Merlin Cup - Maltose Falcons Homebrewer of the year

Merlin Cup

Merlin Cup

Maltose Falcons Homebrew Society Homebrewer of the year

An award to recognize one member for their club and community involvement and personal achievements in homebrewing.  This person is the epitome of the traits they we hold in highest esteem and is expected to continue to participate, educate and give back to less experienced club members in the same way that they were tutored when they were novice.
Points may be earned throughout the year from the day after the annual club's Oktoberfest, through the week before the Oktoberfest the following year.  Some points are recorded by club officers, but most will be self reported.  All will be tracked on the club website and posted periodically to encourage competition.  Those with the highest point values at the end of the year will have their achievements confirmed by the Merlin Cup sub-committee who may eliminate point submissions at their discretion, and final point values tallied.  Points will be awarded as follows:
Note: Points may only be collected from a single line item for any given event.  For instance, if you organize a club brew and submit the associated write up to the newsletter, you earn only 3 points for "Organizing a club activity", and not 1 point for attending and 1 point for the write up and 3 points for organizing.  The same goes for officers who act according to the duties of their office.  They collect points for the office, and not for individual actions.

Club Participation

There is no club without member participation and involvement.  In order for club events to take place, there must be other members to show up and others willing to organize and run them.  ​
  • 1 point - Winning the "Best Beer" as voted during the monthly club meetings.
  • 1 point - Contributing an article that was included in a monthly newsletter.
  • 3 points - Organizing a club activity.
  • 5 points - Faithfully serve as an officer of the club for the duration of the year.

Community Participation

Falcons members represent some of the most experienced homebrewers in our region and have much to offer the regional and national homebrewing community.
  • 2 points - For each BJCP point earned for organizing, stewarding, judging or administering tests in BJCP sanctioned events.
  • 2 points - For contributing to the homebrewing community at large.  Writing articles for homebrewing publications, leading educational courses, speaking at conferences, authoring books, appearing in television programs or other high profile things that show homebrewing in a positive light.  

Personal Achievement

All brewers strive to make good beer and most spend many, many years perfecting their craft.  Those most excellent beers can be submitted to competition and will earn awards which bring prestige to the brewer and the club.  These points are cumulative for each entry.

  • 1 point - Third place award in a Category in a BJCP registered competition
  • 2 points - Second place award in a Category in a BJCP registered competition
  • 3 points - First place award in a Category in a BJCP registered competition
  • 5 points - Earning Best of Show award in a BJCP registered competition
  • 1 point - Per beer submission to a BJCP registered competition.  (cap 2 points per competition)
  • 1 points - Second runner up for Best of Show award in a BJCP registered competition
  • 2 points - First runner up for Show award in a BJCP registered competition

Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice (pumpkin and spice soda)

Let me just say that fall is a particularly favorite time of year for me. October is a good month. It's time for harvest celebrations, apple cider with glazed donuts, Halloween, and of course all things pumpkin. Sometimes I wish that everything could taste like pumpkin pie. After many failures in years past to produce a suitable pumpkin pie soda, (it turns out a little pumpkin goes a long way) this is actually a tasty recipe that by far makes all those failures worth the effort.
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Lake Arrowhead Brewfest Recap


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Cool Kids Carnival BAM Beer Fest Returns Santa Monica

BAM Festival returns to Santa Monica Sunday.

Fizzy Ginger Lemonade

This super simple lemonade is always a hit. Dead simple to make and super cheap (if you have a lemon tree!).
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Better than Bought Root Beer

A rich sweet root beer soda.
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Brew 101

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

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Anniversary Meads - A Tale of Honey and Fun!

Making the 40th Anniversary Meads! What we did and the flavors we developed.

Steve Rosolio's Label Design

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November 2nd Club Meeting-Be There or Be Square-High Noon-Time Change Sunday!

