Yet again our annual Canadian Homebrew Day (CHD) tradition of running Learn2Brew has been cancelled due to COVID-19. But CHD is about much more than just running L2B, and COVID-19 sure won’t stop us! CHD is an opportunity to take a moment out of what has been a hectic 12+ months for all of us an enjoy our hobby and craft. Similar to last year, we’ve organized a virtual brewing session on Zoom:
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Date: Saturday June 5th, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
If you’re free, get a brew going and join us on Zoom to talk all things brewing and some regular old banter. If you’re looking for something to brew, there are a few official Canadian Homebrew Day recipes from our friends at the Canadian Homebrewers Association:
- Catalina Wine Mixer – a Kolsch by the very well known Cory Day
- You may remember that Cory presented about Recipe Formulation at our April 2020 Meeting
- Temperanceville Tropical Stout – a, you guessed it, Tropical Stout by Victor North!
- For those that attended our March club meeting, Victor spoke to us about all things Tropical Stout.
David Chang-Sang, Eric Cousineau, and Colin Green will be hosting the virtual brew session:
- David will be brewing the Tropical Stout
- Eric will be brewing the Kolsch
- Colin will be brewing a Triple IPA and partigyle’d Session IPA
If you are indeed brewing that day, please take some pictures and share it with our community and beyond by tagging GTA Brews and #CanadianHomebrewDay in your posts!
Due to COVID-19, our annual Canadian Homebrew Day tradition of running Learn2Brew has been cancelled. We still wanted to celebrate Canadian Homebrew Day, so we’re excited to announce we’ve organized a virtual group brew session on Zoom!
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Date: Sunday June 7th, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Note: This will take the place of our June club meeting
Hosts: David Chang-Sang and Eric Cousineau will be hosting the virtual brew session
- David will be brewing a Munich Dunkel
- Eric will be catching up on bottling some mead and kegging some beers
We were pleased to see lots of interest when we shared the plan on our Facebook Discussion Group a few days ago. We’re expecting at least 5 others to join the virtual brew session while brewing, so this will be a sort of virtual Learn2Brew!
While these beers were brewed by many of the most talented homebrewers around, they don’t technically qualify as homebrew since they were brewed at commercial breweries. In addition to beer brewed by GTA Brews members, we also have casks from Durham Homebrew Club, Maple City Brewers Alliance, and Toronto Brewing!
Which one are you most excited to try? Hint, you want 182…
Our club member Guillaume (cask 183) has setup his Cask Helper website again, to help you track and plan your time at the festival!
Group Photo @ 3 PM (Session 1 Only)
As is tradition, we will be taking a group photo of homebrewers at 3:00 PM during session 1, in front of the homebrew section sign. Make sure to wear your GTA Brews swag for the photo, and don’t forget to set your phone alarm for 2:50 PM so you remember to make you way over.
Thank You To Our Partners
Big thanks to all our brewery partners for letting us brew with them! Please stop by breweries and say thanks by buying a pint, or some beer to go!
- Common Good Beer Co
- People’s Pint Brewing Co
- Arch Brewing Co
- Little Beasts Brewing Co
- Furnace Room Brewery
- Sons of Kent
Big thanks for Nik Cole for coordinating the homebrew section again this year! Also thanks to Toronto Brewing for storing the empty casks, and Bear for storing the full casks!
Our Brew Slam Awards Party is this Saturday night at Junction Craft Brewing! If you grabbed a ticket come see if you medaled in Canada’s largest homebrew competition!
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be able to brew your own beer at home? Do you enjoy craft beer and want to learn more about how it’s made?
Come join us Sun. Sept. 9th at Toronto’s 10th Annual Learn2Brew event, hosted at Rainhard Brewing Co.
Visit this page for full details:
Click Here to go to the main competition page.
August 10th, 2018 – Toronto, ON
GTA Brews is excited to announce our fourth annual, nation-wide, homebrew competition for beer, mead, and cider; Brew Slam 2018 (#BrewSlam)!
Last year saw 804 entries, from 8/10 provinces, judged by 73 judges, over just 3 days, making this the largest homebrew competition in country!
