September meeting preview

Beer Judging

Get your entries in for the ACT Amateur Brewing Championships.

Greetings brewers! It’s that time of year again when we’re gearing up for our biggest competition of the year – the ACT Amateur Brewing Championships!

Entries must be submitted before 10.30am on September 5, so the next meeting on Thursday, September 3, at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah might be your last chance to get a fellow brewer to help sample your beer before you enter it. Cost of entering this year’s ACTABCs has been dropped to $5 per bottle. More information is available on the forum here.

Your club needs you

We’re still keen to enlist more judges and stewards for the ACT competition. It will be at the Pot Belly Boutique Bar, 5/26 Weedon Close, Belconnen on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of September from 9am both days.

Everyone is welcome to help out – stewarding is a great way to learn more about competitions and join in the fun! Each day’s session will be for approximately 3 – 4 hours, lunch will be provided at the conclusion of judging each day. Sign up on the forum here.

Tune-up your tastebuds

With the BJCP trainees having their major faulted beer tasting session on Tuesday night (a fantastic opportunity – add your name to the waiting list here), we’ve got a couple of extra flavours to offer to the broader group at the meeting. One of these is a very common off-flavour that judges often disagree on, so the timing is right to dial in your dial in your sensors to make sure you’ve got it right! Thanks, yet again, to BentSpoke for providing the perfectly-brewed base beer.

Halt deine Lederhosen fest!

Halt deine Lederhosen fest!

Oktoberfest tickets selling fast!

With a maximum 90 spaces available, and at last count 75 of those taken, you’d better get in quick if you want to join in our Oktoberfest celebration – the Canberra Brewers’ biggest social event of the year.

Cost for members is $10 and non-members $40. Don’t forget you need to pay at the September meeting or by direct deposit before Sept 21st or you lose your place(s) on the list. RSVP and read all the details here.

And don’t forget, no Oktoberfest is complete without lots of great homebrew! Bring your kegs along, the more the merrier. There will also be a prize for best German beer served on the night.

Be in it to win it!

For this months raffle we have some fantastic prizes on offer: A bottle of Kraken Meadery’s superb braggot, a temperature controller, a copy of Brewing Classic Styles, Gordon Strong’s new book Modern Homebrew Recipes, a Coopers T-Shirt, and one of the fantastic new products from Mashematics!

Save the date(s)

Still early days, but we’ve got a date (November 28) booked in for our next brewery trip – this time down to the Thirsty Crow in Wagga Wagga. Several members will camp down by the river.

We’re also planning the annual Christmas family barbecue for December 12, so get that up in your calendars. A few more handy dates are in this post on the forum.

Club library

Don’t forget to 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 to borrow. Don’t have access to the library? Email us and we’ll hook you up.

(Another throw back to International Home Brew Day at Westside,
thanks to Tony for editing the timelapse video!)


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Next Meeting

Oktoberfest 2020 will be hosted at the Bentspoke Cannery in Mitchell on Monday, 5th October 2020.
More information to come - check the Forum thread for updates!


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