Summer 2023 Club T-Shirt Order!

If you've been waiting for the opportunity to get your hands on club t-shirts, now is your chance! Between July 12th and August 11th, you can pre-order your very own GTA Brews club t-shirt! Visit the club Swag Shop to order.

Note: Shirts will be available for pick up at the September 11th meeting at Rainhard Brewing

We're going with a neutral natural colour so the three colour front really pops!

Club Logo Shirt

This shirt design adds some colour and hops to a skull and was inspired by the rock band "The Grateful Dead" on the front while the GTA Brews logo and "Brew More Of What Makes You Happy" is on the back in eye popping green!

June Meeting: Last Brewer Standing Judging And A Summer Send Off!

Location: Muddy York Brewing Co.
Date: Monday June 12th, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

Can you believe that we're already half way through the year? It's JUNE and we're back at recent winner of the Canadian Brewery Of The Year; Muddy York Brewing Co. For this meeting we are focusing on our Last Brewer Standing Judging (Style: California Common). There will be plenty of social time, some announcements and some discussion of where we may want to go for social excursions in July / August!

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters and keep your chatting to a minimum.

Also, please don't forget to patronize our hosts!! Muddy York 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!

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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Canadian Homebrew Day

Canadian Homebrew Day Graphic

We are pleased to announce that our 2023 edition of Canadian Homebrew Day (CHD) will be in-person at Toronto Brewing!

Sat. June 3rd, 2023
Toronto Brewing (3701 Chesswood Drive, Unit 115)
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

On Saturday June 3rd, we will have a live brewing demonstration and be available to answer questions and promote the hobby!

GTA Brews Members will be present and brewing on club equipment! Come, see, support and chat with fellow members and members of the public about the joys of homebrewing!

Recipe: Bia-Hoi by Chi-Linh Dinh

This year's recipe, now available in the club recipe database, is Chi-Llinh Dinh's "Bia Hoi" (Vietnamese for 'fresh beer'). Chi created this recipe to emulate the type of beer her father and his friends used to drink back home in Vietnam! It's a light (about 4% ABV), refreshing lager that's meant to be drank very fresh once it's fermented!

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!

Grain Buy – Spring 2023

The GTA Brews Spring 2023 Grain Buy is open!

We're back at it again with the launch of our Spring 2023 Grain Bulk Buy!  Make sure you take a good look at the catalogue as we have some newish additions (Raven from the Czech Republic and Canada's own Prairie Malting). Details can be found in the post below.

Thanks to Common Good Brewing Co. for hosting, please make sure to give them your love and make some purchases on pick up day! All questions should be emailed to grainbuy@gtabrews.ca.

Key Info:

    • Sign Up Open: May 05, 2023
    • Sign Up Close:  May 19, 2023 (11:59 pm)
    • Pick Up Day: Saturday, June 10, 2023 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)
      • PICKUP LOCATION: Common Good Brewing Co.
      • You MUST book a pickup timeslot
    • NO SPLITS - FULL BAGS ONLY

Reminders

    • Updates are sent to the email registered with your GTA Brews membership account
    • If you didn't get the announcement email or order confirmation, check your spam!
    • Reminder that some items are special order, and may be delayed
    • You can find all your gtabrews.ca orders on your My Account page

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May Meeting: Some More Exbeerimentation with Josh Davis!

Location: Rainhard Brewing
Date: Monday May 8th, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

It's already May and we're going "back to the future"! We'll be back, for the first time in a long time, at Rainhard Brewing!! Rainhard will be our West Side meeting location moving forward. For this meeting we have Josh Davis, BJCP judge and one of our new members over the last year will be discussing another Exbeeriment! This time it's a Pale Ale triangle test! There will be some announcements and social time as well

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters and keep your chatting to a minimum.

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!

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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Annual General Meeting of GTA Brews - April 15, 2023

Please RSVP using the form below to help us track expected attendees and make sure we hit our required quorum!

Date: Saturday April 15th, 2023 @ Common Good Brew Co.!
Time: 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

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The GTA Brews AGM will be held from 2:30PM-5:30 PM on Saturday April 15, 2023. This will be our first in person AGM ever, and we are so very pleased that Common Good has agreed to host us! Please try to make an effort to attend this important corporate function. We will have a mix of important club business like electing Board members and reviewing the clubs financial position paired with some funner activities like the first round of Last Brewer Standing II! 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 current President, David Larocque.