This is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition, and also part of the Canadian Brewer of the Year circuit. The judging will take place at Amsterdam Brewery (Leaside) from Nov 9th to 11th. Judging will be performed by BJCP ranked judges and Continue reading Announcing Brew Slam 2018 – Homebrew Competition
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!
Next year will be in Continue reading GTA Brews went to HomebrewCon 2018!
Saturday May 12th, 2018
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Junction Craft Brewing
The judging and awards for Brew Slam 2017 happened back in November, but we’ve been hard at work since then making sure that everyone got their prizes as fast as we could. Don’t stop reading now because some pretty amazing things happened this year that I want to share.
Continue reading Brew Slam 2017 – Wrap Up
This past weekend saw Toronto’s 9th annual #Learn2Brew event, with both east and west locations again this year! One change we tried this year is moving it to September, during Toronto Beer Week (TBW), to take advantage of the warmer weather.
Huge gratitude to our generous hosts Rainhard Brewing Company, and Common Good Beer Co. This event wouldn’t be possible without local breweries like these two that support the homebrewing hobby.
Learn2Brew is an event where a half dozen brewers set up and demonstrate the brewing process. We invite the public to come in, learn about homebrewing, and hopefully get inspired to join this wonderful hobby. Here’s a smattering of pictures to give you an idea Continue reading Learn2Brew 2017 Recap
The GTA Brews Fall 2017 Grain Buy is now open!
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!
All questions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign Up Open: Friday Sept 15th, 2017
Sign Up Close: Tuesday Oct 10th, 2017 (11:59 pm)
Payment Deadline: Tuesday, Oct 17th, 2017 (11:59 pm)
Split Date: Friday, Oct 27th, 2017
Main Pick Up Date: Saturday Oct 28th, 2017 (10:30 am – 1:30 pm) Continue reading Grain Buy – Fall 2017
Click Here to go to the main competition page.
August 29th – Toronto, ON
GTA Brews is excited to announce our third annual, nation-wide, homebrew competition for beer, mead, and cider; Brew Slam 2017 (#BrewSlam)! This is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition, and also part of the Canadian Brewer of the Year circuit. Judging will be performed by BJCP ranked judges and pro brewers, using the BJCP 2015 Guidelines.
Entry Deadline: Nov 4th, 2017
Judging: Nov 10th – 12th @ Amsterdam Brewery
Awards Ceremony: Nov 18th @ Henderson Brewing Company
Styles Accepted: All BJCP Beer/Mead/Cider styles
Entry limits: 1 entry per classic style subcategory (1-26, C1, M1). 2 entries per specialty category (21B, 27-34, C2, M2-M4), must be different beers. Max 15 entries per person.
Account registration is open now! Visit the Brew Slam page for details on rules, prizes, and more!
About Brew Slam 2017
This will be our 3rd year running this competition, and we’re excited to make it even better. Last year we had; 689 entries (117% increase over 2015), avg flight of only 8.67 entries/pair, 52 judges, 22 stewards, entries from 9/10 Canadian provinces, and over $7,000 in prizes. This year, we expect to become the largest homebrew competition in Canada.
About GTA Brews
We are Toronto’s local, as well as Canada’s largest, homebrew club. Since establishing in 2013, we have worked to strengthen and grow the homebrewing community through education, events, competitions, and camaraderie. We bring Toronto area homebrewers together in person, and online, to create a friendly community where we share knowledge, talk shop, and provide feedback on each others homebrews. We welcome members of all experience levels including; potential brewers, new brewers, experienced brewers, and pro brewers.
The ever popular Learn2Brew event will return for 2017 on Sept 17th. Visit the Learn2Brew page for full details.
Brew Slam 2016 Awards wrapped up just over a week ago, results have been announced, scoresheets were posted, and prizes will be mailed (and emailed) out soon. I think it’s safe to finally start writing this wrap up post after what seems like almost a whole year of prep!
Some notable accomplishments and improvements we made this year:
- All judges Provisonal+ or Pro-Brewers
- Scoresheets returned same day as results Continue reading Brew Slam 2016 – Wrap Up
Learn2Brew 2016 will take place Nov 6th 2016. Visit the event page for full details!
Click Here to go to the main competition page.
July 5th, 2016 – Toronto, ON
Judging Dates: Sept 30th – Oct 2nd, 2016
Brew Slam 2015 (recap) was our club’s first big competition. It was a huge success with 318 entries judged in only 2 days, almost 50 amazing volunteers, and thousands of dollars in prizes!
