Monster Brew Day with Ohana Brewing and Long Beach Homebrew Club

When: Saturday April 20th, 6:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. (EARLY AND ALL DAY)
Where: Ohana Brewing, 1756 E 23rd Street, Vernon, California, 90058

To all the Yeastsiders:

The Long Beach Homebrew Club is hosting a big brew day on Saturday April 20th at Ohana Brewery, and they would love to have some Yeastside Brewers at the event. They will be brewing a basic pale ale in hopes that people would experiment with the base beer and share it at SCHF.

Price: $25. The fee gives you access to 5 gallons of the wort.The price you’re paying is about the same or less than brewing a batch of beer at home. It’s a great deal.
Spots Available: There are 10 spots available as of today. There will be a waiting list for those who sign up late. Sign-up will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Where to Pay & Sign Up: Pay at Steinfillers4160 N Norse Way, Long Beach, CA 90808, (562) 425-0588. They will take down your information.
Schedule of Events: While it is not mandatory that you arrive at 6:00 A.M., we recommend that you should. You don’t necessarily need to be there for the entire brew session, BUT you need to be there at the END to pick up your wort. If you have never seen or brewed commercially, I suggest you attend from the beginning.
Parking: Street parking. I suggest you carpool and find a designated driver.
Food: Ohana will be providing breakfast. For lunch, the plan is to order two 6 foot long subs from subway and get sides from Costco. You are welcome to bring a side dish but do not have to.
Brewing Recipe: Again, they will be brewing a basic pale beer recipe which will allow you to experiment. Recipe will be 90% American Pilsner, 5% Honey Malt, 5% Wheat Malt with Magnum and Styrian Goldings hops.
Yeast: You can use the Ohana house yeast if you like. I believe the house yeast is an American strain.
Container for Taking Wort Home: NO GLASS.  Glass carboys are NOT allowed because they are too much of a safety concern if they break. Bring any container you like to take the wort home as long as it is not glass.
Comfort: BRING A CHAIR! It is a commercial brewery, not a brew pub.

Please RSVP with Steinfillers. If you have other questions, please, do not hesitate to ask me.

Cheers and Thanks for reading!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

April 6th Meeting, 2-6PM, Eagle Rock Brewery & SCHF Updates

April Meeting
When: Saturday April 6th, 2PM – 6PM
Where: 3056 Roswell St., Los Angeles, CA, 90065(323) 257-7866

To my Fellow Fermentators:

This Saturday we’ll be holding our meeting at Eagle Rock Brewery. Lot parking is available as well as street parking all along Roswell Street.

Around 2:30 P.M., there will be a tour of the brewery, and meeting announcements will take place at 3:00 P.M. We encourage you to bring snacks!  At about 6PM, the Schmuck Truck food truck will arrive if you want to buy some grub. In order to reduce trash and build our tribal solidarity, please remember to bring your tasting glass.

The style of the month is Bocks, but feel free to bring any type of homebrew. Consider bringing a copy of your recipe, as that greatly helps when discussing your beer and getting feedback.

As far as this month’s Club Only Competition (“COC”), the AHA put an end to the March/April COC on March 1. However, the May COC submissions are due this Saturday at our meeting (Extract Beers). It’s a broad category, so we anticipate many of you can submit to this one.

SCHF Updates & Sign-ups

Its a month away! The 2013 SCHF is Saturday, May 4, 2013. We have had many of you RSVP and we only have six spots left in the campsite, so sign up soon!

***Please remember to register as a CHA member, which is required to gain entry.*** Unless, of course, you are already volunteering, which is now filled.

Many of you responded to pledge kegs of beer for the festival. It was just what we needed! But, there will never be enough, so if you are considering it, please let Jerl Leutz or Josh Jensen know.

Bottles are accepted, too!

Your Pres. will also be unveiling a DIY portable cask beer engine at the fest.

We’re potlucking on the Friday of the festival, and we’re looking for people to contribute to that as well as sign up for shared equipment and tools. We have a few things, like barbeques and coffee, but we have some other needs. Again, please check with Jerl Leutz or Josh Jensen to make the appropriate arrangements.

