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:
Continue reading April Meeting: Kettle Souring & Craft Malting
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.
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The sixth competition in this small competition series will take place in May, and since we skipped Winter Warmer, we will be accepting all styles of beer, mead, and cider!
These seasonal competitions are designed to be a “low stakes” introduction to BJCP competitions for club members (and anyone else) to enter their beers for feedback and fun. This competition will be judged by BJCP Judges according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.
Continue reading Announcing Spring Showdown 2018 – Homebrew Competition
Congratulations to the following GTA Brews Members that won medals at the Cowtown Yeast Wranglers Homebrew Roundup 2018:
- Mike Vandervoot, Best of Show 4th place for his American IPA, “Mosaic IPA”
- Mike Vandervoot, 1st place in American IPA category, again for his “Mosaic IPA”
- Iain Robertson with co-brewer Shawn Ruff, 3rd place in Dark Lager and Amber Hybrid for their entry, “What Is A Schwarzbier?”
- Clayton Hoy, 1st place in the Bock category for his Eisbock, “Eis Eis Bockby”
And a special mention for first time winner:
- Emery Soos, with a 3rd place win in the Scottish and Irish Ale category with his Irish Red: “Kiss My Red Blarney”
Congratulations to all of you for doing us proud!
Did you know that GTA Brews will ship your entry for free for select competitions? Click here for more information
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hops…
… but were afraid to ask!
That’s right ladies and gents, this month’s meeting at Muddy York Brewing Co., is all about hops. Some would argue (Mike V.) that it’s the most important ingredient in beer. Well, it’s at least top 4. Our special guest, Kyle Wynette of the The Tavistock Hop Co., will be there to answer any of your questions.
Monday 12 March at 7:00 PM
Muddy York Brewing Co.
22 Cranfield Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4B 3H1 MAP
Continue reading Our March Meeting is All About Hops
What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?
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.
Continue reading Member Profile: Mike Vandervoort
Come one, come all: homebrewing rookies and vets alike for a night of learning, drinking, and homebrew bottle sharing (if you want). This February we premiere a new host for our meetings: Northern Maverick Brewing Co.. Thanks for hosting us! We request that everyone spend some money to support our wonderful host. Their food is fantastic, and they have plenty of beer to go in their bottle shop!
Monday 12 February at 7:00 PM
Northern Maverick Brewing Co.
115 Bathurst St, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2P9 MAP
Continue reading Northern Maverick Brewing Set to Host Our February Meeting