System Wars 2021

System Wars: Carnival Of The Brew

Melbourne's biggest homebrew party is back. A stack of homebrewing systems, a group of great craft brewers, Hendo, the Tinny Bar, the food truck. It’s all back! 

Join us for a day of all-grain brewing adventure and information as more than a dozen professional brewers share their experience, enthusiasm and insights while brewing on a range of home-brew scale systems. Held at Grain and Grape in Yarraville and hosted by luminary brewer and brewing consultant Steve Hendo Henderson, this event is for anyone interested in craft beer made from raw ingredients.

Meet and chat with brewers from Bojack, CoConspirators, Frexi Brewing, Hop Nation, Moon Dog, Nice Guys, Red Hill, Stomping Ground, Two Birds, The Zythologist and Grain and Grape.

Learn about single-vessel brewing systems ranging from the simplest BIAB, through electric all-in-one rigs from Keg King, Kegland and Grainfather to the amazing Speidel Braumeister automated brewing system. Don't miss Stomping Ground's Morebeer 3-vessel brewery or Geoff Hammond's home-built Recirculating Infusion Mash System.

Grant from Nice Guys and Steve from Grain and Grape will be making a production run of our famous Fresh Wort Kits on our 500 litre Braumeister.

Learn from our Side Show Brew Briefings. Industry and home brew experts will be presenting short talks throughout the day on topics including dry-hopping, boil chemistry and more!

We are offering a money-back guarantee on all ticketing in the event of a COVID-related cancellation. If the event cannot proceed due to a government lockdown or other restrictions, we will refund you 100% of the ticket price.

That's not all! Keep your eyes here or our Facebook page for news and updates. Or... Avoid the rush and Buy Tickets via the Good Beer Week Website.


12 May 2021 Brewer and Presenter Announcement: Daniel and Shiv from the Zythologist

With a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Daniel (pictured) combines the scientific rigor of a researcher with an inquisitive passion for beer. He is a big advocate for sustainable and environmental practices in brewing.

Shiv (not pictured) was introduced to brewing with a scientific lens during early years in his Chemical Engineering degree. A skilled brewer with expertise in brewing processes, microbiology and recipe development.

The Zythologist is a brewing company that revolves around the science and appreciation of craft beer. Founded by PhD scientists and engineers, we put our expertise in analysing beer and brewing processes to help others brew better and with consistency. We are also the first brewery in Australia to be affiliated with a university: Monash University, where we analyse and perfect the profile of our beers to have the best combination of flavour molecules.


11 May 2021 Announcement: Dave from Vegout makes Cider

Dave from StKilda’s Vegout community garden crafts small batch organic cider, grows five different hop varieties and dreams of making more beer...

For anyone who’s ever been interested in fermented apple juice, Dave and the Vegout crew will run the Speidel apple crusher and Speidel hydro press through their paces.


5 May 2021 Brewer Confirmation: Mat from Two Birds Brewing

Mat started off as a homebrewer and worked his way into the brewing industry. He is now head beer-packer and GoTo Guy at Two Birds.

Two Birds Brewing is Australia’s first female-owned brewing company. Located in Spotswood, this award-winning brewery typifies everything that is good about the craft beer industry in Australia. Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, Two Birds have been a part of System Wars for almost as long as we can remember.


29 April 2021 Brewer Confirmation: Dave Golding from Red Hill Brewery

Dave started his career with a technical all grain kit when John from Grain and Grape sold him 2 buckets, inside each other. One with lots of holes drilled in the bottom. John called it a mash tun. That was the early 90’s. His professional career in brewing was started! Driven by a love of great beer, Karen and Dave Golding started Red Hill Brewery. Here Dave focusses on sessionable hoppy tasty beers, some big belgian styles and some warming scotch ales and stouts in Winter. The Brewery is open Thursday to Sundays for beer and food. Red Hill Brewery is Mornington Peninsula’s Original Craft Brewery and a great food and beer destination.


27 April 2021 Brewer Confirmation: Nice Guys' Grant Morley

Grant Morley is a scientist and former drug development CEO. Following 10 years of immersive home brewing and a swag of amateur brewing awards, he finally took the plunge and opened his very own brewery, Nice Guys. At System Wars: Carnival Of The Brew, Grant will be brewing a batch of Witbier on our 500 litre Braumeister system

Nice Guys Brewery and Bar is a brewpub located in gritty Victoria Street Richmond. The 1970’s retro-futuristic brewery and bar is reminiscent of a Star Wars cantina or may be a James Bond villains’ lair. You decide. Punching out a variety of fresh from tank craft beers with a focus on the very best of classic styles and modern classics. Nice Guys is bringing classic back to beer.


27 April 2021 Brewer Confirmation: Charlotte from Frexi Brewing

Originally from France and a chef by trade, Charlotte has been living in Australia for the past five years. She and her partner Eddie have been brewing at home for all that time and due to the love of beer, decided to create Frexi - a mixture of 'France and Mexico', (from where Eddie hails). Whilst more on the logistics and sales side of the operation, Charlotte enjoys being able to brew from time to time and will be at System Wars brewing on a Grainfather system.


