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Galway Home Brewers Club / Re: Make Galway great again!
« Last post by ronniedeb on Today at 09:28:48 AM »
Thanks Kev. Im also homebrewing less these days, but have made it to the odd meeting and there definitely seems to be a desire for a more active club. lll organise a meeting for February and we could discuss diversifying and expanding meetings and events there. AnGhrùdlannBeag  has some good ideas that we could adopt.
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Galway Home Brewers Club / Make Galway great again!
« Last post by AnGhrúdlannBeag on Today at 02:09:30 AM »
I have been thinking a lot about the challenges in running a homebrew club in the west, and have been talking a lot to people from clubs around the world in Facebook groups about how to overcome them.

These are some ideas which I think could contribute to creating and maintaining a strong club...

1) find a brewery/brew pub to partner with which would provide a space for meets, demos, brew days etc. I think this partnership would have obvious benefits for the brewery/brew pub also.

2) also partner with a homebrew store to avail of discounts etc and work with them to trial new equipment, new ingredients etc. I know the national homebrew club has discounts with the main shops... but a bigger discount from a more local shop to a smaller more dedicated following might be more advantageous to all?

3) have meets on Saturday afternoons... I know this one probably wouldn’t be popular with some due to family commitments, but I think once a month that sacrifice could be made... especially if the meets were made “family friendly” what this does is introduce the potential for members from further afield to travel and avail of public transport etc

4) organise guest speakers to come and talk... this wouldn’t have to be every meet but it would give added incentive to attend a meet if there was a professional brewer or chemist or homebrew expert or BJCP judges or whatever planned... there may be costs involved with this, but Ireland is a small country and the brewing scene is relatively small so I’m sure people know people who know people

5) have a fairly rigid structure and agenda to the meet-ups so people know what to expect, and newcomers don’t feel like they are sitting in on a strangers drinking session (that can happen after the meet!!)

6) have regular brew challenges, or informal competitions ... so everyone has to brew a certain style, or use certain ingredients, or methods and have the beer ready for the next meet.

7) set out the schedule of meets and nights out and bottle swaps at the start of the year, so people can plan in advance... something like the third Saturday of the month or whatever for meet ups...

8 ) organise club brews, group buys, possibly hop growing if a suitable location could be found etc etc. ... also, getting and filling barrels!!

9) think big, so instead of ‘Galway homebrew club’ rename it as ‘Midwest homebrew club’ or something to that effect, the bigger and better it is, the further people will be willing to travel to it... obviously not overnight, but over time if the reputation grows

10) organise brewery tours around the country

11) partner with an off licence to set up a beer club where we get discounts on monthly boxes of new craft beers for inspiration

12) maintain an active visible social media presence so members can interact, and non member can be drawn in

13) talk to homebrew shops and see if they can put up a section on their webpages to direct new brewers to the different clubs around the country for guidance and advice


I am based in Westport, but I would be interested in getting involved and volunteering for stuff!

There’s an article in this magazine about a club in England which was set up by a guy I was chatting with and it seems to be a great success story, so it is possible!

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/60596657/hopulist-issue-5
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Galway Home Brewers Club / Make Galway great again!
« Last post by Kevco5 on Today at 12:26:44 AM »
Hi all.

Lately the homebrew club scene in Galway has gone very quiet, we've a large, active, WhatsApp group yet it seems there are very few events actually going on locally.

So I'm looking for volunteers! People with great ideas for the club and can follow through with organising meetings and events to put Galway back on the Homebrew map.

Personally I'm stepping down as a Galway Rep, as homebrewing has fallen on my list of priorities these last few years, and would like to nominate ronniedeb (Ronan De Bhaldraithe) to take the mantle for the meantime (if he'll have it!)

Regards
Kevin Connell
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Capital Brewers / Re: Capital Brewers Trip - Bristol May 9th
« Last post by Beermonger on January 24, 2020, 08:16:35 PM »
Sat May 9th 2020

Destination is Bristol, flight out is Ryanair from Dublin, 06.35, return is 21.10

€39

Bit early outbound, but we'll find the best greasy spoon in the city for breakfast then do up a route map for the day.

have 2 or 3 signed up already


1. Des
2. Gearoid
3. Daire
4. Paul
5. Stephen
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Capital Brewers / Re: Capital Brewers Trip
« Last post by Boycott on January 24, 2020, 07:42:44 PM »


Sat May 9th 2020

Destination is Bristol, flight out is Ryanair from Dublin, 06.35, return is 21.10

€39

Bit early outbound, but we'll find the best greasy spoon in the city for breakfast then do up a route map for the day.

have 2 or 3 signed up already


1. Des
2. Gearoid
3. Daire
4. Paul
5.
6.
7.
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Capital Brewers / Re: Capital Brewers Trip
« Last post by jawalemon on January 24, 2020, 07:25:46 PM »

Sat May 9th 2020

Destination is Bristol, flight out is Ryanair from Dublin, 06.35, return is 21.10

€39

Bit early outbound, but we'll find the best greasy spoon in the city for breakfast then do up a route map for the day.

have 2 or 3 signed up already


1. Des
2. Gearoid
3. Daire
4.
5.
6.
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Capital Brewers / Re: Capital Brewers Trip
« Last post by DoubleG on January 24, 2020, 07:21:20 PM »
Date and destination decided

Sat May 9th 2020

Destination is Bristol, flight out is Ryanair from Dublin, 06.35, return is 21.10

€39

Bit early outbound, but we'll find the best greasy spoon in the city for breakfast then do up a route map for the day.

have 2 or 3 signed up already


1. Des
2. Gearoid
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4.
5.
6.
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Capital Brewers / Re: Capital Brewers Trip
« Last post by Beechlawn Brewing on January 24, 2020, 07:19:03 PM »
Date and destination decided

Sat May 9th 2020

Destination is Bristol, flight out is Ryanair from Dublin, 06.35, return is 21.10

€39

Bit early outbound, but we'll find the best greasy spoon in the city for breakfast then do up a route map for the day.

have 2 or 3 signed up already


1. Des
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3.
4.
5.
6.
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Sligo Brewers / Re: Brewing in Sligo
« Last post by TheSumOfAllBeers on January 24, 2020, 03:44:09 PM »
Would check the other thread and get in touch with Lough Gill and the other forum users who expressed an interest.

We started up Copper Coast Brewers with a lower seed number of users than that, but even though the turnouts are small (2-5) we have met up every month without fail, and there have been 3 other club events aswell (a joint brewday for brewcon clubnight and a couple of socials).

If you want to make it happen it will happen.
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Sligo Brewers / Re: Brewing in Sligo
« Last post by bighoppapump on January 24, 2020, 09:20:48 AM »
I'm living in Dublin but am from Sligo originally. tend to head home every 2 weeks or so and do a brew about once every 2 months in Sligo and more frequently in Dublin. Is there a big community in Sligo?
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