Finally! BeerBQ is on

As we crash headlong to year’s end and as we had to postpone our club regular events, we’ve jumped on Sunday, November 22 for a pre-Christmas-crazy- season-end-of-year-rerun-postponed-winter-BeerBQ! 

Just like our 2019 Christmas event, it’ll be a summer ‘lite’ version of BeerBQ on Sunday, Nov 22, from 1 pm – 5 pm at the Prospect Petanque Club, 14 – 32 Buchanan Street, Nailsworth. It’s a fantastic little place under shady trees in the middle of a park between Main North Rd and Galway Ave.

Like BeerBQ, we’ll put on the food and you guys bring your beer. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we need to serve beers from a single bar setup. We plan to roster on three or four beers at a time with shared bartending. We also need to use a single glass per beer and have them washed in between. 

We still get to celebrate our brewing skills and, like BeerBQ, we welcome members to bring their beer to share in bottles or kegs. Ww’ll have a couple of jockey boxes to switch kegs through or byo keg set up. Bottles welcome and this set up means bottles won’t get as lost as they usually do.

There’s petanque to be played as well. This is a family-friendly event and we welcome you to invite your partner and kids. There’s a playground nearby and they can play petanque and run around on the pistes too.

Being a club subsidised event, there is no cost to members or family. This time it’s not an event for friends and other non-members. Beer is BYO but wine and soft drinks need to be bought from the club bar.

We need you to RSVP HERE and also the event in our Facebook group so we can cater.

We need your help. If you’re able to help set-up or pack up, help cook the BBQ (even just half an hour), bartend. Also occasionally collect glassware and put it in the glasswasher. 

If you want to bring something along to eat like snacks or a salad please let us know. We need to have a single server. We appreciate the help (and the committee also wants to relax and enjoy ourselves too).

The venue is great and as you can understand, convincing a club to let us come along and drink beer is a challenge but the Petanque club have been understanding and loved us as guests last year.

Membership reminder: You can renew your membership online easily yourself. If it has lapsed or about to lapse, you won’t be able to RSVP to events.

Club meeting: (financial members) This Wednesday, Oct 21 at Pirate Life. Facebook Event. 

his month, we’re talking about brewing sours at home. Both Clint and Lachlan will have a chat to us about their most recent adventures into brewing sours, share recipes and tips, and have some sours to share.

Bring along any questions you have if you’ve ever thought of venturing into this space – it can be daunting but maybe not as challenging as you thought! 

BOTTLE BINGO! Each and every meeting.

Yeah, baby, it’s on! Bring one bottle or many to swap with fellow members! A great way to taste some sensational beers (and clear out that stock of your own bottles). Label it or be mysterious.

**Also, please adhere to the current COVID regulations while at Pirate Life – only SEATED drinking is permitted inside (at the time of writing this) and there may be some regulations on numbers. Wash your hands!**

Prospect Petanque Club
Prospect Petanque Club

C’arn mate, can you store us a barrel for a bit?

Our Left Barrel brewday is going ahead this weekend. It’s being managed by Clinton and we still have a few places left.

If you’re just catching up, we’re brewing a Flanders Red that will go in a barrel for 4-6 months. You take home a 20L wort to ferment and bring back fo the barrel in a couple of weeks. So the only catch is you need fermentor space for that time.

We also need you to source a Belgian base yeast to ferment and get it now so it’s ready to go on Sunday or early next week.

We also need somewhere to keep the barrel for this time. If you’ve got some space were we could store it, that’d be excellent. Let us know.

So it’s this Saturday, October 17 at Left Barrel Balhannah from 9am.

If you want to be a part of it, please email and watch your emails for more to come. We’ll also set up a discussion on Facebook to fine-tune the recipe and plan.

Everyone is welcome to go to the brewery in the day as well. The bar is open and lunch is available.

Next meeting
We will be at Pirate Life Brewery, Port Adelaide on Wednesday 21 for a special tasting session and a bit of a focus on gose and sours.

