This past Sunday July 26, the BrewVic Brew club teamed up with the UVic Brew Club and hosted a great fundraiser to help support a local Home Brew supply and U-Brew Happy Homebrewer.
In case you have not heard the store has suffered a fire, and due to the extreme temperatures there was a significant amount of damage done to the building structure meaning what was initially thought to be a short turn around of a few weeks has blown into a couple months with a tentative date t…o reopen as early to mid September. Eventually insurance will help out, but as you could imagine it too will take time. And time is not always on your side when you have a family and children.
One of the things that I absolutely love about getting into home brewing is the sense of community that you are adopted into, and it really shines that much more when something like this brings one of our own down.
There were some amazing silent auction items at the event from Goose Island Beer Co., as well as some amazing glass ware, hops, and even some “yeast samples” from Rob Fish head Brewing.
Between the auction and the raffle tickets we definitely raised a solid donation towards the cause, and everyone had a great time.
BrewVic member Kyle H. gave a discussion on Sour style beers and Barrel Aging, and even had some samples of a control batch that was blended into two barrels, and samples from the two blends. I was really amazed at the difference the barrel aging was able to add. I’m still very new to the world of sours and barrel aging ales, so I was very excited to hear this aswell as try some samples.
Another highlight was a discussion from Dirk (UvicBrew) about Spruce Tip Ale (Unfortunately I missed most of it due to a side line conversation) but I did however try the ale and it was definitely sprucy! As Kyle put it “did you shove the whole log in or just the tip”.
The night was a great success and I would like to thank Dirk for hosting the gathering, aswell as BrewVic and the UVic Brew clubs for the support.
If anyone is interested in donating to the cause there is a GoFundme page setup.
Until next time, keep your glasses full and the fermenters bubbling!