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!
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.
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).
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.
Witbier (BJCP Category 24A)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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! ;-)
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
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.