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September Club Meeting Minutes

John Aitchison led the Gran Hydro presentation with “Decoction vs Infusion” beers. There will be a link available for his talk soon. Here are the results of the board election.

President: Cullen Davis

Vice Presidents: Ed Kochanowski & Eric Bonney

Secretary: Rick Morales

Treasurer: Kent Fletcher

Membership Director: Craig Frump

Publicity Director: Matt Matt

Activities Directors:  Brent Yarkins

Grand Hydro: Drew Beechum

Burgerfrau: Jenna Bonney

Newsletter Editor: David Uhl

Check out my blog at HummingBrew.com

HummingBrew.com is my blog for sharing knowledge about beer and brewing. You will also find a link to my Vivino.com wine reviews. I hope you find the blog helpful -- cheers!

Thanks Falcons for Making The Toy Drive Such a Success

Falcons,

I just wanted to send a note out to thank you again for ALL the wonderful gifts you brought to the meeting today for our 7th Annual Toy Drive.  I am overwhelmed each time  by your generosity in bringing so much for the kids.  I believe that this was the biggest collection of gifts that we have ever gotten. And such a great selection for youth of all ages. I am humbled and so proud of our club. What wonderful hearts you all have.

Keg Sign-up For Oktoberfest

All right everyone!

If you're coming to the party (and you better be) - tell us in the comments what you're bringing! 

Election time! Run Run Run Mighty Falcons!

Hey Falcons, old and new, having served on the board, I can tell you that it is a good experience. Now it is your turn to shine!!

Member Meeting- July 2016

Club Meeting

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop

 

Agenda Topics

  1. Grand Hydro: Alternative Fermentation

    1. Angry Orchard Hard Cider - 5.5% abv

    2. Puloque - 5% abv

    3. Russian River Valley Chardonnay - 13.8% abv

Rails to Grails: A Review of the 2016 L.A. Beer Week Kickoff Festival

For a beer enthusiast like me, there's nothing better than a rip-roaring beer festival featuring lots of different beers to taste. The 2016 L.A. Beer Week Kickoff Festival, organized by the Los Angeles Brewers Guild and held at the L.A. Center Studios on June 18, certainly qualifies as that kind of “holy grail” for me – and after all, the grail in some references is a drinking vessel. Since I rode the rails in the form of the MTA's light-rail Expo line to get there, you can see how my title for this article came about.

Member Meeting Notes- June 2016

Club Meeting

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop

 

Agenda Topics

  1. Grand Hydro: Mead

    1. Guest speaker: Roger Taylor spoke to us about his beekeeping duties

    2. John presented several varieties of his homebrewed Meads

      1. Rabbit Blossom 14%

May Board Meeting Notes

Board Meeting Notes

May 17, 2016

Present:  Drew, Cullen, Craig, John, Ed, Tiffany, and Andy

Submitted by acting Secretary John Aitchison

 

LA Beer Week Kick Off Party!

LA Beer Week Kick Off Party is looking for YOUR delicious Homebrew soda creation to be featured at this years HoLA Rejuvenating Tonic Bar tent area!

 

SCHF 2016 - Ya Shoulda Been There!

It is now Sunday afternoon. Home again after a wonderful weekend spent at the SCHF, enjoying beer at not only the Fest, but also John K's event and of course, the mighty Dead Palate's Soiree.
But best of all was being surrounded by fellow Falcons. Whether serving beer at all our taps (38 at one point), or going from club to club to try their wares, or dancing to the Mighty Maltose Falcons Brews band,  our members rock.

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

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

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.

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

Troubleshooter's Corner - The Video

Troubleshooter's Corner - Drew Tastes and Talks About Craig's Beer

Stuffing With All the Trimmings

STUFFING WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS

By Bruce L. Brode

Thanks for Your Support of Our Toy Drive

Falcons,

I just wanted to send a note out to thank you again for ALL the wonderful gifts you brought to the meeting today for our 6th Annual Toy Drive.  I was overwhelmed by your generosity in bringing so much for the kids.  I believe that this was the biggest collection of gifts that we have ever gotten.  I am humbled and so proud of our club. What wonderful hearts you all have.