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March Meeting: Some Exbeerimentation with Josh Davis!

Location: Muddy York Brewing
Date: Monday March 13th, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

March is coming in like a lion and for this month's club meeting we're introducing something new! Josh Davis, BJCP judge and one of our new members over the last year will be discussing an Exbeeriment! There will also be social time and Shane Martin will also have his Exbeerimental beer to share and discuss as well!

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters and keep your chatting to a minimum.

Also, please don't forget to patronize our hosts!! Muddy York 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!

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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February Meeting: SOCIAL! (and a "new" west end location)

Location: Northern Maverick Brewing
Date: Monday February 13th, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

It's already February! And for this month's club meeting we're doing a "social" meeting; so there's no presentations or structured items planned. This is an opportunity to bring (and share) your homebrew with other club members!

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters and keep your chatting to a minimum.

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

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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Farewell People's Pint

A Brief History Of A Place For Homebrewers and Craft Beer Lovers

It started as a collective; an inclusive one that was focused on homebrewed beers made by passionate homebrewers. These beers, and the brewers that made them, were then featured at small batch events around the city of Toronto.  That collective was what was known as The People's Pint and the gentlemen behind that collective were Doug Appledoorn and Pietro Ciara. 

That was 2016. 

By 2017 Doug and Pietro were searching for a permanent space for their collective and events but also to brew their own beers.

By mid 2018 an opportunity presented itself. Junction Craft Brewing were moving out of their space on Cawthra Ave and Doug and Pietro had found a permanent home for People's Pint. 

They continued to host events that focused on, and supported, the homebrew community, and GTA Brews in particular, including: 

  • A homebrew tap takeover for Toronto Beer Week
  • Learn2Brew days
  • Off Flavour Tasting sessions 
  • Being a sponsor for BrewSlam (GTA Brews Premier National Homebrew Competition)
  • A rotating GTA Brews guest tap serving GTA Brews members homebrew to the public
  • Hosting Club Meetings, the Club Barrel (fills and empties), and Hop Buy Pick Ups / Sorting

They also were active in the industry by ensuring their brewery was a space that was safe, inclusive, and welcoming to all who wanted to partake, learn and enjoy craft beer regardless of creed, colour or sexuality. 

They were also one of the first breweries in Toronto to "employ" a brewery cat via the SPCA; Maris was quite unique for some time!

On top of all of that Doug and Pietro and all others who worked with them were friends, homebrewers and individuals to be admired. 

So, now that they have closed their doors, Peoples Pint, the brewery space, will be missed but Peoples Pint, the ideal, will live on.  

Thank you to Pietro, Doug, Angie, Chris, Chris, Adam, Alex, Deaglan, Jeff, and everyone else that welcomed us as GTA Brews members, fellow homebrewers and cherished friends into the warm space you built.  

That space, of course, will be missed. 

(To interact with homebrewers and for photos of People's Pint, please visit our Facebook page)

GTA Brews presents... Last Brewer Standing II!!

So you've heard the rumblings, the mumblings and grumblings. Or maybe you haven't. But Last Brewer Standing is BACK. Get those COVID-19 tested, tweaked and perfected recipes ready for the big stage! After years of hogging the trophy, it's time for everyone to take a run at the reigning Last Brewer Standing champ, Kieth Caines, and claim that trophy as their own!

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January Meeting: Waterworld! Water Chemistry with Eric Cousineau!

Location: Muddy York Brewing Co.
Date: Monday January 9th, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

HOPPY 2023! It's January and, if you've been a member of the club for any length of time, you'll know that this month we talk about H20, Aqua, Adam's Ale (aka Water) and we are happy to have GTA Brews Member (and former club President) Eric Cousineau back to give us an updated presentation on water chemistry!

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters and keep your chatting to a minimum.

Also, please don't forget to patronize our hosts!! Muddy York 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!

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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Member Profile: Josh Davis

Josh Davis

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

I'm a Chemical Engineer that works in Technical Sales selling adhesives and tapes. Structural acrylics, double-sided tapes, hotmelts... anything sticky.

What got you into homebrewing?

