Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Wow, that was an epic night last weekend celebrating 10 year of SABC! It was so great to see members who have been around since day one together with new additions attending their first major event. We had award ceromonies, speeches, prizes prizes prizes, and a silent auction for the SS fermenter which went to new member Jordan at the end of the night.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped pull the night together, to brewers who provided the beer, to Blake and Brad for talking about the club history, to all the attendees who came along and to anyone who helped pack down at the end of the night.

And lets not forget this guy, who finally received the award he so deserves.

Lifetime membership recipient and AV guy who poses in front of the projector light, Jules!

The 10 year dinner also saw the 2022 Brewer Of The Year awarded to <drum roll> Mark Woods! In an extremely tight contest Mark Woods clipped Mark Perry by a single point to take top honours. This is off the back of Mark taking out Champion Brewer at AABC, so clearly we have a true master brewer in our ranks and we look forward to many more great beers in 2023. Congrats mate!

BOTY Mark Woods practicing his new stand up show

There’s some more photos of the event available here – – upload your own if you have any!

Epic Prize + Last chance tickets

There’s just over 2 weeks to go until we get together to celebrate 10 years of SABC! A 3 course dinner will be fully catered by the Golden Roast, and we need to confirm numbers ahead of time. Ticket sales will close this weekend, so this is your final reminder! If you havn’t purchased one – head to the shop now or miss out!

Another huge prize!

If the kegerator wasn’t a big enough prize to get you attention, we have another. The SABC crew who travelled to ANHC went all out for club night, and their rainbows and unicrorns costume was voted best scoring the club this epic 14 gallon Brew Bucket from SS Brewtech!

The actual vessel in all it’s glory. ANHC can for size. It may or may not have specs of glitter on it 🙂

If you want to win this prize, you have to be there on the night.

More Beer!

Announcing another beer brewed especially for the night, Craig Blesing has put together a Vienna Session IPA. Described as an “easy drinking IPA for the craft and non craft drinkers”, this beer has been double hopped with Strata, Idaho 7 and mosaic (3 of my personal favs!).

Craig has graciously donated this keg for the event, despite being unable to make it on the night. He is absolutely flat out fitting out his church in Laura to become the new Little Blesing’s Brewery. We look forward to it’s opening and hope to arrange a special event there for club members. Thanks Craig!

Meeting with BeerCo / Brewing with Pirate Life

November Meeting – Wed 16th

Coming up this week we have the November monthly meeting at the Wheaty featuring Dermott from BeerCo. Several months back Dermott shipped over several recipe kits, each containing new hop varieties and a special ingredient. The club split off into the now familiar N/E/S/W/Hills teams, each running a group brewdays to find interesting and creative ways to utilise the special ingredients. Now Dermott is in town to join us in tasting each one and see which team has come up with the best brew! A big shoutout to Dermott for his continued support of the club. Be sure to check out for all he has to offer.

Pirate Life Brewday – Sat 19th

Hot on the heels of Wednesdays meeting we have the Barrel Project Brew Day at Pirate Life! Club members will have the opportunity to spend the day brewing a collaboration brew at Pirate Life’s Skycity brewery, working along side their pro-brewers and getting some real world experience in what it’s like to brew commercially. The brew will be barrel aged before being bottled and sold commercially! Club members will even receive a free bottle before the public does!

If you haven’t already done so – ensure you are a financial member, join the event via the members only Facebook group, and complete the required induction prior to arrival on the day.

10th Anniversary Dinner – Sat 10th Dec

Stay tuned for another Anniversary beer drop next week. If you havn’t alrady, purchase your member/guest tickets from the shop now!

Countdown continues

The count down to the anniversary dinner continues. Here’s another beer and prize drop.

Kieren’s Gose(s)

Kieren doesn’t need much of an introduction. An SABC member since day 1, a previous committee member for both club and ANHC, Brewer Of The Year Winner and the inaugural winner of the The Mike Leupold Award for Champion Brewer of SA. Kieren has brewed them all and won them all. Perhaps that’s why the beers he turns out these days are frequently in ususual colours, may or may not contain glitter, and are just generally a little out there.

Enter the black and white goses. Why is one black? We don’t know. Why is there two? Because two is better then one. What would happen if you mixed them together to make a black and tan? You’ll have to give it a go and find out. We think it’s better to leave a little mystery around this one, because you just can’t anticipate what this guy is going to brew next. .

Prize Prizes Prizes!

Last week I mentioned there would be some HUGE prizes, and its time to let the first one drop. Its a Series X KEGERATOR! Big big thank you goes to Kieren for this as well! He picked it up in a raffle at the recent ANHC Club night, and has kindly donated it to the club to give away. The only way you can get your hands on this is to be there on the night, so click here to purchase a ticket for yourself and guest(s) if you would like to bring one.

Note: 3 tap model shown – the prize is a 2 tap.

