All posts by Eric Cousineau

BJCP Exam Prep Tips from Eric

– The online exam is based on the BJCP Exam Study Guide, and many of the questions come right out of there
– The styles tested are from the 2015 BJCP Guidelines
– There is a 20 question practice exam available for free at: http://bjcp.coursewebs.com/
– Write this exam ASAP so you can judge homebrew competitions for practice
– You can buy the 3for2 package that gives you three attempts, do this and just take a shot to see where you need to study
– Here is a blog post that goes over the exam and gives some more specific tips: http://barleypopmaker.info/2014/07/23/5-tips-for-passing-the-bjcp-online-entrance-exam/
– The online exam is PASS/FAIL, so don’t obsess about perfection, just focus on getting through it so you can begin practicing scoresheets
Tasting Exam Prep Tips
– Practice filling out scoresheets for all kinds of beers, especially ones that aren’t world class examples
– I highly recommend that everyone read the BJCP Scoresheet Guide before the exam so you have an idea what the graders are looking for
– My blog post has lots of tips, including a breakdown of an exam that I scored 82 on
– My blog post has lots of links at the bottom, but here are a few favourites:
Tasting Exam Outline
– Exam consists of writing scoresheets for 6 beers, with 15 mins given per beer
– Bring mechanical pencil, erasers, and other writing items you want
– Only basic calculators can be used, no smartphone apps
– This is a closed book exam, referring of the guidelines is not allowed
– The exam only covers categories 1-26, specialty categories are not included
– Be prepared to write neatly and firmly to ensure the graders can read your writing clearly when scanned, also do not write to the edges or on the back of the pages

Grain Buy – Spring 2017

The GTA Brews Spring 2017 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! Don’t forget, now they deliver your online order to breweries all over Toronto for FREE!

All questions should be emailed to grainbuy@gtabrews.ca

Key Dates

Sign Up Open: Saturday Apr 29th, 2017
Sign Up Close: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 (11:59 pm)
Payment Deadline: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 (11:59 pm)
Split Date: Friday, Jun 2nd, 2017
Main Pick Up Date: Saturday Jun 3rd, 2017 (10:30 am – 1:30 pm) Continue reading Grain Buy – Spring 2017

Brew Slam 2016 – Wrap Up

Brew Slam 2016 Awards wrapped up just over a week ago, results have been announced, scoresheets were posted, and prizes will be mailed (and emailed) out soon. I think it’s safe to finally start writing this wrap up post after what seems like almost a whole year of prep!

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Some notable accomplishments and improvements we made this year:

Fall 2016 Grain Buy

The GTA Brews Fall 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!

All questions should be emailed to grainbuy@gtabrews.ca

Key Dates

Sign Up Open: Monday Oct 17th, 2016
Sign Up Close: Saturday, Oct 29th, 2016 (11:59 pm)
Payment Deadline: Tuesday, Nov 1st, 2016 (11:59 pm)
Split Date: Friday, Nov 11th, 2016
Main Pick Up Date: Saturday Nov 12th, Continue reading Fall 2016 Grain Buy

Membership Drive for the 2016-2017 Season

As our 2015-2016 season draws to a close, we’re excited to announce that we are doing something exciting to drive membership renewal for the 2016-2017 season!

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From today until Oct 1st, we have special deals on membership where you buy some swag and get your membership for FREE! After Oct 1st, membership will be available for it’s new price of $10 per year.

Click the button below to visit the Continue reading Membership Drive for the 2016-2017 Season

Cask Days Homebrew Comp 2016 – BJCP Results

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Announcing the results from the BJCP component of the 2016 Cask Days Homebrew Competition! Please check the PDF link above for the list of winners. Congratulations to everyone that placed in the competition!

Judges were asked to nominate 1-3 beers from their table to move onto the selection component of the competition where the 10 brewers were selected. In total 21 beers were nominated for the selection round, and it was very difficult to pare that list down to only 10 beers. The selected brewers have been notified privately so we can begin planning, but their names won’t be announced publicly today. Cask Days will announce their names in early August.

Scoresheets containing the judge’s feedback and scores are still being sorted, but they will be sent out very soon.

In total we had 79 entries from 44 brewers submitted. Thank you to our 16 judges, and 5 stewards for their hard work on the judging day, we couldn’t have done this without you. There were plenty of excellent beers submitted and we wish we had enough capacity to brew more, but we we’re only able to select ten.

Don’t forget that Brew Slam 2016 is coming up in September! If you enjoyed this competition, you’ll enjoy Brew Slam even more since it is our flagship homebrew competition. We have thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs, plus several Pro-Ams!

Thanks for Cask Days and Toronto Brewing for their partnership on this competition!

Here’s a few pictures from the final round to tide you over!

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BOS discussion 1

BOS soo many glasses 21 beers each

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/