Urgent action needed to save the Southern CA Homebrewer’s Festival!

We need the help of all club members to save the SCHF from being shut down. The SCHF is held the first weekend of May every year, for the past 23 years. Over 40 homebrew clubs gather at Lake Casitas in Ojai to discuss the hobby and share their beers.

In October of 2013, bill AB 1425 went into effect to help non-profit organizations raise money by legally selling homemade wine and beer. However, there is a section which states that a non-profit established for promoting homebrewing or whose members is composed primarily of homebrewers shall not be eligible. This was not the intention of the Committee on Governmental Organization to exclude our event. The ABC has interpreted this to mean our festival is illegal, and they will not issue the permit required for the event.

So what can you do? I’m so glad you asked!

1. Go here to read the bill yourself and get a better understanding. AB 1425

2. Learn who your State Assembly Member and State Senator are by going here and entering your address. Go to their websites to get their contact info, and then write/call/fax them asking for help amending the bill and changing the ABC’s negative interpretation of AB 1425 so the festival may proceed as planned. A form letter is below, add your personal info in the first paragraph, and explain what homebrewing and/or the festival mean to you. Stay respectful and professional. It is their job to listen to their constituents,

3. Inform the California Homebrewer’s Association board whom you have contacted, so they know which state reps have been asked for help. Send an email to marlajo@calhomebrewers.org

4. Visit the California Homebrewer’s Association website to stay posted on the latest news and/or donate to the CHA legal fund.

Thank you in advance for your help! Time is short, so do not delay. Contact your reps right away!

Here is the form letter to use. The second one is shorter, since there is a limit on length when submitting on your reps website.

January 22, 2014
Honorable
«AddressBlock»
Dear   :
Subject:  Need immediate relief from ABC’s negative interpretation of regulations targeting homebrewed beer in AB 1425 for the Southern California Homebrewers Festival
I (work in/live in/am a member of a club in/support homebrew events in) the (Assembly/Senate) District you serve and am requesting your urgent attention to amending AB 1425 which was recently passed and signed into law.  This Committee Bill, introduced by the Committee on Governmental Organizations, establishes new statutes for home-made beer and wine. Subsequent to the Governor approving the bill on October 1, 2013, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has notified the California Homebrewers Association that our annual festival is now illegal.
The Southern California Homebrewers Association Festival has been held annually for the past 23 years and has become the premier event for awareness and attention to the hobby of homebrewing.  At the festival, Southern California homebrewing clubs come together to learn, discuss, and share our appreciation for the hobby. Sampling of different styles of brewing is imperative to learning the intricacies and science of homebrewing and allows homebrew clubs throughout the state to showcase their best artistry.
Our festival has grown to approximately 2,000 members and is scheduled to be held May 2-3, 2014 at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area outside of Ojai. Admission to the event is restricted to members only and has a 23-year track record of responsible citizenship. Our members are proud to help support the local community during their off-season, filling the Lake Casitas campsites on an off-peak weekend and spending well over $120,000 over the course of the event.
The California Homebrewers Association has been a non-profit organization in California since 1997. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has interpreted the law to say that “personal use” and “exhibitions” do not apply to our festival. Further, they have determined that our annual membership dues should be viewed as purchased “tickets” to the festival. The rigid interpretation of AB 1425 describes our event as something it is not and was never intended to be. We do not sell tickets or solicit non-members to attend our event.  It is geared exclusively to enthusiasts.
We desperately need your help in repairing the damage inadvertently done by AB 1425 and with our event only 3 months away we need your intervention immediately.
Sincerely,
Name, address
 ——
Dear <Assemblyman/Sentaor>,
Relief from ABC’s interpretation of AB 1425 for the Southern California Homebrewers Festival
You are my state <Assemblyman/Sentaor> representing me in the <XX>th <Assembly> District and I need your help in amending AB 1425, which recently became law.  This Committee Bill sets new statutes for home-made beer and wine and since the bill became law, the California ABC has notified the California Homebrewers Association (CHA) that our annual festival is now illegal.
The Southern California Homebrewers Association Festival has been held annually for the past 23 years and is the premier California event for homebrewers.  Homebrewing clubs come together to learn, discuss, and share our appreciation for the hobby. Sampling of different styles is important to learning the craft of homebrewing and allows homebrew clubs throughout the state to showcase their best artistry.
Our festival has grown to ~2000 people and is scheduled to be held May 2-3, 2014 at the Lake Casitas. Admission is restricted to members only and has a 23-year record of responsible citizenship. Our members help support the local community during their off-season by filling the Lake Casitas campsites and spending well over $120,000 over the course of the event.
The CHA has been a non-profit organization in California since 1997. The California ABC has interpreted AB 1425 to say that ‘personal use’ and ‘exhibitions’ do not apply to our festival. Further, they have determined that our annual membership are purchased ‘tickets’ to the festival. This rigid interpretation of AB 1425 describes our event as something it is not. We do not sell tickets or solicit non-members to attend our event.  It is geared exclusively to enthusiasts.
We desperately need your help in repairing the damage inadvertently done by AB 1425 and with our event only 3 months away we need your intervention immediately.
Sincerely,
<Your name and address>

