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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!

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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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2012 Mayfaire Competition Entries Due

The Maltose Falcons Mayfaire Homebrew Competition is the Oldest Homebrew Competition in the USA. Your entries are due April 12. Judging will be on April 28.

Mayfaire 2012

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April Club Meeting. Judging Scottish and Irish Ales for COC

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!

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March Meeting - Judging Stouts for COC

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.

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Club Meeting - Chili Cookoff

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!

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January Beer Appreciation Night at Four Points LAX


Hosted by Larry James from Wine Warehouse
Only $30; $20 with Twitter Code Word
Includes tastes and parking


Staropramen Pils (Czech Rep.)
Schlenkerla Helles Lager (Germany)
Green Flash Raron Vert (USA)
Courage Imperial Russian Stout (England)
Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2011 (Japan)
La Rulles Cuvee Meilleurs Voeux (Belgium)
Uinta Hop Notch IPA (USA)
Shipyard Applehead Ale (USA)
Buffalo Bills Blueberry Stout (USA)
Fullers Vintage Ale 2011 (England)

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January 2012 Newsletter

v. 38
i. 1

Falcons in Motortrend!

Great Midwestern Beer Run

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.

Brewery Scene Looking Up in East Valley

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 Clumsy Plumber – How a big number from Plumber #1 changed the project, and again with the gas line.

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.

2011 Stuffed Sandwich

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:

1) The Bruery 4 Calling Birds (2011)

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The Clumsy Brewer – Still waiting, musings on fuel, and finally, a contribution from the dogs.

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.

Dark Lagers Club Only Comp Judging

We will be judging Dark Lagers for the AHA Club Only Competition at the January 8th meeting. Bring in yours and we will select one to represent the Falcons!

To enter your beer, bring six unlabeled bottles and your recipe to the club meeting listed below. We will create a judges panel to select the best beer to represent the club. Cheers and GOOD LUCK!

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Happy Repeal Day!

Happy Prohibition repeal today!

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.

Oho! Orange Honey Red Ale

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.
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Beanie's Wife's English Toffee Recipe


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)
Wooden Spoon
Parchment paper
Cookie Sheet (9” x 13”)
Chopper or food processor
Container for the nut/chocolate mixture
Butter knife



Dearest Falcons!
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.

Getting Gased, or Score one for the Species with Opossable Thumbs

Milestone passed! The first purchase! Two of these babies:


Thanks again to Rich for finding THE cheapest gas burner on the internet.

The plumber came this week to look at the brewery site. It sounds like his first brewery.

Belgian Spiced Mead

Delicious. Let age in carboy 1 year before bottling.
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