Membership Renewal 2018 – Renew before Oct 1st to avoid initiation fees!

It’s that time of year! Time to renew your GTA Brews membership!

CLICK HERE to renew now!

Last year’s memberships expire on Oct 1st, so you need the renew soon to maintain your active membership status! Don’t forget Fall 2018 Grain Buy is open now, and membership renewal is needed to participate!

As we continue to streamline club operations, we’ve made a few adjustments to the membership structure. Here’s a quick summary of the new format:

  • Dues: $20/year plus $5 initiation fee for new (or lapsed) members
  • Membership is now valid for 1 full year after sign up date, and renewal is automatic each year using the same credit card!
  • Members are welcome to bring household family members to occasional events

Due to a limitation in our membership software we have disabled the $5 initiation fee until Oct 1st, to allow current members to transition into the new membership subscription.

Membership is excellent value, and includes access to fall and spring grain buys, annual winter hop buy, monthly meetings, discounted homebrew supplies at Toronto Brewing, club projects like our barrel project and homebrew advent calendar, and much more!

Membership dues pay for the operating of the club, including paying for web services, advertising, club projects, AV equipment, Specials Occasion Permits from LLBO and more. The club is also planning to incorporate as a non-profit entity in the next 3-6 months, and there are some one-time costs associated with that transition.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at membership@gtabrews.ca.

September Meeting: Quality Assurance with Escarpment Labs

Monday September 10th at 7:00 PM
Muddy York Brewing Co.
22 Cranfield Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4B 3H1  MAP

This month we have three exciting meeting elements!

  • Guest Presenter: Chris Saunders from Escarpment Laboratories
  • New Format for Structured Tasting
  • Monthly Swap: Bottle Exchange – No sign-up required! Just bring a 6 pack of your finest brews and you’ll receive a randomized 6-pack to take home! Please try to include your name, beer name and style on the label/sticker.

We are going back to our gracious host, Muddy York Brewing Co! We request that everyone spend some money to support our wonderful host. Don’t forget to buy some bottles from their shop!

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Grain Buy – Fall 2018

The GTA Brews Fall  2018 Grain Buy is open!

Believe it or not, but summer is OVER! That means it's time for the 2018 Fall Grain Buy!

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 grainbuy@gtabrews.ca

Key Info:

  • Sign Up Open: Friday August 31, 2018
  • Sign Up Close: Wednesday Sept 26, 2018 (11:59 pm)
  • Payment Deadline: Sunday, Sept 30, 2018 (11:59 pm)
  • Split Date: Friday, Oct 12th, 2018
  • Pick Up Date: Saturday Oct 13th, 2018 (10:30 am – 1:30 pm)

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- Please sign up to volunteer with split/pick-up in the volunteer tab
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- Items highlighted in RED special order, and may be delayed

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GTA Brews – Last Brewer Standing Round 1 Updates! Round 2 Match ups.

*** LAST BREWER STANDING UPDATE ***

For those who couldn’t attend the meeting, it was another hard fought battle between fellow GTA Brews members. 16 entered, 8 remained. As usual, entries were all really nice beers, it must have been hard for the judges! Here are the results:

Clayton Hoy vs Guillaume Couture-Lévesque (Dark Mild 13A) – Guillaume Wins (Cheeky Chug-a-lug)

Tony Di Bratto vs Eric Cousineau (Ordinary Bitter 11A) – Eric Wins (No Name)

Jesse Reynolds vs Nicholas Cole (English IPA 12C) – Jesse Wins (Excalibeer!)

Chris Maheras vs Kym Watts (Saison 25B – Standard) – Kym Wins (No Name)

Keith Caines vs Jason Warner (British Golden Ale 12A) – Keith Wins (Goldie)

Ted Z vs Hugh Jahangover (Bear) (APA 18B) – Bear Wins (Ted vs. Bear Hug or Hog?)

Emily Elizabeth Storey vs Andrew Kotowick (American Brown 19C) Emily Wins (Name was too offensive to put on Facebook)

Sean Holden vs Nick Hodowsky (Trappist Single 26A) Sean Wins (Bad Pilot)

Now, for Round 2. 16 remain, here are the matchups.

