Monthly Meetings

GTA Brews has Club Meetings on the 2nd Monday of every month. We alternate East and West Toronto locations each month so that members from each side of the city are able to attend without traveling too far. To attend, all that we require is for you to become a member.

Here’s a club meeting in a nutshell, 30 – 50 show up around 7:00 PM, bring beer, socialize, and then sit down for the educational component (usually a presentation), club announcements, and Q&A with our Pro Brewer Guest of the month. Finally we wrap up with some more homebrew sharing. The meetings generally last from 7 PM until 10 PM, but members wander in an out all the time, so feel free to attend as little or as much of the meeting as you want.

Monthly Club Meeting in Detail

Day/ Time: At 7:00 PM on the second Monday of every month. Please note that in the case of holiday weekends (like Thanksgiving Monday) we move the meeting to the following Monday.

Location: We alternate between Lansdowne Brewery [West] and Louis Cifer Brew Works [East]. Both are very TTC accessible, so consider leaving your car at home if you can.

Bringing Beer to Share: Got beer you want to share with everyone? Great! There are usually 40+ people at each meeting so you’ll need to bring at least:

  • Four 355mL bottles, two 650mL bottles, or a growler
  • Recipe notes – people will want to know what you did to make your beer
  • If you are looking for help troubleshooting or really want constructive feedback, consider attending the Structured Tasting.
    • Of course, feedback isn’t just limited to one meeting component.
Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

Meeting Schedule

  • People Arrive: 7:00-7:45 PM, in parallel we have:
    • Social “Hour”: 7:00-7:45 PM – Hang out, catch up, and share your homebrew. This is usually a good opportunity to grab some food from the host venue.
    • Structured Tasting: 7:00-7:45 PM – A group of the most eager homebrewers gathers to get&give feedback to anyone that wants thoughtful feedback on their beer before people’s palates get fatigued
  • Announcements: ~7:50 PM – The club President welcomes everyone to the meeting and makes announcements about upcoming events and activities
  • Presentation: 8:00-8:45 PM – A presentation is given covering a beer and/or brewing topic of interest to the members. Past presentations can be found here.
  • Pro Brewer Q&A: 9:00-9:30 PM – A local Pro Brewer introduces their brewery/beer and then tackles all your questions
  • More Sampling: 9:30-10:00 PM – The home stretch as we finish the homebrews.
  • Clean Up: 10:00 PM – All the fun comes at a price. Please stick around for a few minutes and help us straighten up! Your help is greatly appreciated.
Richard Priess of Escarpment Labs presenting about Kveik
Christina and Chris from Folly Brewpub during a Pro Brewer Q&A segment
Connor from Louis Cifer Brew Works introducing himself to the crowd