We are excited to build on last year and make Brew Slam 2016 bigger and better. Our goal is to make this the premier competition in the area for both judges and entrants. Toronto has the largest pool of BJCP judges in Canada which allows us to focus on the best quality judging and feedback possible. We are also excited to work with some fantastic sponsors for even better prizes than last year!
About GTA Brews
We are Toronto’s local homebrew club. Since establishing our club in 2013 we have gained momentum and grown into Canada’s largest homebrew club with well over 200 Paid Members. We bring Toronto area homebrewers together in person, and online, to create a friendly community where we share knowledge, talk shop, and provide feedback on each others homebrews. We welcome members of all experience levels including; potential brewers, new brewers, experienced brewers, and pro brewers.
Presented by GTA Brews and Lansdowne Brewery.
“In 1988, May 7 was announced before [US] Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.” – The American Homebrewers Association
This event is an AHA registered Big Brew for National Homebrew Day Event.
Homebrew clubs around the USA and around the world celebrate National Homebrew Day differently. Our club has decided to celebrate it by partnering with a great local brewery, Lansdowne Brewery at 303 Lansdowne Ave.
On Saturday May 7th, we will collaboratively brew a 10 bbl batch of wort and split it among 50 club members to take home for a fee of $10 each (to cover the costs of the wort and competition). You can straight up ferment the wort as is, or Continue reading Toronto Big Brew for National Homebrew Day – May 7th
The GTA Brews 2015 Hop Crop Bulk Buy is now open!
Sign Up Open: Friday Dec 18th, 2015
Sign Up Close: Wednesday Jan 6th, 2016 (11:59 pm)
Payment Deadline: Sunday Jan 10th, 2016 (11:59 pm)
Split/Pick-Up Date: Saturday Jan 23rd, 2016
(Split: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Pick-Up: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Updates will be sent via email you sign up with on the Continue reading GTA Brews 2015 Hop Crop Bulk Buy
The 2015 GTA Brews Advent Exchange is done and we’re off to the races with two separate advent calendars this year! Twice the size from last year, and twice the excitement!
Note for participants: Please remember to indicate which calendar you are drinking when posting on the FB group. Eg. “Drinking beer 21E, great job Nick Perry!”
East Side Calendar
West Side Calendar
Come join us November 7th at Toronto’s 7th Annual Learn 2 Homebrew Day event, presented by GTA Brews and Rainhard Brewery.
Saturday, November 7th
10 am – 6 pm
Rainhard Brew Continue reading Learn 2 Homebrew Day 2015 – Nov 7th @ Rainhard Brewery
The GTA Brews Fall 2015 Grain Buy is now open!
Thanks again to Toronto Brewing for hosting, please make sure to give them your love and make some purchases on pick up day!
Sign Up Open: Tuesday, Oct 13th, 2015
Sign Up Close: Tuesday, Oct 27th, 2015 (11:59 pm)
Payment Deadline: Tuesday Nov 3rd, 2015 (11:59 pm)
Split Date: Friday Nov 13th, 2015
Main Pick Up Date: Saturday Nov 14th, 2015 (10:30 am – 1:30 pm) Continue reading GTA Brews Fall 2015 Grain Buy
Brew Slam 2015 judging and awards wrapped up last weekend and it was quite a whirlwind of activity. If you haven’t noticed yet, results from Brew Slam 2015 have been posted to the site. We ended up with 318 entries, 31 judges, and 9 stewards over both days of judging. Pretty great turnout for a first year competition!
Congratulations to everyone that placed in the competition. We already distributed many Continue reading Brew Slam 2015 Wrap Up
When people think of advent calendars they usually think of candy, but since we are a homebrew club we were thinking beer. The idea was that we would get 24 people to sign up and brew a beer to put in the calendar. Each person would be assigned a day of the month so that we are all drinking the same beer on the same night, then we can discuss it. James Kennedy put in the effort to make it happen, organizing the exchange and making the calendar below. In the end we had 26 brewers participate in the exchange. Here’s to a month of great beers!
I took a few blurry pictures of the exchange, it was a bit cramped and everyone was moving around!