Learn a little about the Beer Collectors Club of Niagara and the people who drive it.
The BCCA Niagara Chapter is a club for people who have an interest in brewery collectible items. Whether a person is just interested, wants to collect or trade those items. The BCCA Niagara Chapter is the place to be!! This club is about making new friends, helping one another and enjoying fun times together. Coming together because of the common interest in brewery collectibles. Members of the Niagara club will enjoy meeting on the third Monday of each month at different locations. We travel to different parts of the Niagara Region to visit a collection of one of our members, interesting bars that have contributed to our trade shows and we also go to craft breweries. Members also participate in fundraising for scholarships given annually to Niagara College Brewmaster students as well as help to organize our annual trade shows, while making many new friends along the way!
BCCA Niagara is also a VERY proud sponsor the the Niagara College Brewmaster program!
In 2017 BCCA as a whole provided our first scholarship to a Niagara College Brewmaster student! Then in 2018 we continued the new tradition, however this year we doubled our contribution with 2 scholarships in a single year! 2019 has been our most successful year to date with a total of 3 scholarships being donated to Niagara Brewmaster students! We can only imagine what 2020 has in store for our "scholarship program!"
For only $10.00 a year for membership fees, a person can become a member and whether a they have a large, small, or no understanding of the hobby at all! Present members will welcome those who want to join the BCCA Niagara Chapter and teach them all about it!
President - Chris Martin
Vice President - "Fast Eddie"
Treasurer/Membership Chairman - Larry Lemelin
"The Minute Man" - Willie Herale
Website Director - Mike Cernick
Newsletter Editor - Rick Schaus
Official Club Photographer - Joe Seliske
Club Apparel - Jim Pace
Raffles - Chris Martin and Moe Richard
Trade Show Coordinators & Food Preparation - Cindy Basilio/ Mike Walker
Trade Show Greeter - Frank Trivieri
Website Creator - Debi Katsmar
To say Larry has been an important part of where BCCA Niagara is today is vastly understated. Without Larry’s tireless work day in and day out, there would be no BCCA Niagara. He single handily signed up over 90 members through his vast networking connections. Retired from his work at General Motors, has left him time to start a new career as a brewery representative selling beer throughout the entire Niagara Region. His experience’s from owning different business throughout in his life, and his outgoing personality has created the best spokesperson for the club we could ever have. After being club president for 3 years Larry had announced that he would step down. To allow someone else to be president and have a fresh perspective on running the club. It hasn't slowed his passion for collecting and being involved, Larry will continue on as Treasurer and be rounding up new members for our club.
A few words from Larry:
Hello, my name is Larry, I live in Niagara and have been sort of collecting beer related items for 30 years. It was a surprise for me to discover that a club existed for people to join and attend events where people were buying / selling and trading beer items. A breweriana trade show !!
This hobby is an extension of my job..... being a beer salesman for more than 30 years.
My collection of beer stuff is made up of items from beers that I presently drink or from the breweries I have worked for over the years.
That means..... I collect Black Label and Laurentide Beer items and I drink Genesee Cream Ale.... which means I have a Genesee collection of beer items.
Learning about the former Niagara breweries back in the early 1900's...has caused me to start collecting items from Cronmiller and White Brewery...Welland Brewery and Taylor and Bate Brewery.
I will collect beer caps, bottle openers, neon signs, metal serving trays, coasters and just about anything else.
The best part about being a member of the Niagara club for me..... is all the NEW people I have met and made friends within our hobby. I have made friends with people all over the map...which means I am traveling on weekends to breweriana trade shows in New York State and farther.
Of course, we enjoy a couple beers as we come together at events.
Tom has been a brewery collector for over 30 years, specializing in Taylor & Bate brewery items from a brewery located in St. Catharines, Ont. He specializes in collecting clear glass bottles, and his knowledge of all brewery items makes him a valuable member and great historian for BCCA Niagara. In Tom's picture you will notice a very rare 1889 Taylor & Bate Brewery Wooden Barrel! Very cool!
Kevin always has the club’s best interest in mind. He has gone over and above getting us organized with storage facilities and provides the club with great exposure in new areas of the Niagara Region. Kevin has a fantastic two story man cave, with a wide variety of collectible brewery items. He also rents a number of tables at each trade show with hundreds of collectible items available to all that attend. Not only does Kevin always have the club's best interest in mind, he has always been one to care and give back to the area that he calls home! Recently at our 2019 Fall trade show held in Welland, Kevin extensively planned & held a very successful "Charity Auction" with ALL of the proceeds going straight towards The Niagara Children's Centre. After the auction was completed, Kevin on behalf of BCCA Niagara was able to donate $2000.00 to the centre in order to support the rehabilitation and support services for children and youth with physical, developmental, and communicative delays and disabilities. Thank you Kevin and keep up the amazing work that you do within our club and your entire community!
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