After finishing off the judging of the Summer Competition yesterday before the meeting, we were lucky enough to have Jade available amidst all the Fringe madness to give us a detailed rundown on the beers that were entered and also announce the winners of the main category.
So without further ado, here are the results:
1st place: Kieren Vercoe, 39.75 points
2nd place: Michael Handran-Smith, 38.13 points
3rd place: Nicky Thomas, 32.13 points
1st place: Clint Fisher, 35.17 points (German Pils)
2nd place: Greg Wieder, 32.33 points (Dunkels Bock)
3rd place: Gary Waters, 26.17 points (Altbier)
Congratulations to all the place getters. Kieren will be (once again) be brewing his beer on the Wheaty’s system later in the year, and the committee may well be discussing a handicap system for future competitions. Prizes will be handed out at the March meeting, so if you have placed, be sure to be there to collect your loot! The score sheets should be scanned and uploaded to the system by early next week, but there will be a follow up email to let you know when that has happened.
It’s Festival and Fringe time again, and so we’ve been displaced from out usual home in the Tin Shed in the name of art. We will have a crack at holding the meeting in the beer garden this time (weather permitting), as it is a bit less of a thoroughfare than the dining room.
As we ran out of time to judge the other categories on Saturday, we will be judging these beers (only 7) on Wednesday. If you’re interested in judging, please come forward!
We will also have our glorious former president and now bound-for-fame-and-fortune pro brewer Brad Bown chatting to us about his journey so far. At some point in the evening, Jade will pop in to announce the winning beer in the Summer Competition, and as always, if you have a beer you would like to present to the group, just drop us an email to let us know.
See you there!
Yes, it’s reminder season again here at SABC. This one’s for the BYO magazine subscription offer. We would like to finalise this one by mid February as well. The magazine is a good read, with quite a lot of useful information and interesting recipes each issue. The sign up page is here, so if you are interested please head over and put your name down.
We would like to finalise the Gladfield grain bulk buy by mid February. Currently, we have less than half the number of bags required to go ahead with the bulk buy, so if you have been thinking of putting your name down, please head over to the sign up page and fill out the form.
The January meeting is this week, and in case you haven’t caught the news, we will be at Little Bang. They have some shiny new stainless to show us, and no doubt have other topics in mind to bang on about.
As usual we will have time for tastings, so if you have a beer to bring along let us know. We’re starting at 7.00pm, and the address details are below. See you there!
Little Bang Brewing Company
8a Union Street, Stepney 5069
Our shiny new competition management website is now open for business. Head over to comps.sabrew.com to submit your entries for the Summer Competiton. We have been beta testing the site for a while so hopefully any bugs have been ironed out, but if you encounter any problems please email us.
If you’re interested in becoming a BJCP certified judge, we’re looking at organising a new study group for this year. The study group meets once a month, and the purpose is to work through the BJCP styles, tasting examples of each style and discussing and scoring the beers tasted. The goal is to get your judging skills to the point that you can sit the tasting exam and pass. There is also a beer and brewing knowledge aspect, which is more about personal reading. There’s a lot of written material available form a number of sources specifically aimed at helping you pass the online entrance exam.
There is a tasting exam scheduled for April. If you missed out on the last one, or want to try for a higher score, aim for this.
Anyone interested in the study group or exam should contact Gary on 0417893321
A quick reminder that the December meeting is this week. Nothing formal is planned, however if you have a beer you would like to share (a Christmas beer even…), email us to let us know and bring along a few longnecks or equivalent. If there is enough interest, we will do a pizza order ($5.00 per person) at some point. With a bit of luck the Wheaty will also have a beer from Left Barrel on tap, and you may even get to meet the brewer 😉
See you there!
We are offering the discounted subscription to BYO Magazine again. Unfortunately, due to increased postage costs and the crappy exchange rate, the cost has gone up to $55.00 for a one year subscription. This still represents a saving of about $13.00 over a standard subscription delivered to Australia if you subscribed direct to the magazine. The magazine offers this deal to clubs as a fundraiser, so we get to keep a portion of the fee to put towards funding club activities. A win-win! Click here and fill out the form if you would like to take up the offer.
A big thanks to Kieren for a fascinating insight into his approach to hoppy beers at the last meeting. A few people have asked, so here is a link to download Kieren’s slide deck: