All posts by Josh Davis

June Meeting: Rendez-vous at Rorschach

Location: Rorschach Brewing Co.
Date: Monday June 10th, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

Muddy York's abrupt departure from Toronto had us reeling for a little bit, but thankfully the good folks at Rorschach Brewing have offered to host us for our East Side rendezvous. Come grab a pint, some food (yes, the kitchen is planned to be open for a short time!) and catch up with your brewing buddies.

Brewer and co-founder Matthew Reiner will be there for a talk on Rorschach's approach to brewing. These guys make some whacky beers so be sure to pick Matt's brain. And as always, remember, bring your tasting glass!

Also be sure to SIGN-UP for structured tastings if you'd like some feedback on your latest brew.

Don't forget to patronize our hosts! Rorschach offers a wide selection of fine beers to go so don't hesitate to grab some especially if you don't get out to see them as often as you'd like!

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Annual General Meeting of GTA Brews - May 13, 2024

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Date: Monday May 13th @ Rainhard Brewing Co.!
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM

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The GTA Brews AGM will be held from 7:00PM to 10:00 PM on Monday May 13th, 2024. Please try to make an effort to attend this important corporate function, integral to the operation of our beloved club. We will have a mix of important club business such as reviewing the club survey results, summarizing the clubs financial position, reviewing the past initiatives and looking ahead to future ones. To reach the quorum required to hold the meeting we need 43+ members to attend, so please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

The meeting will be chaired by President David Chang-Sang and Vice President Josh Davis.

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April Meeting: Q&A at True History

Location: True History Brewing
Date: Monday April 8th, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

Brewer and co-founder Adam Shier will be hosting us at True History Brewing for a talk on the genesis of True History, his approach to traditional German brewing, and a guided tasting of some of the current masterpieces on tap. Come prepared with some questions for Adam, and remember, bring your tasting glass!

Also be sure to SIGN-UP for structured tastings if you'd like some feedback on your latest brew.

Don't forget to patronize our hosts! True History offers a wide selection of fine beers to go so don't hesitate to grab some especially if you don't get out to see them as often as you'd like!

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March Meeting: The Road to Judician

Location: Rainhard Brewing
Date: Monday March 11th, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

What's the difference between a Maibock and a Doppelbock? Is this SRM appropriate? Does my beer have notes of snozzberries? How are babies made?? These are questions only a certified Cicerone or BJCP judge can answer. Learn how to become one with Cicerone, BJCP judge and GTA Brews director Onur Çaka this month at Rainhard Brewing. Come share a beer and learn about the process of becoming a cicerone and BJCP judge from one of our own. And remember, bring your tasting glass!

Also be sure to SIGN-UP for structured tastings if you'd like some feedback on your latest brew.

Don't forget to patronize our hosts! Rainhard offers a wide selection of fine beers to go so don't hesitate to grab some especially if you don't get out to see them as often as you'd like!

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February Meeting: Avling

Location: Avling Brewery
Date: Monday February 12th, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

We're exploring more of the GTA this month with a visit to Avling Brewery. Brandon from Avling will be giving us some insight on the mashing process for lagers and mixed fermentations, as well as LoDo (low oxygen) brewing, blending and bottle conditioning. We'll also have a hands-on tasting component of Avling beers...so remember, bring your tasting glass! And homebrew is welcome too of course!

Also be sure to SIGN-UP for structured tastings if you'd like some feedback on your latest brew.

Don't forget to patronize our hosts! Avling offers a wide selection of fine beers to go so don't hesitate to grab some especially if you don't get out to see them as often as you'd like!

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January Meeting: Wet & Wild - Intro to Brewing Water with Eric Cousineau!

Location: Rainhard Brewing Co
Date: Monday January 8th, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

It's 2024; a new year and the perfect time to hone our technical brewing skills. To kick things off, as is now traditional, Eric Cousineau will be focusing on the controversial and mysterious dihydrogen monoxide molecule, a colourless and odourless chemical compound also referred to by some as DHMO, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Oxide, or simply by its "street" name: "water."

Despite this nefarious chemical being found to cause sweating and urination, being a major component of acid rain, contributing to erosion, decreasing the effectiveness of automobile brakes, and being deadly if inhaled, it's still the #1 ingredient of beer at nearly 95%... More info on this in the video below:

Come visit us at Rainhard Brewing to get educated and learn how to manage this problematic molecule.

