Welcome to GTA Brews, Toronto’s local homebrew club!
We are an enthusiastic group of people that love to make beer, mead, and cider at home! Our goal is to help our members learn how to make the best beer/mead/cider possible! We run events, competitions, bulk buys, and lots more.
Join:GTA Brews Facebook Discussion Group
Our Facebook Group serves as our main discussion hub. Join our group today to start socializing with over 2000 other local homebrewers. Our Facebook Group is THE place to ask your brewing questions, check out what everyone else is up to, and get inspired for your next brew!
Sign Up for:GTA Brews Mailing List
All members are automatically added to the mailing list, but anyone can sign up here. At the beginning of each month we mail out a Newsletter with a summary of everything going on. We also mail out occasional event reminders, and sign up announcement.
Last year’s memberships expire on Oct 1st, so you need the renew soon to maintain your active membership status! Don’t forget Fall 2018 Grain Buy is open now, and membership renewal is needed to participate!
As we continue to streamline club operations, we’ve made a few adjustments to the membership structure. Here’s a quick summary of the new format:
Dues: $20/year plus $5 initiation fee for new (or lapsed) members
Membership is now valid for 1 full year after sign up date, and renewal is automatic each year using the same credit card!
Membership will now apply to your entire household, so you are welcome to bring your family members to events. One website login will be provided per membership.
Due to a limitation in our membership software we have disabled the $5 initiation fee until Oct 1st, to allow current members to transition into the new membership subscription.
Membership is excellent value, and includes access to fall and spring grain buys, annual winter hop buy, monthly meetings, discounted homebrew supplies at Toronto Brewing, club projects like our barrel project and homebrew advent calendar, and much more!
Membership dues pay for the operating of the club, including paying for web services, advertising, club projects, AV equipment, Specials Occasion Permits from LLBO and more. The club is also planning to incorporate as a non-profit entity in the next 3-6 months, and there are some one-time costs associated with that transition.
Monthly Swap: Bottle Exchange – No sign-up required! Just bring a 6 pack of your finest brews and you’ll receive a randomized 6-pack to take home! Please try to include your name, beer name and style on the label/sticker.
We are going back to our gracious host, Muddy York Brewing Co! We request that everyone spend some money to support our wonderful host. Don’t forget to buy some bottles from their shop!
Believe it or not, but summer is OVER! That means it's time for the 2018 Fall Grain Buy!
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!
Pick Up Date: Saturday Oct 13th, 2018 (10:30 am – 1:30 pm)
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For those who couldn’t attend the meeting, it was another hard fought battle between fellow GTA Brews members. 16 entered, 8 remained. As usual, entries were all really nice beers, it must have been hard for the judges! Here are the results:
Tony Di Bratto vs Eric Cousineau (Ordinary Bitter 11A) – Eric Wins (No Name)
Jesse Reynolds vs Nicholas Cole (English IPA 12C) – Jesse Wins (Excalibeer!)
Chris Maheras vs Kym Watts (Saison 25B – Standard) – Kym Wins (No Name)
Keith Caines vs Jason Warner (British Golden Ale 12A) – Keith Wins (Goldie)
Ted Z vs Hugh Jahangover (Bear) (APA 18B) – Bear Wins (Ted vs. Bear Hug or Hog?)
Emily Elizabeth Storey vs Andrew Kotowick (American Brown 19C) Emily Wins (Name was too offensive to put on Facebook)
Sean Holden vs Nick Hodowsky (Trappist Single 26A) Sean Wins (Bad Pilot)
Now, for Round 2. 16 remain, here are the matchups.
Sean Holden vs. Evan Bonsell – American Stout
Iain R vs. Jase Gudat – Irish Stout
Hugh Jahangover vs. Mike Van – Irish Red
Jesse Reynolds vs Emily Elizabeth Storey – Cream Ale
Mark Verok vs Matti Kawan – American Wheat
Tim Burnett vs. Mark Hubbard – Belgian Blond
Kieth Caines vs. Eric Cousineau – Scottish Heavy
Guillaume Couture-Lévesque vs. Kym Watts – Best Bitter
Beers must be ready for the October meeting.
Good luck everyone, even Guillaume Couture-Lévesque.
Our annual general survey is now accepting submissions! We use the results of this survey each year to help inform the direction of the club and identify areas of strength and opportunities to improve. The survey will remain open until 11:59 PM on August 22ndSept 11th.
This survey is open to both members and non-members, since we want to hear from everybody! The survey can take as little as 5-10 mins to answer only the mandatory questions, or longer if you elect to write more detailed answers (and we hope you do).
How can we make the best homebrew club in the world even better?!
This August we are going back to our gracious host, Northern Maverick Brewing Co.. Thanks for hosting us! We request that everyone spend some money to support our wonderful host. Their food is fantastic (try the Jamaican patties), and they have plenty of beer-to-go in their bottle shop!
GTA Brews is privileged to be able to organize a selection of homebrews that are served to the public at Cask Days, Toronto’s incomparable annual craft beer festival at Evergreen Brickworks. We are now soliciting applications to take part in this year’s annual Cask Days Homebrew Section.
Those selected will be paired with a brewing partner and asked to brew 11 gallons of beer that will be available at the festival for attendees to sample. Serving your own beer to the wildly enthusiastic Cask Days crowd will no doubt go on to become one of your best and most rewarding memories as a brewer. Your beer will be available to Continue reading Cask Days Homebrew Section Applications OPEN→
HomebrewCon is wrapped up for another year, and this year marked our best year ever for club attendance! In attendance we had: Zack, Eric, Rebecca, Matti, Sara, Jesse, Sasha, Jim, Laila, Kathy, Victor, and Fred!