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Whoa, Nelly.  Look at all those pretty bottles.

If you've been to Craft Beer Cellar, you're well aware of not only the mind-boggling selection of local craft beer and beers from abroad, but also the 8 taps of even more local craft in the tasting room.  If you haven't, it's certainly time to visit.  We'll be having our April club meeting at this storehouse of fine libations, so as always, come thirsty and support our gracious host venue.  There's usually a food truck too, but it may arrive later in the evening, so come well-fed just in case - you need a good foundation!  We'll be focusing on American Brown Ales during our educational segment, so if you've got one you'd like to share with the class, please arrive early and let Jeff know.  All other styles of homebrew are welcome to be shared and discussed throughout the rest of the meeting, but we ask that you please limit the homebrew you bring to one or two bottles and leave the commercial beers at home.

In addition to all this fun, we will also be judging any entries for the Bragging Rights Only competition for the SoCal Homebrew Fest!  The style for this year is "any lager" so if you've got one ready, bring a bottle and maybe your beer can represent the Yeastsiders at the Fest!  In case you win our judging, you'll also need to have a keg of it ready for pouring at the Fest.

Thanks to everyone who has paid their membership dues for 2017. If you haven't, what are you waiting for?  Please see Club Treasurer Bono to square up - cash, check, or charge - $24 for individual membership or $36 for couples.

As always, please have a plan for safe transportation to your next destination.

Looking ahead to our club meetings for the next couple of months, our May meeting will be on the second Saturday at the Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply Shop. and in June we'll be paying our first visit as a club to Mt Lowe Brewing Co in Arcadia.

The Fest is now officially 5 weeks away, and while we have commitments from about 20 people, I have yet to hear from most of the previous year's attendees.  Come on, peoples!  There's lots of planning and organization involved in having our club attend, so we'd really appreciate your attention to this now.

If you'd like to camp out with us, please attend the April meeting and pay for your camping fees - $25 per person for the weekend.  If you can't be at the meeting, please contact our Treasurer Bono and make arrangements for payment with him.

Regarding attending the Fest, please remember that you'll need to create an account (if you don't already have one) at the California Homebrewers Association website and log in to purchase your $10 CHA membership (required) and Fest registration - there are two separate transactions involved.  If you signed up to volunteer and received your assignment, your entry fee is waived.

We'll need lots of beer to sate the thirsty masses, so please let Luis or Victor know what style and quantity you'll be bringing or donating.
We'll continue taking signups and payment for camping fees ($25 for the weekend) at the April meeting.  Don't snooze - join us for a great weekend!

*Additionally, fellow member Andrew Leavitt has offered to make life easier for us and grill up burgers for a communal dinner on Saturday night.  If you're interested in taking part, there will likely be a nominal fee.  We'll talk about it further at the April meeting.
Another month has passed and more medals have been captured by Yeastsiders!  In the California State Fair, Noe Tellez got a first place medal in Pale Malty European Lagers with his What the Helles?! Munich Helles and Jeff Koehler got a third place medal in Wood Beer with his BBA Old Ale.  Yeastsiders also did amazingly well in the Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge.  Joe St. John won both Best of Show and a 1st place medal for his That’s a Shamey Belgian Dubbel.  Samuel Staley won a 2nd place medal for his Le Demoniste Brett Beer and a 3rd place medal for his Le Voleur Saison.  With Joe’s win, Yeastsiders will be brewing their beers at THREE different commercial breweries this year!  That’s a new record for the club and there are still more competitions coming up!  Results are starting to trickle in for the Regionals of the National Homebrew Competition and Jeff Koehler won a first place medal for his American Pale Ale so his beer will be heading to Nationals.  Keep your fingers crossed for the rest of the Yeastsiders that have entries in other locations!  Remember, entries for the Strand Brewers’ Jeff Sanders Memorial Homebrewing Competition are due April 1st.  Also, Ed has agreed to allow entries for Maltose Falcons’ Mayfaire up to 1PM on April 8th at Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply. Mayfaire is counted in the totals for Brewer of the Year, so make sure you get your entries ready to start cutting down on Noe’s lead.  We have a couple month break before a couple more competitions that are in the July timeframe so start brewing and getting entries ready! 
We will be doing a style tasting of American Brown Ales at our April meeting.  In May we will have people showcasing their Bière de Gardes, and Weissbier will be the style of the month in June to help us battle the summer heat!  Remember, this portion of the meeting is for learning both on the tasting side as well as on the brewing side so it is a good excuse to stretch your brewing wings and have entries for competitions!
Our friends at Eagle Rock Brewery have arranged a special competition for the Yeastsiders to start the new year!  The winner of this competition will brew their beer with the brewers at ERB.  We have purchased a box of Jarrylo hops and the brewery is asking you to put on your brewing caps!  Entries into this competition will showcase Jarrylo hops as the finishing character in the beer.  Any hop can be used for bittering, but the winning entry will integrate the Jarrylo hop flavors and aromas.  Each Yeastsider can enter 2 beers - one ale and/or one lager/hybrid.  All styles of beer are welcome, so be creative!  Beers are due April 30 and the ERB team will decide the winner.  The entry fee is just the hop purchase.  Hops are sold by the pound ($10/pound).  Please let Jeff know ASAP how many pounds you would like to buy and whether you will enter one or two beers.
Good luck and let’s keep taking home medals!
See you at Craft Beer Cellar on the 8th!
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