• 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.
    Treasurer’s Report:
    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.
    Membership Hats:
    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.
    Member Beers:
    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
  • Featured Beers:
    This month we continued our theme of local breweries with McFleshman’s out of Appleton.  They opened on 2 short years ago, but in that time have made a big splash in the local brewing community. The owners bring a mix of knowledge and passion for beer that can clearly be seen in the quality of their libations. When you walk in the brewery its like being catapulted back in time to a classic English pub complete with 4 cask conditioned beer engines, 2 nitro taps, and 9 other beers on tap. With instruments on the wall for the musically inclined folks, this is a brewery that is dedicated to the community and those who live in it. All their tips are donated to
    a local charity with the belief that they offer their employees a fair, living wage. Moreover, on the rooftop is a bee apiary, with plans to turn the home-grown honey into wine, beer, and mead. We sampled three of their beers, starting with a classic Helles lager. Crafted after the Bavarian style, McFleshman’s Helles was crisp, clean, and slightly grainy as you would expect of the style. The second was a Hefeweizen crafted for the new Appleton symphony director who is a
    German native. Sutterbrau is a bubble-gummy, clovey, banana-soaked beer at an easy drinking 4.3% ABV. Finally, we wrapped up the evening with their Altbier. This is a special beer as it
    was made with fresh hops donated by local, home-growers. Being tapped only 5 short days before the meeting, this was about as fresh of a commercial beer as you can find. Themembership consensus was that the beer was slightly too hoppy for a true alt, but delicious none the less