Real Ale Fest update

Real Ale fest planning is coming along with 6 members volunteering to put down some British ales – thank you to all who have offered.

The venue has now been confirmed as the Hilton RSL –
147 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Hilton SA 5033.

It’s a great little venue with a very ‘pub’ feel to it. Bring your darts and coins for cheap pool. Their bar will be open for wine or other beer.

Reaffirming the date for your diaries: Saturday June 5th, 6-10PM

Stay tuned for a FaceBook event and registration.

Meeting this week, beer judging explained

Our regular monthly meeting is in this week at The Wheaty from 7pm.

Gary Waters will be covering aspects of the BJCP qualification including
Guidelines of how to categorise your beer, how to improve your beer and judge other brewers beers appropriately.

If you want to become BJCP accredited by joining the next intake, improve your judging or even learn how judging can make you a better brewer, this meeting is for you.

Please email the club at info@sabrew.com if you can bring a beer to the next meeting.

And, as always (if you haven’t drank it all over the holiday period!) Bottle Bingo is back on – bring a bottle, take a bottle!

Real Ale Fest – June 5th

We’re pleased to announce the inaugural SABC Real Ale Fest! It will be on Satuday, June 5. This means the BeerBQ event in the calendar is being replaced with this new event idea.

The theme for this event will be classic British beer styles that have been cask-conditioned and served using traditional methods such as hand-pumps or gravity fed.

Real ale is a tricky beer to have available at home given the unusual equipment, methods and fast staling due to oxygen intake. An event like this is an excellent opportunity for the club to get together and enjoy the cask ale experience.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Events like this can’t happen without member support. We need five members to put there hand up and brew a batch specifically for this event.

The club will cover the cost of the ingredients and we’ll work with you to ensure a diverse range of styles. We can help arrange kegging equipment if you don’t have any.

If you would like to put you hand up to brew please let us know – info@sabrew.com

Real Ale Fest Cask Bar
We still need a dedicated bar due to covid restrictions, but this is a cask bar so we need some specialist equipment. The types of things we need are:
Beer engines
Casks
Cask breathers
Beer bags
Corny kegs with a straight dip tube

If you have anything that you think would help, please reach out – info@sabrew.com

Note: we’ll only be serving the 5 member beers brewed specifically for this event – there won’t be any BYO kegs. We won’t have any ice or co2 for them anyway because.. Real Ale!

Venue
We haven’t settled on a venue just yet. If you know of one that allows BYO alcohol, please reach out.

Event details:

Date: Saturday, June 5th
Venue: TBD
Catering: Food will not be provided at this event, however you will be welcome to BYO or order in.
Homebrew: You’re welcome to bring bottles to share.

To see a video of how corny keg cask work – watch this: https://beerandbrewing.com/using-a-cornelius-keg-for-cask-ale/

Club news – barrel project, winter comp and winter BeerBQ update

The Barrel Project is now ready for collection

ATTENTION BARREL PROJECT BREWERS

It’s time to ready your kegs and cubes as our barrel project beer is ready to take home.
The filling day will be Saturday 17th April from 10am to 12pm at Gavin Pennell’s home where the barrel has been housed.

Please bring a keg or cube to fill. We will not be bottle filling at the venue.
Contact Gavin on 0412107107 if you’ve forgotten the address.

I have noted that the following brewers were involved:
Jason Armfield
Ossie Herbert
Gavin Pennell
Leon V
James T/ B Trenwith
Nick McAuley
Luke O’Brien
Sam / Luke Beard
Craig Blesing
Gerard Flynn
Andrew Dane Mevius


SABC Winter Competition

Everything you need to know about the competition and rules are on the club’s website competition page https://sabrew.com/competitions/

It will focus on all things Lager. No other beer styles are being judged.

The winning beer, along with coveted “brewer of the year” points, will also get a special limited edition version of their winning beer released exclusively on tap at The Suburban Brew later in the year.

Of course, the winning brewer will be invited to help brew their beer at Suburban.

Dates:

3 – 10 July – Bottle drop off (strictly) at The Suburban Brew.

14 July – Judging. closed event with accredited judges only.

Wednesday 21 July – Winners announced and prizes, at the club meeting being held at The Suburban Brew.

