February news: Little Bang and comps

In a club first, judging of the summer competition will be at the Kings Head, cnr King William and Sturt St. They have reserved the back room for us to use. It’s a space which should be a large comfortable place to enjoy the competition beers and have space for everyone who can join us for a beer or lunch.

Judging will start shortly after 12 pm on Saturday 23rd as we have allowed for drop off to be done by 12.15 sharp on the day.

We have only booked till 3.30, so we can also do the awards presentation at 3 pm. Being prompt and arriving by 12 and having a hearty breakfast (and lunch) is paramount to the success of the day. So everyone is invited to come down during the afternoon as a social gathering and for the presentation.

Feel free to bring guests along to cheer your success and hopefully you can stay for a beer or two afterwards. There is the possibility of a guest brewer doing a tasting at the attached Sturt St Cellars. They’re a great supporter of local brewing so some money over the bar will keep them happy and us in the good books for future needs.

It takes a lot to run a competition. If you can help during the afternoon either as a judge or a steward or even just help process the admin or the cleaning up let us know at the meeting or email. Any support would be appreciated.
Entries:
Submit your entry online and pay here (you have to log in) https://comps.sabrew.com/

Bottle drop off:
– At the club meeting on Thursday 21,
– Gary’s house at 103 Childers St, Nth Adelaide. There will be an esky on the porch if he’s not there.
– Beerbelly Brewing Supplies – Unit 3, 95 Research Road, POORAKA – Strictly until 1pm Friday 22.
– The King’s Head only on the day of judging between 12 and 12.15

As you are aware, our meeting this month is on THURSDAY 21 at Little Bang Brewing, at their brand new brewery on Henry St Stepney. We’ll get a ‘backstage’ tour of the facilities to see the differences between the old venue and this new one. Come prepared with any questions you have for the Little Bang team, it will be an awesome opportunity to understand the logistics around moving to a bigger location.

Club news and events: 24 members went on the bus tour to the Southern Vales breweries, despite a last-minute scramble to get a replacement bus and driver and a pretty hot day, we had a great time meeting the brewers and tasting some excellent (and tbh, not so great) beers. We’ll do it again soon.

Coming soon: At the end of March, we’re having a club brew day with a bit of a twist. If your brewing gear isn’t portable, don’t worry, you can join a team. More to come. Some of the beers will be for the club’s annual BeerBQ which is going to be on May the 4th. Put it in your diaries now and think about brewing your Light Sabre Lager now.

Has your membership lapsed? No worries, you can renew easily online at any time at sabrew.com.au to take advantage of all of the club benefits and events we host. Membership is 1 year from whenever you renew, no need to wait until July anymore.

FREE! Fringe show
Local Adelaide comedian, Ken Balnaves, has comedy gig coming up at the Adelaide Fringe. ‘You Bewdy’ is full of relatable stories on those day to day things we all experience -— with a bit on beer and brewing too!
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/kel-balnaves-you-bewdy-af2019
Ken has kindly given us two double passes to check out his performance this week — either Friday 15/2, Sat 16/2 or Sunday 17/2. If you are keen to go for nix, tell us what night you prefer and email us info@sabrew.com – first in, best dressed.

The Best of Adelaide Brewers Festival – BOAB is happening next weekend at the Flour Shed, Port Adelaide – it’s sure to be a great weekend event, with a host of South Aussie brewers on showcase to celebrate brews from micro and nano breweries around the state.

The Craft Beer King will also be hosting the “Brewers Stage”, talking to brewers about passions, influences and more. Head to the event page to find out how you can grab your tickets.

SABC at Forktree Brewing, Carrickalinga
SABC at enjoying beers, burgers and the view at Forktree Brewing, Carrickalinga (pic: Ben @ Forktree Brewing)

Success for SA at Aust. National Homebrewing Championships

SABC members at ANHC Club Night 2018Congratulations to all our members who placed at the Australian National Homebrew Championships judged late last week in parallel with the Australian National Homebrew Conference.

Overall SA placed third in the state rankings with 11 winning beers (not all SABC members) — which is an excellent result showing we punch well above our weight compared to the numbers from the bigger states (that have more than one club).

SABC members Greg Weider (three silver) and Kieren Vercoe (two gold, seven places) were both placed second as best brewer but it was Greg who took it out on a countback. The full results are here.

Along with great wins by Greg and Kieren, other club members with places were: Clinton Fisher (x2), Michael Handran-Smith (two silvers), Wolfgang Trenkler, Adrian ‘Wol’ Reich (x2), John van der Zalm, Matthew Kennedy (a 3rd), Neill Gardner, Joel Gaskin, James Edwards, Gary Waters, Stuart Kirk (x2, including a silver) and Paul Reck.

With those wins, SABC won joint best Club at ANHC Clubnight with our ‘snake oil salesmen’ themed bar. Gary’s Saison won third place in the Hopco Southern Cross hop challenge. The prize was a piece of shiny SS Brewtech that we’re going to work out how the club members can use it.