Jockey Box Project

The hardware for our Jockey Box (portable serving station for kegs), arrived this week and will be assembled at the meeting. Maybe we’ll be able to get it cleaned, sanitized, and filled with homebrew, too. That, however remains to be determined, but cross your fingers!

Thanks again to Geoff and Dave for their donated hardware! It really brought the cost down and allowed us to install a second serving line.

Upcoming Competitions in and around April

Competition season is in full swing! Check the site regularly for deadlines.

  • Mayfaire, brought to you by the Maltose Falcons. Registration closes at midnight on April 18th. All entries are due at pickup sites by April 19th.
  • California State Fair, submission dates still TBD, but the Fair is in July.
  • May COC, Extract Beers, is due at our meeting on Saturday, this April 6.
  • The next 2013 COC is September/October, but the due date is still TBD. Plan to submit in August to be safe. Style is European Amber Lager.
  • If you know of other competitions not mentioned here or on our competition schedule, please advise us!

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses For Sale

Yeastside Brewers logo glasses, while becoming scarce, are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three. Get ’em while they’re hot.

Yeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo. The shirts are part of a limited initial printing, so if you want one, be sure to get it at this meeting. We will undoubtedly run out. We will have more printed soon enough.

If you have design skills, you can help with the next round of shirts. Check in with Jerl or Jeremy.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

A Few Updates re SCHF and Recent Events

A Call-for-Kegs! – Southern California Homebrew Fest

When: Saturday May 4th
Where: Lake Casitas Recreation Area, 11311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura, CA

My dear homebrewers,

I appeal to your valiant pride and unrivaled generosity: we need beer for our booth at 2013 SCHF! Please, if you are so able, respond to this email to contribute homebrew to be poured at the fest. No amount is too great. We can pour from kegs and from bottles. Please tell me four things: (1) what you’re contributing, (2) how it will arrive at the fest (i.e., are you going?), (3) whether its in bottles or kegs, and (4) if its in kegs, whether it is a ball or pin lock keg.

Many of us are arriving on Friday, May 3 and leaving Sunday, May 5. The festival takes place, for the most part, on Saturday, May 4. Here is a recap of last year’s 2012 festival. If you will attend, RSVP with Jerl Leutz or Josh Jensen at the next meeting. We already have a campsite reserved. I also remind you to register as a CHA member, which is required to gain entry.

Other SCHF Items

  • We are potlucking Friday night before the festival (the night of May 3). Please sign up with Jerl Leutz or Josh Jensen at the next meeting.
  • Please brew a beer for the festival, and bring your special beers, wines, etc. for some truly epic bottle shares!
  • Prepare for the sun! Broad brimmed hats, sunscreen, and stay hydrated!
  • Carpool: parking is expensive!
  • There are all sorts of things we need for a comfortable stay. Let Jerl Leutz or Josh Jensen know if you can bring any of the following: canopies, lights, xmas lights, firewood, grills for BBQ, water, CO2 gas manifold, white board & markers, CO2 tanks (more is better!), and anything else you believe would be helpful. Again, let us know in advance so we can avoid duplicating efforts.

A Recap of the Stone AHA Rally: March 16th

Several Yeastsiders shared a bus with other homebrew clubs from the Los Angeles area, includind the Strand Brewers, Maltose Falcons, and Long Beach Homebrewers. As many of you know, five of our members were able to enter their homebrews in this exclusive competition. You may have also heard that, out of the thirty entrants, 2 Yeastsiders placed in the top three! Dave Ochoa, our VP, placed third, and the celebrated Ward Walkup placed second! Another member, Victor Macias, put down a journal entry for the day that I uploaded to the site for your leisurely review. We made a strong showing, and we are all proud.

The trip will also brought us to White Labs and Societe Brewing tasting rooms. It was both educational and fun!

April Meeting

The April meeting will be on Saturday, April 6th at Eagle Rock Brewery. Please stay tuned to your email inboxes for additional details next week!

Thanks for reading!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

March Meeting – Hermosillo Club in Highland Park

Saturday March 2nd, 3PM – 7PM @ Hermosillo Club
5125 York Blvd, Highland Park, 90042, (323) 739-6459

Salutations, Homebrewers!

