Cancelled: Homebrewer's Night at Chloe's (Golden Road)

Unfortunately Golden Road's Homebrewer night has now been cancelled.

Hey Everybody! Golden Road Brewery is hosting a Homebrewer's night on June 6. They are featuring the finalists for their Pro-Am, so come out and support Fellow Falcon John Aitchison!

From the website:

Come one, come all! We are hosting a special Homebrewer's Night at our events space Chloe's on June 6th! This event will be the Final Round of judging for our GABF Pro/Am "Mystery Hop" Competition, so come on out and help us decide which beer we'll be bringing to Denver with us!

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IPA Tap Takeover

As if we didn't already have the best IPAs on tap. Now we're giving you even more!

Join us on Saturday, June 1, 2013 for an
I.P.A. Tap Takeover
Starting @ 11:00 AM

We will bring you over 10 Amazing I.P.A.s on Draught


Limited Supplies - come early to not miss out on the great beer.

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

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Gaslight Gathering Steampunk Convention

Over the May 3-4 weekend I attended the Gaslight Gathering convention in San Diego. This is the 3rd year this convention has been held.

On Saturday I presented a beer appreciation panel. The presentation room was full and after a 5 minute talk about the history of beer, we started the sampling. The sampling list:

Hitachino Red Rice Ale
Weihenstephan Hefe-Weiss
Baltika Porter
Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
Chimay Blue
Leffe Brown
Petrus Aged Red
Delirium Tremens

Basically it was a world tour of beers.

Mayfaire Fest-- You Shoulda Been There.......

It is now Sunday afternoon. Home again after a wonderful weekend spent at the Acton KOA enjoying beer, outstanding dinner (yay Peter!) and great snacks brought by everyone.
But best of all was being surrounded by fellow Falcons. Though we were a smaller group than I was expecting, everyone was in great spirits....

I've been remiss

Earlier this morning I wrote an article for ExperimentalBrew.com talking about the recent crossing of the finish line in regards to all 50 states becoming fully legal.

Of course the Falcons feature in the mix as do our newsletters!



This was my first experience with a competition. Was nice to see the score cards and see what I can make better. Are ribbons given out if you place or just for BOS. Thanks again.

Cedd Moses Planning a BrewPub for Downtown

Cedd Moses in Brewery Battle

So, what this story says is that LA Nightlife force Cedd Moses is planning a 17,000 square foot brewpub/pizza joint/skeeball alley on the first floor of the old Crazy Gideon's place in the Arts District downtown. He's getting the usual flack for it from neighbors, you know the types.

Best Of Show ?

When is the Best Of Show going to be judged?

Ommegang Brewery Friday

Join us on

Friday, All Day on May 10, 2013

Call for Reservations

Featured Beers:
- Ommegang Witte (Wheat Ale)
- Ommegang Rare Vos Belgian Amber Ale
- Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison

Limited Supplies

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

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AHA NHC First Round Results

Congrats to the following Falcons for placing in the 1st round of the NHC!

Jason Byl with:
1st Place Scottish / Irish

A.D. Liebig and Sean Johnson
3rd Place Strong Ale

Dave Lester
3rd Place Mead, Other

Chris Rockwell and Bret Goldhorn
1st Place, Wood Aged and Smoked

Craig Schriber
3rd Place IPA

You folks should enter your recipes on the site!

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Cleaning Beer Lines

I wanted a simpler system for cleaning beer lines. I have a bunch of picnic type taps that I use for party serving and a couple of kegerators that I have for everyday use.

I used to fill up a corny with a couple of gallons of BLC (or PBW in a pinch) and push the solution through the lines, through the tap and back into the keg. I would then run water through to rinse. If I got really jazzed up, I would use an acid wash and/or a caustic cleaner. 5 star has a list of their chemicals for this purpose right here: http://www.fivestarchemicals.com/breweries/craft-brewers/line-cleaning/

2013 Simi Valley Water Quality Report

The 2013 water quality report from Golden State Water company can be found at this url:

Here's the main Simi Valley report page:

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Highland Park/Eagle Rock Ind. Water report 11/8/12

This is after a dual cartridge particulate/lead/cysts/odor carbon filter.

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Highland Park Ind. Water report 11/8/12

Josiah inspired me to post this water report for the Highland Park/Eagle Rock area. My guess is DWP blends and may change sources in the summer, so it may be a bit out of date.

[This is after a dual cartridge particulate/lead/cysts/odor carbon filter.]


Water Report for West LA (90049)

Here is a Ward Labs water report (dated 2/8/13) for the West Los Angeles area. Specifically from:

11685 Montana Ave
LA, CA 90049

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Independant Thousand Oaks Water Report

Here is an independent water report for Thousand Oaks, enjoy!

Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover!

Crazy Harry's is hosting a Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover this Wednesday May 1st! We'll be pouring 7 fantastic Sierra Nevada beers, including 5, that's right 5 IPA's. Beers being poured:

Pale Ale
Southern Hemisphere
Sleight of Hand
Ruthless Rye

Don't miss out!

