Well, the April meeting has rapidly snuck up on us like a leathery ball tampered by an Aussie cricket team……..too soon?  Which means it’s time to bring your beers along to Gorman House Arts centre in Ainslie and don’t forget to bring a glass.

April 2018 Meeting. Wednesday 4th


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This month we have our very own Competition Secretary, Andrew “Stretch” Lewis showing us some tricks on how to pimp a kit beer.  This is no ordinary pimping folks, Stretch has gone all out and turned a can of goo into an award-winning Saison with Brett!!
Stretch will tell us all about how he approached this and how some simple tricks and good brewing practice can help turn a simple kit into a beer that took out 4th at the Nationals (Stretch – to clarify).

This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the clubs best brewers and pick up some tips for the upcoming comp in April.
Of course, we’ll have Stretch’s beer on tap so you can see how good it is for yourself.


Make sure you check out the library account at https://canberrabrewers.librarika.com/ and check out some great resources and reserve a book or two to read over the next month.  You can reserve a copy of something and we’ll deliver it at the meeting. If the book is on loan, email education@canberrabrewers.com.au and we’ll arrange it to be brought back for you to borrow. Don’t have access to the library? Email us and we’ll hook you up.


Details of this year’s competitions have been posted on the forum, there will be two club competitions leading into the ACT Championship (and then the Nationals!).

The first Club competition is coming up quickly, on Sunday 29 April – the styles covered are detailed in the post.  The comp 1 entry form is now open.

The club competitions are a great opportunity to get some independent and objective feedback on your beers, that you can use to improve your brewing, so plan what you’d like to enter.  There’s still time to brew for club comp 1 and plenty of time for the following comps.

We always appreciate plenty of volunteers to judge and to steward, so pencil in the dates – judging is the number one way to learn about beer styles, and what it takes to brew good beers, and stewarding is a great way to dip your toe in the water to learn about competitions.

Six Pack Swap

As always, for those who fancy a little more variety in your cellar/fridge, should sign up for the six pack swap on the forum!
It looks like the Six Pack Swap is going to the darker side as we begin to fall into the colder months of the year.
Don’t forget you can bring a mixed bag if you don’t have six of the same beer to swap!


As always, we bring many raffle-worthy prizes.  Yes, more beer from the Multicultural Festival + some rare beers you may not have seen or tasted in addition to a 25kg of Fawcett’s Marris Otter and bags of Munich II and Biscuit malts.

Hope to see you all there!

Time for another meeting already, an time for a new committee! This calls for a beer!

Annual General Meeting and committee nominations

Our March meeting will also be the club’s AGM. All committee positions are up for re-election as per the Rules of Association, and we are taking nominations now! This is your chance to steer the club for the next 12 months. Remember: Canberra Brewers can’t exist without a committee!

The office-bearers of the club are:
(a) the president;
(b) the treasurer;
(c) the social secretary;
(d) the competition secretary;
(e) the education officer;
(f) the editor.

The ordinary committee members of the club are:
(a) the webmaster;
(b) assistant committee member.

Further details, including how to nominate yourself or others for a committee role, are on the forum.

National Multicultural Festival – thank you!

The committee would like to reiterate our appreciation of all the members who volunteered their time for yet another successful ‘multi’.  This event is really valuable to the club, and this year was no exception. Thank you!

Education Session

e1fc4d_0df4a6cb8d4446f8b54632e4359babc5_mv2A big month for education, so big that the education session will be in the main hall because we’re having a return visit from brewer, historian and author Peter Symons. Peter will talk about his new book, 6 O’CLOCK Brews, and the history and evolution of the Australian Sparkling Ale.

Peter’s new work is a continuation, extension and amplification of his previous book, Bronzed Brews. Now after lots more research, including delving into heaps more mouldy brewing books, there are more stories from the past and of course even more (54) old recreation recipes!

Join us in the main hall at Gorman House to hear Peter’s talk at 7.30pm on Wednesday.

Six Pack Swap

As always, those of you who fancy a little more variety in your cellar/fridge should sign up for six pack swap on the forum! Don’t forget you can bring a mixed bag if you don’t have six of the same beer to swap!


What do you do with leftover cases of beer that you didn’t manage to sell at the Multicultural Festival?  Raffle them off of course!  Buy tickets this week and perhaps you’ll be lugging home some cans.

See you on Wednesday…

This month’s club meeting will be held this Wednesday 7th March at Gorman House in Civic. 7.30pm sharp for the eduction session.

Howdy folks, and a belated Happy New Year to you all! This week sees our first club night of 2018. This calls for a beer!

Meeting this Wednesday at Gorman House

February’s club meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th February, once again at the Gorman Arts Centre in Civic. Don’t forget to BYO glassware if possible.

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National Multicultural Festival

It’s that time of year again – ‘multi‘ is fast approaching (16-18 Feb) and we still have shifts to fill for the club stall.  This is a really significant event for the club and it depends on the kindness of members to make it happen.  More details on the forum, where you can add your name to the roster if you’re available.  Thank you!

Six Pack Swap

A little birdy told me you should get rid of those bottles from 2017 and brew some fresh stuff.  Luckily we have just the thing to help: add your name to Feb’s six pack swap on the forum and turn your brews into a selection of other members’ creations! Don’t forget you can bring a mixed bag if you don’t have six of the same beer to swap.


Education Session

This month, Canberra Brewers member Jamie Gilbert will be talking all things Fermentasaurus, including the good, the bad, and the hackable aspects of this relatively new ‘unitank’ fermentor.  You can even win one in the raffle!


Another good one this month, including a Fermetasaurus + pressure kit from Mashematics, some ‘hard to get’ South African hops, courtesy of Hawkers Brewery, books, and merch from Thirsty Crow.

See you on Wednesday…

This month’s club meeting will be held this Wednesday 7th February at Gorman House in Civic. 7.30pm sharp for the eduction session.

Howdy folks, it’s time for the last meeting of 2017! Here are the details:


November’s meeting saw the club move to a new venue for the first time in over ten years! Thanks to everyone for being so positive about the change!

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As in November, the next club meeting will be held on Wednesday at the Gorman Arts Centre in Civic. The address is Gorman House, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon, ACT 2612. Don’t forget to BYO glassware if possible.

Gorman House map

There is parking along Batman Street and in surrounding streets. There is also a small U-shaped driveway at the main office which is a good spot to drop any gear off but you can’t park there.

No education session this month, so straight to the meeting.

Six Pack Twelve Days of Christmas Swap

You know the song: “On the twelfth day of Christmas, my brew club gave to me… the twelfth bottle of homebrew from December’s special edition twelve pack swaaaaaap.”

This will only work if we get 13 or more volunteers, so add your name to the list and bring along 12 bottles (can be mixed) for December’s festive swap!

Christmas BBQ

Our yearly family & friends Christmas BBQ will be held on Saturday 9th December at Black Mountain Peninsula (with a backup venue in case of wet weather). Please RSVP on the forum for catering purposes.

No meeting in January

As usual, there will be no meeting in January next year.  The next club night with therefore be in February 2018 – date and venue TBC at this point, so watch this space.

See you on WEDNESDAY

This month’s club meeting will be held this Wednesday 6th December at the Gorman Arts Centre (Gorman House) in Civic from 7.30pm. Bring your beer and don’t forget to bring a glass too!