Canberra Brewer August meeting preview

Geoff Swan uses his home-built three-vessel system to brew a barleywine on International Home Brew Day at Westside in May

Geoff Swan uses his home-built three-vessel system to brew a barleywine on International Home Brew Day at Westside in May

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canberra Brewers get the low-down on the Young Henrys brewing operations from assistant brewer Owen Lyons, far right.

Canberra Brewers get the low-down on the Young Henrys brewing operations from assistant brewer Owen Lyons, far right.

Wig and Pen brewer Frazer Brown, left,  toasts the release of Tom Dixon's Wig and Pen Trophy beer, a Dusseldorf Altbier.

Wig and Pen brewer Frazer Brown, left, toasts the release of Tom Dixon’s Wig and Pen Trophy beer, a Dusseldorf Altbier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings brewers, another big month of beer in Canberra, with the launch of Tom Dixon’s Wig and Pen Trophy winning Dusseldorf Altbier “Tom, Dick and Harry” at the Wig, another Pact Brewing Co launch, and a Canberra Brewers club trip to Young Henrys and Batch Brewing in Sydney.

So, it’s only fitting we’ve got another  big meeting ahead!

The hard word on brewing software

For this month’s 7:30pm education session, we’ve lined up a couple of club tech-heads to talk about getting the most out of brewing software. We’ll take a good look at BeerSmith (the most popular software for CB members) and if time permits run through the features of some other software.

We’ll also talk about the idea of using a calibration brew to help get all the numbers you need to set up your software correctly for your system.

Solid gold tasting session

To satisfy his fascination for the experimental, Kevin Hingston is bringing two samples of his Belgian Golden Strong Ale using slightly different brewing techniques, and he wants some volunteers for a blind tasting. There are just 12 places available, so jump on the forum and sign up here. If you don’t get on the forum, email education@canberrabrewers.com.au

Barleywine bonanza

Geoff Swan took the IHBD challenge to brew a barleywine back in May, and he’s now set to bring the result along to the meeting. Rumour has it another club member will bring his keg of barleywine as well – but he’s interested to see if anyone can pick the consequences of an unusual step he took in its preparation.

Club raffle coup

This month’s raffle boasts some terrific prizes: We’ve got an Ultimate Growler – with its own mini-regulator, gas supply and dispensing tap,

a temperature controller, a wort oxygenation kit, A Coopers bar mat, a six-pack of beer from Batch Brewing and Young Henrys, a mixed fourpack of beer and a T-shirt from Brewcult and two books: Yeast and Modern Homebrewing Recipes. Make sure you get in and buy lots of tickets so the committee doesn’t scoop them all this time!

Mead and Cider judge training

We’re looking for expressions of interest for a mead and cider training session in August. Put your name down on the forum here, or email education@canberrabrewers.com.au.

Support the club that supports us!

A reminder to new and existing Canberra Brewers Club members that the German Harmonie Club supports the Canberra Brewers by providing the use of their function room (and allows us to drink our own beer), free of charge as part of their support to community clubs.  Please show them your support by becoming a member by filling out this form and paying only $10 for 3 years here or $5 for 1 year if you haven’t already.

Typically we also like to show our support by purchasing a beer as you arrive, which gives you a glass for tastings during the meeting. Please note, the glasses behind the bar downstairs are not there for our free use, so lets try to keep the extra glass use to a minimum. The bistro is open before our meetings start if you are after a feed of schnitzel or pork knuckle.  Also keep in mind that their staff need to clean up after us, so try do what you can to keep the place in a reasonably tidy state.  Any help at the end of club nights to clean up is much appreciated.

Club library

Don’t forget to head to the club’s online library catalogue at https://canberrabrewers.librarika.com/ to peruse this great resource. You can reserve a copy of something and we’ll deliver it at the meeting. If the book is currently on loan, email education@canberrabrewers.com.au and we’ll arrange to have it brought back for you to borrow. Don’t have access to the library? Email us and we’ll hook you up.

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June monthly meeting preview

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Greetings brewers! Plenty to share this week, since as well as a club meeting, there’s also a craft beer bar reopening, a beer company launch and a brewery’s weekend of anniversary celebrations!

APA five ways

Next Thursday, June 4, at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah brings us some of the fruits of our fantastic International Homebrew Day from earlier this month, with five American Pale Ales all brewed on different systems by different brewers.Do you think you’ll be able to pick which beer came from which brewer?

Who will win from the great Grainfather v Braumeister face-off?

The meeting will kick off from 8pm, to allow for people to join in after the Pact Beer Co launch (more below).

And of course, don’t forget to bring along your own brews to share with fellow brewers, buy a few tickets in the raffle, and pick up some books from the club library (more on these below).

 

Beer, beer everywhere!

As well as the next meeting from the best homebrew club in Australia, there is a stack of awesome stuff happening in the national (beer) capital over the next week, all of which has some connection to the Canberra Brewers.

 

Pot Belly reboot!

In case you hadn’t seen it all over facebook and the forum, our President, Joel Baines has bought into the Pot Belly Bar in Belconnen, which is hosting a grand official opening this Saturday, from midday to midnight! Plenty of club members will be heading along, so come and have a pint with us. Details on the Pot Belly Bar facebook page.

 

Kevin Hingston goes pro!

As he announced at the May meeting, our back-to-back ACT Amateur Brewing Champion and 2014 national champion has taken a leap into the professional world and has started Pact Beer Co. After a good showing of the Three Lakes Hefeweizen at the GABS festival in Melbourne, Pact will launch its Mount Tennent APA at Transit Bar on Thursday night, from 6pm.

To allow for members to get along to the launch before the meeting, we’re not running a 7:30pm education session, but will instead try to organise some car pooling between Civic and Narrabundah for the meeting. Check out the forum for details.

 

Bentspoke’s Big Birthday Bash!

The brewery built by one of the club’s longest-standing members, Richard Watkins, (with a bit of help from a bunch of tallented Canberra Brewers members) is celebrating it’s first anniversary throughout the June long weekend.

Here’s what they’ve got planned:

Friday, June 5 @ noon Big Birthday Weekend and Scotch Ale Beer Launch

Saturday, June 6 @ 7pm Exclusive Draughters Lock-in including the launch of special birthday beer (it’s a 15% dark – exact style will be kept a secret until on the night)

Sunday, June 7 @ Noon Big Bike Ride and Barbie plus launch of Dark IPA

Monday, June 8 – Dark and Sour launch, and all four birthday beers available on a special sample bar for the day.

 

Dixon doughs in

And in the past week, 2014 Wig and Pen Trophy Winner Tom Dixon has pulled on the rubber gloves and helped brew his best of show altbier recipe at the brew pub’s new ANU location. It’ll be great to see a Canberra Brewer’s beer on tap at the Wig again!

 

And back to the meeting …

 

Raffle prizes

Craftbrewer has helped us out with some awesome prizes this month, so we are offering a 9.5 litre party keg,a magnetic stir plate  and a temperature controller! These, plus a few other nifty prizes will be on offer, but you’ve got to be in it to win it!

 

Club library

Don’t forget to head to the club’s online library catalogue at https://canberrabrewers.librarika.com/ to peruse this great resource. You can reserve a copy of something and we’ll deliver it at the meeting. If the book is currently on loan, email education@canberrabrewers.com.au and we’ll arrange to have it brought back for you to borrow. Don’t have access to the library? Email us and we’ll hook you up.

Pot Belly Bentspoke Craftbrewer Pact

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Next Meeting

The next club meeting is on Thursday August 6, which is two days from now. More information about club meetings is available on the Meetings page.

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