25 April 2021 Brewer Confirmation: James from Stomping Ground

For James Smith, Assistant Brewer at Stomping Ground in Collingwood, it's all about the beer: its stories, its experiences, and of course, its flavours which have been a passion for many years. Over the past 16 years he considers himself lucky to have the opportunity to become acquainted with all sides of the beer industry: Bartender, Festival Manager, Cicerone, Beer System Whisperer, and now - on the production side - making the stuff he loves.

Founded in 2016 by Steve Jeffares, Guy Greenstone, and Justin Joiner, Stomping Ground is a neighbourhood brewery, bringing people together over a great beer. A century ago Collingwood was the epicentre of Australian brewing, and breweries were an integral part of their community. Stomping Ground proudly brought independent brewing back to its original stomping ground - and put the community at the heart of everything they do. They believe that beer should be for everyone and brew great beers to suit all tastes, from laid-back easy drinkers to adventurous spirits.


21 April 2021 Brewer Confirmation: Deon from Co-Conspirators

Co-Conspirators are based in Melbourne and have been nomad brewing since 2016, but are soon to open a brewpub in Brunswick. The brewpub will have rotating and new beers on tap. From a homebrewing background, Deon has been brewer and part-owner of Co-Conspirators since its inception. He loves hop forward beers and experimenting with different styles.

At the last System Wars, he was given a system to brew on that he had never seen before. Yet, he created an amazing brew that did not last long at the shop.


20 April 2021 Master of Ceremonies, Steve Hendo Henderson - Confirmed

Known universally as 'Hendo', Steve Henderson is one part professional brewer, one part beer geek, one part prolific beer creator and one part beer judge, all mixed with a generous dash of irreverent personality.

A home brewer, a certified professional brewer and the instigator of much-lauded 'BrewCult', he is now somehow involved in teaching the craft of brewing at TAFE Queensland, as well as being the man behind Rockstar Brewer; an online mentoring and coaching program for professional brewers who are looking to grow their brewery’s quality, performance and passion.

Hendo will be acting as your guide, interpreter and Master of Ceremonies at this year's System Wars: Carnival Of The Brew.


14 April 2021 Brewer Announcement: Dale from Bojak Brewing Confirmed!

Owner and Brewer of Bojak Brewing, Dale got into brewing after getting a home brew kit for his birthday before opening a Brewery in Dandenong in Nov 2018 with his wife Sue. As a brewer, he is more traditional and true to beer styles with a ‘back to basics’ philosophy with a twist. He loves the idea of producing beer for everyone to enjoy. Whilst he has a soft spot for American Pale Ales, he likes the challenge that hop forward beers create with the hop combinations, dry hop rates and playing with the timings in order to create something different.

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13 April 2021 System Wars: Carnival Of The Brew. Food and Drink

It wouldn't be a Carnival Of The Brew without the Tinny Bar or the Food Truck. This year, the guys from Team Cuisine will be cooking up a couple of big Spanish Paellas on site: Chicken and chorizo for the meat-eaters and veg-only for those on a vegetable-based diet. Churros and choc sauce for a snack. With a focus on fresh and loads of yummy saffron, you won't need directions to the food. Located deep within the event space, the Tinny Bar will serve delicious, cold tins of beer from each of our participating commercial brewers (one can is included in the ticket price along with a free branded tasting glass).

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12 April 2021 Announcing the System Wars Money-Back Guarantee

We're forging ahead with preparations for this year's event (and getting a bit excited).

The COVID-Safest Carnival Of The Brew Ever!

There won't be armed guards enforcing, but we will be designing the event layout so that it is easy to keep your distance and ensuring there is plenty of hand sanitizer on hand. For your hands...

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We are offering a money-back guarantee on all ticketing in the event of a COVID-related cancellation. If the event cannot proceed due to a government lockdown or other restrictions, we will refund you 100% of the ticket price.


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6 April 2021 Brewer Announcement: Duncan from Hop Nation Confirmed

Situated just minutes from Grain & Grape, Hop Nation is a fiercely independent craft brewery focusing on (you guessed it) hop focussed beers, showcasing high-quality ingredients with distinct origins. Since 2016, Owner and Head Brewer Duncan Gibson has been pleasing hop heads and beer lovers all over with his creations. Recently, he has returned to his wine-making roots via Site Wine and a winery on the Mornington Peninsula, but Duncan will be brewing at this year's System Wars.


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1 April 2021 Brewer Announcement: Geoff from Grain & Grape Brewing

Geoff Hammond presented his first BIAB demo at Grain & Grape with Dan Walker in 2007 and after nearly a hundred of them still hasn't got it right. He's been part of every Good Beer Week System Wars and the very first one in 2010 (ANHC). He is probably best known for his imprecise pedantry, his DIY attitude to most things and his love of beer and brewing.

Geoff will be brewing on a Recirculating Infusion Mash System (RIMS), designed and built in his own shed, happily exploding some of the myths and sharing some of his theories around one of home-brewing's most contentious mash systems.

System Wars: Carnival Of The Brew is happening at Grain & Grape on 15 May, 2021 starting at 1:00pm. Tickets cost $33 and give you entry and access to all presentations, a G&G tasting glass plus a beer from the Tinny Bar.

Purchase Tickets. Select pics from System Wars, 2019.