 

February 1st Meeting – Brewer of the Year Contest & California Homebrew Festival Update @ The Glendale Tap

 

When: Saturday, February 1st, 2pm – 6pm
Where: The Glendale Tap, 4227 San Fernando Road, Glendale, Ca, 91204

Dear Yeastsiders,

This Saturday, February 1st, we will be having our Meeting at The Glendale Tap.  I had planned to have our meeting at the Morrison, right down the street, but there was a change in management so we had to change venues.  Sorry for the last minute change.  Thanks to Louie for securing the new meeting spot, and Brian from Glendale Tap for having us!  Please limit the Homebrew you bring to 1 bottle, so we can partake in the 50 plus beers available.  The last meeting we had at the Glendale Tap was lightly attended due to a massive accident right up the street, hopefully we won’t have a repeat of last year!  Please plan your transportation responsibly.

Style of the Month is up for grabs! 

If anyone has a beer that they would like to share and talk briefly about for meeting announcements, please let me know.  The first person to contact me will have the honors of presenting the Style of the Month.  All you would need to do is bring two 22oz bottles or one 64oz Growler of your delicious beer.  Moving forward, if you know you will have a beer available for a future meeting, see me and I will assign you the Style of the Month for that meeting.

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Snacks
  • Money or Credit Card for your Annual Dues

Competitions & Brewer of the Year Contest:

If you missed the first meeting of the year, then you may not know that we will be awarding an official “Yeastside Brewer of the Year” in 2014! This will be determined by ribbons won in 9 competitions throughout the year which we’ll refer to as “The Majors.” These are LA local or nationwide events. They are:
– The Doug King Memorial – Congrats to Jeff Koehler for his 1st Place Munich Dunkel and Ward Walkup IV for his 1st and 2nd Place Speciality Beer!  Looks like Ward is taking the early lead in the contest.
– America’s Finest City due Feb 12th
– AHA Nationals (which will earn points for ribbons in the first round and medals in the second round, see below for more info)
– Mayfaire due mid-April
– CA State Fair due May
– SoCal Regional due July
– LA County Fair due July
– Pacific Brewers Cup due late August
– CA State Homebrew comp due October.
These dates are approximate based on previous years. A 1st place ribbon earns 3 points, 2nd place is points, and 3rd place is 1 point. Best of Show gets an additional 3 points, and runner up BOS is 2 more points, 2nd runner up is 1 point. Start brewing now, and enter those beers under Yeastside Brewers!
The AHA National competition is changing up procedures this year to avoid the rush to enter. You can register to enter up to 6 beers between 1/25 and 2/2. It doesn’t matter when you enter during those 7 days, which will avoid their server crashing like last year. More info can be found HERE.