Like most kids in university, my beer drinking capacity was limited only by my (very minimal) budget. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and brew beer myself to save some dollars at the Beer Store. This egregious use of the shared kitchen in our student housing really pissed off my female roommates, and also didn't save me any money. But it did generate enough passably drinkable beer to fuel many beer pong tournaments, it ignited some interesting conversations, and it kicked me down the long, rewarding rabbit hole that is the art & science of fermentation.

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December Meeting: Year End Holiday Festive Themed Shindig At People's Pint Brewing Co.

Location: People's Pint Brewing Company
Date: Monday December 12th, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

It's already December and this month we'll be having our Year End Holiday Festive Shindig! There's some announcements (Canadian Homebrew Championship winners will be announced!) that we'll make but there's no presentation, it's strictly about socializing, wishing each other a great holiday season and sharing homebrew! We're still at PEOPLE'S PINT BREWING CO. 90 Cawthra Ave in Toronto, but this meeting will not have a guest speaker and outside of standard announcements we're simply going to mingle and talk beer and homebrewing!

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters/announcements and keep your chatting to a minimum at that time.

Also, please don't forget to patronize our hosts!! People's Pint 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!

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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Skyline Wrap Rastal Glass

GTA Brews is pleased to offer another branded glass from our favourite manufacturer, Rastal! Our previous Teku glass has been very popular for many years, and this one is chosen to be the perfect accompaniment to that one.

This is the Rastal Winebar 40, which is a stemless tumbler sized at 0.4L (13.5 oz)

The graphic fullwrap pattern is created by GTA Brews member James Kennedy

The Story of Ed Hitchcock's 22 Year Old Lambic

Foreword by Eric Cousineau:

The tale of Ed's 22 year old lambic-style beer is legendary among GTA Brews members that were present in the 2016-2017 era. I was recently talking to some newer members and realized that we needed to document this story in a format more lasting than word of mouth.

Some readers might be yelling at their screens right now that true Lambic can only be made in Senne Valley region of Belgium. Ed is right there with you and readily admits this was more of a lambic-style beer or methode traditionelle (MT) beer. However at the time when the beer was brewed, homebrewers were used to playing more fast and loose with these kinds of appellations.

I've had the pleasure of trying both versions of this beer several times over the years, and they were both wonderful!

After contacting Ed to ask his thoughts on how we could best document this, he recommended we use a version of the letter he wrote the the Sour Hour Podcast in 2017, which has been slightly modified for GTA Brews.

So without further ado, lets get into the story!

Ed's Letter to The Sour Hour (Updated for GTA Brews):

Read on air of The Sour Hour podcast, Episode 70, 11 mins in.

I am sure that anyone reading this will appreciate the symbiotic nature of homebrewing and a desire to learn more about as many beer styles as possible. One of the unique beer styles that is wholly intriguing for both complexity and mystique is Belgian Lambic, so of course I decided I would try to brew one. More or less following Guinard’s book (from the Classic Beer Styles series) I made a wort of pale malt, unmalted wheat and aged Hallertau hops, and – as was the recommendation at the time – did a primary ferment using Wyeast 1056 before doing a secondary ferment with the Wyeast Lambic blend. My understanding at the time was that wood was necessary for proper growth of the Brett and bacteria, so I chopped a log of birch into kindling, torching the exposed ends to sterilize them but leaving the fresh wood where it was split untouched, and tossed that in. It sat in a glass carboy for a while, but then I had to move, so I transferred the beer and the wood to a stainless corny keg and sealed it up.

And here is where it gets interesting, because life sometimes throws curveballs…

A year later I moved to Europe, and when I moved back I had young kids. It was a while before I got back into homebrewing, and when I did, I decided something had to be done with the keg that was sitting patiently under the stairs at my parent’s cottage. Until I cracked it, it was kind of like Schroedinger’s cat (Schroedinger’s vat?) in that it existed in a superposition of states, both bad and good, and there was no way to know which way it would resolve until I opened it. Fortunately, it was still good - quite good in fact -so I split the batch and bottled half straight and half after a refermentation with raspberries.

Now if you are following along, you will notice that some time has passed, but I have been somewhat cagey as to just how much time. I brewed the beer in February 1994. I bottled it in the summer of 2015, twenty one and a half years later. My son was born a month after I brewed it, and was legal to drink in the US by the time it was bottled.