SABSOSA Winners are grinners

Congratulations all the SABC winners in SABSOSA. It was a pretty high standard this year. Members of the club took out 46 of the medals on offer.

John van der Zalm won best brewer and Stuart Garden best beer with a score of 45 for his marzen. The results are now published on the portal and our website. It was a great medal presentation at The Wheaty with a full house.

They both also won a year’s membership to the club.

Highly awarded brewers included, Stewart Garden, Lachlan, Wolfgang, Brendan, Thomas, Rafael, James Edwards, Michael, Wally, Nick, Brenton, Luke O’Brien, Luke Beard, Gavin, John VDZ, Greg, BJ, Giles, Chris Daniel Davenport and Leon along with many others.

All the results are published on the entry portal.

It was a great afternoon presentation at the Wheaty with Bridge Road beers in a tap takeover.

Good luck with entering the Nationals. Any questions, send an email to

All entrants can access their score sheets from the portal now.

Thanks as always to the team of Gary, Julien and Brendan with Lachlan and all the committee and everyone who stewarded or judged.

Left Barrel Brew Day

There’s a lot of interest in our brewday. It’s being managed by Clinton and more info will be emailed out and shared in the Facebook group soon.

It’s Oct 17 at Left Barrel Balhannah from 9am. You take home a 20L wort to ferment and bring back fo the barrel in a couple of weeks. So the only catch it you need fermentor space for that time.

If you want to be a part of it, please email and watch your emails for more to come. We’ll also set up a discussion on Facebook to fine tune the recipe and plan.

Next meeting

We will be at Pirate Life Brewery, Port Adelaide for a special tasting session and a bit of a focus on gose and sours. More info to come.

John van der Zalm wins best brewer in the 2020 SABSOSA competition.

Appreciate beer more at our meeting this Wednesday

Club meeting this Wednesday at the Wheaty at 7pm.

This month we’re going to do another round of beer assessments in groups. It worked well last time and it suits our COVID restrictions.

Each table will be given a bottle that is unlabeled and with no hints as to what the inside beverage is. In tables, taste the beer and discuss things like aroma, appearance, flavour, mouthfeel and try to see if you can come to a consensus about what this beer is and any extra additions that may have been included.

***CALL OUT***  if you have a long neck of a beer or a couple of stubbies that you have brewed that you would like to get some feedback from the group, please let us know in an email so we can ensure that we have enough.

It’s a great opportunity to have a new brew tasted, or if you’ve tried something completely different.

Bottle Bingo!

Yeah baby, it’s on! Bring one bottle or many to swap with fellow members! A great way to taste some sensational beers (and clear out that stock of your own bottles)

SABSOSA judging us underway.

Please check your emails (including updates or promotions or spam folders) for details of judging or stewarding sessions if you nominated to help.

The awards announcement and presentation is on Sunday, September 27 at The Wheaty from 12pm. Put it in your diaries. 

Left Barrel Brew Day

October 17 is the date. Clinton is project managing it. Talk to him on Wednesday night or send us an email if you want to be in on it but can’t make the meeting. More info to come so don’t worry.

COVID stuff

Remember to sign in to the meeting by pointing your phone camera a the QR Code/ or use the URL to get to the form on your phone.

State Amateur Brewing Show is open for entries

Better known as SABSOSA to its mates, the 2020 competition is now open to enter for 2020. Most of you know the drill but if you’ve never entered a competition before, it’s easy. Read on.

Everything you need to know is on the website at Read all the information carefully as it has changed.

Register for 2020, even if you’ve done it before, and add your beers, pay ONLINE and then print out the labels. Fix to bottles with a RUBBER BAND ONLY and drop them off.

Tell your brewer mates too. We want lots of entries this year.

Follow SABSOSA on Facebook for updates and after judging is over on Sept 18/19, check your scores, sweep in and pick up your loot of medals and tell your craft-loving brothers in law that you have proof your beers are good.

