2013 Vanbrewer Awards Show at the Rickshaw!

Tickets are now available for the 2013 Vanbrewer Awards at the Rickshaw! 7PM - Midnight Thursday May 2nd! Get your tickets here!

Good times, good beer, and we'll find out which lucky homebrewer will claim the coveted Golden Stag Award!

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Monthly Meeting, April 25th 2013

Just a reminder that we will be holding our monthly meeting on April 25th 2013. The meeting will start at 7:00pm sharp and will be held at our usual meeting spot: 2205 Commercial Drive, upstairs from the Legion.

Details on presentations TBD.

Also, just a reminder that entries into the 2013 Vanbrewer awards are due no later than Saturday April 20th at 7pm.

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Monthly Meeting, Thursday, March 28th 2013

VanBrewers will be holding the monthly meeting on Thursday, March 28 at the usual meeting place (2205 Commercial Drive, upstairs from the Legion) at 7pm.

Prospective and seasoned members alike will get to learn how to make real ale at home...a good thing seeing as the pins and supplies for cask beer have been ordered!

If you would like to have your beer assessed by one of our BJCP judges, please bring in a bottle with no marks or labels.

Don't forget to bring a little homebrew to share, and remember your glass!

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2013 Vanbrewer Awards

The Vancouver Homebrewers Associations is excited to announce the 2013 VanBrewer Awards competition. We will be accepting entries in BJCP categories 1 - 23 for an entry fee of $6.00 (Cheque or paypal only). Registration will open on Wednesday March 20th 2013 at and will close on April 20th 2013. Entries can be shipped or dropped off at Parallel 49 Brewing Co. 1946 Triumph St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1K5 between April 6th and 20th, during tasting room hours 11am - 7pm daily.

Entries will be judged at Parallel 49 as well. Volunteers will be needed for the bottle sort on Sunday April 21st starting at 12:00.  Judges and stewards are needed for 6 shifts:

  1. Thursday, April 25th, 18:15-21:30
  2. Friday, April 26th, 9:30-12:30
  3. Friday, April 26th, 13:15-16:30
  4. Friday, April 26th, 17:30-20:30
  5. Saturday, April 27th, 9:30-12:30
  6. Saturday, April 27th, 13:15-16:30

* note times and dates subject to change. Please check back here, or at the awards site for details *

Please note that we will not be accepting cash this year, Cheque or Paypal only.

The Golden Stag is back up for grabs to the Best Of Show winner. Good luck to all participants!

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Next Meeting, Thursday February 28th @ 7PM

The next club meeting is Thursday, February 28th at 7PM sharp!

We are going to be starting a new format for 2013 meetings with the first half consisting of presentations on a given topic. This month, its all about competitions.

Matt Anderson will kick things off with a presentation on what you need to know about entering your beer into a homebrew competition.

Following Matt's presentation will be Danny Seeton who will present on what a beer competition is like from a Judge's perspective.

David O'Halloran will also have his new stir plate idea on display made from locally sourced components.

As always members of the public interested in home brewing are welcome to attend and learn more about our club.

Please remember to bring a taster glass with you to the meeting. Plastic cups will be available for $1 each.


2205 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC (upstairs)

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VanBrewers AGM Feb.2, 2013

The AGM is coming up on February 2nd. The perfect time go see what we do, meet the members and join! AGM starts at 12:30 sharp. Membership signup and renewal will happen between 11:30 and noon. Cost is $20 to sign up. Only current members will be allowed at the AGM. It will be held at Parallel 49's new warehouse located at 1993 Pandora Street, Vancouver. Enter through the back alley. A sign will be posted.

Once the AGM is wrapped up, we will have our annual winterfest and fundraiser. This will be from 2 to 6pm. Suggested donation of $10 to attend. Any members that bring a keg or enough bottles to share with everyone will be given a raffle ticket and prizes will be awarded. Since the space is being donated, be respectful and clean up after yourself.

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Pro/Am Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Jeff Hay-Roe of Gibsons, BC for his winning entry in the Howe Sound, Alibi Room and VanBrewers Pro/Am competition. There were many entries submitted but Jeff's Southern English Brown Ale beat out the rest to win the Best of Show Round. Jeff will be able to brew his beer with Howe Sound Brewing and see commercial release starting at the Alibi Room's 400th tap rotation celebration. Thanks to all the brewers who entered their beers.

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Howe Sound Brewing, The Alibi Room & VanBrewers Pro-Am Competition!

We are pleased to announce a competition in collaboration with Howe Sound Brewing!

Entries are to be submitted by January 13, so enter what ever you have on hand. Have a beer waiting to get bottled sitting in a carboy? Get on it and get it submitted! Judging will take place on Monday January 14th with the winner having their beer brewed by Howe Sound Brewing. This beer is to be put on tap for the first time at the Alibi Room's 400th tap rotation! Accommodation and hospitality will be provided by Howe Sound Brewing for the weekend it is to be brewed.


Entrance is free. 2 bottles are required per entry up to a maximum of 2 entries per individual. Please use BJCP competition labels attached with a elastic band. Labels can be found here. Bring entries to the Alibi Room between 1 to 6 pm. We are really excited for this!

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Harvest/Oktoberfest Competition

As you all should be aware (I did tell you months ago to brew for these styles!), Vanbrewers and the BC Beer Awards are hosting a public competition for Harvest and Oktoberfest style beers.  Think fresh hops, pumpkin, festbiere, etc.  Judging will be per BJCP Style Guidlines, but the Best of Show round will focus only on Harvest/Oktoberfest styles.  First place will be brewing their beer with Nigel and Conrad over at soon-to-be Brassneck Brewing.  That beer will then be available for the 2013 BC Beer Awards.  Pretty sweet, right!


Drop off for this FREE competition is going to be at the September meeting (the 27th), or  at Matt's house after that.  Bottles must be free of markings and labels, caps unmarked or blacked out, and a BJCP Bottle ID tag attached.  The cut-off date is October 5.  We will not be accepting entries after this date.


If you have any further questions, contact Scott.  Cheers!

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Steamworks Meetup. Aug.30th

Since we had Summertime Brews in August already, the executive has decided to cancel the regular monthly on the last Thursday of the month.


Instead, we'd like to hold a sponsor appreciation night for the great people at Steamworks. We'd like to see a lot of you come out for this. Again, this is our way of thanking them for supporting us during our Vanbrewer Awards, and throughout the rest of the year as well (I'm looking at you folk who have free yeast and wort!)

Let us know your intentions on here, and I'll arrange a reservation again as best as I can. Obviously, no home brew is permitted at a licensed establishment.


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