Got Wood?

For years I have used wood chips and cubes soaked in random sprits and wines. I finally broke down and bought a barrel that I could fill on my own from Woodinville, a nice little 8 gallon Bourbon Whiskey Barrels that just got dumped. I spent the day making a nice stand to place it on top of a cart to move it around.

Anyways, I waited a few weeks to get mine but I just noticed that both Bourbon and Rye 8g Barrels are available again.



A Night with Firestone Walker Brewing CO.


We will be releasing the following beers on Draught!


Firestone Wookey Jack Black IPA

Firestone Parabola Russian Imperial Stout

Firestone Velvet Merkin (Aged in Bourbon BBLs) Oatmeal Stout

Firestone Solace Unfiltered Wheat Ale


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Oceanside Rye IPA / Yorkshire Lad Rye

Another split batch of beer to provide cannon fodder for the SCHF. The Oceanside proved to be very popular with a sweet flavor from the large dose of Citra in the finish.
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Strand Brewing Tasting at Wades

Strand Brewing
Flight Night Thursday, May 10th from 4:30pm to 9:00pm
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A Rose By Any Other Name - The Importance of Homebrew Names

(Most of this article originally appeared in BeerAdvocate the Magazine in March 2011. The reprint is inspired by the latest goofiness at SCHF. Read below for more.)

2012 AHA First Round Results

Congrats to the following Falcons for placing in the 2012 First Round of the AHA


Ventura Surf Brewing Tap Takeover


Join us along with Ventura Surf Brewery

on June 16th, 2012 for the 
Ventura Surf Brewery Tap Takeover @ 5:00 PM

We will bring you multiple Ventura Surf beers on Draught some of which have never been served on draught before.

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"A Night of Ciders" Featuring Crispin and Fox Barrel


Fox Barrel Cider Dinner

Saturday, May 26th @ 5:00pm

Live Music at 7:00pm

Call for Reservations


Featured Ciders:


Fox Barrel Ginger Black Currant (ABV 6.5%)

Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear (ABV 5.0%)

Crispin Original (ABV 5.0%)

Crispin Honey Crisp (ABV 6.5%)

Crispin The Saint (ABV 6.9%)

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Samuel Adams Tap Takeover


Join us along with Sam Adams Boston Brewery

on May 19th, 2012 for the 
Sam Adams Tap Takeover @ 5:00 PM

We will bring you multiple Sam Adams beers on Draught some of which have never been served on draught before.

- Boston Lager
- Summer Ale
- Angry Orchard
- Dark Depths
- Grumpy Monk
- Tasman Red
- Belgium Session

This is an event not to be missed by any Sam Adams beer lover!

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Kegs for NHC!

SCHF was a blast! For those of you who are heading to NHC in Seattle or are willing to donate a keg or two to the cause of reminding folks why the Falcons are the Falcons - Whatcha got in the hopper?

Kegs are due into the shop by 5pm on Sunday June 17th so that Fletch and company can load them up and take them to Seattle.

The kegs will be brought back to the shop following the NHC.

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May 2012 Newsletter

v. 38
i. 5
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LA Area Brewery Tour 2012

See attached MSExcel spread sheet for planning details, expecution, and accounting for the 24 March 2012 Maltose Falcons tour of LA area breweries..  Be sure and read the post trip notes.  We paid full price at most places.  Ladyface gave us a 10% discount.  I forgot to include a tip for each of the breweries serving staff.  You should add a budget number for this on the next trip.  There are two worksheets labeled Calculation Sheet (##) with either a 38 or a 56.  One is a budget for 38 people and a 38 passenger commuter bus.  The other is for a 56 passenger tour coach bus.  We had 46 peopl

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Kegs for SCHF!

Hey we need to know what you've got to bring so we can plan what the hell to do - so take a moment and let us know what beer you're going to be bringing (or are willing to drop at the shop by Thursday night)!

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2012 Mayfaire Competition Results - PENDING - UPDATED

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE - Results are being held for the Fest on Saturday. Apparently we're doing this old school, but By Grabthar's Hammer, the results will be up Saturday night!

