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December 2019 Meeting

December Meeting
This month we were on the road to visit our friends at Omega Brewing Experience, one of the few nano breweries in the area. We had the great opportunity to hear from the brewery owners after a brief business meeting.
Club Hats:
When we received the SOB club hats from the wholesaler, we realized a few imperfections in the embroidery. Because of these mistakes we sent a few of the hats back to be reworked. The fitted hats and a few of the standard baseball caps should be reworked and ready for pick up at the January Christmas party.
SOB Classifieds:
Hopefully you noticed the new section of the SOB newsletter – the SOB classifieds section. This is a resource available for all SOB members to list the items that they are selling or searching for.
We will post the classifieds section in every newsletter.

hristmas Party:
We love a good party, especially a Christmas party. As we have done in previous years the SOB’s will be hosting a Christmas party at Fifth Ward Brewing Co. The club will provide a
turkey for dinner along with buns, condiments, and plates. We are asking for the members to also bring a dish to pass; please see the sign up HERE to add a dish to pass. A gift exchange will be included in the party. If you bring a gift (approximately $15 or less) you will go home with a gift. Also, on the plan is a raffling of items left over from Casks and Caskets. Included in the raffle will be a one-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn – Oshkosh. All proceeds will benefit the Oshkosh Area Food Pantry. We are planning to elect new board members for the positions of
webmaster, treasurer, and event coordinators during our Christmas party.

SOB Theme:
Because we are fortunate enough to have so many local breweries, we will be continuing the theme of local breweries for the next year. We have plans to make a stop at Emprize Brewing in Menasha as well as a possible bus trip to Green Bay to discover all the hot new breweries there. Keep on the look out for what can be expected in the year to come.

Mike Engel has purchased a canner and is offering to bring the machine to Fifth Ward during the week to allow club members to can some of their beer. Keep your ears open on when this event will happen.

ond du Lac Beerfest:
At this time all positions are filled for serving at the Fond du Lac Beerfest. We will notify the
club if any spots become open.
Member Beers:
Hi Chuck – This was a heavy ale with an abundance of base malts (nearly 30 lbs.!!)
Mike – This was a special barrel aged barely wine that had gone slightly sour. A slight green
apple flavor made the beer excitingly strange.
Blake – Rye whiskey barrel aged doppelbock. Need we say more? This was one the smoothest beers of the night.

We were welcomed into Omega Brewing Experience with open arms. The brewery began in April of 2018 as the first brewery to ever operate in Omro. This is a special place for the brewery owners who plan to use the brewery as their retirement plan, like the name Omega suggests. Currently the brewery is open on limit hours as the owners are still employed full time. The location developed from a love and passion for homebrewing. Surprisingly enough many of the brews were not first developed as homebrews, but instead on the one barrel electric brewing system. Omega is typically brewing twice a week to keep beers on tap and roll out new beers
(like a smoking stout, Scottish ale, and milkshake IPA.) New releases can be found on the FaceBook page.

October 2019 Meeting

  • 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

September 2019 Meeting

September Meeting Minutes:
In September the SOB’s hosted our first mead/wine/cider competition at Rushford Meadery and Winery. For only 8 samples, we had quite the turn out and quite the knot tied on! Thank you to our hosts and judges Shane and Laurel Coombs for helping us make the event a success. There was a slight miscount in the votes that night which has since been corrected. The following is the final top three scores for our competition: In 1st
place, with 39 points, was Logan Anderson with a cherry wine. In 2nd
place was Spencer Morse with 37 points for his bourbon barrel cider. Travis Sullivan rounded up 3rd with 35 points for his white wine. Medals will be presented to the top
three beverages, with an addition prize of $25 gift card for the Cellar and a shirt from Rushford for 1st place. Congratulations to all our contestants! A complete list of both member and BJCP judge scores can be found HERE.

ctober Meeting:
After a few months on the road, we’re finally returning to O’marro’s for our October meeting.
We will be reviving our yearlong adventure exploring local breweries with a visit from either McFleshman’s or Omega. Additionally, you won’t want to miss this meeting because we will be announcing all last-minute details for Casks and Caskets. Which brings us to…

asks and Caskets:
If you haven’t heard of the charity event of the year, then you must have been preoccupied by
one very large beer! Casks and Caskets will be happening this year on October 19th at the Hilton Garden Inn of Oshkosh. The hotel is offering special rates for any event attendee – simply call, mention the event, and forget the ride home while you party the night away with the greatest of ghouls! Did we mention that this was for charity? This year we will once again be donating the proceeds of our event to the Oshkosh Area Hunger Task Force. We have set a lofty goal to raise $10,000 in one night, which means we’ll need your help. In addition to awesome buckets raffles,
jamming tunes from Nature the Band, and a costume contest like no other, the SOB’s like offer a wide variety of homebrewed goodness for our 350 guests to enjoy. We’re asking all members to prepare and serve 5-10 gallons of your one-of-a-kind beverages at the event. If you’re unable to help with the brewing we’d also like help with all the other festivities. Sign up HERE with a list of the beverages (with names) that you plan to serve or if you would rather volunteer.

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