California Homebrew Festival: May 2nd – 4th – TBD

As some of you know, The California Homebrew Festival is a great event that brings together Homebrewers from all over California.  If you haven’t been, it is a truly great way to meet fellow homebrewers, try some really unique beers, and represent the Yeastside Brewers in a meaningful way. This year, however, the event is in Jeopardy, and not the good Alex Trebek type ofJeopardy!  Please visit the California Homebrew Association for further details.  We will have a separate email that will go into more detail about what you can do to help.  Moving forward, we have to plan like the event is going to happen!  Here is what we need from you.

  • RSVP with Josh Jensen if you want to go to the Festival – We will start a list of people going and reserve spots for our camping site.  We have room for 40 or so people.  Camping fees and parking are not included in the cost of the Festival ticket.
  • We are in the process of building a Serving Station to Debut at the Festival, and we need to fill it with your Homebrew.  Start thinking about what you can have brewed and ready for the Festival.  We are trying to have a wide variety to offer so feel free to push your boundaries!  The more Kegs the merrier!
  • Look for future communication about the event as it comes out.

We have a backup plan for that weekend if the Festival is cancelled.  Our May Meeting would be the 3rd, or the 10th if the Festival goes on as planned.  More details to come!

Membership Dues:

As we start the New Year, it is that time of the year to collect Membership Dues.  Membership for the Year, which is required to attend meetings and participate in Club events and contests, is $24 for one and $36 for a couple.  Gayle, our new Treasurer, has made paying dues and buying merchandise 100% easier!  We will always accept cash, but we can now accept credit cards with our Square Reader!  Here are some of the wonderful items you can buy!

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses for Sale:

  • Yeastside Brewers logo Tasting Glasses are for sale, $8 each, 3 for $20
  • New Yeastside Brewers Logo T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $25
  • Yeastside Brewers T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $20
  • Neck Lanyard, $5
  • Combo Tasting Glass and Neck Lanyard, $10

March’s meeting will be at a local brewery, TBD

I look forward to seeing you all this weekend.  Happy Brewing to you all, and see you on Saturday!

Cheers

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

January 4th Meeting – Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply

When: Saturday, January 4th, 2pm – 6pm
Where: Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply, 4981 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Dear Yeastsiders,

This Saturday, January 4th, we will be having our first meeting of the year at Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply from 2pm – 6pm.  This weekend looks to be beautiful, and there is no better way to celebrate the New Year than with some outstanding homebrew.  Please plan your transportation responsibly!

IPA’s will be the style of the month.  I have asked our new Competition Coordinator and previous president, Josh Jensen, to provide a tasting for everyone during the announcements.  Josh will lead us in a toast for the 3rd Anniversary of our Club!  We welcome your homebrews of this style, as well as any other style you have to share.  Moving forward, there will be a change in how we determine the style of the month.  Details to come.

Things to bring to Saturday’s Meeting:

  • Tasting Glass (YSB glasses are for sale)
  • Homebrew
  • Snacks, Lunch, Food
  • Folding Chair
  • Any entries for the Doug King Competition (ERHBS is a drop off location)

Thanks to previous and future Board Members:

I just wanted to thank all the previous Board Members for their work in promoting and running our club.  Jerl Leutz accomplished a lot this past year as president, and really set the bar high for what we want to accomplish this year.  Danny Exum and Jeff Koehler have been Treasurer and Competition Coordinator for the past two years, respectively. We have increased member numbers, increased medal counts in competitions, and have certified  BJCP judges during the past year.  I thank them both for their hard work and dedication to the club.  Jeremy Stacy will continue his role as Administrative Coordinator.  Thank you Jeremy for helping us get organized!  I welcome Louie, Gayle, and Josh to the board this year, and I look forward to all that we will accomplish.  It is going to be a great year!

Competitions:

The Competition season is starting up and the first competition is the Doug King Memorial Competition 2014. Registration and entries must be submitted by January 10th.  For your convenience, you can bring your entries to the Meeting Saturday!  Please note that this competition uses the Maltose Falcons Style Guidelines, as opposed to the BJCP Guidelines.

We will update the Competition Schedule soon so check it regularly for updates.  Josh will also have some announcements at the meeting as well.  So far we have the following competitions to plan for, with many more to come.

