Do you know what the greatest feeling is? Sitting on a bar stool, talking beer, and hanging out with some of the greatest SOBs in all the world! And so, we’re very glad to finally be back to live meetings. In April we saw some old faces, some new faces, and some faces that we didn’t think we’d see again! That’ right, Mr. Jared Mathys, we’re looking at you. Although we were just getting back to our regularly scheduled meetings there was plenty to talk about, so let’s dive in.

Our first order of business was, like always, the new faces in the room. Too often when we ask if there are any new faces in the room, we’re met with blanks stares from the crowd. However, last month we had the opportunity to meet a few great fellas from 8th Day Community Brewery. Now if you’ve never heard of 8th Day don’t feel too bad. They’re a new concept brewery that is operated by committee and donations only. That means there are no large investors and all forms of brewing, social media presence, book-keeping, etc. are operated by a team of devote volunteers. Currently they are contract brewing at Fifth Ward with hopes to have their own brewery up and running soon. Moreover, they’re a team of people dedicated to being involved, and in such fashion our new friend Chris donated some time, brats, and “shtuff” to our annual Big Brew Day celebrations on May 1st.

Big Brew Day is one of the SOBs most notorious events. Typically, a lot of people turn out with even more beer. We were a little nervous this year because we had to cancel the in-person event at the last minute last year. As it turns out, our fears were greatly misplaced. 8 brew kettles turned up with plenty of additional friendly faces and a plethora of great beers. The day started out a little rainy and over cast, but cleared up as soon as the SOBs lit their burners. Although the wind was less than ideal every brewer filled up a carboy with sweet wort. Hopefully, we’ll get to see some of those beers in time for the May meeting.

Speaking of the May meeting, this is another important one. Next month we will be voting on two new board members. The Presidential and Secretary positions are up for grabs to anyone in the club. We already took some nominations at the April meeting. Some of the nominations were vehemently rejected while other were eagerly accepted. Currently on the ballot is Scott Westphal for President and Mike Udey. Of course, these are just two options, so if you have other nominations or think you’d fill the position well yourself be sure to stop by the May meeting to have your voice heard.

Last on the meeting agenda was the SOB 30th Anniversary party. We’re still in the planning process and are working out some of the important dates but will let you know as soon as we know! What we do have set in stone is that there will be a grand celebration on June 26th at Fifth Ward in all of the grand SOB fashion. There will be SOB merchandise, pictures form years gone by, beers of every color and bitterness, and most importantly there will be SOBs of all generations. We also know that along with the celebration we are collaborating with 3 of the Oshkosh breweries to have an SOB beer brewed and released on premise; at Fifth Ward Mike Engel will be brewing his famous pumpernickel rye beer to be so aptly named Buffalo Mike’s Last Ride (at least that’s what we all want it to be named), Al Jacobson will be brewing a spiced ale at Barebones, and Logan Anderson will be brewing a kellerbier with Fox River. Although we don’t have exact dates for all of these releases, yet we are looking to release in mid to late June. Stay tuned for more details. For now, that’s all we have for you. We are excited to be back to live meetings and hope you are too. We’ll see you all in a few weeks!