Updates re Stone AHA Rally & 2013 SoCal Homebrew Festival!

Dear Yeastsiders,

We have a few updates for you with respect to the Stone AHA Rally and the 2013 Southern California Homebrew Festival .

The Stone March Madness 2013 Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally
Saturday, March16, 2013, Escondido, CA

We are taking a day trip to this event at Stone Brewing in Escondido! Please refer to my prior blast for the nitty gritty event details. In a nutshell, we are sharing a bus ride with Strand Brewers and some other clubs. Several Yeastsiders successfully submitted homebrews for the competition, so let’s go support them! After the rally, we’ll go to Hess Brewing and White Labs for your respective educational pleasures.

Here’s your checklist to attend:
* Ensure you are an AHA member. You can also pay for this at the Stone Rally, but paying in advance at AHA would be ideal ($33, though there is a spouse membership fee of $19).
* RSVP to the Stone Rally on either the Stone website or at the AHA event page.
* RSVP with Tammy @ Strand Brewers (bus organizer) activities@strandbrewersclub.com.
* The cost of the bus ride has dropped to $30 per person payable to Tammy at Strand activities@strandbrewersclub.com. This is in addition to the AHA membership.
* Plan for a 12 hour trip, departing West Los Angeles around 10AM, arriving at Stone in Escondido at around 1PM. For more info and to RSVP email activities@strandbrewersclub.com. The tentative departure location is the Metro Green Line Station in Redondo Beach. This may change, so stay tuned.

We have room, so please come if you can. The fact that there is a bus will undoubtedly encourage more of you to come. It will make the trip safer and result in us having more fun socializing on the way down to Escondido!

The 2013 Southern California Homebrew Festival
Saturday, May 4, 2013, Lake Casitas, CA

We sent our valiant club representative Victor Macias on a mission to retrieve details regarding this event at the latest Club Reps Meeting on January 26th. In a nutshell, this event is probably the best representation of what we homebrewers stand for. We take over the Lake Casitas Recreation Area for a weekend, pouring homebrew, camping out, barbequeing, potlucking, and just generally enjoying ourselves. The locale is one of the more beautiful places in Southern California, and the facilities are pretty top notch. I know some of you may not be huge fans of camping, but this is camping-lite. It’s a clean place, your vehicle is next to your site, and there are plenty of facilities at your disposal. Even so, there are some reasonable hotels in the area, such as in Ojai. There’s a shuttle bus among other special amenities for us festival goers. Last year was your current president’s first year going, and it did not disappoint. Many of our members have been going for years.

Here are some important bullet points to consider while planning your attendance:
* Yeastside Brewers will be participating this year, displaying their proud banner, and pouring their humble, yet sophisticated homebrews (the reason behind the jockey box project!).
* The Bragging Rights-Only homebrew competition (BRO) for the 2013 Fest will be BJCP category 22, Wood-Aged beers. Each club gets one entry to be judged Friday on-site. Details to follow.
* The Friday night mini-Fest’s commercial breweries this year will be Firestone Walker, Stone, possibly Hollister Brewing, and one more to be decided.
* The CHA is encouraging clubs to pour on Friday night for the mini-Fest if we so choose. As was done last year, the Fest site will be cleared on Friday at 5PM so that all may be officially checked in (with photo I.D.) and receive their Fest wristband (don’t lose it!!!). Once that’s done, clubs can start pouring. You should carry your photo I.D. with you at all times while attending the Fest.Those not wearing an official wristband at any time cannot have beer poured for them–no exceptions.
* Servers reserve the right to refuse service to anyone deemed underage or who cannot produce photo I.D. or who is intoxicated.
* Speakers this year are Mitch Steele from Stone Brewing and possibly Gary Glass, Director of the AHA.
* You must be a CHA member to attend, and that membership is essentially your “ticket” to attend the Festival. Apply ASAP as they may cap membership at some point before the typical “Friday before the Fest” in order to assure a positive, un-crowded, and decidedly homebrewing-related atmosphere
* Purchasing your membership early will garner you a discounted rate which will decrease and finally expire as the Fest draws near. There will also be the possibility of earning your CHA membership by volunteering for a two-hour shift at the Fest, although these positions are often filled very quickly. Please visit calhomebrewers.org for more information.
* The CHA also reminds us that the very same laws that apply outside of the Lake Casitas Recreation Area apply inside as well. In addition to the Park Rangers, Ventura County Sheriff’s officers will be on-site all weekend. No riding in the back of pickup trucks, no drunk driving, no drunk biking (!), etc. It should go without saying, but please remember that you are representing your entire club (and all homebrewers) while attending, so please act accordingly.
* There will be bands, but I am not sure if they will be homebrew-related. That is still TBD.
* Yeastside Brewers has already reserved their campsite. Please RSVP by responding to this email or signing up with Josh Jensen at our next meeting. We will require a small deposit for the campsite rental.
* Finally, if you or anyone you know has contacts at a brewery, the CHA is always looking for beer-related swag for the massive Fest raffle. Please contact them if you can help.

