Chico Homebrew Club


Chico Homebrew Club News and Awards


In Memory of Ernie...

A Celebration of Life for Harry "Ernie" Earnest, hosted by Chico Home Brew Club, will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. at 8565 Willow Branch Lane, Los Molinos. Friends and relatives are   invited to join us. His wish was for family and friends not to mourn, but to celebrate. He passed    away at his home Nov. 9, 2005 after a hard fought battle with melanoma cancer.

A 10 year veteran of the U.S. Navy, he worked in the space program 15 years. He and Margaret also owned a motorcycle shop in Lompoc, Calif. He retired from Louisiana Pacific in 1991. Retirement found them traveling throughout U.S. and Canada and becoming an award-winning brewer of beer and wine.

Ernie was born to Ruth Green and Loyde Earnest in Jasper, Iowa on March 8, 1929.  He married his best friend Margaret on Feb. 14, 1953. Ernie is survived by his loving wife Margaret; son Ken of Georgia; daughters, Donna Earnest, Redondo Beach and Suzie Clark of Chico; grandson Gary Clark, Chico, and innumerable friends and family in the US and Canada.

At the 2005 Folsom Renaissance Faire Homebrew Competiton last October,

Cheryl Murphy won first place in the traditional sweet mead category.

Cheryl also had the honor of presenting a bottle of her mead to Queen Elizabeth.

Congratulations Cheryl!



At the Strange Brew Homebrew Club's annual competition in Oregon, Doug McLendon got a

second place for his own recipe of "Honey Carmel Ale" (Experimental Category),

which he says is his favorite category. Congratulations Doug!



At the 2005 Great Arizona Homebrew Competition, Ernie Earnest won Gold in the Mild English Brown Ale category, and Silver in the Spice, Herb or Vegetable category. Doug McLendon won Gold in the Strong Scotch Ale category. Congratulations Ernie & Doug!




Doug McLendon won a 1st Place Award for his Honey Apricot Ale, at the November "Brews Brothers" homebrew competiton up in Kent, Washington. Also, back in June, he got a 2nd Place at the San Joaquin County fair, with the "Brew Angels" club, for his Lemon Blossom Ale (Experimental Category). This

same beer also won him a 3rd Place in Wyoming last July, with the "High Plains Drafters" club. Congratulations Doug!



Jim Livingston won the following awards in the 17th Annual Southern California Homebrew Competition:

1st in Vienna Lager

1st in Schwarzbier

1st in Strong Scotch Ale

2nd in Classic American Pilsner

Congratulations Jim!



Dawn Letner won Bronze for her two wines, an Experimental Port and Bordeaux

at the 2004 California State Fair. Also these same two won at the Orange County Fair, with the Port receiving a Gold and the Bordeaux an Honorable Mention. Congratulations Dawn!



John Schlieper and Richard Deane also won big time, at the 2004 California State Fair.

Their Kolsch received a Gold, and their Belgian Special a Bronze!    Also...

3rd place for their English Ordinary Bitter at the March '04 Kona Brew Fest.    And...

At the June '04 San Diego County Fair:

5th Place Belgian Dubbel

2nd Place Sweet Stout

1st Place American Pale Ale