This Saturday we’ll be holding our meeting at the Hermosillo Club in Highland Park. Plentiful parking is available in the side lot as well as on the street (metered). If worse comes to worst, there are two public lots nearby.

Since this is a pub destination, please refrain from bringing commercial beers, and please bring only one bottle of your homebrew. This is because we encourage you to patronize our kind hosts by purchasing commercial samples from the bar. As usual, please try to bring your tasting glass and a snack if you can.

Yeastside Brewers logo glasses, while becoming scarce, are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three. Get ’em while they’re hot.

The style of the month is Stouts. As far as this month’s Club Only Competition (“COC”), the AHA put an end to the March/April COC on March 1, the day before our meeting, thus preventing any participation in it by way of our Saturday meeting. Nevertheless, the May COC is still on the table (Extract Beers), and entries should be turned in at our April 6 meeting. Our knowledgeable officers and members will be available for consultation on COC strategy.

Aside from that, any style of homebrew you wish to bring is welcome. We are here to share and discuss them with you, our fellow brewers. It is advisable to bring a copy of your recipe, too, because the technical details are very helpful in discussing and developing feedback and pointers.

Road Trip with Strand Brewers, Pacific Gravity, Maltose Falcons, & Crude Brew Crew to Stone AHA Rally: March 16th

Previously, we’ve provided two updates on the AHA Rally at Stone Brewing in Escondido (ONE & TWO). There will be a private bus trip to Stone Brewing on March 16th for the March Madness AHA Rally. This is being organized by the Strand Brewers Club. Several Yeastsiders will be competing in the competition that day. Only members of the American Homebrewers Association (“AHA”) may attend, and RSVPs have closed due to capacity. The winner of this competition will be brewed and released nationally, as Stone’s Pro-Am entry in Denver at GABF.

Time permitting, the trip will also include Societe Brewing (substituted for Hess Brewing) and White Labs. There are now two pick up locations, one in Redondo Beach at the Green Line Station at 10AM and the other at 10:30AM(-ish) at the Willow Blue Line Station in northern Long Beach. The cost for the bus ride dropped to $30, thanks to favorable attendance levels. Tammy at Strand Brewers is handling the RSVPs and accepting the payment.
She’s set up both a new flyer with details and an RSVP portal. You may want to reconfirm to make sure you are on the list. She is also taking money now, and if you have not already received the mailing address for that payment, then please reconfirm with her and she’ll send you the address.

Tammy may be paying us a visit this Saturday if you have questions.

Upcoming Competitions in and around March

Competition season is in full swing! Check the site regularly for deadlines. If you learn of a good competition that is not on our list, please let us know by emailing competitioncoordinator@yeastsidebrewers.org!
* Mazer Cup entries are due March 1. That means Mead (honey wine).
* AHA Homebrew Competition. Registration is open (Feb. 26), and entries are due between Mar. 18-27.
* Mayfaire, brought to you by the Maltose Falcons. April 19th, registration closes!
* Golden Road’s Pro-Am. Entries due between March 22-31.
The Southern California Homebrew Festival (SCHF)

The 2013 SCHF is Saturday, May 4, 2013. Here is a recap of last year’s 2012 festival. If you wish to attend, RSVP with Jerl Leutz or Josh Jensen at the next meeting. We’ll be pouring our own beers for the first time under a Yeastside Brewers banner! We already have a campsite reserved, so if you are going, I encourage you to register as a CHA member, which is required to gain entry.

Link n Hops Beer Tasting Event, April 28, 2013

Planning of this event is still in its infancy, but stay tuned for details!

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

Updates re Stone AHA Rally & 2013 SoCal Homebrew Festival!

Dear Yeastsiders,

We have a few updates for you with respect to the Stone AHA Rally and the 2013 Southern California Homebrew Festival .

The Stone March Madness 2013 Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally
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Saturday, March16, 2013, Escondido, CA

We are taking a day trip to this event at Stone Brewing in Escondido! Please refer to my prior blast for the nitty gritty event details. In a nutshell, we are sharing a bus ride with Strand Brewers and some other clubs. Several Yeastsiders successfully submitted homebrews for the competition, so let’s go support them! After the rally, we’ll go to Hess Brewing and White Labs for your respective educational pleasures.

