March meeting wrap up

Pirate Life x SABC Collab 

The day has finally arrived! The barrel aged strong ale we brewed with Pirate Life has been bottle conditioned and is ready for labeling (and it’s a pretty cool label!). Pirate Life have invited SABC to an evening labeling session and drinks at the Port Adelaide brewery on Wednesday 10th April. Exact time TBC, but assume ~6:30pm.

 All financial members are eligible for a free bottle of the beer, and if you can’t make it on the night we will arrange for alternative pickups  at the April monthly meeting (17/04) and the BeerBQ (01/06).

To secure your bottle you’ll need to register through the SABC store and select your pickup location. We will email financial members a link to the shop when it’s ready. Additional bottles can be purchased from Pirate Life.

TAFE Collab

Around 6 groups have formed to brew ESB recipes that the club will collectively sample and choose their favorite at the April meeting. We will run the tasting blind so we select the best beer by taste without being swayed by ingredients (There was discussion about these at the March meeting).

The chosen recipe will be scaled up and brewed at TAFE with a view to serving it at this years Beer and BBQ Festival – now confirmed for July 12-14th.

Winter Comp

A reminder the winter comp has been announced for the end of June. See full post here for all the details.


ABCSA (formerly SABSOSA) has been set for judging on the 7/8th of September. Bottle drop will close Fri Aug 30, and the awards presentation will be Sat 14th. Mark those diaries now!


A reminder that with ANHC announced for Nov 1st, the national comp can be expected to run on Oct 31st.  This should allow 4-5 weeks to rebrew ABCSA entries that qualify.

A few members have already signaled their intent to attend ANHC. We would love to see a strong SABC contingent there to continue our run of club night wins. If you don’t know much about it and would like to know more, have a chat to some of our members who regularly attend. (Gary, Kieren,Lachlan)

Grain and Grape closure

Not strictly club news, but for many Grain and Grape in Melbourne has been a stalwart of the home brew seen for as long as we have been brewing.  I was somewhat shocked and saddened to hear owner John is retiring in May and as the lease is up the store would be closing. I can only hope that the massive void left by G&G will make it easier for other home brew retailers who have supported our club such as BeerCo, Granarium and SA Brewing Supplies.

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