Society of Oshkosh Brewer’s July Meeting
Although a somewhat rainy day, the SOBs practiced safe social distancing in the
O’Marro’s banquet hall where plenty of room was left between tables as members judged entries in the annual SOB club only competition.
We welcomed one new member during our July meeting. Michael Gumtow heard about the SOBs during a visit to the Cellar and knew he had to see what the buzz was all about. He even took advantage of some club benefits by entering the club competition. Welcome, Michael.
Dues will be collected during the August meeting at a discounted rate of $10. Please plan to renew your membership at that time.
August Meeting: The August meeting will once again be the club’s annual picnic. We
will take the time to breakaway from the normal business/education moments of the club to enjoy some much need camaraderie. We are meeting on August 19th at the Menominee Park pavilion near “little Oshkosh.” The club will be providing meat for the event and we are asking members to bring a dish to share. As always this is a family friendly event. Naturally, there will be beer (we are SOBs after all) and games to enjoy. See you all there.
Lake Arrowhead Beer Camp: The SOBs have been invited back the Lake Arrowhead Beer camp for the third year in a row. If you have never had the opportunity to attend, the campground provides the club three sites, where we partake in brewing, serving during the beer walk, and imbibing. If you are interested the event is held on the weekend of August 28th-30th. There is still room left for those interested in camping.
SOB Mead/Wine/Cider Competition: Our second annual mead/wine/cider competition is coming up in September. Any mead/wine/cider you have brewed is eligible for entry. We are hosting the event at Rushford Meadery. Winning beers will be chosen by BJCP judges Shane and Laurel and a “Best in Show” beverage will be chosen by the club
SOB Bus Trip: We had to postpone our bus trip until October but have plans to come back strong with a trip to Green Bay breweries. The details are still in the works, expect more information on the upcoming bus trip soon.
Casks and Caskets:
Due to COVID restrictions we have elected to cancel Casks and Caskets this year. Our foremost concern is for the health and safety of our members and the community. We do not feel that we can offer a sufficient level of safety during such a large event. We will be developing plans to hold a scaled down version of the event for members. More information coming soon.
Annual Beer Competition:During the July meeting the club participated in the annual beer competition. This was an open style competition, meaning that a wide range of styles were submitted. Head brewers from the local breweries acted as the judges for the competition, choosing the most true to style beer from the 13 beers entered; thank you to Zach and Ian from Fifth Ward, Jody from Bare Bones, Andrew from Fox River, and Mike from High Holder. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies were awarded to the top three, most to style beers as chosen by the panel of judges. Additionally, the1st placebrewer will be memorialized on the traveling trophy and have their beer brewed at Fox River Brewing Company this fall. A “People’s Choice” beer was also selected from the entries by the membership during the July meeting. This brewer is awarded the “People’s Choice” medal. The results of the competition are as follows:1st: Dick Waltenberry – English Porter2nd: Kurt Weina – Vienna Lager3rd: Mike Engel – Experimental Beer (Imperial Porter with Vanilla and Bourbon)Peopls’s Choice: Kurt Weina – Vienna LagerThank you to all brewer’s who participate in this year’s competition. Thank you to all members who assisted in selecting the “People’s Choice” beer. We were exceedingly surprised by the similar results of the membership and judges scoring this year. And again, thank you to the judges for taking the time to judges beers made by these SOBs!