South Australian Brewing Club (SABC) is a club based in Adelaide where beer and brewing enthusiasts can collaborate and discuss the brewing of beer at home or at the craft brewing level. We welcome members from all over South Australia.
Next weeks meeting will be held at Bowden Brewing. Alex and the team will be taking us through the brewery and talking us through a few tastings. Kick off at the usual time of 7pm, and their kitchen will be open if you need a feed.
Address: 12 fourth street, Bowden.
If you end up at the Wheaty by mistake, it’s only a 20 minute walk! (or stay at the wheaty for the whisk(e)y tasting)
Winter Competition Results and Winners.
Results for the Winter Compettion 2023 have now been posted and are available on the competition portal – https://comps.sabrew.com/. This year it was a extremely close with 13 medal winners out of 24 entrants. Big congradulations to Mark Lehman for winning Best of Show – thats off the back of taking the honors at the Summer Comp as well!
ABCSA Reminder (formerly SABSOSA)
A general reminder that ABCSA registrations are open. Head over to the ABCSA website to find all the relevant information and entry portal – https://www.abcsa.org.au/ .
New Club Committee
The AGM was held at the July monthly meeting and there have been a few changes to the committee.
President: Gary Waters Vice President: Sam Beard Secretary: Marina Baker Treasurer: Lachlan Johnson Comp Coordinator: Gerard Flynn General positions: Julien Gibson Nick McAuley Brendan Macey Nick Hauschild Chris Kerr Russ Saint Rachel Edwards
Pirate Life Brewers Shout
A reminder that the Pirate Life Brewers Shout is on the first Thursday of every month and all members are encouraged to attend. The next one is sheduled for 7th September and happens to coincide with a certain club presidents 60th! Mark it in your diaries now so you don’t forget (like I did for the August event…)
Happy New Year all! The first monthly meeting of 2023 is this Wednesday in the usual location out back at the wheaty. This month’s agenda is a little different, the committee is seeking input from all club members on what you would like to see at the club over the next 12 months. Bring you ideas for meeting topics, events, competitions, club projects etc. Bring a bottle for bottle bingo.
The portal for the Summer Comp is open – comps.sabrew.com – so go ahead and add your entries. Note: at the time of writing there is an issue with PayPal payments which we are looking into. You can still add entries, just check back later to make payment.
WE NEED JUDGES….! If you can help, we need you to log into the portal to register to judge.
DATE: Sunday 29th Jan. Judging starts at midday. Enter by Friday 27th January on the portal.
DROP OFF: Beerbelly Pooraka by 5pm Friday 27th January
The January meeting at The Wheaty on Wednesday 19th January (from 7pm)
At the judging venue by 11am Sunday 29th January
CATEGORIES: 1A – American (Australian) Light Lager 1B – American (Australian) Lager 18A – Blonde Ale 12B – Australian Sparkling ale X5 – New Zealand Pilsner 18B – NZ/AUS Pale Ale (American Pale Ale but must use native ingredients) 21A – NZ/ AUS IPA (American IPA but must use native ingredients) 21C – Hazy IPA 34C – Experimental Beer (for all other creations. Get creative with native AUS/NZ ingredients).
This is a club member competition only for financial members of SABC
This Wednesday we have our traditional casual xmas drinks and pizza meet at the Wheaty. We’ll be in the smaller room at the big kitchen table to make way for a function out the back. Be sure to bring along your Secret Santa homebrew wrapped up for a bottle swap on the night.
For those who weren’t at the 10 year dinner, this will be your opportunity to try the collaboration beer brew between SABC, SABSOSA and the Wheaty! Introducing the BIG Imperial Pils: Worth the Wai-iti
I’ll leave it to Jade to provide one of her signature detailed beer descriptors on the night. If you can’t make it Wed don’t worry as this has made it’s way into 500ml cans for takeaways as well!
I personally won’t make it Wed so let me take the opportunity to say 2022 has been a fantastic year for the club with numerous competitions, events and team challenges. It’s the homebrew that brings us together, but it’s the mateship that keeps everyone coming back! If you feel like having a brew day or catching up for a beer over the holiday break, why not put up a post in the Facebook group and invite some fellow members along. See you in 2023!
Wow, that was an epic night last weekend celebrating 10 year of SABC! It was so great to see members who have been around since day one together with new additions attending their first major event. We had award ceromonies, speeches, prizes prizes prizes, and a silent auction for the SS fermenter which went to new member Jordan at the end of the night.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped pull the night together, to brewers who provided the beer, to Blake and Brad for talking about the club history, to all the attendees who came along and to anyone who helped pack down at the end of the night.
And lets not forget this guy, who finally received the award he so deserves.
The 10 year dinner also saw the 2022 Brewer Of The Year awarded to <drum roll> Mark Woods! In an extremely tight contest Mark Woods clipped Mark Perry by a single point to take top honours. This is off the back of Mark taking out Champion Brewer at AABC, so clearly we have a true master brewer in our ranks and we look forward to many more great beers in 2023. Congrats mate!
There’s some more photos of the event available here – https://photos.app.goo.gl/oHQUKZ4zWqcQkofM9 – upload your own if you have any!
There’s just over 2 weeks to go until we get together to celebrate 10 years of SABC! A 3 course dinner will be fully catered by the Golden Roast, and we need to confirm numbers ahead of time. Ticket sales will close this weekend, so this is your final reminder! If you havn’t purchased one – head to the shop now or miss out!
Another huge prize!
If the kegerator wasn’t a big enough prize to get you attention, we have another. The SABC crew who travelled to ANHC went all out for club night, and their rainbows and unicrorns costume was voted best scoring the club this epic 14 gallon Brew Bucket from SS Brewtech!
