Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity aka Quaff is one of the most well known and awarded homebrew clubs in the nation. In 2016 & 2017, the group won Homebrew Club of the Year at the National Homebrew Competition sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association. In 2016, Quaff member Nick Corona won Homebrewer of the Year at the same competition. Nick Corona's aspirations like many homebrewers is to eventually brew beer professionally which is nothing new to Quaff members. Paul Sangster (Rip Current), Brett Goldstock (Duck Foot) and Matt Akin (Benchmark) were once brewing with Quaff and currently have their own production brewery. You may recognize the name, Matt Akin from Benchmark Brewing, because they were May's highlighted brewery.
It is no coincidence there is so much brewing success coming out of Quaff. For instance, lectures like Hop Research Through Technology at their monthly meetings allows the members learn great brewing practices and techniques. Techniques such as using high beta to alpha acid hops, shorter hop boiling times, dry hopping at various times throughout the fermentation process for better taste. The club even provides homebrew examples to sample demonstrating the different practices discussed during the meeting.
Quaff members not only give to the brewing community but give back to the local community in need. For winning Homebrew Club of the Year in 2017, the club received a years supply of grain. They used that grain with the help from a local brewery to brew a beer to help raise money for a young 9 year old child named Sarah who was battling cancer. The beer was distributed to local bars and restaurants with 100% of all sales going to the family aiding in medical bills. With the help from Quaff members, Indian Joe Brewing and numerous bars/restaurants, the project was able to raise over $13,000 all going to the family in need.
The Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity is May's sponsored homebrew club. Please go to their website at www.quaff.org and check them out. If you are a local San Diego resident, do yourself a favor and attend one of their month meetings at Karl Strauss in San Diego. Remember a portion of each Suds Duds Society memberships goes to a local homebrew club associated with the highlighted brewery. Support small beer one tee at a time. Cheers.