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January Meeting – Monday 7th

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 ->

LAB strikes at the National!

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

Overall Winners

3rd – Dave Halse – Mystrawraspb – Fruit Beer (20A)

Gold Medals

Dave Halse – Mystrawraspb – Fruit Beer (20A)

Matt Barker – Disconnecty Belgian IPA – Belgian Specialty Ale(16E)

Ken Bazley – Coconut Porter – Spice Herb and Vegetable (19)

Silver Medals

Dave Halse – Mybarleywine – English Barleywine (19B)

Matt Barker – Prodigal American Pale Ale (10A)

Mark Charlwood – Summer Pale – New Zealand Pale Ale (30A)

Bronze Medals

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.


Dave Halse and Ken Bazley celebrate their medals with a few pints of Kernel/LAB Pale Ale @ The Draft House, Tower Bridge.

LAB and Kernel colab launch night

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.

London and South East Craft Brewing Competition – 11th November 2012

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

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

July Meeting – Monday 2nd

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

Downstairs at:

Draft House Tower Bridge
206-208 Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 2UP

The Kernel and Tom Greasley Colab Brew

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.

April Meeting – Monday 2nd

The next LAB meeting will be on the 2nd of April. Both the content of the meeting and the venue have yet to be confirmed so please check back for details.

Update: we will be at the drafthouse.

Draft House Tower Bridge
206-208 Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 2UP

March Meeting – Monday 5th

We will be judging entries for the CBA Club Only Competitions 2012 and trying out a new venue, the Draft House Tower Bridge 6.30pm onwards.

Draft House Tower Bridge
206-208 Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 2UP

CBA Club Competition‏

On the 5th of March we will be selecting our entry for the CBA Club Only Competitions 2012 Bitter (BJCP Category 8) . We will select one beer to be put forward and judged on the 18th of March by the Bristol Brewing Circle. Please contact Paul Spearman if you are interested in participating.