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2016 Southern California Homebrewers Festival

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the Southern California Homebrewers Festival!  

SCHF & Maltose Falcon Club camping is back at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula & will be held the weekend of April 30th.  Come join your fellow Falcons & 35 other homebrew clubs! See complete list of events below as well as the CHA site.

 

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Brews & News May 2016

Volume: 
v. 42
Issue: 
i. 4
Newsletter Date: 
05/2016

The Firestone Walker Craft Beer Experience

Featuring on Draught!!!
- HELLDORADO
- XIX
- VELVET MERKIN
- SUCABA
- PARABOLA
- SURPRISE WILD ALE FROM BARRELWORKS!!!!!

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

Live Music by Union Jack @ 8PM

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

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

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April Meeting Notes

Club Meeting

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop

 

Agenda Topics

  1. Grand Hydro: International Session Beer Day is on April 7th!

    • Guinness Draught brewed in Dublin, 4.2%abv

    • Timothy Taylor’s, 4.2%abv

    • Down to Earth IPA by 21st Amendment, 4.4%abv

Czech Amber Lager

Brew Date: 
03/12/2016
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Lady Falcon Brew Day 2016

Get ready for a very special Maltose Falcons event - the Annual Ladies Brew Session on Sunday, May 15th!! 

Falcons former Prez and current Member at Large Nancy Gold & Activities Director Tiffany Ashrafi will lead an all-women brew crew in making a Firestone Union Jack Clone - Nancy is known for her expertise in brewing IPAs (and Tiffany really enjoys drinking them).

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Brew With a Falcon 2016

Our annual Brew With a Falcon day is set for Saturday, June 25th! Here's the skinny: a few members of the club, will be opening up their homes to other folks to brew together. Most of these sites will be unlike a shop brew - there will be no wort for members to take home. Instead, brewers will signup and on Saturday, June 25th you'll go to your chosen location and hang out, learn and help out.

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Club & Board Notes- March

Club Meeting

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop

 

Agenda Topics

  1. Grand Hydro: Lagers Transform

    • Light Side-

      1. Pilsner Urquell brewed in Plzen, Czech “The Original Pilsner” with a 4.4% abv

      2. Baltika #7 brewed in Russian with a 5.4% abv

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April Club Meeting - Session Beers, Hop Extract and Canning Party

It's time to get our Session beer on! Bring your favorite homebrew that's 4.5% or lower! (Alternatively, you can bring your favorite homebrew of any size!)

In addition to Session Beer - we'll have two tech demonstrations:

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2016 Grain Buy - It's On!

Did you know that as a member of the Club, you get access to our sometimes, mostly annual Grain Buy? Well, you do and it's on for this year!

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2016 Mayfaire Homebrew Competition, Judging April 23rd

The oldest homebrew club in America invites to you to participate in the Judging of the oldest homebrew competition in the world!
 
(AHA and BJCP Sanctioned)
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March Club Brew Session - Dark Czech Lager with John A

Falcons, prepare yourselves for a very special Club Brew Session! This month, Co-Vice President and past President and the Falcons' unofficial lager Emperor John Aitchison will lead the crew in brewing a rare and delicious authentic Czech dark lager at his shop, Tavern Services, on Saturday, March 19. John has a smaller system than the club's system at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop, so there are 5 slots open. 

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Club Shop Brew of 2/21/2016

So we set our mind on a hoppy American Amber. Initially at least. It turns out that it was too big to be called that, Imperial Red would be more accurate. However, the BJCP nor the Maltose Falcons style guidelines have such a style, it would fall in the American Strong Ale according to BJCP and Double IPA under Maltose Falcons definitions.

On with the story!

February 2016 Brews & News

Volume: 
v. 42
Issue: 
i. 2
Newsletter Date: 
02/2016

Beer season is in high gear!
Hey Falcons! If you haven't noticed, beer season is in high gear already. After our own Doug King
competition kicked things off, this weekend sees Romancing the Beer followed soon after by the LA Belgian
Beer Challenge, Jeff Sanders Memorial, America's Finest City and the 1st Round National Homebrew
Competition. Of course right on the heels of those competitions is the start of Festival Season with SCHF,
Mayfaire Festival and Competition, LA Beer Week and much much more. So basically it's time for all of you

Club Meeting Notes- February 2016

Members Meeting

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop

 

Agenda Topics

  1. Grand Hydro: Lagers Part 1

    1. Trumer Pils from Berkeley from Trumer Brewery in Berkeley, CA 5% abv

    2. Bitburger Premium Beer, 4.5% abv

    3. Weins Brewering Co. Deadpan pilsner, 5.2% abv

2016 Mayfaire Party and Campout - Acton CA

Saturday, May 21st 2016

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, BBQ pits at 4 of the campsites for good old fashioned cooking, plenty of room for the band and dancing, and a nice pool to cool off in as needed. Come take the short 40 minute drive to hang out and enjoy a beer or two and the Pacific trail!

