Thanks to Jay Ankeney for writing such a great article about our Falcons Happy Hour in the May/June edition of Zymurgy magazine. 

Read the Article (AHA Members / Non-AHA Members)

Don't forget to sign up for an AHA Membership and support the organization that supports our hobby!

German Beer Tasting at Wades

German Beer Tasting

"Beer turns thirst into a beautiful thing," goes an old German saying ...

And thus it is, especially if the beer is a German brew, sublimely crafted and perfected over centuries, even millennia. Germany has some of the oldest beer traditions and greatest beer varieties in the world!  We invite you to join us and explore a select group of German beers, showcasing the depth and diversity that has kept them world famous for 3 millenia!

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Victory V-Twelve

 On New Year's Eve I got the chance to share a 5 year old bottle of Victory Brewing's V-Twelve. The inspiration for this beer is a Belgian Dark Ale/Quad. The beer comes in a corked 750ml, and has a bottled date, with a recommendation of consuming within 5 years.

January, 2010

v. 36
i. 1
Newsletter Date: 

 Editor’s Note 2

From the President 3

Burgermeister’s Kitchen 4

Publicity Report/Shop Brew 5

Shop Brew Report 5

Grand Hydrometer 6

Stuffed Sandwich Special Report 7

Meeting Minutes 9

Calendar of Events 10

New DUIs

DUI Offenders Ignition Interlock Device Pilot Project

Beer Decision Maker Flow Chart

A non-member sent this to me.  Hope the rest of you find it amusing too.


2010 Doug King Memorial Competition



 2010 DKM organized by the Maltose Falcons

Best of Show: Donny Hummel - "Red Velvet" Imperial Red with Rye

Runner-up Best of Show: Richard Webster - Baltic Porter with Jack Daniels Smoked Malt

2nd Annual Hanukkah vs. Christmas at Blue Palms

2nd Annual Hanukkah vs Christmas at the Blue Palms


The holidays are a time of giving presents, giving thanks, but most of all, giving you a reason to drink on a weekday!

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Stuffed Sandwich Aftermath

So yesterday, the 12th, 30 of us gathered at the Home of the Stuffed Sandwich for our annual Xmas tasting. Sam and Marlene always generate a great list with a lot of oddities. In this case they managed to find 10 of 13 beers that I've never tried. See what you missed on a beautiful cold and rainy Los Angeles day?Good job by our new Activities Director Mike G for his work getting this event off the ground (and to our old AD - John Kaufman for getting things rolling)

Watch for this month's newsletter with Bruce Brode's tasting notes and official scores.

February Club Meeting

Come on down to the Shop and enter the Chili Cookoff!

This month's Grand Hydrometer presentation - Cans (That's Right - Cans!) (Also bring British Brown Ales for judging for the AHA Club Only!)

PLEASE NOTE - The Meeting is on a Saturday - After all we don't want to interfere with the Superbowl!

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January Club Meeting

Come on down to the Shop to celebrate the New Year with Beer!

This month's Grand Hydrometer presentation - Barleywines! (and Stuck Fermentations)

PLEASE NOTE - The Meeting is on the Second Sunday of the month due to the New Year's Holiday!

Lunch will be provided by the Burgermeister crew as always. $6 for a plate of delicious food (last month was Tamales)

Bring your homebrew to share or just bring your self to taste!

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December 2009

v. 35
i. 12
Newsletter Date: 

Editor’s Note 2

From the President 3

Burgermeister’s Kitchen 4

Meeting Minutes 4

Shop Brew Report 5

Grand Hydrometer 6

Brewing Techniques: IC Revisited 7

Calendar of Events 8

The Major Breweries of the US and their Brands

Jay Brooks of the Brookston Beer Bulletin is attempting to sort out what brands are controlled in the US by AB Inbev and MillerCoors.

George Orwell's Favorite Pub

Thanks to Pete Brown's blog for showing me this little slice of George Orwell's writing - The Moon Under Water.

Yeast Ranching

I just finished rereading the great posts here by the Raines Man on Yeast propagation and maintenance.  SWEET.  Thanks Rainey.  It made my day.

Having just ordered an All-American 21-1/2-Quart presure cooker from Amazon, will be set up for real yeast ranching.  I will now be able to make up a big batch of DME starter wort for some stir plate madness yeast starters.  Now that is going to be extra nice.

Stuffed Sandwich Christmas Beer Tasting

Oh yeah, it's that time of year. Time for Sam and Marlene to break out the good cheer and offer us a ton of beer.

