah Luker – 5 points

Sean Morris – 4 points
Tyler Jaynes – 4 points

Jorge Pineda – 2 points

Matt & Sarah Luker, and Louie & Gayle Michel – 2 points

Jerl Leutz & Michelle Fabale – 1 point

Tyler Thurman – 1 point

 

 

SoCal Regional comp is now set for Oct. 25th, and entries are due Sunday, Oct. 12th (Eagle Rock shop closes at 4pm). Cost is $6/entry, and only two bottles are required.

 

CA State Homebrew comp is due Oct. 11th, and you will need to ship entries up to Concord or Berkley, unless anyone in the club is willing to volunteer to drive them up. Cost is $8/entry, and requires three bottles.

 

Looking for even more comps to enter? Check the AHA website to get an overload of choices!

Enter those beers under Yeastside Brewers!

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses for Sale

  • Yeastside Brewers logo Pint Glass, $5
  • New Yeastside Brewers Logo T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $25
  • Classic Yeastside Brewers T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $20
  • Neck Lanyard, $5
  • Combo Pint Glass and Neck Lanyard, $10

November’s meeting will be at Angry Horse Brewing!

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

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>

 

January Meeting – 2nd Anniversary & First Meeting of 2013 @ ERHBS

When: Saturday, January 5th, 2PM – 6PM Where: Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply, 4981 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Happy New Year, Yeastsiders! Our first meeting of 2013 will be held this Saturday, January 5th, at Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply, from 2PM to 6PM. On top of that, it is expected be a beautiful, sunny day to share our homebrew with each other!
Un-Session Beers will be the beer style of the month as well as the Club Only Competition category (so be sure to fill out your entry forms!). Notably, this style covers almost every BJCP category where OG is above 1.040 OG. Of course, feel free to bring any type of homebrew to share and discuss. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback. Commercial beers are welcome at this homebrew shop location, and snacks are highly encouraged as well.
We are in the process of updating the website for 2013, including meeting locations and event calendar. Some updates have already been made and more are to be posted in the coming weeks. Upcoming competitions include the Doug King Memorial (entries due Jan. 10) and the Bruery Batch 1000 (entries due Feb. 1). We encourage your participation as its an excellent way to get quality feedback on your homebrewing. The Doug King Best of Show will be brewed at Eagle Rock Brewing Company as their 2013 GABF collaboration beer.
Please, bring a tasting glass to the meeting if you have one. If you do not yet own one, official Yeastside Brewers tasting glasses will be for sale, $8 each, cash only, please. Alternatively, you may also purchase 3 glasses at a discount for $20. It is also a good idea to bring a chair to take a break from standing around!
Membership dues for 2013 will be due and collected by our Treasurer Danny Exum. We have big plans for these funds this year!
February’s meeting will be held at Scott Piotrowski’s house for a brew day, and March’s location is to be determined. A 2nd Anniversary Party is also in the works, so stay tuned!
We hope you all had a wonderful and fun holiday season! We’ll see you Saturday!

 

By-laws have been passed!

Good news, everybody! The by-laws have passed a vote.  They were crafted by 2013 club president Jerl Leutz, and honed by the 2012 club board over many meetings and too many beers to count. Members in good standing were sent a survey monkey link to vote aye or nay, and nearly all votes were in favor. Since we have 61 official current members, and many more than that on this list, here are the by-laws to view if you haven’t seen them yet.

Our January meeting will be at the Eagle Rock Homebrew shop on January 5th from 2-6PM. The 2013 dues will begin to be collected. It remains $24 per person, but we are adding a $36 couples membership option. This meeting is also our 2nd Anniversary of being an official club! The Club Only Competition entries will be due for the Un-Session Beers for anything over 1.040 OG and covers nearly every BJCP category.

Jerl will be taking over the Presidential duties in the new year, so look for these updates to be coming from him in 2013.

Cheers, and keep on brewing!
-Josh Jensen, Yeastside Lame Duck President

December Meeting – Holiday Beers at Stuffed Sandwich

When: Saturday December 1st, 2PM – 6PM
Where: 1145 E. Las Tunas Dr. San Gabriel 91776

Our final meeting of the year brings us to a true LA beer institution! Sam and Marlene opened the Stuffed Sandwich in 1976 and moved to their current location in 2003. There is a huge selection of bottled beers, including some great vintage bottles available. If you have never visited, then there are some important details to know: Due to their alcohol license, they cannot sell you beer without a food purchase, so plan on getting some lunch. Order your food first, then go to the beer counter to get a beer. You should bring your own full sized glass for beer, unless you want to purchase a glass to take home, or drink out of a paper cup. You should also bring a tasting glass to sample homebrew (or buy a Yeastside glass). Speaking of homebrew, please limit the beer you bring to one bottle. We want to support this Mom and Pop shop! The club will find a nice big bottle to buy and share amongst members too.
The style of the month is Holiday Beers, 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. Please do not bring commercial beers along to this meeting.

