By Mark Bilbrough, Club President
Basking in the afterglow? Resting on our laurels? Buggered after pulling together another National Multicultural Festival? Call it what you will but the March meeting was a suitably low-fi event.
We had a good turnout, with a heap of new brewers coming along to what was a largely social gathering. The bring-a-bottle themed event saw us return to a classic kegless meeting where we get to taste each others beer and focus on the craft.
Then we had the kegs, so the fun continued on.
Folks who had helped out at the Multicultural Festival got to take home a bottle of the leftovers from Byron Bay (Pilsner) and Mountain Goat (Steam Ale). It also gave me a great chance to practice using my PET counter-pressure filler which I thought was cool, until I saw how easy it is to fill bottles with the new Ultimate Carbonation Cap available from Mashematics/Keg King.
Neal Cameron from the Australian Brewery had also popped into the meeting – sharing his view on how much better craft beer is in cans. Rather than give an impromptu presentation, he made himself available throughout the night to questions form the homebrewers on his beer, cans and cider (Neal was in Canberra for Plonk’s ciderganza).
Richard Watkins was interrogated about when Bent Spoke was due to open (but his resistance is stronger than our need for information).
Welcome to all of our new members, and I think we are all looking forward to returning to normal come April.