Spent 35 years in the Office furniture industry, Since 2014 I’ve been working with SceneAereo Aerial Photography, we’ve done some very interesting projects over the last year including commercial real estate, construction site progress and building thermal inspections.
What got you into homebrewing?
Started making wine, getting my juice from Magnotta.
Saw their beer wort kits tried a couple of those then discovered all grain and haven’t looked back.
GTA Brews is calling for every Ontario homebrewer to join us in asking the Government of Ontario to modernize the framework regulating the consumption of homebrew at events. Homebrew clubs sit at the center of the homebrewing community, and modernization of homebrewing regulation would enable them to continue to grow the hobby in Ontario.
Over the years we have run into many hurdles while planning homebrewing focused events. We have compiled a list of issues we see with the current framework, and elaborated them in the form of a letter. We are asking Ontario homebrewers to send this letter to their MPP, and cc the Minister of Finance. This will show the Government of Ontario that the citizens of our province want to see this included in their plan to modernize the Alcohol Industry.
Cheers, and thanks in advance for your help!
Eric Cousineau President, GTA Brews
If you have any questions or comments about this letter, please email email@example.com
Step 2) Create a new email draft with subject: Request for Modernized Homebrewing Regulations in Ontario
Step 3) Address the email to • Your local MPP (from step 1) • cc/ Finance Minister Vic Fedeli (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Step 4) Copy and paste the letter below then • Replace [*Local MPP*] with the name of you local MPP • Replace [*Sender Name*] with your first and last name
Step 5) Send the email, and pass this along to your homebrew friends!
Letter to Your MPP
Dear [*Local MPP*],
The Government of Ontario is currently
consulting with the public on opportunities to modernize the rules for the sale
and consumption of alcohol. I support the general intent of modernizing a
highly regulated sector, however I wanted to express my desire to see some
targeted modernization efforts for the consumption of homebrewed beer.
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!
Monday 14 May at 7:00 PM Muddy York Brewing Co.
22 Cranfield Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4B 3H1 MAP
For this meeting we’re going to try something new in lieu of having a second presentation. Based on a topic chosen in a poll on the website, the meeting will have a panel discussion/Q&A involving selected members from the crowd interested in sharing their knowledge and opinions. Based on where the poll is at right now it looks like we’ll be discussing session/low ABV brewing, so if you’re passionate and experienced with that sort of thing please feel free to volunteer to be on the panel! And if you’re interested in something else, there’s still time to vote!
After a record attendance and an incredibly informative March meeting, we knew we had a hard act to follow. Well beer geeks, we think we’ve done it. We’re very lucky to have not one, but two great guest speakers and presenters:
GTA Brews members represented us well in the Lethbridge Werthogs WertContest, the latest Brewer of the Year Circuit competition. Clayton Hoy took home Gold in British Bitter/Scottish Beers for his Strong Bitter named “This Used To Be Good”. Mike Vandervoort took home silver in American Pale Ale, Bronze in Specialty IPA and Gold in IPA. That IPA also claimed second in the Best of Show.
I am a Police Officer with Toronto Police Service and am currently working in the Jane and Finch community. Don’t let the media scare you it is actually a great community and I really enjoy working there.
What got you into homebrewing?
I did a university exchange to the Netherlands for a year. Every Friday (ok, maybe Thursday and Saturday too), a group of us would each purchase different beers from around Europe. I attempted to start that here with a group of friends when I got back and one said, “Hey, why don’t we make it?” Enough said.