Join Board Publicity Director Matt Myerhoff in a Belgian IPA on Sunday, February 26 at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop. Here are the top-rated examples. Belgian IPA, (Category 21B, Specialty IPA) is a pretty new style, emerging in the mid 2000s. Homebrewers and microbreweries simply substituted Belgian yeast in their American IPA recipes. Belgian breweries added more hops to their tripel and pale ale recipes, so there are all different styles among the great ones, including Brewery Vivant Triomphe, Houblon Chouffe, Epic Brainless IPA, Green Flash Le Freak, Stone Cali-Belgique, and Flying Dog's Raging Bitch. This one will have some of the rich, creamy mouthfeel and strong complex yeast aromas of a Belgian blonde, with a wild bouquet of hops.
The December Shop Brew Session had to be postponed to Sunday, January, January 15. The signups are carried with the date, including the wait list.
Board Member & Grand Hydrometer Drew Beechum will lead the crew in brewing Falcons Claws, the our version of Samichlaus, a monster dark Swiss lager that was once the strongest beer in the world at 14% ABV. It started in 1979 when Swiss-based Hürlimann Brewery decided to brew a Christmas lager on December 6—St. Nicholas Day (feast day). Until its doors closed in 1997, Hürlimann Brewery produced Samichlaus every year on December 6, and built up a loyal fan base along the way. Be ready for a year of lagering before bottling, and you'll be enjoying it next Christmas by the fire! READ MORE.
Falcons, sign up now for the November Club Shop Brew Session as Board Member John Aitchison leads the crew in brewing an Adambier. Get ready for some deep knowledge, technique and be ready to wait for a looooonnng fermentation for this huge beer. How many decoctions do you think John will attempt??
Falcons, sign up now for the October Club Shop Brew Session as Board Member and original "Brewgyver" Kent Fletcher leads the crew in brewing a Big Ass Holiday Ale that you will have ready just in time to be sipping by the fireplace as chestnuts roast this winter. There's no single type of Holiday Ale, but they tend to be dark, high gravity, complex, warming, and malty brews, often with spices added. Notable examplars include Anchor Brewing's "Our Special Ale" (Christmas Ale), and Sierra Nevada's Celebration Holiday Ale.
Falcons, sign up now for the August Club Shop Brew Session as Board Member Ed Kochanowski leads the crew in brewing a Black IPA, that style you hate to love or love to hate. Cascadian Dark Ale? American Style Black Ale? Who cares! Either way, you know it will be deeply, darkly hoppy! Black IPA is a beer with the dryness, hop-forward balance, and flavor characteristics of an American IPA, only darker in color – but without strongly roasted or burnt flavors. The flavor of darker malts is gentle and supportive, not a major flavor component.
Falcons, sign up now for the July Club Shop Brew Session as Board Members Matt and Andy lead the crew in brewing a Belgian Witbier, your ultimate warm-fermenting, cool-drinking summer brew, on Sunday, July 31!
Falcons, we have another opportunity to have a very special brew session at a brewery, this time care of Falcons Alex Samovitz and Donovan Nebreklievski, brewmasters at the newly opened Westlake Brewing Co. Westlake has offered to let 9 Falcons members sign up to participate in this hands-on brew session in the brewery, making a Westvleteren 12 clone using yeast from a single bottle of Westy that John Aitchison has cultivated, and taking 5 gallons of wort to ferment at home .
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.
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!
Falcons, sign up now for the January Club Shop Brew Session Sunday, Jan. 17 as Steve Cook and Irene "Cookie" lead the crew in making "Drink It Down Southern Brown," a Southern English Brown Ale. Knowing Steve, it may well turn out to be an Imperial Southern English Brown, or some other 1.100 + OG over-achiever. Either way, this will be a delicious beer and a terrific, fun brew day.
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)