December 4 – Evening with a Brewer – Holiday Beers Demystified

When: Dec 4 – 7:30 pm

Where: The Rhino Bar and Grill, 1249 Queen St W, Toronto

Part evening with a brewer, and part beer appreciation and education. We will be hosting an interactive session featuring the best beers of the holiday season.

The evening will include:

– Festive beer tutored tasting with BJCP judges and brewers

– Tasting notes with individual beer breakdown

– Historical notes and brewing tips

– Food pairings

– Serving suggestions

– A few surprises

Impress your guests this holiday season with your impressive knowledge of these complex and sometimes intimidating beers. Find the perfect pairing for your holiday feast, and lead your own tasting session!

EWB – Seasonal – Dec 4

Brew Talk Online – Live at the GCHC

Missed the GCHC? Catch up with a podcast that was recorded love from the event.


Brewtalk Online – Live from the GCHC –



Great Canadian Homebrew Competition — 2015 Results

Thank you to all brewers who submitted to this years competition; there was a strong showing of entries from across the country.

Light Lagers (Category 1)

Gold: Jon Mains
Silver: Joey Deir
Bronze: Chris Bourdages

Pils and Amber Lagers (Categories: 2, 3)

Gold: Chris Bourdages
Silver: Chris Bourdages
Bronze: Blake Anderson and Mike Hendry

Dark Lager, Bock, and Hybrid (Categories: 4, 5, 6, 7)

Gold: Chris Bourdages
Silver: Chris Bourdages
Bronze: Eric Cousineau

European (Categories: 8, 9, 11, 19)

Gold: Chris Bourdages
Silver: Mark Pennell
Bronze: Shannon Howatt

American Ales (Category 10)

Gold: Blaine Karr
Silver: Marc Joyce
Bronze: Cliff Strabac

Stouts and Porters (Categories: 12, 13)

Gold: Jeff Sandifer
Silver: Mark Pennell
Bronze: Chris Bourdages

IPAs (Category 14)

Gold: Justin MacNeill
Silver: Mark Pennell
Bronze: Mark Verok

Weizens (Category 15)

Gold: Joey Deir
Silver: Marc Joyce

Saisons and Sours (Categories: 16, 17)

Gold: Chris Bourdages
Silver: Cliff Strabac
Bronze: Mark Verok

Belgians (Category 18)

Gold: Blake Anderson & Mike Hendry
Silver: Mark Pennell
Bronze: James Homes & Andy Wagner

Fruit (Category 20)

Gold: Justin MacNeill
Silver: Joe Rutter
Bronze: Allan Busch

Spice, Herb, Vegetable (Category 21)

Gold: Eric Cousineau
Silver: Mark Pennell
Bronze: Marc Plante

Specialties (Category: 23)

Gold: David Everitt
Silver: Justin MacNeill
Bronze: James Homes & Andy Wagner

Best of Show

Gold: David Everitt
Silver: Jeff Sandifer
Bronze: Eric Cousineau

Scoresheets will be emailed to all paid entrants, as soon as possible.

Great Canadian Homebrew Conference – June 20 2015


Great Beers will be served by some of the best clubs in Southern Ontario.

Doors open at 10:30 at the Lansdowne Brewery

303 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto ON (Between Dundas & College)

Featured speakers / Activities include:

  • Live recording session of Brew Talk Online

(Topic: Advanced Homebrewing Tips)

  • 4-course meal focusing on pairing beer with food

With homebrew from local clubs

  • DHC (Durham Homebrew Club)
  • GTA Brews
  • HOZER (Hamilton Ontario Zymurgy Enthusiast Ring)
  • THC (Toronto Homebrew Club)

[Please contact Lansdowne Brewery with any questions about food allergies or restrictions]

  • Competition Awards
  • Prizes


  • Bring your homebrew for feedback from other
    homebrewers and professional brewers alike.


  • Free commemorative 20oz glass for all attendees.

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GCHC Competition 2015

The Great Canadian Homebrew Competition is back for 2015!

Update: Thanks to our sponsors!

Black Oak Brewing Co noblehop short finger final web


Update: Competition rules and the entry form are now available! Entries will be accepted until Thursday, June 4.


