The Newsletter, September 2019

The Newsletter, September 2019

Presidents report. 

It’s 38 years since I wore that umpiring shirt with pride (and it fitted me easily then), being an VFL Umpire and running around the bush umpiring county finals and grand finals at this time of the year. Oh the memories!

It is footy finals fever and a time to sit back and fill your glass with the best beer in the house (home brew) and watch our national game on the TV.

A month has almost past since our dinner at William Angliss. Again, the food provided was suburb and the beers this year stepped up a notch. There was a lot of feedback as to how good they tasted. I can’t believe that after enjoying the beers on offer I needed to top up at Penny Blue afterwards.

Thanks to all those brewers that brewed for the occasion. And to Paul Murray, you were dudded in the voting for most popular beer on the night, reckon your family didn’t all vote for you !!!!!

Kegs provided on the night will be available to be picked up at this month’s meeting.

Congratulations to Hayden Henderson who again took out another first prize at Vic Brew for his Fruit Lambic. Well done Hayden !

I was pleased for my third placing with a Raspberry Cider . Commiserations to John O’Driscoll who scored the same points as me, but was beaten on a count back.

Also worth a mention is John Keske’s doppelbock that he brewed at Steinbrew for the annual dinner and we were able to try at the dinner which came  came 4th at Vic Brew

The monster brew day is on this coming Sunday at Caltoria Brewing thanks to former member Laine Jenkins. All welcome and able to take away a cube and brew your own unique beer. The beer being brewed is an IPA.

Caltoria is located at 31 Holloway Dr, Bayswater.

December 7th is the date of this years Christmas Party

This year it will be held on the Mornington Peninsula at my place at Fingal (we live on the second hole of the Moonah Links Open golf course). Always a great night so save the date.

Look forward to seeing everyone at Pete’s warehouse this Wednesday

Ian Bennett


The next meeting, 25th September. 

Will be back once again at Petes warehouse in Ferntree Gully.

Caltoria Brew Day.

Caltoria Brewery in Bayswater are working in collaboration with us this Sunday the 29th of September with an 8am start. The beer being brewed will be an IPA with 2o Litres of wort costing you $40. Bring along a container and take home the fresh wort for you to ferment any way you want. Don't forget to sign up on Johns list!

Caltoria Brewery is located at 31 Holloway Drive, Bayswater.

Christmas Party.

December 7th is the date and Ians place in Fingal is the location.

Put it in the calendar!

Beerfest 2019


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!

Major Sponsors:

Champion Brewer - $500 voucher for Grain and Grape
Beer of Show - $200 Brewers Pack from Beerco
Best Novice - Fermentasaurus with pressure kit from Keg King
Best Club - Bulk Malt from Cryer Malt.
Our category sponsors
Pale Lager - $100 store voucher to Greensborough Home Brewing
Wheat and Rye - 25kg JW Signature Malt, 25kg Simpsons Golden Promise, 500g Cashmere Hops from Bintani
Dark Ale and Lager - $50 Keg King Voucher and $50 Point of Difference Voucher
Strong Ale and Lager - $100 voucher for Grain and Grape from Spiedel
Porter and Stout - $100 Store voucher to The Brewers Den
Pale and Bitter Ale -25kg JW Signature Malt, 25kg Simpsons Golden Promise, 500g Cashmere Hops from Bintani 
American Pale Ale - $100 store voucher from Brewers Choice
Farmhouse and Wild - $100 store voucher from  Clever Brewing
Speciality - $100 store voucher from Home Make It

 Get your entries in.

Baysides Oktoberfest entry cut off date is the 5th of October and the competition is held on the 12th.

Drop off locations:

Grain and Grape (5/280 Whitehall St Yarraville 3013)

The Brewer’s Den (253 Dorset Rd Boronia 3155)

Keg King (2/33-35 Smith Road, Springvale 3131)

Home Make-it (4/158 Wellington Road, Clayton VIC 3168)

Greensborough Homebrewing (22 Louis Street Greensborough 3088)

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.


The club's preferred method of payment is online.
New members: If you believe you are not on the club mailing list, send the committee an email or bring it up with someone at a meeting to make sure we add you in.

Your membership comes with these great benefits plus many others so support the club and help keep it going.

BYO Magazine
 All members receive the BYO magazine as part of their yearly subscription.

(This is a great saving over an individual subscription)

Monthly Meetings

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.

Brew Days
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.

Activity Days
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
Club buys (Bulk buys) of equipment offer significant savings to members.

Club Library
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:

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