October Meeting: Kyle Smith and LBS Round 2

Monday October 15 at 7:00 PM
Northern Maverick Brewing Company
115 Bathurst St, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2P9  MAP

This month we have four exciting meeting elements!

This October 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!

First time? Read our Monthly Meeting overview!

Bringing Beer to Share: Do you want everyone to have a chance to taste your beer? Great! There are usually 40+ people at each meeting so we recommend bringing 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

  • Structured Tasting: 7:00-7:30 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
    • *New Format*
      • See the description below for details
    • No Sign Up Required, first-come first-served
  • Announcements: ~7:50 PM – The club President welcomes everyone to the meeting and makes announcements about upcoming events and activities
  • Pro Brewer Q&A: 8:00-8:30 PM – Build-a-Brewery Workshop with Kyle Smith of Gorman & Smith Beverage Equipment
  • Mingle/Compete: 8:30-10:00 PM, in parallel we have:
    • Last Brewer Standing - Round 2: Participants in our LBS competition will compete head to head to see who advances to the next round. Details Here
    • Mingle: Stick around to socialize and share more homebrew as LBS goes on in the background
  • 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.


New Structured Tasting Format

We are continuing the new Structured Tasting format this month! We had received feedback that our previous format wasn't working as well as it used to with the increased member turnout at meetings.
Instead of having everyone gather in the corner, we will make structured tasting the sole focus of the first 30 minutes of the meeting. The brewer of the beer being tasted will use the PA system to introduce the beer they are sharing, and specify the kind of feedback they are seeking. We will have a few veteran members at the front of the room to share feedback to the the brewer, and also to the crowd. The crowd is also welcome to offer feedback as they taste along, but is not mandatory.
- Focused feedback for the brewer
- Learning opportunity for people in the crowd tasting along that want to train their palates
We expect the crowd to keep all side conversations to a whisper, so that others can hear the feedback offered by the veteran members.

Pro Brewer & Presenter – Kyle Smith

Kyle owns and operates Gorman & Smith Beverage Equipment and his main service is helping breweries solve their technical problems as well as designing and importing stainless steel equipment. He's been a homebrewer since the Summer of 2007 and is a Certified BJCP judge. Kyle holds a BESc from the University of Western Ontario in Chemical Engineering and is currently studying at the University of Heriot-Watt for a Masters of Science in Brewing and Distilling.
Gorman & Smith Beverage Equipment

Monthly Homebrew Bottle Swap

We will be continuing the Bottle Swap as a monthly component. Sign up and bring 6 of your finest brews (preferably in a 6 pack carrier), drop your pack off with Emily at the sign in desk and you'll have a randomized assortment to take home at the end of the night. Perfect for Last Brewer Standing entrants - just bottle 6 extras while you prep your entry!
- No sign-up necessary!

Membership & Guest Attendance

Due to AGCO requirements for serving home-brewed beer under SOP (Special Occasion Permit), club membership is required to attend monthly meetings. However, prospective members are invited to attend their first meeting as a guest to check us out before committing to membership.

Attend once and you'll want to keep coming back, we promise!

Click here to get on the guest list for free.