April 2017 news and meeting preview

Howdy folks, and warm greetings from your new committee.  The March AGM was a success, with nominations received for all committee positions.  Here follows a recap of the dream team for 2017, elected under the watchful eye of Returning Officer, Chris Duffy (‘Duffbowl’).  (The new editor proceeded to instantly fail at organising a committee photograph; apologies.)

  • President: Charles ‘Chuck’ Newton (‘Charles Newton’)
  • Treasurer: Darren Blackhurst (‘Spaz’)
  • Education Officer: Stephen Lawford (‘Lawfo’)
  • Competition Secretary: Paul Main (‘Hen and Hound’)
  • Editor: James Gilbert (‘jamie’)
  • Social Secretary: Nicole Coombe (‘Nicname’)
  • Assistant Social Secretary: Michael O’Brien (‘Brettanomikies’)
  • Webmaster: Scott Taylor (‘ScottyT’)

All nominations were unopposed and all were elected unanimously.  Many thanks once again to last year’s committee for steering the Canberra Brewers ship with aplomb.

2017 competition schedule

Full info on the 2017 club competitions has been announced on the forum.  Dates are:

  • Comp 1 – Sunday 30 April 2017
  • Comp 2 – Sunday 23 July 2017
  • ACT Championships – Weekend of 9-10 September 2017 (TBC)

Note that a new style guide has been released by the Australian Amateur Brewing Championships, which means the competition schedule differs a little from previous years.

There’s still time to get a batch on for Comp 1, so what are you waiting for? :)

And speaking of competitions…

April’s education session


Excellent brewers are waiting for you to take medals from them.

With the first club comp of 2017 just around the corner, our education session this month is all about competitions. Comps are one of the best education tools the club provides. This month we’ll have a panel of members with varying levels of experience, poised to give their view on the whats, whys and hows of entering and participating in a comp.

This year the committee is keen to broaden comp participation across our membership, so we’d like to know what we could do to encourage first time entrants.  We’d like to remind members that, even if you know your beer isn’t wonderful, some constructive feedback from experienced judges might be all you need to instantly improve one or all of your brews.

We’ll conclude this month’s education session with our new CompSec, Paul Main (‘Hen and Hound’), giving an update on Comp 1 and summarising the recent changes to the AABC Guidelines.

And speaking of beer styles…

BJCP course 2017

This year’s BJCP course, originally due to start last month, has been rescheduled to begin in May.  This means there’s still time to sign up on the forum for this excellent (and subsidised) education opportunity.  Remember that there’s no obligation to become a judge and you’re not signing up for any sort of exam; this is a chance to learn how to taste and evaluate beer, which is a vital stage in the path to homebrewing nirvana.

Patrick Baggoley (‘PatrickB’) has kindly volunteered to host the course again this year, so you’re guaranteed an experience at least as good as last year.  Which was bloody good.

See you on Thursday…

April’s club meeting will again be held at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah.  7.30pm sharp for the education session, followed by usual club shenanigans.


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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 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. 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 July 6, which is just under a fortnight from now. More information about club meetings is available on the Meetings page.

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