SBE August Meeting Notice

The August Meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday August 6 at 6pm at the Stone Brewing World Bistro in Escondido. The feature topic will be Brew Systems which will be led by Keith Gresham. The group meal will be Mac ‘n Beer Cheese.

On the Agenda:
1) Brew Systems – Keith
2) Stone Anniversary Soda Making & Serving – Judy
3) Churchill’s Pub Night recap – Derek
4) Spring Fling Campout – Andy
5) SBE Competition – Chris S.
6) Homebrew sharing

Please RSVP using the following form:

SBE FeBREWary Meeting Announcement

The February meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday Feb 1st @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will feature a presentation blending and aging beer by John McKay. The entree of the evening will be Pesto Penne with Chicken and Tomato
Directions to Stone can be found at

On the agenda:
1. We will be judging Dark Lagers for the Club Only Competition. Please let Chris Stawney ( if you will be bringing any entries.
2. Beer Blending and aging. – John McKay
3. Info on the upcoming Spring Fling homebrewer’s campout
4. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
1. Homebrew to share
2. Dues for 2012 ($25)
3. Cash for entree ($13 includes tax & tip)

Hope to see you all there.

SBE June Meeting Announcement

The June meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday June 1st @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Brewing With Unusual Ingredients. We will have special guest speaker Lars Gilman to lead this discussion. Lars is the founder of Hydrobrew, Brewmaster at Breakwater Brewing Company and a former brewer at Stone Brewing Company. The entree of the evening will be Wild Mushroooms Over Penne Pasta. Directions are available at

On the agenda:
1. Brewing With Unusual Ingredients – Lars
2. Big Brew Recap – Paul
3. Spring Fling Campout Recap – Andy/Stan
4. NHC Planning – Lauren/Stan
5. Treasury Update – Jeremy
6. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree ($10 + tax & tip = $13)

May Camp out and Spring Fling Festival

The Society of Barley Engineers will be joining QUAFF at Lake Morena in Campo for this year’s Spring Fling Festival.

This is a 2-night camping event starting on Friday, May 14th with a beer Trick-or-Treat, continuing on into Saturday with the main event being the Spring Fling Festival.  That means the camp site reservations we have are for 2 nights: $24 per night, per site [$48 total].  By getting a block of sites we saved you a $5 reservation fee [Thanks for the help, Stan!].  Tent Campers may share a site, if the site occupant wants to share their spot.  A maximum of 8 people may share a site – Share with friends and $ave!

This is a simple, uncomplicated “main event”.  No admission charge, no guest speakers, no bands, no raffle, no food vendors.  Yes to great beer [yours], yes to great food [pot luck], yes to fun hanging out with your friends and relaxing with great homebrewed beer.

The beer Trick-or-Treating on Friday night is a tradition that I highly recommend experiencing, but if folks just want to come to just the main event on Saturday [without camping overnight on Friday or Saturday], there’s a $3 Day-Use Fee that would work well.  Plenty of day-use parking near the entrance, with a short walk to the campsite and pavilion action.

Cabins are also available, currently they are primitive, with no electricity or heat, but may be upgraded my mid-May.  If you reserve a cabin now, you get it at today’s price of $30/night, even if it is upgraded by then.  The price goes up to $50/night for cabins reserved after the upgrade.

This is a fairly-kid-friendly event, with a playground available. We say “fairly”, because it depends on how much adult imbibing you want your kids exposed to.  With the playground and camping venue, there should be enough of a buffer from the imbibing, if you want it.  Also, luckily, we’re all “fairly” happy drunks!

We need to know NOW if you’re interested.  Check your calendars and contact any of the officers on the contact page , so we can get a block of sites reserved.  This will ensure we will have sites close to each other, plus we’ll save the $5-per-site reservation fee.

This camp out is intended to be the San Diego version of the Southern California Homebrewers Festival, so you’ll also want to be brewing beer for this event.  Plenty of time, for that, but we need your commitment for participating in the FUN now.

Pertinent Information:

QUAFF has reserved sites 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 44, 55, 56, 57 and 58 along with the large covered pavilion adjacent to site 75

Lauren has reserved sites 25, 26, 28, 38, 40 and 42 for SBE members [3 have been accounted for, leaving 3 left for other members]

Time line of events:

Day Event
Friday Beer Trick-or-Treat
Saturday Spring Fling Festival
Sunday Recovery/Go home

Lake Morena Regional Park brochure [Warning PDF link!]

County of San Diego Lake Morena information site

Map to Lake Morena:

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