 Tasting starts at 2pm.  Show up at 1:30 to eat first.  You MUST be served food before you can be served alcohol, per the license requirements of the shop.

The final cost will not be known until approximately one week before the event (they will know what beers they will be serving then).  It should fall between $30 and $40 per person.

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November, 2009

v. 35
i. 11
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Shop brew Sunday December the 20th

The December shop brew has been scheduled for Sunday the 20th at 8:00 am. Jeremy Raub of Eagle Rock Brewery, and a long time Falcons member, will be leading the brew crew that day for his Black Mild Ale. This beer is one of the flag ship beers that Jeremy plans to have on tap at his brewery. Those of you who went to this years SCHF at Lake Casitas were able to taste this bad boy on tap. It is delicious!

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December Membership Meeting

Membership Meeting!

Come joing the club as we taste Holiday ales and other fine homebrews.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Lunch will be served for a nominal fee

Please bring an unopened toy to the meeting for our donation to the LAFD's Sparks of Love


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Brewing Sour and Wild Ales

Sure you can through a bunch of hops in a kettle but can you, dare you to brew on the wild side?

 Brewing A Wild Ale

Brewery Safety
·         Use separate sour gear for everything post ferment.
·         At the very least, use different plastic parts.
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Cleaning your Counter Flow Chiller

Seriously folks, if I read one more person saying that running a few gallons of boiling water through their CFC is sufficient to both clean and sanitize their chillers, I'm going to cry.

Look at the bottom of your kettles over time. See all that stuff in there? That same stuff (to a lesser extent) is forming in your CFC as well.

So, the Drew method  of cleaning and preparing a CFC.

1) Recirculate hot PBW (~140F) solution through a pump and the CFC assembly.

2) Circulate/Push hot water through the system for 5 minutes

November shop brew Sunday the 15th

Just a reminder to all that the next shop brew is Sunday November the 15th at 8:00am. It will be held at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop in Woodland Hills. The style is American pale ale, and the brew crew leader will be our president, Steve Cook.

Name check

It  seems like you can't just post something, you have to have a blog to spread beer related info? Let me know if I'm missing something.


Anyhoo- Verdugo Ryan gives a shout out to the Falcons in an interview with the latest Sunset. They ask  "Where can you learn to brew your own?" and he says Falcons. PG gets the silver.

Hell of a (LA Beer) Week

Los Angeles just did the unthinkable - we had a Beer Week, actually a Beer 11 days. Sure there were glitches, but for a first year event it was amazingly smooth.

November Homebrew 101

 Come join the club and learn the basics of homebrewing with the experts - Kent Fletcher and Nancy Gold will take you through the brewing process and help you learn what you need for a 5 gallon batch.

In the event of Rain, we may cancel the event.

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November shop brew Sunday the 15th

The November shop brew date has been set for Sunday the 15th at 8:00 am. Our president, Steve Cook, will be leading the brew crew. He will be brewing up an American pale ale. Think Sierra Nevada pale ale.

We have three spots open for this brew crew. You must be a current, paid in full Maltose Falcons member to participate on any brew crew. Membership will be verified prior to any notification of a spot on the crew.

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October shop brew this Sunday the 25th

This is a reminder that the October shop brew is this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. The style for this month is "Falcon Noel" Christmas ale.

The brew crew is as follows:

Kent Fletcher (crew leader)

Nancy Gold

Scott Wyse

Kris Schmidt

Jim Mc Gowan

All brew crew members please be at the shop promptly at 8:00 am. Bring a clean, sanitized fermenter and airlock for you portion of the beer.

Corporation vs Brewer

 Here is a story about Monster energy drink trying to move in on a small brewer in Vermont. He needs some help to get the word out.



24 Stone Beers at Naja's Place 7-10PM

Naja’s Place (Redondo Beach), one of the original craft beer destinations in Los Angeles, is hosting a monstrous LA Beer Week kick off celebration featuring the good folks from Stone Brewing Company.

The celebration will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 from 7pm till 10pm.

This event will feature over 20 Stone beers on draft, the most Stone beers in one place outside the Stone Brewing Co!

Special Stone Brewing guests will include Greg Koch (CEO), Steve Wagner (President), Mitch Steele (Head Brewer), and the friendly Sales Team.

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Stern Grove entries

Today will be the last day to drop off your entries for Stern Grove at the Shop. Please have them there by closing time, 7:00 p.m. I will be picking up all entries tomorrow and driving them up to San Fransisco to drop off.

So get those last minute entries in and make the Falcons proud! Remember, Anchor looks at Stern Grove entries for the home brew club of the year.



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