April 18, 2018
The SOB’s gathered at O’Marro’s Public House, home of HighHolder Brewing Company, home of the bar that was Irish before it was cool to be an Irish bar.
No new members in tonight’s meeting.
Theme for the Night
As we have decided to do a world beer theme for each meeting, tonight’s subject is beers from England. More details on that later on in the minutes.
Kurt Weina , our prestigious Treasurer, reported that we have $2586.12 in the club coffers with the Casks & Caskets fund at $2520.55. Kurt noted that if you haven’t received your membership card to see him. Also note that dues are coming up in June, which is a paltry $20. A terrific bargain for the sheer awesomeness of the Society of Oshkosh Brewers!
There were no members’ beers tonight.
Omega Brewing is now open on Main Street in Omro. They sold completely out of beer on their grand opening!!
Jody Cleveland has accepted the position of head brewer at Bare Bones, and he noted that every brewery in Oshkosh now (except for 1) has an SOB for a head brewer!!!!!
Due to the stupid weather, the Milwaukee brewery bus trip on April 14th was canceled. We will figure out when to reschedule this, perhaps in the fall. Besides, the Milwaukee Brewers will probably be in the World Series at that time so it should be awesome.
Scott has done some research on hats and shirts from Embroider Me in Appleton (this is who we used a few years back). There was some pretty good interest so we will pursue further to see what can be arranged. As far as the hats went, the non-meshstyle was favored over the ‘trucker-style’ mesh hat. As far as shirts went, both work-style and polo shirts had interest. Stay tuned for further info on this.
English Beer Update
Mike Engel had volunteered to discuss the style this month. The bloody English are known for their top fermented cask-style ales. The beer is brewed and brought to the pub served via a beer engine. The styles they have include stouts, porters, old, bitter, pale ales, and of course the IPA. Not like what we have in the U.S. of course, because we beat the English in a bareknuckle fistfight a few years back, and out of principle we must outdo them in everything, cause….‘Merica. Before hops, these chaps would use things like honey and mugwort. Back in the day, the ladies brewed beers. When the fellas took over sometime later they started brewing guilds, because they needed to form groupsin order to validate themselves. There was a ton more info that Mike provided, but I figure that is why we have Wikipedia. Thanks Mike!!!
Jody and Michelle brought a coffee stout from Epic Brewing, and it was called SOB (for Son of a Baptist). Long live the S.O.B.’s!!!!!!!!!