Thaw out your brewing equipment, and brew your favourite styles! After a long cold winter, brew a long cold one for early June consumption. Submit in any style, for evaluation and feedback from a respected panel of BJCP-certified judges!

The competition will follow BJCP 2008 guidelines (plus a special category for Black IPA). The entry deadline will be in early June, with judging and awards wrapped up by June 20 at the Great Canadian Homebrew Conference.

Details will be posted shortly, including rules, entry forms, deadlines and drop-off points. Check back at for updates!

Experimental Brewing – Ian Johnson Review

Past President,  and technical brewer Ian gets in touch with his creative side.

“Hi everyone,

I have read Experimental Homebrewing: Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer by Drew Beecham and Denny Conn, Voyageur Press, 2014.  I thought it was very good so I want to let members know.  Here is my brief synopsis of it. ”

Click the link below for the full review

CABA book review: Experimental Brewing

2014 All About Ales Homebrew Competition Results

The Canadian Amateur Brewers Association 2014 All About Ales Competition had  a great showing of 128 entries, from over 60 brewers. 34 awards were presented in 11 categories and Best of Show.

AAA received generous support from our sponsors:

  • 5 Paddles Brewing, providing a pro-am brewing opportunity for overall best-of-show winner
  • Toronto Brewing, providing gift certificates for some of the gold medal prizes.
  • White Labs yeast, providing paraphernalia for some of the gold medal prizes.
  • Black Oak Brewing Company, who were generous hosts for the judging and were the primary delivery point for entries.

Congratulations to Chris Bourdages, overall Best of Show winner! And congratulations to all the clubs – club results are included after the individual results, below.

CABA 2014 AGM and Bus Tour – Saturday Nov 15 – 10am to 6pm

The big homebrewers bus is on the road once again.

It’s a Magical Mystery Tour of beer, brewing and a great time.

Start and Finish at the Rhino Bar and Grill

1249 Queen St W Toronto

The trail East of Toronto will take us to:

Included in the day: Bus tour to the breweries, lunch with a pint, samples at each of the breweries, brewing prizes, demonstrations and professional tips from the brewers, lots of conversation about beer and brewing. Make some new friends and visit some you haven’t seen for a while. It’s a great day jam packed with fun and information, a really awesome time.

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All About Ales Competition – Fall 2014

The CABA All About Ales competition is back!

All About Ales is a fall competition focusing on the category of beer which is arguably the most common and most celebrated by homebrewers. All About Ales provides a great chance to get some feedback from expert BJCP judges on your homebrew in a fun and competitive atmosphere.

Notice regarding primary drop-off location (2014-10-23): Black Oak will be closed for Cask Days on Saturday, October 25, and won’t be able to accept entries on that day (only). Please consider another day/time, the alternate drop-off location, or contact the Competition Director for alternate arrangements.

Clarification on Bottle/Cap packaging suggestions (2014-10-23): Coloured caps will be accepted – please make sure you black out any designs on your caps. Alternate bottle sizes and glass colours will be accepted as well. (The standard bottles make it easier for sorting entries, but all homebrew deserves a chance in the competition!)

Competition update (2014-10-08): Registration is Open!!

The AAA 2014 rules and entry form are available now. Let’s say a big thanks to the sponsors supporting this competition:

Black Oak Brewing Co 5 Paddles Brewing Co Toronto Brewing Co White Labs Brewers Yeast


  • 5 Paddles will be supplying the prize for overall Best of Show: An opportunity for a 6th Paddle pro-am brew!
  • Thanks to Toronto Brewing for providing prize packs!
  • Thanks to White Labs for providing prize packs!
  • Thanks to Black Oak for being our main drop-off point, and judging location! And Happy 15th Birthday!!

Review the detailed rules, fill in the entry form and print it out. Entries can be delivered or dropped off at Black Oak between October 10 and October 31. Be sure to check out their special fall offerings when you’re dropping off your beer (mmmm… Oaktoberfest….)

GCHC 2014 Presentation by Zack Weinberg

Zack Weinberg of was one of our key presenters at the Great Canadian Homebrew Conference on June 21. He gave a great presentation on his West Coast travels and related brewing research. Attendees were very keen on the topic, and the presentation spurred a lot of discussion! Zack has shared his slides online for those who attended (and also for those couldn’t make it). Thanks, Zack!