Anniversary Dinner Countdown

There’s 6 weeks to go until the clubs 10 year anniversary dinner on Saturday Dec 10th. Each newsletter between now and then we’ll release information about the great beers we have on the line up for the night as well as the HUGE prizes that will be exclusively available for attendees.

Wolf’s Pils

Anyone who attended the SABC BeerBQ back in 2018 will remember Wolfgang’s sensational German Pils which won best beer by the popular vote of 80 attendees. This stood out as a huge achievement given the popularity of bigger flavour bombs like hazy’s and imperial stouts amongst homebrewers. Wolf has been a stalwart of clean crisp lager brewing since then winning best beer at the 2020 Winter competition with a Dunkles Bock.

Wolf describes his beer for the anniversary dinner as a “German Pils with a Bohemian twist“. He attributes this to the location of his hometown. “Growing up in Germany just 20 km from the Czech border has most likely influenced my flavour“.

This will be the perfect first beer to fill the SABC commemorative glass you will receive on arrival. Yes, it’s a pilsner glass!

Grab your tickets from the SABC shop now!

Actual footage of the line up for Wolf’s Pils at the 2018 BeerBQ

10th Anniversary Tickets

10th Anniversary tickets

Tickets for the 10th Anniversary dinner are now on sale in the shop. The anniversary dinner is an opportunity to come together and celebrate 10 successful years of the SA Brewing Club. The night will include guest speakers, an awards presentation for AABC winners, a special collaboration beer brewed with the Wheaty, raffles, prizes and more. Tickets include a 3 course buffet dinner and commemorative glass.

Date: Saturday December 10th
Time: Doors Open 5PM. Last Drinks 10PM
Location: Lavtian Hall. 4 Clark St, Wayville

Members are $30 and Guests are $50 (guest tickets can only be purchased by a member)

Head to the shop to secure your ticket!

AABC + ANHC wrap

Well that was massive few days in Melbourne for the National competition and conference! The traveling party is still recovering so I’ll keep this update short and provide a full report in the near future.

SABC had another great showing at AABC picking up ~10 trophies. (I honestly lost count!) A big congratulations go to Kam Simsek/Mark Woods for winning Champion Brewer/s!

Mark Woods putting the champion brewers trophy straight to work at the awards presentation.

SA did fantastic at an overall state level earning equal points with Victoria, but ultimately coming 2nd on count back. A huge achievement considering Vic had home ground advantage!

SABC also picked up yet another win at club night. This year it was best costume for our outrageous rainbows and unicorns theme. Check out the SABC Facebook group for some amusing photos!

October Newsletter

Hi Members,

Plenty is happening with your club with some updates below. There are more projects in planning with details to be released at a later date. As always we are open for feed back and/ or ideas via or simply approach one of the committee members. Cheers N Beers.

October Meeting.

NOTE this months meeting, Wednesday 19th, will be held at Shapeshifter Brewery 2/54 Crittenden Rd, Findon SA 5023. Carla will be presenting a talk about IPA/hops. Please RSVP to the facebook event so we can advise Shapeshifter of numbers. Those not on Facebook can email

Australian National Homebrew Conference.

This will be held 14th – 15th October in Melbourne and tickets are still available. We will be representing the club in an “unique” way on Saturday club night. There is an active messenger group for information – contact Mark Woods on FB or at if you wish to be involved in the shenanigans.


All SABSOSA final placings and scoring will be posted soon. Australian Amateur Brewing Championship awards will be presented at Deeds Brewery on Thursday night 13th October. Good luck to all those that made it in to the National competition, word is the entries were shipped with much care and have arrived for judging.

Barrel Project.

Luke Dat Beard has pulled a rabbit out of the hat for this one! Pirate Life will supply the Skycity brewery, pro-brewers for questions, ingredients and will ferment on site.
All financial members of the club will be welcome to join Pirate Life for a brew day to brew the beer. The beer will be branded SABC + Pirate Life ,pro labeled and bottled. A bottle will be provided to each paid member of the club and then will be for sale at Pirate Life. Save Saturday 19th of November for this awesome day. RSVP is a must for this event for venue capacity reasons see Facebook event or if you must email at

Teams Challenge and November Meeting.

Most areas have had their brew days and the results will be interesting indeed. Dermott from BeerCo will attend our meeting on the 16th of November at The Wheaty. Captains of the teams please bring enough of the challenge beer to share with all meeting attendees. Dermott has been very generous for an interstate club so please support him where you can.

Summer Club Competition.

Trans-Tasman Summer Comp. The closing date is 27th Jan and judging on Sunday 29th Jan. Theme is Trans-Tasman and so all the ingredients where possible need to be from either Australia or New Zealand. The categories are listed below, and there is an experimental category for anything special you want to try.

