Brew for the Cure!

Hello Home Brewers!
The Brew for the Cure Homebrew Festival is happening May 13th. This is a call for entries. We need the great homebrewers of Southern California to jump into the fight against cancer and help us throw a kick ass party! It’s a chance to hang out with friends compete for prizes and get your beer out there to see what people think.  There will be music and food, and the home brew will be flowing. Prizes will be awarded to the winning beers chosen by the public.
Entrants as well as attendants will not be charged, but there is a suggested donation of 20 dollars that will go directly to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help fund cancer research. All proceeds from the festival will be donated to charity. It’s a great excuse to drink beer for a good cause.
If you want to be a featured brewer at the festival all you need to do is download the entry form attached and mail it back to
Barrett Amato
with your check made payable to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You need not send beer with the form just bring your entry on the day of the event. We recommend bringing a minimum of 2 gallons of beer to the festival by any delivery method, be it bottles, kegs or growlers. Brewers may enter more than one beer. Please fill out a separate form for each entry.
The deadline for entries is May 1st.
If there are any questions write to or call 805 341 7268.


Barrett J. Amato
If you’ll like to help me raise $5000.00 to hike the Grand Canyon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by May 19th 2012 to fund cancer research please visit

and donate! Any amount is appreciated.
Thank you.

Bus Trip to Stone AHA Rally March 10th

Last month we reported that the 40 homebrewer spots were full for the Stone March Madness AHA Rally. But that was before we learned that club member Ward G. Walkup IV has an entry, and Josh Jensen got accepted from the waiting list! So 2 club members will be vying for the honor of being the next homebrewer to collaborate with Stone for a beer that will be released nationally, and enter the GABF Pro-Am this fall. 40 homebrews will be available for tasting and the top 4 beers in a people’s choice vote will go to a best of show round. Stone crew picks one of those 4 as the winner. We need your support to make sure both Ward’s Wheatwine and Josh’s Rye Double IPA make it to the final four!
We’ll be organizing a bus trip to this event, leaving Union Station at 10AM on Saturday the 10th, and returning around 7 or 8PM. The event at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens is from 1-4PM, and you must RSVP in advance and be a AHA Member to attend. The event is free to get into for AHA members, or you can renew or join at the door. But RSVP on their site NOW if you want to go, as they will cap the attendance. The bus trip will cost you $25/person. You can pay at the March meeting, or reply to this email to have a PayPal invoice sent to you. Please pay ASAP, so we have a head count for the bus. After the event we will stop by a brewpub in the area for a early dinner and more beers before heading back to LA.

March Meeting – Mohawk Bend in Echo Park

When: Saturday March 3rd, 2PM – 5PM
Where: 2141 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

This month’s meeting has been moved from Haven Gastropub to Mohawk Bend. Haven’s brewpub is not up and running yet, so we’ll plan to go there in June when we can try their house brews. Tony Yanow and his staff are excited to have our club visit their restaurant and bar. If you have never been there, you are in for a treat. They have around 70 taps of mostly California Microbrews. There is great food, with lots of vegan and carnivore options, plus amazing pizza. Show up hungry and enjoy lunch with your beers. Since they sell beer here, only bring homebrews to share with your fellow club members, not commercial examples. At 5PM they will need to get ready for existing dinner reservations, so we can move to the bar area around that time.

The style of the month is Stout, 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.

The next Club Only Competition is upon us!  For those members who have a good example of a stout, please bring three 12-oz bottles to the March meeting along with the recipe and bottle labels already filled out.  All classes of stout in the BJCP Category 13 are welcome.  The best stout will be sent to represent the club and those who were not selected can take their remaining bottles home or share with the club.
The April meeting will also have another Club Only Competition showdown – this time for Scottish and Irish Ales.  Once again, if you have a beer in the Scottish/Irish styles of BJCP Category 9, please bring three 12-oz bottles and completed paperwork to the April meeting.
Finally, the American Homebrewers Association’s National Homebrew Competition is soon upon us.  Starting February 28, you can start entering your beer in the competition.  This is the largest homebrew competition in the world and spots fill up quickly, so don’t wait too long to enter your beers!  One 12-oz bottle is required for the first round and if your beer places, you will need to send 3 more to the Nationals.  Jeff will speak more about this competition at the meeting.

