Thursday September 30, 2010



There's nothing like the taste of homemade

Local zymurgy club plans fall  grape crush



t's the last word in the dictionary, its hard to spell it and even more difficult trying to pronounce it, but a pleasure to drink.


Zymurgy is actually defined as the organic chemistry of compounds and processes occurring in organisms involved in the fermentation process of beer and wine.

Brewing today is a far cry from the backyard stills and mason jars of moonshine back in prohibition days. Nowadays brewers are indeed more scientific about their product and the results are very drinkable.

Mary-Susan Gagnon is the Chilliwack Zymurgy Wine and Beer-making Club contact and she told the Voice in an e-mail that "As members of the British Columbia Amateur Winemakers Association (BCAWA), we are a group of individuals who are committed to making better wine & beer."

                                                               Zymurgists Mary-Susan Gagnon and husband.


"Each fall we conduct a "Crush" where we gather to crush the grapes that we obtain from a supplier, usually in the lower mainland (California grapes), but sometimes we are able to get grapes from the Okanagan.

Each month is dedicated to a particular wine and we have one month for beer. We conduct a short business meeting and always have an educational program that is focused on the "wine (or beer) of the month," she wrote.

In February, the group hosts a Competition/Dinner Dance Event that draws wine and beer makers from around the province. The event is sanctioned by BCAWA.

"Many of our members then submit their winning wines and beers to the Provincial and National Competitions where more often than not, are awarded bronze, silver and gold medals for their entries."

The club meets monthly at 7:30 pm on the 4th Monday of each month from September to May at The Knights of Columbus Hall on Margaret Ave.

For more information about the Chilliwack Zymurgy Wine and Beer-making Club, contact Mary-Susan at 604-858-4629 or via e-mail here.

Remember not to drink and drive. Two drinks in an hour and you'll blow over .08 per cent.


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