Membership fees reminder

A quick reminder that membership renewals and fees are now due.  If you intend to renew (and we sincerely hope that you do!), please head over to the sign up page and fill out the online form.  You can pay by bank transfer or in person at the next meeting, which will be the AGM.  Please note that to be eligible to vote at the AGM you must be a financial member.

The survey results are in…

Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete our short survey.  We really appreciated the feedback received, which was very positive in general. Some excellent feedback suggestions and challenges were put to the club. We’d like to share some of the common themes with you and share with you what the club will be looking to initiate as a result of your feedback.

Here’s what you’ve said:

It’s hard to get a group of people to truly share and communicate without fear of failure or feeling stupid for not knowing something and making mistakes . Knowing and remembering each others names would be good to help stop little sub groups forming because they can’t remember other members names.

-Really great feedback. The committee have discussed the possibility of name tags. We think it should go ahead. 


Better agenda with serious beer discussion matters each meeting.

-Agreed. There were a number of comments along these lines.  The club will be setting the discussion/theme agenda ahead in advance by at least 6 months so members know what to expect and look forward to. This will be sent out in separate comms by email newsletter and club website. 


I think it would be good to see the club extend beyond the Brew Adelaide forum.

Over the last year the club has moved all of its communications to members from the Brew Adelaide forum to Newsletter emails and website updates. There have only been a few updates to the wider beer community on Brew Adelaide to promote events to non members. The club is now entirely separate from Brew Adelaide. 


Create a Facebook group instead of the current Facebook ‘community’.The Facebook community page as it is tends to just be club officials sharing various posts. There’s useful info in the posts but rarely anything directly related to the club or its members. I think an SABC group on Facebook would be a lot more interactive, allowing club members to post/share themselves, find/add members as friends and get a better sense of who’s in the club (real names, photos etc). It’s also a great way to advertise the club and get more people to sign up.

Another excellent bit of feedback! The committee will look into this as a matter of priority.


The Wheaty is great, but our own premises would allow the club to expand into more activities and be heard over the jets etc.

-This would be fantastic. However, at this stage with financial constraints, it just is not possible. If anyone has suggestions for how this can be affordably done i.e. venue share with other clubs etc, please contact the club to discuss. Regarding noise, this is not as bad when out in the back area. The club has communicated concerns around clashes of events with the Wheaty. When this happens, using the lounge area at the Wheaty is no longer an acceptable situation. The Wheaty have assured us that for the remainder of the year, there are no further clashes. The club will look to have a few meetings at alternative venues too, like the recent visit to Little Bang for example. 


The communication has slipped in the past ~12 months to the point where it’s hard to even know what’s going on around the club. I feel there should be a little more transparency around what the committee are working on – especially with an important event like AABC/ANHC coming up later in the year in Adelaide. From the outside it appears that all the work is being done by only a couple of people. I hope that isn’t the case as it’s a sure recipe for burnout.

-Feedback noted. This is especially true for meeting topic agendas. As previously mentioned, the club will publish topics ahead. The committee can discuss the possibility of making committee meeting minutes available. 


A calendar of events should be published.

We are looking at integrating a calendar into the website, and hopefully this will come online in the next few weeks.  The plan is to include club events, key competition dates for all SA competitions, as well as other dates of interest to members.


Perhaps more sponsors required to donate raffle prizes.

-Absolutely! Suggestions are welcome. 


The full survey results are available here if you wish to read them.

Memberships are now DUE!

Memberships are now DUE! Our memberships run from July to June – so all memberships (with the exception of the couple of members who joined after our subsidised events) are now due.

Click Here to download the membership form.

Fees this year remain at $50 for continuing members, or $60 inc Joining fee for new members.

Remember this includes two subsidised member events per year, a free gift (TBA at this moment) and other specials throughout the year. The first one will be The Wheaty Font of Darkness and Birthday Celebrations coming up just this week!

With the AGM coming up in a couple of weeks, this is the ideal time to renew your membership and perhaps even nominate for the committee to have a say in the operation of your club.

