On February 14th 2015 - Anchor Brewing will be celebrating the awesomeness of California's Homebrew Clubs, especially us - the Mighty Maltose Falcons, and presenting us as the 2014 Anchor California Homebrew Club of the Year.
The party will be at the brewery starting at 1:00 pm. Please be prompt, but if you get there early you'll just be waiting in the cold, as they won't let us in early.
Our annual chili cookoff is back for the February members meeting! If you think/know you have this year's winning chili receipe & would like to share the love, email your trusty Burger Fraus Tiffany & Natalie (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Crazy Harry's is hosting a Tap Takeover Event with LA's newest brewery - Three Weavers. For those of you who haven't tried it they're making some fantastic, clean, fresh and hoppy beers! Here's what we'll be pouring:
Merlin's technical demonstration on culturing yeast on slants and yeast starters. It even includes repitching of yeasts from wort to wort and acid washing of yeast to destroy contamination. Includes mention of talking with Dr. Michael Lewis, then brewing professor at UC Davis and a possible visit to the club to demonstrate more techniques.
Pretty damn sophisticated stuff for a hobby that wasn't even legal back yet!
Courtesy of Dale Elhardt - we now have the very first newsletter of the club when they finally got their act together and made things more formal.
This one sheet newsletter that Dale scanned was written and mailed by his father, the club's founder, Merlin.
The main piece to note out of this - every club meeting was a brew session! Initial dues for the now formalized club was $10. In 2014 dollars that would be equal to ~$42. Makes those $30 dollar dues look cheap!
The National Homebrew Competition (NHC), an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition, is the world’s largest international beer competition recognizing the most outstanding homebrewed beer, mead, and cider produced by amateur brewers worldwide.
Falcons, sign up now for the next Club Shop Brew Session, Saturday, January 17, as Ethen Adams and Allen Tracy lead the crew in brewing a Russian Imperial Stout with 7 planned flavor variations!
This will be a fairly large and sweet RIS using an English ale yeast with Original Gravity in the 1.090s and finishing around 1.030. Allen brewed this recipe and aged it in an oak barrel, winning first place in the wood aged category at the 2014 Mayfaire competition.
Ever wanted to know what it's like to be a BJCP Certified beer judge? Ever wanted to bring your beer knowledge out of the realm of the causal consumer and into the realm of the almost-but-not-quite professional?! Ever wanted to leave people in awe of your vast beer style expertise?
Well, here is your chance. January 20th, 7:00pm at the clubhouse.
Interested in all-grain brewing? Register for our upcoming class that will teach you how! We will cover all aspects from strike to sparge as well as building your equipment. Cost is $25. Please call the shop to sign up.
Our next new and improved Brew 101 class is coming up soon. Topics will include beer history, basic science, and extract brewing techniques, tips, and tricks. If you've been thinking about brewing beer at home and would like to see how it's done, all while enjoying some great homebrew call us to sign up! Cost is $20 dollars
I just wanted to send a note out to thank you again for ALL the wonderful gifts you brought to the meeting today for our 6th Annual Toy Drive. I was overwhelmed by your generosity in bringing so much for the kids. I believe that this was the biggest collection of gifts that we have ever gotten. I am humbled and so proud of our club. What wonderful hearts you all have.
Now that we are past the Thanksgiving Fest, it is time to think of the holidays. As was mentioned in the December club meeting event online, I cannot stress enough how important it is to provide toys for our toy drives. Many of us are so very fortunate in our lives. Unfortunately, there are those who are not. I know that bringing a toy or two seems like no big deal to us, but it will be a very happy experience for a child who might otherwise not have a good holiday.
Our holiday lunch is 2 weeks away! For those who would like to bring a dish to pass for our upcoming December Membership Meeting on Sunday the 7th, us BurgerFraus would like to share some ideas (simply as inspiration) for the yummy spread. Since we don’t really need 10 potato salads or half dozen green bean casseroles (or do we?), please email us with the dish you would like to share with the Falcons during our festive holiday lunch.
Falcons, sign up now for the next Club Shop Brew Session, Sunday December 14, as Chris Moon, Alex Samovitz and Donovan Nebreklievski lead the crew in brewing a very exciting and powerful beer - Belgian Stout!
There are only a few commercial examples, including Allagash Black and Anchorage Brewing Co.'s Darkest Hour (http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24903/94657) to which this beer is an homage. Imagine the meeting place between a quad and a Russian Imperial Stout and you get the idea.
Falcons, get ready for a mind-blowing, earth-shattering line-up of Club Shop Brew Sessions coming up led by a stellar legion of first-ever brew crew leaders and some familiar favorites!
As you may have seen, I recently put out the Falcon Signal, calling for members to step forward to lead Club Shop Brew Sessions. With a dozen monthly Club Shop Brew Sessions a year and about as many members who can lead them, it's a perennial challenge to get leaders lined up for the brew sessions without burning them out.
$30 includes your reserved seat for the beer tasting only at The Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel. You MUST also buy a sandwich separately at the Stuffed Sandwich. Seating is limited to 30 people so sign up early. There is no charge for Designated Drivers and they do not count against our 30 person capacity. Your reservations must be placed by 6:00 AM 9 December 2014.
I got asked to post this somewhere and frankly - this is it. My slap your Italian grandma meatballs and red sauce. (A note about beer pairings at the end just because.. it is a homebrewing site after all.)
For enough meatballs and saucefor 6 unhealthy portions
2 slices white sandwich bread, pulsed into fresh bread crumbs
On Wednesday, November 12th a group of Falcons got together to help judge for the 2014 Reddit Homebrew Competition. Reddit is a website that hosts numberous online communities where members share informaion, web links and pictures of their cats. Their /r/homebrewing community has over 100,000 members and this was their fifth year hosting a nation spanning, distributed homebrew compeition.
Want to make your own beer at home? Get started on the right foot. Check out the Falcon's sponsoring shop, The Home Beer, Wine, Cheesemaking Shop. John Daume, proprietor, has been serving the home brewing and winemaking needs of Angelenos since 1972, over 30 years! (Falcon Members receive a 10% discount on supplies)