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses for Sale:

  • Yeastside Brewers logo Tasting Glasses are for sale, $8 each, 3 for $20
  • New Yeastside Brewers Logo T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $25
  • Yeastside Brewers T-Shirt, sizes M to XXXL, $20
  • Neck Lanyard, $5
  • Combo Tasting Glass and Neck Lanyard, $10

February’s Meeting will most likely be at the Morrison in Atwater Village

I look forward to the New Year and I really appreciate everyone’s contributions to the club.  Every meeting is filled with great people, great beer, and great laughs!  Happy New Year and Happy Brewing to you all, and see you on Saturday!

Thanks

Dave Ochoa – Yeastside Brewers President 2014

 

December 7th Meeting – The Ochoa Residence

When: Saturday December 7th, 2PM – 6PM
Where: The Home of Dave and Sammy Ochoa5020 Glen Iris Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Dear Yeastsiders:

This Saturday, December 7th, we’ll be holding our meeting at the home of VP Dave and Sammy Ochoa in Eagle Rock, from 2PM to 6PM. Street parking is available nearby. Please plan your transportation responsibly!

One of my favorites, Smoked and Wood-aged beers, will be the beer style of the month, which is appropriate especially for the holidays! We welcome your homebrews of this style, as well as any other style of homebrew to share and discuss. We’ll have some commercial samples on hand as well. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback.

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

  • Tasting glass (YSB glasses are for sale, see below)
  • Homebrew
  • Recipes for discussion
  • Nominations for 2014 Officer Elections
  • Snacks, lunch, food
  • Folding chair

Officer Elections

I’ll start this off by thanking all of you for making this a truly memorable year for me as your president. We accomplished a lot with what we had, and I’m proud of that. We will continue to grow next year because there is still so much left to do, like build our serving station and achieve legitimacy in the eyes of “the man.” Let’s remember how much we’ve impressed our homebrew community with our presentation as skilled brewers and kind individuals at CHF. We’ve had so many new members join us this year, and that counts for a lot. Cheers to all of you and your help! Next year, Dave Ochoa will take over as president, and I have faith that he will bring us closer to the light.

We still seek new nominee officers for the 2014 calendar year. We still need a new VP, treasurer, administrative coordinator, and competition coordinator. One of our club’s core philosophies is to always bring in new members as officers so our club stays fresh and exciting.

I should emphasize that you do not need to be an overly experienced, award winning homebrewer to “qualify” as an officer. We just ask that you be dedicated to the group and willing to devote a few hours per month to club duties. We keep the club’s structure very streamlined so that it will still always be, above all things, a fun, stimulating and educational gathering.

We do not yet have any nominations for 2014 vice-president, and the other positions are still up for a vote, too. So, please check in with any of our officers to learn more about the positions should you have interest! Time is running short, and elections will be held at the December 7th meeting this Saturday.

Mead Demonstration

I will be demonstrating how to brew mead at the meeting on Saturday. I’ll be available to field your questions and engage in fervent discussion.

Competitions in and around December

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines.

Group Hops & Yeast Buy

I’m still working on this, and I apologize for the delay. I hope to have it as soon as possible.

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses For Sale

  • Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three.
  • The first generation Yeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.
  • The new, second generation Yeastside Brewers t-shirts are for sale, $25 each. They are Anvil cotton t-shirts, sizes M through XXXL, and Anvil women’s v-neck t-shirts. Both are black shirts with Yeastside-red logo on the front left chest and a five color, stylized design on the back (there’s a photo on our facebook). We are already running low on the sizes, so there are no guarantees. Get ’em while they’re hot!
  • Neck Lanyards for holding your tasting glass are for sale, too. $5 each. One size fits most. No logo.
  • Combo Deal: one neck lanyard plus one logo glass, $10.

January’s Meeting location is TBD.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

November 2nd Meeting – Verdugo Bar

When: Saturday November 2nd, 3PM – 7PM
Where: Verdugo Bar3408 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Dear Yeastsiders:

This Saturday, November 2nd, we’ll be holding our meeting at Verdugo Bar in Glassel Park, from 3PM to 7PM. Street parking is available nearby. Please plan your transportation responsibly!

