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!

Brett Class Tonight!

FYI, there are still a few seats left in the Brettanomyces class tonight at Eagle Rock Brewery.

Matt Staley (Heretic Brewing’s pro-am beer Tafel Bully) and Drew Beechum will be speaking, and we’ll be sampling Orval, Fantome  La Dalmatienne, Anchorage Whiteout, Ommegang’s Aphrodite, Heretic Tafel Bully, and possibly a surprise or two. 7:00 pm.

More info & sign-up here…






July Meeting-Club Brew at Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply

When: Sunday July 10th, 9AM – 8PM
Where: Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply
4981 Eagle Rock Blvd.
LA, CA 90041

Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply will be hosting The Yeastside Brewers club brew in the back parking lot. Members will be invited to bring their setup and brew together. We’ll also be having a BBQ with chicken and carne asada tacos. If you want to grill something else, feel free to bring it. We’ll do a pot luck to round out the menu, so please bring a side dish and serving utensil if you can. Please reply to RSVP for the event if you know you are coming, if you plan to brew, and what side dish you can bring so we can plan for the crowd size. Good items to bring include: sunscreen, a chair, and of course, beer!

The styles of the month are Light and Amber Hybrid beers. These include Cream Ale, Blonde Ale, Kölsch, American Wheat or Rye, Alt, and California Common. Feel free to bring any type of homebrew or commercial beer though!

If you can’t make it until later in the day, Thomas from the shop plans to do an extract brewing class from 5pm-8pm.

Hope to see you Sunday!


July (Already?) Meeting

Club-brew at the new Eagle Rock Homebrew shop, starting bright and early Sunday July 10 at 9:00 am.

Several folks will be lugging down their gear and brewing; presenting a great opportunity for less experienced brewers to gain insight on more advanced techniques.

Rumor has it there may be some kind of BBQ or grilling happening as well.

For the non early-risers, feel free to roll out later, the shop is hosting a brewing class at 5:00 pm.

See you there!


June Meeting-IPA Month at Tony’s Darts Away

When: Sunday June 5th, Noon (when they open, so don’t bother arriving early) 

Where: Tony’s Darts Away

1710 West Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91506


The style of the month is IPA, and we could think of no better place to visit than Tony’s Darts Away. IPA’s take up half the taplist at all times. Everyday is like an IPA festival! If you have any homebrews to share in this style, please bring them. Of course, any style of homebrew is encouraged. Please do not bring commercial beers to this meeting, as TDA will have that covered for us. They are happy to pour you taster flights, so you can take quite a tour of the hop bombs!

Since TDA is a “no bottles bar” we need to take all empty bottles out with us when we leave. Growlers are encouraged.

Around 1PM we’ll have meeting notes about upcoming events, including the AHA National Homebrewers Conference June 16-18 and the club brew which brings me to…


Club brew at Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply on Sunday July 10th!

(2nd Sunday to avoid 4th of July conflicts) – Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply will be hosting The Yeastside Brewers club brew in the back parking lot. Members will be invited to bring their brewing setups so everyone can see what equipment and techniques others use. This should be a really good time, and a great chance for brewers of all levels to get new ideas for their own brewing. If you are thinking of making the jump from extract to all-grain brewing, you can learn a lot.

The shop is fully open now too, just in case you weren’t aware. Supplies are pouring in, possibly as you read this.



May Meeting-Home Cheese Making Demo (moved to Sunday the 8th)

When: Sunday May 8th, Noon
Where: Club member Skipp Shelly’s house in Echo Park
1112 West Edgeware Road
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Join us at Skipp’s house as he gives us a demo of home cheese making! He will be sharing some cheese from previous batches, and teaching us about the process. The meeting is being moved from Saturday to Sunday, since May 7th is the judging for Mayfaire (see below for more info). Yes, we know it is Mother’s Day, and sorry if that doesn’t work for some people. But your Mom probably loves cheese, right? Why not make her some as a belated Mother’s Day gift, or just for being wonderful.

Our style of the month is Specialty, Experimental, Historical beers (category 23). These are the “weird beers” so bring out the freaks! If you have any homebrews to share in these styles, please bring them. Of course, any style of homebrew is encouraged. If you have a favorite commercial Specialty/Experimental/Historical, bring it along too.

Around 1PM (or whenever Skipp has a break in the cheese action) we’ll have meeting notes about upcoming events.

Competition Info:
The first local judging/stewarding opportunity is rapidly approaching. The Maltose Falcons’ Mayfaire competition is on May 7th at Saint Martin’s Church in Canoga Park. This is a great opportunity to get some competition experience and more help is always needed. Full information and how to register as a judge or steward can be found on the Maltose Falcons’ website. We would like to make a strong club showing with as many members that can make the trip!