Josh Jensen has taken up the lead on this festival. You can contact him or your president, Jerl Leutz, for more information about attending the Fest in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned.

Wishing you all the best, and I hope to see you at both events!

-Jerl Leutz, Yeastside President 2013

Golden Road Brewing Mystery Hops Pro/Am Competition

Golden Road has just contacted the Yeastside Brewers about a Pro/Am competition they are hosting for their entry to GABF 2013. They have set aside 10 slots for Yeastside Brewers that wish to enter. Unlike most competitions, the GABF style guidelines will be used. The fun twist on this competition is that you will be supplied mystery hops from Golden Road to brew your beer that fits any of the GABF style guidelines!

Since there will be plenty of interest in this, any member in good standing that wishes to enter needs to send an email to competitioncoordinator@yeastsidebrewers.org by Monday, February 4 at 9AM. If there are more than 10 people showing interest, a random drawing will be held to choose the 10 brewers that will represent our club for this competition.

The beers need to be ready at the end of March for this competition, so we will notify people on Monday to start brewing if they are selected!

For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Good Luck!

February Meeting – All-Grain Brew @ Scott Piotrowski’s House in Glassell Park


When: Saturday February 2nd, 11AM – 5PM
Where: 2456 Sundown Drive, Glassell Park, 90065, (323) 258-2751

This Saturday we’ll be meeting at our member Scott’s house while he brews a Belgian Dubbel as an all-grain demonstration for those of you considering the jump from extract. Street parking is available but limited to certain parts of the street, so I encourage you review this map that Scott kindly 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.

I also encourage you to bring a folding chair, a tasting glass, perhaps a snack, and definitely lots of homebrew! We’ll have Yeastside Brewers logo glasses for sale, just in case.

The style of the month is English Browns. Please note that our website formerly denoted Barleywines as February’s Style of the Month, but we officially changed this. The Club Only Competition (“COC”) this month is still Barleywines, but Style of the Month is English Browns. This change was made with hopes that we can use the Style of the Month as an educational opportunity to discuss the style and prepare you to brew them for future COC’s. The English Brown category would be a great entry for the May 2013 COC, which is Extract Beers. The English Brown beers are especially subtle and delicious if made properly, so please feel free to pick our brains on this after reviewing their respective BJCP categories. There will be some commercial examples of English Browns on hand, so don’t miss out!

Aside from that, any style of homebrew you wish to bring is welcome. We are here to share and discuss them with your fellow brewers. It is a great idea to bring a copy of your recipe, too, because the technical details are very helpful in discussing and developing feedback and pointers.

Road Trip with Strand Brewers, Pacific Gravity, Maltose Falcons, & Crude Brew Crew to Stone AHA Rally: March 16th

There will be a private bus trip to Stone Brewing on March 16th for the March Madness AHA Rally. This is being organized by the Strand Brewers Club, but they’ve invited us, as well as Pacific Gravity, the Maltose Falcons, and the Crude Brew Crew to fill their party-mobile. This event is a blast, and some of our fellow Yeastside Brewers will be competing in the homebrew rally taking place that day, namely, Josh Jensen, David Ochoa, Jeff Koehler and Ward Walkup! Only 30 entrants were accepted, but these four managed to slip in under the wire. Entry to this competition has since been filled and closed, already having filled the 30 allotted competitor slots. Sadly, no more entrants will be accepted.

Note that, to attend, one must be a member of the American Homebrewers Association (“AHA”). Luckily, they are accepting renewals and registrations at the door for $33, but it may be a good idea to sign up now so you do not have to worry about it later. Existing AHA members get in free, but you must RSVP as soon as possible. The 30 competing homebrews will be available for tasting and evaluation, and the top four of those beers according to a people’s choice vote will go to a best of show round. Stone crew then picks the best one of those four to be brewed and released nationally, as well as representing their Pro-Am entry in Denver at GABF.