Belgian Strong Ales will be the beer style of the month, which is surely a favorite, especially for the holidays! Verdugo Bar will hopefully have some commercial samples on hand. We also welcome your homebrews of this style as well as any style of homebrew to share and discuss. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback.

Since Verdugo Bar is a retail tap room, please limit yourself to bringing one bottle of homebrew. They have upwards of 22 craft beers on tap!

There will also be a food truck in attendance on the patio, as well as board games to pass the time.

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

  • Tasting glass (YSB glasses are for sale, see below)
  • Homebrew
  • Money to buy beers at the bar
  • Recipes for discussion
  • Self-nominations for 2014 Officer Elections

Officer Elections

Yeastside Brewers needs new officers for the 2014 calendar year. Dave Ochoa will be our president, but we still need a new VP, treasurer, administrative coordinator, and competition coordinator. One of our club’s core philosophies is to always bring in new members as officers so our club stays fresh and exciting. Check in with any of our officers to learn more about the positions should you have interest! Time is running short, and elections will be held at the December meeting.

Competitions in and around November

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines.

Group Hops & Yeast Buy

I’m still working on this, and I apologize for the delay. I hope to have it as soon as possible.

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses For Sale

  • Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three.
  • The first generation Yeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.
  • The new, second generation Yeastside Brewers t-shirts are now for sale, $25 each. They are Anvil cotton t-shirts, sizes M through XXXL, and Anvil women’s v-neck t-shirts. Both are black shirts with Yeastside-red logo on the front left chest and a five color, stylized design on the back (there’s a photo on our facebook). We are already running low on the sizes, so there are no guarantees. Get ’em while they’re hot!
  • Neck Lanyards for holding your tasting glass are for sale, too. $5 each. One size fits most. No logo.
  • Combo Deal: one neck lanyard plus one logo glass, $10.

December’s Meeting will be held at Dave and Sammy’s house, in Eagle Rock, on December 7.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

October 5th Meeting – Gayle & Louie’s House aka AngryHorse Brewing Co.

When: Saturday October 5th, 2PM – 6PM
Where: Gayle & Louie’s House, aka AngryHorse Brewing Co., 3012 Via Breve, Montebello, CA 90640

Happy Harvest, fellow brewers:

We unexpectedly had to change our venue of the meeting this Saturday. Some of you may remember that we were supposed to hold the meeting at VP Dave Ochoa’s house in Eagle Rock. However, the Eagle Rock Music Festival is scheduled for this Saturday, too, which would have made for a traffic snarled, logistical nightmare with respect to parking and arrival. Gayle and Louie graciously offered to help us out with hosting again. December’s meeting will be held at Dave’s house.

So, without further ado, we’ll be holding our meeting this Saturday, October 5th, at Gayle and Louie Michel’s home in Montebello, from 2PM to 6PM. Street parking of plenty is available nearby. There is also a Gold Line station at Atlantic & Pomona, approximately 1.5 miles from their house, but using it will obviously require some logistics and planning. Whichever route you choose, please plan responsibly!

German Wheat and Rye Beers will be the beer style of the month. We’ll have some commercial samples on hand, and we welcome your homebrews of this style as well as any style of homebrew to share and discuss. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback. Your own commercial samples are welcomed as well.

Like last time, we’re going to have a potluck! Please, coordinate your contribution with Dave Ochoa, VP, so we can have a well-rounded spread.

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

2014 Officer Elections

Yeastside Brewers wants new officers for the 2014 calendar year. Dave Ochoa will be our president, but we still need a new VP, treasurer, administrative coordinator, and competition coordinator. One of our club’s core philosophies is to always bring in new members as officers so our club stays fresh and exciting. Check in with any of our officers to learn more about the positions should you have interest!

Upcoming Events

  • Cider Pressing, October 20th, Oak Glen, CA. I received all your RSVPs. For those of you that signed up, please remember to read up on cidermaking, and please only bring plastic fermenters. I will send a final confirmation shortly.
  • Hop Union and East Coast Yeast group buys. I received all your requests. For those of you that signed up, there will be an announcement shortly as we digest your requests and coordinate space and availability.

