August Bus Trip – Escarpment, Barn Cat, Block 3, Abe Erb!

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Join us for a visit to Escarpment Laboratories for a presentation on yeast with Q&A, followed by visits to Barncat Artisan Ales and Block 3 Brewing, then dinner at Abe Erb Brewing.

Tickets are $40/person for the trip, plus the dinner and any beer/merch you want to buy at the breweries. There is a limit of 56 (the capacity of the bus), so please don’t hold-off if you’re interested.

Tickets on sale here:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gta-brews-august-bus-trip-tickets-26570758855

Itinerary:
10:00am, depart Toronto from Downsview station parking lot (easy parking and TTC).
11:15am Escarpment Labs
1:00pm Lunch (TBA)
2:30pm Barncat Artisan Ales tour/tasting
5:00pm Block 3 Brewing tour/tasting
8:00pm Abe Erb dinner
10:30pm return to Toronto

Because of the size of our group, Abe Erb has provided us with a condensed menu, and is asking that each person preorders their dinner. This way, they won’t run out of anything, and everybody will know what their dinner will cost (tax and ip inculded) so we can pay on one bill. The menu is as follows:

Salads
Caesar Salad $10
Farro Salad $10
Village Salad $10

Apps
Bone Marrow $11
Wings $14
Nachos (meat or veggie) $11 or $14 with meat
Mussels $16
Poutine (meat or veggie) $12 or $15 with meat
Charcuterie board $24

Mains
Abe Burger $16.5
Jerk chicken Burger $14
Ribs $20
Stout Pie $15.5
Jambalaya $18
Gnocchi $17
Soba Noodle Bowl $14

Full descriptions at: http://abeerb.com/menu/dinner/

Flight of beer $10
Pint of beer $6.50
(beers don’t need to be specified in your preorder).

Basic idea from: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GTA.Brews/permalink/1018329691550165/

Announcing Brew Slam 2016 (#BrewSlam2)

Press Release
July 5th, 2016 – Toronto, ON
GTA Brews is pleased to announce the dates and details for our Brew Slam 2016 Homebrew Competition in Toronto. These dates might seem like a ways away, but it’s actually under 3 months away so get brewing and mark the deadline in your calendar!
 
Entry Deadline: Sept 24th, 2016
Judging Dates: Sept 30th – Oct 2nd, 2016
Account registration is open now! Visit the Brew Slam 2016 page for rules and entry details!
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Brew Slam 2015 (recap) was our club’s first big competition. It was a huge success with 318 entries judged in only 2 days, almost 50 amazing volunteers, and thousands of dollars in prizes!

We are excited to build on last year and make Brew Slam 2016 bigger and better. Our goal is to make this the premier competition in the area for both judges and entrants. Toronto has the largest pool of BJCP judges in Canada which allows us to focus on the best quality judging and feedback possible. We are also excited to work with some fantastic sponsors for even better prizes than last year!

About GTA Brews
We are Toronto’s local homebrew club. Since establishing our club in 2013 we have gained momentum and grown into Canada’s largest homebrew club with well over 200 Paid Members. We bring Toronto area homebrewers together in person, and online, to create a friendly community where we share knowledge, talk shop, and provide feedback on each others homebrews. We welcome members of all experience levels including; potential brewers, new brewers, experienced brewers, and pro brewers.

Announcing the 2016 Cask Days Homebrew Competition

We are very excited to announce that GTA BrewsCask Days, and Toronto Brewing have teamed up to collaborate on the first ever Cask Days Homebrew Competition. The competition will take place this July, and the deadline to enter is July 12th.

The winners of this competition will work with our partner breweries in August and September to re-brew their beer to be served at Cask Days 2016. This is a rare opportunity for homebrewers to get their name out there and share their love of the hobby with a thirsty crowd of thousands of people.

Visit the competition page to learn more and to register.

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Spring Showdown 2016 Results!