Since the Stone rally “only” lasts from 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM, we’re also going to visit Hess Brewery and the White Labs tasting room prior to heading home. A visit to Societe Brewing is on the table, too, but only if time permits. It’s a 12-hour day trip, departing from West LA (exact location still TBD) the morning of March 16th. The departure time is tentatively set at 10:00 AM, but that could change. Cost is $40 for the bus ride, payable to Strand Brewers. Note that this $40 is ***in addition*** to the AHA membership fee of $33 needed to enter the rally (if you are not already an AHA member, of course). Please RSVP to ***both*** the Stone Rally itself and to Tammy at Strand Brewers who is the bus trip organizer.

2013 Doug King Memorial Competition Results

Results have been posted and score sheets emailed out for the 2013 Doug King Memorial Competition. Two Yeastsiders placed in this competition: Ward G. Walkup IV won 1st place in Class 24, Specialty Beer (Fruit/Vegetable & Herb/Spiced) with his Vanilla Chai Milk Stout, and Jeffrey Cannon took 3rd in the same category with his Citrus Green Tea APA. Congratulations to Ward and Jeffrey!

Upcoming Competitions in and around February

Competition season is in full swing! Check the site regularly for deadlines. If you learn of a good competition that is not on our list, please let us know by emailing competitioncoordinator@yeastsidebrewers.org!

* Time is running short for the Bruery Batch 1000 competition; the deadline is this Friday, February 1!

* As mentioned above, the AHA Club Only Competition for Barleywines is coming up, and entries are due Saturday at this February meeting. Be sure to fill out your forms for submission this Saturday at the meeting. Both American and English styles will be accepted for judging.

* The Americas Finest City competition submissions must be submitted by Feburary 13.

* The Romancing the Beer competition submissions must be submitted by February 15 (additional details).

* I hope you have mead that will be ready in time for the Mazer Cup! Entries are due March 1.

* And, on a tangentially related note, this month’s Style of the Month is English Brown Ales. Homebrewed versions of these will make great entries for the COC in May, Extract Beers!

The Southern California Homebrew Festival (SCHF)

The 2013 SCHF date has been announced as Saturday, May 4, 2013. Here is a recap of last year’s 2012 festival. We want to make a strong presence this year, so please start thinking about attending. Ideally, we’ll be pouring our own beers under a Yeastside Brewers banner! Details are a bit scant at this point, but its an outdoor festival at Lake Casitas, and it requires your membership in the California Homebrewers Association (“CHA”). We already have a campsite reserved and are looking for volunteer committee members to organize our attendance. Volunteers please email president@yeastsidebrewers.org.

The Jockey Box Project!

We are building a Jockey Box serving station for our club! We are looking for a clean, functional and durable ice chest cooler for donation to the project. Ideally it would be 40+ quarts in size so we can eventually install two taps. Potential donors please contact president@yeastsidebrewers.org.

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

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

Yeastside Brewers: Second Anniversary Party! Friday Jan. 25, 2012

Dear Yeastsiders,

Our humble club, The Yeastside Brewers, turned two years old this month!

Two years old? Second anniversary? I know, the math is confusing, but let’s celebrate nonetheless!

When, you ask?

Friday, January 25th, 2013
7:00PM – 10:00PM

Our celebration will be held at Link N Hops in Atwater Village , and their address is 3111 N. Glendale Blvd., Suite C, Los Angeles, CA 90039 . They have a small parking lot, decent street parking, some of which is equipped with parking meters (on Glendale Boulevard), and some nearby free lots. Here is a link with a handy map (and mobile app) to the nearby parking lots that are free.

I kindly encourage you to read the signs carefully so you are not inadvertently ticketed. While they are strict in Atwater, the parking rules are thankfully on the “easy to understand” end of the Los Angeles spectrum. On the bright side, you may even find that some of these spots are not enforced after certain hours. Just double check to be safe!

The menu consists of sausage links, both meat-lover and vegan (all are pretty good in my opinion), burgers, fries and sauce.

For members in good standing (i.e., membership dues paid, waiver signed), attendance is free of charge. For all others, attendance is $10.

If you will attend, ***you must RSVP.*** This is simply because I have made some special arrangements with the Link N Hops manangement. Just send and email to president@yeastsidebrewers.org with the relevant details about your attendance. With an RSVP, I’ll have a $2-off drink ticket for your first beer!

And . . .

The club will be ordering a platter of assorted sausages to share, though I make no promises that this platter will last all night!

We will have a home-base set up in the back left of the restaurant, and the rest of the place is, of course, open to your patronage.

Wishing you all the best, and I hope to see you there!

-Jerl Leutz, Yeastside President 2013

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.