Competitions in and around October

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines. As we discussed last month, the AHA phased-out the COC program and instead instituted the Radegast Club of the Year program. Our participation is still TBD and open for discussion.

  • Pacific Brewers Cup results were posted, and Yeastsiders took home numerous awards. Sarah Luker won 2nd in American Pale with her Citra Pale Ale!
    Josh Jensen won 1st in India Pale Ale and 1st in Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beers with his “Cup of the Old Chai, Sir?”!
    Jerl Leutz won 2nd in Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beers with his Fruitcake Solera Ale and 3rd in Specialty Beers with his Yoga Flame 3xIPA!
    Congratulations to all!
  • OC Fest of Ales results were posted, and Yeastside members took several awards once again. George Felix and Nathan Sewell won 1st in Cat. 13 Stout with their Russian Imperial Stout and 3rd in Cat. 16 Belgian and French Ale with their Saison! Sarah and Matthew Luker won 1st in Cat. 14 IPA with their American IPA!
  • 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 our competition coordinator Jeff Koehler if you have questions! Good luck!
  • If you know of other competitions or results not mentioned here or on our competition schedule, please advise us!

YSB Logo T-Shirts, Glasses, and Lanyards

  • Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three.
  • The first generationYeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.
  • The new, second generationYeastside Brewers t-shirts are now for sale, $25 each. They are Anvil cotton t-shirts, sizes M through XXXL, and Anvil women’s v-neck t-shirts. Both are black shirts with Yeastside-red logo on the front left chest and a five color, stylized design on the back (there’s a photo on our facebook). Big thanks go out to Kim Turner and Victor LaFontaine for all their hard work coordinating and designing the awesome new shirts!
  • Neck Lanyards for holding your tasting glass are for sale, too. $5 each. One size fits most. No logo.
  • Combo Deal: one neck lanyard plus one logo glass, $10.

November’s Meeting will be held at Verdugo Bar on November 2nd.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

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!

September 7th Meeting, 5-9PM at Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply

When: Saturday, September 7th, 5PM – 9PM
Where: Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply4981 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Dear Members:

This Saturday, September 7th, we’ll hold our meeting at Eagle Rock Homebrewing Supply in Eagle Rock from 5PM to 9PM. We scheduled it later in the day this time to give us some relief from the hot weather we have had lately. Parking is available in the back through the alley and on the street. Please read all the signs and park legally. Please also plan your transportation responsibly!

IPAs (!) will be the beer style of the month! Finally! Please feel free to bring your own commercial samples, of which we know there are so many great ones. Please bring as many of your homebrew IPAs as you wish and any other style of homebrew you may have on hand to share and discuss. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback.

As far as food goes, let’s have a barbecue and potluck! Please send me a quick email to confirm what you wish to contribute. If you have questions or need help with preparation, just let me know. I.e., should I bring my two charcoal grills?

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

  • Tasting glass (YSB glasses are still for sale, see below)
  • Homebrew
  • Water
  • Folding Chair
  • Potluck Contribution

Upcoming Events

Several upcoming events were announced in the recent weeks:

Recent and Upcoming Competitions in and around September

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines. Remember that theAHA phased-out the COC program and instead instituted the Radegast Club of the Year program. Our participation is still TBD and open for discussion.

  • LA County Fair Homebrew Competition, results were posted, and Yeastsiders took home numerous awards. 1st Place in American Amber went to the team at Angry Horse Brewing: Nathan Sewell, Louis Michel, and George Felix. 2nd Place in IPA went to Josh “IPA” Jensen. 3rd Place in Specialty went to the deadly duo Sarah Luker and Matthew Luker.
  • Pacific Brewers Cup, registration closed already on August 31. They need judges and stewards. Contact them if interested (you’ll learn a lot and you’ll have guidance).
  • OC Fest of Ales, entries are due September 10 and judging is on September 14. Winning brew will be recreated at Noble Ale Works in Anaheim, CA.
  • The California State Homebrew Competition is still mostly TBD, but we do know it is scheduled to be judged on November 2.
  • If you know of other competitions not mentioned here or on our competition schedule, please advise us!

