Gobble Em Up Chili

 This was my 3rd place chili. It's my standard "healthy" chili and truly just a damn awesome meal for a week! (Note.. it tastes even better over time). This version is not the hottest chili, focusing instead on building a world of flavor. Heat is always a bottle of hot sauce away!


Gobble Em Up Chili

For 6ish quarts of Chili:

6 slices of thick bacon, chopped

2.5 lbs Ground "Lean" Turkey (Not the extra lean)

1/3 c. Fresh ground chile powder (made out of dried chiles)

1/3 c. ground toasted coriander seed

2012 Mayfaire Homebrew Competition


2012 Mayfaire organized by the Maltose Falcons

Holy cow! 550 entries registered and a bunch of judges to run through them all. In the end, the judges at the Best of Show Panel commented on the stellar nature of the winners and just how tough the final judging was. In the end, the bird goes to a brewer known well to the Falcons, particularly for his Belgians. Congrats Mike!

Best of Show Winner
Mike Mraz for his Flanders Red

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Celebration Ale

A beer brewed in celebration of Drew's dog's recovery from spinal surgery. A beer that should be sweet, spicy and tasty with oats galore and rum soaked raisins.
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Nicholai Abrahamson, Drew Beechum, Michael Grynick, Kent Fletcher, Chris Moon, Rob Nakashian
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Steve's Smokey Second Place Chili

So I had a lot of people ask me for the recipe I used for my chili, so here it is!  I kinda made it up as I went, so here's the recipe I as best as I could remember....

The Dry:

Kosher Salt

Smoked Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

1 Teaspoon Oregano

1 Tablespoon Chili Powder

1 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika

2 Tablespoons Cumin

The Wet:

Vegetable Oil

ColLAboration Winterfest at The Belasco

Winter ColLAboration is back on!

The mobile craft beer garden (from the brains behind Tony’s Darts Away/Mohawk Bend/Golden Road Brewing, Verdugo Bar/Surly Goat/Little Bear, Blue Palms and 38 Degrees) will be revived in the form of a weather-proof, indoor late-winter wonderland on Sunday, February 26th at The Belasco Theater in Downtown L.A. – located conveniently near the Metro Blue Line.

As previously planned, the garden will feature a selection of winter brews and favorites from:

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That's One Way To Supplement the Income

Drug Charge Means No Ale at Ale House

Apparently the fine folks at the Broadway Alehouse (nee The Fifth Amendment), need to take the advice of their name because the bar's been stripped of it's license by the ABC after an investigation found solidity to the rumors of drugs (marijuana and coke) being sold at the bar and a later sting where they sold a drink to an underage decoy.


February Newsletter

v. 38
i. 2
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The February newsletter is now available.

Stone Ruination Double Dry-Hopped I.P.A. FRIDAY

Come Join us this evening from 5pm-Midnight as we TAP!

Stone Brewing Co. Double Dry-Hopped Ruination I.P.A.


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Homebrewing in LA Weekly - aka why you should join a homebrew club

Need a reason to join a homebrew club? Jenn Garbee of LAWeekly and EatHistory.com drops 5 reasons you should do it. (And of course the Falcons, PG and the Yeastside Brewers all get shoutouts - thanks!)

Top 5 Reasons to Join a Homebrew Club

Los Angeles Area Brewery Bus Tour 2012 - SOLD OUT

The Falcons are doing a bus tour of local breweries!  On Saturday 24 March the Falcons will visit some our fellow Falcon brewers who went pro at Enegren Brewing, Ladyface Ale House, Golden Road Brewing, LAB Brewing, and Eagle Rock Brewery.  Pick up and drop off locations will be Union Station and the HBWC shop in Woodland Hills.  We chose the breweries and schedule so that guests could take the train to meet the bus (draws on a larger audience and helps fill the bus).  $58 includes your bus ride, sandwich lunch, brewery tours and beer at all five breweries.

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Stone Brewing Tap Takeover!!!


Join us along with Stone Brewing San Diego 

on February 25th, 2012 for the 
Stone Tap Takeover

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

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Firestone Tap Takeover w/ David Walker


Join us 
on February 18th, 2012

Join David Walker @ 6PM for the ultimate

Followed by Live Music at 8PM

Beers to be served on Draught:

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Mayfaire Festival 2012

Join us for our annual Mayfaire fest on 19 May.  We are trying a new location this year at the KOA in ActonThe camp is located on the bank of the Santa Clara River about 25 miles away from the north SF Valley.  It has cot

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Wort Aeration Technique

Brewed a RyePA on Saturday, 1/28, and tried something new this time. A recent visit to Costco (AKA the 200 dollar store) turned up a gadget for wine geeks. It is called the Vinturi and is intended to aerate red wine as you pour it from the bottle into a decanter or even a glass. It uses the venturi effect to pull air through two small holes as the liquid passes down the main channel. I bought one (for about $20) with the idea that it might be useful in the brewery, as an alternative to canned oxygen and an air stone.