Judge training opportunity at Pirate Life

There is a judges ‘training session’ on Tuesday 8 September, 6.30pm at Pirate Life. Numbers limited to 20. You must register as a judge in the portal. Invites will only go out that way. More details to come.

If you have registered, log in and then choose Edit Account from the My Account menu indicated by the icon on the top menu and edit your preferences to judge (and/ or steward).

Cancelled – Important update about BeerBQ

Crying SABC member2020 has been a year, huh? Just when we thought Australia might be on the tail end of things and returning to a bit of somewhat normalcy.

The state government has implemented restrictions in an attempt to prevent any catastrophic outbreak of COVID here. Mostly this is around very large gatherings, however, it does also impact the ability to have gatherings that have shared food and drink outside of licenced premises.

We’re not permitted to serve beer from shared taps. Shared food must have dedicated servers. This means that the heart of what we do at BeerBQ — share beer, food, and catch up — can’t be done. 

We as a committee are as bummed about this as you are. We are working hard to make sure that you — as paying members — will get the best value out of your membership. 

Of course, we have already reduced your membership in 2020 by way of extending it from 12 to 16 months for $60.

In the meantime, if you have bookmarked the day off, got a babysitter, organised transport — let’s try and catch up for some casual beers and food. 

If conditions still allow this — and who knows in two weeks time —and if you’re able, come along to Big Shed Brewing Concern at Royal Park to chat and socialise on August 15 from 6pm. We will need to check with the brewery and adhere to what Big Shed asks. So, TBC and stay tuned for updates. 

We are investigating what COVID friendly events we can do. If you have any ideas, let us know.

We hate to have to do this but it’s the right thing to keep you and the SA community safe.

The SABC Committee.

Win a 40L SS Brewtech kettle

By simply making sure you are a paid, financial member before 5pm AUGUST 18th, 2020 you will go into the draw to WIN this sick SS Brewtech 5.5 gal | Brew Kettle Mini.

Read more in last week’s newsletter post.

This will be drawn at our next meeting, Wednesday August 19, 2020 a the Wheaty. You don’t need to be there to win but it makes for a better photo op.

Join or renew your membership now.

WIN a 40L SS Brewtech Kettle just by being a member

By simply making sure you are a paid, financial member before 5pm AUGUST 18th, 2020 and you will go into the draw to WIN this sick SS Brewtech 5.5 gal | Brew Kettle Mini.

This will be drawn at our next meeting, August 19, 2020.


  • Heavy-duty 18 gauge 304 Stainless
  • 10.7 Gallons total volume (40 Litres)
  • 1.2 x 1.0 height to width ratio
  • Triclad bottom – no scorching!
  • Silicone handles for safe handling
  • Internal etched gallon markings (start at 2 gals!)
  • Thermometer port positioned at 4 gal level
  • 7/8″ Re-Circulation Port
  • Weldless fittings
  • Robust riveted handles for safety
  • Hang lid on side handles
  • Optional bimetal thermometer (thermometer not included))
  • Optional coupling for thermometer (thermometer not included)
  • Optional false bottom (not included)
  • Optional whirlpool attachment (not included)
  • Dimensions: 16.5″ H x 13.8″ W

To check your membership expiry date, simply log into the online shop at and head to My Account, click on Membership, and then Manage – this will show the expiry of your current membership.

*winners will be notified by email or phone. Prize is ‘as is’. Cannot be exchanged for money. Winner must collect from a location in Adelaide withing 60 days.

SS Brewtech Kettle
Win this SS Brewtech Kettle

Winter comp results, AGM wrap-up and BeerBQ update

At last Wednesday’s meeting, the first face to face one in three months, we announced the winners of the club’s Winter competition judged the weekend before. See the medals in the Competitions portal and entrants can download judges scoresheets.

The best brewer was Wolfgang Trenkler with a Dunkles Bock. Congratulations Wolf.