Eight months later the straight Lambic won best of show at a local competition with about a hundred entries (Editor: It was Spring Showdown 2016), and six months after that the Framboise won a major award at a much larger competition (Editor: It was Brew Slam 2016). While it did not medal in the BOS, it moved on to a side award sponsored by one of the local breweries as one of the top 10 beers from the greater Toronto area (a smaller field of merely 400 entries, versus the full competition of 600), and in that challenge it won hands down. The award, called the Henderson Cup, was a cash prize and an opportunity to design and brew a beer on Henderson’s 20HL system for one of their monthly special releases.

Ed Hitchcock receiving the Henderson Cup at Brew Slam 2016 Awards

Note from Ed in November 2022:

Now in 2022, I only have two bottles left (one of each), now seven years in the bottle and almost twenty nine years old. The last time I had one it was thin and had lost a lot of complexity, and I’m just waiting for a special moment to finish the last two; but once they are gone, that’s it. I’m not likely to repeat this - unless I decide to brew something now for my 80th birthday - but if anyone reading this is looking for a challenge, by all means give it a go!

2022 Homebrew Advent Begins!

Advent submissions all lined up at Brunswick Bierworks, ready for exchange

A few months ago we opened sign up for our 9th annual GTA Brews Homebrew Calendar. The participation fee was $10/person, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). We also included the option to donate extra (in $10 increments) to CAMH to help us on our fundraising efforts.

We're pleased to announce that (as of writing) we have raised $320 for CAMH! There's still time to donate using the following item. Donations will be accepted until Weds Dec 14th.

As is tradition, James Kennedy has designed a custom advent graphic showing each beer that is part of the calendar. As is also tradition, he has taken artistic liberty based on the name given to the beer, at least for the members that gave their beer a name.

Advent Calendar

November Meeting: Just How Juicy Is It? NEIPA brewing on a big (and homebrew) scale with Marcelo Paniza of Paniza Brewing!

Location: Muddy York Brewing Co.
Date: Monday November 14th, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

Back at Muddy York Brewing Co this month for our November meeting!!! We are excited to have Scarborough's own Marcelo Paniza, from Paniza Brewing, talk to us about NEIPA brewing!!

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters and keep your chatting to a minimum.

Also, please don't forget to patronize our hosts!! Muddy York 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!

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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October Meeting: It's Social! At People's Pint Brewing Co.

Location: People's Pint Brewing Company
Date: Monday October 17th, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

This month we are having a SOCIAL meeting!!! While we love our educational presentations and hearing from beer industry professionals and homebrewers alike, we thought it was time to have a social meeting that's outside of our "normal" social meetings (i.e. Holiday meeting in December)! We're still at PEOPLE'S PINT BREWING CO. 90 Cawthra Ave in Toronto, but this meeting will not have a guest speaker and outside of standard announcements we're simply going to mingle and talk beer and homebrewing!

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters/announcements and keep your chatting to a minimum at that time.

Also, please don't forget to patronize our hosts!! People's Pint 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!

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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2022 GTA Brews Advent Calendar

Exchange Date: Saturday November 26th, 2022 @ 1:00 PM (Don't be late!)Exchange Location(s): Brunswick BierworksParticipation Fee: $10

The Annual GTA Brews Advent Calendar is back for the 9th year ...

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Announcing Canadian Homebrew Championship (CHC) 2022

This is an Invite-Only Homebrew Competition for BOTY Final Round

Email questions to: comp@gtabrews.ca

Competition Details

Entrant/Volunteer Registration: Oct 24th, 2022, 12:00 PM
Entry Registration Opens: Oct 24th, 2022, 12:00 PM
Entry Deadline: Nov 11th, 2022, 4:00 PM
Judging Date: Nov 20th, 2022
Judging Location: Amsterdam Brewhall (45 Esandar Dr)
Results/Awards Ceremony: TBD

Cost of Entry: $10 per entry
– 2 bottles per entry
Payment: Paypal Only
Styles Accepted: All BJCP Beer styles (BJCP 2021 Guidelines)
Styles Limits:
– 1 entry per classic style subcategory (1-26)
– 2 entries per specialty subcategory (21B, 27-34), must be different beers
Entry Limits:
– Total cap: N/A (Invite Only)
– Per-entrant cap: 6 per person

Competition Overview

The Canadian Homebrew Championship (CHC) is a collaboration between the Canadian Brewer of the Year Circuit (BOTY), the Canadian Homebrewers Association (CHA), and the local organizing homebrew club (GTA Brews for 2022). This is an invite-only homebrew competition, where only the top 3 winners of each local club's qualifier competition are invited to submit entries.