Here’s your checklist to attend:
* Ensure you are an AHA member. You can also pay for this at the Stone Rally, but paying in advance at AHA would be ideal ($33, though there is a spouse membership fee of $19).
* RSVP to the Stone Rally on either the Stone website or at the AHA event page.
* RSVP with Tammy @ Strand Brewers (bus organizer) activities@strandbrewersclub.com.
* The cost of the bus ride has dropped to $30 per person payable to Tammy at Strand activities@strandbrewersclub.com. This is in addition to the AHA membership.
* Plan for a 12 hour trip, departing West Los Angeles around 10AM, arriving at Stone in Escondido at around 1PM. For more info and to RSVP email activities@strandbrewersclub.com. The tentative departure location is the Metro Green Line Station in Redondo Beach. This may change, so stay tuned.

We have room, so please come if you can. The fact that there is a bus will undoubtedly encourage more of you to come. It will make the trip safer and result in us having more fun socializing on the way down to Escondido!

The 2013 Southern California Homebrew Festival
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Saturday, May 4, 2013, Lake Casitas, CA

We sent our valiant club representative Victor Macias on a mission to retrieve details regarding this event at the latest Club Reps Meeting on January 26th. In a nutshell, this event is probably the best representation of what we homebrewers stand for. We take over the Lake Casitas Recreation Area for a weekend, pouring homebrew, camping out, barbequeing, potlucking, and just generally enjoying ourselves. The locale is one of the more beautiful places in Southern California, and the facilities are pretty top notch. I know some of you may not be huge fans of camping, but this is camping-lite. It’s a clean place, your vehicle is next to your site, and there are plenty of facilities at your disposal. Even so, there are some reasonable hotels in the area, such as in Ojai. There’s a shuttle bus among other special amenities for us festival goers. Last year was your current president’s first year going, and it did not disappoint. Many of our members have been going for years.

Here are some important bullet points to consider while planning your attendance:
* Yeastside Brewers will be participating this year, displaying their proud banner, and pouring their humble, yet sophisticated homebrews (the reason behind the jockey box project!).
* The Bragging Rights-Only homebrew competition (BRO) for the 2013 Fest will be BJCP category 22, Wood-Aged beers. Each club gets one entry to be judged Friday on-site. Details to follow.
* The Friday night mini-Fest’s commercial breweries this year will be Firestone Walker, Stone, possibly Hollister Brewing, and one more to be decided.
* The CHA is encouraging clubs to pour on Friday night for the mini-Fest if we so choose. As was done last year, the Fest site will be cleared on Friday at 5PM so that all may be officially checked in (with photo I.D.) and receive their Fest wristband (don’t lose it!!!). Once that’s done, clubs can start pouring. You should carry your photo I.D. with you at all times while attending the Fest.Those not wearing an official wristband at any time cannot have beer poured for them–no exceptions.
* Servers reserve the right to refuse service to anyone deemed underage or who cannot produce photo I.D. or who is intoxicated.
* Speakers this year are Mitch Steele from Stone Brewing and possibly Gary Glass, Director of the AHA.
* You must be a CHA member to attend, and that membership is essentially your “ticket” to attend the Festival. Apply ASAP as they may cap membership at some point before the typical “Friday before the Fest” in order to assure a positive, un-crowded, and decidedly homebrewing-related atmosphere
* Purchasing your membership early will garner you a discounted rate which will decrease and finally expire as the Fest draws near. There will also be the possibility of earning your CHA membership by volunteering for a two-hour shift at the Fest, although these positions are often filled very quickly. Please visit calhomebrewers.org for more information.
* The CHA also reminds us that the very same laws that apply outside of the Lake Casitas Recreation Area apply inside as well. In addition to the Park Rangers, Ventura County Sheriff’s officers will be on-site all weekend. No riding in the back of pickup trucks, no drunk driving, no drunk biking (!), etc. It should go without saying, but please remember that you are representing your entire club (and all homebrewers) while attending, so please act accordingly.
* There will be bands, but I am not sure if they will be homebrew-related. That is still TBD.
* Yeastside Brewers has already reserved their campsite. Please RSVP by responding to this email or signing up with Josh Jensen at our next meeting. We will require a small deposit for the campsite rental.
* Finally, if you or anyone you know has contacts at a brewery, the CHA is always looking for beer-related swag for the massive Fest raffle. Please contact them if you can help.