 Join us for the November membership meeting. Bring your homebrew to share and to be reviewed by your peers. Enjoy a great lunch made by our burgermaestros.  Some surprise brews await you too! See what the Grand Hydro has in store for us.  See you there!

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AleSmith Tap Takeover at Crazy Harry's!

Join AleSmith Brewing and Crazy Harry's Bar for another unique Tap Takeover Event!  We'll be pouring 7 Delicious AleSmith Beers:

AleSmith X


Nut Brown Ale

Lil Devil

Evil Dead Red

Speedway Stout

Old Numbskull


10% Discount for All Falcons Members!


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November Club Shop Brew Session - Copper Serpent Honey Ale!

Falcons, sign up now for the next Club Shop Brew Session, Sunday Nov. 9, as Steve and Irene lead the crew in brewing a unique beer - Copper Serpent Honey Ale. Every brew crew member has to bring 3 lbs. of honey, so in addition to bumping up the cost for ingredient by about $20, it will seriously bump up the ABV and flavor! Since Steve and Irene first brewed it in 2011, it has never been in a competition, but maybe this time it will! It will be especially interesting to see how everyone's different honey makes a unique beer, so please bring some back to share and sample with the club! 

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October 2014 Brews and News

v. 40
i. 9
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Pro-brewer profile on Dave Griffeth of Ladyface

Maltose Falcons brew Double Down Double IPA at Lady Face

Previews of the 40th Anniversery Banquet

Pictures of past Banquets

Falcon's preparations for the Banquet

The History of Oktoberfest


August/September 2014 Brews and News

v. 40
i. 8
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Homebrewer-profile on 3-time Merlin Cup winner Israel Arrieta.

Pro-brewer profile on the Raubs of Eagle Rock Brewing

Plus, Falcons take over Eagle Rock to brew our official 40th Anniversery beer!

Stone Tap Takeover

Featuring over 8 beers on Draught!!!

Beers will be available ALL DAY!!!
(Limited Supplies on ALL Beers)


Stone IPA

Stone Pale Ale

Stone Ruination IPA

Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine

Arrogant Bastard Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Stone Cali Belqique IPA Aged in Red Wine Barrels

Stone Tiger Cub Saison aged in White Wine barrels

Stone Delicious IPA

Stone Passion Project

Stone Coffee Milk Stout

Stone Go To IPA with Vanilla and Lemon

Live Music at 8pm

CASK Tapping at 5pm

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So You Want to Open a Brewery in LA, Vol. III

Join moderator Tomm Carroll, LA correspondent for The Celebrator Beer News and LA Beer History writer for Beer Paper LA, for this third bi-annual LA Beer Week panel. Brewers who have started brewing professionally in Los Angeles in the last two years — or have plans to do so in the near future — discuss their experiences starting a brewery as they share their war stories, talk about their beers, and answer the questions that inquiring potential brewers have on their minds.

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So You Want to Be a Beer Judge?

Brewster’s @ Four Points by Sheraton LAX, 9750 Airport Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 United States + Google Map

Do you sniff, swirl and hold your beer up to the light before you taste it? You may have the makings of a Beer Judge.

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36th Annual California State Homebrew Competition

You can register your beers beginning Sept 22,2014 for the California State Homebrew Comp at http://www.nchfinfo.org/state-comp.html.

Get your entries to the shop by COB Monday, October 6 and the Maltose Falcons will ship them to San Francisco for you *free* as part of your perks for being a member of the greatest homebrew club in America!

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It's Firkin Wednesday with MacLeod Brewery!

LA Beer Week continues with a Firkin of The King's Taxes from the valley's newest brewery MacLeod!  These guys are making great English style Real Ales and we'll be pouring one or two more of their beers from our taps.  Since The King's Taxes is a Scottish style ale it's only appropriate that we kick things off with some Live Bagpipes!

Come out and support your local brewers!

10% Discount for Falcons during the Entire Week!

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A Night with Eagle Rock Brewery and The Maltose Falcons!

