Distilling at Sturgeon Spirits

Wait…I thought you were a home brew club…brewers, vintners, and cidermakers? When did you start distilling? Well, a few of us SOBs got together and made some whiskey mash and with the help of our friends at Sturgeon Spirits we distilled it into whiskey…now, the worst part for us…we’re not used to waiting so long for the fruits of our labor (except for our barrel-agers).

Thanks to Sturgeon Spirits, especially Karl and Todd, for hosting us and making it a great couple of days!

2023 Big Brew Day

We weren’t going to let a little rain stop our fun! Thanks to The Cellar for hosting and The Ginger German Food Truck for some great food!

SOB Annual Picnic

On Wednesday, August 16th the SOB’s gathered in Menominee Park in Oshkosh for their annual club picnic. It was a joyous gathering of friendly faces, families, and fermentation. Oh, and don’t forget a giant Nesco filled with smoked pulled pork, more desserts than than you can shake a mash paddle at, a corn hole game-set, and Germany’s favorite Biergarten game — Hammerschlagen. The weather cooperated nicely as the temperature was just right and the rain held off long enough for us to finish our festivities. A great many thanks as well to everyone who brought their homebrews for everyone to sample. We had a pretty good number of beers and wines available to go along with all the delicious food, and we even had a homemade root beer for the kids compliments of Jeff Eaton.

The annual picnic is a great representation of who the SOB’s are. While brewing is one of our core tenets, we also recognize the part that fun and fellowship play in it all. The picnic is a great opportunity for the membership and their families to kick back and share the fruits of our labor, all while in view of the final resting place of the namesake of the city in which the club resides (and not to mention a key contributor to part of the SOB’s iconic logo), Chief Oshkosh.

So on a quiet evening on the shore of Lake Winnebago, as the summer began to draw to a close, the SOB’s gathered together for an evening in order to set aside business for one month and uphold another facet of Wisconsin’s brewing tradition – Gemütlichkeit.

Beer Dinners

The club will again be doing beer dinners, with pairings of food to members homebrew.  This is typically a colder month event, and there will be more details here are they are created.  The usual cost is around $35.

Club-only competition

Back by popular demand, we will be doing club only competitions again.  The next one coming up is at our July Meeting.  The plan is for the judges to be the brewmasters from Fox River Brewing, Lion’s Tail Brewing, Stone Arch Brewing, and Bare Bones Brewing.  This is a an open competition, so any style can be entered.  Note however, that it will be judged based on the BJCP style it represents.  So a true to style American Lager will score higher than a mediocre Belgian Quad.  This provides equal footing for everyone!

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