We'll also be re-establishing the long lost art of Structured Tastings at the beginning of this meeting. Bring some homebrew (and some thick skin (just kidding)) to get an expert critique from BJCP-minded judges on what's working for the beer, and how you might improve it further. Don't worry, it's all good-spirited and with the intent of helping everyone (including the judges) improve.

Also, please don't forget to patronize our hosts!! Rainhard offers a wide selection of fine beers to go so don't hesitate to grab some especially if you don't get out to see them as often as you'd like!

And, Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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December Meeting: Holiday Party & Muddy York Farewell

Location: Muddy York Brewing Co.
Date: Monday December 11th, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

It's that time of year again, and we'll be ringing it in with a festive holiday social get-together at our old stomping grounds Muddy York Brewing. This is one you DON'T want to miss, as it is likely our last opportunity to enjoy the space & hospitality of Muddy York's 22 Cranfield Rd location (more on that below).

In addition to socializing, spreading holiday cheer and sharing homebrew, we'll also be kicking off the quarter finals of Last Brewer Standing. Competitors should arrive around 7pm with their bottles ready for judging (and feel free to bring another bottle or two for sharing...).

Other than that, there's no presentation this month, this meeting is all about hanging out, reminiscing about old times, sharing brews and talking beer.

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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November Meeting: Lager Brewing with Escarpment Labs

Location: Rainhard Brewing Co
Date: Monday November 13th, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

The yeast gods smile upon us - Escarpment Labs is back! Join us this November to learn the ins and outs of brewing with the elusive and fastidious beasts called Saccharomyces pastorianus ( also known as lager yeast)! Crispy Bois incoming. This meeting will be back in the West End at our familiar Rainhard Brewing Co. spot!

It wouldn't be a homebrewing meeting without homebrew, so bring your latest creation and don’t forget to bring your tasting glass! Bonus points if it's Brew Slam branded...

Also, don't forget to patronize our hosts! Rainhard offers a wide selection of fine beers to go so don't hesitate to grab some especially if you don't get out to see them as often as you'd like!

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October Meeting: Yeast Flavour & Biotransformation with Escarpment Labs & Rorschach

Location: Rorschach Brewing Co.
Date: Monday October 16th, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

Join us this October for a deep dive into yeast flavour and biotransformation (is it real, how real is it, can we make it realer?!) with premier yeast provider Escarpment Labs. We're temporarily departing from our regular meeting spots this month - this meeting will be taking place at Rorschach Brewing Co.!

Our hosts at Rorschach are excited to have us, and have even gone so far as to request that our members share their homebrew with the staff! So, bring your latest creation and don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

Also, don't forget to patronize our hosts!! Rorschach offers a wide selection of fine beers to go so don't hesitate to grab some especially if you don't get out to see them as often as you'd like!

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GTA Brews Survey 2023 - Now Open!

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Help us make the club better, and win prizes while you do it! Our club survey is now accepting submissions from now until 12pm Noon November 14th.  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.

Your opinions really matter! Insight from previous surveys have kicked off initiatives like:

      • "GTA Bux" - coupon codes to reward members who volunteer their valuable time to help us execute our events and services.
      • Blind Triangle Tests - interactive beer tasting to learn about and compare key brewing variables.
      • Alternating Meeting Locations - consistent East and West locations, consistent times for easier planning.
      • More Recipes -  increased integration of your excellent recipes into the club database.
      • Varied Events - Off-flavor classes, brewery meetups/presentations, Learn to Brew days are BACK!

This survey is open to both members and non-members, since we want to hear from everybody! The survey takes as little as 10 mins if you elect to answer only the mandatory questions, or a little longer if you choose to write more detailed answers (and we hope you do).

How can we make the best homebrew club in the world even better?!

Participants will be entered into a draw for one of three $5 GTA Bux coupons or a $20 gift card from Toronto Brewing! Thanks to our local homebrew stores for donating to help encourage participation; please support them with your patronage!

This club belongs to all of us, and we want to make sure are all satisfied with the value you get for your membership. There will always be some challenges, but we are always looking for solutions and opportunities to improve. Please share your thoughts in as much detail as you are comfortable with, and we promise to read and seriously consider them.

2023 GTA Brews Advent Calendar

Exchange Date: Sunday November 26th, 2023 @ 11:30 AM (Don't be late!)Exchange Location(s): Muddy York Brewing CoParticipation Fee: $10

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