The Melbourne Brewers Committee organizes and runs a range of activities including:
All members receive the BYO magazine as part of their yearly subscription.
(This is a great saving over an individual subscription)
Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month. Activities vary - we may taste and discuss a particular beer style, construct/demonstrate equipment, discuss brewing techniques, have intra-Club beer competitions or sample and provide feedback on Member's beers.
Periodically, Members volunteer to have a Brew Day at their brewery and invite Club Members or guys who may be interested in brewing to have a look at how they brew, equipment used etc. Brew Days are a good way for novice brewers to learn how to make all-grain beer. Brew Day dates will be advised to Members via the newsletter or e-mail.
The beers made at Brew Days are usually consumed at the Annual Dinner in June/July.
Every so often, days are organized for a group of members to build or assemble equipment e.g. convert kegs to boilers, make immersion chillers, yeast stir-plates, counter pressure bottle fillers, temperature controllers. Again, dates will be advised to Members via the newsletter or e-mail.
Events & Excursions
Periodically the Club organizes events/trips e.g. trip to Maltings, visits to Melbourne microbreweries, weekends away at country pubs, fishing trip.
Annual Club events include the Annual Dinner, Xmas party, Steinbeer weekend and Beerfest weekend (Club run comp).
There are normally 6 main competitions in Melbourne each year (Beerfest, British Ales, Stout Extravaganza, Pale Ale Mania, VicBrew and Oktoberfest. Each comp is organized by one the 5 Melbourne Brewing Clubs or VicBrew.
Entering your beers in competitions is a great way to get feedback on your brewing techniques. By judging at comps you will learn a lot about particular beer styles, what differentiates good examples of a style from the great ones and how to identify brewing faults.
The Club allocates points to Members who place at comps and these points count towards the Club Brewer of the Year.
Club buys (Bulk buys) of equipment offer significant savings to members.
Range of brewing books and equipment available for loan by members. See the full list here.