SA Country Shows with Homebrew Comps

With thanks to Rachel E, she’s compiled a list of all SA Country Shows with homebrew competitions!

With this list it’s a perfect opportunity to get involved at a more basic level, either for entry or for judging, rather than going straight to the big comps such as SABSOSA, Gawler Show and Tanunda show.

SABC are not directly related to any of the competitions below – please contact the organisers of the relevant show for further information. All contact details are available at the URL


8 – Crystal Brook

15 & 16 – Whyalla

23 – Port Lincoln

29 – 30 – Gawler


19 Wudinna Districts

26 – Balaklava & Dalkey

25 (night) & 26 – Murray Bridge


3 – Yankalilla, Rapid Bay & Myponga

4 & 5 – Kingston

4 & 5 – Loxton

5 – Jamestown

7 – Pinnaroo

7 – Southern Yorke (Minlaton)

10 – Burra (Cancelled for 2015)

10 – Keith

10 – Mil-Lel

17 – Clare

24 – Callington

31 – Kangaroo Island


14 – Parndana

8 – Eudunda


20 – Uraidla & Summertown

MARCH 2016

5 – Mannum

5 – Mundulla

10 – Maitland

12 – Tanunda

19 – Mt Pleasant

Gawler Show – 2015!

It’s that time again, Gawler Show is coming up quickly! Entries close date is FRIDAY AUGUST 7th!

Entries must be received by August 7th to be accepted.

Entries are judged on Friday August 21 – if you wish to be a Judge or Steward please contact the competition convenor, Olexij Straschko, or wish to find out any more information, please check the details in the following document:

SABSOSA – Deadline approaching FAST!

Don’t forget folks, SABSOSA is coming up fast! Entries close Saturday August 29th!

Entries Close – Saturday 29th August 2015
Entry Fees – $5.00 per bottle, still one of the best value comps in Oz!
Judging – 12th & 13th September 2015 (a.m. judging sessions) at the Holdfast Bay Bowls & Croquet Club
Presentation – Sunday 20th September @ 12:30pm, Wheatsheaf Hotel, George St, Thebarton

If you are interested in being a judge, a steward or just generally helping the competition then please contact us at

Clock’s tickin’!

Memberships are now DUE!

Memberships are now DUE! Our memberships run from July to June – so all memberships (with the exception of the couple of members who joined after our subsidised events) are now due.

Click Here to download the membership form.

Fees this year remain at $50 for continuing members, or $60 inc Joining fee for new members.

Remember this includes two subsidised member events per year, a free gift (TBA at this moment) and other specials throughout the year. The first one will be The Wheaty Font of Darkness and Birthday Celebrations coming up just this week!

With the AGM coming up in a couple of weeks, this is the ideal time to renew your membership and perhaps even nominate for the committee to have a say in the operation of your club.

To nominate for the Committee, please email the club at – with details of which position you would specifically like to nominate for – if any.

Wheaty’s Font of Darkness and Birthday Beer Offer!

Wheaty’s Font of Darkness and Birthday Beer Offer:

The Wheaty has kindly offered all SABC Members a Wheaty Brewing Corps Beer from their selection on the night, Thursday 9th July, from 6 – 10pm.

If you wish to take up this offer, please email SABC to register your name by Wednesday 8th July. Keep in mind that memberships are all due as of now, so this is an extra benefit for all members who re-join ASAP!

This month is the ‘Font of Darkness’ at the Wheaty, with more info on the wide range (over 60 dark beers!) as per the link below.

AGM Agenda and Details.

The SABC Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday July 18, 2015; 2pm at the Wheatsheaf Hotel. Please see the linked Agenda for the order of events.

An annual general meeting (aka AGM) is a meeting that the club is required to hold by the Incorporations Act. Legal requirements aside, the AGM provides an important opportunity for all club members to review the past year of the clubs operation and to ask questions of the committee members. At the AGM members will receive a report from the President, which will recap all of the clubs achievements of the year. The Treasurer will present an audited treasurers report, which details the financial status for the club.

At the 2015 AGM, we will also be updating the Clubs Constitution to add further clarification to the clubs purpose and rules.

An important part of any AGM is the election of new club officers for the next membership year. All committee positions will be declared vacant and the following positions need to be filled:

a)      President – The President chairs committee meetings, club meetings and leads the club. They provide the clubs direction and leadership for the committee.

b)      Vice-President – The Vice President is the backup president. They assist the president in their duties.

c)      Secretary – The Secretary handles all correspondence for the club. They prepare agendas and keep minutes of all meetings.

d)      Treasurer – The Treasurer handles the clubs funds. The Treasurer keeps accurate financial records for the club and prepares brief financial statements for each monthly meeting of the Club Committee. The treasurer also prepares the treasurers report and arranges for it to be audited prior to the AGM.

e)      General Committee Members – General committee members attend committee meetings and aide in running the clubs events.

All committee members represent SABC and assist with running club events and competitions; and the committee generally meets once every one to two months. Without an active committee SABC cannot function. Please give your consideration to joining the SABC committee and be prepared to nominate for any position. Your help is what makes SABC great!

Finally, to close out the AGM, Any other business is raised. This provides an opportunity for any member to ask a question or to raise club business for discussion.

The SABC committee looks forward to seeing you at the AGM to help make 2015/2016 an even better brewing year.

SABC AGM News. Constitution changes.

All clubs (except the most informal,) should set out their basic structure and methods of operating in writing. Not-for-profit clubs generally incorporate under State or Territory legislation known as the Associations Incorporation Act. To become incorporated, a club must (among other things) lodge a set of rules, commonly referred to as a “constitution”. The model rules are intended as a guide only and clubs can adopt, or change the rules to suit their needs so long as the basic requirements are met.

