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.

September Meeting – Sour and Belgian Strong styles at Little Bear

When: Saturday September 1st, 2PM – 6PM
Where: 1855 Industrial St., LA 90021

Join us this Saturday at the Little Bear “Belgian Beer Cafe” downtown. This spot serves a wide variety of Belgian beer, and domestically brewed Belgian-style beer on tap and in bottles. This is complimented by a Belgian food menu that is sure to please. They serve Brunch until 3PM, and also will offer their lunch options throughout the time of our meeting.
The styles of the month are Category 17 Sours and Category 18 Belgian Strong, 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, only homebrew. Buy your commercial beers at the bar and support Little Bear for hosting us!
Light Hybrids are the category for the Club Only Competition. If you have a good example of one (Cream Ale, Blonde Ale, Kölsch, or American Wheat or Rye Beer) please bring three 12-oz bottles to the meeting along with the recipe and bottle labels already filled out. The highest-scoring beer after a blind judging will be sent to represent the club. The judging may not take place the day of the meeting. If you would like to see future meeting locations and styles, check the website for the schedule.

August Meeting – Mead Day and Porter COC

When: Saturday August 4th, 4PM – 8PM
Where: 1427 Quintero St., Los Angeles 90026

This Saturday we will meet at Club President Josh Jensen’s house in Echo Park to celebrate AHA Mead Day! Club member Jeremy Stacy will be giving a mead making demo for those interested in learning how easy it can be. Josh will also be making a mead (Sparkling Ginger Mead) but don’t expect to gain too much knowledge, because it will be his first first batch. You are more than welcome to bring honey and equipment to make a mead yourself. Snacks are always welcome!
The styles of the month are Category 24-26 Mead and Category 12 Porter, but feel free to bring any type of homebrew or commercial beers. Consider bringing a copy of your recipe, as that only helps when discussing your beer and getting feedback. Porters are the category for the Club Only Competition. If you have a good example of one, please bring three 12-oz bottles to the meeting along with the recipe and bottle labels already filled out. The highest scoring beer after a blind judging will be sent to represent the club. The judging may not take place the day of the meeting. If you would like to see future meeting locations and styles, check the website for the schedule.
The Light Hybrid COC and Pacific Brewer’s Cup are coming soon in September, when we will be meeting on the first of the month at Little Bear in Downtown LA.