December 2016 Meeting Preview

We’re all set for the last meeting of 2016, with some great education, great prizes and great beer to be had!

But before we get to that, don’t forget we’ve got our family Christmas barbecue on Saturday, December 10 – with a barbecue, bouncy castle for the kids and a visit from Santa – details below!

pH testing

Wrap your head around pH testing!

Our meeting on Thursday, December 1, at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah from 7.30pm with a talk on measuring pH and how that relates to brewing. Education officer Patrick will get the ball rolling with a quick summary of where and why we’re interested in pH during brewing, and then water scientist Amanda Brown (wife of club member KarlB) is going to give us an expert talk to us about how to take measurements right.

Club Member of the Year

On Thursday night club members will present the Canberra Brewers Club Member of the Year award. Will be awarded the Craig Robinson Memorial Trophy is named after a club member who passed suddenly in 2009. The trophy is awarded each year to a Canberra Brewer who best demonstrates the traits Craig was known for: a passion for brewing, generosity and devotion to the club, and being an all-round champion. The previous three trophy winners, Andrew Blencowe, Chris Duffy and Tom Dixon, have taken nominations for the award from members and will select the winner.

Ultimate raffle draw – the N.O.O.K.I.E!!

The December meeting is also where we draw the winner of our annual Newcastle Or Otherwise Kind of Interstate Experience prize! For every three raffle tickets financial members have bought during the year, they get one draw in the NOOKIE prize. This year, the prize is a trip for two to the Gold Coast, where they can head to Currumbin for a personalised tour of Balter Brewing Co with the legend himself, ex-Canberra Brewer Scott ‘Cougar’ Hargrave! There will also be a day spa activity or similar for the winner’s spouse/partner/special friend.

Voyager Craft Malt

Voyager returns – take some home!

After a sensational talk from Stu Wycross about the remarkable journey of Voyager Craft Malting, we’ve had four talented brewers go away and brew four batches using Voyager’s Latrobe Atlas pale malt and a different Voyager specialty malt each. Those beers will be at the meeting for tasting, and as well as more Voyager malt up for grabs in the raffle, brewers will also have the chance buy some of the extra malt from the club – with proceeds going to the John James Foundation. More info on the forum here.

Christmas Party

Don’t forget to RSVP for the club family Christmas party! This is the day where brewers bring their partners and children along for a great day out. We’ve got a bouncy castle and a visit from Santa lined up, with gifts for the kids! Jump on the forum here to RSVP and get the details – we need numbers by Friday 2nd December 2016 (for gifts) Thursday 8th December (for catering).

Your club needs you! Multicultural festival helpers needed

The Canberra Brewers have booked a stall at the 2017 National Multicultral Festival on February 17-19 and President Charlie is looking for some helpers for the planning phase. Events like these always go better with a bit of help from a few people, so step up and help out the club that helps you! More details here on the forum.


The last raffle of 2016 is set to be another great one, with a specially picked ‘Best of the BJCP’ beer pack up for grabs. Education Officer Patrick is heading to Plonk at the Fyshwick markets to pick out the best 20 beers from this year’s BJCP course – each one from a different category! We’ve also got a sack of Voyager pale malt, specialty malt packs and other swag, and some clothing from BentSpoke.

The best Christmas reading

Make sure you check out the club library account att to peruse this great resource and reserve a book or two to read over the Christmas break. 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 to borrow. Don’t have access to the library? Email us and we’ll hook you up. Have you had a book out for a while? Please bring it back so someone else can get in on the learnin’.

*Note, there’s no January meeting, the first catch up in 2017 will be Thursday, February 2.*

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November meeting – made with real malt!

We’re disturbingly excited to have a special presentation this month from Stu Whytcross of Voyager Craft Malt fame. Make sure to be in the Bierkeller at Harmonie German Club from 7.30pm this Thursday, November 3 for this one.