The product of this process is called a constitution. A club’s constitution should:

  • Outline the club’s purpose;
  • List all of the rules of operation; and
  • Set out the members’ rights and responsibilities.

On February 20, 2012 the SABC constitution was adopted. Since this time the constitution has been followed and at the 2015 SABC AGM, the committee proposes to modify the constitution. The modifications do not change the intent of the club, but provide additional detail and clarification.  Please see attached for a copy of the previous constitution and the proposed constitution. An executive summary of the changes is as follows:

  • Reformatted document
  • Section 3 ‘Powers’: expanded to be more specific
  • Section 4 ‘Membership’: Defined the membership requirements. Added ability to expel a member from the club for misconduct detrimental to the interests of the club
  • Section 6 ‘AGM and Elections’: New section to define the rules for the AGM and the elections
  • Section 7 ‘Club Officers’: Defines all committee positions and their roles in more detail
  • Section 8 ‘Vacancies’: Additional detail to allow the committee to fill vacated committee positions
  • Section 9 ‘Sub-committees’: New section to allow the committee to create and appoint sub-committees.
  • Section 10 ‘Meetings’: Defined the meetings in more detail
  • Section 15 ‘Life Membership’: New section to define life membership.

At the SABC 2015 AGM the proposed constitution will be discussed and voted on to be accepted by the club members. Please review the proposed amendments and have any questions ready for the meeting.

The proposed document can be viewed by clicking this link.

Coming up… Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival!

The inaugural Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival will be held over three days in the historic Brick Cattle Pavilion and lawns at the Adelaide Showground. This event will showcase the best of South Australian, Australian and International Beer & Cider with over 30 exhibitors along with some of South Australia’s best restaurants and chef’s cooking up a BBQ storm in the beer garden.

Local brewers
Barossa Valley Brewing, Big Shed Brewing Concern, Birbecks Brewing Company, Clare Valley Brewing, Coopers Brewery, Gulf Brewery, Little Bang Brewing, Lobethal Bierhaus, Mismatch Brewing Co, Pikes Beer Company, Pirate Life Brewing, Prancing Pony Brewery, Rehn Bier, Smiling Samoyed Brewery, Steam Exchange Brewery, Swell Beer, Vale Brewing Company

Kangaroo Island Ciders, Lobo Cider, Sidewood Estate, The Hills Cider Company

National Brewers
Stone & Wood (Byron Bay), Two Birds (Melbourne), Young & Henry’s (Sydney)

Overseas Brewers
Brooklyn Brewery (USA), Fuller’s Ales (UK), Hofbrau (Germany), Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (USA), Weihenstephan (Germany)

Head to for more information and to get your ticket.

Hope to see many SABC members there to try some fantastic beers!

SABC is not associated with this event or its organisation.

SABC AGM Announcement – Sat July 18th!

We’ve booked in the date for the 2015 AGM at The Wheaty – it will be at 2pm on Saturday July 18th.

We have finalised a special guest speaker at the event which will be very interesting for anyone with an interest in the history of Brewing in South Australia. Alison Painter has researched and documented the history of Brewing in South Australia, and will have copies of her book available for purchase.

There will also be the usual formalities, so if you’re interested in driving the direction of the club, please nominate for the Committee.

Agenda will follow shortly.

SABSOSA Entry Form is live!

Are you planning on entering SABSOSA this year?

The entry form is now live over on on the Entry Form page


Entries Close – Saturday 29th August 2015

Entry Fees – $5.00 per bottle, still one of the best value comps in Oz!

Judging – 12th & 13th September 2015 (a.m. judging sessions) at the Holdfast Bay Bowls & Croquet Club

Presentation – Sunday 20th September @ 12:30pm, Wheatsheaf Hotel, George St, Thebarton

If you are interested in being a judge, a steward or just generally helping the competition then please contact us at

June Members Meeting – Rehn Bier Barossa – From Home brewer to AIBA Gold!

The June SABC meeting will feature Brenton Rehn from the Barossa Valley’s Rehn Bier. Having recently won a stack of awards (AIBA Gold. Rehn Bier Extra Stout; Bronze. Rehn Bier Triple. Bronze Rehn Bier XSBt) Brenton will be presenting Rehn Bier beers and telling their story from homebrewer to award winner.

Based in the beautiful Barossa Valley, the Rehn Bier nano-brewery uses traditional brewing principles to hand-craft every single bottle of beer. There’s no rush. Brewing, bottling, hand labeling and conditioning each small batch of our craft beers takes six weeks, giving the aromas and flavours the optimal amount of time and love to develop. Unlike the larger players, each beer we brew is all natural with no additives. We’re also strong believers in low beer miles. Every bottle contains local and Australian ingredients wherever possible because we think they are as good as or better than any you’ll find in the world. At Rehn Bier, you’ll discover and enjoy all the aromas, flavours and passion that come with a well-made artisan beer. We’ll provide you the perfect complement to the delicious wine, food and produce that this region is globally renowned for.

7pm, June 17th @ the Wheaty.

SABC @ Good Beer Wheaty!

Don’t forget folks, starting this Thursday is Good Beer Wheaty!

There is an awesome selection of events happening, but if you’ll indulge us for a moment, we’re involved in an event on Saturday the 16th 3pm-5pm:

Home Brewer Vs Pro Brewer Vs Hops
Ticketed Tasting with HopCo (TAS), SABC (SA), Pirate Life (SA), Young Henrys (AUS) & Wheaty Brewing Corps (SA) $20+bf Tickets HERE

We’ll have some members beers for tasting during the event!

Click here for the full program as provided by The Wheaty

This is not a subsidised member event, however we would like to encourage everyone to grab a ticket and come along. Bring a friend!