2018-2019 Committee Announcement

Thank you to everyone who made the effort to attend this year’s AGM yesterday.  Please see below for links to the Treasurer’s report and President’s report.

It is with pleasure that I present the committee as elected at the AGM:

President: Clint Fisher
Vice President: Julien Gibson
Treasurer: Edward Shorne Holden
Secretary: Luke Moran
Competition Coordinator: Gary Waters
Publicity and Social Media Officer: Gus Kingston
IT Officer: Ben Till
Events Coordinator: Lachlan Johnson
Sponsorship Liaison Officer: Alex Kiddy

The new committee will be meeting shortly to begin planning out the the coming twelve months.  Stay posted for announcements!

SABC Presidents Report 2016-17

Audited SABC Financial Statement FY1617

2018 BJCP Study Group

If you’re interested in becoming a BJCP certified judge, we’re looking at organising a new study group for this year.  The study group meets once a month, and the purpose is to work through the BJCP styles, tasting examples of each style and discussing and scoring the beers tasted.  The goal is to get your judging skills to the point that you can sit the tasting exam and pass.  There is also a beer and brewing knowledge aspect, which is more about personal reading. There’s a lot of written material available form a number of sources specifically aimed at helping you pass the online entrance exam.

There is a tasting exam scheduled for April.  If you missed out on the last one, or want to try for a higher score, aim for this.

Anyone interested in the study group or exam should contact Gary on 0417893321

2016 AGM – Here’s what happened:

The AGM has been and gone, and thanks to all who took the time to attend.  Thanks also to Clint for running it.  The committee is largely unchanged this year, with one addition and a little shuffle.  Here is the list of committee members:

  • President: Julien Gibson
  • Vice President: Clinton Fisher
  • Treasurer: Ed Shorne Holden
  • Secretary: Luke Moran
  • General committee members:
    • Gary Waters (Development Officer)
    • Simon Rofe
    • Kieren Vercoe
    • Glen Phillis

Committee meetings are held on average every couple of months, and as always, anyone is welcome to attend.  We will endeavour to post notification of committee meetings here with as much notice as possible, but sometimes trying to get eight adults together on the same evening can be a bit like herding cats.

The president’s report which was presented at the AGM is attached to this post for anyone who wasn’t there.  The accounts are still being audited, however we will advise once that is complete and the auditor’s and treasurer’s report will be available to view upon request.

2016 AGM

The AGM is this coming Saturday the 23rd of July, starting at 1pm sharp out the back at the Wheaty.

Attached to this post are the agenda for the AGM, as well as the minutes of the last AGM.

At the AGM, all committee positions will be declared vacant, and any financial member is eligible to nominate for a role on the committee.  There are four club officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.  There are also up to four general committee members, one of which this year we are specifically targeting as a development officer. This role is essentially to build relationships between the club and potential sponsors and the brewing community generally.  Anyone who wishes to nominate for a position can send an email, or nominate on the day.

Another (final, I promise) reminder that to be eligible to vote at the AGM, you must be a financial member.

We hope to see as many members there as possible, and don’t for get the Winter Competition judging is straight after the AGM.

South Australian Brewing Club 2016 AGM Agenda

SABC 2015 AGM minutes

Check out our new Facebook group

We’ve got the SABC Facebook group up and running, check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sabrew/.  If you’re a bit of a Facebook troglodyte (like me), a group is different to a page, such as our regular SABC Facebook page, in that it allows anyone who is a member of the group to post.  All posts are on the main group page for all to see, rather than on a seperate visitor’s page.

The idea is to make this the place for discussion between members that we can all post to  and easily see, so if you’re a Facebook-er, head over and put in a member request.  There’s already some quality (?!) stuff on there…

Behold, our new Calendar page!

The Calendar page is finally live, and you can check it out here.  At the moment there are only a couple of entries in it, but from now on we will be adding in all SABC meetings and events, as well as any other events (competitions etc.) that we come across.  You can export ics calendar entries, which will allow you to add events to your own calendars.  If you experience any difficulties, please let us know.

The survey results are in…

Thanks to everyone who took the time to complete our short survey.  We really appreciated the feedback received, which was very positive in general. Some excellent feedback suggestions and challenges were put to the club. We’d like to share some of the common themes with you and share with you what the club will be looking to initiate as a result of your feedback.

Here’s what you’ve said:

It’s hard to get a group of people to truly share and communicate without fear of failure or feeling stupid for not knowing something and making mistakes . Knowing and remembering each others names would be good to help stop little sub groups forming because they can’t remember other members names.

-Really great feedback. The committee have discussed the possibility of name tags. We think it should go ahead. 


Better agenda with serious beer discussion matters each meeting.

-Agreed. There were a number of comments along these lines.  The club will be setting the discussion/theme agenda ahead in advance by at least 6 months so members know what to expect and look forward to. This will be sent out in separate comms by email newsletter and club website. 


I think it would be good to see the club extend beyond the Brew Adelaide forum.

Over the last year the club has moved all of its communications to members from the Brew Adelaide forum to Newsletter emails and website updates. There have only been a few updates to the wider beer community on Brew Adelaide to promote events to non members. The club is now entirely separate from Brew Adelaide. 


