24th SCHF a Done Deal!

The Falcons had a great presence at the 24th Southern California Homebrewers Festival on May 2, thanks to all those who donated kegs of homebrew and of course the valiant work of our barmeisters, Kevin Baranowski, Kent Fletcher, and Craig Frump (who brought the Beanie's Best bar as Richard "Beanie" Webster had some medical problems preventing his appearance).  Thanks to all who helped and participated!  It was good to see the fest up and running again after some legal problems in 2014 that led to a legislative campaign to amend the law to allow for the event to happen again -- an example of

Mead Tasting!

More details coming soon - but this year's Mead Extravaganza hosted by the inimitable Bruce Brode will be returning on May 31st.  The tasting will start a little early this year to facilitate an earlier finishing time at 12

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Mayfaire Party and Campout - Acton CA

Saturday, May 16th.

Join us at the KOA in Acton for another fun weekend campout. If you haven't gone before, the KOA has a nice grassy area for us to camp on, and a clubhouse for our Dead Palates session, a kitchen for last-minute food prep, plenty of room for the band and dancing, and a nice pool to cool off in as needed.

In addtion to camping out, sharing brews, rockin' and rollin', we also announce all of the winners for our annual Mayfaire homebrew competition, present the category medals and of course, the Best of Show winner.

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A Guide to Saisons and Saison Yeasts

Is there any style nearly as driven by yeast as the Saison? I'd argue no, so it's important to know your options! Here's my run down of Saison strains that I've tried or seen reported (and am tracking to make sure I try)


TL;DR: Yeast is Important, Saisons need yeast, Drew has a way to ferment them - Just take me to the yeast (Also, if you have any notes, you'd like to add - just leave a comment below or hit Drew up at drew@maltosefalcons.com)

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2015 Los Angles County Fair Homebrew Competition




Regional Competition

Sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)

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Citra Double IPA

This is the recipe we brewed for 2015's Brew with a Falcon day. A good dry DIPA with plenty of hop kick
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Craig Shapland, Ryan Boring
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Cordesbrau German Pilsner

This is a recipe that I've been working on for a few years now with only minor tweaks between batches. This particular recipe was used during the Brew with a Falcon event at my place on 3/22/2015.
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Dana, Royston, Marco, Dave Uhl, Tom S, Eric and Jerry
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This was "Brew with a Falcon - Azusa" on March 22 2015 at my place. The recipe is my interpretation of Samichlaus Classic Bier and the Falconclaws. Must use the Zurich yeast (available through white labs every fall) to ferment this big of a beer. It is a lager that needs time, lots of yeast, cool fermentation and patience is a must!
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Izzy and the BWAF Crew (David Sherfey, Kale Bittner and Eric Mendoza)
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AHA Conference Beers

We need your beer for the mind blowingly awesome AHA Conference in San Diego (June!). Let us know what you're going to bring to the party below. Also, don't forget to register for the conference!

Brew with a Falcon - Westside

Starting later in the day: ~11:30am. Ryan is planning on his Brett Trois Imperial Wit and Tiffany will be conjuring lunch (which will be great because one of the Burgerfraus is involved)!

Address and details  will be emailed to you the week of the brew day.

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BJCP Tasting Exam Prep Class Part 2 of 3

Ever wanted to know what it's like to be a BJCP Certified beer judge?  Ever wanted to bring your beer knowledge out of the realm of the causal consumer and into the realm of the almost-but-not-quite professional?!  Ever wanted to leave people in awe of your vast beer style expertise?

Well, here is your third chance.  Wednesday March 18th, 7:00pm at the clubhouse.


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2015 Mayfaire Homebrew Competition

The 37th Annual Maltose Falcons Mayfaire Homebrew Competition!

(AHA and BJCP Sanctioned)


Registration closes at midnight on Thursday April 9, 2015, all entries are due at the pickup site by Friday April 10, 2015.

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Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover!

From Maltose Falcons to Craft Beer Pioneers!  Crazy Harry's is hosting a Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover.  We'll be pouring some new brands, old favorites and a couple of very rare beers from Sierra Nevada:

Nooner Pils

Beer Camp Hoppy Lager

Pale Ale

Hop Hunter IPA

Harvest Neo-Mexicanus Wild Wet Hop Ale

Ovilla Quad with Plums



Falcons receive a 10% discount for this event.

