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!!

Summer Competition Results

We announced the winners of the summer competition at last night’s meeting at the West Thebby Social Club.  Congratulations to all place-getters, and in particular to James Edwards, who took out the major prize.

Full results are available on the competition portal at https://comps.sabrew.com

All scoresheets are also available for download from the portal.  After logging in, go to your account, select Entries and then click the little gavel symbol on the right of the entry listing. Please email competitions@sabrew.com if you have any issues with this.

Summer Comp final call

It’s time to get your Wheaty beers into bottles and head over to the Club competition site to get your entries in: https://comps.sabrew.com

Prizes have been nailed down and consist of flight to GABS with weekend pass, brewday at the Wheaty, Club membership for the year, Hawkers beer cases and Country Brewer vouchers. Oh, and not to mention, TRIPLE brewer of the year points!

Entries accepted at Country Brewer Clovelly Park, Beerbelly Pooraka and Brewmaker Holden Hill, alterntively, bring your bee along to the January Club meeting at Little Bang on Wednesday 17th.

It’s never been a better time to enter a brew in the Club Comp. Best of luck to all!!

Summer Competition Entry Portal Open

We are now accepting entries for the Summer Competition.  Head over to http://comps.sabrew.com to add your entries.  Check the site for drop off locations, which will be updated as more options are confirmed.

Please be sure to choose the style 35A WBC Clone, and then enter the Wheaty beer you are cloning in the “Required Info” box.

If you haven’t heard, the brief is simple:  Pick any beer that the Wheaty Brewing Corps has ever brewed, and have your best crack at reproducing it.  All the info you need (and all the info you will get) is available at http://wheatybrewingcorps.com.

Judging will take place on January 27th, with entries closing on January 25th.  The prize for first place is huge this year:  Not only do you get to brew your (their) beer at the Wheaty, but you’ll be off to GABS next year to sample some of the counties best brews!  What are you waiting for? Brew!