BJCP styles and more on the comps page.


No formal meeting this week, beers at Sparkke

Thanks to all the members and families who came to our BeerBQ yesterday at the Prospect Petanque Club. We had perfect weather for excellent members’ home brew beers, slow cooked pulled pork in crusty rolls with homemade slaw and some Petanque to work it off. 

If you missed out, make sure you put the evening of May 1 in your diary for BeerBQ2. That’s only six weeks away, best get Brewing. (TBC). 

As we had a get together yesterday, this week’s scheduled monthly club meeting at the Wheaty won’t be on. Also because it is a Fringe venue. 
Instead we are catching up for casual beers at Sparkke on Whitmore Square, City. You’d remember their brewer Carla who was a member of the brewers panel at Suburban Brew at our January meeting. 

We’ve never been to their brewery/ bar so it’s a great opportunity to check it out. 

Meet there from 7pm.

BeerBQ this Sunday

We’re excited for our first club BeerBQ for fifteen months this Sunday, March 14 from 1 pm – 5 pm at the Prospect Petanque Club, 14 – 32 Buchanan Street, Nailsworth. The weather is looking cool but fine.

We need RSVPs in ASAP so we can plan for numbers. Register here.

This is one of the two club events for financial members of the club (renew here now if you’re not). It’s also our one for families, partners and kids.

If you’re new to the club, it’s a simple concept. We put on the food and you bring your beer in kegs with serving equipment or in bottles.

It’s a great opportunity to meet other brewers and try lots of homebrew.

We’ll be setting up a two beer serving system bar and rotating through a couple of beers at a time. Brewers pour their own beers.

You don’t need to bring any serving taps or gas. We’re supplying it all. As long as you’re using corny keg/ ball lock connectors. If you’re got something different, let us know. Bottles are fine.

For food we’re serving a simple pulled pork and coleslaw roll to keep COVID safe. If you’re kids are picky, bring something along to keep their sugar levels up.

We need RSVPs in ASAP so we can plan for numbers. Register here.

There’s wine and soft drinks available at the bar and the club accepts card and cash. No BYO wine, only beer. Our ‘full winter version’ BeerBQ to invite your mates to is on Saturday, May 1.

You and the kids can also have a go at Petanque with instructions from the club members. They love showing it off so have a go.

John at his brewer of the year award at the 2019 event at Prospect Petanque Club

Forward dates Calendar

The committee locked in a stack of dates and events for 2021 and they’re in our website calendar and printable calendar poster here (v1.2)

  • March 14 – BeerBQ
  • March 17 No meeting. Casual meet at Sparkke Whitmore Square
  • April 21 – BJCP explained
  • May 1 – BeerBQ
  • May 19 – Tasting night (Belgian Barrel Beer)
  • June 16 – Brewing Zero ABV beer at Pirate Life
  • July 17 – Winter comp
  • July 21 – Meeting AGM

Winners – SABC Summer 2021 Competition

Thank you to everyone who entered a beer in the summer comp and joined us last night for judging. Congratulations to the winners who all received a Beerbelly Brewing Equipment voucher.

Table 1: Low ABV (22 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stGregg StevensonLager 679Czech Pale LagerSABC
2ndDaniel HealeyRaspberry Berliner WeisseBerliner WeisseSABC
3rdDaniel Davenport“All Night Long” LagerGerman LeichtbierSABC

Table 4: Hazy (14 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stLachlan JohnsonThroat CreamHazySABC
2ndAli HoldenThe Acronyms Are Strong Ddh Oat Cream DIPAHazySABC
3rdAli HoldenWatermelon GoseHazySABC
Raspberry Berliner Weisse on a phone flashlight

Hazy shade of summer comp this week

The competition entry portal is open for our summer comp and we’re judging at our meeting on Wednesday night where’s it’s on like Donkey Kong.

