Links? We Got Em - And an interesting yeast study for those willing to dig.

You know Falcons' users can a link to the Falcons website? Check out our other "Beer Links" section.

All of these are added by you and me. You'll see multiple categories, but you can make them up as you go along. In fact if you look all the way down at the bottom, you'll see a new link from me in a new category "Brewing Articles" and it's a geat article trying to prove the efficacy of starters.

To add Links of your own:

Italian Beer Festival at Beachwood BBQ - May 6-9


We don't see many Italian craft beers around town, so this should be a good event to check some out.

From the beeradvocate blurb:

Beachwood BBQ is hosting their first Italian Beer Festival May 6-May 9. We've brought in 18 rare Italian craft beers, plus one rare Italian craft brewer. We're really excited to showcase these often unnoticed but well crafted beers. The list is as follows (it could change):

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Mild Makes a Comeback in England

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Mild beer, last in fashion when the Beatles were still at school, is making a comeback in Britain, according to a real ale lobby group.Responding to a growing number of requests from beer buffs, breweries are beginning to produce more Mild and pubs are finding demand for the dark, malty ale is rising.

In a survey of 500 real ale drinkers across the UK, the group found that 64 percent of them had seen an increase in the number of Mild beers served at pubs and beer festivals over the past 5 years.

Try it in the Can!!

 Great Canned Beer Tasting!

Canned beers have had a bad rep long enough!


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2010 NHC First Round Winners

From: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/4172/Southwest_20...


We have 3 Falcons moving forward into the Second Round of the NHC.


Congrats to:

Kevin Grizard - 3rd Place - Brown Ales

Bob Kunz - 3rd Place - Fruit Beer

Hank Hofmann, Rick Kinkel - 3rd Place - Smoke Flavored / Wood Aged

Good luck in the next round guys!

Southern California Homebrewer's Festival

It's that time of year! Gear up for Lake Casitas and the biggest homebrewing party of the year. Join with 25 or so other club's on the lake shore and stand back in awe of the massive amount of beer being poured and the amount of creativity behind it.

Purchase your membership to the CHA online at: http://calhomebrewers.org/ - Remember the festival is only open to members of the CHA and is free of charge!

The Falcons have reserved camp sites. Activities Director Mike will coordinate the camping assignments.

Anchor Brewing Sold!

The folks at Beer & Nosh posted this news today - Anchor's been sold!


Eep! - What will this mean for the future of the California Homebrew Club of the Year? What does this mean for all our friends at Anchor?

And see what I meant about us reaching that magic point for the first generation of craft brewers? Anderson Valley sold and now Anchor! It will be an interesting period to see the effect this has on the spirit of Craft Brewing

Mayfaire Results - A New World of Returns?

Ok, so in reality - it's not terribly new - we've been doing this for three years now as a pilot program to get entrants their scoresheets back as quickly as possible.

Bowling At Canoga Park Bowl

Join us for a Sunday evening of ball tossing at Canoga Bowl, 5pm. The best day to get together is a Sunday, so there will be less competition for lanes with various leagues.  Drop a comment here to let us know you will be coming by (so we can estimate attendance).  Then just show up!

Board Roles: 
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April Brews & News

Hey folks, the April newsletter has gone out (finally) via email and if you are a paid up member and have not gotten the newsletter email, send me your email address and I will send you the link.



April 2010

v. 36
i. 4
Newsletter Date: 

Editor’s Note 2

From the President 3

Red Velvet Debuts at Eagle Rock 4

The Stein: A Shop Brew Report 6

Board Meeting Minutes 7

Le Petit Brewtique 8

Calendar of Events 9 

Tony's Darts Away opened

Tony's Darts Away on 1710 Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank opened yesterday. They have 32 beers on tap, about half are IPA's and imperial IPA's, and gourmet sausages and other food to eat. The prices are amazingly low, they serve true pints, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the place was rocking last night. The owner Tony is a great guy who truly loves good beer, and he is a home brewer as well. Tony also loves the Falcons.

ERB Red Velvet Release @ Surly Goat

Public Release of Eagle Rock Brewery's "Red Velvet", winner of this years Doug King Memorial Competition! Event is at the Surly Goat in West Hollywood.