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Mayfaire Competition Results Posted Soon

All the entries are judged!

Now we wait to complete the Best of Show Round and then the results will be posted!

UPDATEThe Scoresheets have been emailed. Check your inboxes and spam folders for links to your entries.

UPDATE 2: The BOS has been scheduled for Thursday night (May 9,2013)! Results posted later that night.

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Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who came to today's Mayfaire Competition. To all of you judges who are probably home nursing their writing hands from the MANY entries that you had to judge today and to Peter who made a fabulous meal for everyone. But especially to my rockin' stewards. I was amazed by how many of you turned up to help out for the long day. Not only did you do all the running and checking scores, with Dave filing the completed score sheets (thanks Dave). You stewards also helped clean up things as well and....

Where The F**k Should I Go For Drinks? Finds Booze For You

If you happen to find yourself in need of an after work pick me up or just need to drown your sorrows, we’ve found a pretty neat website for you that’s basically the drunk version of Yelp.

Created by UK creative consultancy, Coolography, ”WHERE THE FUCK SHOULD I GO FOR DRINKS” gets straight to the point. This bleep-tastic website starts out by asking for your location and spits out a random business close by that you should “fucking go to”


May 2013 Newsletter

v. 39
i. 5
Newsletter Date: 

An exciting month ahead. Read all the news that is news inside.

Port / Lost Abbey Brewing Tap Takeover

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Join us during American Craft Beer Week,
on Saturday, May 18, 2013 for the
Port / Lost Abbey Brewing Tap Takeover
Starting @ 11:00 AM

We will bring you multiple Port / Lost Abbey beers on Draught

- Lost Abbey Avant Garde
- Devotion
- Lost and Found
- Red Barn
- Shark Attack
- Midnight Sessions Lager
- Mongo
- Old Viscosity
- Older Viscosity
- Hot Rock Lager

Limited Supplies - come early to not miss out on the great beer.

This is an event not to be missed by any Port / Lost Abbey beer lover!

398 N. Moorpark Rd.

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SoCal Homebrewer's Festival - Beer List

SCHF is right around the corner - what are you bringing to the party? Help us plan and tell what you've got to pour. It will help our bar guys coordinate and we can plan ahead.

Seriously, take 30 seconds and tell us! If you want to leave some beer at the shop for us to bring and serve for you, let us know that below as well!

For instance if you've got a few things to bring, just leave a comment saying:

Cherry Stout
Golden Road Mystery Hops Beer"


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Pre-Tax Beer Tasting at Four Points - LAX

Friday April 12. Another Epic Tasting including three of the best Hoppy Session Beers, a Mystery Beer (you be the judge!) and Clown Shoes Beer - seven wicked good beers from Ipswich, Mass. RSVP please!

$30 includes all tastes and parking!

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The bro Porter

A porter I brewed with my bro. A nice easy drinking porter with toasty and roasted flavors and coffee on the nose. Enjoy the recipe and cheers.
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Eric Mendoza
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Monthly Shop Brew Session this Sunday! Sign up now!

Our monthly Club Shop Brew is set for this Sunday, April 14th at 8:00 a.m. Mr. Ex-President and Mayfaire Best of Show Winner Steve Cook will take over leading the crew this month. He will lead a brewing of his famous Best of Show winning Hefeweizen!

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Samuel Adams Tap Takeover

Join us along with Sam Adams Boston Brewery

on April 27, 2013 for the
Sam Adams Tap Takeover @ 11:00 AM

We will bring you multiple Sam Adams beers on Draught some of which have never been served on draught before.

- Boston Lager
- Seasonal Ale
- Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
- Grumpy Monk
- Cherry Wheat
- Whitewater IPA
- Double Agent IPL
- New World Trippel
- Dark Depths
- Griffin's Bow
- Third Voyage
- Cherry Chocolate Bock

Buy a Pint, Keep the Glass!
Limited Supplies - come early to not miss on the glass ware!

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April Club Meeting

It's time for the monthly club meeting! Remember we have no meeting in May, so this is your last chance to hang out with all of your friends at the Shop until June!

We welcome everyone with an interesting in beer and brewing.

This month's Grand Hydro topic will be: The Evolution of the IPA.

The tech demonstration will be: Dry Hop Sampling (trying out the new dry hopping experiment that's being promoted online)

Lunch will be Peter Sheppard's "Stuff Yourself" extravaganza with Stuffed Peppers and more! (for $6)

Come at noon! Have a beer and enjoy the show!

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Reason.com: Craft Brewers Face Regulatory Challenges

From Baylen Linnekin at Reason.com:

Craft Brewers Face Regulatory Challenges
As the annual Craft Beer Conference converged this year in Washington, DC, changing regulations are both helping and hampering the growing industry.

This week I attended the annual Craft Brewers Conference. This year’s conference, held in Washington, DC, occupied much of the District's Convention Center, a massive space that reflects the continued growth of the craft beer movement in America.


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