SABC Summer Competition – Results announcement!

The SABC Summer Competition has been run and won!

On Saturday the 21st of March judges and stewards headed to the Wheaty nice and early to get stuck into some steam beer.

With a total of 20 entries, the California Commons beers were split across two tables with three judges each. After each table had scored their beers, the top three beers from each table faced off in a best of show style round with Jade, Laura and Brad selecting a 1, 2 and 3 overall placing.

The decision between the top two beers was a tough one, with both beers being well brewed but having some characteristics that were on the edge of the style definition. In the end, the top three placings were as follows:

1. Simon Rofe
2. Craig Milnes
3. James Forrest

Simon will now have the chance to work with Jade and Laura to brew a batch on the Wheaty Brewing Corps rig later in the year. It sounds like he may have to throw a few extra hops on the day to keep them happy though. 🙂

While the California Common beers were being judged, the current BJCP study group took on the Other category. With beers ranging from a blonde ale, through dry stout to a caramelised fig and coffee imperial oatmeal stout they had quite a challenge adjusting their palette with each beer, bet eventually decided on a standout.

Matt Kennedy took out the category with an American IPA which by all accounts was a very good example of the style.

SABC would like to thank Jade and Laura from the Wheaty for providing us with this opportunity and their support of the competition. Also the other judges, Brad, Dan and Dave from the Wheaty, Ian for stewarding, and the BJCP group, Gary, Jules and anyone we’ve likely forgotten!

Scoresheets and the remaining unopened beers will be available at the May SABC meeting for collection.
Don’t forget the SABC Spring Competition categories have been announced and with a lager in the mix you’ll need to start thinking about brewing soon to have your been in top condition for judging.

SABC – Spring Competition Announcement!

SABC’s Spring competition is being announced early this year with 3 categories, all will be eligible for Brewer of the Year points. Oktoberfest is traditionally brewed as a lager so extra time is being given for this category.

Categories are:
4.1 Oktoberfest / Marzen
12.1 Australian Stout / Foreign Extra Stout
Other (Beers from any other style category).

AABC Style Guidelines:

Entries will close in early AUGUST (date TBA) – so get brewing! We’ve intentionally aligned this competition date to be close to SABSOSA as there is generally some crossover in entries between these competitions; additionally the ANAWBS ‘Mash Paddle’ award style this year is Oktoberfest – we’d love to see an SABC member take out the honours!

ANAWBS entries close:
Friday 18th Sept at Winequip Products
or can be delivered to Waite Campus on
Monday 21st Sept 10am – 4pm and Tuesday 23nd Sept 10am – 12 noon.
No BOTY points are on offer for ANAWBS.

We’re also planning a subsidised Members Event for later in the year which will tie in with the Oktoberfest / Marzen style – you probably don’t need to be a genius to figure out what that event will be based on these styles!

Members Meeting Tomorrow Night – Tasting Beers

Are you coming along to our members meeting tomorrow night, 18th of March? Have you got a beer you’d like to present to the members. Perhaps something you’re especially proud of? Perhaps something you’re not quite sure what’s wrong?

Let us know by emailing the club at and we’ll fit you in. There is a limit of 3 people each with 3 750mL longnecks each – so get in quick!

Call for SMASH beers @ April Meeting

SABC is looking for brewers to have a bash at brewing an Aussie SMASH beer. This is the challenge for the meeting on the 15th of April 2015. Why not give it a shot?

To clarify, a S.M.A.S.H beer is a beer made with a Single Malt And Single Hop. The SABC SMASH is based on two Aussie ingredients: Ale Malt (Barrett Burston or Joe White/Cargill, only one) and Galaxy hops. Brewers are welcome to try their hand at different yeast, self modification of malt, DIY crystal, and of course your own mash, fermentation and bottling variations.

Please advise the club if you will be brewing specifically for this event. If there is significant interest and submission, we will investigate means for offering each beer for tasting.

Summer ‘Steam Beer’ Competition – Closes Soon!

The Wheatsheaf are on board this Summer, with a theme for the competition!
BJCP Beer Type 7B: California Common (or Steam Beer)
Jade (Wheatsheaf Publican) and assistant Laura (former Stone Brewing brewer) will be helping to judge this category and it will be judged strictly inline with the BJCP Guidelines. The winner of the California Common category will be brewing with Jade on the Wheaty Brewing Corps rig later in the year.
Top 3 placing SABC members are eligible for points towards the prestigious SABC Brewer of the Year.

Dates for this competition are:
Judging: 21st March at the Wheaty.
Entries: must be received by Wed 18th March (coincides with March SABC monthly meeting)

Entry fees will be $4 for first beer entered and $2 for each subsequent entry. To be eligible for the Wheaty Brewing Corps prize, you must be an SABC member.

As a bonus, the current BJCP group are keen to get some practice in and have will judge an ‘other’ category to find the best of the rest. Just be sure to nominate which BJCP category the beer should be judged against. No SABC Brewer of the Year points apply to this category due to it’s late inclusion.

SABC Summer 2015 Competition Entry Form