Wow!  It’s November already.  I don’t know about the rest of you but the last few months have been flying by.  Before you know it, it’ll be Thanksgiving, Christmas, and then New Year.  Yet somehow I think winter will still be dragging on.  Anyhow, here’s a quick recap of the October meeting (so sorry for the delay).

Jeff Eaton called the meeting to order at a few minutes after 7 (Chuck was on a business trip) and was begun with a toast by Linda Lyster.  Followed by a treasury update for both the SOB’s and C&C from Steve Wissink

Afterwards, it was brought up the possibility of bringing back a Club Only Competition starting next year where the club members try your brew and pick the winner for the night.  There will be others throughout the year, whether it be every other month or every quarter has yet to be determined.  Plus, it won’t be limited to just beer.  We’re looking at including wines, meads & ciders as well.  But for now, January will be the start and for this competition it will be Porters & Stouts.  How much you should bring is up to you but we have between 25-35 people attending each meeting.  Figuring if most, if not all, are involved and have a 2-3 oz pour, that’ll be between 6-9 12-oz bottles.  More details (amount of times one can enter, prizes, ratings) are still being worked out.  So, if you have any ideas, suggestions, or recommendations on how we can implement this as smoothly as possible, please bring them to the next meeting.

The club is also looking to have a second Big Brew Day but sometime in the Fall.  Again, this is something we are looking to do next year.  There’s always a great turnout for Big Brew Day in May but there are some who have asked if another could be done.  If we plan early enough in the Fall, then maybe some of these brews could be prepared for the next Casks & Caskets.

We’ve mentioned in the past about having some education opportunities for our members, one being Glassware Styles and their purpose for the variety of beers and the other is an Off-Flavor Tasting.  We are still looking for some of our members to come forward and help out with these classes, especially the Glassware Styles.  As for the Off-Flavor Tasting, a couple of us will be attending the Beer Barons Flaws/Troubleshooting course in Milwaukee on Jan 4, where we will get a better idea as to how this should run.

Jeff then brought up the topic of Beer Dinner(s).  In the past we’ve approached Stone Cellar to have a special dinner prepared for us homebrewers utilizing our homebrews.  While this has always been a good time, it has been wondered why we don’t bring it back to Oshkosh.  There have been some great restaurants and chefs appearing in Oshkosh for some time now.  So, we thought why not approach them and see if they would like to be involved in a special beer dinner featuring homebrews.  And this wouldn’t necessarily be a once a year event.  It could be 2-3-4 times a year.  That way, all members have an opportunity to be a part of this.  The first place that was suggested was O’Marro’s Public House, which received many agreements.  I, for one, have attended a couple of Whiskey/Beer Dinners at O’Marro’s and I can say that the food has always been excellent.  Other places that were suggested (and will be approached) are Dublin’s, Becket’s & Gardina’s, and there are others.  There will definitely be more to follow on this.

We then had a quick, last chance, discussion on Casks & Caskets on preparation, times, and what was to be expected.  There will be more mentioned about this at the next meeting.

Julie Lawson was then recognized for her performance at the Delafield Brewhaus Schnapp Hans Cup Homebrew Competition.  Where she not only took 1st place in her category but she also won Best of Show and will have her American Rye beer ramped up and served at the Delafield Brewhaus sometime next year.  Congrats again, Julie!

Fratellos also approached Mike Engel to have his Buffalo Mike’s Pumpernickel Rye beer ramped up and served at Fratellos.  It’s currently on tap right now!  Way to go Mike!

The Christmas Party is just around the corner and will be held at O’Marro’s Public House on Dec 17.  More details to follow.

A reminder was given that the Mead Demo will be held at the November meeting.  So don’t forget to bring your Mead’s for sharing.

Just a few minutes before 7:30, the meeting had come to an end and Al motioned to adjourn.  All were in favor.

Drinks for the night were provided by:

Al Jacobson brought some wine
Jeff Eaton brought his Not Mead Night Mead and a SMaSH
Dennis Knickelbein & Bob Stein brought a Bourbon Porter and a Kölsch
Michael & Krystal Udelhoven brought an Oatmeal Cookie Stout
Jared Mathys brought A. Brown Ale