Create a Facebook group instead of the current Facebook ‘community’.The Facebook community page as it is tends to just be club officials sharing various posts. There’s useful info in the posts but rarely anything directly related to the club or its members. I think an SABC group on Facebook would be a lot more interactive, allowing club members to post/share themselves, find/add members as friends and get a better sense of who’s in the club (real names, photos etc). It’s also a great way to advertise the club and get more people to sign up.

Another excellent bit of feedback! The committee will look into this as a matter of priority.


The Wheaty is great, but our own premises would allow the club to expand into more activities and be heard over the jets etc.

-This would be fantastic. However, at this stage with financial constraints, it just is not possible. If anyone has suggestions for how this can be affordably done i.e. venue share with other clubs etc, please contact the club to discuss. Regarding noise, this is not as bad when out in the back area. The club has communicated concerns around clashes of events with the Wheaty. When this happens, using the lounge area at the Wheaty is no longer an acceptable situation. The Wheaty have assured us that for the remainder of the year, there are no further clashes. The club will look to have a few meetings at alternative venues too, like the recent visit to Little Bang for example. 


The communication has slipped in the past ~12 months to the point where it’s hard to even know what’s going on around the club. I feel there should be a little more transparency around what the committee are working on – especially with an important event like AABC/ANHC coming up later in the year in Adelaide. From the outside it appears that all the work is being done by only a couple of people. I hope that isn’t the case as it’s a sure recipe for burnout.

-Feedback noted. This is especially true for meeting topic agendas. As previously mentioned, the club will publish topics ahead. The committee can discuss the possibility of making committee meeting minutes available. 


A calendar of events should be published.

We are looking at integrating a calendar into the website, and hopefully this will come online in the next few weeks.  The plan is to include club events, key competition dates for all SA competitions, as well as other dates of interest to members.


Perhaps more sponsors required to donate raffle prizes.

-Absolutely! Suggestions are welcome. 


The full survey results are available here if you wish to read them.

The AGM is coming

As announced at the April meeting, the AGM is being held on Saturday July 23rd, starting at 1pm, to the back at the Wheaty.  Keen observers will have noted that this is also the date for judging the winter competition. We will power through the AGM first, and then get on to the judging after that.

All committee positions will be declared vacant at the AGM, and absolutely anyone (who is a financial member) is eligible to nominate for a position.  Nominations can be mailed to the club in advance, and are also open on the day of the AGM.

There will be an agenda circulated closer to the event, but if you have any questions regarding the AGM, being on the committee or indeed anything else please send us an email at info@sabrew.com

Now taking orders for SABC gear

SABC members, roll up your sleeves with SABC’s official gear!
Orders are now being taken for SABC T-shirts, polos and hoodies available in the following:

  • T-shirts available in Black and White with 4 colour logo at the front and sabrew.com on the back; $25 each.
  • Polos available in black with 4 colour logo on the left hand chest and sabrew.com on the back; $25 each.
  • Hoodies available in black with 4 colour logo on the front and sabrew.com on the back; $45 each.

Sample sizes will be available at the next SABC club meeting on the 20th April and also the BeerBQ event on Saturday 9th April.
Orders will need to be submitted to the club together with payment confirmation by the 1st May 2016.  Email info@sabrew.com
Please indicate your choice of garment as well as size required.

SABC has new email addresses

As part of the move to new web hosting, we have also moved our email into our own domain.  This means we have access to more email addresses, which will hopefully streamline the way members communicate with the club.  From today on, please use the email addresses below for all correspondence.  The Gmail account will be forwarded until the end of the year, at which point it will be closed.

info@sabrew.com  This is the new general club email.  Use this for anything that doesn’t specifically fit any other category.

membership@sabrew.com  This is for membership sign up and renewals only.

events@sabrew.com  This is for any correspondence to do with club events.

competitions@sabrew.com  This is for any correspondence to do with club competitions.

SABC 2015 Spring Competition

The Spring competition, which was announced in March, will be judged at the next SABC general meeting on Wednesday August 19 at the Wheaty.

The format of the judging will be slightly different from usual, being an open judging session where any member interested in judging will be able to sit on a panel with an experienced BJCP certified judge and learn more about the process.  South Australia needs more judges, and the hope is to get some more people interested in undertaking the BJCP certification course.

All beers will be judged according to style, and any major scoring discrepancies will be reviewed. All other SABC competition rules will apply as usual.  See the link below for entry forms and rules.

Any member with beers to enter in the competition and who is unable to attend the August meeting can contact the club via email or the organiser on the phone number listed in the rules. Members attending the meeting, please be at the Wheaty by 6.30pm with your beers, as we are aiming to start the judging as close to 7.00pm as possible.

As always, please send any questions through to sabrewclub@gmail.com

Good luck!

SABCSpring2015CompetitionEntryForm

2015/16 Committee

At the recent AGM, elections for committee positions were held, and SABC is pleased to announce the new committee:

President: Julien Gibson
Vice President: Darren Billett
Sectretary: Luke Moran
Treasurer: Simon Rofe
General Members: Clint Fisher, Mark Smith, Gary Waters and Ed Shorne Holden

The new committee is meeting for the first time early next week, and our aim is to map out the next twelve months’ activity as soon as possible. As always, if you have any suggestions of any sort, please email the club.

Also at the AGM, the revised constitution was accepted by vote, and will be available as a permanent link on the website soon.

A huge thank you must go out to the retiring committee members, in particular Brad, James and Ian, who all contributed greatly to the inception and growth of the club over the last two and a bit years. Hopefully we will continue to see you all at the monthly club meetings.