Overall the National champs and ANHC conference was a huge success for us. A big thank you to everyone who won a place, attended the conference and dressed up or brewed for Club Night but especially Gary Waters and his wife Lee who not only dreamt up our theme, they also sourced the props (thanks Pirate), helped all of us find our costumes (thanks Priddo) but also brewed two excellent beers, drove our kegs and props over with Kieren. It all came together so well and topped off by Sam’s great labels.

Finally, to acknowledge that Mike Leupold awarded John Preston Award for his running SABSOSA over the last 20+ years. This is a prize awarded at the Australian National Homebrewing Conference recognising his outstanding contribution to Australian home brewing. Mike was in Melbourne to accept his award even though he didn’t know he was getting it. Congratulations!

Mike Leupold

SABSOSA success for club brewers, next meeting and forward dates

SABSOSA best brewer Keiren Vercoe (L) and best beer winner John Van der Zalm. [photo: Gary Waters/ SABSOSA/ Composite image]
SABSOSA best brewer Keiren Vercoe (L) and best beer winner John Van der Zalm with Tim Harriss. [photo: Gary Waters/ SABSOSA/ composite image]
The State Amateur Brewing Show of SA (SABSOSA) is over for another year and SA Brewing Club members didn’t go empty handed placing in most categories but most impressively, John Van der Zalm won best beer with his English best bitter, 46.33 points, and Kieren Vercoe winning best brewer (as he did with Gawler Show too) with 3 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd = 16 points.

Congratulations to both of them and everyone else who entered. All the scores are now online. {PDF}.

With 362 beers judged from 128 brewers, it was the biggest field in the competition’s 21-year history. Now as SABC takes over the running of the competition, it’s only set to grow but it’s a challenge we’re ready for. Congratulations to Mike Leupold, Tim Harris and all the team for building it into a strong and respected competition. Also huge kudos to everyone who helped judge and steward. A competition of so many entries cannot run smoothly without volunteers.

At our next meeting we’ll be having a casual Q&A chat and hear tips and tricks from winning brewers, judge’s advice and comp organisers on what makes a great entry, how to improve your own beer (and enter to win if comps are your thing) and how to read judge’s scoresheets and act on the feedback to make your brewing better. We’ll have some member’s beers to taste and have an opportunity to apply BJCP judging to them. Even if you’re not competition driven, it’s still about making the beer you brew even better.

If you have a beer you want to share at the meeting, or you’ve made something with the Vic Secret hops, drop us a note on Facebook or email us.

September meeting is at the Wheatsheaf Hotel on September 19 from 7pm. There will be a food truck serving as well. See the Facebook event for more closer to the date.

Other future dates for your calendar:

October 13: SABC brew day at Left Barrel (see next post).

October 17: October(fest) monthly meeting at the German Club.

October 25-37: Aust Nat. Homebrew Conference, Melb.

November 21: November monthly meeting

Nov 24 or Dec 1 {TBC}: SABC Summer event.

December 19: December monthly meeting – Christmas drinks

SABC brewers dominate at Gawler Show, SABSOSA this weekend

The annual Gawler Show brewing competition results were announced over the weekend and SA Brewing Club members dominated the podium with their entries as well as taking out best of show and best brewer. Greg Wieder won best of show beer with his Dark Mild and Keiren Vercoe took home best of show brewer with three first places, two second and four third-place medals.

Congratulations to both of them for this outstanding result as well as; John Van der Zalm, Gary Waters, Gus Kingston and Neill Gardner for places in categories. This is hopefully a good indication that SABC will also do well in the State Amateur Brewing Show, SA (SABSOSA) that is being judged this weekend.

This year’s field is the highest number of entries in the competition for a long time (if not a record) at 372. The judges and stewards will surely have their work cut out for them.

The results will be announced next week with the presentations being held on Sunday 9th September at the Wheatsheaf Hotel at 12:30 pm. We’re making this a club social gathering, so drop by for a beer and celebrate the state’s top brewers.

Gawler Show – Best of show results.

Place Brewer Entry Name Style Club
1st Greg Wieder Dark Mild Dark Mild SA Brewing Club
2nd Kieren Vercoe Rum A Stout Experimental Beer SA Brewing Club
3rd Paul Sparkes Secrets of the Hangman Apa American Pale Ale

Click continue reading for the full results list…

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State Amateur Brewing Show, SA (SABSOSA) entries open and help needed

SABSOSA Entries are now open
Entries are now open to the State Amateur Brewing Show of South Australia.

The State Amateur Brewing Show of South Australia needs no introduction to most SABC members. It is SA’s premier amateur brewing competition and is open to all non-professional brewers in this state. It’d be great if SABC was well represented in the entries and even better if we do really well.

Apart from entering, the competition organisers need help. If you’re a BCJP judge or want to help steward let SABSOSA know. You can also add the times you can help with your entry. The other thing they need help with is bottle sorting on August 25/26. Not only does it help Tim, Gary and Keiran get things straightened out (because we’re expecting record entries this year) but it’s also a cruisy afternoon with some club members and a few beers. Watch out for the event or get in touch with SABSOSA or Gary.

The presentations are being held on the weekend of Sept 8-9 and that will be another opportunity for a member get together social meet-up.

