March AGM Preview – Canberra Brewers


Canberra Brewers stall @ the 2017 National Multicultural Festival last weekend


We’re all set for our Annual General Meeting on Thursday night, back at the Harmonie German Club on Thursday, March 2. This is the meeting where people put up their hands and show us if they’ve got what it takes to Keep Making Canberra Brewers Great … Still!

Nominations closed on Thursday (7 days before the AGM) but they can be accepted during the meeting – so I’d encourage you to consider nominating one of the positions which are up for re-election.

Hopefully we’ll also have a report on the results of our stall at the National Multicultural Festival stall. Thanks once again to all the club members who gave up their time last weekend to help the stall run smoothly, and spruik local brews on punters.

Fill ‘er up!

In a return to his first session as education officer, due to popular demand, Patrick will do another presentation on counter-pressure bottle filling, or how to get beer from your keg to a bottle. Get down to the bierkeller from 7.30pm to learn the real secret behind getting all those gold medals in competition!

All for a good cause

As we outlined at our fantastic meeting at Bentspoke’s ‘The Cannery’ in Mitchell last month, the club wants to make a $3000 donation to the John James Village to recognise the fantastic support that John James Foundation has given us over the past couple of years, and to help an organisation that does genuine good for the community. This $3000 donation includes about $700 club members have already raised at a movie night and selling specialty malt donated by Voyager Malt. We’ll vote at the meeting to ratify this decision.

BJCP course – enrol now!

We’ve officially started taking numbers for our BJCP course for 2017. 11 out of 10 participants agree this is the best beer experience you’ll ever have on Tuesday nights in Deakin. For a meer $180 you’ll get to sample 150 beers over 10 fortnightly sessions and learn all about what goes into around 80 different beer styles. You’ll have a great time getting to know more about beer and your fellow club members. Sign up on the forum here.


John James Foundation hosts us for a BJCP session in 2016


We’ve been waiting on this one for a while, but it’s looking like we’ll finally have one of the awesome new Fermentasaurus fermenters up for grabs! We reckon that even if you don’t win it, you’ll be straight on to Kurtz at Mashematics to buy one after you see these babies. We’ll also have some sparkly new chrome tap handles, some Crankshaft and Pact cans, and plenty more!

Library books

Before he hands over the library to the new education officer, Patrick has been eagerly going through the system to make sure everything’s up to date and all the books are in good order, so now’s a great time to jump on the club’s library website and chose a book. Check out the online catalogue at 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 and we’ll arrange to have it brought back for you. Don’t have access to the library? Email us and we’ll hook you up.

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February 2017 Meeting preview


Bentspoke Cannery

Bentspoke cans at The Cannery in Mitchell

As the embers of 2016 slowly smoulder with the Trans-Pacific Partnership … we inaugurate 2017 with a club night on Thursday, February 2 augmented (or should that be trumped) with a brew day starting at 3pm, and a talk from Peter Symons, the king of Australian beer history, from 7.30pm!

If you can’t make it in early the meeting, which will be at BentSpoke Mitchell and NOT THE HARMONIE GERMAN CLUB, will kick off and run as normal (so please bring samples of your latest brew to share). When you arrive at Mitchell, please park in the carpark out the front in Baillieu Ct, and come in through the front door (not around the back). See the map below.

BentSpoke Brew Day

Starting early at 3pm, we will be mashing in with Richard at the BentSpoke Mitchell facility (79 Lysaght St, Mitchell) as he resurrects the “Malty Cultural” specialty brew for the upcoming festival.  Cost is $10 (pay when you arrive) to cover nibbles and dinner. Add your name to the forum post or email if you aren’t able to access the forums.  We need numbers before 5pm Wednesday to give Richard a good idea of numbers, and so we can get the catering right.

If you aren’t able to make the early start, don’t worry, just let us know when you plan to be there – the brew day will run from 3pm until pretty much the end of the meeting.

And have you ever wondered if your alcohol calculations are off? Richard’s going to let a few brewers test their (bottled) beers with his fancy ABV testing tool.

Raider of the lost brew logs

Bronzed Brews book cover

Bronzed Brews by Peter Symons

We’re very pleased to say we’ve got brewing historian Peter Symons coming along to the meeting this month to talk about his research in writing Bronzed Brews and the research he’s been doing since. We’ll have a copy of the book in the raffle, and Peter will be able to sell a few copies at $25 each.

Pitch in for Multicultural Festival

It’s that time of year when we’re looking for helpers on our stall at the Multicultural Festival, February 17-19. We need people to sign up for shifts and help pour beers, work the register, do keg runs and talk to punters about beer and homebrewing. Thanks to the support of Canberra breweries, this is a major fundraiser for our club, and it’s also a great social way to get to know other club members. Please add your name to the forum here.

Your club needs you

The club’s annual general meeting will be held at the March meeting, so we’ll be calling for nominations for committee elections. Have a think about whether you’d like to step up and do a little more for the clcub, consider nominating.

The Canberra Brewers committee consists of: President, Treasurer, Social Secretary, Competition Secretary, Editor and Education Secretary. There are also to non-executive members of the committee (who are involved in everything anyway, it’s more of a constitutional thing): Ordinary committee member (currently designated as Assistant Social Secretary)  and WebmasterIf you’ve got any questions about the roles, send the incumbent member and email and have a chat.

Library books

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to read more about beer? Don’t forget the club’s has an extensive library for you to borrow from. Check out the online catalogue at 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 and we’ll arrange to have it brought back for you. Don’t have access to the library? Email us and we’ll hook you up.

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The next club meeting is on Thursday April 6, which is a week and a half from now. More information about club meetings is available on the Meetings page.

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