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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May Meeting Preview

Hey there brewers! Big weekend ahead, and another great meeting coming up next week, here’s a taste of what’s going on in the Best Homebrew Club in Australia!!

 

Club rallying to show off their skills for International Home Brew Day!

OK so it’s not part of the monthly meeting, but don’t forget it’s International Home Brew Day tomorrow!! A bunch of people have put in a bunch of work to get everything together for this event, which is shaping up to be a real showcase for beer and homebrewing in Canberra. It’s on at Westside at Acton Park (the shipping container village beside Lake Burley Griffin) and we’ll have eight brewers on site brewing along with a bunch of different demos from club members. We’ve had heaps of interest at the event’s Facebook Page, so check it out for more details. We’re publicising a 10am start time, but setup will begin from 8:30am if you want to help out. It should be a great day.

 

Test your taste buds

Are you struggling to dial in your senses to detect some of the more common off flavours? Well at the meeting on Thursday, May 7, we’re going to run a quick session with some beer flavouring kits we’ve imported from the UK. This is a must-do for new brewers trying to identify what’s going on in their beer, and great practice for experienced judges.

 

The highs and lows of mash temperatures

Darren “Spaz” Blackhurst has been dialling in his new HERMS system and has been good enough to brew two batches of bitter for this month’s Brewers Showcase. We all know that high mash temps make a thicker, higher gravity finish on a beer, right? Well let’s put it to the test and see how much difference it makes. Is it worth stressing over hitting your strike temp, or does it really not matter? The proof will be in the tasting!

 

Counter-pressure filling: Judgement Day

We’re also hoping to have the beers filled during the counter-pressure filling demo two months ago to see how they fared – and see if Patrick really was talking rubbish!

 

And of course, we’ll have the monthly raffles!

Full Pint Brewing Supplies is coming to the party this month, kindly kicking in a prize of one of the new fancy Sterilock dry airlocks (that filter air in and out of the fermenter), a pack of ultra-fresh 2015-crop Melba hops, and a pack of the Whitlabs Platinum Whitbread Ale Yeast. And that’s just the beginning! We’re also looking to secure a couple more prizes, and some great new books are on their way as well.

 

Reserve your books from the club library

We’re expecting a couple of new books in this week, so 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.

So grab some home brew and bring it along to share with friends and have a chat.

See you tomorrow, and then again on Thursday!!

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