If you want to win this prize, you have to be there on the night.
Announcing another beer brewed especially for the night, Craig Blesing has put together a Vienna Session IPA. Described as an “easy drinking IPA for the craft and non craft drinkers”, this beer has been double hopped with Strata, Idaho 7 and mosaic (3 of my personal favs!).
Craig has graciously donated this keg for the event, despite being unable to make it on the night. He is absolutely flat out fitting out his church in Laura to become the new Little Blesing’s Brewery. We look forward to it’s opening and hope to arrange a special event there for club members. Thanks Craig!
Coming up this week we have the November monthly meeting at the Wheaty featuring Dermott from BeerCo. Several months back Dermott shipped over several recipe kits, each containing new hop varieties and a special ingredient. The club split off into the now familiar N/E/S/W/Hills teams, each running a group brewdays to find interesting and creative ways to utilise the special ingredients. Now Dermott is in town to join us in tasting each one and see which team has come up with the best brew! A big shoutout to Dermott for his continued support of the club. Be sure to check out beerco.com.au for all he has to offer.
Pirate Life Brewday – Sat 19th
Hot on the heels of Wednesdays meeting we have the Barrel Project Brew Day at Pirate Life! Club members will have the opportunity to spend the day brewing a collaboration brew at Pirate Life’s Skycity brewery, working along side their pro-brewers and getting some real world experience in what it’s like to brew commercially. The brew will be barrel aged before being bottled and sold commercially! Club members will even receive a free bottle before the public does!
If you haven’t already done so – ensure you are a financial member, join the event via the members only Facebook group, and complete the required induction prior to arrival on the day.
10th Anniversary Dinner – Sat 10th Dec
Stay tuned for another Anniversary beer drop next week. If you havn’t alrady, purchase your member/guest tickets from the shop now!
Kieren doesn’t need much of an introduction. An SABC member since day 1, a previous committee member for both club and ANHC, Brewer Of The Year Winner and the inaugural winner of the The Mike Leupold Award for Champion Brewer of SA. Kieren has brewed them all and won them all. Perhaps that’s why the beers he turns out these days are frequently in ususual colours, may or may not contain glitter, and are just generally a little out there.
Enter the black and white goses. Why is one black? We don’t know. Why is there two? Because two is better then one. What would happen if you mixed them together to make a black and tan? You’ll have to give it a go and find out. We think it’s better to leave a little mystery around this one, because you just can’t anticipate what this guy is going to brew next. .
Prize Prizes Prizes!
Last week I mentioned there would be some HUGE prizes, and its time to let the first one drop. Its a Series X KEGERATOR! Big big thank you goes to Kieren for this as well! He picked it up in a raffle at the recent ANHC Club night, and has kindly donated it to the club to give away. The only way you can get your hands on this is to be there on the night, so click here to purchase a ticket for yourself and guest(s) if you would like to bring one.
There’s 6 weeks to go until the clubs 10 year anniversary dinner on Saturday Dec 10th. Each newsletter between now and then we’ll release information about the great beers we have on the line up for the night as well as the HUGE prizes that will be exclusively available for attendees.
Anyone who attended the SABC BeerBQ back in 2018 will remember Wolfgang’s sensational German Pils which won best beer by the popular vote of 80 attendees. This stood out as a huge achievement given the popularity of bigger flavour bombs like hazy’s and imperial stouts amongst homebrewers. Wolf has been a stalwart of clean crisp lager brewing since then winning best beer at the 2020 Winter competition with a Dunkles Bock.
Wolf describes his beer for the anniversary dinner as a “German Pils with a Bohemian twist“. He attributes this to the location of his hometown. “Growing up in Germany just 20 km from the Czech border has most likely influenced my flavour“.
This will be the perfect first beer to fill the SABC commemorative glass you will receive on arrival. Yes, it’s a pilsner glass!
Tickets for the 10th Anniversary dinner are now on sale in the shop. The anniversary dinner is an opportunity to come together and celebrate 10 successful years of the SA Brewing Club. The night will include guest speakers, an awards presentation for AABC winners, a special collaboration beer brewed with the Wheaty, raffles, prizes and more. Tickets include a 3 course buffet dinner and commemorative glass.
Date: Saturday December 10th Time: Doors Open 5PM. Last Drinks 10PM Location: Lavtian Hall. 4 Clark St, Wayville
Members are $30 and Guests are $50 (guest tickets can only be purchased by a member)
Well that was massive few days in Melbourne for the National competition and conference! The traveling party is still recovering so I’ll keep this update short and provide a full report in the near future.
SABC had another great showing at AABC picking up ~10 trophies. (I honestly lost count!) A big congratulations go to Kam Simsek/Mark Woods for winning Champion Brewer/s!
SA did fantastic at an overall state level earning equal points with Victoria, but ultimately coming 2nd on count back. A huge achievement considering Vic had home ground advantage!
SABC also picked up yet another win at club night. This year it was best costume for our outrageous rainbows and unicorns theme. Check out the SABC Facebook group for some amusing photos!
We’ve barely taken a breath after SABSOSA, but the September meeting is already upon us. We invite any members who placed in SABSOSA to bring along a sample of their winning entries to the Wheaty on Wednesday so they can share it with their fellow members. (don’t forget you entry for AABC as well!)
Another huge announcement to be made this meeting- no hints, you’ll need to be there to find out.
The team challenge with ingredients sponsored by BeerCo is underway. If you have taken photos/stories from team brew days please share them via the Facebook group. The western suburbs based A team put their brew down Saturday using the unique ingredient of hawthorn berries.