The Newsletter, June 2019
Our June meeting is right upon us, and from a club point of view this month's meeting is an important one for The Melbourne Brewers. Our annual meeting will be conducted.
We have spoken openly about members getting involved in the decision making and direction of the club. There are positions available that need to be filled, so if you are inclined, let it be known.
The BYO magazines have arrived and will be available for collection for paid up members.
Memberships are also due as we move into a new financial year.
Remember to keep the date for the dinner available on August. 31st at William Angliss, the same venue as last year.
Hope to see as many as possible along at the warehouse this Wednesday.
The next meeting, 26th June.
Is the Annual General Meeting and will be back once again at Petes warehouse in Ferntree Gully.
AGM 26th of June.
The AGM is coming around again and the committee needs new blood. Come get involved and help shape the club. It's a great fun way to add your input and be more involved. Anyone is welcome and encouraged.
Brewer of the month.
This months brewer is...Diamond Papazoglou
Tell us a little about who you are.
I'm married to Cathy, with two kids, Ella 9 and Charlie 6. We live on an acre in Olinda. One dog. Eight beer-grain lovin chooks. I mostly work from home, currently on a yawn maintenance yaaawn project preparing for aaaaarrgh a 2021 shutdown of an acid plant Zzzzz. A dull period in my career but a really fun part of my life - young kids, great hills community etc. I’m currently planning a MountainTop brew fest - Oct 13 - as a fun new school fundraiser. No cake stalls. Slightly more exciting than vanadium pentoxide catalyst.
The Annual Dinner, 2019.
The date is set, 31st of August at William Angliss in the city.
After party nearby but still to be determined where.
Our sponsors put up some fantastic prizes this year in support of the Home Brewing Community. Lets show them some love back and get behind them when you next do your shopping or recommend a store to a new brewer. It's these sponsors that keep our competitions running so lets return the favour and support them any way you can!
The Old Dick.
Since 1999, the Club Brewer of the Year trophy has been an unusual mechanical device, affectionately known as “The Old Dick”.
The trophy was built about 22 years ago by former Member Dick Seville who was a popular and eccentric Member of the Melbourne Brewers and the ABAV which preceded it. “The Old Dick” is designed to hold a 750ml bottle of beer and to gradually tilt it in order to pour the contents without disturbing the sediment, thereby obtaining a crystal clear beer.
Dick an engineer by trade would regularly take the device with him when dining at BYO restaurants and drinking his own beers, mostly bottle conditioned brown ales.
Longstanding Members will remember Dick as the quietly spoken gentleman who would bring a large plate of cheese and onion sandwiches to every club meeting which would be unveiled late at each meeting after the standard Club nibbles had been consumed. These would rapidly be devoured and were a traditional part of Club meetings for many years.
Dick was an inventive guy having a hand in building one of the first commercial washing machines ever built in Australia. Unfortunately, Dick passed away several years ago but much of his brewing equipment was donated and subsequently auctioned by the Club so many current Members have equipment designed and built by Dick and his legacy lives on.
The Old Dick was donated by Dick’s family and Colin Penrose. So next time you see “The Old Dick” remember that it, like our Club, has a rich history built on the efforts of eccentric good blokes like Dick Seville.
The Old Dick is a prestigious award given to the Club Brewer of the Year, based on all the members points tallied from all competitions entered. First, Second and Third all generate points to determine who gets to be this years Brewer of the Year.
Your membership comes with these great benefits plus many others so support the club and help keep it going.
(This is a great saving over an individual subscription)
Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at different locations. They are a great place to socialise, listen to talks, participate in Club competitions, BBQ's and of course taste lots of beer plus many other things.
A monthly newsletter outlining upcoming Club events and competitions as well as general Melbourne Brewers information and photos. This gets distributed by email a few days before Club meetings.
Members are also advised of upcoming events by email. Our member email distribution is also used as a forum to discuss topics of interest and to provide brewing information amongst members.
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.
Every so often, days are organised 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.
Events & Excursions
Periodically the Club organises events/trips e.g. trip to Maltings, 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).
Club buys (Bulk buys) of equipment offer significant savings to members.
There is a large range of brewing books and equipment available for loan by members.
Things to keep you busy.
Get a brew happening for:
31st August, The Annual Dinner.
October internal comp on Lagers.
October, Baysides Oktoberfest.
Go to our Calendar and sync it with your own so you never miss an event.
Get some reading done after you buy some books through our book depository link.
Last but far from least, help keep the Club alive and don't forget to pay your membership fees for this financial year