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October Meeting

EDIT: THERE WILL BE AN RSVP REQUIRED. If we have space, the Free Members can come along – just shoot me a message.

Our first meeting of the 2022-23 season is coming up fast.

7pm October 4th at Oxus Brewing on Sanford.

No major lessons or presentations planned, I’d like to discuss some ideas and plans for the club.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Voting for the new President is now open!

Hey Everyone,

The vote for the new club president is now open! As mentioned earlier I will hold the vote open until 6pm tomorrow. You will need to log into a google account to vote. This is needed so that I can limit the entry to one per person. If you don’t have a google account, it’s easy to sign up for one.

Here’s the link to the vote:


Club kits are ready for pickup!

Hey Everyone,

This afternoon we finished assembling the club kits. Thanks to Jacob at Grape and Grain who got a head start on the process for us, as well as Kevin, Chuck, Sean R and Paul.

The kits are ready for pick up now at Grape and Grain. Please be sure to pick them up ASAP. The deadline to pick up your club kit is February 8th, space is limited at their store so the quicker we can get these kits into our members hands the better. 🙂

Reminder: The club competition will be held at our club meeting on April 2nd. Be sure to give yourselves enough time to brew!

For those that are interested, here is the recipe (both all grain and extract): For users of BeerSmith, I’ve made the recipe public. You should be able to find the recipe on their web site or in Beer Smith itself (v3 may be required) under “cloud search” and use the term “winnipeg brew bombers” and you’ll see both versions of the recipe.



2014 Half Pints Pro/Am Competition Results

Category 1/2: Light Lager / Pilsner (13 entries) Sponsored by: Everwood Ave Brew Shop

1st              Geordan Sanders – Flip Cup – 1c Premium American Lager / KABOB

2nd             Sean Richens – Light Pils 140105  – 2A German Pils / Winnipeg Brew Bombers

3rd             John Adair – Missy’s Lager – 1E: Dortmunder Ex

Category 3: European Amber Lager (12 entries) Sponsored by: Grape & Grain

1st             Eric Cousineau – Vienna Lager – 3A: Vienna Lager / GTA Brews

2nd            Chris Young – Oktoberfest Lager – 3B Oktoberfest / Half Pints

3rd            Tyrone Keep – Blacktie Brauhaus – 3B Oktoberfest / Saskatoon Headhunters

Category 4/5: Dark Lager/Bock (14 entries) Sponsored by: Beer Grains Supply Co.

1st              Sean Richens – Bohemian Tmave – 4B Munich Dunkel / WBB

2nd            Darrin Sayers – The Force – 4C Schwarzbier / Cowtown Yeast Wranglers

3rd            Adam Olson – Glacier Bay Eisbock – 5D Eisbock / RCMB

Category 6: Light Hybrid Beer (18 entries) Sponsored by: Grape & Grain

1st             Fletcher Stevens – Bi-Polar Blonde – 6B Blonde Ale / Yk Beer Society

2nd            Darrin Sayers – Firewater – 6A Cream Ale / Cowtown Yeast Wranglers

3rd            Ben Rix – Lars’ Kolsch – 6C Kolsch

 Category 7: Amber Hybrid Beer (8 entries) Sponsored by: Grape & Grain

 1st             Jonas Hurtig – Cali Steamer – 7B California Common / Cowtown YeastWranglers

2nd             Robert Doerksen – Pier 179  – 7B California Common / Cowtown Yeast Wranglers

3rd            Alvaro Reyes  – Funfundsechzig Jahre Alt – 7C Dusseldorf Altbier / VanBrewers

Category 8: English Pale Ale (9 entries) Sponsored by: Rebellion Brewing Company

 1st             Andrew Stevens – Typical Bitch Face – 8A Standard Bitter / MontreAlers

2nd            Paul Brennan – Nelson’s ESB – 8C ESB / MontreAlers

3rd            Paul Heslop – Alnwick – 8C ESB / Cowtown Yeast Wranglers

Category 9: Scottish and Irish Ale (7 entries) Sponsored by: Beer Grains Supply Co.

 1st             Jonathan Voyer/Kevin Deschambault – Scottish 80 – 9C Scottish Export 80

2nd             Chris Bourdages – Great Scot! – 9C Scottish Heavy 70  / Durham Homebrewers

3rd             Yannick Laplante/Philippe Dufour – IRA – 9D Irish Red Ale

Category 10: American Ale (30 entries) Sponsored by: Hop Dawgs Home Brew Supplies

1st             Zack Weinberg/Graham Markham – Markham Pale Ale – 10A American Pale / Toronto Brewing

2nd       Fletcher Stevens – Honey Bucket Nut Brown – 10C American Brown / Yk Beer Society

3rd       James Watchman/Mike Ozero – Brown Merican – 10C American Brown / Ye Olde Kildonan Boys

Category 11: English Brown Ale (8 entries) Sponsored by: Beersmith

1st             David Freeman – Timid Turtle – 11A Mild

2nd             Fleesha Willfong – Welcome to Brown Town – 11C N. English Brown /ALES

3rd             Paul Heslop – Wear Bridge – 11C N. English Brown / Cowtown YW

Category 12: Porter (11 entries) Sponsored by: Beer Grains Supply Co.