Club board elections are this month, and just like last December we have one person running for each position. Rather than filling out paper ballots, we’ll do a simple “yay or nay” voice vote. Here are your candidates:
Treasurer – Danny Exum
Administrative Coordinator – Jeremy Stacy
Competition Coordinator – Jeff Koehler
Vice President – David Ochoa
President – Jerl Leutz (Vice President of the current year is always President Elect for the following year)

Check out the website for upcoming competitions. Next up is the Doug King Memorial, in which the Best Of Show will be brewed at Eagle Rock Brewing Company as their 2013 GABF collaboration beer. Upcoming meetings will be at the homebrew shop in January, and Scott Piotrowski’s house in Februrary for a brew day.

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.

Haven Gastropub Collaboration-Competition – Entries Due Nov. 3rd

When: Saturday November 3rd, Hours TBD
Where: Danny Exum’s House, Club Brew Meeting

In collaboration with the Brewmaster at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, The Yeastside Brewers of Los Angeles will hold a Member’s Only Homebrew Competition that will award the winning brewer with having their winning beer brewed and placed on-tap in the Spring of 2013 at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena! Haven serves a wide variety of craft beer on tap, including their own beers brewed on the premises.
This competition is only open to members in good standing of the Yeastside Brewers. Each member is allowed one entry only, so choose your best! Bring two (12 oz.) bottles to the November meeting. There is no entry fee for this competition.
Also, this Homebrew Competition is subject to some special strict limitations due to the inherent nature of collaborating with Haven, which is a commercial brewer. Firstly, and most importantly, the competition will be strictly limitedto the following BJCP styles:

Secondly, judging will strictly adhere to the BJCP style guidelines, so please brew your beer within the various limits enumerated under the BJCP.
Thirdly, Haven also requiresthe following limitations with respect to any competing beers’ recipe:

  • No Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, or other microbes that are not traditional Brewers yeast!
  • No Fruits, Vegetables, Spices or other additives. Only water, malt, hops and Brewers yeast!
  • No smoked malt additions or smoke flavorings.
  • No wood aging.
  • No lagers or lagering. Please stick with ale fermentations. Hybrid yeast (California Common) fermentations are OK.
  • No beers stronger than 8% ABV. Please also stay within ABV limits within respective BJCP style guidelines, which may be less than 8% for particular styles.

Lastly, Haven prefers that the beers demonstrate a West Coast character! This can mean a lot of things, such as, of course, a fresh and bright hop profile, or perhaps simply incorporating local ingredients. We’ll leave that interpretation up to you creative homebrewers!
There’s not a whole lot of time, so get brewing as soon as possible if you haven’t already started. You’ll need time to ferment, perhaps dry-hop, and even condition your homebrew by the time November 3 rolls around. Questions can be directed to your VP, Jerl Leutz, jerlleutz@gmail.com.
Happy brewing!

Competition Results

We had quite a few members win some ribbons recently in the Southern California Regional Homebrew Championship and the L.A. County Fair!

SoCal Regional – Full Results here
Julia & Ward G. Walkup IV got 2nd place in American Pale Ales, 2nd place in Stouts, and 2nd place in Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beers.
Jeff Koehler got 2nd place in Fruit Beers, and 2nd place in Meads.
Josh Jensen got 1st and 3rd place in German Wheat & Rye Beers.
Lee & Andrew Bakofsky, Jeff Koehler, Josh Jensen, Dan Hakes, and Larry Caldwell got 1st place in Wood-Aged Beers.

L.A. County Fair – Full Results here
Louie and Gayle Michel got 1st place in Scottish/Irish Ales, and 3rd place in India Pale Ales.
Nathan Scott got 1st place in Belgian-Style Strong Ales.
Lee & Andrew Bakofsky, Jeff Koehler, Josh Jensen, Dan Hakes, and Larry Caldwell got 2nd place in Farmhouse Ales.
Jeff Koehler and Jerl Leutz got 1st place in Specialty Beers.
Jeff Koehler got 2nd place in Meads.
Last, but certainly not least, Ward G. Walkup got 2nd place in American Pale Ales, 2nd place in Specialy Beers (Spice/Herb/Vegetable), 1st place in Stouts which also got 2nd runner up Best of Show, and 1st place in American West Coast Beers which also got Best of Show!

Huge congrats to all, this was a great showing for our club!

Let’s keep this trend rolling while we are hot! Pacific Brewer’s Cup entries are due Thursday September 6th by 7PM at the Eagle Rock Homebrew shop and other drop-off points. Judging will be on Sept. 22nd at the Four Points Shearton by LAX. Sign up to judge or steward, as the Strand Brewers running this are going to need some help with the anticipated volume of entries.