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.

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President’s Message

Summer is nearly here and that means there are a lot of events coming up. The SD County Fair, Brewer’s Swap meet, NHC, QuAFF/ Padres tailgate and all the other countless events that will fill up our summertime fun time.

Last month we had Rob Keller and his short talk “Beer throughout History”. We also had The DD Van in attendance giving us yet another option to safely get around town to sample all of the new and existing breweries in a safe manner. Homebrews were brought by Wes McCaan, Eric Durose, Adrian Avgerinos, Brian Trout, and Ross Wilderman. Thanks again for sharing your tasty creations.

Thanks to everybody in the club for helping out at the San Diego History Center’s Bottled and Kegged exhibit. I also saw a lot of QuAFF’ers at the North Park Craft Beer Block volunteering and giving up their Saturday to promote great beer to the attendees at this neighborhood event. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

This month our meeting topic will be European lagers presented by Wes McCaan.

That’s it for now and look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting or at any of the great events nearing on the calendar.

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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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President’s Message

Spring is here and the hop rhizomes are starting to show signs of life with green leafs poking through the soil and seeking out the sunshine. The beers are flowing as we venture out to the outdoor patios and festivals of our friends and local businesses enjoying the fruits of the brewers, both at the amauteur and professional level.

Congratulations to winners of AFC. Thanks to Dominic and Eric for presenting the awards to the membership at last month’s general members meeting. A big thanks to everyone that brought beers. There was a great turnout this month on both beers available and people in attendance. How awesome was it that Chris Banker won the AFC BOS and had the winning Double IPA there to celebrate his award with? Epic….

This month we have Paul Sangster from Rip Current Brewing Company telling us about his brewery and delving into some of the processes adopted at the San Marcos brewery and offering his brews for QUAFF to try and enjoy.

Good luck to all that braved the online torture that was signing up for NHC 1st round recently, thanks for your patience to help QUAFF in its attempt at regaining the crown of Homebrew club of the year.

That’s it for now, hope to see you all soon at one of the many local beer spots enjoying your favorite fermented beverage. Cheers!

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President’s Message

Well, another month has flown by and as our days start to get longer we enter our competition
season with AFC this month and 1st round Nationals shortly following getting the club warmed
up for the National Homebrew Conference. Make sure to check with the QUAFF completion
committee if you would like to help the club in the running for National Homebrew Club of the

Our last meeting featured brew systems and gadgets. Thanks to John McKay for bringing in his
brewing system to show off to the club as well as Bob McKay for bringing in his gadgets that
assist in his keg cleaning. Also, thanks to Stan Sisson for bringing in his “party” cider, a great
little experiment where he collected all the dregs from the Belgian-style ales from the QUAFF
holiday party and then fermenting the cider with the mixture of dregs. Stan has done this a
couple of times now and both times has successfully created a tasty cider that is not only quite
enjoyable but also has a great story to go along with it. Thanks to Matt Slote for bringing in a
vintage barleywine to share with the club as well.

Our next general meeting will be the AFC awards. Make sure to bring in your homebrew to
share with us. The meeting will be on February 26th and we will have cask of AleSmith IPA for
your awards watching pleasure. Hope to see all of my QUAFF family there. Cheers!

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