Here’s a quick list of the key points;

  • Entries close at 6pm sharp Tuesday. Get them in, get them paid online and get the labels printed. You need to register a new account.
  • We’re at the Wheaty from 6pm all entries in by 7pm, judging starts around 7.30 when it’s all sorted.
  • There are no drop off locations.
  • Prizes are for financial club members only (so make sure your membership is up to date) and for the BJCP category of low abv beers.
  • Vouchers are $100, $30, $20 and points towards brewer of the year.
  • Hazy beers are a ‘loose’ category and ‘we’re not in it for sheep stations’. Again, club members only and $50, $30, $20.
  • Everyone who comes is expected to join in judging or stewarding. You’ll be grouped to tables with experienced judges. Great experience and fun.
  • Yes, we need help. Thanks for offering.
  • Pay before portal closes and print your bottle labels. Do not put your name on them! We really don’t need it. Trust us.
  • The competition rules are on our website.

This recent article from Crafty Pint about blind tasting hazy beers has a lot of good points. Many we’ll follow. Have a read and you’ll get where we’re coming from. Getting Blind with Crafty. How we judge

Club BeerBQ, Sunday, March 14

Sunday, March 14 from 1 pm – 5 pm at the Prospect Petanque Club, 14 – 32 Buchanan Street, Nailsworth.

How does it work? It’s simple. We put on the food and you bring your beer in kegs with serving equipment or in bottles. It’s a great opportunity to meet other brewers and try lots of homebrew.

We’ll be setting up a bar and rotating through three beers at a time.

We need RSVPs in ASAP so we can plan for numbers. Register here.

Note, this is an event for financial members of the club who are up to date with their $60 membership. It’s also for families, partners and kids. If you’re not a member you are not able to come. You can join of course here.

It’s not an open invite for anyone and not for your mate who likes beer. We’ll offer that in winter on Saturday, May 1 for BeerBQ ‘full winter version’ on our regular scheduled date too.

Forward dates Calendar

The committee locked in a stack of dates and events for 2021 and they’re in our website calendar and printable calendar poster here (v1.2)

  • March 14 – BeerBQ
  • March 17 No meeting. Casual meet at Sparkke Whitmore Square
  • April 21 – BJCP explained
  • May 1 – BeerBQ
  • May 19 – Tasting night (Belgian Barrel Beer)
  • June 16 – Brewing Zero ABV beer at Pirate Life
  • July 17 – Winter comp
  • July 21 – Meeting AGM

Lock it in – BeerBQ March 14

The committee locked in a stack of dates and events for 2021 and they’re in our website calendar and printable calendar poster here (v1.2_

First event! We are not going to promise it will happen but we are strongly confident that this time, we will have our thrice postponed BeerBQ Summer Lite.

Lock in Sunday, March 14 from 1 pm – 5 pm at the Prospect Petanque Club, 14 – 32 Buchanan Street, Nailsworth. It’s a fantastic little place under shady trees in the middle of a park between Main North Rd and Galway Ave.

If you’re new to the event, it’s simple. We put on the food and you bring your beer in kegs with serving equipment or in bottles. It’s a great opportunity to meet other brewers and try lots of homebrews.

But that’ not all! Lock in Saturday, May 1 for BeerBQ ‘full winter version’ on our regular scheduled date too.

February club meeting/ Summer comp judging

At our meeting on Wednesday, Feb 17 at the Wheaty we’ll judge the summer competition. To get it underway we’ll be there from 6 and hope to start judging by 7.30.

The entry portal is open on the Competitions page. $5 per entry, max per person. New registration required.

Prizes are vouchers $100, $30 $20 for BJCP low alcohol categories and $50, $30, $20 for the interpretation of hazy beers.

There is no drop off location. You need to bring your beer to The Wheatsheaf from 6pm. Read the other instructions in the entry portal.

Winter Competition

Heads up for keen readers. All things lager is the theme. Judged on July 17.

Support food trucks at The Wheatsheaf

For some unknown and crazy reason, the City of Charles Sturt is banning The Wheaty from having food trucks. If you’ve ever eaten there (or even not), please sign the petition at the pub. Better still, put your feelings in an email and send it to the councillors. 

The Wheatsheaf has a template of an email to start you off. 

Dear Mayor Coxon and Councilors,

(explain who you are)

I request that the Council amend the ‘City of West Torrens Council Policy – Mobile food vendors’ to allow food trucks to continue to operate at The Wheatsheaf Hotel into the future, as they have done for the past 8 years.