Sean Holden vs. Evan Bonsell – American Stout
Iain R vs. Jase Gudat – Irish Stout
Hugh Jahangover vs. Mike Van – Irish Red
Jesse Reynolds vs Emily Elizabeth Storey – Cream Ale
Mark Verok vs Matti Kawan – American Wheat
Tim Burnett vs. Mark Hubbard – Belgian Blond
Kieth Caines vs. Eric Cousineau – Scottish Heavy
Guillaume Couture-Lévesque vs. Kym Watts – Best Bitter

Beers must be ready for the October meeting.

Good luck everyone, even Guillaume Couture-Lévesque.

Announcing Brew Slam 2018 – Homebrew Competition

Click Here to go to the main competition page.

Press Release

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

GTA Brews Survey 2018 – Now Open!

Our annual general survey is now accepting submissions! We use the results of this survey each year to help inform the direction of the club and identify areas of strength and opportunities to improve. The survey will remain open until 11:59 PM on August 22nd Sept 11th.

This survey is open to both members and non-members, since we want to hear from everybody! The survey can take as little as 5-10 mins to answer only the mandatory questions, or longer if you elect to write more detailed answers (and we hope you do).

How can we make the best homebrew club in the world even better?!

Participants are eligible for a drawing of Continue reading GTA Brews Survey 2018 – Now Open!

August Meeting: Competition Q&A Panel and LBS Round 1B

Monday August 13 at 7:00 PM
Northern Maverick Brewing Company
115 Bathurst St, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2P9  MAP

This month we have three exciting meeting elements!

This August we are going back to our gracious host, Northern Maverick Brewing Co.. Thanks for hosting us! We request that everyone spend some money to support our wonderful host. Their food is fantastic (try the Jamaican patties), and they have plenty of beer-to-go in their bottle shop!

Continue reading August Meeting: Competition Q&A Panel and LBS Round 1B

Cask Days Homebrew Section Applications OPEN

GTA Brews is privileged to be able to organize a selection of homebrews that are served to the public at Cask Days, Toronto’s incomparable annual craft beer festival at Evergreen Brickworks. We are now soliciting applications to take part in this year’s annual Cask Days Homebrew Section.

Those selected will be paired with a brewing partner and asked to brew 11 gallons of beer that will be available at the festival for attendees to sample. Serving your own beer to the wildly enthusiastic Cask Days crowd will no doubt go on to become one of your best and most rewarding memories as a brewer. Your beer will be available to Continue reading Cask Days Homebrew Section Applications OPEN

July Meeting: Cowbell Stephen and LBS Round 1A

Monday 9 July at 7:00 PM
Muddy York Brewing Co.
22 Cranfield Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4B 3H1  MAP

This month we have three exciting meeting elements!

We are going back to our gracious host, Muddy York Brewing Co! We request that everyone spend some money to support our wonderful host. Don’t forget to buy some bottles from their shop!

Continue reading July Meeting: Cowbell Stephen and LBS Round 1A

Jon Mains

It is with heavy hearts that GTA Brews informs members of the loss of tireless volunteer, competitor, brewer, and friend, Jon Mains. Jon was in a tragic mountain biking accident last Sunday and he passed away peacefully this morning at St. Michael’s Hospital. His generous and helpful spirit remains ever-present even at this difficult time. Jon is an organ donor, and he will go on to give the gift of life to those desperately in need.

Anyone who has attended club events, participated in Canadian homebrew competitions, or simply been a regular participant in the club facebook group is likely familiar with Jon. From the monstrous 33 gallon batches that he brewed on his stove in five different vessels, to his endless volunteering efforts as a head steward and judge in Brew Slam and Spring Showdown, to his love for brewing crushable light lagers that put BMC to shame, Jon’s passion for this hobby was palpable and his approach utterly unique. And although he was nationally recognized for lager brewing, he would want us to remind you that he medalled in IPA with the best of them.

Jon will be well-remembered and dearly missed by the close friends that met him and came to love him through GTA Brews. At meetings and club events Jon made members both old and new feel instantly at ease with his friendly and welcoming nature. Good conversation came easily to Jon, and many of you will recall that he was always ready to share an engaging discussion, crack a joke, or offer some indispensable piece of brewing advice to anyone he met.