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2016 Mayfaire Designated Driver

$10.00
Price: $10.00

 

Thank you for being an incredible awesome supporter of the club and keeping folks safe! For that, we offer you a discount!

2016 Mayfaire RV fee

$10.00
Price: $10.00

 

Additional fee for RV.  Don't forget to pay your individual Fest Fee HERE.

2016 Mayfaire Party and Campout

$25.00
Price: $25.00

Saturday, May 21st 2016

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, a fire ring on each campsite for good old fashioned cooking, 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.

To cover the cost of the facilities, camping and our dinner, the fee is $25.00 per person. There is no "day-use only" option - though Designated Drivers pay $10 (for your dinner).  And just like SCHF this year, if you're bringing an RV there is an additional $10 fee. As is the case with almost all of our events, the campout is a private event, open only to members and their guests (maximum two guests per member). Also, you must pay your fees online only - no fees will be accepted on site/at KOA.

Saison Figolla

Continuing our newish tradition of creating a thank you beer for the judges of our Mayfaire competition - this year the club decided to make a Saison with a "Maltese" twist. This beer is based on an Easter Maltese dessert called figolla - a buttery citrus infused cake/cookie filled with marzipan. To make this Saison we're starting with a basic grain bill with a little "baked crust" of the biscuit. The aroma is boosted with the zest of lemon and Moro Blood Oranges (closer to an Italian/Maltese orange). We'll be adding almonds - details to follow! We're also happy to have some fun with this one and we'll be canning it via the Beer Monks Mobile Canning crew here in SoCal. (http://beermonks-socal.com/)
Brew Date: 
02/13/2016
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum, Kent Fletcher, John Aitchison, Ed Kochanowski, Andy Ziskin
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DTLA Brewery Tour - April 16th, 2016 - BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

 

Tickets are now on sale for the Downtown Los Angeles Brewery Tour!

Saturday, April 16th, 2016 

$60 per person

BUY TICKET HERE

 

Includes:

(1) flight or pint from each brewery (all other beer to be purchased on your own)

Lunch @ Iron Triangle

Bus transportation from the Valley & around DTLA to & from each brewery & back to the shop

 

So here's the plan:

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February 2016 Club Shop Brew Session - Hoppy American Amber!

Falcons, sign up now for the February Club Shop Brew Session Sunday, Feb. 21 as Bernard Lebel leads the crew in brewing a hoppy American amber ale. Knowing Bernard, this brew day will involve sampling some extremely high gravity beers and smoking cigars. Kudos to Bernard for stepping up, it's his first time leading a Shop Brew! 

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The Neighborhood Brewery: Three Weavers Brewing Co.

The Neighborhood Brewery By Bruce L. Brode I've been a homebrewer for more than 30 years. In that time, I have seen a revolution in beer continuing in many areas and ways, most recently in the area of craft breweries opening in the Los Angeles area. There were previous efforts – in the mid-1980s I remember the City of Angels brewpub in Santa Monica in the space long since occupied by Border Grill, which was funded by those who had made some good bucks in the “go-go” days of the stock market of the early-to-mid 1980s employed at the defunct Drexel Burnham Lambert investment house.

2016 Los Angeles Belgian Beer Challenge (LABBC)

Competition Format
Just to recap, the format for entering and judging beers in this competition is going to be the same as last year. Rather than judging Singles against Dubbel’s, Tripel’s and Dark Strongs, our competition judges each subcategory as if it were a category of its own. We want each subcategory to have a chance to compete in the best of show round against all other belgian styles so that we can truly crown the Best Belgian Brew of the year!

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Brews & News - January 2016

Volume: 
v. 42
Issue: 
i. 1
Newsletter Date: 
01/2016

The New Year started out right as our Grand Hydro brought some big Gnarly Malty beers to taste at the January meeting. Kent also brought a special treat to share: a couple large format bottles of Vintage Falcons Claws from 2000 & 2003 that were

Jeff Sanders Memorial Homebrew Competition 2016

 

Strand Brewers Club will be hosting a homebrew competition honoring Jeff Sanders on March 12 starting @ 8:30am.

Judging will be at: 1321 Sartori Ave, Torrance, CA 90501.

Steward, judge, contest registration & prepay ($8 per entry) opens on January 31st. South Bay Brewing Supply will receive entries from February 13th until noon February 27th. Mail/deliver (3) 12oz bottles per entry to: 1311 Post ave, Torrance, CA 90501

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Club Meeting Notes- January 2016

Members Meeting

Sunday, January 2, 2016

Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop

 

Agenda Topics

  1. Grand Hydro: Big Gnarly & Messy

    1. Special Taste of the Month: Cigar City Brewing Collaboration with 3 Floyds - Florida Man loses bet, Rye American Black Ale

    2. Fuller's Vintage  Ale 2014- 8.5% ABV

February Club Meeting & Chili Cook-off!

Join us for our monthly membership meeting. All are welcome! And we will try our best to wrap up the meeting before Superbowl kick-off!

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