Since its beginnings in 2012, the South Australian Brewing Club (SABC) has grown to be the largest club in the state holding regular meetings, events and competitions throughout the year. Its membership is made up of men and women of all ages and brewing experience who collaborate and share knowledge to improve members’ homebrewing.
The club hosts a regular monthly meeting on the third Wednesday of the month. We’re lucky to have the support from The Wheatsheaf Hotel that has the space to fit the 40 regular attendees and allows us to bring our own homebrew for member tasting and discussion. Recent guests have been Stephen Nelsen, head brewer and lecturer at Regency TAFE brewery, Gladfield Malt (NZ) and covered off flavours in beer with specialist sensory kits.
From time to time we meet or hold special events at other venues and breweries in Adelaide and around the region. In 2018, the club hosted a brew day at Left Barrel Brewing, a carpark brew at BeerBelly Brewing Supplies, a tour of West End Brewery, exclusive tours of Lady Burra, Little Bang and Sweet Amber breweries and in 2019 we are hosting a bus tour of Southern Vales breweries, more brew days and our annual BeerBQ — spit roasting and homebrew showcase.
SABC also holds two club competitions a year with a quality prize pool with judging by BJCP accredited judges. We also host the State Amateur Brewing Show of SA (SABSOSA), SA’s largest brewing competition attracting over 350 entries. In 2018 SABC members took out equal second place in the Australian Amateur Brewing Competition and SA as a state was placed second. This really shows the strength of brewing in SA and SABC’s place in helping amateur brewers improve their craft.
We offer regular prizes in raffles and bulk buy deals on ingredients as well as community support to help members improve and enjoy their brewing.
President: Gus Kingston
Vice President: Luke Moran
Treasurer: Edward Shorne Holden
Secretary: Jo Morgan
Comms and Social Media: Samantha Wallwalk
Competitions Director: Gary Waters
Website Manager: Julien Gibson
Events Co-ordinator: Lachlan Johnson
Meetings Co-ordinator: Glen Phillis
The committee meets bi-monthly and welcome club members to come along and get involved in organising and running activities. Our AGM is generally in May where the committee is formed.