(any other thoughts about the benefits of food trucks in our community and specifically at The Wheaty)

Yours faithfully,

(name)

mayorcoxon@wtcc.sa.gov.au, jwood@wtcc.sa.gov.au,

kmckay@wtcc.sa.gov.au, amckay@wtcc.sa.gov.au, stsiaparis@wtcc.sa.gov.au, epapanikolaou@wtcc.sa.gov.au, gvlahos@wtcc.sa.gov.au, jwoodward@wtcc.sa.gov.au, dwilton@wtcc.sa.gov.au, dhuggett@wtcc.sa.gov.au, spal@wtcc.sa.gov.au

breynolds@wtcc.sa.gov.au, corielley@wtcc.sa.gov.au

Our two Thebarton Ward Councilors, Graham Nitschke and Dominic Mugavin, have been fully supportive of us and our trucks from the beginning, and have been working hard to help us get this change through Council. Feel free to give them a hoy to let them know we appreciate their hard work on behalf of their constituents!

gnitschke@wtcc.sa.gov.au

dmugavin@wtcc.sa.gov.au

Membership reminder

You can renew your membership online easily yourself. If it has lapsed or about to lapse, you won’t be able to RSVP to events. https://sabrew.com/join-sabc/

Forward dates Calendar

March 14 – BeerBQ

March 17 No meeting. Casual meet at Sparkke Whitmore Square

April 21 – BJCP explained

May 1 – BeerBQ

May 19 – Tasting night (Belgian Barrel Beer)

June 16 – Brewing Zero ABV beer at Pirate Life

July 17 – Winter comp

July 21 – Meeting AGM

Merry Christmas and tickets for the Hills bus tour available

This is an end of year message to say merry Christmas and have a safe, fun new year. On behalf of the committee, thank you for your membership and support in this less than ideal year.

The postponed bus tour is on Saturday, January 16. The tickets that are available can be bought from now (Monday evening) from the shop (members only – requires log in).

The itinerary is The Uraidla pub and brewery and then on to Left Barrel. That brewery run by SABC alumni Brad Bown is closing so we’ll be checking in there to support its last hurrah.

See the plan.

Buy a ticket.

See you in 2021.

On, off, on, off, on… hills tour is back on and December meeting

SABC postponed Hills bus brewery tour rescheduled for January 16.

Not only was our BeerBQ cancelled twice, but we also had to cancel our brewery tour way back in March. We’ve got it locked in for January 16 (and holding our breath!). The tour isn’t the same epic voyage we had planned because of venue availability but we think we’ve just got to do it and move on. 

The proposed schedule is:

10:00 Wheaty
11:00 Uraidla Hotel (Café + brewery viewing)
11:30 Uraidla Hotel (Bar opens)
13:30 Depart
13:45 Left Barrel (Brewery + lunch)
17:00 Depart
17:45 Drop off Little Bang
18:00 Drop off Wheaty

Everyone who signed up and paid in March all have valid tickets. If the new date doesn’t suit, we’ll refund you. When the new numbers are established we’ll offer more tickets. It’s a 23 seat bus. Of course, everyone can join us at the venues by their own transport or carpool. 

Please watch for more info and let us know ASAP if you cannot use your ticket.

December Christmas meeting

We’re at the Wheaty for our usual Christmas meeting on Wednesday 16 from 7pm.

We’ll put on some pizzas. As is tradition, please bring a bottle of homebrew for secret Santa swapping. Wrap it fancy and pretty or we’ll wrap it in a brown paper bag.

Summer competition

If you missed the news, the Summer Competition was announced a couple of weeks ago. All the details are here

The focus is low ABV or Hazy beers (or both together). 

Judging will be on February 17 at the monthly meeting at the Wheaty at 7pm. Bring your entries on the day or drop off locations will be published later. 

Strictly two entries per brewer in a glass or plastic bottle equal or greater than 500ml. $5 per entry for paid club members only. Online entry will close Friday 12th February.

January meeting

January 20 club meeting – we are going to Suburban Brews new taproom at 96 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood. It’s a great opportunity to support Tony and his team as we’ve done all along their journey.