Josh Jensen has taken up the lead on this festival. You can contact him or your president, Jerl Leutz, for more information about attending the Fest in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned.

Wishing you all the best, and I hope to see you at both events!

-Jerl Leutz, Yeastside President 2013

February Meeting – All-Grain Brew @ Scott Piotrowski’s House in Glassell Park

 

When: Saturday February 2nd, 11AM – 5PM
Where: 2456 Sundown Drive, Glassell Park, 90065, (323) 258-2751

This Saturday we’ll be meeting at our member Scott’s house while he brews a Belgian Dubbel as an all-grain demonstration for those of you considering the jump from extract. Street parking is available but limited to certain parts of the street, so I encourage you review this map that Scott kindly made explaining how to get there and where to park. If you can’t make it for the whole brew day, we’ll be having meeting announcements around 2pm.

I also encourage you to bring a folding chair, a tasting glass, perhaps a snack, and definitely lots of homebrew! We’ll have Yeastside Brewers logo glasses for sale, just in case.

The style of the month is English Browns. Please note that our website formerly denoted Barleywines as February’s Style of the Month, but we officially changed this. The Club Only Competition (“COC”) this month is still Barleywines, but Style of the Month is English Browns. This change was made with hopes that we can use the Style of the Month as an educational opportunity to discuss the style and prepare you to brew them for future COC’s. The English Brown category would be a great entry for the May 2013 COC, which is Extract Beers. The English Brown beers are especially subtle and delicious if made properly, so please feel free to pick our brains on this after reviewing their respective BJCP categories. There will be some commercial examples of English Browns on hand, so don’t miss out!

Aside from that, any style of homebrew you wish to bring is welcome. We are here to share and discuss them with your fellow brewers. It is a great idea to bring a copy of your recipe, too, because the technical details are very helpful in discussing and developing feedback and pointers.

Road Trip with Strand Brewers, Pacific Gravity, Maltose Falcons, & Crude Brew Crew to Stone AHA Rally: March 16th

There will be a private bus trip to Stone Brewing on March 16th for the March Madness AHA Rally. This is being organized by the Strand Brewers Club, but they’ve invited us, as well as Pacific Gravity, the Maltose Falcons, and the Crude Brew Crew to fill their party-mobile. This event is a blast, and some of our fellow Yeastside Brewers will be competing in the homebrew rally taking place that day, namely, Josh Jensen, David Ochoa, Jeff Koehler and Ward Walkup! Only 30 entrants were accepted, but these four managed to slip in under the wire. Entry to this competition has since been filled and closed, already having filled the 30 allotted competitor slots. Sadly, no more entrants will be accepted.

Note that, to attend, one must be a member of the American Homebrewers Association (“AHA”). Luckily, they are accepting renewals and registrations at the door for $33, but it may be a good idea to sign up now so you do not have to worry about it later. Existing AHA members get in free, but you must RSVP as soon as possible. The 30 competing homebrews will be available for tasting and evaluation, and the top four of those beers according to a people’s choice vote will go to a best of show round. Stone crew then picks the best one of those four to be brewed and released nationally, as well as representing their Pro-Am entry in Denver at GABF.

Since the Stone rally “only” lasts from 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM, we’re also going to visit Hess Brewery and the White Labs tasting room prior to heading home. A visit to Societe Brewing is on the table, too, but only if time permits. It’s a 12-hour day trip, departing from West LA (exact location still TBD) the morning of March 16th. The departure time is tentatively set at 10:00 AM, but that could change. Cost is $40 for the bus ride, payable to Strand Brewers. Note that this $40 is ***in addition*** to the AHA membership fee of $33 needed to enter the rally (if you are not already an AHA member, of course). Please RSVP to ***both*** the Stone Rally itself and to Tammy at Strand Brewers who is the bus trip organizer.

