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.
Thank you to the 60 members and their friends who came to our BeerBQ on Saturday night. It was a fantastic night again this year filled with friends and great beers and food. It couldn’t be done without the support of our cooks, organisers and brewers.
**SOLD OUT ***
Good Beer Wheaty is on again from Thursday at the Wheatsheaf Hotel. This Fixation IPA Masterclass is one session not to miss. It’s this Thursday night, 9th May from 6 – 8 pm. SABC members who are going can get a free fancy of beer thanks to our great supporter The Wheaty.
You need to either email us or comment on the Facebook group post that you’re definitely going and have a ticket by 12 pm Thursday and we’ll get your name on the list. We’ll also have a SABC table reserved for us.
It’s fair to say, Fixation knows how to make an IPA and Tom Delmont has a one track mind. What makes a good IPA? What are the best hopping techniques to deliver massive aroma? Flowers or pellets? Fresh is best. Or is it? Do IBUs matter? Hazy, milkshake, brett, brut or tart — what’s the next big thing in IPAs? Will we ever reach peak IPA? There’s a tasting of a clutch of Incubator IPA’s rarely, if ever, seen outside the Melbourne venue, alongside some Fixation classics. http://wheatsheafhotel.com.au/…/ar…/fixation_ipa_masterclass
Next club meeting is May 22 at Pirate Life, Port Adelaide for a tour. 7 pm sharp and its capped at 40 people only. Cost is $15. More to come soon.
Last week’s meeting centred around water chemistry with two excellent presentations by Leon and Luke. If you missed the session, have no fear, we recorded the meeting. Members can download the mp3s and the presentation slides and recreate the meeting at your own leisure.
Go to the SABC Shop and log in with your membership where you can ‘buy’ the session for $0. After checkout, you’ll be sent a download link in your email receipt.
Club brew day There was a lot of interest in the club brew day on Saturday, April 6. Currently, there will be six systems brewing with more welcome. This isn’t meant to be a solo brewing effort, we all do enough of that. All club members are welcome to come and join a brewing team and enjoy some wood fire pizza. See more about the day in last week’s post here.
If you want to bring gear and brew or be a part of a team, send Lachlan an email via the club (firstname.lastname@example.org) and watch Facebook for some organisation stuff coming soon. We hope we can have some beers brewed for the club BeerBQ on May 4th. Put that date in your diaries if you haven’t already.
Forward dates: April 17: Everything you need to know about kegging and then some… May 4: BeerBQ at Reade Park Bowling Club (Colonel Light Gardens) May 22: Pirate Life Brewery tour (TBC) June 19: AGM and winter comp.
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 BangBrewing, 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 email@example.com – first in, best dressed.
TheBest 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.
Happy New Year. The committee hopes you brewed a fine beer for the season. There’s not a lot to say at this time except welcome to our new members who joined over Christmas from gifts from their family or friends or new year’s resolutions to brew better beer.
The only news we have is, tickets for the McLaren Vale bus tour will go on sale Tuesday, Jan 2 from 8pm, from the SABC website shop at
The date is FEBRUARY 2. Tickets are $30. There are 21 seats available and are for members only – one per purchase and due to demand, you cannot buy for non-members.
*Please note, you will need to log in with the same you use to buy or renew SABC membership to see the item to buy.
The tour takes in some of McLaren Vales newest breweries and tap rooms, as well as an old favourite. Matt from My VIP driver will be driving us to:
Goodieson Brewery – meet head brewer Jeff
Shifty Lizard Brewing Co – meet head brewer Lee
Forktree Brewing – meet head brewer Ben. Lunch in the restaurant.
Pickup/dropoff point will be the Wheaty:
If you live down south and would like to be picked up on the way, please contact us. We’ll look at adding a southern pickup point depending on numbers.
Please note that these venues have been booked based on our numbers. If you plan on driving yourself you may not be able to join our group for tastings/tours due to capacity limits.
January 16: January Bridge Road head brewer at The Wheaty (TBC)
Our Christmas event is on Saturday, December 8 at the Flinders Tavern from 1pm – 5pm. Members are free and guests are welcome to join us. The ticket for non-members is $25 which gets them a Burger Theory meal (inc. pint) and homebrew tastings.
Even though you’re a member, please grab a ticket hereso we can generate a list of everyone attending and work out catering. You can buy one for a friend
The committee takes a lot of time and consideration to plan the events and direction of the club. We want to know from you how you want us to give you the most value from being a member and what you want from the club — from the simple to big events. Please take five minutes to fill out this survey. It’s mostly tick-a-box style responses with a few places to write a broader answer. It’s also anonymous. The survey is now closed.