Jon’s passing will be most closely felt by his family and loved ones, who have lost a son, a brother, a partner, or a friend. Discussions are underway among club directors about the best ways to support his family, express the gratitude we feel for having known Jon, and honour his memory. More details will follow.

Critically, if you are hurting and in need of any kind of grief support, please feel free to reach out to other club members or directors to talk. These bleak times do not have to be quite so painful as long as we come together and support each other as a community.

Jon’s funeral date and location are to be determined, but we will keep you informed. The family is asking all friends to kindly forward photos and stories to
roslynnem9@gmail.com.

Barrel and pH Buffer Bulk Buys

With the hop buy and the Spring 2018 Grain Buy wrapped up, GTA Brews is at it again with two exciting bulk buy opportunities! We’re launching a bulk barrel buy and a pH buffer buy – please see some details on these opportunities below.

Key Dates

Sign Up Open: Thursday June 7th, 2018
Sign Up Close: Thursday June 28th, 2018
Payment Deadline: Thursday July  5th, 2018
Pick-Up Date & Location: TBD

IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE ANY EMAILS FOR THIS BUY, PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER AND ADD US TO YOUR CONTACTS. Continue reading Barrel and pH Buffer Bulk Buys

June Meeting: The Journey to Folly Begins with One Beer

Monday 11 June at 7:00 PM
Northern Maverick Brewing Co.
115 Bathurst St, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2P9 MAP

June’s speaker is John Jenkinson, who has been in charge of brewing at Folly Brewpub since late last year. John started brewing while completing a PhD in Philosophy at Western University. One of his favourite aspects of brewing at Folly is the spirit of experimentation and creative freedom through which he develops his craft. He gravitates towards mixed-fermentation ales with subtle complexity that are dry and refreshing. He loves exploring interesting flavour combinations by using new hop varieties or fermenting in oak. John is going to talk about Continue reading June Meeting: The Journey to Folly Begins with One Beer

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 lastbrewerstanding@gtabrews.ca Continue reading GTA Brews – Last Brewer Standing Round 1

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) Continue reading GTA Brews presents Last Brewer Standing

May Meeting: Jamie Mistry of Common Good Beer Company Plus Discussion Panel

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!

This month’s meeting is at Muddy York Brewing Co. and our special guest, Jamie Mistry of the Common Good Beer Company, will also be there to answer any of your questions about contract brewing. Continue reading May Meeting: Jamie Mistry of Common Good Beer Company Plus Discussion Panel

Grain Buy – Spring 2018

The GTA Brews Spring 2018 Grain Buy is 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 grainbuy@gtabrews.ca

Key Info:

Sign Up Open: Mon Apr 9th, 2018
Sign Up Close: Thurs May 3rd, 2018 (11:59 pm)
Payment Open: Thurs, May 10th, 2018
Payment Deadline: Thurs, May 17th, 2018 (11:59 pm)
Split Date: Friday, May 25th, 2018
Pick Up Date: Saturday May 26th, 2018 (10:30 am – 1:30 pm)

Notes:
- Updates will be sent to the email on the sheet
- Please sign up to volunteer with split/pick-up in the volunteer tab
- If you didn't get the announcement email, check your spam
- Items highlighted in RED special order, and may be delayed

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April Meeting: Kettle Souring & Craft Malting

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:

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Competitions Update

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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Announcing Spring Showdown 2018 – Homebrew Competition

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

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.

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GTA Brews Brings Home the Bling from Cowtown

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

Our March Meeting is All About Hops

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

Club Barrel Fill #3

Time to announce the sign up for out 3rd barrel fill! This time the barrel is being hosted at Peoples Pint Brewing Co.

We will be filling the barrel with a golden sour. Want in on this fun members-only project? Log in, then click the link below and apply for the barrel. We will randomly pick applicants to participate in the barrel fill.

