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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

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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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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Troubleshooter's Corner - The Video

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

Brews & News December 2015

Volume: 
v. 41
Issue: 
i. 7
Newsletter Date: 
12/2015

Come and get it, hot off the presses... the last Brews & News of 2015!

January Club Shop Brew Session - English Brown with Steve and Irene

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.  

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January Membership Meeting

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 will present the style of the month (Strong Ales & Old Ales - "something like that, big malty and gnarly" - Drew) 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 expertly prepared with love by our trusty Burgermeisters! 

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Stuffing With All the Trimmings

STUFFING WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS

By Bruce L. Brode

December Club Shop Brew Session - Belgian Blonde!

Falcons, sign up now for the December Club Shop Brew Session Sunday, Dec. 20 as Alex Samovitz, Brewer at the brand new Westlake Brewing Co. and Chris Moon lead the crew in making a Belgian Blonde Ale. Alex will provide fresh yeast for everyone from his brewery. They will also be making the Belgian candi sugar, so fun and education will abound! 

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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.

Vegan & Nearly Gluten-free Pumpkin Stout Chocolate chip mini muffins

Just in time for Thanksgiving!!  And healthy too - you can definitely switch up the beer you use & regular glutenized flour :)  I used our Cocoa Espresso Stout on Nitro (if you want this homebrew recipe, let me know, its a goodie too!) 

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BJCP Mead Class and Exam

The Maltose Falcons will be conducting a series of mead classes in January.  The primary purposes are to teach people how to evaluate mead.  We will be teaching according the the BJCP style guidelines in preparation for a BJCP Mead Exam that will be held on Feb. 6.  There will be four classes on Tuesdays at 7 PM at the Home Beer and Wine Shop.  They will be on Jan. 5, Jan 12, Jan 19, and Jan 26.  We'll be serving dozens of different meads and going into detail on honey varietals, melomels, metheglins, and other meads.

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Hop Harvest Ale

For the September '15 shop brew session, I contacted a friend who had a small hop yard and he brought up a shipment of some dried and some freshly harvested hops to use for this brew. I created a recipe for a rich amber ale that uses these fresh hops in the finishing stages to maximize aroma contribution and because we didn't have lab numbers for alpha acids or cohumulone.
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09/20/2015
Brewed By: 
Cullen Davis and shop brew crew with Rafael Ramos, hop grower
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Carrot Blossom Mead

Brew Date: 
06/14/2015
Brewed By: 
John Aitchison
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Draught's Ice Cream Beer Social

We will be featuring New Belgium and Ben & Jerry's New Collaboration Beer!!

Salted Caramel Brownie Ale

Complimentary scoop of Ben and Jerry's Salted Caramel Brownie Ale Ice Cream

with puchase of this rare limited beer!!

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Recaps Galore!

Volume: 
v. 41
Issue: 
i. 6
Newsletter Date: 
11/2015

Your November Newsletter is here!

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! 

November 2015 Club Shop Brew Session - Fletch's Big Holiday Ale!

Falcons, sign up now for the November Club Shop Brew Session Sunday, Nov. 22 as Falcons Board Member Kent Fletcher leads the crew in making a big holiday ale. Kent is the original Brewgyver, and built the Club's system, so you'll be learning from the Kung Fu Master and make a wonderful winter warmer to drink by the fire this winter, as the mercury dips to 75 degrees in L.A.  

Sunday, Nov. 22
8:00 am
Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop
22836 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills

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December (2015) Pot Luck

Hello Falcons!

I need your help! Since our next meeting is a Pot Luck - it's your chance to bring in a festive dish to share with all of your besties! I will actually be out galavanting in cold foreign lands (okay, I'll be drinking in a pub in England). We'll need a variety of dishes so please take time to post in the comments here or email me directly with what you are planning on bringing. Below is a list of things you could bring plus a guidline of how much of it we'd need overall (if it says 2x you only need to bring one and someone else can bring a different version):

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October Club Shop Brew - American Pale Ale with Andy Ziskin

Falcons, sign up now for the October Club Shop Brew Session Sunday, Oct. 25, as our new Board Member and Newsletter Editor Andy Ziskin leads the crew in making an American Pale Ale. Andy is an award-winning homebrewer, and a damn good guy, so you'll benefit from his experience and skills, and have a great day! 

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Competition Committee Meeting Tuesday, Oct 27

We will be meeting at 7PM at MacLeod's Ales in Van Nuys.  Help the club plan our competitions and maintain our high standards of running great contests.  The club will buy our beer and dinner.  RSVP with Ed or John at vicepresident@maltosefalcons.com if you can make it.

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