Roxy Hastings joined the EHG along with Neil Herbst of Alley Kat in 1988, back when the meetings were hosted by Don Moore at Strathcona Brewing. Roxy was alway a very active and passionate club member. She served on the board for a number of years and in various positions including president. Roxy was largely responsible for getting the current inter-club competition going and for getting BJCP judging and training established through the club. She even hosted the first exams at her house. Roxy was always keen on promoting homebrewing and to that end she organized homebrewing classes along with Geoff Kuziw and me through Edmonton Public continuing education (until someone there decided that brewing beer in elementary schools was bad optics) and then through the U of A at the Devonian Gardens. Speaking of the Devonian Gardens, Roxy at one point convinced them to try growing hops, and I think some are still growing wild along the north fence. Probably lesser known was that Roxy was involved in the planning for Alley Kat. She and Neil took a short course at U.C. Davis and then travelled up and down the US Pacific Northwest to talk to every brewery and brewpub that would talk to them. Roxy passed away in 2016 at the age of 59. Today our annual Iron Brewer competition is held in her memory.
This year's competition will be held on April 6th. Stay tuned for details