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Member Profile: Mike Vandervoort

Mike Vandervoort

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

Northern Maverick Brewing Set to Host Our February Meeting

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

Brew Slam 2017 – Wrap Up

Brew Slam 2017 is finally wrapped up after almost a whole year of planning, and a ton of execution. What a year! The last of the prizes made their way into the hands of our winners this week, so it’s finally time to write my annual wrap up post. With 806 entries judged, I’m very proud to say that we met and exceeded our goal for 2017 of becoming Canada’s largest homebrew competition (by almost 300 entries)!
Saturday morning judging

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

GTA Brews 2018 Hop Bulk Buy

Our famous hop buy is back for 2018! This year we're excited to have almost a half of ton of hops contracted! Along with the tried, tested and true hops, some notable additions to the hop contract this year include Azacca, El Dorado, and Equinox!

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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.
Continue reading Member Profile: Clayton Hoy

2017 GTA Brews Advent Calendar

When people think of advent calendars they usually think of candy, but since we are a homebrew club we are thinking beer. A homebrew advent calendar is the best kind of advent calendar since you g...

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Learn2Brew 2017 Recap

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

Grain Buy – Fall 2017

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 grainbuy@gtabrews.ca

Key Dates

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

Membership Drive for the 2017-2018 Season

As our 2016-2017 season draws to a close, we’re excited to announce that we are doing a membership drive again this year to encourage members to renew for the 2017-2018 season.

Visit our new membership page to join/renew now!

Membership Structure Changes for 2017-2018

Based on overwhelming feedback from our annual club member survey, we have decided Continue reading Membership Drive for the 2017-2018 Season

Announcing Brew Slam 2017 – Homebrew Competition

Click Here to go to the main competition page.

Press Release

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.

BJCP Exam Prep Tips from Eric

Online Exam Tips

Tasting Exam Prep Tips

Tasting Exam Outline

  • Exam consists of writing scoresheets for 6 beers, with 15 mins given per beer
  • Bring mechanical pencil, erasers, and other writing items you want
  • Only basic calculators can be used, no smartphone apps
  • This is a closed book exam, referring of the guidelines is not allowed
  • The exam only covers categories 1-26, specialty categories are not included
  • Be prepared to write neatly and firmly to ensure the graders can read your writing clearly when scanned, also do not write to the edges or on the back of the pages

Grain Buy – Spring 2017

The GTA Brews Spring 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 grainbuy@gtabrews.ca

Key Dates

Sign Up Open: Saturday Apr 29th, 2017
Sign Up Close: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 (11:59 pm)
Payment Deadline: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 (11:59 pm)
Split Date: Friday, Jun 2nd, 2017
Main Pick Up Date: Saturday Jun 3rd, 2017 (10:30 am – 1:30 pm) Continue reading Grain Buy – Spring 2017

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: Kat Goodale

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Kat Goodale

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

I was a computer studies teacher at a girl’s school for 12 years, but made a career change in 2013. I was accepted into the Brewmaster program at Niagara College, and am now a brewer at Magnotta Brewery in Vaughan.

What got you into homebrewing?

My dad! He’d been homebrewing on and off since the 1985 beer strike, and we helped by bottling. I inherited his bottle capper, which is still as much of a PITA to use now as it was then.

Continue reading Member Profile: Kat Goodale

Member Profile: Jon Mains

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Jon Mains

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

I’m a businessman. I work as a financial analyst at a kitchen cabinet manufacturer, crunching numbers, financial statements, spreadsheets, graphs, charts, Excel baby!

What got you into homebrewing?

Some combination of unemployment, curiosity, frugality, education, and entrepreneurial aspirations. I had recently completed my Master of Business at U.B.C. in Vancouver, and had a lot of spare time while job hunting. As someone who loves craft beer and cooking, I figured I could probably brew up a decent batch myself while simultaneously saving money! By the way, I’ve yet to save any money making my own beer, the equipment is expensive!

I started reading every book I could get my hands on and anything I could find on web forums. With an undergraduate degree in Biology, the science of brewing came quickly and easily, that’s when the same thought crossed my mind that crosses every homebrewer’s mind, “Why not start a brewery?!” Continue reading Member Profile: Jon Mains

Brew Slam 2016 – Wrap Up

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!

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Some notable accomplishments and improvements we made this year:

Member Profile: Doug Appeldoorn

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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