2013 Doug King Memorial Competition Results

Results have been posted and score sheets emailed out for the 2013 Doug King Memorial Competition. Two Yeastsiders placed in this competition: Ward G. Walkup IV won 1st place in Class 24, Specialty Beer (Fruit/Vegetable & Herb/Spiced) with his Vanilla Chai Milk Stout, and Jeffrey Cannon took 3rd in the same category with his Citrus Green Tea APA. Congratulations to Ward and Jeffrey!

Upcoming Competitions in and around February

Competition season is in full swing! Check the site regularly for deadlines. If you learn of a good competition that is not on our list, please let us know by emailing competitioncoordinator@yeastsidebrewers.org!

* Time is running short for the Bruery Batch 1000 competition; the deadline is this Friday, February 1!

* As mentioned above, the AHA Club Only Competition for Barleywines is coming up, and entries are due Saturday at this February meeting. Be sure to fill out your forms for submission this Saturday at the meeting. Both American and English styles will be accepted for judging.

* The Americas Finest City competition submissions must be submitted by Feburary 13.

* The Romancing the Beer competition submissions must be submitted by February 15 (additional details).

* I hope you have mead that will be ready in time for the Mazer Cup! Entries are due March 1.

* And, on a tangentially related note, this month’s Style of the Month is English Brown Ales. Homebrewed versions of these will make great entries for the COC in May, Extract Beers!

The Southern California Homebrew Festival (SCHF)

The 2013 SCHF date has been announced as Saturday, May 4, 2013. Here is a recap of last year’s 2012 festival. We want to make a strong presence this year, so please start thinking about attending. Ideally, we’ll be pouring our own beers under a Yeastside Brewers banner! Details are a bit scant at this point, but its an outdoor festival at Lake Casitas, and it requires your membership in the California Homebrewers Association (“CHA”). We already have a campsite reserved and are looking for volunteer committee members to organize our attendance. Volunteers please email president@yeastsidebrewers.org.

The Jockey Box Project!

We are building a Jockey Box serving station for our club! We are looking for a clean, functional and durable ice chest cooler for donation to the project. Ideally it would be 40+ quarts in size so we can eventually install two taps. Potential donors please contact president@yeastsidebrewers.org.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

Yeastside Brewers: Second Anniversary Party! Friday Jan. 25, 2012

Dear Yeastsiders,

Our humble club, The Yeastside Brewers, turned two years old this month!

Two years old? Second anniversary? I know, the math is confusing, but let’s celebrate nonetheless!

When, you ask?

Friday, January 25th, 2013
7:00PM – 10:00PM

Our celebration will be held at Link N Hops in Atwater Village , and their address is 3111 N. Glendale Blvd., Suite C, Los Angeles, CA 90039 . They have a small parking lot, decent street parking, some of which is equipped with parking meters (on Glendale Boulevard), and some nearby free lots. Here is a link with a handy map (and mobile app) to the nearby parking lots that are free.

I kindly encourage you to read the signs carefully so you are not inadvertently ticketed. While they are strict in Atwater, the parking rules are thankfully on the “easy to understand” end of the Los Angeles spectrum. On the bright side, you may even find that some of these spots are not enforced after certain hours. Just double check to be safe!

The menu consists of sausage links, both meat-lover and vegan (all are pretty good in my opinion), burgers, fries and sauce.

For members in good standing (i.e., membership dues paid, waiver signed), attendance is free of charge. For all others, attendance is $10.

If you will attend, ***you must RSVP.*** This is simply because I have made some special arrangements with the Link N Hops manangement. Just send and email to president@yeastsidebrewers.org with the relevant details about your attendance. With an RSVP, I’ll have a $2-off drink ticket for your first beer!

And . . .

The club will be ordering a platter of assorted sausages to share, though I make no promises that this platter will last all night!

We will have a home-base set up in the back left of the restaurant, and the rest of the place is, of course, open to your patronage.

Wishing you all the best, and I hope to see you there!

-Jerl Leutz, Yeastside President 2013