Southern Ontario Brewers to host fourth annual Learn2Brew event

It’s that time of year again. And no, I don’t mean Hallowe’en. It’s that time of year when the North America-wide Learn to Homebrew Day spawns a variety of homebrewing events across Canada and the U.S. In Toronto, the Southern Ontario Brewers homebrewing club will once again host its Learn2Brew event on November 3rd, but this time, they’re at a new location.

Amsterdam Brewing will again be the place to be, but for those that have been paying attention, Amsterdam has new digs. The 26-year-old craft brewery has shifted locations from its Bathurst Street location to a new spot in Leaside (specifically, at 45 Esander Dr.).

“Homebrewers are proud of our craft, and usually take any opportunity we can get to show it off,” said Jason Stranak, one of the event organizers, in a statement. “We hope to attract members of the public with an interest in craft beer, homebrewing or anyone who enjoys tasting and learning about hand-crafted, full-flavoured beer. We are inviting the public to come out to view the beer brewing demonstrations and learn about the hobby and ask questions about the brewing process.”

Although I won’t be attending this year due to a rather drastic change of location, the past couple of years I have attended the event have been great. The event is one part homebrewer social, one part brew day and one part demonstration and explanation for fledgling or would-be homebrewers (or just those interested in learning more about the process).

The photo accompanying this article was taken at Learn2Brew 2010, and you can see that homebrewers tear down their homebreweries and set them back up at Amsterdam. There is no shortage of brewers or brewing going on, and everyone there is friendly and can answer any questions drop-ins may have. And if you stick around long enough, you can probably help some of the brewers mash, boil, add hops, cool or what-have-you.

The event will run from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 3rd.

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