February Club Shop Brew

Our monthly Club Shop Brew is set for Sunday February 19th at 8:00 a.m. Our Club WebMeister and Grand Hydrometer, Drew Beechum, will be leading this crew with the brewing of an Oatmeal Raisin Brown 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. Each participant will then take home 5 gallons of wort to ferment at home at a really cheap price for their effort.

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Doug King Comp A Rousing Success--Yet I Didn't Win!!! by the Alewench

We had a fine Doug King Competition yesterday. You shoulda been there if ya weren't!! Over 40 judges and many stewards (including my good friend Gina) converged on the Eagle Rock Brewery bright and early on the morning of the 21st. With over 100 entries to judge, we knew we were in for a long but very fulfilling and filling day! The day started off with some nice pumpkin bread baked by yours truly and a great burrito casserole, complete with salsa and guac, prepared by Rocky (the kegmaster and go-to guy for the day).

SCHF - Last Chance for a Discount

On March 1st, the price of a CHA membership (and subsequent admission to the SCHF) goes up to it's highest price - $50 per person.

Don't hesitate, buy your membership today!


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SCHF Early Bird Registration Ends!

You have until tonight to get into the SCHF for $40!

Buy your membership to the CHA right now, online!


If you're interested in a free membership, consider volunteering for a few hours and register as a Volunteer. Be warned, volunteer slots go quick so double time it for these.

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Golden Road Pub Grand Opening

Before Prohibition single-handedly decimated the brewing industry in America, the majority of beer that would find its way into a man's belly was brewed locally. It's truly exciting to be living in a time when the momentum seems to be shifting back to the side of smaller, home-grown operations that can serve their local markets, and Golden Road Brewing is wasting no time quenching us Angelinos' thirst for craft beer.


Time to escape the heat and quaff some cold beers at our annual Sunfest.  To top it off awesome food will be had for dinner and the Falcons will have copious amounts of beer available for the pouring.

So come on out, drink, dine, dance.    Your entry includes camping so plan for that and DON'T DRIVE!

Sign Up Now

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We will be partying at Oak Park in Simi again for Oktoberfest, with the actual festivities beginning around noon on Oktober 6th. As usual, camping will be available both Friday (5th) and Saturday nights.

Of course we will have lots of beer, several bars to pour them from, and the Band WILL be playing, too! Last but not least, we will have our traditional Stein Holding and Keg Toss games, and maybe something new and different to go with them. We will also have our Falcons-Only Oktoberfest Comp - this is a less formal Comp, with entries welcome in any format (bottles, kegs, etc).

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Confirmation on the sale of Angel City

It's official and announced by Boston Beer Company that their subsidiary "Alchemy & Science" has bought Angel City as it's first brewery. A&S is run by Alan Newman who helped found Magic Hat out of Vermont. (Magic Hat was sold last year to North American Breweries which owns Pyramid, Genesee, Labatts, etc) Michael Bowe, Angel City founder and a Falcon, is staying on for two years. Congrats to Michael for successfully establishing his brand and attracting national attention to brewing in Los Angeles.

January Club Meeting

The January Club Meeting will be held January 8th, at 12:00 noon. Following our standard practice, when the first Sunday falls on a holiday weekend (or Superbowl), we have the meeting the following Sunday.

Our Burgermeister, Peter Sheppard, has provided the menu for lunch, which will be served around 1:30-2:00 pm:

Tossed Greens Salad w/Assorted Dressings
Warm Artichoke & Pasta Salad
Italian Drumstix
Black-eyed Peas with Chicken Italian Sausage
Texas-Style Corn Bread
Brownie Sundaes

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2nd Anniversary Party for Eagle Rock Brewery

EAGLE ROCK BREWERY TURNS 2 JANUARY 28th 12-4PM Come join us for our 2-year anniversary celebration at the brewery! We'll be celebrating another amazing year by featuring many of our special beers on tap in the taproom and an outdoor beer garden (Sorry, no pets or children permitted.). Grill Em' All and Mandoline Grill will be at the brewery to celebrate with us and serving up some of our favorite eats. Need more of a reason?

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July Club Meeting - Judging Porters for COC

The July Club Meeting features judging of Porters for the AHA Club Only Competition! This COC is Porters, BJCP Class 12. Bring your Porters to the club meeting, the best will be sent to the national competition! The club pays all entry fees and postage! You can only win if you bring your beer to the meeting!

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