UPDATE - It took a while (Damn you Southern California Homebrewer's Fest!), but the IPA's are judged. Best of Show should happen on Thursday and then the results will be announced!

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How to Use The Board Notes

Here's our type for board notes...

The idea behind this type is a place for board members to jot down notes, names, numbers, recollections of things that they've done or thought of in the course of doing their job.

Don't forget to tag your posts with a Board Role if applicable. It makes links available to view all the Activities Director content, for instance.

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Firestone Walker Night at The Instant Replay

There will be a Firestone Night at The Instant Replay, the West Valley's best dive/craft beer bar on Monday, April 23 at arnd 6pm.

On the menu is:  Velvet Merlin, Double Jack, XV and others to be named.

Come show this local dive bar some love! http://theirbar.com


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May Shop Brew - Belgian Blond Ale

Our monthly Club Shop Brew is set for Sunday May 13th at 8:00 a.m. Our Club Publicity Director, Steve Cook, (me) will be leading this crew with the brewing of a Belgian Blond Ale.

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Sam Adams Longshot Entries Due

A free competition brought to you by Boston Ber Company. BJCP Classes 1-23, entry requires 4 bottles (with another 3 held in reserve)


Top four brewers selected in the second round are flow, all expenses paid, to the GABF in Denver, CO. Top two brewers (announced at the GABF) will have their beer brewed by Boston Beer and a nice $5k honorarium.

Beers for Californians are due at one of the 3 MoreBeer locations, so factor that in!

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Letter to editors of L.A. Weekly on Jason Bernstein's article on L.A. Craft Brew Movement...

Hey, gang! Peter "Grizzbar" Sheppard here saying you should grab an LA Weekly and check out my letter to the editor in response to Jason Bernstein's article on the growing Craft Brew Movement in Los Angeles! They published practically the entire letter! Oh, and here's a link to the original article...



See y'all in the Funny Papers!


Deschutes Hats off to Homebrewers Event

As part of their:

Deschutes Brewery Base Camp Week
Los Angeles, California
April 9-14, 2012

Deschutes is having a Hats off to Homebrewers event at the Steingarten on April 10, 6-9pm

Lots of other Deschustes oriented events all week all over LA area.


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April Newsletter

v. 38
i. 4
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Here is the April Newsletter. 

Three Ways Chickens Will Improve Your Beer

I currently am looking for a new brew buddy; my lovely girlfriend suggested borrowing one of her chickens... Your thoughts?


Zombie Brewing Kickstarter Party

Another Falcon is going Pro - Robert Cortez has started a kickstarter to get his nano brewery Zombie Brewing off the ground.

Join them at the Crest Bar in La Crescenta for a fund raising party!



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Faux Loko

I'm just going to start this entry with an editorial note - I feel like a horse's ass posting this immediately following Bruce talking about his fantastic mead, but sadly.. that's how this entry is just going to have to roll.

Last year's big boozey news story was Four Loko, a juiced up, caffienated buzz bomber full of 12% alcohol, caffiene, weird "energy supplements" and nasty fake fruity flavors like fruit punch, watermelon, grape and berry. Turns out that if you give college age drinkers that much booze and caffiene in a tall boy can and they get stupid, sometimes dead.

AHA Members - Get out and Vote!

Vote for the AHA Governing Committee

AHA Members should get their vote on! There are 3 slots open this year on the Governing Comittee and 9 candidates for the positions.

"FOR SALE" Ice chest- mash tun's

I have two ice chest- mash tuns for sale, the small one is a 70 quart and the large one is 120 quart, both have slotted copper manifolds with machined copper fitting that slips in to plastic outlet in cooler. These coolers are part of my old system that I no longer use. I live in Simi Valley.

Small cooler $75.00

Large cooler $100.00

Call Rick at 805-501-1775


April Shop Brew - Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Our monthly Club Shop Brew is set for Sunday April 8th at 8:00 a.m. Our Club Activities Director, Kris Schmidt, will be leading this crew with the brewing of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. All Brew Crew members will be brewing on the Falcons 30 gallon all grain brew system located at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop in Woodland Hills. Members will participate in all aspects of the brewing process from measuring and crushing the grain to clean up.

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