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Easter Sunday club shop brew

It was a gloomy and chilly morning yesterday, but the sun soon came out for the April club shop brew. It ended up becoming a beautiful day for brewing. My enthusiastic brew crew was raring to go. The team  consisted of our President Steve Cook and his First Lady Irene,  Ed Kochanowski, Tyler, Kris Schimdt, and myself. We had one no show, but Sean Fitzgerald from the shop was able to benefit from this brew day and get a portion of the wort.

May Shop Brew

 Shop Brew May 9

American Brown Ale

Based on Jonny L's "Texas Warrior," recently published in Drew's book.

Lots of chocolate malt. Lots of Palisade and Amarillo hops.

Your Mother Should Know.

P.S. To be on the crew you need to be a paid-up Falcon with a clean carboy and get to the shop at 8am.

Izzy's Famous Again

Not only does Izzy get his picture inthe the paper and become a beer celebrity that way. KTLA used the photos from the LA Times article in a MyKTLA segment hosted by Brand X . (An internet project from the Times)

Oh to be brewing again...

It's a beautiful day here in Pasadena. My thermometer in the garage reads 70F and there's a nice little breeze. Both dogs are bouncing around the yard and yapping, playing in the sun while I sit here writing and doing my day job as well (instead of a coffee break, I'm taking a brewing break!)

I started brewing late today and I'm doing a split Saison and Amber Belgian Speciality. (more on that later)

April Club Meeting

 At the shop

lunch ~ $6 


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2010 NHC Competition drop off?

Is the HWBC shop a drop-off point for entries in the NHC/AHA competition?  If so, what are the dates we can drop off for transport to San Diego?  I remember seeing something about it a while ago, but can't seem to find the info.



Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Great idea.  I do think that at least two BJCP judges on the board, preferably the grand hydro, should taste every entry before it is put into the barrel.  I'd hate to see a bad beer infect the whole barrel.  Also, put some clean beer in the barrel now.  Try it in a month or so before you add the Imperial Stouts.  One never knows if some unwanted critters are living in the wood.



Anderson Valley Sold?



How does this make you feel? Jason Alstrom of the BeerAdvocate brothers has a good point - we're reaching the point where many first generation brewers are thinking of retiring. If you don't have a successor in mind or an heir to throne, what happens?

Bockor Flemish Sour Blending Seminar

 Bockor Flemish Sour Blending Seminar

Hosted By:
Artisanal Imports
Brouwerij Bockor-Sam Quartier, Brewmaster

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Victory Brewing Tasting at Wades!

 Victory Brewing Tasting!


"Having trained in Germany, Victory appreciates the artistic freedom they have here in the US. Here creativity is embraced by a fervent core of consumers and they are happy to serve that audience with their experience in traditional methods, selection of choice, often imported ingredients, and the best processing that technology can offer. They relish the opportunity to please both themselves and their audience with their flavorful creations. They've invested more than their lives in this. Come and see!"


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Brewdog at The Surly Goat

James Watt from Brewdog in Scotland will be at the surly goat on March 20 6-9 pm.

Tokyo on draft, with bottles of tactical nuclear penguin.

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Mayfaire registration?

So where's the link ?  There's not going to be many entries if you have no way to enter! 

March, 2010

v. 36
i. 3
Newsletter Date: 

 Editor’s Note 2

From the President 3

Club Meeting Minutes 4

From the Burgermeister’s Kitchen 5

Publicity Report/Shop Brew 6

Grand Hydrometer 7

Board Meeting Minutes 8

Get Caught up in the Web 9

Calendar of Events 10

Home Brew 101 Class

Want to learn how to brew? Join us at the Home Beer Wine Cheesmaking Shop for our monthly lesson in beginning homebrew.

We'll walk you through everything you need to know about your brew day and how to use all the equipment in your kit.

Fee is $5 fo the class, which will provide you a discount.

Address is

22836 VENTURA BLVD (Unit 2, behind "Coastline Motorsports")


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New Law to Deal With - No Caffiene in Beer

From Julian down in the LBC (aka SacodeToro)


This is from Jim T Beal, the same state rep who keeps trying to pass huge alcohol tax increases. Write your rep and say no to the bill. Why?

America's Finest City Winners

Congrats to Skipp and Hank for representing the club so well. (http://quaff.org/AFC2010/winners.html)

Skipp tore things up with medals in the following

  • IPA - 2nd Place
  • Wood-Aged & Smoked Beers - 3rd Place
  • Melomel - 2nd Place
  • Cider / Perry - 1st Place

Hank scored a 2nd Place Ribbon for his Smoked Porter

Nice going you two!



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