1st Gary Waters Belguims are a bit funky 23B: Flanders Red Ale]
2nd Joel Gaskin The Rookie 11A: Ordinary Bitter SABC
3rd Chris Kerr Biere de Darke 24C: Biere de Garde

1st Joel Gaskin Scallywags Demise 18B: American Pale Ale SABC
2nd Adrian Reich Dr Keneth Noisewater 18B: American Pale Ale
3rd Ryan Campbell Columtennial Pale Ale 18B: American Pale Ale

1st Chris Marciniak The Runaway Black IPA 20A: American Porter
2nd Brenton Schoemaker B.A. 13B: English Brown Ale
3rd Gavin Pennell All Aboard 20A: American Porter

1st Wolfgang Trenkler Bock 6C: Dunkels Bock
2nd Brendan Macey No Thrills 3B: Czech Premium Pale Lager
3rd Thomas Michl Red Dog 9C: Baltic Porter

1st Nicky Thomas: Oatmeal Stout
2nd Leon van der Linden: Foreign Extra Stout
3rd Bjorn Elix Co-Brewer: Daniel Johnson: Imperial Stout

1st Luke O’Brien, Co-Brewer: Ryan Campbell & Shane Warren NEIPA
2nd Giles Hussey : Black IPA
3rd Lachlan Johnson Hazei: New England IPA

1st Luke Beard maximum stupid: hazelnut 34C: Experimental Beer
2nd Lachlan Johnson Pinage 30A: Spice, Herb, or Vege Beer
3rd Ali Holden Spontaneity No.15 34B: Mixed-Style Beer

AGM 2020

We held out AGM at the July meeting. Thank you everyone who came (we had 40 people). The minutes are available to read here (thank’s Leon). The committee looks forward to bringing you another year of club activities.


Just in case you missed the update, the club’s postponed winter event will now be held on Saturday, August 15 now due to access to the venue. Watch out for more info soon and we’ll put up a Facebook event. Be aware, the capacity is strictly 60 people due to COVID restrictions so if you want to come, jump on a free member’s ticket asap.

Bring a homebrewed beer to share and we’ll put on the food.

Next meeting – win big

August 19 at The Wheatsheaf (COVID permitting). More to come but what we are doing is giving away a SS Brewtech kettle in a draw. All you need to do is make sure your membership is up to date or renew or join now. We’re giving 16 month of membership for the cost of 12 until July 31. Get on this good deal now. Join or renew membership here.

Remember the Wheaty?

That’s where we get to meet again on Wednesday from 7pm.

After we knock off our AGM requirements (nominations open… email us, we’ll be watching a session from the American Homebrew Association conference that was forced online. Its called Making Sense of Terpenes, Thiols, and Biotransformation in the Quest for Unique Hop Expression. These sessions are currently only available to attendees of the recent online event, however in 2021 all sessions will be available to AHA members so it’s well worth joining. For more information check out there website:

Winter competition judged and pending

We judged the entries for the SABC winter competition on Sunday. We unusually like to announce winners online ASAP on Sunday but we just couldn’t get to it, so we’re presenting all the medals on Wednesday. All the scoresheeting will be uploaded to the portal after Wednesday.

If you haven’t renewed your membership, now is a good time to check. As a club comp, only members at the time of announcement are eligible.

Log into the shop and check or renew now and get a COVID special of 16 months for the price of 12.

BeerBQ now Satuday, August 15

We had to push back the date a couple of weeks because the new toilets weren’t finish at the Colonial Light Gardens Bowlo. Now we’re set for Saturday 15 August. That gives you four weeks to brew something.

More details to come. It’s free for members as usual and bookings will open soon. We are limited to 60 so again, be aware and it might be non-members and partners won’t be able to come. Stay tuned.

We’re back

With the easing of restrictions we are now able to meet at The Wheaty again but with some limits. Our capacity in the shed is 45 and we need to spread out. Please be considerate of this next Wednesday at our meeting.