This competition acts as a Final Round for the BOTY circuit, where BOTY 2022 titles will be awarded:

  • 2022 Canadian Homebrewer of the Year
  • 2022 Canadian Homebrew Club of the Year
  • 2022 Canadian Homebrewed Beer of the Year
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Grain Buy – Fall 2022

The GTA Brews Fall 2022 Grain Buy is open!

We're back at it again with the launch of our Fall 2022 Grain Bulk Buy!  Make sure you take a good look at the catalogue as we have some newish additions (Raven from the Czech Republic and Canada's own Prairie Malting). In addition to the grain buy catalogue on this page,  Toronto Brewing is offering GTA Brews members with 17% off items from the JaDeD wort chillers offered through their website! Details can be found in the post below.

Thanks again to Toronto Brewing for hosting, please make sure to give them your love and make some purchases on pick up day! All questions should be emailed to grainbuy@gtabrews.ca.

Key Info:

    • Sign Up Open: September 8, 2022
    • Sign Up Close:  September 25, 2022 (11:59 pm)
    • Pick Up Day: Saturday, October 15, 2022 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm)
      • PICKUP LOCATION: Toronto Brewing (Chesswood Location)
      • You MUST book a pickup timeslot
    • NO SPLITS - FULL BAGS ONLY

Reminders

    • Updates are sent to the email registered with your GTA Brews membership account
    • If you didn't get the announcement email or order confirmation, check your spam!
    • Reminder that some items are special order, and may be delayed
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September Meeting: Pull Your Head Out Of Your Cask! with Mary Beth Keefe / Tim Burnett from Granite

Location: Muddy York Brewing Co.
Date: Monday September 12th, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

We swing BACK to the east side this month at Muddy York Brewing Co!!! We're pleased as punch to have Mary-Beth Keefe and Tim Burnett, from The Granite Brewery and Tied House, to give us a talk on Cask Conditioned Ales (aka "Real Ale")

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters and keep your chatting to a minimum.

Also, please don't forget to patronize our hosts!! Muddy York 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!

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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August Meeting: Cooking With Beer (and Chris!) with Chris Tower!

Location: People's Pint Brewing Company
Date: Monday August 8th, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

In Person again (sort of) at People's Pint Brewing Company in the Junction!!! This month we're trying something a bit different for our in-person meeting. Our presenter will NOT be present but will still present! (read on for more information) Chris Tower will be giving a delicious talk on cooking with beer!

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters and keep your chatting to a minimum.

NOTE: Our presenter this month will be virtually joining us - we'll broadcast the presentation via the big screen and make it a bit easier for those that can't attend to review the presentation after the fact!

Also, please don't forget to patronize our hosts!! People's Pint 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!

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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Recording: Whoa That’s Wild! (Yeast Capture & Testing) with Jonah Greenbaum-Shinder of Escarpment Labs!

Recording from the July 2022 meeting of GTA Brews Homebrew Club in Toronto, Canada.(NOTE: The club is still figuring out how to best record these in person sessions so please bear with us until we can sort out getting better quality video and audio available)

We were back to IN PERSON meetings at Muddy York Brewing!!! For the East End of the GTA, this was the first time we have been back in person at Muddy York and we were so happy to hearing from our good friends at Escarpment Labs! Jonah Greenbaum-Shinder came to the meeting to give us a talk on Wild Yeast Capture and Testing!

Recording: Style O' The Month: Mead!

Recording from the July 2022 meeting of GTA Brews Homebrew Club in Toronto, Canada. (NOTE: The club is still figuring out how to best record these in person sessions so please bear with us until we can sort out getting better quality video and audio available)

Emily was in-person for her final “Style Of The Month” presentation for July! If you missed June’s meeting you’d realize that Emily couldn’t make June’s meeting so we’re hopeful she can get to Muddy York for the final category: Mead! Emily looked at the mead style guidelines in more detail. We’ll miss seeing Emily and hearing the various styles!! Thanks for all your hard work on this Emily!

Announcing Summer Showdown 2022 - Homebrew Competition

Click Here to go to the main competition page and register!

Our popular seasonal homebrew competition is back for 2022, in person! We will be accepting all styles of beer, and for the first time we will be using the new BJCP 2021 Guidelines! Since this is our small competition, entry will be restricted to GTA Brews members only.