YSB Logo T-Shirts, Glasses & Lanyards For Sale

  • Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three.
  • Yeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.
  • Neck Lanyards for holding your tasting glass are for sale, too. $5 each. One size fits most. No logo.
  • Combo Deal: one neck lanyard plus one logo glass, $10.
  • A second round of t-shirts was designed and will be printed soon, with custom artwork on a dark colored shirt.

October’s Meeting will be held at Vice Pres. David and Sammy Ochoa’s House, on October 5th.

May the Brewing Gods Smile upon You, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

Cider Pressing Trip & Group Buy of Hops & Yeast

When: Sunday, October 20th, 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Where: Snow-Line Orchard39400 Oak Glen Road Yucaipa, CA 92399

Dear Members:

We have two updates for you, a field trip and a group project!

Cider Pressing

We arranged with Snow-Line Orchard in Oak Glen (on the outskirts of Yucaipa in San Bernardino County) to do a bulk cider pressing. Snow-Line has their own apple orchard, consisting of numerous varieties of cider and table apples. They’re known to have the best cider in the Oak Glen area.

The way this will work is to bring your PLASTIC fermenters (glass is not allowed) to the cider mill on October 20, 2013 at 11:00 A.M and rendezvous with the rest of the Yeastsiders. The amount of cider you purchase is up to you. We are getting the wholesale price, which is anticipated to be about $9.50 per gallon (please be prepared to pay with cash). Remember, this is unpasteurized, preservative-free, fresh off the press, and they are heirloom apples. Take a look a their varieties. Many of the varieties grown in Oak Glen are antique varieties and are grown no where else in the world.

Here’s a quick tutorial on the cider making process.

The drive to Oak Glen from Los Angeles will take about an hour-and-a-half to two hours. If there is a traffic issue, it might take longer. It is about 90 miles away. You are responsible for your own transportation.

Snow-Line has a barbeque vendor on the premises during this time of year. There are also some other sources of food in the area such as Law’s (a local landmark), That Creative Cafe (fun place with great food), and some others. Alternatively, you can bring your own picnic. In any case, stay hydrated, as we’ll be at a decent altitude (4000′).

We will also be given a tour!

Once the cider pressing is over, please feel free to explore the area. Oak Glen welcomes thousands of local tourists every year. Some of the other orchards in the area offer U-Pick apples and other fun, family-oriented activities. Be sure to dress in layers since we’ll be at high altitude and it can go from hot to chilly as the day winds on.

Please RSVP to your president Jerl Leutz by this Sunday, September 1 to reserve your spot.

Group Buy of Hops & Yeast

We are organizing two group buy opportunities for our participating members.

First is a group buy of bulk hops from Hop Union. If you are a hop-fanatic, like many of us, you must use the best, freshest hops in your hop-forward brews, and you have to use a lot of them. This can get expensive, and it can get frustrating if you cannot find the varieties you need. A bulk purchase allows you to get high-quality, fresh hops at a fraction of the price if you are willing to buy by the pound and store them properly. Purchase will take place in September. Hops can be pellet or leaf, inclusive of US, European, Australian, or New Zealand varietals. Prices vary widely, but a rough ballpark is around $8-$15 per pound. Purchases must be in 1 pound increments, and will be delivered in sealed, oxygen impermeable bags flushed with nitrogen. Total orders for the shipment must be in 11 lb increments, so you must reserve space.  We also have access to CO2 extracted hop resin.  If you wish to participate, please reserve a slot with Jerl Leutz and indicate the varieties and amounts you wish to purchase, and please also indicate which items are most and least important to you. Space is limited and not all varieties are guaranteed to be available.

Second is a group buy of brewing yeast from the well-known East Coast Yeast (ECY) in New Jersey. This one will require coordination as well because ECY limits orders to 6 vials per shipment. Again, purchase will take place in September or as soon as product is available. Please review their selection and be aware that they are currently only propagating the strains ECY01, ECY02, ECY08, ECY09, ECY10, ECY21, and others still to be announced. Please limit your choice to one vial. If you provide some alternate choices, it would help us to accommodate. We may set up a waiting list if demand is too high. Please contact Jerl Leutz to reserve a slot and indicate your choices and alternates.

