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March Member Meeting

Sunday, March 4th - Join us for our monthly membership meeting. All are welcome!

The meeting starts at 11:00 am, with introductions and general business. The Grand Hydro - Drew - will be presenting and sharing liquid samples of Irish beers to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Remember to bring your own tasting glass and your homebrew to share and for review by your peers.

And then lunch - as always, Burgerfrau Jenna has a yummy spread planned for us - details TBD at the moment but will be posted ASAP!

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BWaF - 3/17/18 - Tiff & Benno Ashrafi - Honey Blonde

Brew With a Falcon 2018!

Sign up to brew with Tiff & Benno on St. Patrick's Day - Saturday, March 17th! This beer will be saved for SCHF & ran through an exotic fruit filled randall!

 

Start time: 10am

Location: Pacific Palisades

Brewing method: Gatorade cooler mashtun & 10 gallon kettles

Maximum occupancy: 10 people

 

Location address will be emailed to those who sign up a couple days before the brew day. 

Cheers!

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BWaF - 3/24/18 - Drew Beechum - All Systems Brew Day

Brew With a Falcon 2018!

Sign up to brew with Drew on Saturday, March 24th! He will have all brew systems fired up and might even can some beers too!

 

Start time: 10am

Location: Pasadena

Brewing methods: Rig, BIAB setup, Zymatic, Pico Brew & Grainfather

Maximum occupancy: 10 people (so sign up ASAP - Drew's brew day always fills up fast!)

 

Location address will be emailed to those who sign up a couple days before the brew day. 

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Shop Brew Belgian Strong Dark Ale - Westy-ish

From the January '18 shop brew session, this recipe was created based on several ingredients I found available for cheap/free. The shop had accidentally ordered a bag of Munich light malt of a brand that they don't normally stock, so they marked it way down to get it out of inventory. I mentioned to several other members that I wanted to use that malt for the shop brew to see if they had recipe suggestions. John Aitcheson said he had saved yeast slurry from an earlier batch that had been cultured from a bottle of Westvleteren 8 and offered it for the shop brew. Given that yeast (free!) and that malt (cheap!) a strong dark Belgian style brew made the most sense. At this writing, the ferment is now tapering off. The wort by itself tasted fantastic.
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01/21/2018
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Cullen Davis, Jenna Bonney, Duane Schmeckert, Bradley T., Kevin Alvarado
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CALL FOR HOSTS! Brew With a Falcon - March MASHness!

Our annual Brew With a Falcon day is going to be a little different this year. In the past, BWaF has taken place on a set Saturday where 4 - 6 hosts across the Los Angeles area. We're thinking it would be a lot more fun to have BWaF on as many days as possible in March - just like there is a slew of basketball games in the month of March! Our hopes are to have at least 1 brew day on each weekend of the month. Makes it a little easier for everyone to make it to BWaF this year - weekends get booked up quickly with life stuff!

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Judge and Enter Romancing the Beer

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Help our friends at the TOaked Homebrew club by entering and judging Romancing the Beer.  The contest will be on Feb 10 at fellow Falcon Tim Kazules Five Threads Brewery in Westlake Village.  You can find all the details at www.romancingthebeer.com.  

 
 

February 2018 Club Meeting - Chili Cook-off!

Sunday, February 4th, 2018 - Join us for our monthly membership meeting. All are welcome!

The meeting starts at 11:00 am, with introductions and general business. The Grand Hydro - Drew - will present the style of the month which is TBD but will be something "Celebratory" in spirit of Super Bowl LLI and provide liquid examples. Remember to bring your own tasting glass and your homebrew to share and for review by your peers.

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Club Beer Bar to Support Food Forward Volunteer Appreciation Party

Attention Falcons, as part of the club's efforts to do more charitable activities and bring beer-joy to the world, we are honored to have been invited to host a homebrewed beer bar to support the 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Party of the local non-profit Food Forward on Saturday, January 20, 2018. To participate, you have to commit to bringing a 5 gallon keg (or a bunch of bottles) of beer, cider, soda, cold brew coffee, or kombucha, and be there by 4:00 PM to help set up.  

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A Great L.A. Craft Beer Tradition Continues with the Falcons 2017 Stuffed Sandwich Tasting

A Great L.A. Craft Beer Tradition Continues with the Falcons 2017 Stuffed Sandwich Tasting 

By Brent Yarkin, Activities Director

January Club Meeting - Beer to warm your core!

Sunday, January 7th - Join us for our monthly membership meeting. All are welcome!

The meeting starts at 11:00 am, with introductions and general business. The Grand Hydro - Drew - being his usual dashing & mysterious self, will be presenting and sharing liquid samples of a style warming and strong for this chilly time of year! Remember to bring your own tasting glass and your homebrew to share and for review by your peers.

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2018 Doug King Memorial Homebrew Competition

It's that time of year again when we fondly remember our compadre Doug King. Doug was a brewer's brewer - always there to lend a hand to the club or another brewer. He was also fond of experimentation and was well known for his crazy experiments (loafs of rye bread, potatoes, tortillas - all in the mash) and his love of lagers. He won the 1996 California State Fair for his Dougweiser. 

A Giant Thank You for All the Toys!

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 8th Annual Toy Drive.  I am overwhelmed each time  by your generosity in bringing so much for the kids. Such a great selection  of gifts for youth of all ages. I am humbled and so proud of our club. What wonderful hearts you all have.  The Fire Department sends a big thank you to everyone.  If you want to give more, you can drop off more gifts at any Fire Department.  Have a very wonderful holiday and all the best in the New Year.

