On Wednesday, August 16th the SOB’s gathered in Menominee Park in Oshkosh for their annual club picnic. It was a joyous gathering of friendly faces, families, and fermentation. Oh, and don’t forget a giant Nesco filled with smoked pulled pork, more desserts than than you can shake a mash paddle at, a corn hole game-set, and Germany’s favorite Biergarten game — Hammerschlagen. The weather cooperated nicely as the temperature was just right and the rain held off long enough for us to finish our festivities. A great many thanks as well to everyone who brought their homebrews for everyone to sample. We had a pretty good number of beers and wines available to go along with all the delicious food, and we even had a homemade root beer for the kids compliments of Jeff Eaton.
The annual picnic is a great representation of who the SOB’s are. While brewing is one of our core tenets, we also recognize the part that fun and fellowship play in it all. The picnic is a great opportunity for the membership and their families to kick back and share the fruits of our labor, all while in view of the final resting place of the namesake of the city in which the club resides (and not to mention a key contributor to part of the SOB’s iconic logo), Chief Oshkosh.
So on a quiet evening on the shore of Lake Winnebago, as the summer began to draw to a close, the SOB’s gathered together for an evening in order to set aside business for one month and uphold another facet of Wisconsin’s brewing tradition – Gemütlichkeit.