Half Pints Pro/Am registration

Homebrewers: You can register for the Half Pint’s Pro Am at registration.winnipegbrewbombers.ca.

Please scroll down to the “Enter your brews” section and click the link.

Entry deadline is November 22, 2013


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Half Pints Pro/Am Brew Challenge Poster

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Half Pints Pro/Am Challenge


Winnipeg Brew Bombers Present:
The Half Pints Pro/Am Brew Challenge

BJCPScoreSheetThe Winnipeg Brew Bombers and Half Pints Brewing Company are pleased to present Manitoba’s first, BJCP/AHA sanctioned, Annual Pro/Am beer competition. This event is a  friendly competition between professional and amateur brewers in the name of craft beer.

Amateur and Professional Brewers are invited to send their finest crafted beer to the competition to be judged by professional, certified BJCP judges.

Along with first, second and third professional winners, and gold, silver and bronze amateur winners, a Professional or Amateur will be named winner for each category. At the end of the competition, Best of Show winners will be announced and an overall winner will be named.

Will the Professional brewers triumph over the Amateurs? Can the home brewers pull off an upset?

The Best of Show Winner gets to brew 1,000 litres of the winning batch at the Half Pints Brewery. This special release will be available at the brewery and on tap at select pubs in Winnipeg. (Travel costs are not included.)

Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook  to stay up to date on further developments.

Public Events

Judges’ Pub Night – Thursday, November 28 – Yellow Dog Tavern

Brewer’s Beer Dinner – Friday, November 29 – Mise Restaurant

Awards Ceremony – Saturday, November 30 – Location to be announced

Competition Judging Dates

November 28 – 30, 2013 (this is a closed, private event)

Competition Registration

Online registration will be available at the end of September. Check back here for the entry registration link.


All 23 BJCP categories will be accepted. Mead and Cider/Perry categories 24-28 will be accepted and will be judged by professional wine & mead judges. Complete competition details will be posted shortly but  entries will be due November 22nd, 2013 and we will be requesting two 355ml to 500ml bottles for each entry.  Fees will be $8 for each entry for amateur brewers and $15 for professional brewers.


Made possible by generous support of our title sponsor, Half Pints Brewing Company


And with the help of great business like:

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We need volunteers for many different jobs:

  • Judges (Professional Brewers or BJCP certified)
  • Stewards
  • Organizers
  • Administration

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2012 / 2013 WBB Brewer of the year is…

Nathan Koop.

Congrats Nathan on winning Winnipeg Brew Bomber Brewer of the year and thanks for all the hard work you put into making our club’s year awesome.  Nathan put in a lot of effort designing and purchasing WBB bottle openers, he organized a judging trip to ALES comp in Regina to represent the Brew Bombers, he helped make Swim Manitoba’s craft beer night a success, he is studying to become a BJCP judge, he donated countless beers to our raffles and for the club to try, and he is presently a integral member of the committee to make our first ever Pro-AM brew challenge  a reality.  This is what Nathan said about the night he won:

“Last brewclub meeting of the year last night.

1) I got some beers from a club member
2) I won the raffle
3) I won the competition (and Jeremy Koop too)
4) I won the BrewBomber of the Year

Pretty good night.”

Thanks again, Nathan and I can’t wait to see who steps up next year to win the coveted prize of WBB Brewer of the Year.

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October Competition

In honour of Oktoberfest, we have decided to run a mini German beer competition for our October meeting. The styles accepted will be: Oktoberfest Lager, German Wheat Beer or Altbier.


If you plan on making an Oktoberfest Lager, you would need to get started on it in the next week or two because that beer needs to lager for some time (usually, the breweries brew that lager in March so it can be ready in October but I think it still can be good if you start on it shortly).

So, dust off your lederhosen and get ready to brew a German beer.  Nathan Koop has agreed to pull out his accordian and play some polka music. 😉  (Steve G, keep your thoughts to yourself)


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POLL: Brew Bomber Gear?

.We’d love to get everyone’s thoughts on potential Brew Bomber branded merchandise for the coming year. Vote below and leave a comment if you have other ideas.

Multiple choices are enabled.


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Stay Tuned

In the coming days, we will be launching a competition website announcing our first ever Pro-Am Brew Competition to be held November 28-30th, 2013



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New Executive for 2013-2014

During the May meeting, we elected a new board for the WBB’s 2013-2014 brew year.

They are:

President: Mark Borowski

Vice-President: David Phillips

Treasurer: Ken Allan

Secretary: Brett Aho

A special thanks goes out to Sean and Jack who have spent many years on the board lending their wisdom and expertise to the membership.


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A message from Winnipeg Brew Bomber, Big Jimmy.



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Effectiveness of Various Methods of Wort Aeration

Hi Everyone, below is the link to the PDF I handed out yesterday regarding an expirment on the effectiveness of various methods of wort aeration. It does not talk about the use of pure oxygen, however the result are very interesting and worth reviewing before going out to be new aeration supplies.

Cheers, BrewSec

Effectiveness of Various Methods of Wort Aeration


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