LA Beer Week is a celebration of beer in Los Angeles and we want to show our appreciation to Eagle Rock Brewery and The Maltose Falcons - both of which are a huge part of the history of the LA brewing scene.  Join our friends from Ealge Rock and taste two Falcons Collaboration beers - Norm II Smoked Porter and Longevity Baltic Stout!  We'll also be pouring Eagle Rock Unity, Populist IPA, Manifesto Witt and Solidarity Black Mild on Nitro!


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LA Beer Week Kick Off Party with El Segundo Brewery!

Join us for LA Beer Week!  We're devoting all 18 of our taps to LA based breweries and we're kicking things off with El Segundo Brewery.  This will be the first time we've poured El Segundo and we'll be tapping 3 of their beers - Citra Pale Ale, White Dog IPA and Two 5 Left Double IPA.  You can also keep an El Segundo glass while supplies last.

10% Off Your Tab for Falcons for the Entire Week!

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Abbatoir Imperial Black Rye Ale

This recipe started out as a clone of Firestone Walker's Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA, but was twisted into a deeper, richer, maltier, hoppier flavor monster at 9.75% ABV.
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40th Anniversary Party- Sold Out!

The 40th held at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard St. Woodland Hills, CA 91367 on October 11th, 2014.

If you are bringing kegs, PLEASE bring them early, we would like to have the as many of the kegs as possible in between 4:00 and 5:00.  The bar people are going to be there earlier than that: unloading and assembling their bars, hooking up kegs, icing them down, etc. But they're part of the party, too, and need time to get cleaned up and changed into party clothes after all that sweaty work!

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Cask and Ye Shall Receive: MacLeod Ale Real Ale Festival

LA craft beer drinkers may think they know what Cask Ale (aka Real Ale) is, but in reality most of us don’t know as much as we think we do. Hint: Casks are not simply a novel dispensing method in which additional ingredients are added to an already fermented and finished beer, despite the popularity of their use as just that on the local beer scene.

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LA Beer Kickoff Festival

The time has come once again to gear up for LA Beer Week! To launch this year’s festivities, the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild has banded together to curate the LA Brewers Beer Week Kick-Off festival taking place on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The LABG decided to switch things up a little this year to create an event all their own.

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Lake Arrowhead Brew Festival 2014

Sample of pictures from the event.  Everything went super smooth, they were great hosts and we had a great time. 

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40th Anniversary Beer Signups!

With the 40th Anniversary Party Coming Up - We need to know - what are you going to bring to the party? We expected to see a very full and kickass selection of homebrew!  PLEASE bring your kegs early!  See note on Party event page above.

Leave us a comment below like this:

Joe Falcon says:

I'm bringing kegs of

  • Mild (for the handpumps)
  • Killer IPA
  • Pilsner

and some bottles of my Cherry Bomb Mead


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Schwarzbier (Black Beer)

I got good feedback from the last meeting about my Schwarzbier and since there isn't a recipe for it on the website, I thought I would add mine in.
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Sour and Funky Beer Tasting

President and sour beer lover John Aitchison will be leading a tasting of sour and funky beers at the shop on Sunday, September 28 at 12PM.  If you like sour beers, here's a chance to taste lots of them at once.  All are welcome, but you need to sign up--we need to limit attendance at 20.  Commercial and homebrew beers are welcome, please bring 44 oz. worth so everyone can have a little.  Also please bring a Belgian glass and some bottled water--these beers are best when you get the full aroma.

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Brew Session at Ladyface Alehouse for a Falcons 40th Anniversary Beer!

The heads of the fantastic Ladyface Ale Companie - Alehouse & Brassserie, Cyrena Nouzille and Dave Griffiths, have invited the Maltose Falcons for an incredible brew session to make a 40th anniversary beer at Ladyface. Dave and Cyrena have generously offered to host 6 people each on two brew days, Thursday Sept. 4 and Friday, Sept.

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