The first order of business is our AGM that we are required to hold. It doesn’t take long. All financial members are invited to nominate for officeholders and committee positions and vote. If you want to play a part in the generating ideas for the club, steering it or just helping in any way, please nominate by email to or on the night. It’s not onerous and we do have fun meetings involving dinner, beers and thinking about ideas for SABC.

The notification and agenda here.

Following the AGM, and with the permission of the American Homebrewers Association, we’ll be screening a replay from the recent HomebrewCon Online virtual conference. The session we’ll watch is:

Making Sense of Terpenes, Thiols, and Biotransformation in the Quest for Unique Hop Expression.

Brewing modern, hop-forward beer styles requires us to look beyond alpha acids and focus on hop oils, their constituents, and how addition timing and fermentation processes affect hop aroma. Centred around the latest hops research, we will examine several families of hop compounds and their contributions to bitterness, flavour, and aroma. We will discuss brewing conditions and hop addition timing to optimize hop oil extraction, biotransformation, and aroma expression.

These sessions are currently only available to attendees of the recent online event, however in 2021 all sessions will be available to AHA members so it’s well worth joining. For more information check out there website:

If you’ve got a beer you want to share and talk about or a presentation on a topic, let us know for now and the future.

Everyone else, please bring a beer or two to swap in bottle bingo.

Winter comp

Our winter competition is being judged this weekend. The portal is open now to enter your beer. We are now able to offer BeerBelly as a drop off location as well as 12 midday on Saturday at the Irish Club. Judging is Sunday. If you want to offer to judge or steward, you need to nominate in the competition portal. It’s not really clear how to do this. You need to edit your profile to make the changes.

Everything you need to know on the competitions page.


Reminder to block out August 1 in your diary for BeerBQ. It’s free for members as usual and bookings will open soon. We are limited to 60 so again, be aware and it might be non-members and partners won’t be able to come. Stay tuned.

This week’s virtual meeting learning all about hops IRL

Howdy brewers and Iso-lords! (If you’ve not been watching Nat’s What I Reckon cooking videos, you’re missing out. I’d like to see him do a homebrewing vid).

So this week’s meeting on Wednesday night is virtual again using Zoom. It was a lot of fun last time but please be aware it is starting at the earlier time of 6:30pm to accommodate the time zone of our guest. 

Our special guest is Susan Wheeler from Hop Revolution NZ. Hop Revolution is the biggest hop farm in New Zealand and has just got their first crop in. 

Susan is a Plant Scientist and molecular biologist. She did her PhD here in Adelaide at CSIRO PLANT Industry at Waite. 

Check out their crops here 

If you have any questions about growing hops or the biological specifics behind certain hops, this is the session you don’t want to miss! Bring a beer, settle on the couch, and join us via the internet to have a catch-up and learn! 

After the presentation and questions, we’ll have a social catch up and show and tell. Talk about a beer you’ve made recently or something you’ve learnt.


 Zoom is a video conferencing tool, you can use your desktop, laptop or download the Zoom app to your phone or tablet. You can join via video or audio-only if you don’t have camera access. FAQ here.

Winter Competition and SABSOSA

In other club news, it looks highly likely we’ll be able to hold a winter competition and SABSOSA, although it’s unclear if there will be a national competition. We’ll make an official announcement soon but if you want to get going, the categories will be mostly wide open (Pale Ales, Apa/IPA, Dark, Lagers, Stouts, Wheat and Specialty). Entries will most likely be limited to just two per person to help us keep it manageable. 

Also, Note on bottle sizes. Consistent with AABC, each entry must consist of a single container of at least 500ml and no more than 1000ml in volume330ml stubbies are not accepted.

Charity donation

As a club, we made the decision that this year’s Summer Comp entry fees would be donated towards a charity that will help local families that were impacted by the devastating bush fires earlier this year. SABC donated $450 to SA Bushfire Appeal. Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks to everyone in our community that helped in any way with the fires — your contribution is invaluable.