Tafe Collab Style Selection

The results are in from our member poll on the prefered style to brew with Tafe, and the winner is English Special Bitter/ESB.

We now need to get cracking designing recipes and planning group brew days. The target date is to have recipes brewed and ready to taste at the April monthly meeting – thats 44 days away.

Recipe ingredients need to be easy to obtain and scale up for a 600L batch, so common dry english yeasts are going to be the best option. Head over to the SABC Facebook group to discuss recipes/techniques and share ideas!

If you need some inspiration check out this BYO article on ESBs from the classic style master Jamil.

Forward Planner: BeerBQ, Winter Comp, ABCSA, ANHC


You can now take our your pens and put a big X agianst Saturday June 1st for our annual BeerBQ event. We’ll be heading back to ETKG for the 3rd consecutive year for what I hope is another cracking night.

If you can help out in anyway – now is the time to put your hand up. We need BBQ pit masters, we need BIG salads, we need help with logistics. Email info@sabrew.com or contact Lachlan directly to volunteer.

Winter Comp

Winter comp has been scheduled in for June 30th, and the theme is Euro 2024. What does that mean? The styles are all from countries competing in the European Cup. Think England, Germany, Belgium and Scotland. Stay tuned for a post from Gerrard with all the details.


ABCSA (formally SABSOSA) has been tentatively scheduled for September 7/8th. ABCSA is the qualifer for the national competition – AABC – and this year it will once again be co-hosted with ANHC with judging likely to be Oct 31st.


The biennial Australian National Homebrew Conference (ANHC) is back in 2024 and will be heading up to Queensland. The event will be held South Bank TAFE, November 1 – 2, 2024 with a theme of Sunshine & Sustainability. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway where you can sample cracking beers, learn from some of the best brains in brewing and participate in the infamous Club Night, start planning your trip to this one now.

SABC Commercial Collabs

We’re very excited to annouce that SABC has several new commercial collaborations in the works, and the previously brewed collab with Pirate Life is only a few weeks from release.


Tafe SAs Head Brewer/Lecturer Mark has offered to brew a collaborative beer in Tafe’s teaching brewhouse with a view of serving it at this years Beer and BBQ event. There are still a few detail to finalise, however it’s expected that a contingent of SABC members will be able to participate in the brew day, and the finished beer will be packaged and available for purchase from Regency Tafe. Beer and BBQ 2024 hasn’t been officially announced, however we will are planning a brew schedule that will allow the beer to be served at a July event when it would usually be run.

In order to brew a club beer we need a club recipe, and we want as much club member input as possible. The first crucial decision to make it the beer style, and so we’re putting it to a vote. With so many styles available, the committee has narrowed it down to 5. Please see the poll on Facebook and vote for your preference. Voting closes at the end of Feb.

Following the vote, the club will be asking members break out into groups similar to our previous “team challenges”. The goal will be to design and brew a beer to the chosen style, but with a focus on working together to create the best recipe possible rather then competing for top honors. We will encourage groups to design their recipes openly and aim to try different ingredients/methods so we can collectively come up a great club recipe. Members will taste the group brewed beers at the APRIL meeting to see which gets the nod to rebrew.

Wheaty Brewing Corps

Following the Summer competition that was judged a couple of weeks ago At Unit Three Collective, the 5 winners from each category had the oppurtunity to go into a a taste off at the Wheaty, with Jade choosing her favourite beer to be scaled up and rebrewed by Wheaty Brewing Corps.

In an unexpected twist and and amazing endorsement for the Club, Jade and the Wheaty staff could not decide between their top two beers, so they have opted to rebrew both of them! Massive congradulations to Mark who will have his Belgian Single brewed in a few months time, and Tali Warnock with her Scottish Light which will be brewed as soon as they can fit in into the busy schedule. We can’t wait to see these on tap!