1st              Jason Newton – Newtonian Baltic – 12C Baltic Porter / Vanbrewers

2nd             Mark Borowski – Goin’ Brown Town – 12A Brown Porter / WBB

3rd             Geof Traill – Browndead – 12A Brown Porter / Toronto Brewing

Category 13: Stout (16 entries) Sponsored by: Beersmith

 1st            Thomas Fenn – Simdicoe Psychosis – 3F Imperial Stout

2nd            Mark Pennell – Black Gold – 13A Dry Stout / Brewnosers

3rd            Mark Atkinson – Doctor’s Orders – 13C Oatmeal Stout / BrewVIC

Category 14: India Pale Ale (IPA) (32 entries) Sponsored by: Prairie GEM Hops

 1st            Steve Shaw/Chris Leigh – 77×42 Mleh Heh – 14C Imperial IPA

2nd           Marc Loszchuk – Hoppy Birthday IPA – 14B American IPA / ALES

3rd            Matt Braun – Hoppin In The Dark – 14D Black IPA

Category 15: German Wheat and Rye Beer (9 entries) Sponsored by: Beer Grains Supply Co.

 1st           Jason Newton – Newtonian Hefeweizen – 15A Weizen / Vanbrewers

2nd           Dean Kelly – I’ve Gone Rogue – 15D Roggenbier / Saskatoon Headhunters

3rd           Chris Nowlan – Duke Degenberg’s Daily Bread – 15A Weizen / Cowtown YW

Category 16: Belgian and French Ale (29 entries) Sponsored by: Beer Grains Supply Co.

 1st        Kent Courtice – Sanctify – 16E Belgian Specialty / VanBrewers

2nd       Rob Loewen – Sour Belgian Dubbel – 16E Belgian Specialty

3rd        Jimmy Bernier – Wild Yeast Saison 076 – 16C Saison

Category 17: Sour Ale (10 entries) Sponsored by: GL Designs

 1st             Mark Borowski – The Forgotten – 17B Flanders Red / WBB

2nd             Greg Zeniuk – The Headless Tartsman – 17A Berliner Weisse  / Edmonton Homebrewers Guild

3rd             Greg Zeniuk – Cotton Gueuze – 17E Gueuze / EHG

Category 18: Belgian Strong Ale (12 entries) Sponsored by: Alley Kat

 1st             Chris Nowlan – Contemplatio Divina – 18C Belgian Tripel / Cowtown YW

2nd             Brett Aho – Marteau D’or – 18D Belgian Golden / RCMB

3rd             Dave Janssen – Extra – 18A Belgian Blond / BrewVIC

Category 19: Strong Ale (8 entries) Sponsored by: American Homebrewers Association

1st          Jonas Hurtig – Low Efficiencywine – 19C: American Barleywine / Cowtown YW

2nd        Mark Borowski – ALE X – 19A Old Ale / WBB

3rd         Ben Rix – THUNDERPIG – 19A American Barleywine

Category 20: Fruit Beer (11 entries) Sponsored by: Farmery

1st            Dave Janssen – Wheat Saison With Brett & Lemon – 20A Fruit Beer / BrewVic

2nd           Jimmy Bernier – Raspberry Saison 075 – 20A Fruit Beer

3rd           Cedric Dauchot – Blackberry FestivALE – 20A Fruit Beer

 Category 21: Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer (9 entries) Sponsored by: Grape & Grain

 1st            Scott Higgins/Justin Shead/Ken Sandilands/Alex Wall/Dave Callighan – Coconut Curry – 21A SHV Beer – ELAlers

2nd            David Callaghan – D’unkel Juniper – 21A SHV Beer

3rd            Parker Willfong/Fleesha Willfong – Gilligan’s Radio – 21A SHV  Beer / ALES

Category 22: Smoke-Flavored and Wood-Aged Beer (16 entries) Sponsored by: Townsite Brewing

1st             Andrew Thorne – Fornicator – 22C Wood-aged Beer / RCMB

2nd           Marc Loszchuk – Big Baltic Bastard – 22C Wood-Aged Beer  / ALES

3rd            Adam Olson – Islay Scotch Ale – 22C Wood-Aged Beer / RCMB

 Category 23: Specialty Beer (15 entries) Sponsored by: Toronto Brewing Homebrew Supply Store

 1st             Kent Courtice/Marc Raymond – The MAK – 23A Specialty Beer / VanBrewers

2nd            Marc Loszchuk – Big Bourbon Bastard – 23A Specialty / ALES

3rd            Dave Janssen – Rye Spiced Saison – 23A Specialty / BrewVic


Category 24-26: Mead Sponsored by: White Labs

1st            Jason Toews – A Good Swift Kick In The Oranges – 26A Metheglin / Saskatoon Headhunters

2nd          Tyrone Keep – Orange You Glad – 26C Open Mead / Saskatoon Headhunters

3rd           Alex Wall – Ginger Merry Mead – 26A Metheglin / E.L.Alers


Category 27-28: Cider and Perry (6 entries) Sponsored by: Grape & Grain

 1st            Donovan Fontaine – Nottingham Cider – 27B English Cider / WBB

2nd           Donovan Fontaine – Champagne Cider – 27A Common Cider / WBB

3rd            Ian McCallister/Cali Ramsey – Fuggle Rock – 28D Specialty Cider / WBB


BEST OF SHOW: Winner will brew at HalfPints Sponsored by: Halfpints Brewing Company & Fort Garry Brewing Company

1st            Kent Courtice – Sanctify – 16E Belgian Specialty  / VanBrewers

2nd           Dave Janssen – Wheat Saison with Brett & Lemon – 20A Fruit Beer / BrewVic

3rd            Zack Weinberg/Graham Markham – Markham Pale Ale – 10A American Pale Ale / Toronto Brewing

4th            Steve Shaw/Chris Leigh – 77X42 Mleh Heh – 14C: Imperial IPA


BREWER OF THE YEAR: Set of Brewing Classic Books for 1st  Sponsored by: Brewers Publications 

1st       Mark Borowski with a total of 7 points / Winnipeg Brew Bombers

Tied for 2nd with 6 points: Jonas Hurtig, Marc Loszchuk, and Jason Newton

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.

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.

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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.