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Member Profile: David Larocque


What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

Since 2012 I’ve been working for the Ontario Public Service in various policy roles ranging from health research funding, developing Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Project and currently working in animal welfare/cruelty policy. Essentially I support the development of government programs/legislation/regulations. I’m also a father of two young girls (3 and 1) which keeps things busy and exciting on the home front. My 3 year old is becoming quite the brewing apprentice.

What got you into homebrewing?

I got more and more interested in the craft beer scene around 2012/13, and a friend of mine started homebrewing around then. After a few chats and a bit of reading I ordered my first kit and never looked back!

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Black is Beautiful: Homebrewers Against Racial Injustice (Final Update)

Over the years, GTA Brews hasn't really taken an active role in advocating for diversity in the homebrewing community. We've mostly taken a passive approach by trying to remove barriers that may hinder a feeling of inclusion for women and racial minorities. The vast majority of our club leadership is composed of white men, and in the past we didn't feel like it was our place to speak out.

After witnessing the racial injustices that have been brought to light over the past few weeks, we have decided we can no longer be passive on this matter. We are ready to help in the fight for real change.

Black is Beautiful is an initiative founded by Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio, TX. This initiative is mainly focused at craft breweries and beer drinkers, and encourages them to collaborate in raising awareness and funds for local charities fighting against racial injustice. The initiative is centered around a single stout base recipe, and each participant is encouraged to put their own creative spin on it.

Chosen Charity: CAFCAN

CAFCAN is a registered charitable organization whose primary focus is on building and strengthening the service framework for African Canadian children, youth and families through culturally safe individual and group counselling supports, case management services, employment services, youth mentorship, and youth outreach programs.

Donate Here

How We Will Help

As a homebrew club, we don't sell beer, so we aren't able to dedicate a certain portion of each bottle sold. Instead, we will do the following:

  • Raise awareness for a local charity (CAFCAN) focused on the black community
  • GTA Brews will donate $10 for each member that brews the Black is Beautiful recipe
  • GTA Brews will match member donations to CafCan, up to $1000 total

As a small, non-profit, membership based organization, we don't have deep pockets, so this $1000 is a considerable part of our bank account. Brew and/or donate before July 31st to qualify!

Update: Our good friend Toronto Brewing has joined the initiative, and will match what the club donates. This means that for every dollar donated, it gets multiplied by 3!

Final Amount Raised:


  • Batches Brewed by Members: 16
  • Member Donations: $965
  • Club Donation: $1000
  • Toronto Brewing Donation: $1000

How to Participate

To make a difference, we need the help of you, our club members! We need you to brew the beer, and we need you to consider making a monetary donation if you are able.

  • Donation: Please email proof to info@gtabrews.ca, the club will match your donation
  • Brew the Beer: Please notify info@gtabrews.ca after brew day, and we will donate $10

The Recipe:

Weathered Souls said it best:

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Member Profile: Emily Storey

Emily Storey

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

Short answer: I am a scientist.

Long answer: I am a researcher in photonics. Think electronics, except I deal with photons instead of electrons. I shine lasers at liquids and then look at the scattered light. The light tells me what's in the liquid, and how much is there.

What got you into homebrewing?

My partner Rob saw a homebrew kit at a grocery store in Vancouver. My Dad is a homebrewer, so I knew what we were getting into. A quick trip to Dan's Homebrew Shop later, and the hobby has consumed most of our apartment for about 6 years.

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Member Profile: Matti Cowan

Matti Cowan

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

I'm both an entrepreneur (Silly Sir Brewing Co.) and a supply teacher with the TDSB. It's perfect because affords me lots of flexibility to simultaneously (attempt to) run a business.

What got you into homebrewing?

I started homebrewing in the winter of 2015 with a homebrewing kit from Magnotta (really just prepared wort in a bag, and a packet of dry yeast). I was just bored, I think. I was probably seasonally depressed. My first beer was an Irish red ale, which despite being over-carbonated, tasted pretty good. I quickly graduated to all grain brewing after a couple extract batches, and have been hooked ever since. My love stems from the blend of art and respect for science that's required in brewing. Continue reading Member Profile: Matti Cowan

Member Profile: Colin Green

Colin Green

What is your occupation (outside homebrewing)?

I've been working for the LCBO in retail since 2008, coincidentally I am the beer ambassador at my location.

What got you into homebrewing?

I've always had an interest in beer, and wanted to learn more about it beyond the very limited amount we are taught by my employer. It wasn't until I was at a stag/doe party where one of the raffle prizes was a Brooklyn Brewshop 1 gallon kit. When I saw it I had that "Aha!" moment, and tried to win it. My friends grandmother ended up winning it, and I had a feeeeeeeling she wouldn't be using it anytime soon, so I went over and bought it off her and brewed it the following week. She drives a hard bargain though, I wasn't getting it off of her for cheap.

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