Author: brewpres

February Meeting 2022

Hey Everyone,

We’ve decided to cancel February’s meeting and instead do a virtual brew day on Saturday February 19th starting at 10 am.

The morning of the 19th I’ll post a link to the meeting on our website and email it out.

You don’t have to be brewing to join, feel free to just hang out. If you are brewing there’s no set theme, brew whatever you want, doesn’t have to be beer either, mead, wine, whatever tickles your fancy.

For those that are new to the club or brewing in general it’ll be a great opportunity to see how others brew and ask questions.

Hope to see you all there.

Cheers,
Sean.

December 7th Meeting

Hey Everyone,

The RSVP for December 7th’s meeting is now live.

As a reminder, to attend you must be a paid member and RSVP ahead of time on our website. When you arrive you will need to present ID and your Vaccination QR Code. You can only RSVP for yourself. Each person attending will need to RSVP from their own account.

We will also have a laptop on site so that people can join remotely if they want.

This coming meeting will have a short presentation from myself about gravity readings, the tools available and the calibration of those tools. The talk will be a brief overview with a more detailed dive for an upcoming meeting. We’ll also be doing Beer Trivia. Should be a fun one.

Cheers,
Sean.

RSVP while you still can

Hey Everyone,

The RSVP opened at six and I see there’s a bunch of people that have signed up. Just a reminder that if you wish to attend tomorrow’s meeting you need to RSVP after you pay for your membership.

To RSVP go to our website (https://winnipegbrewbombers.ca) and then from the menu go to Members Area -> Member Events to get to the RSVP section.

Cheers,
Sean.

November 2nd Meeting

Hey Everyone,

November 2nd will be our next meeting (this Tuesday). This will be our first in person meeting. However there will be a few caveats. We will be limiting the in person event to 30 attendees.

To attend you must be a paid member and RSVP ahead of time on our website (more on that below). When you arrive you will need to present ID and your Vaccination QR Code. You can only RSVP for yourself. Each person attending will need to RSVP from their own account.

Monday (tomorrow) at 6pm the club membership will be going live. You can sign up for your membership online. Once you pay for your membership you will then have access to the RSVP page to sign up for the in person meeting.
We will have a laptop on site and stream the meeting via google meet so that people can still join in remotely.

Cheers,
Sean. 

Virtual Meeting Oct. 5th 2021

Hey Everyone,

October’s meeting will be a virtual meeting. We’re still getting our ducks in a row so that we can feel comfortable holding an in-person meeting. I’ll elaborate more at the meeting.

To kick the season off, Steph will be giving her presentation about mead that she did for the CHA Summit called: “The Bee is Back: The Rise and Return of Mead”.

For this meeting, we’re following the CHA’s (Canadian Homebrewer’s Association) lead and trying out a new style of online gathering software. This one is called Topia. You will have a “character” that you can move around a virtual room. As you approach another character their audio and video will fade in, and out as you move away. This will allow groups of people to have multiple conversations without having to talk over everyone. It was a neat concept that worked very well. No special software is required. Just a browser.

Steph will send out a link to the meeting just before the meeting.

Cheers,
Sean.

2021 / 2022 Season

Hey Everyone!

I hope everyone has been making the most of this summer and had a chance to brew some really cool stuff! I just wanted to give a quick update as to our plans for the start of this year.

We’ve decided to start the season in October this year. So our first meeting will be Tuesday October 5th 2021.

The executive team has met, as usual, to discuss what the coming year looks like. The short answer: It’s complicated.

So what are we going to do? Ideally, we’d love to start having in-person meetings again. However, restrictions can change at any time and with little to no notice. So we’ll need to remain flexible. We’re hoping to have a hybrid model of in person and online. We’d have a laptop setup and the event streaming with an interactive chat going on. This way everyone can still take part. More details for that will be solidified as we get closer to the meeting date. 

To be more specific, right now we’re leaning towards an in-person meeting, but we’re not 100% sure yet. We’ll send more updates as we get closer to the date.

One of the biggest changes we’ll be making is the creation of an official membership program. To be a Winnipeg Brew Bomber you will need to have a membership account. We will still offer free membership level, however, you will need to ensure you have signed up for an account online. Creation of your membership account will require acceptance of our new Code of Conduct. 

The craft beer industry is very near and dear to my heart but it hasn’t been great and equal to everyone. Since I’ve become President I’ve been working to ensure we provide education in brewing as well as a safe place to welcome beginners and experts alike. The Canadian Homebrewers Association (https://canadahomebrews.ca) hosts a quarterly presidents meeting where club Presidents across Canada gather to discuss and share thoughts and ideas and what they do. It was there that I learned about the importance of having a Code of Conduct and its important role in showing commitment to a more inclusive and safe environment for everyone.

Over the next few weeks I will be updating our website and setting up the membership software. Once that is done, the Code of Conduct will be publicly viewable and membership signup will be online. Club dues will be handled through the website as well.

Thanks everyone, I’m looking forward to the new season!

Cheers,
Sean.