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.

July meeting – BBQ and Yeast Starter Demo

When: Saturday July 14th, 5PM – 9PM
Where:4981 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

This Saturday we’ll be meeting in the Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply parking lot behind the shop.  Since we nearly suffered from heat stroke here last July, we have pushed the time of the meeting to later in the day.  Vice President Jerl Leutz will be firing up the BBQ Grill, so bring any meat or veggies you would like to grill for dinner.  Side dishes and desserts are encouraged as well.  Feel free to bring commercial examples, in addition to any homebrews.  It isn’t a bad idea to bring a folding chair if you don’t want to stand for 4 hours.  In order to reduce trash, we ask that members bring their own tasting glass.
At 5:30 we’ll be doing a yeast starter demo that will take about an hour.  Making a starter is a great way to get your beer fermenting faster and to attenuate more fully.  If you aren’t doing this already, see how easy it can be to improve your brews by giving the yeast a jump start.
The style of the month is Category 16 Belgian and French Ales, 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.  If you would like to see the meeting locations and styles for the rest of this year, check the website for the schedule.
A big congrats to our Competition Cooridinator Jeff Koehler who won gold in the AHA Nationals with his Munich Dunkel! Looks like that triple decoction mash paid off big time!

Upcoming Events

-July 15th from 5 to 8pm is the “Craft of Homebrewing” event at the Craft and Folk Art Museum by the La Brea Tar Pits. There will be a presentation on the history and craft of homebrewing, followed by tastings.  Brewers that bring their beer to share get free admission and a free “high end” hot dog. Contact Greg Nylen if you are interested in bringing some beer to share, and recruiting some new club members for us!  nyleng@gtlaw.com
-July 20th is the deadline to drop off entries for the LA County Fair. Enter a bunch of your beers to get some objective feedback and hopefully win ribbons.
-July 21st is the Summer Party for Pacific Gravity. They have offered a deal to Yeastside members, who can get into the party for $10 a head. This is their big annual bash with tons of food and homebrew.
-August 4th is the next meeting, which is AHA Mead Day! We will meet at Club President Josh Jensen’s house in Echo Park for a Mead making demo. The COC style is Porter, so bring 3 bottles to compete if you have them.
-Competitions to brew for now include the Light Hybrid COC and Pacific Brewer’s Cup in September.

May Meeting – Eagle Rock Brewery

When: Saturday May 12th, 2PM – 6PM

Where: 3056 Roswell Street  Los Angeles, CA 90065
This Saturday is our monthly meeting at Eagle Rock Brewery.  Club co-founder and ERB employee Lee Bakofsky will be hosting us.  Around 2:30 we’ll get a tour of the brewery, and then meeting announcements at 3PM.  If you would like to contribute to the cause, snacks are always welcome!  At about 6PM, the Grilled Cheese food truck will arrive if you want to buy some grub.  In order to reduce trash, we suggest members bring their own tasting glass.  Some members of our fellow homebrew club Pacific Gravity plan to come share a beer with us around 4PM and afterwards.  We’ll be putting the pressure on all of you to attend the Brew For The Cure event in Van Nuys the next day!  See the link below for more details. The style of the month is American Ales, 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. If you would like to see the meeting locations and styles for the rest of this year, check the website for recent updates.

Upcoming Events
-May 13th is Brew For The Cure.  Come support member Barrett Amato as he raises $5000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

-June 2nd is the next meeting, at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena. The style of the month is German Wheat Beers.

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.

April Meeting at Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply and Upcoming Events

When: Saturday April 7th, 2PM – 6PM
Where:4981 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

This Saturday we’ll be meeting in the Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply parking lot behind the shop.  We had a great time here in January and last year, so we’ll be here every three months.  Feel free to bring commercial examples, in addition to any homebrews.  It isn’t a bad idea to bring a folding chair if you don’t want to stand for 4 hours.  If you would like to contribute to the cause, snacks are always welcome!  In order to reduce trash, we suggest members bring their own tasting glass.
The style of the month is Scottish and Irish Ales, 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.  Scottish and Irish Ales are also 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 best beer will be sent to represent the club, and those who were not selected can take their remaining bottles home or share with the club.  If you would like to see the meeting locations and styles for the rest of this year, check the website for recent updates.

Upcoming Events

Lots of great events are just over the horizon!
-April 9th thru 14th is the Deschutes Brewery Base Camp Week.  There are events all over LA, including a “Hats Off to Homebrewers” at Steingarten, where you can a get clone recipe book and free whole hops!
-April 12th is the deadline to drop off entries for the Mayfaire homebrew competition run by The Maltose Falcons.
-April 21st is the Pasadena Pub Crawl from 4PM to Last Call.  More info here.
-May 5th is the Southern California Homebrew Festival at Lake Castias near Ojai!  This is a weekend long event with over 30 homebrew clubs sampling beers.  Yeastsiders can camp with Pacific Gravity, who have more info on the event.
-May 12th is our monthly meeting at Eagle Rock Brewery.  The style of the month is American Ales.
-May 13th is the Brew For The Cure event we reported in the last email. Come support member Barrett Amato as he raises $5000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.