This seasonal competition is designed to be a “low stakes” introduction to BJCP competitions for club members to enter their beers for feedback and fun. The focus is on providing excellent feedback, so we keep the entry cap low. Our hope is that lots of first-time entrants will find themselves on the winners list and be motivated to continue entering competitions. This competition will be judged by BJCP Judges according to the newly released 2021 BJCP Guidelines.

If this if your first competition, please read our BJCP Competition Guide for tips on entering. If you aren’t sure which category to enter your beer, bring it to a club meeting, or email comp@gtabrews.ca.

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Member Profile: Xander Smith

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

I work in film, TV and commercial production. I work as a lighting technician (ie. gaffer, electric, key grip, best boy (akg). I am currently working on a union film tv production here in the city, called Beacon 23.
I am also a partner in a video game company working as a Dev on level, character and story design.

What got you into homebrewing?

I worked as a line cook in a bier market that opened up in Etobicoke. I was exposed to a lot of craft beer and Belgian trappist beer. I underwent the first level of Prud'homme training, but unfortunately the company didn't file it properly (so I have to redo it). Soon after I bought myself a 1 gallon beer kit that I failed miserably at. About a year later, my friend who moved to Australia gave me his 5 gallon home brew kit, it worked out and I’ve been brewing ever since.

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July Meeting: Whoa That's Wild! (Yeast Capture & Testing) with Jonah Greenbaum-Shinder of Escarpment Labs!

Location: Muddy York Brewing Company
Date: Monday July 11th, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

We are back to IN PERSON meetings at Muddy York Brewing!!! For the East End of the GTA, this is the first time we're back in person at Muddy York and we're so looking forward to hearing from our good friends at Escarpment Labs! Jonah Greenbaum-Shinder will be coming to the meeting to give us a talk on Wild Yeast Capture and Testing!

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters and keep your chatting to a minimum.

Also, please don't forget to patronize our hosts!! Muddy York 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!

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

Continue reading July Meeting: Whoa That's Wild! (Yeast Capture & Testing) with Jonah Greenbaum-Shinder of Escarpment Labs!

June Meeting: Everything You Wanted To Know About Mashing with Pietro Caira!

Location: People's Pint Brewing Company
Date: Monday June 13th, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET

This month we are SUPER excited to be back to IN PERSON meetings!!! And since we haven't had a proper in person meeting in, oh, about 2+ years it's going to be exciting since there's a lot of new stuff to announce! Firstly, our "west" meeting location has changed to be at PEOPLE'S PINT BREWING CO. 90 Cawthra Ave in Toronto. Secondly, we're stoked to hear People's Pint's head brewer and former GTA Brews member Pietro Caira talk to us about all things Mash related (well, almost all things - I don't think Pietro's going to talk about the "Monster Mash". . . . . ) !

As we are now back to in-person meetings, please be respectful of the presenters and keep your chatting to a minimum.

Also, please don't forget to patronize our hosts!! People's Pint 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!

Don’t forget to bring your tasting glass!

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Canadian Homebrew Day 2022

We are pleased to announce that our 2022 edition of Canadian Homebrew Day (CHD) will be in-person at Toronto Brewing's Geary Ave location!

Sat. June 4th, 2022
Toronto Brewing (211 Geary Ave)
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

On Saturday June 4th, we will have two live brewing demonstrations.

  1. David Chang-Sang of Chang Sang Estates Homebrewery will be joined by Colin Green to brew up a batch of his Oat N About pale ale, which he originally created in collaboration with our friends at Muddy York Brewing Co.
  2. Darrell Kelly (multi-award winning homebrewer and BJCP Judge) will be brewing up a batch of his famous German Pilsner

Recipe #1: Darkness English Porter by Matt King

The 2021 Canadian Brewer of the Year (BOTY circuit) was our very own Matt King. For CHD 2022, he graciously shared one of his favourite recipes for us to brew at home!

Recipe #2: Betty Blonde by Barley's Homebrew Supplies

Barley's Homebrew Supplies from New Westminster, BC was voted as Canadian Homebrew Shop of the year for 2021. To celebrate CHD 2022, owner Curtis supplied his favourite Blond Ale recipe for us to brew!

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!

May Meeting: Cider Brewing and Tasting with Revel Cider!

