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For our first meeting of 2013 we have a guest speaker, Jules Whiteway from the London Fields Brewery, who will be talking to us about the brewery and particularly what they’re doing in terms of their new programme of classes, workshops and experience days aimed at the novice moving through to the more experienced brewers. They are particularly interested in LAB as they see the homebrew community a core part of the London brewing scene.
The meeting will be held at the Drafthouse, see side bar ->
The CBA National Homebrewers Competition took place in Bristol on Saturday 15th September 2012. Twenty of our members entered a few beers and some entered several more than that. Bryan even entered the same beer into 4 different categories!
A number of members also went down to judge – Paul Spearman, Paul Henderson, Simon Ashdown, Ben Fields, Mike Carter and Peter Hughes. By all accounts it was quite tough going, as it would be with 461 to get through. In fact due to the monumental volume of beers the judging finished about 4 hours later than planned so the ‘social’ event never took place. Those of us waiting around availed ourselves of whatever beer was rejected from the judging room which sadly was not the good stuff as that was being kept for ‘best of show’.
As it turned out LAB had a very successful competition, both individually and as a group. Our members picked up 11 individual medals, plus one for 3rd overall. We also won Club of the Year for points accumulated in competition over the course of the year. Who would bet against us doing it again next year!
Roll of Honour
Club of the Year
London Amateur Brewers
3rd – Dave Halse – Mystrawraspb – Fruit Beer (20A)
Dave Halse – Mystrawraspb – Fruit Beer (20A)
Matt Barker – Disconnecty Belgian IPA – Belgian Specialty Ale(16E)
Ken Bazley – Coconut Porter – Spice Herb and Vegetable (19)
Dave Halse – Mybarleywine – English Barleywine (19B)
Matt Barker – Prodigal American Pale Ale (10A)
Mark Charlwood – Summer Pale – New Zealand Pale Ale (30A)
Bryan Spooner – Sadako Imperial Stout (13F)
Richard Pearce – Strong Bitter (8C)
Tom Greasley – The Red Scare – American Amber Ale (10B)
Dave Halse – Mysmokedporter – Smoked Other beers (22B)
Ken Bazley – Altbier – North German Alt (7A)
Special thanks to Ali Kocho-Williams for organising and running the event.
Tonight the London Amateur Brewers and Kernel will be launching their collaboration brew at the Draft House, Tower Bridge. The beer was designed by members of the London Amateur Brewers and is a Slovenian hopped Pale Ale named ABC. It uses Aurora, Bobek and Celia hops. The event is open to the public so please come along from 6pm.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dust off your mash tun, shake the spiders out of your fermenter, buy some fresh ingredients and get brewing because the London and South East Craft Brewing Competition and Festival date has been set for 2012.
As always this will be a friendly competition followed by a festival session in the afternoon and entry is open to all abilities, so if you brewed it then enter it. You can enter kit beers, extract beers, or all grain beers. It’s up to you.
Don’t worry if you’ve just started brewing or if you think your brew is “average”. We can all be too self-critical about our beers. You will be able to compare your beer side-by-side with others and will receive judge’s feedback to help you improve your brewing. There will be plenty of people willing to discuss beer and brewing with.
When: Sunday 11th November 2012
This year, due to venue availability, we will setup on Saturday evening and run the judging and festival on the Sunday.
Where: Old Rutlishians Association – The Clubhouse, Poplar Road, Merton Park, London SW19 3JS
How to enter: http://londonandsoutheast.brewcompetition.com
Registration is now open. Please read the entry requirements and closing date information carefully. Registration and entry closes several days before the event to help us with the administration.
Good luck and I will look forward to seeing you there.
Paul Henderson – Organiser
This month Nick Addington will be presenting a talk entitled “Does it really matter? Great brewing controversies” which is sure to bring up some interesting debates! Once again we will be at the Draft House:
Monday 2nd July, 6pm for 6.30pm start
Draft House Tower Bridge
206-208 Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 2UP
The Kernel and London and South East Craft Brewing Competition winner Tom Greasley will be launching their Collaboration brew at the Rake on Monday 19th March. Tom Greasley and fellow London Amateur Brewers will be there to celebrate from 6.30pm onwards sampling the 6% Red IPA so please join us.