Our April meeting features Judging Irish and Scottish Ales, BJCP class 9 for the National Club Only Competition. Bring your class 9 beers to the club meeting, the best will be sent to the competition. The club will pay for fees and shipping, so brew up some fine ales and by Faith and Begorrah, you might win!
Our March Club meeting features the judging of the March Club Only Competition. Bring your Stouts, BJCP class 13, beers. The best will be sent to the national competition. The club will pay all fees and postage, so just bring your Stouts.
The Falcons February Club meeting features our Annual MF Chili Cookoff! Bring your any-style Chili in a crock pot. The club will vote on which is their favorite. Every year we have a great selection of delicious mouthwatering meaty and veggie chili! If you like chili you don't want to miss this meeting!
For those of you who don't know, erstwhile Falcon and brewer of all things "MEGA", Jonny Lieberman, is a Senior Editor at Motor Trend. Basically, he gets handed lots of cars, free gas and an excuse to swear and write funny things about motors in print.
Was out with Marlen on other errands this morning and she spotted the brewery sign on the side of the big blue building and told me, "turn around!" We did and then I followed my nose. They were brewing. We didn't try to get a tour, but probably could have talked our way in if we had wanted. But the taproom is open as well, two buildings to the south. So what is it? Golden Road Brewing in Glendale is open now. We went into the taproom for a quick pint. Today they had four of their own beers up on tap.
The big number arrived by voice mail Monday. Depressing. Bewildering. Large.
I put out a plea for the number of another plumber on the yahoo email group. The first response was back-channel from a DIY (do-it-yourself) Falcon who ended up changing the course of the brewery construction.
The none-too-delicate suggestion was that I stop typing so much and pick up a wrench.
If some of you are hoping this means I won't continue to prattle on endlessly about every valve and coupling, guess again. The total blog reads may suffer, but not more than you, dear reader.
Going on about 25 years now, the Falcons have journeyed to San Gabriel for a Christmas tasting extraordinaire. This year Marlene decided to put together her first ever vintage tasting. She always does a great job She told a story about how the first years the Falcons chose the beers themselves, but after a few years of the usual suspects (Snowcap, Anchor, Celebration, etc), she took it over to go plumbing the depths of oddities.
Bruce as always took notes, which will be up before long, but here's the list at least:
No word from the plumber. The dogs have stayed in the yard. I have to admit, life would be simpler with propane.
It's been a busy week, but not for the brewery. My plan to let the plumber take some time evaluating the BTUs has worked splendidly. Not a peep.
I have had time to ponder the advantages of propane. I had the feeling some brewers I communicated with were rooting for propane, kind of like someone might root for a sports team. Looking back, I can certainly see advantages.
Today marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution thanks to the votes in Pennsylvania, Ohio and (oddly enough) Utah. Federal Prohibition officially ended on December 15th, 1933, but the important day is December 5th 1933 as the day it all officially went down.
This unique red ale is the inspiration of Cookie Kaplan my assistant brewer as well as my every day honey. Speaking of honey that was a big part of the inception of this brew. The Orange Blossom honey in this red ale spurred us on to add a couple of cups of crushed Valencia Oranges. Both the honey and the oranges went into the boil at flame out to preserve more of the flavor and aroma. It turned out as a medium hopped red ale with a slight orange flavor and aroma as well as a distinct honey presence, not actual honey flavor but a sweetness that complements the malt flavors. It was good enough to win the Best of Meeting award at the December 2011 Club meeting.
Walnuts or Pecans (I use large bag of pecans at Costco: ¾ of the bag makes 3 batches)
4 – 6 Large Hershey Bars or any kind of chocolate (4 bars makes 3 or 4 batches)
2 cubes of butter (½ lb)
1 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Water (Sometimes I substitute “Beanie's Big Ass Porter” for the water)
Items you'll need:
Non-stick sauce pan (cleans up easier)
Cookie Sheet (9” x 13”)
Chopper or food processor
Container for the nut/chocolate mixture
I just wanted to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to bring a toy to our 3rd Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. We collected 3 big boxes and 3 giant Hefty bags full of toys for the children. We delivered them to the Fire Department on Fallbrook. They were truly astounded to see how many toys we were unloading from the car. They asked us to thank all of you for your generosity.
I was recently in Columbia, SC where a creative mixologist gave me a drink with all the flavor elements of Tom Yom Khai soup. My imagination, being the way it is, devised a mead recipe with the flavor elements of Thai cooking.
Hey so I am trying to put together a list of rock & roll/blues genre songs that reference beer or maybe just drinking, and it seems like it is harder than I thought. I've got a few like Roadhouse Blues ( btw- according to fellow Doors member Ray M it's "Got myself a beard" in reference to sleeping for multiple days), Hey Bartender, One Bourbon one Scotch one Beer, Old Taylor, What Good Can Drinking Do (first recording of Janis J), any other suggestions from the group that has beer on the brain?
Sitting in the backyard, watching the sparge water gently seep
through the grains and pour into the boil kettle that sweet, caramel
colored wort that will be beer in a few weeks. Meanwhile, the luscious
scent of bratwurst and warming buns lets us know lunch is almost ready.
And no heavy propane tanks to lug around. Let the Gas Company do the work!
Wham! Back to reality! According to our plumber, I can't afford
to supply half a million BTU's, just in case I need them later. I
really have to figure out how many I'll likely need and pay to install
From now until the December club meeting, I'll be tracking recipe entries on the website. For the current Falcon member who posts the most interesting recipes, the reward will be one copy of BeerSmith 2.0, a $28 value!
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)