October Meeting Minutes:
We found ourselves back home at O’Marro’s this October to enjoy the warmth of our familiar stomping grounds. We held a short meeting, focused primarily on the fast approaching Casks and Caskets. Beers were sampled from our friends at McFleshman’s in Appleton. And of course, there was more than a bit of laughing and giggling amongst the group.
The Casks and Casket fund is all set and ready to pay for the charity event of the season. Membership cards have arrived, if you have not yet received your card please see Kurt. Additionally, yearly membership dues were collected in June; if you have not yet paid you must do so immediately – see Kurt with a $20 payment.
After a few years wait, hats are finally becoming popular again! 4Imprint gave us samples of 4 different hat styles that they offer. The general opinion was that the club does want hats, but very
specific hats. Apparently, we’re picky with more than just beer, who knew? We will be looking into flex fit hats that form to your head. They will be printed with the SOB logo and cost in the $15-20 range. A signup will be going around soon.
Casks and Caskets:
If you’ve somehow missed the news… Casks and Caskets is coming up on October 19th! A schedule and information for the event went out on Thursday October 17th, including information for volunteers, servers, and the general game plan for the evening. This year we welcomed Nature the Band to party with us. There was a silent auction (which required no ancient
licensing), a costume contest, and a best in show beer contest! Only 2 oz. samples were served, and last call was at 10:30 PM. T-shirts and glasses in the green and purple theme were offered to all volunteers and servers. Major sponsors were rolling in until the very last minute, helping us to strive for our goal of $10,000. We asked everyone to stick around for a few minutes after the
event to help clean up the banquet hall.
Scott Westphal brought in our only member brewed beverage of the evening. It was his “Stupid Flanders” beer that was served at Casks and Caskets. It was originally brewed from the Barebones wort share with a standard lager yeast. However, somewhere in the lagering process
the beer turned a little sour. What was once a clean English brown ale turned into a delicious, clean, slightly puckering brown flanders ale