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Dave hosted our May 2015 meeting in his beautiful backyard (complete with chickens!), and he has generously offered the space again. He will also be brewing that day beginning at 8AM, and anyone is welcome to come early and join in. Unlike our usual meetings at public establishments, we encourage you to bring commercial beer, snacks, and as much of your homebrew as you'd like. It should also be noted that our stock of club glassware for sale is down to six pint glasses, so bring a tasting glass! More Nonic half pint glasses are on the way soon.
Speaking of club gear for sale, our green Yeastside t-shirt prices have been reduced from $20 to $15! Take advantage of this 25% price break while shirts in your size are in stock.
The Raffle Returns!
We are bringing back the raffle after a couple of months off. We can use your help if you have any brewing gear, swag, or glassware that you'd like to donate. No purchase necessary, but must be present to win!
Dues, Dude!
If you haven't paid your annual membership dues, please bring $24 for individuals or $36 per couple. We can take credit cards too.  Please see our Treasurer Bono to square up - support your club!

The SoCal Homebrew Fest is almost here! We need to know how many people plan to go, so please email Josh ASAP to reserve a spot in our camp for $25/person. We also need a lot of beer for the fest! If you plan to donate bottles or a keg (even if you aren't able to attend), please email Luis. As any member who went last year knows, this festival is not to be missed.
This year, the commercial breweries pouring on Friday night include Ritual, Surf, and Rock Bottom, and the CHA is in talks with two more breweries.  Homebrew clubs that are ready and able will also be allowed to pour beer along with the commercial breweries.  Celtic punk band, The Brick Top Blaggers, will regale us with their high energy drinking music that night. 
The actual Fest begins the following morning, with around 36 clubs pouring their best libations.  The Fest runs from 11am to 10pm.  Then the party continues at the campsite.
If camping just isn't in your blood, you can get a hotel in Temecula - the CHA runs shuttles to a few hotels at the beginning and end of the day. Learn more and sign up for your membership and ticket here: http://www.calhomebrewers.org/

Also, if you have a jockey box that you're willing to take to (or lend us for) the Fest, please email Luis and let him know.  Thanks!
The competition season is well underway and Yeastside Brewers members are continuing to bring home medals!  The results from the Romancing the Beer competition are in and members corralled 3 medals.  Congratulations to Bonfilio and Cristina Ruiz for winning gold with their hopped cider, Mosaiz Hopzanita!  Dave Lauridsen brought home 2 medals, a silver for his Witbier (brewed with Eric Churchill) and a bronze for an historical beer.  Nice job all!

The next competition coming up is the regionals for the National Homebrew Competition.  The entry period is over but for those of you that were lucky enough to get entries, make sure they reach their destination by March 9th!

Also on the horizon is the Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge hosted by Pacific Gravity.  The registration and entry deadline is March 12.  This is a Belgian-only competition and the Best of Show beer will be brewed at Monkish.

Rapidly approaching is the next competition that qualifies for Brewer of the Year.  The Maltose Falcons have not sent any information regarding the Mayfaire competition yet, but it is sometime in April.  This is a competition that encompasses all styles, so make sure you are brewing beer for this event.  We will update the website once more information is available.

We will be doing a style tasting of Scottish and Irish beers at our March meeting.  For those of you that agreed to have that style ready, try and have them at the meeting early, as we try to do this educational portion of the meeting about 30 minutes after it begins.  The style for April is Altbiers - kind of the German analog to English bitters.  We could use a few more homebrewed examples, so please let Jeff Koehler know if you would like to try your hand at brewing this style of beer.  The style for May is Belgian Witbier and we need members to volunteer their versions for that month.  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!

Great work and lets keep taking home medals!
...and now for something completely different...
Your SCHF Reps, Luis and Victor, recently attended the planning meeting for the 25th Annual SoCal Homebrew Fest at BJ's down in Temecula.  Relevant info we received at this meeting is included in the brewfest piece above.
We took advantage of the long drive to conduct some important research.  The following are a few documents from our studies.
The CHA generously feeds us pizza and beer for attending the planning meeting.
It was at least noon, I assure you.
CHA Board Member and righteous Falcon, Bruce Brode, chatting with me about the Fest, mead, and other important subjects.
The "giant brew-in-a-basket-and-electric-kettle-all-in-one" and baby fermentors at 8Bit Brewing.  They'd only been open for a couple of months, but their beers were very nice!
Their cool tasting room - nice contrast of stainless and unfinished woods.
Beers on tap at 8Bit - some guests, some theirs.  I had their Grogdor East Coast IPA and it was well balanced, with a solid malt backbone and just the right amount of hop bitterness.
We got a tour and soon discovered that their little tasting room was hiding a surprise behind a large sliding door - a pretty massive space which they plan to expand into.  Some quite large fermentors are out of sight to the rear.
Massive shout-out to former First Lady Gayle for being our designated driver that day!
Next, we visited Electric Brewing.  Large, open space, long bar, and some nice beers on offer.  I had a craft Michelada, just cuz.  This is an all-electric brewery, hence the name.  Note the cool, laser-CNCd tap handles.
We're at Relentless Brewing here, which had many tart and sour delights on offer.  Of note was a 3-Berry Sour that was enjoyed by all.  I also took a chance on the 10.5% ABV Imperial Tequila Gose.  That's right.  It was way better than it sounds.
Seated to the right of me are the legendary Falcon Big Ed and a nice couple we met at the SCHF meeting from the Crude Brew Crew club, Chris and Michelle.  We formed a group and conducted our research together.
I don't know who the caveman is.
Overwhelmed with new information, our notes got a little scattered at this point.  This is the tasting bar at our last stop, Ironfire Brewing.  I know this because I looked it up after the fact.  You can thank Amy T. for putting this photo up on yelp and jogging my memory with it.  The beers here were good, I think...

The end. 
Thanks for tuning in.  See you at Dave's on the 12th!
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