Pirate Life

The British Strong ale that was brewed with Pirate Life back in Nov 2022 has made it onto bottles after 12 months of barrel aging. Once the beer has been suitably bottle conditioned, Pirate Life have invited the club down to the Port Adelaide brewery to assisst with the labeling followed by a tasting. Stay tuned for exact dates/times.

Feb Venue Reminder and West Side Workshop

Meeting @ Yellow Matter

A reminder that the Feurary meeting this Wednesday will be at Yellow Matter Brewing. The outside seating area will be reserved for SABC. We have some exciting announcements regarding upcoming events and group activities and winners from the Summer Competition will receive their trophies. We’ll also have the results of the best-of-show judging to see which of the 5 winners gets to brew their beer at the Wheaty.

See Feb 5th post below (or click here) for venue details and directions.

West Side Workshop

Speaking of the Wheaty, next Saturday (24/02) they will be hosting Briony from Flavour Logic to celebrate Local Beer Day. There will be a guided tasting of 8 beers from six local west-side breweries. As a bonus for SABC, members who purchase a ticket to the event will receive a free fancy.

For tickets and further information head here – https://events.humanitix.com/westside-workshop-craft-beer-tasting

Jugs Jugs Jugs

I have a large number of jugs previosuly used for SABSOSA that are no longer required. If anyone wants some please reach out to me directly or email info@sabrew.com. They are mostly plastic but there’s also a few glass.

Summer Comp ’24 Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s summer competition. I feel it was a pretty successful year this year. The club presenting some fantastic beers yet again.

Special thanks to Glen for driving the majority of judges and stewards to and from the venue. Please thank him when you see him again if you haven’t already.

Thanks to the sponsors lonegum farmhouse and beer no evil for hosting us at their venue, unit 3, for the competition. I think it’s safe to say that after the comp, there were a lot of ooohhhs and aaahhhs when drinking some of the beers that Ryan has produced.

Thank you to major comp sponsor, the wheaty who is generously offering to rebrew the best of the best beers from each category.

On to the winners of each category and a massive congratulations to all, you are onto the final step for the wheaty rebrew. We will need to receive another sample of your beer to be presented to Jade at the wheaty to judge with a panel to pick the best of the best. This tasting will likely happen on Thursday 15th February so if you could have a sample to a committee member before this date, that would be great.

Low Alc: Tali Warnock with a Scottish Light

Amber & Dark: Adam Forbe with a Schwarzbier

Specialty IPA: Luke Beard with a Brut IPA

Porter: Bj Macey with an American Porter

Belgian: Mark Murray with a Belgian Single

Best of Show was awarded to Mark Murray with his Belgian Single. Mark will have his name engraved on the summer comp trophey! Well done Mark!

Id finally like to say thank you to all the judges. It was fantastic to see some fresh new faces to the judging panel and being guided by some fantastic experienced judges. It brings great benefit to the club to have the experience of others passed onto new members.

If there is anything you feel we could do better when it comes to comps, please let me know and we will look to incorporate it into future comps. This doesn’t matter if it’s negative or positive feedback or suggestive. Please feel free to reach out to me and I will bring it to the committee for discussion.

Feb Meeting Venue Change

It’s Februrary which means Fringe 2024 is nearly upon us, and this also means a change of venue for the monthly meeting while the Wheaty hosts fringe events. This month we’ll be heading to Yellow Matter Brewing in Brooklyn Park. There is an outdoor seating area which will be reserved for the club to run through our formalities as a group, but you’ll be able to venture inside to checkout the stainless and/or make use of the free pool table.

The kitchen will be open and serving their regular pizza menu, and there’s a solid line up of beers to try. Feel free to swap beers in bottle bingo, however we have not arranged for any club tastings so please only consume drinks purchased at the venue.

Yellow Matter Brewery
When: Wednesday 21st Feb, 7PM
Where: 108-120 Marion Road, Brooklyn Park, 5032

If you’re taking public transport from the City, catch the J1/2 or 163 and get off at stop 6B just before Marion rd. It’s a 5 minute walk from the stop.