2018 SCHF Camping & Keg Sign-up

Southern California Homebrewers Festival & Maltose Falcon Club camping is back at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula & will be held the weekend of May 5th.  Come join your fellow Falcons & more than 35 other homebrew clubs! See complete list of events on the CHA site (more info coming soon!)

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December 2017 Brews and News

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v. 43
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i. 4
Newsletter Date: 
12/2017

December Club Shop Brew Session - NE IPA with Big Ed

NEIPA.pngFalcons, sign up now to join the Falcons Veep Big Ed Kochanowski as he leads the crew in brewing a New England IPA on Sunday, December 17. Is it a milkshake? An orange smoothy? Who knows!! This beer is cloudy, creamy and has massive tropical fruity aromas and low bitterness. Learn more about the craze. This is the first time the club has ever brewed this style, so don't miss this historic opportunity!  

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Presidents Report November 2017 - Volunteerism

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President's Report - November, 2017
By Cullen Davis, Maltose Falcons Board President

I honestly don’t mind doing President duty for the Falcons. It’s a relatively low-stress job, mostly just prodding people into doing what they said they would, trying to keep the club on the right path. Soreheads are thankfully rare when there is good beer to be shared. The benefits are decent too, the club buys beer for the board and we get to hang out and shoot the shiz on an extra day every month.

December Club Meeting!

Sunday, December 3rd - Join us for our monthly membership meeting. All are welcome!
The meeting starts at 11:00 am, with introductions and general business. The Grand Hydro - Drew - will present the style of the month "Big, Strong, and Holiday" and provide liquid examples. Remember to bring your own tasting glass and your homebrew to share and for review by your peers.
Then we'll move on to our lunch - POTLUCK! If you would like to bring a dish to pass, please comment below so Burgerfrau Jenna can organize the line up.

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Hangout - Lincoln Beer Company & Empire Tavern

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Hey - come hang out. It's an (un)official Falcons event geared around having a beer and talking beer while exploring some of LA's beery places. In this case, the area around Burbank Airport!

This time we're going to the very freshly opened taproom of Lincoln Beer Company - this Sunday after their Grand Opening festivities on Friday & Saturday.

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Brews and News: October/November 2017

Volume: 
v. 43
Issue: 
i. 3
Newsletter Date: 
11/2017

Some stuff

2017 Club Survey - Win a Prize!

Hey Falcons - need your help to guide the club in the coming year! Tell us what we're doing right, wrong, needs to be doing, needs to stop doing. At least one lucky winner will be drawn to receive a free single bale hop core sample courtesy of me courtesy of YCH Hops. So take a few minutes and give us your input, we'd like to know. (Drawing only open to members of the club)

Click on the Google Survey!

Maltose Falcons 8th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive- December 3rd Meeting~ONLY DAYS AWAY!!

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!   Have you picked up a few assorted gifts for the toy drive?  Let's be thankful for what we have but also help out those less fortunate than us.

This will be our 8th Annual Toy Drive. Last year we got a great amount of toys. Let's top it this year. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to benefit underprivileged children. After the meeting, we will take these to the Los Angeles Fire Department for distribution to the kids during the holidays. We will be collecting the toys at the meeting, but please feel free to bring them sooner and drop them off at the shop.

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2017 Stuffed Sandwich Holiday Tasting Event

Calling all Falcons! You are cordially invited to a unique tasting of hard to find seasonal and vintage beers at the world famous Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA on Saturday, December 16th, 2017!

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November Club Shop Brew - Coconut Optional Porter with Steve

Falcons, sign up now to join Steve and Irene as they lead the crew in brewing Kamanawanaleia Porter, a robust porter (coconut optional)  Sunday, November 12. They'll be using the same recipe as they did to make their wedding beer. 

Sunday, November 12, 8:00 AM 
The Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop
22836 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hill (at Fallbrook)
Map - https://goo.gl/maps/2sf6aFKp1et

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OKTOBERFEST KEG SIGN UP

If you are bringing a keg to Oktoberfest please let us know so we can make sure we have enough taps. 

_____ Golden Strong with Drew

Join Grand Hydrometer Drew Beechum for the next monthly Club Shop Brew Session as he leads the crew in brewing a _____ Golden Strong, on Sunday, October 29. Drew loves _____ Golden Strong. So much so that he wants to show you how to brew a ____ Golden Strong. The key element is that you add a different kind of yeast, or dry hops, or fruit, or _____ in order to make your ______ Golden Strong. Drew' will make his batch to be a Belgian Golden Strong with Szechuan peppercorns and ginger.

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Pacific Brewers Cup Prelim and main event

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The new BJCP students will be judging a prelim. for the PBC Wednesday, Sept 27 at the shop at 7PM and we can use help.  Both experienced judges and stewards would be appreciated.  Help train the new class of students and help our friends at Pacific Gravity at the same time.  If you can either judge or steward this Wednesday, email me at vicepresident@maltosefalcons.com.

November Club Meeting

Sunday, November 5th - Join us for our monthly membership meeting. All are welcome!

* No club meeting in October -- instead, come to our annual Oktoberfest bash on 10/21! (details here)

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BJCP Tasting Exam and Beer Judging Classes

The first of 4 Beer Judging Classes will be held at the Home Wine and Beer Shop on Sept. 20 at 7PM.  The other classes willf be on Oct. 4, Oct. 18, and  Nov. 1.  We'll have 4 different guest instructors who are some of the most knowledgable beer experts in Southern Calfiornia teaching.  We will also be covering most of the world beer styles, how to evaluate beer, off flavors and faults, and brewing techniques.  

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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.

BJCP Entrance Exam Prep. Class

Did you ever want to be a beer judge?  Would you like to learn more about your favorite liquid hobby?  Here's your chance.

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