In either case, please reserve your slot by this Sunday, September 1.

Thanks for reading and cheers to obscure hops and yeast!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

August 3rd Meeting – Angel City Brewery

When: Saturday August 3rd, 2PM – 6PM
Where: Angel City Brewery, 216 S. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dear Members:

This Saturday, August 3rd, we’ll be holding our meeting at Angel City Brewery near Downtown Los Angeles, from 2PM to 6PM. There is a private lot for parking at the brewery. There is also some limited street parking nearby (metered). They also have bike racks. Ideally, you can take public transportation with Union Station and the Gold Line stop at Little Tokyo/Arts District nearby. Please plan responsibly!

Light Hybrids will be the beer style of the month. Angel City will hopefully have some commercial samples on hand, so please do not bring your own commercial samples. We always welcome your homebrews of this style as well as any style of homebrew to share and discuss. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback.

Since Angel City has its own retail tasting room, please limit yourself to one or two bottles of homebrew (please use your best judgment). They appear to have about a dozen of their craft beers on tap, so let’s enjoy what they can provide us!

There are two food trucks scheduled to be at Angel City on Saturday: The Steel City Sandwich Truck and the Slapyo Mama Truck.

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

  • Tasting glass (YSB glasses are still for sale, see below)
  • Homebrew
  • Snacks
  • Money to buy beers at the bar and food from the trucks
  • Righteous Vibes

Recent Events

Yeastside Brewers collaborated with Long Beach Homebrewers and went on a tour of LA’s South Bay breweries. We went to Strand, Ohana and Monkish Breweries. We had a great time and your VP Dave Ochoa did an amazing job organizing the event! Thanks and cheers to Dave, as well as Josh, Enrique and the rest from the Long Beach Homebrewers!

Upcoming Competitions in and around August

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines. Remember that the AHA phased-out the COC program and instead instituted the Radegast Club of the Year program. Our participation is still TBD and open for discussion.

  • LA County Fair Homebrew Competition, registration is already closed (July 18). However, the entries will be judged the same day as our meeting, this Saturday, August 3. Expect results soon!
  • Pacific Brewers Cup, registration closes noon August 31, drop-offs accepted from August 23 through noon on August 31. They need judges and stewards. Contact them if interested.
  • If you know of other competitions not mentioned here or on our competition schedule, please advise us!

Our Meeting Is on Mead Day!

Hear ye, hear ye! The AHA says that it is Mead Day on August 3rd! By the way, its IPA day tomorrow, Thursday, August 1. Apparently we should just rename it Fermentation Week. Either way, someone please bring an IPA and a mead on Saturday.

Group Buys, Hops & Yeast

Some members are organizing a group buy of bulk hops from Hop Union and a separate group buy of yeast from East Coast Yeast. Check their respective sites to review their inventory. Purchase will take place closer to fall. We can obtain virtually any hop, whether it be pellet or leaf, inclusive of US, European, Australian, or New Zealand varietals. Prices vary widely, but a rough ballpark is around $8-$15 per pound. Purchases must be in 1 pound increments, and will be delivered in sealed, oxygen impermeable bags flushed with nitrogen. Total orders for the shipment must be in 11 lb increments, so we’ll have to coordinate closely to fill and reserve space.  We also have access to CO2 extracted hop resin.  Info and prices will be provided to participants.
East Coast Yeast is more flexible, but please review their selection.
In either case, contact Jerl Leutz to reserve a slot in the bulk buys.

Beer Paper LA Is Writing About LA-Area Female Brewers

Nicole Luque will be looking for female members to discuss and interview regarding homebrewing for publication in the Beer Paper LA. Please see Nicole at the meeting on Saturday if you wish to contribute.

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses For Sale

Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three.

Yeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.

A second round of t-shirts was designed and will be printed soon, with custom artwork on a dark colored shirt.

September’s Meeting will be held at Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply, on September 7th.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday