ACT 2nd in the Nationals and Lawfo wins Brewer of the year

ACT pipped at the post to come 2nd overall

The Australian Amatuer Brewing Championships 2019 were held on 26 October 2019 at the Bankstown Sports Club in Sydney. 350 entries from 207 brewers made it through to the competion from the state and territory qualifying rounds. A big congratulations to Canberra Brewers for our success.  ACT and NSW tied for first with 23 points each. Unfortunatley on countback, ACT had total 2,305 points for the scoring beers and NSW 2,662 points. Well done NSW.

Lawfo wins Champion Brewer of 2019

The Australian Amateur Brewer of the Year went to Stephen Lawford who won 3 first places (Czech Dark Lager, American Pale Ale & Spice, Herb, Vegetable Beer) and 1 second place (Wheat & Rye – Roggenbier). What a champion! Stephen said of his brewing “Like many, my first experience of brewing was with my dad, helping him clean, fill and cap bottles,… (and with Dad) I put down my first batch on my 18th birthday. So I cannot thank him enough for igniting my passion for home brewing.” Equal 3rd place by points was shared by Steve Hogath with 2 firsts (Low Alc Dark Mild & Irish Extra Stout) but he was awarded 4th on count back (total number of points). Well done Hoggy! Thanks to NSW, especially Peter Symons (he writes great books on historical beers) and the seven judges from Canberra who made the journey. Full results are here.

Also congratulations to Kip Koenig and his Dark Terra and Richard Brown with his Chocolate Frog Porter who have made it through to the finals of the Coopers’ Masters of the Brewniverse completion.

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November Meeting

Remember to bring some of your home brewed beer to the November meeting at:

7:30pm Wednesday 6th November at Gorman Arts Centre

ACT Beer of show

All members are welcome to go along to the judging of the ACT Beer of Show at Bentspoke starting at 6pm 6-Nov to witness it and have a beer before the meeting.

For those who entred the ACT comp, all of the comp medals and score sheets to give out.

Sharing is caring

Like always we encourage you to bring and share your beer with all of the other brewers at the meeting. You can bring bottles, growlers or even a Corny Keg, it is up to you. A good guide is to bring about as much as you want to drink. There is a Nookie ticket for members who bring beer or buy raffle tickets. If you don’t know what the Nookie prize is, then come and find out.

Membership and Bentspoke Drafters cards will be available at the meeting

As most of you will know by now we are issuing Membership cards so sponsors can identify current members and provide some great offers. Check the sponsors’ page of the forum. Also Bentspoke has generously provided all financial members with a Drafters card that gives you some great discounts at Bentspoke.  Cards and details are available at the meeting.

Education Session

With a recent popularity explosion of hazy beers such as New England IPAs, as well as their acceptance in the 2019 Australian Amateur Brewing Competition, it’s an appropriate time to discuss beer clarity.

The November Education Session will focus on many aspects of beer clarity, specifically;
– Factors influencing wort & beer clarity
– Methods to improve clarity ie filtering, finings, long-term chilling
– Methods to reduce clarity ie malt & yeast selection
– Effects of clarity on beer flavour and preference

This won’t be a NEIPA talk – that’s just a topical example. Fundamental aspects are in focus here.

There will be two samples of a heavily dry-hopped pale ale for attendees to taste: one is clarified and the other is not (they are otherwise identical beers, from the same batch). You will be invited to sample both and discuss any perceived differences. Anyone willing to bring their own fined & non-fined samples of their beer are welcome and encouraged to do so, send a PM to MBT discuss further.


This month’s raffle prizes include a Counter Pressure Filler. Belco Brew supplies have donated 10kg grain and some hop samples and Mashematics have donated various grain and hop samples.


As mentioned earlier, Peter Symons who ran the AABCs this year is a great author of historical beer books including tested recipes for home brewers to use. His books include 6 O’clock Brews about beers from the 40s and Bronzed Brews about Australian Old beers. Both are available from the library. Log on through the forum to see all the books.

See you at the meeting!

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