Date: Monday May 9th, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM ET

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This month we are exceptionally excited to have Tariq Ahmed join us from Revel Cider talk to us about cider brewing! His presentation will focus on Revel Cider, their cider brewing philosophies and a guided tasting of two of their ciders. Please see details on how to get their cider below!

As with any conference call, please mute your microphone if you aren't speaking, this really helps cut down on background noise. During Q&A segments we will make use of the "Raise Hand" feature.

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Summer Thirst Quenchers Bottle Share!

Exchange Date: Sunday June 26th, 2022 @ 3:30 PM (Don't be late!)Exchange Location: To Be Announced, but in TorontoParticipation Fee: FREE

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Member Profile: Aaron Van Gramberg

Aaron Van Gramberg

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

I work in the Maintenance Department for the York Region District School Board.

What got you into homebrewing?

I always wanted to try making my own homebrew. When Covid came around it became the perfect opportunity for me to try just that. I started with a Brooklyn Brew Shop Kit and then went from there.

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April Meeting: Lager Brewing and Tasting with Sonnen Hill!

Date: Monday April 11th, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM ET

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This month we are exceptionally excited to have Calum and Lauren join us from Sonnen Hill Brewery talk to us about lagers! Their presentation will focus on brewing lagers and will include a guided tasting of four of their beers, so make sure you check out some ways (see here) you can get their beers before April 11th!

As with any conference call, please mute your microphone if you aren't speaking, this really helps cut down on background noise. During Q&A segments we will make use of the "Raise Hand" feature.

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Pre-Meeting Post - Sonnen Hill Group Order!

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This may be a wee bit early to be talking about a meeting that's about 2 weeks away BUT there's good reason for it! Our guests for our April meeting will be Calum and Lauren from Sonnen Hill Brewing and the focus will be on lagers!

Part of that meeting will include a guided tasting of four of Sonnen Hill's lagers (Low & Slow, Vienna, Munich and Gold). If you plan on attending the Club Meeting on Monday April 11 @ 7:30pm - and you'd like to participate in that guided tasting you can do one of the following:

  1. Place an order for these four beers direct from the brewery; OR
  2. Locate these beers yourself via one of the retailers (e.g. Toronto Brewing; Bottega Volo) that carry Sonnen Hill's beers; OR
  3. Participate in our club's group buy in order to save on shipping. If interested in participating in the group order, please email your exact order to meetings@gtabrews.ca. All orders must be submitted by April 4, 2022.
    • Payments will be settled after the order is placed w/ Sonnen Hill
    • East End pickup location (exact location TBD).
    • At this time, we do not have a West End pickup location - if you are interested in serving as a West End pickup location, please email meetings@gtabrews.ca

If you have any questions regarding the guided tasting, please email meetings@gtabrews.ca.

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Grain Buy – Spring 2022

The GTA Brews Spring 2022 Grain Buy is open!

We're back at it again with the launch of our Spring  2022 Grain Bulk Buy!  Make sure you take a good look at the catalogue as we have some new additions (Raven from the Czech Republic and Canada's own Prairie Malting).

Thanks again to Toronto Brewing for hosting, please make sure to give them your love and make some purchases on pick up day! All questions should be emailed to grainbuy@gtabrews.ca.

Key Info:

  • Sign Up Open: Wednesday March 16, 2022
  • Sign Up Close:  April 1, 2022 (11:59 pm)
  • Pick Up Day: Saturday, April 23, 2022 (11:00 am – 2:00 pm)
    • PICKUP LOCATION: Toronto Brewing (Chesswood Location)
    • You MUST book a pickup timeslot
  • NO SPLITS - FULL BAGS ONLY

Reminders

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  • If you didn't get the announcement email or order confirmation, check your spam!
  • Reminder that some items are special order, and may be delayed
  • You can find all your gtabrews.ca orders on your My Account page

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March Meeting: Beer / Food Pairings with Lauren Richard!

Date: Monday March 14th, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM ET

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As we March towards spring this month (you see what I did there?) we are excited to have GTA Brews Member Lauren Richard (pronounced akin to "Rocket Richard") with us to impart her knowledge on something our club has never looked at before - Beer / Food Pairings!!

As with any conference call, please mute your microphone if you aren't speaking, this really helps cut down on background noise. During Q&A segments we will make use of the "Raise Hand" feature.

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