Club Meeting Minutes- December 2015

 

Members Meeting

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop

 

Agenda Topics

Grand Hydro: Christmas of the Belgians

Avec les Bons Voeux- Dupont Belgian Saison Ale, 9.5%

Mission Brewery- Holiday Ale Belgian style Dark Ale, 8.6%

Monkish Magnificat-  Belgian style Christmas ale with holiday spices, 10.1%

La Resolution- Unibroue Dark Ale, 10%

Club Meeting Minutes- November 2015

Members Meeting

Date: Sunday, November 1st

Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop

 

Agenda Topics

  1. Grand Hydro: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

    1. Ballast Point- Calm Before The Storm Cream Ale with coffee and vanilla, 5.5% from San Diego, CA.

Brand Spanking New Podcast!

Yesterday, Denny Conn and I debuted our brand spanking new podcast - Experimental Brewing with Denny and Drew!

Go give it a listen today! 

Club Meeting Minutes- September 2015

Club Meeting on Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop

Agenda Topics

Club Meeting Minutes- July 2015

 

Club Meeting on Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop

 

Agenda Topics

Mead Madness at the End of May

Sunday, May 31, 2015 saw the latest annual convocation of our local mead enthusiasts at the Home Wine, Beer, Cheese and Meadmaking Shop.  And madness it was!  Enthusiasm was running high, as was the volume level as usual, yet we managed to “formally” taste 39 meads out of some 48 that were offered by the time it became necessary to wind things down at 4:30.  As I said, enthusiasm was plentiful, and my biggest regret was that we were not able to sample all that was brought, despite moving the starting time up an hour to 12 noon this year.  Even at that, folks were still 'meadifying' when I d

Beverly Glen Fair

At the start of every summer, the Beverly Glen area shuts down a couple of our residential streets and throws a fair.  This year's fair is this coming Sunday (31st).  Vendors, food and games for kids.  It is a lot of fun and one of the many reasons why I love my neighborhood.  This year I was asked to serve some of my home brew.  It is so nice to have people like our beer.  It's why we do it right?  To make others happy with something we created.

Brazilian Feijoada (fay-zwah-da)

Here is the recipe I made for the potluck dish I brought to the December Club Meeting

A Mighty Thank You to All of You! Toy Drive a Huge Success!

Falcons,

I just wanted to send a note out to thank you again for ALL the wonderful gifts you brought to the meeting today for our 6th Annual Toy Drive.  I was overwhelmed by your generosity in bringing so much for the kids.  I believe that this was the biggest collection of gifts that we have ever gotten.  I am humbled and so proud of our club. What wonderful hearts you all have.

TOY DRIVE THIS SUNDAY-DECEMBER 7TH MEETING

Now that we are past the Thanksgiving Fest, it is time to think of the holidays.  As was mentioned in the December club meeting event online, I cannot stress enough how important it is to provide toys for our toy drives. Many of us are so very fortunate in our lives.  Unfortunately, there are those who are not.  I know that bringing a toy or two seems like no big deal to us, but it will be a very happy experience for a child who might otherwise not have a good holiday.  

Beertastic Line-Up for Club Shop Brew Sessions!

Falcons, get ready for a mind-blowing, earth-shattering line-up of Club Shop Brew Sessions coming up led by a stellar legion of first-ever brew crew leaders and some familiar favorites! 

As you may have seen, I recently put out the Falcon Signal, calling for members to step forward to lead Club Shop Brew Sessions. With a dozen monthly Club Shop Brew Sessions a year and about as many members who can lead them, it's a perennial challenge to get leaders lined up for the brew sessions without burning them out. 

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