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President : Party Time!
Maltose Falcon's Invade Lucky Baldwin's
This Month in Brews & News
Doug King Memorial Beer Tasting I
Beer Style of the Month : Barley Wines
Hollywood Blonde on PBS
Minutes of Recent Meetings
Events
Other Information
Competition Calendar
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February 2000, Vol. XXV, Num. 1
Don T. Knott, Editor
Contributors:
Kevin Baranowski, Tom Wolf, Brian Vessa,
Rich Schmittdiel, et al.
Contents Copyright 2000 The Maltose Falcons

Party Time
by President Kevin Baranowski
    WOW, It's Febrewary already, and that means it's time to Party On. If you haven't gotten on the Anchor Party sign-up sheet, the Feb. club meeting will be the last chance to do so. You can also e-mail me kavba@earthlink.net, and I will add you to the list. Each paid member and their guest, need to have their names on the sign-up sheet so that we can give the folks at Anchor a list and number of those attending. By now those few members that signed on the bus list should know that the bus isn't going to happen. If you still need hotel info, the Ramada Plaza Inn or the Chelsea Motor Inn are the two hotels that Leo checked into, and you can call or e-mail Leo Barendse to get more info. 661 287-5824 loripa@linkline.com
    The Maltose Falcons Homebrew Club of the Year plain and tie-dye shirts will be for sale at the Feb. meeting, and the glassware will be for sale at the Anchor Party. Big thanks to MB Casselman for jumping on a quick source to get these items for us. We also now know that the Maltose Falcons Band will play semi plugged at the Anchor Party. It's their ten-year anniversary, and it wouldn't be an Anchor party without them.
    A couple of suggested spots to visit in San Francisco are; San Francisco Brewing Co. 155 Columbus Ave, Falcons member Cullen Davis knows the brewer there and has talked to him about meeting with Falcons, and possible tours on Sat 1:00 PM to 3:00. I know a few Falcons made it there last trip up. It may be tough to get everyone together because most are out sightseeing, but if you get there between those times, tell them your with the Falcons. Also you might try the new Potrero Brewing Co. 535 Florida St. and the Magnolia Pub and Brewery, 1398 Haight St.. Have a save trip up and be prepared to Party ON!     Last months meeting at BJ's was a great success, I think the total was 53 Falcons in attendance. A big thank you to Alex Puchner, David Mathis, Davo Lusk, and the staff at BJ's for having us there and sharing the brewing info of BJ's beers, providing tours, and taking time out of their schedules to talk with the Falcons. We look forward to holding another meeting there in the future.
    The Chili Cookoff is set for this month's meeting, and you might still have time to sign-up. Contact Heather Houck, 818 886-5585, heatheramyhouck@msn.com. The prizes are:
1st pl. 1 case Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, and 1 year club membership
2nd pl. 1 case Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
3rd pl. 1 year club membership
At least 9 or 10 people are signed up already, so don't delay.
    Mayfaire 2000 is rapidly approaching and John Aitchison is sending out info on the competition. Entries are due March 2nd to the 15th, 6.00$ per entry, 3 bottles per. Judging at St. Luke's Church April 1st, and the Mayfaire Party, hopefully at the Gun Club, April 15th. We hope to get a lot of club entries again this year and encourage some of the newer brewers to enter. Tom Wolf will be looking for judges, and we will be looking for stewards, see John if you can help out in any way.     The Southern Calif. Homebrewers' Fest in Temecula is coming up May 6th. The club will be reserving campsites, some with hookups, some for tents. We should have more info by the March meeting. Start thinking now about attending, and brewing beer for this event. It's a great time not to be missed.
    Sunfest on Catalina. August 11th - 13th, app. cost 85.00$ per person. Jerry Macala and Craig Wickam are working out the details. We need to get paid commitments in. Fees include travel, camping, some food, and fun in the sun. Start thinking about it now. Contact Jerry for more info.626 398-4358, falcon@greatbytes.com.
     What could be more fun than getting together with friends and fellow Falcons to brew beer? We talked before about having a brew day or two at a central location where we can brew beers for the Mayfaire Party and the So. Cal Homebrewers' Fest. The idea is for anyone that has a mobile brew system to bring it out, get together with other members, and brew whatever style they would like to do. At the Feb. meeting there will be signup sheets for two brew days: Sat Feb. 26th and Sat. March 4th at MB & Steve Casselman's house. Brew style ideas so far are the Anniversary IPA, and Dougwieser. IF you would like to brew on your own equipment or help out on someone's system, signup at the meeting. We hope to organize a brew day on the West Side soon also. We had 3 brews going last year at the Mayfaire party and it was a lot of fun. If you want to brew something for the Fests, but don't have kegs; loaner kegs can be available. See me at the meeting if you have any questions.
    Well, hope to see a good turn out at the Feb meeting, be prepared for some spicy chilis, and don't forget you spending money for a new Homebrew Club of the Year shirt.

