One big year gone – 2014


Craig Robinson Memorial Clubman of the year Chris Duffy

Craig Robinson Memorial Clubman of the year Chris Duffy

Some of them anyway, in the form of a break as the last meeting of the year for the club is the annual general meeting – and with it, comes a new team to lead next year.

After the normal banter and greetings that come on club night, the evening started with a short (and actually was for a change) final talk from outgoing Club President Mark Bilbrough and other members of the committee before control of the meeting was handed over to Craig Webber to officially dissolve the current committee and proceed with the AGM.

With only a few nominations the election of the new committee was done quick and control was shifted to the brand new committee for 2015 led by Club President Joel Baines.

Andrew Chek will be the treasurer with Pat Baggoley taking the reins on education.

Stephen Lawford returns to his position after a successful year running the club competitions and Jeremy Michael moving up to Social

Secretary and Tony Hill assisting him.

In a change for 2015 the positions of Editor and Web Master have been merged to reflect changing times and roles with Jay Henry moving into there.

After the formal parts of the AGM were complete Ben Harmer took the opportunity to announce this year’s Clubman of the year which went to none other than club legend Chris Duffy.

For those who don’t know Chris, and let’s face it, the only way you wouldn’t is if you haven’t attended a meeting in a long time, he has spent much of his time dedicated to the club in various roles and always the first to welcome in new members – and yell at everyone to be quiet when needed for announcements.

While there were several worthy nominations for the Craig Robinson Memorial Clubman of the year trophy this year, Chris stood out from most with nominations such as:

“Despite a tough year in his personal life Chris has been at every meeting, doing his thing, working for the club, he is approachable to all, new and old brewers, and has been that way for years”

“Chris has for many years showed the core values of the Canberra Brewers (education of craft beer) and he has provided assistance to all club functions without want of recognition. Chris is one of the club members that go out of their way to welcome new members that often feel out of place on their first meeting, this is also worthy of 2014 clubman of the year.”

“Chris often takes time to give the newer members of the Canberra Brewers advice and talks them through what most would deem simple problems. I have known Chris for many years and he does not do the things he does for any reason but the love of the Canberra Brewers.”

A huge congratulation goes out to Chris.

With 2014 now done for the year, both the outgoing and current committee would like to extend thanks to all members for a great year and wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.

Here’s to 2015!

The 2015 Committee

The 2015 Committee

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November – the end of the year is almost here

With ANHC out of the way the club met for its second last time for 2014 and relaxed a little with the busy year almost done.

Champion Brewers

Champion Brewers

The AGM was announced by the club president which will see all positions up for re-election to drive the club into 2015.

With many of the current position holders into successive terms, it’s time for other club members to step in and volunteer their time to keep the club running.

With the formalities out of the way, and a bunch of new brewers there on the night, the club took the opportunity to conduct a “fireside chat” to give the newer brewers the chance to ask questions in the audience of some of the clubs more experienced brewers.

The chat was well represented with ten new brewers, of varying skills, experience and brewing techniques, taking the opportunity to better their skills and knowledge and taste of different beers.

Discussions centred on the key elements that need to be controlled to get a quality beer including yeast, temperature, cleanliness and patience.

All of these key elements are applicable from the brewer starting out with kits through to the all grain brewer. Specific questions were asked such as how to get the most out of yeast, what methods could be used to aid with fermentation control without the aid of refrigeration as well as discussing some of the lessons learnt from sanitary practices that might not be lending towards that perfect pint.

The session showcased the willingness of some of the more experienced club members to provide advice to the newer members, something they can access well into the future, with the goal of meeting new people, learning a lot and making great beer.

Tom Dixon was named the 2014 Wig & Pen Trophy winner with his Dusseldorf Altbier – congratulations to him and it should be on tap at the Wig & Pen’s new location early in the new year.

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It’s Oktober!


Although our annual Oktoberfest meeting was actually held last month, the month is Oktober and we all still got together for our monthly meeting with most enjoying the Oktoberfest beers available at the venue.

