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GTA Brews – Last Brewer Standing Round 1

Fellow GTA Brewers! Since the Last Brewer Standing sold out in a day, I’ve moved up the competition dates so we can get started RIGHT AWAY. Round 1 matchups are listed in the bracket. All even number brackets will have their beers judged at the July 9th meeting. All odd number brackets will have their beers judged at the August 13th Meeting. We are staggering the first few rounds for manageability. If you have any questions, feel free to email


GTA Brews presents Last Brewer Standing

So you’ve heard the rumblings, the mumblings and grumblings. Or maybe you haven’t. GTA Brews is introducing a NEW* style of competition. One so rad, kewl, fetch (to hell with Regina George), neato, etc, that you will have no choice but to sign up in droves**. What am I talking about? Last Brewer Standing, of course! (In case you didn’t read the title)

Now for the finer details.


32 GTA Brews members sign up to join the competition. This is a tournament style competition with 5 rounds. In each round each participant will be matched up against another randomly. Each match will be assigned a specific beer style to brew and given 2 months to brew, carbonate and package said beer. The faceoffs will take place at our regular meetings. 3 judges per pair will decide which one moves on. The winner moves to the next round. Next round (also randomized) will have an entirely new set of beers to brew with an additional 2 months.

^^^ sample tournament, real one may be different beers.


I already said this. But in case you skimmed, the regular GTA Brews Meetings that take place 2nd Monday of the month.


Sign up will be at the bottom of this post. Once filled up, we will announce the pairs and the beers they must brew. Most likely first round will be judged either July or August.


You! If you sign up! *Note, must be GTA Brews member.


Why not? Glory? Bragging rights? Finally something that Mike Van might not win at if we don’t assign him the IPA category? You choose! But if thats not enough, we will have prizes. Brew North, Escarpment Labs and Tavistock Hops have all graciously volunteered to sponsor this competition. 1st place winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to Brew North, 2nd place $75 and 3rd $25. Escarpment and Tavistock will be sponsoring rounds (more to follow). Also, we plan on having a sweet trophy so your name will be immortalized in GTA Brews legend!

How Much? 

Less than 2 coffees at Starbucks! Only $5. Strictly to cover the cost of cups for judging and a trophy.

Sign up soon! The sooner we have the 32 spots filled, the sooner the competition can begin!

Even More Finer details?

  • Judges will be chosen (volunteered) at the meetings. Rounds 1-3 judges can be anyone. You cannot of course judge your own beer. Rounds 4-5 will have BJCP judges.
  • Entrants must present for the judging OR have a proxy.
  • Entrants must bottle beer in STANDARD 355ml bottles with no labels or markings. No exceptions. At least 2 bottles brought in for the meeting (one to judge, one to share with competitor)

*Might want to fact check that.

**well, 32 people tops this round.


Spot – Last Brewer Standing

Member Profile: Clayton Hoy

Clayton Hoy

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

Hold on to your butts! I am by title the Operations Manager for Supply Chain Division. Really, I’m mostly an implementation consultant for Warehouse Management Software. Have fun figuring out what that means.

What got you into homebrewing?

Pretty certain I was walking in Loblaws one day and noticed a can of extract they were selling. No idea if they still do or not but I was intrigued by the idea of being able to brew at home. I persisted through so many terrible beers and eventually learned a little bit.
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Member Profile: Mark Verok

Mark Verok

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

I appraise commercial real estate. I’m an AACI, which basically means I value the stuff that banks lend on and developers spend way way too much money on.  The bulk of my time in the past year though has been concentrated around starting and marketing Katalyst Brewing Company.  We are listed in the LCBO and will very shortly be in stores!

What got you into homebrewing?

If I recall, I was sitting talking to my father, and somehow beer came up, I had tried making wine a few times, with varying success, and he said “I don’t think that’s a great idea, not sure it’s that easy”.  Of course, I have spent the past couple of years throwing home brewed beer at him.  I won this round Pete! Continue reading Member Profile: Mark Verok

Member Profile: Doug Appeldoorn


Doug Appeldoorn

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

By day I work as a Television Editor at Corus Entertainment, by night I’m a Prud’homme Beer Certification instructor and have been working with my business partner and fellow home brewer Pietro Caira to put on People’s Pint events and eventually open a brewery together. Continue reading Member Profile: Doug Appeldoorn

Member Profile: Peter (Pietro) Caira


Peter Caira

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

I’m a database administrator and software developer. For the last 10 years I’ve worked in the IT department at Havergal College, an independent K-12 school for girls. I’ve also had the pleasure of coaching the senior softball team at Havergal since 2008. I’m also co-founder and organizer of the People’s Pint Brewing Collective where Doug Appeldoorn and I bring home brewers together to showcase their talent and creativity.  Continue reading Member Profile: Peter (Pietro) Caira