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2018 TASTING SCHEDULE

  • 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.

2019 TASTING SCHEDULE

  • January

  • Session Beers (Anything under 4% ABV)
  • The first theme for 2018 will be session beers! Any style of beer is acceptable, as long as the ABV is under 4% ABV.
  • February

  • Irish Stout (2015 BJCP Category 15B)**
  • This is the first of our four HBOY competition months!
  • A black beer with a pronounced roasted flavor, often similar to coffee. The balance can range from fairly even to quite bitter, with the more balanced versions having a little malty sweetness and the bitter versions being quite dry. The roasted flavor can be dry and coffee-like to somewhat chocolaty.
  • March

  • (Intentionally) Sour Beers
  • Pucker up! This month's style is sour ales. Styles included in this category are Berliner Weisse, Flanders Red, Flanders Brown, Straight Lambic, Gueuze, American Sour Ale, etc....

  • 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.
  • Style will be announced once the CHA announces it to us.
  • May

  • American Light Lager (2015 BJCP Category 1A)**
  • This is the second of our four HBOY competition months!
  • Highly carbonated, very light-bodied, nearly flavorless lager designed to be consumed very cold. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. This may not be a complicated beer flavor-wise, but it is a challenge to brew well!
  • 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

  • Altbier (2015 BJCP Category 7B)**
  • This is the third of our four HBOY competition months!
  • A well-balanced, well-attenuated, bitter yet malty, clean, and smooth, amber- to copper-colored German beer. The bitterness is balanced by the malt richness, but the malt intensity and character can range from moderate to high (the bitterness increases with the malt richness).
  • September

  • Fruit Beers
  • September's theme will fruit beers! Any base style is acceptable, as long as it contains fruit in some form (fresh fruit, puree, juice, etc...).

  • October

  • Brew with a buddy?
  • The concept this month is for 2 or more brewers to get together and brew the same base beer with a slight twist, then present the beers together at the meeting. It can be the same wort fermented with different yeast, or a pale ale dry hopped with different hops, or the same wort fermented at different tempertures. Anything you want to try and share!
  • November

  • Belgian Dark Strong (2015 BJCP Category 26D)**
  • Our final HBOY competition month! At the end of this month, we'll be able to crown the 2018 HBOY. Good luck!
  • A dark, complex, very strong Belgian ale with a delicious blend of malt richness, dark fruit flavors, and spicy elements. Complex, rich, smooth and dangerous.
  • December

  • Winter Warmers or other seasonal beers
  • Share your holiday beers!