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Maltose Falcon's Invade Lucky Baldwin's
By John Aitchesen, "K.S." and Diane Utech
    On Sunday October 16, "Maltose Falcon Legend" John Maier came back to Southern California. Lucky Baldwin's flew him down from Newport, Oregon along with 14 of Rogue's Beers for a Rogue Night. John is a long time Falcon; and as a club member won the AHA National Homebrew Competition and was American Homebrewer of the Year. John turned professional and went north to Alaska Brewing Company for a few years before moving on to become Head Brewmaster of Rogue. He won several gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival at both breweries and has achieved national recognition as a brewer.
    Anyway, John stayed at MB and Steve Casselman's house while down here. He got the opportunity to try our 25th Anniversary IPA and go to a Lakers game.
    Back to Lucky Baldwin's, for the small cost of $25, you received a Rogue Ale Glass, a Rogue Shirt and 14 tickets to sample the assortment of 14 Rogue beers on tap. The shirts ran out early bringing the over all ticket down to $20. But I think all were happy with their 'Dead Guy' Rogue glasses.
    Some of the beers included cask conditioned versions of Mogul Madness and ESB, and regular versions of Dry Hop Red, Mocha Porter, Brutal Bitter, Shakespeare Stout, Mogul, Smoke (Rauch Style) YSB (Cask), Dead Guy, Nut Brown, I2PA (Imperial IPA), Russian Imperial Stout, Imperial Pilsner, St. Rogue Red and Old Crustacean.
    There were about 15 Falcons there including John & Pam Aitchison, Bruce Brode, Doug Harlan, Brian Vessa, Jerry Macala & Laureli and Diana Utech. Lucky Baldwin's had standing room only that night. The Mighty Maltose Falcon's were out in force in support of there own, John Maier, once again proving to the brewing world that we are a Homebrew Society "Family" committed to the excellence in brewing the "BEST" Beers in the world, and sharing our knowledge. John didn't talk about each beer; he just mingled and let people ask questions. MB got a sheet with all the OG's and FG's of the beers for those brewers who want to attempt to brew them. It was an excellent turnout and people came early and stayed late. A good time was had by all and most of us need designated drivers to get home.


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This Month in Brews & News
by Don T. Knott
    Ordinarily I am quite proud to be a Maltose Falcon. I believe our club represents the finest the homebrewing hobby has to offer. I was therefore taken somewhat aback recently by a comment I heard. An acquaintance of mine remarked that he thought that homebrewers were "just a bunch of drunks using their hobby as a cover for their alcoholism."
    This stung me a little. I know most Falcons to be fairly temperate folks, Dead Palates Society notwithstanding. I also know that I have come away from more than a few club meetings with my head a-buzzin'. Those two ounce samples add up especially when the high gravity beers come around.
    Recent tastings at Baldwin's, BJ's etc have provided ample occasion to employ Designated Drivers. How many Falcons made such arraignments?
    Mother s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was founded to educate the public and assist the victims of Drunk Drivers. Alcoholics Anonymous was founded so that those persons for whom alcohol is a destructive force in their lives can find the support and help they need to resist their tendency toward alcohol abuse.
    As Homebrewers we must be leaders in the promotion of responsible behavior with regard to alcoholic beverages. Our club and our hobby will be judged by the public accordingour actions. Let's make sure that we are always a force for good in our community, both as a club and as individuals.
    Dealine for the March issue is Feb 20, 2000.


