April Meeting

The April meeting is just around the corner (next week, Wednesday 19th, 7.00pm at the Wheaty).  We will be looking at a comparison brew of four beers brewed with cultured Coopers yeast, presented by Kieren.  May contain traces of hops…

In addition, if any members have beers they wish to present to the meeting, please email us.  You will need to be prepared to talk about your beer, preferably with recipe in hand and any specifics from the brew day.  Please note, that beers with faults are always welcome (probably more than those without), as they help us all to learn to recognise faults and the discussion on how to remedy them is always positive and helpful.

See you next week!

Winter Competition Announcement

SABC are pleased to invite all members to enter the upcoming Winter Competition.  This year we are brewing some good old English ales, befitting of the season, and also because you have to have a break from hops occasionally (some say).  Once again we will be running judging day in conjunction with the AGM, which will be announced soon, and all present will be encouraged to have a go at judging.  This is a way of giving those new to judging or with little experience a chance to sit alongside our more experienced judges and learn the process.

All the usual rules apply:

  1. Entrants agree to be bound by the conditions of entry and competition rules.
  2. Maximum of two entries per entrant per category.
  3. Each entry is to be provided in single, clean bottle, not less than 500mL in capacity, or two, clean bottles each not less than 330mL in capacity.
  4. Each entry is to be accompanied by an entry form attached to the bottle with a rubber band.
  5. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  6. Entries will not be returned to entrants.
  7. Entries must have been brewed by the entrant.
  8. Entries must not have been brewed on equipment that brews beer for commercial purposes.
  9. Organisers shall not be held responsible for loss or damage to any entry, entry form, entry fee or other materials.
  10. The top three places in each main category will be awarded points towards the SABC Brewer of the Year.
  11. The major prize of a brew day at Little Bang Brewing will be awarded to the Beer of Show.
  12. Closing dates for entries will be available on the entry website, which will go live not less than four weeks before the judging date.

So, without further delay, here are the categories for the competition (BJCP 2015).

  1. British Bitter: Categories 11A, 11B, 11C
  2. Pale Commonwealth Beer: Categories 12A, 12C (Note: 12B is excluded)
  3. Brown British Beer: Categories 13A, 13B, 13C
  4. Strong British Ales: Categories 17A, 17B, 17C, 17D

There’s plenty to choose from, so get brewing!

SABC is getting Juicy this May!

With the New England IPA style all the rage at the moment, we wondered if a tasting of the Juicy variety was in order.

We’re calling on 3 members to brew their best NEIPA for this May’s monthly meeting for a comparison and discussion session.

You don’t need to have brewed this style before, and if you haven’t, here’s some useful info on the style:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/tips-brewing-new-england-ipa/

http://aleofatime.com/2016/08/hazy-days-neipa/

Brewers will be asked to be prepared to present on their recipe and processes.

If you’re ready and able to brew for the meeting, please email the club at info@sabrew.com

First come first serve, please register your interest to participate by Friday 21st of April.

A short presentation on the style will also be presented on the night.

BeerBQ – That’s it for another year!

Well, the BeerBQ has been and gone, and what a great night.  Fabulous food, not a dud beer (of course) and good company.  Thanks to all those who helped get it off the ground, and also to everyone who came along.  The beer of the night was Darren Billett’s “Pity the Fool” APA, with equal runners up Clint Fisher and Brendan Hennessy.  These brewers will get points towards Brewer of the Year.

Here are a few happy snaps from the night.

Summer Competition Prize Presentations

WheatsheafBeerCo

 

Thanks to The Wheaty, Beer Co, Gladfield Malts and Gigayeast, we had a swag of great prizes to hand out at last week’s meeting to the place-getters in the recent summer competition.  Without the support of great people like Jade at The Wheaty and Dermott from Beer Co, all we’d have for prizes would be the glory, and you can’t brew beer with glory…

Here are a few happy snaps from the night:

BeerBQ Reminder

The 2017 BeerBQ is less than two weeks away – full details here.

With the current response rate however, it’s not looking like being viable to go ahead with the event.  We need to get numbers locked in by the end of this week to be able to cater the event properly.  There are quite a few members pedalling pretty hard behind the scenes to get the food organised, so unfortunately it’s not just a case of ringing some caterer the night before and saying there will be another 50 people coming along.

Tickets for the event (free for financial members, $25.00 for non-members), will be available up until 5pm on Sunday 26 March – Next Sunday!  We need to close availability by then to give us numbers in time to order meat.  The ticketing weblink is here.

Lastly, if you are coming along and bringing a beer, it would be greatly appreciated if you could let us know, just so we can keep an eye on quantity.  No-one wants to run out of beer…  Just a quick reply to this email will do.

Thanks and see you there!

The 2017 BeerBQ Is Locked In!

We are happy to be able to confirm that the 2017 BeerBQ is on and locked in for April 1st (no joke…).  The venue this year is the Colonel Light Gardens Bowling Club.  The location is Reade Park Reserve, Flinders Ave, Colonel Light Gardens, SA 5041.  Kick off is at 6.00pm, and we will be wrapping things up by 10.00pm

Once again, there will be ample delicious barbecuey goodness to eat, accompanied by plenty of sides and other bits and pieces.

Members (and guests) are encouraged to bring along a keg of their finest home brew.  There will be an informal competition to decide beer-of-the-night, so bring along lots of friends to vote for your beer (this is a proven strategy…).  The winner will walk away with a nifty prize, and some points towards Brewer of the Year.

This year we are using Eventbrite as a ticketing system to try and better manage numbers and catering requirements.  As you would expect, this is a free event for financial members.  The ticketing website will give you the opportunity to enter an access code, which will be emailed to all financial members.  Cost for guests and non-members is $25.00 per head, which gets you a commemorative glass (you’ll now have a pair if you came along last year), and a lot of barbecue smokey goodness.  Beer tastings are offered at no cost by attending home brewers.

Head over to the ticketing website here.  If you have any questions or problems with the ticketing process, please get in touch by emailing events@sabrew.com

See you there!