Archive for January, 2013

New Homebrewer’s Club!

Friday, January 25th, 2013

pintglassWe’re finally going to do it! We’re starting a homebrewer’s club here on the Coastside! If you’re in or around the area and want to help kick off a great new club, feel free to drop me a line or just come on out on February 7th! I’ve been busy updating some local on-line entities with the calendar info. Here’s the entry I’ve posted on a few event calendars:

Calling all homebrewers or folks interested in becoming a homebrewer! We are a new club starting here on the Coastside. We plan to meet monthly to discus tips, techniques and tall stories! Our meeting place is a must-be-seen-to-be-believed space in El Granada outfitted specifically for homebrewing and homebrew tasting!


When: February 7, 7:30PM

Where: 30 Avenue Portola, Suite 1B, El Granada, Ca gmm_ios_icon

Meeting Agenda, Thursday Feb 7

  • Welcome and intro to the club
  • Tour of the brewing and tasting space
  • Discuss club guidelines and decide permanent meeting times/dates
  • Club naming contest
  • What’s it take to be a world-class brewer?
  • National Homebrewers Conference Information
  • How can you be involved in the club?
  • Social time!

If you have questions, feel free to contact Steve Travis at

Hope to see you there!

Yeah, So I’ve Been Busy…

Friday, January 18th, 2013

They have just a few beers on tap at Perrin Brewing

They have just a few beers on tap at Perrin Brewing

The last few months have been hectic to say the least and had not left much free time for brewing. However, the hullabaloo has calmed down and I’ve finally been able to get in there and brew up a backstock of beers! Not the least of which is an old favorite of mine based on the “Fire in the Hole” recipe from MoreBeer. This is an oak-aged Irish red ale that’s heavy on the hops, but due to the grain bill and oak, produces a very balanced brew. Brewing with oak and barrel aging has been the rage for a while now, I know. I’ve done several oak-aged brews in the past and didn’t think all that much about them, just considering it another flavor to play with along with the hops and grain. Now, you can score French oak, American Oak, light toast, dark toast, you name it. I hope to experiment further with this, but have been a bit wary, as adding oak to any beer really alters my idea of how and when to drink it. To me, it almost becomes an after-diner beverage, or something to have along with a fat steak.

I’ve been up to a few other things as well, including visiting Michigan and catching up on several new breweries there… again. These include, Perrin Brewing Company in Comstock and The rebirth of the Grand Rapids Brewing Company in downtown Grand Rapids. It’s actually kind of nuts how fast and often new breweries are popping up in this region. I was also able to visit several of the breweries already established there that I also love. This includes Hop Cat, Harmony Brewing, Brewery Vivant, Schmohz, and scored a tour of the brewing facility at New Holland Brewing Company, which I’ll hopefully have the time to write up later.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to. Hopefully have some more interesting things to say in the coming weeks including a new brewery here on the Coastside, Highway 1 Brewing Co, opening next month! Happy brewing everyone!