More on Christmas.. This years summer event will be held at the Flinders Tavern by Burger Theory at Flinders University. Saturday, December 8 at the Flinders Tavern from 1pm – 5pm.. Burger Theory is proudly South Australian small business and showcases a range of local and interstate craft beers in the tav including Big Shed, Mismatch, Hawkers and Green Beacon. As always the event is free for members and non-members can purchase a ticket. Snacks, a burger meal and pint will be provided.
We have a couple of prizes up for grabs for members only, you just need to be in attendance to go in the draw
1 x ticket on next years McLaren Vale brewery tour
1 x Inkbird temperature controller
Kegging and pressure filling demo
Thinking about moving away from the cleaning all those bottles and getting into kegging? We’re going to provide a kegging 101 demo and will show you how to:
-connect a basic keg & co2 setup
-transfer beer from keg to keg under pressure
-fill PET bottles from keg under pressure
A limited number of PET bottles will be filled with beer from the Left Barrel brew day and available for takeaway!
As is the tradition we’ll be announcing club brewer of the year and awarding the coveted trophy. There will be a couple of brew samples available from the Left Barrel brew day. The cricket will be on the TV, and the sun shining on the balcony.
Head to the main University entrance on Registry road. Enter the Student Hub and head upstairs.
– car park 6 off Registry road. Free parking on weekends.
– enter ‘Registry road, Bedford Park’ as the destination for best results.
– catch the G10 direct from the CBD to the Flinders University interchange
– catch a bus to the Flinders Medical Centre interchange and walk 10 mins or catch another bus
A bike path follows the Sturt river from Anzac Highway to Maccas on South Road – then take the backstreets.
One of the excellent opportunities our events co-ord Lachlan has been working on for members is a brew day at Left Barrel Brewing with Brad Bown on his 250L system on Saturday, October 13.
This is a great opportunity for 10-15 members to come together and brew a 250 wort and all take away 20L each (or split in pairs/Left Barrel keep 50L). It’s then up to brewers as a group choose what to make and as individuals to ferment with their own choice of yeast and add dry hops. The club will cover the cost of the grain and boil hops.
So not only is this a great opportunity to brew with knowledgeable, award-winning brewer (and foundation SABC member and prez) but brew a top notch beer for your enjoyment saving about $50 on brewing your own. That’s the same value as your club membership. The only catch is we’d like to have tastings (2-3 longnecks/2L) to compare the different decisions made on the ferment side at our Christmas drinks meeting in December.
More info on this and sign on will be at our next meeting. The numbers are limited for brewers so jump on the offer. Everyone is welcome to visit the brewery on the day and be part of the social side of course.
**Event open to SABC financial members only. You need your own 20L vessel to take away wort. Own transport required. Two litres to be made available for club tasting. Does not include yeast or dry hops or any food or drinks consumed on the day.
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
Saturday saw us enjoy another spectacular SABC BeerBQ with some 80 people in attendance. As the event continues to grow and get better and better each year, I wanted to take the time to thank a number of people for playing their part in its success.
Firstly, the committee who pulled together to make light work of a lot of tasks to get through, onya lads!
To our BBQ guru’s BJ, Sean Bradley, Jules, BobbyD and Butchy, what an effort! Meaty nirvana! Thanks guys.
A big thanks also to Lee Waters for her outstanding salads and Veggie options.
Thanks to everyone who brewed for the event, the beer turnout was truly epic with over 20 beers on tap at a terrific standard, not a bad beer in the house. Congratulations also to Joel Gaskin and Ben Till who’s beers were voted 3rd and 2nd respectively behind Wolf’s expertly brewed Pilsner which took out first place for best beer of the night, beautiful beer. Big thanks to our sponsors at Beerbelly too.
Our raffle was eventually won after several goes by that regular winner of SABC awards, Kieren Vercoe. Our thanks go to Brad at Left Barrel brewing for his support in the prize.
We’ve taken the experiences learned from this year’s event to hopefully improve things further. Please feel free to shoot us an email with any feedback for next year’s event, we’d love to make it even better.
Onwards now into competition season and if we can keep the standards high, state and national success is assured.
As has become our winter event tradition in recent years, the Great SABC BeerBQ will be held on Saturday 5th May 2018.
As always, this will be a fully subsidised event for SABC club members and one not to be missed as previous events have been sensational. Non-members and friends just $20.
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sabc-2018-beerbq-tickets-44628919299 (choose member free or non-member)
Again, the venue this year is the Colonel Light Gardens Bowling Club. Kick off is at 6.00pm, and we will be wrapping things up by 10.00pm
Once again, there will be ample delicious barbecuey goodness to eat, accompanied by plenty of sides and other bits and pieces.
Members (and guests) are encouraged to bring along a keg of their finest home brew. There will be an informal competition to decide beer-of-the-night, so bring along lots of friends to vote for your beer (this is a proven strategy…). The winner will walk away with a nifty prize, and some points towards Brewer of the Year.