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Well.  January certainly flew by, didn't it?  Please note that due to scheduling conflicts, our next meeting will take place on the first Saturday, the 4th of February.  We'll be meeting at the fantastically funky Glendale Tap, where 52 beers on draft (wuuuut?) ensures they have something for everyone.  It won't be a problem at all to support our host venue with so much variety - and with full, half, and taster-sized pours, you can try 'em all!  Ok, maybe not all.  Nevertheless, come thirsty - you won't be disappointed.  Oh, and don't forget the free pool and peanuts!

Please limit homebrew to just a couple of bottles and leave the commercial beers at home.  The styles for February are Brown British Beers (BJCP 13A, 13B, & 13C), so bring your example for the educational portion of the meeting or any other style you'd like to share and discuss.

Thanks to everyone who paid their membership dues for 2017 at the January meeting!  For those who didn't, 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 March meeting will be at Timmy Nolan's Pub in Toluca Lake and the April meeting will be at Craft Beer Cellar in Eagle Rock.

Finally, I'd like to congratulate all of our ribbon-winnin' members for the very strong showing at the recent Doug King Memorial competition.  Great work!
The first competition of the year is in the bag and Yeastsiders performed amazingly!  We brought home a total of 10 medals, including a Best of Show, at the Maltose Falcons’ Doug King Memorial Competition!  Due to his BOS win, Noe should be brewing his beer with the folks at Eagle Rock Brewery and due to their getting 1st in the British are Coming (Category 31), Jeff and Brett should be brewing their beer with the folks at MacLeod.  With Noe’s big showing, he is jumping to the lead for Brewer of the Year with 9 points.
Next up is the America’s Finest City competition hosted by QUAFF in San Diego.  Entries are due January 25th.  Immediately afterwards, the Thousand Oaked Homebrewers Romancing the Beer competition entries are due on January 27th.  The registration for the American Homebrewers Association’s National Homebrew Competition ends February 5th.  Also really early this year, the California State Fair Homebrew Competition entries must be registered by February 11th.  Finally, the entries for Pacific Gravity’s Los Angeles Belgian Brew Challenge are due March 8th.  The National Homebrew Competition and the California State Fair Homebrew Competitions are both Brewer of the Year-eligible competitions**, so make sure you get your entries in! 

We will be doing a style tasting of Brown British Beers at our February meeting which will encompass Milds, Brown ales, and English Porters.  The style for March is, of course, Irish Stout.  In April we will have people showcasing their American Brown Ales.  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!

**Editor's note: In addition to counting toward Club Brewer of the Year, my understanding is that the Cal State Fair Comp is one of the competitions that Anchor considers when awarding California Homebrew Club of the Year, so it's especially important for us to enter beers if we expect to contend for that highly-coveted honor!

It's never too early to start thinking about one of the best beer festivals you can enjoy as a homebrewer - the 2017 SCHF!  We've now attended the Fest as a club several times, spreading our love of the art with the rest of the local homebrewing community, and all the while building friendships with other clubs, increasing the rapport within our own club, and of course, sharing our awesome homebrew!  We always have a great time, so let's join the other 37 clubs pouring hundreds of beers, meads, ciders, and...bananawine...and show 'em what we've got!  Dates for the Fest this year are May 5th and 6th.  As those who've joined us know, we make a full weekend of it - camping, eating, imbibing, and enjoying the late-night visits by strange creatures (or a guy in a pink unicorn suit handing out smoked brisket).

We have been informed by the CHA that they are in need of more volunteers, so there's still time to sign up and earn your Fest registration by putting in a couple of hours of easy work.  Visit for more information.  Remember that you'll need to create an account (if you don't already have one) and log in to purchase membership, Fest registration, or to sign up as a volunteer.

Artistic, are ya?  Do you like money and free stuff?  The 2017 SCHF Art Contest is also on.  Your masterpiece could end up on this year's Fest t-shirt and tasting glass, not to mention the $300 cash prize, comped Fest registration for two, and two free t-shirts bearing...your masterpiece! 

We'll begin taking signups and payment for camping fees ($25 for the weekend) at the February meeting.  Join us for a great weekend!
Our community is mourning the loss of an old friend and longtime homebrewer, Mike Froehlich.  Please follow this link to read a tribute to him from the California Homebrewers Association.
Thanks everyone.  See you at The Glendale Tap on the 4th.
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