February Meeting – all-grain brew at Scott Piotrowski’s house in Glassell Park

When: Saturday February 4th, 11AM – 5PM
Where: 2456 Sundown Drive, Glassell Park, 90065

This Saturday we’ll be meeting at Scott’s house while he brews up a batch of Amber Ale in his garage. If you would like to learn about all-grain to make the jump from extract, this is a great chance to do so. Parking may be tricky, so check the link at the beginning of this paragraph for a helpful map that Scott 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. Scott is looking to improve his brewing system, so would like ideas and input.
We recommend bringing a folding chair, and a tasting glass to prevent plastic waste. Also bring lots of beer/homebrew! Scott has a fridge in the garage to keep your beers well chilled.
The style of the month is English Pale Ales, but feel free to bring any type of homebrew to share and discuss with your fellow brewers. Consider bringing a copy of your recipe for any homebrews, 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.

January Meeting – Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply – 1st Anniversary meeting

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

This meeting is the first anniversary of our first official club meeting! We had many folks attend that brew day in the Bakofsky garage, and we got a great start to our club. This month we’ll be returning to the Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply shop, where we had our April and July club brew meeting. If you don’t like to stand for 4 hours, you should bring your own chair. Also bring lots of beer/homebrew!
The style of the month is Holiday Ales, but feel free to bring any type of homebrew to share and discuss with your fellow brewers. It would be a great idea to bring a copy of your recipe for any homebrews, as that only helps when discussing your beer.

Club Elections
The results are in, and the people have spoken (i.e. voted for the one person that ran for each position). The club board for 2012 is:

President: Josh Jensen
Vice President: Jerl Leutz
Treasurer: Danny Exum
Activities Director: Kyle Hertler
Competition Cooridinator: Jeff Koehler
Beer Ninja: Joey Espinosa (Board appointed position)

Upcoming Competition: Doug King Memorial
The Doug King Memorial is coming up soon, hosted by the Maltose Falcons. Entry due date is Jan. 12th, and the cost is $6 per entry. The Best Of Show beer will be brewed by Eagle Rock Brewery as the 2012 GABF Pro-Am entry! More info available here, check it out as not all categories will be judged. The focus is on Lagers, Experimental/Specialty, Imperial anything, and Session beers.

Hope to see you Saturday at the Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply!

December Meeting – Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach


Please note that the December meeting has been moved to Sunday the 4th, in order to avoid conflicts with the ColLAboration event at Golden Road Brewery on the 3rd, and the Strong Ale Festival at Pizza Port Carlsbad on the 2nd and 3rd. So why not go to one or both of those, and devote the whole weekend to great beer?This meeting will be hosted by Owner Gabe Gordon and Brewmaster Julian Shrago of Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach! Julian will be giving a tour of the brewery, as well as answering our questions about his beers and his recent move from home brewer to Pro. Read a little bit more about them in this LA Weekly article from June.You can easily get here via the Metro Blue Line, as the 5th St. Station is just 2 blocks from the brewery. Consider taking the Metro, and leaving your car at home.

The style of the month is Belgian Strong Ales, but feel free to bring any type of homebrew to share and discuss with your fellow brewers.


Congrats go to Jeff Koehler for winning a 2nd place for his Export Stout in the California Homebrew Competition! This is the beer he brewed at the club brew in July behind the Eagle Rock Homebrew Shop. Full results can be seen here. Congrats also to our sister club Pacific Gravity for winning the Anchor CA Homebrew Club of the Year!


