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We hope you have fully recovered from the amazing Southern California Homebrew Festival if you attended, because the May meeting is almost here. We'll be headed to 38 Degrees where Clay has agreed to host us again. This is a classy joint with delicious food and a huge selection of fine beers. Please limit your homebrew to one or two bottles, and support the venue by grabbing lunch and/or dinner, and beers from the bar. We'll be learning about Belgian Witbier, but bring any style you have to share and discuss. Green t-shirts are still on sale for $15, and we'll hold our raffle at the end of announcements.
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!

Twenty-five brave souls made the trek out to Vail Lake to sample what is arguably the largest collection of homebrew, cider, and mead at one event. Josh took a picture of every taplist at the beginning of the day and counted at least 550 offerings! That doesn't even count secret taps and kegs waiting in the wings for another keg to blow. The weekend kicked off Friday night with the Yeastsiders and a few other clubs pouring homebrew in addition to the commercial breweries pouring that night. We got some "buzz" going for beers that remained popular through Saturday. Noe & Bono's Serrano IPA, Bono's Purple Rain, Victor's Gruit, and Jerl's 22% Russian Imperial Stout had fest goers coming back for more.
Late nights were spent bottle sharing around the campfire into the wee hours, and welcoming strange visitors from other clubs, including a guy handing out brisket from a platter and a pink unicorn.
A huge thanks to everyone that loaned equipment, helped set up and tear down the booth, or brought firewood. We had a few fest rookies that paced themselves like veterans - good work! If you couldn't go, make it a point to attend in 2017!
Several competitions are over and Yeastsiders have done quite well again!  First off, Dave Lauridsen got 3 medals in the Los Angeles Belgian Beer Challenge hosted by Pacific Gravity.  He got a first place for his witbier and two third places for his Belgian Golden Strong and Saison.  Nice work, Dave!

The Regionals portion of the National Homebrew Competition is finished and Yeastsiders pulled home some serious metal!  All of the winning beers are heading to Nationals to represent our club in Baltimore.  Good luck to all!

    Ward G Walkup IV        Dark Mild                3rd place
                                        Sweet Stout            3rd place

    Jeremy and Cori Stacy    Guava Berliner Weisse        2nd place

    Jeff Koehler                   German Pilsner        2nd place

Mayfaire has also just finished and 9 medals were won by Yeastsiders!  On top of this, we were notified that Jeff’s gruit went on to win BOS honors.  This is a large competition that is important for the Sierra Nevada Homebrew Club of the Year, so it always gets the best beers.  Great work for giving Yeastside Brewers a great showing in such a competitive environment!

    Ward G Walkup IV        American Blonde Ale               2nd place
                                        Passionfruit Berliner Weisse    2nd place
                                        Rum Barrel Aged Barleywine   2nd place

    Ben Wallace                 English Rye IPA            3rd place
and Aaron Rainwater

Luis Michel                       Schwarzbier                3rd place
And Nathan M&S

Josh Jensen                    Traditional Bock           1st place

Jeff Koehler                        Best bitter                2nd place
                                           Gruit                         1st place
(with Earnesto Williams)    BGS Braggot            2nd place    

Since we are in the middle of Competition Season, the deadline is rapidly approaching for the next competition that qualifies for Brewer of the Year.  The California State Fair entries are due May 6 in Sacramento, so make sure you send them in plenty of time to reach there safely.  

The next competition, which does not count towards Brewer of the Year, is the Ballast Point OG20 Homebrew Contest.  The entries are due May 25th.  Near the end of July, entries are due for the LA County Fair.  Start getting beers ready for this contest that will give you points towards Brewer of the Year.

We will be doing a style tasting of Belgian Witbiers beers at our May 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 portion about 30 minutes after the start of the meeting.  The style for June is a great summer style, German Hefeweizens.  Please consider brewing the style, it is easy and the results will be delicious!  July will showcase English porters so start thinking about bringing your example!  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!

I have scheduled a BJCP Tasting Exam for October 2016.  It is hard to get seats so please strongly consider contacting Jeff Koehler ASAP to reserve a slot.  5 of the 12 spots are already spoken for, but I need people to take the online exam and pay for the exam ASAP to ensure your space on this exam!  As we get closer to the Tasting Exam, there will be classes.

Great work and let’s keep taking home medals!
Okee dokee - see you at 38 Degrees on the 14th!
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