We're tapping a keg of Firestone Double DBA! For those of you who haven't had it and for those of you who have - 2014 will be the last vintage of this face smacking good beer! This year's version comes in at 12% ABV. We'll also be pouring it's little brother- Double Barrel Ale and Pale 31!
With the change in the ABC policy about growlers, we need to know - who in our area will fill say a Maltose Falcons Stainless Steel Growler? Please leave a comment below indicating any discoveries or changes!
Please Note - No brewery is required to fill your growler so don't get bent out of shape if someone says no. This is all still flexible, new territory for everyone and folks are developing their policies. Also, remember that sometimes individual employees may get things wrong. Oh and don't forget - a clean growler is a happy growler! Keep some electrical tape on hand to obscure logos as well.
Interested in all-grain brewing? Register for our upcoming class that will teach you how! We will cover all aspects from strike to sparge as well as building your equipment. Cost is $25. Please call the shop to sign up.
June was a great month, that resulted in lots of great articles for the newsletter. Bruce Bode gives us not one, but two articles on mead! Plenty of pictures from the first semi-annual Brew-with-a-Falcon day.
Pool + bar-b-q + potential TV show sizzle reel = damn good party! And I can't forget to mention the spectacular view! Please join us for a day full of fun & be part of what could be the next kick ass brewing show. We will be lighting the burners promptly at 9am so the 3 contestants & camera crew can start filming the brewing process.
Falcons, sign up now for the next fantastic monthly Club Shop Brew Session, coming up on Sunday, July 20, as Falcons Board Activities Director Chris Moon and Alex Samovitz lead the crew to brew a delicious Belgian Tripel!! This is Chris and Alex's first time leading the club brew session, so come join them.
They're using a recipe inspired Westmalle's Tripel, with Belgian candi sugar, which crew members will make during the brew day. Chris and Alex will be bringing the yeast, White Labs WLP 530.
AHA and BA members get to buy up to 4 GABF tickets one day before the general public.
Starting at 09:00 PDT on Tuesday July 29, 2014. Member prices are $75 for Thurs, Fri and Sat Eve sessions. Sat Afternoon members only session is $65.
Our annual roundtable of meads will take place on Sunday, June 22, from 1 to 4 PM at the Home Wine, Beer, Cheese, and Meadmaking Shop in Woodland Hills. Both homemade meads and commercial meads (should there be any) are welcome. The tasting is well attended and it generally takes two 22 oz. or 750 ml bottles, or four 12-oz. bottles, to allow every one a small sample. Bring a suitable tasting glass such as a small wine glass or beer goblet.
I had a bottleneck in keg capacity, but I wanted to brew something, so I chose a lager. Since May was a few months away, I decided on a Maibock. Gulabi Kapla is a Pakastani Albino Goat, which seemed a fitting name for a "light" Bock.
When I was but a wee lad of a brewer I read ever brewing book that I could get my hands on just trying to get everything I could learn crammed into my head. I saw different configurations of systems and learned different techniques. From MB Raines, I learned the wisdom of prepping your yeast for their hard road ahead (seriously, a starter when I began in 1999 was still looked on as fussy and not really necessary). From Bruce Brode and Brian Vessa, I learned the power of a strange ingredient or two (Kix in this case).
These notes are a little scattered today as we didn't have a lot of time for Troubleshooter's and I forgot my notebook - so these are from memory. Brewers if I missed you - let me know and I'll be able to fill in my memory. The theme of today's tasting seemed to be "I'm not sure about what I made" which is different than "My beer sucks - help!"
5th Annual Lake Arrowhead Brewfest Info:
Date: August 9, 2014 12:00 - 6:00pm
Location: 27264 California 189, Blue Jay, CA
Cost: $35 (subject to change as the budget progresses)
What to expect:
- 10 craft breweries including Stone, Firestone, Hangar 24 Green Flash, Strand, Big Bear Mountain, and Dale Brothers.
- 2-3 home brew clubs serving over 60 beers.
- 3-4 food vendors serving some of the best that the mountain has to offer.
- Live music (band TBA)
Sierra Nevada's 7 City Traveling Craft Beer Festival Stops in San Diego on July 20, 2014 1-6PM
Proceeds from this festival will benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild to keep craft brewing alive and well today and in the future. Their mission is to promote awareness and increase the visibility of fresh, locally brewed beer through education and participation in community events.
FILTRATION SEMINAR with Maria Peterson from Scott Labs
Come join the Cellarmasters this Thursday 22 May 2014 at The Shop for a great tutorial on the ins and outs, the whys and whats of filtration with Maria Peterson, Scott Labs’ resident expert. We will gather at 7p, have some pizza ($5 donation asked), and start around 7:30. Bring your questions and your beer to share.
The Falcons will once again be running the Los Angeles County Fair Homebrew competition for the LA County Fair. Winners will get ribbons and have their name featured on a plaque in the LA County Fair Culinary Pavilion!
Judges and stewards will get free passes to the LA County Fair!
Entries and Judge signups will open in June.
Judging will take place in St Martins of the Fields Church in Winettka, CA on Saturday Aug 2, 2014
If you want to enter the California State Homebrew Competition - register here by Friday May 2nd!
Leave a comment below telling us how many entries you have. If we have enough entries (24 or so) - the club will drive your entries to the More Beer drop off in Riverside! (Entries drop off will be coordinated off site!)
Remember Cal State is the 2nd of 3 competitions that are used to pick the "Sierra Nevada California Homebrewer of the Year".
One of the fun things about being a board member is the monthly meeting that we have. It bounces around to different places, different houses, different taverns, etc. When at a board member's house, the club pays for the host to make dinner for the crew. As with all things, it's a chance to show what we like to do. (Board meetings at the Burgermeister's houses are always grand)
Interested in all-grain brewing? Register for our upcoming class that will teach you how! We will cover all aspects from strike to sparge as well as building your equipment. Cost is $25. Please call the shop to sign up: 818-884-8586
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)