Stu has had a long association in the Canberra Brewers, with great success at previous ACT Championships and regularly giving Dicko much-needed brewing lessons. He’s been a less-frequent participant in club activities in recent years however, as he’s been busy kick-starting a beer revolution in Barellan and getting Voyager Malt up and running. Since then, Voyager Craft Malt has become one of the hottest things in Australian craft brewing – working directly with breweries such as Balter and Batch Brewing.

We can’t wait to hear more about where Voyager is headed, and we’ll also have a bit of swag in the raffle (see below).

Stu Whytcross of Voyager Craft Malt, left, and Bentspoke’s new can range.

Raffle: thanks to Bentspoke, you can* do it!

To mark the release of Bentspoke’s new can lines next Thursday, Richard and the team are lavishing our raffle with a bunch of sweet cans and merch this month. You could walk home with a whole case of Crankshaft, 10- or 4-packs of Crankshaft or Barley Griffin cans (!!). We’ll also have a bag of Voyager Atlas Latrobe Malt and more Voyager merch – and we might even see if we can rummage up some extra equipment. A HUGE thanks to Voyager and Bentspoke for their contributions! Don’t forget to check out all the activities Bentspoke has lined up for Canberra Beer Week, starting with the Bentspoke Carnival at Mitchell on Sunday, November 6 and a cheese pairing session on Tuesday, November 8.

* see what we did there?

Get your brew on for Beer Day Out

Our dedicated Alechemist, Swannie, is taking the lead on some Canberra Brewers brewing demos at the Beer Day Out on Saturday, November 5. A new venue and a bit more space means we’re going to be able to brew and talk to punters at this year’s festival. If you’re going along, make sure you stop by the stall and say hi, or chat about homebrewing with other beer fans. If you’re still interested in volunteering at the event (it’s a fun day), flick an email to organisers at

Canberra Beer Week

For those who haven’t been entirely missing in action recently, you probably already know  all about Canberra Beer Week launching their 2016 program. I’d highly recommend a perusal of their website and consider which of the stellar range of events over the next two weeks you may be most excited about supporting.   

As a brief overview, this week you could kick things off with Pact Beer Co, joining them as they team up with the freshly refurbished Duxton in O’Connor for either a Cocktail Party and/or  a fabulous five-course Beer Degustation. Next week Transit Bar in Civic will also be hosting a brewer showdown or battle between ACT and the South Coast , featuring both Pact and the Wig. As mentioned above BentSpoke are hosting both a cheese pairing and a carnival to celebrate their new cannery in Mitchell. BentSpoke’s beers are also being flipped on November 11. And that’s all before all the fun to be had at events being run out of Plonk and the Durham, such as your chance to meet Bacchus Brewing’s own Ross Kenrick. Get behind Canberra Beer Week and post to this thread to get a group together!

X-Mas Festivities – Save the date!

Shortly we will be announcing the location of this years Christmas family barbecue. But for now the date has been set – Saturday December 10! Closer to the date we will be reaching out over the forum and email for RSVPs and perhaps even asking a volunteer to play an important role on the day – details to follow. Get your favourite christmas beers ready!

Testing times – BJCP exam

Keen to get certified? We’re calling for people to sit the next BJCP exam – scheduled for January 22 or 29. We’ve had a pretty solid uptake so far, with 11 names down for 12 spots, but history shows people often drop off this list by the time the exam comes around, so we want a good solid wait list lined up. Add your name and find out more information on the forum here, and Education Officer Patrick will have a quick chat about it at the meeting after the committee spiel.

Who you gunna call? Canberra Brewers!

We had one of our strongest-ever contingents at the recent Australian National Homebrewers Conference in Adelaide a couple of weeks ago, with some outstanding presentations from the likes of Mitch Steele (ex Stone Brewing Co), beer writer Stan Hieronymus and a swag of others. We picked up a bunch of trophies at the Australian Amateur Brewing Championship and busted out some serious cosplay action at Club Night, winning the award for best costumes! Check out the photos here.

Library books

We’re keen to do a bit of a Library stock take before the December meeting, so if you’ve got any outstanding books we’d appreciate it if you could bring them back this month. Otherwise, if you want to reserve a book, head to the club’s online library 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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