If you’re just catching up, entries are open now at SABSOSA.com using the same competitions portal SABC has pioneered the use of. You will need a different account to your SABC comps one. Beers can be entered now and additional ones later with PayPal and credit cards accepted for the $5 entry fee. Entries close on August 24 and can be dropped off at a number of locations around Adelaide.

A couple of points worth noting: The preferred bottle size is 750mL but 500 ml or two 375mL firmly bound together are also accepted but be aware this is the last year two 375ml bottles will be accepted. Judging Guidelines, as used nationally, can be found on either sabsosa.com or aabc.org.au

Gawler Show entries are also open. You can enter until August 15. They also need judges  step up please. Let Steve Wilkins know on 0417 879 774

 

 

Last call for Winter Comp entries

A reminder that the SABC Winter Competition portal is now open for entries. All entries must be registered via the portal and entry fees paid to be eligible for entry. Please enter HERE

If you have not entered a competition via the site before, you will need to register first. Once entries have been made, be sure to print an entry barcode to attach to your bottle. Please enter one bottle of at least 500ml per entry or 2 bottles no less than 330ml.

Entries can be dropped off by emailing the Club at competitions@sabrew.com or bring it along to the AGM winter competition meeting at the Wheaty on Wednesday 18th July.

Competition Portal Now Open

SABC Winter Competition portal is now open for entries. All entries must be registered via the portal to be eligible for entry. Please enter HERE

If you have not entered a competition via the site before, you will need to register first. Once entries have been made, be sure to print an entry barcode to attach to your bottle. Please enter one bottle of at least 500ml per entry. Entries can be dropped off by emailing the Club at competitions@sabrew.com or bring it along to the AGM winter competition meeting at the Wheaty on Wednesday 18th July.

SABC Winter Competition

SABC Winter Brewing CompetitionThe annual SABC Winter Competition is just over four weeks away on Wednesday, July 18 at our monthly meeting and, YES, there’s still time to get brewing. It’s not too late!

The competition entry portal is now open.

Our competition boasts the best prizes in the state, including a pass for this year’s Australian National Homebrew Conference (ANHC) in Melbourne and a bag of other prizes from our friends at BeerCo.com.au.

The only categories being judged in this year’s competition are: Low Alcohol (1.), Brown Ale (7.), Wheat and Rye Ale (13.), Sour Ale (14.), Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (17.). These are categories from the Aust. Amateur Brewing Championships (AABC) and can be found here.

If you have never entered a competition before, have a go. It just takes one bottle. It’s a great learning experience as well and beers brewed can also be entered into the State Amateur Brewing Competition (SABSOSA) in August.

Competition entries can be brought to the Wheaty on the night of the next meeting, July 18th, or by arrangement by emailing the Club. Judging will take place on the night and coincide with our AGM. Winners will be announced on the night.

Our Competition portal will be available before the end of June, watch this space. Any questions please email us or ask in the SABC Facebook group.

Competition: State Amateur Brewing Show of SA and Gawler Show dates announced

This year’s date for the State Amateur  Brewing Show of South Australia (commonly known as SABSOSA) has been announced. Entries close on August 24th, 2018 with judging taking place on the 1st and 2nd of September at the German Club on Flinders Street.

Please contact SABSOSA via their websites contact to register to help with judging.

The show is supported by us and you enter your beers via this competition link: http://sabsosa.com/?page_id=56

Before that though, the Gawler Show is calling for entries. The closing date is August 6th and judging on the 19th August. Visit https://gawlershow.org.au/services/home-brewed-beer/ to enter and contact convenor, Steve Wilkins, to register your interest to judge this BJCP sanctioned show.

Brewers who place at the State Amateur Brewing Show of South Australia are eligible to go on to the peak national competition, the Australian National Brewing Championships. SABC encourage all members to pledge to enter at least three beers. We have a real chance this year to push South Australia to the top of the tree and be awarded this year’s champion state. Let’s show the country what we’re made of!

 

Winter Comp

It’s time to dust the cobwebs off the brew gear and get cracking for the annual SABC Winter Competition which is now just 7 weeks away. Brew your best beer or beers in one of the following AABC categories:

Low Alcohol (1.)

Brown Ale (7.)

Wheat and Rye Ale (13.)

Sour Ale (14.)

Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (17.)

So why not have a crack at something you’ve never brewed before like a Pumpkin Ale, Light Australian Lager, Dark Mild, Gose or your best tried and trusted Weizen. Plenty of styles to chose from and a host of bountiful prizes including a full pass to this years ANHC and some some of the finest ingredients our friends at BeerCo have to offer.

Ready…Set… Brew!

 

Winter SABC Comp Announcement

This years Winter Comp will be aimed towards our push for SABSOSA and AABC success. With that in mind we will be targeting some of the lesser brewed categories to hopefully place strongly in these sections. Categories open for our Winter Comp will include the following AABC sections:

1.0 Low Alchohol

7.0 Brown Ale

13.0 Wheat and Rye Ale

14.0 Sour Ale

17.0 Fruit/Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

The competition will be judged at the July Club meeting (18th July 2018) which will co-incide with our AGM. Competition portal will be set up shortly.

As usual, the prizes will be fantastic. Ready, set, BREW!!