Spring Showdown judging happened yesterday April 27th. Scoresheets will be emailed out in the next week or two.

First of all, a huge thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work yesterday. Without the hard work of the judges and stewards this wouldn’t have been possible! I believe this competition was a huge success!

Also a huge thanks to Jordan and Rainhard Brewing for hosting the judging! Also thanks to Patrick Brown, Mark Verok, Andrew Byer, and Eric Cousineau for acting at drop off locations!

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View of the judges hard at work!
The results are posted in pdf below:
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We had 63 entries, 16 judges, and 6 stewards. I believe the judging quality was overall high, and from where I was it seemed like judges felt comfortable and were able to focus on writing the best sheets possible.

Continue reading Spring Showdown 2016 Results!

Member Profiles: Andrew Kotowick

This is a new feature we are introducing on our club blog. We will periodically profile some of our club members to help build our sense of community and also to help people get to know each other more. If you would like to volunteer to be profiled please email gtabrews@gmail.com!

*Note from Eric: Andrew is our VP Communications, and also runs our social media. I’m glad he agreed to be our first club member profiled!

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What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

For about 10 years I worked in the Casino Gaming industry. I’ve worked at a bunch of casinos around the province and I Continue reading Member Profiles: Andrew Kotowick

GTA Brews Spring 2016 Grain Buy

The GTA Brews Spring 2016 Grain Buy is now open!

Thanks again to Toronto Brewing for hosting, please make sure to give them your love and make some purchases on pick up day!

Key Dates

Sign Up Open: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Sign Up Close: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 (11:59 pm)
Payment Deadline: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 (11:59 pm)
Split Date: Friday, May 20th, 2016
Main Pick Up Date: Saturday May 21st, 2016 (10:30 am – 1:30 Continue reading GTA Brews Spring 2016 Grain Buy

Announcing Spring Showdown – Homebrew Competition!

Full details are posted here!
http://www.gtabrews.ca/competitions/seasonal-competition/

Entries Deadline: Sunday April 24th, 2016
Judging: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at Rainhard Brewing Co.

The third competition in this series will take place in April and have the theme, Spring and Warm Weather Beers! We’ve also added cider for the first time!

Also, we have updated our software to BCOE&M 2.0.1! Check out the slick new UI!

Toronto Big Brew for National Homebrew Day – May 7th

Presented by GTA Brews and Lansdowne Brewery.

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“In 1988, May 7 was announced before [US] Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.” – The American Homebrewers Association

This event is an AHA registered Big Brew for National Homebrew Day Event.

Homebrew clubs around the USA and around the world celebrate National Homebrew Day differently. Our club has decided to celebrate it by partnering with a great local brewery, Lansdowne Brewery at 303 Lansdowne Ave.

On Saturday May 7th, we will collaboratively brew a 10 bbl batch of wort and split it among 50 club members to take home for a fee of $10 each (to cover the costs of the wort and competition). You can straight up ferment the wort as is, or Continue reading Toronto Big Brew for National Homebrew Day – May 7th

Club Teku Glass Order

A while ago I asked people if they would be interested in a club Rastal teku glass. Lots of people were interested so I thought I would put together a sign up sheet. We were able to find a new supplier that allowed us to lower the price to $10/glass without sacrificing the quality of the glass (still name brand Rastal Teku). The minimum order of now 200 qty instead of 144, but hopefully the 33% price reduction convinces more people to jump on or existing orders to be increased.

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Once enough people si Continue reading Club Teku Glass Order

2015 Wrap Up – What A Year!

2015 was a busy year for our club! With 2016 now upon us it’s a great excuse to reflect back at what we accomplished together! It’s also a great time to look forward to the year ahead!

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GTA Brews Club Members at Cask Days 2015 – photo by Ken Woods

Brew Slam and Summer Showdown

The first thing that comes to mind, is the huge success that was Brew Slam 2015. Our club put together a big competition from scratch this year. Starting Continue reading 2015 Wrap Up – What A Year!