Club Elections 

We’ve got at least one person interested in each club board position, so elections will held this meeting. It’s not too late to toss your hat in the ring, if you want to get involved. All members in good standing (have paid your $20 annual membership) will be able to vote. If you can’t make it to the meeting, we’ll send you a ballot via email

November Meeting – Eagle Rock Brewery

When: Saturday November 5th, 2PM start or 9AM if you sign up for the demo
Where: 3056 Roswell Street, Los Angeles, CA 90065-2214

November 5th is the American Homebrewer’s Association “Learn To Homebrew Day.” You’ll have a chance to learn about all-grain brewing if you are thinking about making the jump from extract. Steve Raub from Eagle Rock Brewery will be brewing his Full Moon Bock as a pilot batch. It begins at 9AM, and the cost is $10. You get a simple lunch and a pint of ERB beer as well. Find more info and sign up here. If you don’t want to attend the entire brew day, we’ll be starting the normal meeting at 2PM. Our fellow Yeastside Brewer and ERB Taproom manager Lee Bakofsky will be giving a tour of the brewery around 2:30. We can share homebrews until the taproom opens for the public at 4PM.

The style of the month is Dark Lagers, but feel free to bring any type of homebrew to share and discuss with your fellow brewers. You can bring commercial beer examples to this meeting.

We will be picking the club entry for the Club Only Competition in German Wheat beers. This covers categories 15A, B, C, and D. If you have one of these, bring 3 (12oz.) bottles and we’ll have a judging panel pick the brew to represent our club.

If you would like to visit Island Brewing, Surf Brewing, and Ladyface to the North of LA, consider joining Pacific Gravity on their November 12th road trip. Cost is $30, and the bus leaves at 9:30AM from the Culver City Homebrew Shop.

Club Elections coming in December

Want to get more involved with the club and guide its direction in 2012? Then this is your chance! We’ll be voting for President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Compeitition Cooridinator, and Activities Director in December. If you are interested, nominate yourself for any of these positions before December 1st by sending an email to All members in good standing will be able to vote for the nominees at the December 3rd meeting, or via email if you can’t make it that day.

Pacific Brewer’s Cup results are posted – 4 Yeastsiders win ribbons!

See the full results here. Four Yeastside Brewers entered beers that placed. Ward G. Walkup IV got a 1st place in Cat. 14 IPA, for his “Pacific Rim IPA” (we got a taste of this great beer at the Sept. meeting). Josh Jensen got a 1st place and 2nd Runner-up Best of Show in Cat. 15 German Wheat and Rye beer for his “Hubris Hefeweizen.” Jerl Leutz got a 3rd place in Cat. 16 Belgian and French Ales for his “Oaked Trappist Tripel with Agave.” Jeff Koehler got a 2nd place in Cat. 23 Specialty Ales for his “Rye Barleywine.” This was a great showing for our young club!
The next big competition is the 33rd Annual California State Homebrew comp. Entries are due Oct. 15th, and you need to ship them up to Concord or Berkeley.
The next upcoming COC is Hefeweizen (BJCP 15A-15D) in November. Then Dark Lagers in Jan 2012 and Stout in March. Brew a batch to enter!

October Meeting – Sunset Beer Company

When: Saturday October 8th, 1PM to 5PM
1498 Sunset Blvd., #3
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Our October meeting is on the 8th since some members will be at GABF. If you haven’t gone before, it is a must do event. Start planning for next year!
We’ll be checking out the brand new craft beer bottle shop and tasting bar, Sunset Beer Company in Echo Park. General Manager Alex Macy will be hosting us. You can find more info about the spot in the LA Weekly write up, and Caroline on Crack, and more!
The style of the month is Porters but feel free to bring any type of homebrew to share and discuss with your fellow brewers. For license reasons, we’ll need to keep the homebrew on the side patio that will be reserved for club members. Don’t bring commercial beer examples to this meeting there are more than 200 for sale!
LA Beer Week is nearly upon us! Check the events section, there will be some great events every day (including a Musical Beer Crawl in Echo Park on Oct. 11th.) The LA Beer Week Festival at Union Station on Sunday the 23rd can’t be missed.
Can’t wait that long? You can go meeting up with the Pacific Gravity homebrewers at the Long Beach pub crawl on Oct. 2nd. Take the metro Blue Line!