As many of you are already aware, Gary will be hosting another BJCP styles study group to enable members to learn some theory (and practical) before sitting the BJCP exams.

The format will along the lines of the following:

BJCP Styles study group will be Limited to 6 people. 3 people have already taken slots

Location will be at Gary’s house on yhe 2nd Thursday of every month at 7pm

February – Lagers cats 1-9 . Practical Discussion. Malt

March – British 10-17 . Water

April – American 18-21 . Hops

May – Euro 22-26. Yeast

June – Historical. Brewing process

July – Wild,fruit,spiced,smoked,wood& specialty. Judging & stewarding

Aug – Bjcp rules & regulations. Beer faults & flavors

Sept – Online exam practical. Faults

Oct – Revision & online tests

Nov – Tasting Exam

If you wish to participate please reach out to Gary in the first instance or any other club committee member who can point you to the bst means to contact Gary.

Comp week update!

Hello all, couple of updates on comp.

If you have your beers made and ready to go, don’t forget to register, pay and print your labels. I know I almost forgot with it being a busy time at home (first day of school tomorrow).

There was a slight admin error on the comp portal where we had British Brown Ale instead of London Brown Ale registered as a style.
As a result, we have agreed to have both sub styles within the comp.
If you wish to recategorise your British Brown to London Brown, please send me a PM and I can arrange for this to happen on the back end.
Although the British Brown is not a low alc style of beer, it will be judged in the low alc category for the sake of keeping 5 main categories.
Please bare in mind that it is not being judged against the other styles, but against the style guidelines.

The bus is being confirmed in the next day or 2 and so far there are only 9 judges registered in the portal. If you are available to judge or steward, please register on the portal or let me know.
The sooner the better as the difference in price for a 12 seater bus and a 25 seater bus is significant.
Those who have registered, I will be in contact tomorrow to confirm if you would like to avail the bus service. Or if you are reading this and know you want to get on the bus, just send me a PM.

Bottle drop off is available to Unit Three up until 10am Sunday morning, they are happy to take entries and store them on site until then. I have a number of entries for member which I will bring with me and happy to take others if there is a need.

Summer Comp 2024 – Wheaty Rebrew

We will be hosted by Beer No Evil and Lonegum Farmhouse at their new venue in Lonsdale, Unit 3 Collective.

Some members may remember us holding the summer comp here a couple of years ago when they first acquired the premises, and it was a great afternoon.

We will be organising transport to and from the venue and it will be for judges/stewards and staff only. Transport will be booked on number of people registered on the competition portal to travel so registering for this is essential if you wish to utilise the transport.
There will be 1 pick up and drop off location unless there is a second on route to the venue. This can be discussed at the next meeting.

This year we have 5 Categories with 3 styles per category.
We will be limiting entries to 5 max entries per person and 1 max entry per category.
This is a good one to spread your styles out or rebrew your old favourites. With the wide range of styles to choose from, there is a bit of comfort for everyone as well as the option to try a style you may never have before.


Low Alc
•            Scottish Light
•            London Brown Ale
•            Czech Pale Lager

Amber & Dark Lager
•            Munich Dunkel
•            Marzen
•            Schwarzbier

Specialty IPA
•            White IPA
•            Brut IPA
•            Red IPA

•            English
•            Pre-prohibition
•            American

•            Biere de Garde
•            Belgian Single
•            Belgian Golden Strong

Not only is there the potential for bragging rights and winning the SABC Summer Trophy, but Jade from the Wheaty has put forward the option of rebrewing the winning recipe with you assisting and picking the brains of the Wheaty Brew Corp team.

Giving the nature of the prize, all beers are required to be All Grain, kits brews will not be considered for a rebrew.

Small disclaimer, the winning beer of the comp doesn’t win the rebrew. The top beer from each category will go to a second Judging panel for a “Best of Show” so should you win a category, we will need a second bottle of your beer for judging.

