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Brews & News

In This Issue

  • President's Message
  • Board Updates
  • The Pale Ale Challenge
  • May Zoom Meeting
  • Calendar of Events
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Editor's Note

Ian CarrollWe've all made it through another month of lockdown. How is your beer stash holding up? Time to replenish it with some homebrew.

Hope you're all doing well and staying safe and healthy,

Coming Together

By Bernard Lebel, President

Bernard LebelGreetings, fellow Falcons! As we are trucking along in these strangest of times, your club has been busy. Not as busy as usual, but still busy. Since all our in-person activities have been cancelled or postponed, we’ve been racking our brains on how to come together and enjoy our passion for home brew.

Our Grand Hydro, Drew Beechum, started the Happy Quarantine Hour. Every Friday at 5pm, we congregate in a Zoom conference room. We talk about what we’re drinking, brewing, and of course, shoot the shit profusely. That was immediately successful! I don’t know about you, but it gives me something to look forward to at the end of the week, and reconnecting with you means a lot to me.

But something was missing. We could no longer all taste the same beer and talk about it, as we’re used to in our monthly club meeting. Well, Kimberly, the wife of our Publicity Director Mike Resar, came up with an idea: how about we buy beer from a specific brewery in advance, and taste it during the Happy Quarantine Hour? Sure enough, that same week, we had a deal with Five Threads and a lot of us got to taste the same beer. Also an immediate success.

Since then, Mike and I have been working with other breweries to come up with a way of doing this. Believe it or not, it’s not simple, all breweries have a different business model. Some work well and need a bit of organization. But so far the response from breweries has been very positive. It’s awesome that we can support our local breweries in these difficult times. It doesn’t amount to much for them, but they will take all the business they can.

So, stay tuned, more to come. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the Zoom meeting.

In other news, the club is making progress with the Falcons guidelines revamp effort. If you remember, it was announced earlier this year that we would revisit our guidelines and see how much alignment we can get with BJCP guidelines. It’s too soon to say more, but it’s moving along.

Best wishes,

Board Updates

The board is not having in-person meetings during the COVID-19 crisis, but instead continue to coordinate their activities online.
Read the updates

The Pale Ale Challenge

By Bernard Lebel

Flight of pale ale beers 5 people in a Zoom meeting

Back in January, my friend Scot Beidelman approached me with this idea: let's enter a pale ale in the Mayfaire competition, and see who wins. Now the important part is about winning. It was not about making your favorite beer, but to make a beer that was so in line with the style guidelines that it would win. I was in. Scot went around and recruited a bunch of brewers to participate.

Now, with Covid-19, Mayfaire got cancelled. So a bunch of us brewed beer, but we had no competition to enter it. But that was not going to stop us. All of us dropped our beer at the shop in Woodland Hills, and then Scot assembled packs of beer that he personally delivered to all of us.
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May Zoom Meeting

Our first virtual meeting with Drew's water primer was a hit - so we're doing it again. This time, we have MB Raines presenting on yeast. You know her from her much-read primer on yeast. Now's the chance to get your yeast Q's answered by one of the most knowledgable in the business. Join us on Sunday, May 3rd, at 11 AM.
Join the meeting

Calendar of Events

May Meeting - Yeast with MB Raines
Sun, 05/03/2020 - 11:00
Join the meeting via Zoom

Happy Quarantine Hour
Every Friday at 5 PM
Join happy hour via Zoom
See more events online

The Home Beer, Wine and Cheesemaking Shop

Please continue to support our patrons during this difficult time for small businesses. The shop is still open, and is accepting pickup and shipping orders!

22836 Ventura Blvd #2  
Woodland Hills, CA 91364 
818-884-8586 (or) 800-559-9922

The best and freshest selection of grains, hops & yeast ANYWHERE... ...and we ship OVERNIGHT to all of Southern California!  
Business Hours:  
Mon - Fri: 11:00 PM– 7:00 PM 
Sat-Sun: 10:30 AM–4:30 PM  


Try our CO2 refilling station! Fill your cylinders at the shop conveniently—for less!  
Check the Web site for the latest beer-related events and brewing goodies. Everything for the dedicated brewer, wine- or cheesemaker! 
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