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2013 Quaff Padres Tailgate – 15th Annual

Hello fellow Quaffers!
It’s that time of year again, when hope springs eternal and we can envision the Padres winning the National League West Pennant!!! That means it’s time once again to plan for one of Quaff’s fun events of the year – namely, the Quaff Padres Tailgate Party and Baseball Game. We’ll start selling tickets to our 2013 Quaff Padres Tailgate game (15th annual) at the May General Quaff meeting (5/28). While the ticket price for our group tickets is slightly higher this year at $29.50, the regular price went up by even more making this an even better deal than last year! Some come down and hang out at the Qualcomm parking lot (free parking) for some great beer & food before we take the trolley to go watch the Padres beat up on the San Francisco Giants (again!). The details for this year’s event are below.

The Game
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2012
Time: 7:10 p.m.
Opponent: San Francisco Giants
Seats: 50 Field Level Reserved Tickets ­ Left Field (We switched sides so as not to be looking into the setting sun)
Section 122, Rows 16, 17 & 18
Price: $29.50 each; face value is $45.50

The Tailgate:
Location: Qualcomm Stadium, Section J2 – usual spot
Tailgate times: 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Trolley to Petco Park: ~ $5.00 round trip
Travel time by trolley each way: 30 to 45 minutes

The Food:
Quaff will be providing bratwurst, hot dogs, chips and condiments. Members should bring their favorite potluck salad, side dish or dessert to share.

The Beer:
Members please bring some homebrew and/or some other special craft or microbrew bottled beer to share as well.

Game Pool: We’ll again have a pool with cash awards for the correct scores after the 3rd & 6th innings, plus final score. We’ve purchased 40 tickets again this year. As always, first come, first served, but no reservations! So bring cash or check (made out to Quaff Treasurer Chuck West) and catch me before or after the Quaff meeting.

Categories : Events

Big Brew Day 2013 at White Labs

Hi all! Time to start thinking about this year’s AHA Big Brew Day. Here is something you might consider participating in. Yes I realize Big Brew Day conflicts with SCHBF, but not everyone is going to Ojai.

Maximum of 10 brewers can participate in brewing demonstration in the White Labs parking lot. Everyone welcome to come by and observe. Tasting Room opens at noon. Likely there will be a food truck also. We can possibly make it a snack potluck deal as well.

Here are general guidelines for brewers:

Must be self contained. WL can provide water for chilling. Possible that power will be available for pumps, but gravity systems are preferred. Extract brews are OK.

May 4th date is same date as SCHBF in Ojai. You can’t be two places at once. Can probably get started around 8 am, should plan to finish no later than 4 pm.

WL will provide yeast for up to 10 brewers, need to know what yeast is needed. WL brew system should be brewing this day, possible that assistant brewers can help out on the WL system, or maybe even brew on their system.

Would be good if participants can bring their beer to a future club meeting to share, probably the July meeting to ensure all beers have plenty of time to finish.

WL will publicize this event on their FB/Twitter accounts, so a good turnout would be nice. Be sure to wear your club shirt. Should be able to share homebrew in the tasting room.

Plan to share your brewing process with curious potential-future-brewers. A printout of your recipe would be nice.

All alcohol consumption MUST occur inside the tasting room. No alcohol consumption in the parking lot.

If you are interested in brewing during this event, please e-mail me directly at and I will start a list. If you just want to go check it out, no need to contact anybody, just put it on you calendar and show up.

More details as we get closer. I will try to post more reminders close to the event date this time.


Stan Sisson

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America’s Finest City Homebrew Competition

It’s almost time for the 2013 America’s Finest City Homebrew Competition! There’s one week left to submit entries and have them dropped off/shipped to the Homebrew Mart on Linda Vista Rd.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday February 13th.


Entry fees are $7 each, and the info and rules can be found at
While you’re at the website, you can sign up to judge or steward the competition which will be held at St. Dunstan’s Church in La Mesa on Friday February 22 and Saturday February 23rd.
Brewers will have each of their entries judges and evaluated, and they will receive detailed scoresheets completed by the judges after the competition. The awards ceremony will be held at All American Grill in Hazard Center on Tuesday 26th, during the monthly QUAFF general meeting.
So what are you waiting for? Get on over to the site, enter your beers, and sign up to judge or steward!
Categories : Competitions

2013 Brew With Chris White Event

Joe with White Labs

Joe talking about his alt bier

The “Brew With Chris White” event at the WL facility on Saturday, Jan. 19th went well.
We had 4 brewers involved, plus the WL head brewer, so 5 beers being brewed

Many thanks to the WL crew for allowing us to brew with them, they were very
accomodating. It was nice being able to chat with Chris White in a relaxed
setting, he is a very down to earth guy.

The brewing started on time at 8 am, and WL was nice enough to open the
tasting room shortly after for us to share donuts and homebrew. A food truck
serving Mexican food showed up around noon and stayed till nearly 4 pm, so
food was readily available.

Tasting Room Time

Tasting Room Time!

When the tasting room got ready to open to the public, we moved all homebrew
to the back of the room. Due to WL’s license restrictions, all alcohol consumption
must occur inside the tasting room.

Chris White seemed happy to have us there, and mentioned that it would be
good to have us brew there in the future, so stay tuned for events at WL
down the road.

Thanks to all who attended for making it a fun day. It would be good if all
the beers brewed during the event could be brought to the Feb or Mar meeting
for sharing.

Mash Time

Mash Time!

Strike Temperature Please!

Categories : Events

Rip Current Brewing debut at O’Brien’s

Paul & Guy with Tom

Rip Current Night at O’Brien’s

Rip Current Brewing Line Up

Friday, January 4th, rang in the official debut of Rip Current beers at O’Brien’s, and many QUAFF’ers were in attendance to help Paul Sangster & Guy Shobe celebrate. Of course, they had already launched their beers the day before at Churchill’s in North County, but I for one was glad to see these beers this far down south.

While Red Flag seemed to be a big hit, the Milkstache Stout was also popular that night judging by all the ‘staches’. Of course the Paddling Out Pale and the Barrier Reef Brown also drew much praise from patrons, many of whom weren’t even aware of Rip Current Brewing before tonight.

My personal favourite was Red Flag, which had a nice, clean hop flavor, but not over-the-top like some big IPAs. But at 9.1% I was destined to try some of their other beers.  So, perhaps in the wrong order, I had Paddling Out Pale next and found it very fresh and hoppy enough for this hop-head’s taste. I’ll be having some more of that beer in the near future for sure. For the dessert portion of my liquid dinner I had their Milkstache Stout, which was roasty and slightly creamy with a nice coffee finish. This was an extremely easy-drinking stout and I could have easily drank another one or two. And while I didn’t get around to the Barrier Reef Brown tonight, I did manage to stop referring to the new brewery as ‘Rip Tide’… sorry Paul, I’m sure you’ll get just a few more of those..

Meanwhile, Paul & Guy spent much of the evening entertaining questions about their new brewery, beers and plans for the future. They both seemed appreciative and grateful for all the genuine interest in Rip Current.  Looking forward to more Rip Current beers in the near future!

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