Competition End of Year 2016

2016 was a great year for the Yeastside Brewers. Six of our members spent months preparing for the BJCP exam, and in 2017 I expect that we will have six new judges.

We also had an amazing showing at all of the competitions funneling into the Brewer of the Year competition. At the last competition of the year, the Southern California Regional Homebrew Competition, we captured a Best of Show in mead and 14 additional medals. Here is a rundown of our winnings:

SoCal Regional Home-brew Competition

There were 314 entries judged and 139 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Winning Yeastside Entries

Best Of Show (Mead)

PLACE BREWER(S) ENTRY NAME STYLE CLUB
1st Jeff Koehler Cherry Chocolate Mead Fruit and Spice Mead Yeastside Brewers

Category 8: Dark European Lager (3 entries)

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1st Bonofilio Ruiz La Negra Aleman Schwarzbier Yeastside Brewers

Category 9: Strong European Beer (1 entries)

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2nd Mario Artiga Hit It From The Bock Doppelbock Yeastside Brewers

Category 12: Pale Commonwealth Beer (1 entries)

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1st Jeff Koehler British Golden Ale English Golden Ale Yeastside Brewers

Category 16: Dark British Beer (15 entries)

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2nd Ward Walkup IV Export Stout Tropical Stout Yeastside Brewers

Category 21B: Specialty IPA (9 entries)

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2nd Fabio Benelli Double Appeal To Heaven Specialty IPA Yeastside Brewers

Category 25: Strong Belgian Ale (10 entries)

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3rd Vorachai Chullanan “Lychee” Saison Saison Yeastside Brewers

Category 29: Fruit Beer (13 entries)

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1st Ward Walkup IV Passion Fruit Berliner Fruit Beer Yeastside Brewers

Category 32: Smoked Beer (1 entries)

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2nd Kim Turner Zacharia’s Smoking Robust Porter Classic Style Smoked Beer Yeastside Brewers

Category 33: Wood Beer (11 entries)

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1st Jeff Koehler Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Yeastside Brewers
2nd Jeremy Stacy & Cori Stacy Chocolata Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Yeastside Brewers

Category 34: Specialty Beer (12 entries)

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1st Ward Walkup IV Large Dark Rooster Clone Beer Yeastside Brewers
2nd Vorachai Chullanan Spicy “Tom Kha” Thai-American Wheat Ale Experimental Beer Yeastside Brewers

Category M2: Fruit Mead (1 entries)

PLACE BREWER(S) ENTRY NAME STYLE CLUB
1st Jeff Koehler Zinfandel Pyment Pyment Yeastside Brewers

Category M3: Spiced Mead (1 entries)

PLACE BREWER(S) ENTRY NAME STYLE CLUB
1st Jeff Koehler Cherry Chocolate Mead Fruit and Spice Mead Yeastside Brewers

It was a very tough battle for Brewer of the Year, but we have a new champion. After winning the honor the first two years, Ward Walkup IV ceded the battle to Jeff Koehler. However, that was 2016 and we need to look forward to 2017 where everything starts over – anyone can win! The first competition of 2017 is the Maltose Falcons’ Doug King Memorial Competition. This encompasses lagers, session beers, imperial beers and weird beers. Beers are due January 13. The competition is January 21 at MacLeods Ale Brewing in Van Nuys and everyone should consider helping to judge!

We will be doing a style tasting of Winter Warmers at our December meeting. For those of you that agreed to have that style ready, try and have them at the meeting early as we try to do this portion about 30 minutes after the start of the meeting. January will showcase any lager since, hopefully, these are what are being entered in the Doug King Competition! Remember, this portion of the meeting is for learning both on the tasting side as well as on the brewing side so it is a good excuse to stretch your brewing wings!

A new opportunity for spreading your brewing wings in 2017 has been offered from our friends at Eagle Rock Brewery. We have acquired 44 pounds of Jarrylo pellet hops from ERB at $10 per pound. We will have a Yeastside-only competition where Jarrylo is the main component in the finished beer. The winning beer will be brewed by ERB in the new year. More details are forthcoming!

Thank you for all of the hard work this year and let’s do it again in 2017!

Last Competition of the Year!

The entry date for the California State Homebrew Competition has finally been announced! Have your entries shipped to arrive by October 12th.

The prizes for this competition are usually very cool, so I would definitely suggest entering! Be careful when entering – even though BJCP guidelines are used, the styles are collapsed into categories which is what you submit the beer under. The website is fairly clear with how to enter the beer, but do not be afraid to contact Jeff Koehler if you have questions!

Good luck!

Golden Road Brewing Mystery Hops Pro/Am Competition

Golden Road has just contacted the Yeastside Brewers about a Pro/Am competition they are hosting for their entry to GABF 2013. They have set aside 10 slots for Yeastside Brewers that wish to enter. Unlike most competitions, the GABF style guidelines will be used. The fun twist on this competition is that you will be supplied mystery hops from Golden Road to brew your beer that fits any of the GABF style guidelines!

Since there will be plenty of interest in this, any member in good standing that wishes to enter needs to send an email to competitioncoordinator@yeastsidebrewers.org by Monday, February 4 at 9AM. If there are more than 10 people showing interest, a random drawing will be held to choose the 10 brewers that will represent our club for this competition.

The beers need to be ready at the end of March for this competition, so we will notify people on Monday to start brewing if they are selected!

For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Good Luck!

BJCP Exam and Class

It’s getting close to that time!  The tasting test is scheduled for July 21st which means we will be starting class on May 19th to get ready for the online test.  The class will be every Saturday for 7 weeks.  The online test covers a wide range of topics from BJCP protocols to brewing techniques, materials and theories and can be taken at any time before the seated test on July 21st.  I have contacted everyone that I had on the signup list.  If you signed up and did not get an email from me, I may have lost/messed up your contact info.  Please resend to  competitioncoordinator@yeastsidebrewers.org.

If you didn’t signup and you have found that you have the time and interest, a couple of slots have opened up so contact me ASAP to guarantee your slot.