As for entering beers for competitions, the next individual competitions are the Los Angeles County Fair and Southern California Regional Homebrew Competition, both of which have entry due dates in July. The next club only competition is in August for meads so we will hold a taste-off during the August meeting. More details will be posted as the dates get closer.

Future meeting plans:
June 5th (Sunday) – Tony’s Darts Away. Monthly style is IPA (category 14). If you haven’t been to TDA, and you love IPA’s, then it’s about time! Half of the taplist are California brewed IPAs.
July 9th (2nd Saturday to avoid 4th of July conflicts) – location TBD. Working on plans for a club brew, where members will be invited to bring their brewing setup and get everyone brewing together.

April Meeting

When: Saturday April 2nd, 12:00
Where: Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply

4981 Eagle Rock Blvd.
LA, CA 90041

The new homebrew store in Eagle Rock isn’t open yet (at this time mid-April is the estimate) but Greg Beron has agreed to open the doors for our April meeting! The meeting will start at Noon. Our style of the month is American Ales (category 10). These include American Pale Ale, American Amber Ale, and American Brown Ale. If you have any homebrews to share in these styles, please bring them. Of course, any style of homebrew is encouraged. If you have a favorite commercial American Ale, bring it along too.
Around 1PM we’ll have meeting notes about upcoming events and competitions, especially about SCHF (see below) and the National Homebrew Conference in San Diego, June 16-18.

Future meeting plans:
May 7th – Cheesemaking demo at member Skipp Shelly’s house in Silverlake. Monthly style is Specialty, Experimental, Historical beers (category 23)
June 4th – location TBD, but a beer bar such as Tony’s Darts Away, Mohawk Bend, or 38 degrees. Monthly style is IPA (category 14)

So. CA Homebrewers Festival info.

When: Friday April 29th-Sunday May 1st
Where:Lake Casitas Recreation Area
11311 Santa Ana Road
Ventura, CA 93001


Yeastside Brewers have a booth reserved for the festival, so come along and pour your beer at the best homebrew festival all year! The SCHF is a weekend long gathering of homebrew clubs from Southern California. There will be more than 30 clubs pouring this year, and each club pours an average of 10-15 beers, and some as many as 40! On Friday night a few yet to be named commercial breweries will be pouring FREE BEER from 6PM until they run out (or 10 PM if they make it). Bands perform during the day on Saturday, there is a huge raffle, and speakers from the beer industry (Peter Bouckaert from New Belgium, and Tyler King from The Bruery this year).
Important details:
1. You must join the California Homebrewers Association by purchasing a membership online by April 29th at Noon. It is $45 until the end of March, and then $50 in April. Your one and only membership benefit is admission to the main event on Saturday starting at 11AM, and usually lasting until 10 PM or later.
2. Camping/Hotel: We’ll be camping at the Owl Court Group site with Culver City club Pacific Gravity. For $50/person, you get 2 nights camping, and 4 fantastic meals! There is also a $25 option for camping only, and you bring your own food. The site is great with lots of shade trees. There is water and electricity, so it is far from “roughing it.” If you are one of those people who will not camp, hotels are available in Ojai, but going fast. They have free shuttles from the fest to Ojai.

If you are interested in going to SCHF or have questions, please contact me at joshjensen42@gmail.com. Visit the CHA website above for more info. If you look at my videos on Facebook, you can see 2 quick “walkthrough” videos I made at the 2009 and 2010 fests! This event is outstanding, and not to be missed.

Cheers, and keep brewing!
-Josh Jensen

March Meeting

When: Saturday March 05, 4:00
Where: Nibble Bit Tabby Brewery
2001 S Santa Fe Ave Los Angeles, CA 9002

Brian Lethco will be opening his doors for us this Saturday afternoon! Come down and check out their downtown brewhouse, ask questions, geek out, etc. Rumor has it there may be some fresh ESB on hand as well. They’re into traditional ales, so bring down your bitters, english pales, browns, etc. (Or any other homebrews for that matter). See you guys soon! Lee.

Monster Brew w/Pacific Gravity at Tustin Brewing Company

When: Saturday Feb 26
Where: Tustin Brewing Company

They still have a few seats left, any Yeastsiders are welcome to attend. I’ve been in the past and it’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning! If anyone wants to carpool let me know. (I can’t make it but will help connect potential carpoolers).

Full details can be found here.

Additionally, here are recipe details and ideas from Carl Townsend, PG’s Competition Coordinator.