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BJCP Tasting Exam Prep Class Part 1 of 3

Ever wanted to know what it's like to be a BJCP Certified beer judge?  Ever wanted to bring your beer knowledge out of the realm of the causal consumer and into the realm of the almost-but-not-quite professional?!  Ever wanted to leave people in awe of your vast beer style expertise?

Well, here is your second chance.  Wednesday February 25th, 7:00pm at the clubhouse.


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Clear Cut Spruce IPA

Spruce Wheat IPA
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Kale Bittner
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February Brews and News

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2015 Doug King Memorial Winners

Ethen Adams and Allen Tracey brew up a an award winning stout for the shop brew.


The Doughroom presents Beers and Cheers! featuring El Segundo Brewing Co.

The Doughroom continues its Beers and Cheers! series featuring specialty beers from El Segundo Brewing Co. We'll be posting the tap list closer to the event. 

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The Doughroom presents Beers and Cheers! featuring Drake's Brewing

The Doughroom continues its Beers and Cheers! series featuring the Hopocolypse release from Drake's Brewing. We'll be posting the full tap list closer to the event. 

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The Doughroom presents Beers and Cheers! featuring Pizza Port

The Doughroom is excited to announce Beers and Cheers - our 2015 beer series! We'll be featuring rare, barrel-aged, and specialty beers every month. Check out our line up - first event is on February 11 with Pizza Port Brewing Co! Events start at 5:00pm. Beer is limited, so come early!

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2015 Great American Beer Festival

The Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition.

Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation.

GABF was founded in 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since.

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February 2015 Club Shop Brew Session - Anchor Porter!

Falcons, sign up now for the next Club Shop Brew Session, Sunday, February 22, as club President Cullen Davis leads the crew in brewing an Anchor Porter inspired Porter, in homage to the club's trip up to Anchor Brewing to be crowned California Homebrew Club of the Year! 

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Anchor Weekend Saturday Night Post Party

We'll be gathering at the Rogue Ale House for post anchor beers!

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Anchor Weekend Sunday Brewery Crawl

Since it's apparently too late to rent a bus, we're going on foot! Our intention is to visit the following breweries/bars - Magnolia Dogpatch / Triple Voodoo / Cellarmaker / Hopwater Distribution or others.

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Anchor Weekend Friday Night Happening

  • Tiffany is your leader for this event and has discovered that Peter Zien of Alesmith will be at the Mikkeller Bar on Friday so we're starting there
  • Also Tiffany will be using the Falcons group on Facebook to coordinate where the crew is at the moment. Get your Millenial on! 
  • From Tiffany:
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Firestone Walker Sucaba Release Party and Tap Takeover

Featuring  ALL on Draught!!!
- Sucaba
- Double DBA
- Double Jack IPA
- Velvet Merkin aged in bourbon barrels
- Velvet Mocha Merlin
- Agrestic – DBA sour
- Anniversary XVIII
- Plus More.......

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

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

398 N. Moorpark Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(In the Best Buy Plaza, next to Total Wine)

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H24 Pugachev's Cobra - Keg Tapping

Join Crazy Harry's Bar and Hangar 24 when we tap a keg of Pugachev's Cobra.  This years version comes in at 18.9% and is one of the best Bourbon Barrel Stouts we've ever tasted.  As far as we know we're getting the only keg in our territory so come and get it before its gone.  We'll also be pouring H24 Warmer and Double IPA.

Falcon's get a 10% Club Discount for this event.

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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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Kegging Class

On Tuesday 2/24/15 we are going to be holding our next class for kegging and draft beer! We will be covering everything you need to know to leave the hassle of bottling behind and make the step up for draft beer at home. Call the shop register your seat. Cost is $25

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2015 Doug King Memorial Homebrew Competition Results

Thanks To All Who Participated in the 2015 Doug King Memorial Competition

There were 182 entries judged and 276 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Matt Castellino
Co-Brewer: Courtney Castellino, Todd Slater
  9.1: Vienna-Style Lager Thousand Oaked Homebrewers
2nd John Aitchison   14.1: Dortmund-Style Adambier Maltose Falcons
3rd Craig Shapland
Co-Brewer: Ryan Boring
Pliny The Youngest 30.2: Imperial Anything+ Maltose Falcons



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