Homebrewing became an addictive hobby of mine in early 2017. My first brew was in a 20L pot on a stovetop using malt that we crushed with a beer bottle. I hadn't adjusted the AA% so I ended up with was a 3% super bitter amber ale and we drank every bottle. What really got me hooked on homebrewing was coming to the monthly meetings and sharing my beer with everyone. Getting feedback from other people pushed me to keep learning about brewing. My favourite aspect of beer is the community and the sharing of something you brewed with other people.
Mike is an international man of mystery because he didn't submit his bio for this page. You can harass him on Twitter or Facebook since he's the social media guy.
Marie-Annick runs the education sessions at the EHG, as well as studying brewing science through the IBD. She's a Linux nerd, which is why we put her in charge of the website. She also brews pretty much weekly and runs the YEGbierfrau site and occasionally gives beer education sessions in the community. Contact her in the middle of a brew day if you're having issues or if you want to begin your journey on the road toward becoming a BJCP beer judge. She can appreciate all styles, but a finely crafted Pilsner is the holy grail. Also, stop putting lactose in everything.
Nik Kozub has been homebrewing since 2014, and continues to brew frequently using a very modest stovetop brew-in-a-bag setup, keeping his 4 tap keezer well stocked. Nik's favourite styles to brew (and drink) are IPAs in all their forms, super dry saisons, and stouts. Nik has brewed collaborative beers with Blindman, Annex Ales, and Town Square Brewing. He has since taken a job at Town Square, where he is now brewing professionally on their 15HL system. He has very little interest in accounting, but hey, someone has to be treasurer!
I guess i can't stay in Disney world forever, Since it was too to hard to go out for a beer once he started a family, Haroun decided to start brewing at home. In 2017 he started attending regularity meetings and entering competitions in order to gain more knowledge and feedback. He started out brewing in a bag on the stovetop and now expanded to an electric system, also expanding quite the collection of fridges and freezer turned fermentors and keezers. Haroun brews because he loves to share with his neighbours , friend's and family and hopes to continue to get better with experience.
“Enthusiastic, frank, eloquent, and tactless”: those are the words that some obscure astrology website used to describe me while I was putting off writing this Bio and I feel just a little bit called out to be honest. (Hot Tip: Update your antivirus software before trolling google for astrology charts) I started brewing in 2017 when a friend of mine decided to start a brewery. He has since not opened a brewery, as it turns out that brewing is just a bit harder than talking about the idea over lunch beers would have one believe. But I was having too much fun to stop; I started showing up to meetings, sending beer to competition, and generally allowing fermentation to take control of my life. As the Competition Coordinator I am happy to field any and all questions on brewing for competitions, how to rush a shipment in last minute because you forgot, and how to apologize to our Treasurer for the same.
My home brewing journey began five years ago when I won my first kit at an EHG gala as a guest. Putting it off, it was almost a year before I finally opened it up. The result, not so good. I have since joined up with my cousin and brother where we brew together. I continue to learn about process and different styles every batch we make. In the past two years I have been involved in entering beer in competitions and began volunteering in the hosting of our competition which has led to me taking the position of Head Steward. As the clubs head steward I can answer any competition related questions. When drinking a beer I will take an IPA any day of the week.