The competition portal is now live so head on over and register and get those beers entered.


ABCSA reminder!

Just a friendly reminder to make sure you are all carbonated this week, bottled up and ready to drop beer this coming weekend if you haven’t already done so.

Also dont forget Russel will have an esky to take any entries at the members meeting on the 16th of August at Bowden.

19th Aug is the final bottle drop at the Irish club in the city.

Goto https://enter.abcsa.org.au for all the critical dates and times regarding the ABCSA State competition.

Did someone say Extra prizes!?

There will be extra prizes drawn for people who participate in the ABCSA comp this year.

This year for every entry into ABCSA, participants will be assigned a ticket into the random draw to win one of two available prize packs valued at $200 each!

If you are helping out with judging or stewarding on the judging session days. We have prizes for you too!
There will be 2 door prizes drawn at the end of each day valued at $100 each!

The Mash Tun Aug 2023

August Meeting at Bowden Brewing

Next weeks meeting will be held at Bowden Brewing. Alex and the team will be taking us through the brewery and talking us through a few tastings. Kick off at the usual time of 7pm, and their kitchen will be open if you need a feed.

Address: 12 fourth street, Bowden.

If you end up at the Wheaty by mistake, it’s only a 20 minute walk! (or stay at the wheaty for the whisk(e)y tasting)

Winter Competition Results and Winners.

Results for the Winter Compettion 2023 have now been posted and are available on the competition portal – https://comps.sabrew.com/. This year it was a extremely close with 13 medal winners out of 24 entrants. Big congradulations to Mark Lehman for winning Best of Show – thats off the back of taking the honors at the Summer Comp as well!

ABCSA Reminder (formerly SABSOSA)

A general reminder that ABCSA registrations are open. Head over to the ABCSA website to find all the relevant information and entry portal – https://www.abcsa.org.au/ .

New Club Committee

The AGM was held at the July monthly meeting and there have been a few changes to the committee.

President: Gary Waters
Vice President: Sam Beard
Secretary: Marina Baker
Treasurer: Lachlan Johnson
Comp Coordinator: Gerard Flynn
General positions:
Julien Gibson
Nick McAuley
Brendan Macey
Nick Hauschild
Chris Kerr
Russ Saint
Rachel Edwards

Pirate Life Brewers Shout

A reminder that the Pirate Life Brewers Shout is on the first Thursday of every month and all members are encouraged to attend. The next one is sheduled for 7th September and happens to coincide with a certain club presidents 60th! Mark it in your diaries now so you don’t forget (like I did for the August event…)

Update To June Newsletter.

Winter Competition 2023.

The entry portal is open! https://comps.sabrew.com/ Good luck to all entrants.

Where : East Torrens Kensington Gardens Tennis Club, East Terrace & South Terrace, Kensington Gardens SA 5068

When : Sunday 9th of July 2023 12.00PM

How much : $5 per entry as many entries as you like

Judges : Please register in the portal by clicking the box under “your account details”

Bottle drop off locations : SA Brewing Supplies 2-4 Kalimna Rd Nuriootpa SA before COB Friday 7th of July. Or ETKG Sunday 9th of July between the hours of 11.30am to 12.30pm only If you are unable to make those two locations please make arrangements with another member.

Eligible styles : These remain the same as published in April and June Mash Tun and are available in the competition portal.

Competition Directors : Clinton Fisher, Gerard Flynn. Website Admin : Julien Gibson.

Artwork ideas for ABCSA and AABC.

We are looking to update the logos and artwork for our respective State and National Competitions ASAP. If you have skills and/ or ideas in this space please contact Gary Waters 0417893321.

Pirate Life Brewers Shout.

Date reminder for the next brewers shout Thursday 29th of June at The District. The subject will be dark beers and this will be part 1 with several beers available to support the presentation. A Facebook event will be put up once artwork is available either RSVP there or via info@sabrew.com please.