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2017 TASTING SCHEDULE

  • January

  • Beers with at least 20% rye
  • The first theme for 2017 will be Rye malt! Any style of beer is acceptable, whether it is a classic example such as Roggenbier or something off the beaten path like a Rye Porter or RyePA, as long as it contains at least 20% rye malt. Bring your favorite rye creation or try something new!
  • February

  • Oatmeal Stout (2015 BJCP Style 16B)**
  • This is the first of our four HBOY competition months!
  • A very dark, full-bodied, roasty, malty ale with a complementary oatmeal flavor. The sweetness, balance, and oatmeal impression can vary considerably.
  • March

  • Anything Imperial
  • The theme this month is "Anything Imperial". This would include the usual suspects (Imperial Stout, Imperial Pale Ale, Double IPA, Barleywine, etc...), but may also include new creations such as Imperial Pislner or Imperial Porter. Basically, any variation on a style of beer that is bigger, stronger, hoppier, more intense, more "royal" than the beers that inspired it.

  • April

  • SCHF Bragging Rights Style
  • We will vote on the entries this month to determine who will submit our club's entry for the bragging rights competition at the 2017 Southern California Homebrew Festival.
  • The official style for this competition is "Lagers of any style".
  • May

  • American Pale Ale (2015 BJCP Style 18B)**
  • This is the second of our four HBOY competition months!
  • A pale, refreshing and hoppy ale, yet with sufficient supporting malt to make the beer balanced and drinkable. The clean hop presence can reflect classic or modern American or New World hop varieties with a wide range of characteristics. An average-strength hop-forward pale American craft beer, generally balanced to be more accessible than modern American IPAs.
  • June

  • Any fermentable beverage except beer
  • The theme for June is other fermentables. Have a wine you want to share? A mead? Sauerkraut? Cider? If you fermented it and it's not beer, please share it!

  • July

  • Anything Belgian
  • Our theme for July is Belgian beer. Anything belgian, whether a classic style or not, is within our theme. From Belgian pale ale, to saison, to trappist ales, to Flanders... everything is welcome!
  • August

  • Biere de Garde (2015 BJCP 24C)**
  • This is the third of our four HBOY competition months!
  • A fairly strong, malt-accentuated, lagered artisanal beer with a range of malt flavors appropriate for the color. All are malty yet dry, with clean flavors and a smooth character.
  • September

  • 5 Minute Beers
  • One of our board members mentioned a past club activity with this name, and we'd like to try it again this year. We'll have more details as we are closer to the date on this.

  • October

  • (Intentionally) Sour Beers
  • Our theme for October are sour beers, preferably soured on purpose. Again, as all of our themed months, style is not particularly important. Bring in that Berliner Weisse or Flanders Red or American Fruit Sour. Whether it's aged for 2 years in a barrel or kettle soured, it's all good and we'd love to try yours, so bring it in!
  • November

  • Marzen (2015 BJCP 6A)**
  • Our final HBOY competition month! At the end of this month, we'll be able to crown the 2017 HBOY. Unlike the past few years, there will be no double points for this month.
  • An elegant, malty German amber lager with a clean, rich, toasty and bready malt flavor, restrained bitterness, and a dry finish that encourages another drink. The overall malt impression is soft, elegant, and complex, with a rich aftertaste that is never cloying or heavy.
  • December

  • Beers with Spices / Holiday Beers
  • Final tasting of the year and a chance for all the brewers of spiced beers and other holiday beers to show what they have created for the holidays, and share some of that holiday spirit with the rest of the club!

2018 TASTING SCHEDULE

  • January

  • Beer Without Hops (Gruit, etc...)
  • The first theme for 2018 will be beer without hops! Any style of beer is acceptable, as long as you bitter without using hops. Bring your favorite hopless creation or try something new!
  • February

  • English Dark Mild (2015 BJCP Style 13A)**
  • This is the first of our four HBOY competition months!
  • A dark, low-gravity, malt-focused British session ale readily suited to drinking in quantity. Refreshing, yet flavorful, with a wide range of dark malt or dark sugar expression.
  • March

  • Any Stout
  • The theme this month is "Any Stout". This would include the usual suspects (Imperial Stout, American Stout, Dry Irish Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Milk Stout, etc...), but may also include your unique creations based on a stout (fruit, spices, whatever).

  • April

  • SCHF Bragging Rights Style
  • We will vote on the entries this month to determine who will submit our club's entry for the bragging rights competition at the 2018 Southern California Homebrew Festival.
  • Official style will be listed as soon as it it announced by the CHA.
  • May

  • NE IPA (No official BJCP listing)**
  • This is the second of our four HBOY competition months!
  • A hazy, "juicy" IPA, first appearing on the east coast. This beer should be hoppy and hazy.
  • June

  • Any fermentable beverage except beer
  • The theme for June is other fermentables. Have a wine you want to share? A mead? Sauerkraut? Cider? If you fermented it and it's not beer, please share it!

  • July

  • Anything American
  • Our theme for July is American beer. Anything American, whether a classic style or not, is within our theme. From American light lager, to American Pale Ale, to American Stout, to American Wild Ale... everything is welcome!
  • August

  • Saison (2015 BJCP 25B)**
  • This is the third of our four HBOY competition months!
  • Most commonly, a pale, refreshing, highly-attenuated, moderately-bitter, moderate-strength Belgian ale with a very dry finish. Typically highly carbonated, and using non-barley cereal grains and optional spices for complexity, as complements the expressive yeast character that is fruity, spicy, and not overly phenolic.
  • September

  • Beers with at least 50% Wheat
  • September's theme will be at least 50% Wheat malt! Any style of beer is acceptable, whether it is a classic example such as Heffeweizen or something off the beaten path like a Wheat IPA or Wheat fruit beer, as long as it contains at least 50% wheat malt. Bring your favorite wheat creation or try something new!

  • October

  • Fall/Winter Seasonals
  • Our theme for October are Fall/Winter Seasonals. Again, as all of our themed months, style is not particularly important. Anything reminscent of fall/winter is good for this meeting, whether it be the ubiquitous (and awful - Jon) pumpkin beers, or something that people would actually want to drink! ;-)
  • November

  • Schwarzbier (2015 BJCP 8B)**
  • Our final HBOY competition month! At the end of this month, we'll be able to crown the 2018 HBOY. May the Schwarz(bier) be with you!
  • A dark German lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavors with moderate hop bitterness. The lighter body, dryness, and lack of a harsh, burnt, or heavy. aftertaste helps make this beer quite drinkable
  • December

  • Smoked Beers
  • Our final theme for 2018 is smoked beers. This could be a classic style like Rauchbier or any other creation that has a smoky character.