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Doug King Memorial Beer Tasting I

For the notes of the Doug King Memorial Tasting, click here


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Beer Style of the Month : February :
Barleywine
by Falcons Grand Hydro, Tom Wolf
(805) 296-0872, WOLF1@IBM.NET
    The tasting for February will consolidate January's Imperial Stout and February's Barleywine.
    The following beers will be tasted and discussed:
    Imperial Stouts:
    Bells Export Stout (Michigan)
    Old Rasputin
    Barley Wines:
    Pope's Thomas Hardy
    Sierra Nevada Big Foot

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A Year of Beer. (A complete list of Styles for the year)
by Tom Wolf
February Barley Wine : (Bring your strong beers)
March India Pale Ale (Bring your big hoppy beers)
April American Lagers (Lawnmower beer month)
May Octoberfest/Marzen/Bock (Bring any type of German Lager)
June Lambic (Bring any fruit, specialty, or soured beer)
July American Wheat / Cream Ale (Bring your heat beers or light ales)
August Belgian Abbey Ales (Dubel and Strong Dark Ales) (Bring any big dark ale)
September Scottish and Irish Ales (Bring Bitters and Pale Ales)
October Wheat, Witbier / German Wheat : (Bring some German wheat beers)


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Hollywood Blonde on PBS
by MB
    Just thought you might want to know that Hollywood Blonde was afeatured segmented on this past week's edition of "California Heartland" which airs on KCET at 5:30 am on Friday and 10:00 am on Saturday.
    This was filmed at UCLA, Weber's, and our brewery in Gilroy. This is an agricultural type show which usually features the wine industry. I think the last beer thing they did was over a year ago about Anchor's Xmas beers.
    Check it out!

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Minutes of Recent Meetings
by Rich Schmittdiel, Secretary
Club Meeting, January 4, 2000
    The January meeting was held at BJ's in Woodland Hills (6424 Canoga Ave.). There were about 53 Falcons and guests attending. Your secretary was a bit tardy in arriving and was greatly distressed to see beers already being consumed as he arrived. My girlfriend and I quickly set to work catching up.
    As this was also a regular monthly meeting, we had to endure a short business meeting along with the pizza and beers. Kevin described plans for the Anchor trip in February, including bus and hotel accommodations. Two hotels in SF are holding blocks of rooms at favorable, Falcon rates. Kevin stressed the need to SIGN UP so that our good hosts at Anchor will know who and how many are coming. The sign up sheet is kept at John's shop in Woodland Hills, and will also be at the next meeting there on February 6. Attendance at the Anchor party is limited to active (paid up) Falcons and one guest per member.
    Newsletter editor Don Knott advised the members of his intention to improve the timeliness of the newsletter, and that he was moving up the deadline for submission of articles to the third week of the month. Get your scribblings in on time or risk not being published!
    Jerry Macala held forth on the plans for the Sunfest on the second weekend in August. The Falcons will be partying at Two Harbors in Catalina. Great efforts are underway to recruit and sign up sufficient numbers of campers to allow us to charter our own boat to get us, our stuff, our food, our BEER, and the Band over to the island. Jerry estimates about $90 per person for the tab. Less than that if we can get more people signed up, but not more than $90.
    All through the business meeting, the folks at BJ's were continuing to pour out samples of their beers. I believe that we tasted nine different beers, but I might not have counted accurately. I was particularly impressed with their Piranha Pale Ale, the Jeremiah Red, the Tatonka Stout, and the Grand Cru. The latter is a Belgian style beer, and in short supply.
    Our host was Alex Puchner. Alex described each beer as it was being served. He also related how he managed to fall into this job, and got to quit his day job to fulfill a dream of brewing beer. He got his start at the Huntington Beach Brewing Company, and joined BJ's in 1995. The Woodland Hills location opened in April of 1999. Alex's specialty is starting up breweries for BJ's, and overall quality control. They'll be opening a new location in West Covina around May of this year. That one will be another 30-barrel brewery, to take some of the brewing load off of the site in Brea. Right now, only the Brea and the Woodland Hills Breweries are brewing beer for the several Southern California locations. Alex also spoke about BJ's Beer Appreciation Nights, which are held once per month. He offered generous Falcons discounts for those wishing to attend.
    Tours of the brewery at BJ's were provided for small groups, and our questions were thoughtfully answered. This brewery is a very compact, 7-barrel brewery. David, the head brewer, states that each batch takes about 7 hours to brew, and that they generally brew every day; with double batches on some days.
    The meeting broke up around 4:30. All in attendance agreed that it was the best off-site meeting that we'd had in quite some time. If you haven't visited BJ's, you have really missed a great place.