CATEGORIES 1A – American (Australian) Light Lager
1B – American (Australian) Lager
18A – Blonde Ale
12B – Australian Sparkling ale
X5 – New Zealand Pilsner
18B – NZ/AUS Pale Ale (American Pale Ale but must use native ingredients)
21A – NZ/ AUS IPA (American IPA but must use native ingredients)
21C – Hazy IPA
34C – Experimental Beer (for all other creations. Get creative with native AUS/NZ ingredients). 

Bluestone Yeast Pre-order.
Beerbelly regularly support our club through sponsorship and are willing to bring in a shipment of Bluestone yeast, allowing us to try this Australian liquid yeast without worrying about shipping conditions and costs. Just in time for the summer comp! This is a company in Victoria that provide quality liquid yeast that has been used in commercial breweries, such as the Wheaty, who have been impressed by the quality of the fermentations and the viability of this liquid yeast coming from interstate rather than internationally like Whitelabs or Wyeast. If you would like to pre-order any of their strains, please contact Nick at who will collate a list. Please get in touch by 7th October if you’re interested. For a list of the strains available please see:

10yr Anniversary Dinner.

As communicated the date is set for Saturday the 10th of December. Plenty happening in the background with lots more details to come as confirmed.

September meeting this week

We’ve barely taken a breath after SABSOSA, but the September meeting is already upon us. We invite any members who placed in SABSOSA to bring along a sample of their winning entries to the Wheaty on Wednesday so they can share it with their fellow members. (don’t forget you entry for AABC as well!)

Another huge announcement to be made this meeting- no hints, you’ll need to be there to find out.

The team challenge with ingredients sponsored by BeerCo is underway. If you have taken photos/stories from team brew days please share them via the Facebook group. The western suburbs based A team put their brew down Saturday using the unique ingredient of hawthorn berries.

SABSOSA Wrap Up + Special Announcements

Beers were brewed, bottles were sorted and over 300 entries were judged in this years SABSOSA culminating in the awards presentation at the Wheaty this weekend.

Congratulations go to long time SABSOSA entrant Peter Bradshaw who won best brewer of show, Craig Blessing for best beer with his Rye Smile IPA and Bruce Token for highest score with his English Cider.

SABC members had great representation once again picking up best beer (Craig Blessing), Highly Commended Brewer (Lachlan Johnson) and 35 places out of the 60 available!

Results are now available via the entry portal: Score sheets will be available when they have all been scanned and uploaded (WIP).

BJ has put together this awesome video of footage taken during the judging weekend. It’s a great way to show your friends and fam what actually goes on at a homebrew competition.

A huge thank you and round of applause for everyone who helped put another great competition together!

AABC Entries + shipping

Everyone who placed in SABSOSA is now ellegable to enter the national competition to be held in Melbourne on October 14th. Head to the AABC portal hosted by Vicbrew to add your entries:

SABC will once again be providing group shipping. Please bring you entries to the meeting Wednesday 21st at the Wheaty. If you cannot make it then, please reach out to the committee and make arrangements for an alternative drop off by Thursday 22nd. You also ship it directly yourself – details on the entry portal.

Wheaty / SABC / SABSOSA Collab

To celebrate 10 years of SABC, 25 years of SABSOSA and the long running support provided to both by the Wheaty, we’re very excited to announce we will be brewing a collaboration beer to be launched at the SABC Anniversary Dinner on December 10th! SABC and SABSOSA winners will be invited to join the brew day expected to be in October.

SABC took the opportunity at the SABSOSA presentation to thank Jade for all her support over the last 10 years with a gift of two exceptional Bruery beers.

Special thanks to Luke and Sam who pulled this gift together from their personal cellar.

SABSOSA rebrand

The SABSOSA committee has decided to rebrand the annual event with a name that better reflects its position as the top amateur brewing contest in SA. From 2023 the event will be called the Amateur Brewing Championship of South Australia.

Welcome to 10 years of SA Brewing Club

Welcome to 10 years of SA Brewing Club

Dear Members past and present.

Firstly I would like to acknowledge the past efforts of Brad, Julien , Clinton and most recently Gus as Presidents of this club. They collectively have built a strong club with great values of Companionship, Knowledge, Participation and Inclusion.

I can already see these values in the current committee who have really blown me away with their talents and enthusiasm. We should all look forward to a full year of activities.

Here are a few of these activities to look forward too

– SABSOSA is just around the corner, put your entries in and if you can help on the days we can always do with extra hands
– Guest speakers have been organised for October and November, September will allow us to recap on SABSOSA and prepare for ANHC.
– Summer comp has an ANZAC theme
– Group Challenge has already been announced, details and ingredients will be released at the September meetings, but get your group together. See Facebook for details
– 10 year Dinner, details available shortly.. Just keep Dec 10 available
– BeerBQ and Winter Comp are committed too
– Luke Beard is being very tight lipped at the moment in regards to the barrel project .. but its WOW!

I hope everyone gets something special out of the club, please let me know if you have any ideas new or areas of improvement.


Gary Waters
0417 893 321