We soon got down to business with many awards handed out for some great beers in the recent club competition – well done to all those members.

With so much on the calendar coming up, such as the highly anticipated Australian National Homebrew Conference (ANHC), business was kept minimal with the focus on being social and tasting each others brews – of which there was plenty going around.

Raffles were on as usual with some great prizes although a few members either left early or got caught up chatting with plenty needing to be redrawn – make sure you listen up and stick around so you don’t miss out.

Everyone enjoyed the night and it ended well with the exception of a couple of glasses – seems you cant take brewers anywhere.

The next big event for the club on the calendar is the ANHC being held in a couple of weeks and is promising to be a huge event – if not the biggest in it’s history.


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August Meeting

Club President Billy listening in to the rest of the committee talk (for a change)

Club President Billy listening in to the rest of the committee talk (for a change)

The middle of the year has passed and we’re one meeting closer to one of the biggest club nights of the year – Oktoberfest!
But first, we had a meeting in August – and despite the cold a great number of brewers turned out with quite a few new faces in the crowd.

Despite some heckling from the normal crowd at the back of the room, the committee got stuck into the official proceedings for the night and passed on some important information to the members.

Bruce got up and gave everyone an idea of what the club would be doing as part of this year’s Floriade festival – talking about beer, so even if you’re not part of the official team make sure you keep up to date with what is going on and go down there and show some support.

Eugene educated the crowd on malting wheat and barley with plenty walking away with either knowing more about the grains they use for their everyday brewing to those perhaps thinking of giving it a go themselves.

The kegs ran dry pretty quickly, but members had plenty of bottled beer to pass around for feedback – including this editor who is back to first brew status on a new brew system and copped a fair bit of feedback on a “kit beer” – thanks fellas, the day was a disaster but it sort of resembled a beer!

The raffles saw some great beer up for grabs including some bottles Moo Brew from Tassie as well as a bunch of other items up for grabs.

Overall it was another spectacular night for the brewers of Canberra.

For those who don’t know, next month is Oktoberfest!

For us anyway, the club is not available for our normal meeting night in Oktober so we’re celebrating it earlier. Until next time.

Eugene educating the crowd on malting wheat and barley.

Eugene educating the crowd on malting wheat and barley.

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July Meeting


Growler – A Happy Raffler

Canberra Brewers shivered their way into the Harmonie German Club on a cold winter’s night in July for another fun/beer filled meeting. Once again, we left the miracle boxes on the sideline for a bottle sharing night. Ciders, Schwarzes, and IPAs were bandied about. Diacetyl was criticised, hops were appreciated. Cheeks were made red. It was good.

The committee ran through the latest with ANHC (tickets now on sale!) and reminded members that this year’s Oktoberfest will be more of a Septemberfest, before compsec Steve ‘Lawfo’ Lawford handed out all the certificates from competition two. Co-social secretary Jeremy Michael kicked off planning for the club bar at the ANHC Club Night before a bunch of spring rolls and fried chicken came out.

Full of spring rolls and fried chicken, brewers sat down for the ‘going for gold’ talk, where former champion brewers Craig ‘Stagger’ Webber, Ross Mitchell, Kevin Hingston, and Mark Overton shared their varied approaches and attitudes to competition success. Hopefully brewers can find some barley and/or wheat among the chaff of that talk and really rep the club at the ACTABCs and AABCs this year.

With the talking well and truly behind us, we called the humoungous July raffle. With a brand new Keg King Keg via Mashematics, half a kilo of Hop Dealz hops, books, an infrared thermometer, and a bunch of swag from the Lord Nelson brewery, tickets went like hot cakes. Chris ‘Growler’ De La Rue wanted to win so bad, he broke his arm rushing to the front, but in the end it paid mad dividends for him.

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Next Meeting

The next club meeting is on Thursday February 5, which is about 6 and a half weeks away. More information about club meetings is available on the Meetings page.

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