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Maltose Falcons Board Meeting, 1/4/2000
    The January meeting was held at Kevin's house. We had to rough it this month, as neither of the Burgermistresses was present. The meeting got underway about 7:30 PM. Attending were Kevin Baranowski, John Aitchison, Leo Barendse, John Rasmussen, Tom Wolf, Don Knott, Steve Keppler, Jerry Macala, and Rich Schmittdiel.
    First order of business was a discussion of the admission logistics for the coming meeting at BJ's. Hand stamps vs. wristbands.
    Next we discussed the chili cook-off, planned for the February meeting to be held at the shop on February 6. Considerable debate ensued over the prizes to be awarded. We finally settled on a case of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale plus a one year's complimentary membership in the Falcons for 1st place; a case of Celebration Ale for 2nd place, and a one year complimentary membership in the Falcons for 3rd place.
    Then we discussed the Mayfaire, planned for April 15, back at the Gun Club. Considerable angst was generated over the new requirement for an insurance policy to cover the Falcons and the Gun Club. Leo is to check into the requirements, after Kevin provides him with a contact at the Gun Club. John Aitchison will also check into the cost of insurance policies.
    The judging for the Mayfaire competition will occur on April 1, with an entry deadline of March 18. John Aitchison could use some help in the form of someone stepping up to be the chief steward and organizing that portion of the activity.
    We have a new webpage, with our very own URL, courtesy of Drew Beechum. Check us out on the web at www.MaltoseFalcons.com. It's pretty cool! Considerable debate ensued over what the format and content for the website should be. Your Secretary volunteered to put together a survey to solicit members' input to choose the desired format and content. Action item due by the next board meeting.
    The Southern California Homebrewers' Festival is set for the 1st weekend in May. The Maltose Falcons Blues Band will play there. MB has reserved 5 campsites at Lake Skinner. Contact her if you want to attend and camp out there.
    The last item of business discussed was the proposed Sunfest, set for August 11, 12, and 13 at Two Harbors in Catalina. Vigorous discussion ensued over costs for our own charter boat to bring the Band's equipment, the food, the Falcons, and the BEER over to the island. We are under tight time constraints to put down a deposit to hold the charter boat. The Board agreed to put out the money necessary to hold the campsites. After much debate, it was decided to open the party up to other local brewclubs, in the hope of reaching "critical mass" in terms of number of committed and paid attendees. Jerry and Steve will be getting their act together and taking it on the road to other local brewclubs. They'll be talking the party up at those meetings. We anticipate a cost of $90 per person for the event. This cost will include your boat fare, food for one GREAT dinner, and a breakfast, and camping costs. The number of participating campers will determine the actual price. The Band WILL be playing at this party!
    The meeting broke sometime after 10:30, all of the fine beers having been consumed by then.


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Events Calendar Check the big events section
    Sundays, Keg Night at Lucky Baldwins 17 South Raymond Ave. Pasadena. First pint is $4.50, keep the glass, refills are $2.50 until the keg runs dry, for more information call (626) 795-0652.

    First Tuesday, BJ's Beer Appreciation, Brea Every month. From 7:30-9:30 PM. $10, includes 10-11 tasters. Call (714) 990-2095 for reservations and directions.

    First Saturday, BJ's Brewery Tour, Brea Every month. Includes tasters, pizza, and souvenir glass for $14. Call (714) 990-2095 for reservations and directions.

    First Wednesday, BJ's Beer Appreciation, Woodland Hills Hosted by Alex Puchner and David Mathis, time 7:30-9:00 PM. Admission: $14 per person includes all beer samples, handouts and a raffle ticket. The schedule for the next few months is as follows : 11/3 Local Microbrewers Night, 12/1 Domestic Winter Warmers.



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