To nominate for the Committee, please email the club at sabrewclub@gmail.com – with details of which position you would specifically like to nominate for – if any.

Wheaty’s Font of Darkness and Birthday Beer Offer!

Wheaty’s Font of Darkness and Birthday Beer Offer:

The Wheaty has kindly offered all SABC Members a Wheaty Brewing Corps Beer from their selection on the night, Thursday 9th July, from 6 – 10pm.

If you wish to take up this offer, please email SABC sabrewclub@gmail.com to register your name by Wednesday 8th July. Keep in mind that memberships are all due as of now, so this is an extra benefit for all members who re-join ASAP!

This month is the ‘Font of Darkness’ at the Wheaty, with more info on the wide range (over 60 dark beers!) as per the link below.
http://wheatsheafhotel.cmail2.com/t/ViewEmail/r/43096B4973D548172540EF23F30FEDED

SABC AGM News. Constitution changes.

All clubs (except the most informal,) should set out their basic structure and methods of operating in writing. Not-for-profit clubs generally incorporate under State or Territory legislation known as the Associations Incorporation Act. To become incorporated, a club must (among other things) lodge a set of rules, commonly referred to as a “constitution”. The model rules are intended as a guide only and clubs can adopt, or change the rules to suit their needs so long as the basic requirements are met.

The product of this process is called a constitution. A club’s constitution should:

  • Outline the club’s purpose;
  • List all of the rules of operation; and
  • Set out the members’ rights and responsibilities.

On February 20, 2012 the SABC constitution was adopted. Since this time the constitution has been followed and at the 2015 SABC AGM, the committee proposes to modify the constitution. The modifications do not change the intent of the club, but provide additional detail and clarification.  Please see attached for a copy of the previous constitution and the proposed constitution. An executive summary of the changes is as follows:

  • Reformatted document
  • Section 3 ‘Powers’: expanded to be more specific
  • Section 4 ‘Membership’: Defined the membership requirements. Added ability to expel a member from the club for misconduct detrimental to the interests of the club
  • Section 6 ‘AGM and Elections’: New section to define the rules for the AGM and the elections
  • Section 7 ‘Club Officers’: Defines all committee positions and their roles in more detail
  • Section 8 ‘Vacancies’: Additional detail to allow the committee to fill vacated committee positions
  • Section 9 ‘Sub-committees’: New section to allow the committee to create and appoint sub-committees.
  • Section 10 ‘Meetings’: Defined the meetings in more detail
  • Section 15 ‘Life Membership’: New section to define life membership.

At the SABC 2015 AGM the proposed constitution will be discussed and voted on to be accepted by the club members. Please review the proposed amendments and have any questions ready for the meeting.

The proposed document can be viewed by clicking this link.

SABC and Good Beer Wheaty

SABC Involvement for Wheatsheaf Event Sat 16th May

3pm-5pm: Home Brewer Vs Pro Brewer Vs Hops –  Ticketed Tasting with HopCo (TAS), SABC (SA), Pirate Life (SA), Young Henrys (AUS) & Wheaty Brewing Corps (SA)

SABC are seeking volunteers to brew (and possibly present) a beer for the above event in just over 5 weeks time.

We are seeking beers in the following categories:
A Malt driven beer (eg stout/porter or similar)
A Yeast/fermentation driven beer (eg saison, wild/funk?)
A Hop driven beer (eg APA/IPA)
A water profiled driven beer (eg pilsner)

If you are interested in brewing a beer for this event, please email the club sabrewclub@gmail.com outlining your planned beer for one of the categories above.

We will need a couple of beers in each category, with the most suitable to be incorporated into the Wheaty’s tasting for the event. Beer selection will be at the discretion of the Wheaty and the SABC committee.

You will need to provide at least 8 Litres of ready to drink beer (bottles or kegs is acceptable) if your beer is selected for the event. Kegs can be made available for loan if required.

We are now only 5 weeks away from this event – so please email us with your interest asap. Closing date for email interest is Monday 13th April.