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 veryspecific 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 ancientlicensing), 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 theevent 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 processthe 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 toa 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 aGerman 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 itwas 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
Casks and Caskets:
Because our July meeting was a little unorthodox on the account of the competition, we only had some brief announcements.
Our next meeting will be a little unusual as well due to our club picnic. We will be meeting on the third Wednesday of August at Menominee park shelter by the mini train tracks. Meet at the park at 6pm and bring the whole family to join in the fun. Kurt will be whipping up some incredible pulled pork, Jeff is bringing root beer for the kids, and we’re certain there will be plenty of beer to go around. We ask that all members bring a dish to pass. Please sign up HERE.
On the weekend of August 23rd, the SOBs will be camping at Lake Arrowhead near Montello for their beer themed weekend. There will be a beer walk on Saturday afternoon for us to serve our home brew to other campers. We have two sites still available if you are interested in camping. If you don’t want to spend the night, we still invite you to stop out Saturday for an afternoon of great beer. Sign up HERE if you’re interested in stopping out.
Timber Rattlers Game:
On August 29th the Timber Rattlers are putting on a BratoberFest where they will play the game in lederhosen and offer craft beers. The club will be meeting at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton. The club is offering to purchase tickets up front for $10. Sign up HERE to watch some ball with your favorite SOBs!
In September the club is putting on a special mead/wine/cider competition at Rushford Meadery in Omro. This will operate like the beer competition; a panel of judges will judge your beverages based on BJCP guidelines and the club will do the same. There will be prizes for the top three beverages. Stay tuned for more information and a sign up soon.
Casks and Caskets:
We are once again hosting Casks and Caskets. This year the event will be held on Saturday October 19th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Oshkosh. The hotel is offering a discounted rate for all attendees and volunteers of the event; call the hotel and mention C&C to get a room discount. Start brewing beer now because we’re asking all members to bring in and serve 5 gallons of a fermented beverage. More details will be coming out in the next few weeks, until then sign up HERE.
Yearly dues were collected in June. If you haven’t paid, please see treasurer Kurt Weina with $20 as soon as possible to remain a member in good standing.
Our competition was a huge success this year with a total of 13 entries. Our panel of judges consisted of two BJCP judges, Julie Lawson and Brandon Kolbe, and three professional brewers, Kevin Bowen (Fox River), Zack Clark (Fifth Ward), and Ian Wegner (Fifth Ward.) Bill Schwalbach, Kurt Weina and Travis Sullivan graciously took on stewardship to keep the beer flowing. Thank you to all the judges and stewards for helping make the event a success. Another big thank you to Nicole, Rachel, and the whole Fox River team for accepting us into their brewery! Judge scoresheets were averaged to determine the winners of this year’s competition.
The top 3 beers were recognized – 1st place received our competition traveling trophy, a medal, a 50-pound bag of Marris Otter, a bomber from Fifth Ward and their recipe brewed at Fox River. 2nd place received a medal, a brewing book, several smaller packs of grain and a bomber from Fifth Ward. 3rd place received a medal, a brewing book, several smaller packs of grain and a bomber from Fifth Ward. All other competitors were also award small packs of grain. This year, with a score of 44.75, Jeff Eaton’s British Brown ale took first place. In second was Travis Sullivan who scored a 42 on a Wood-Aged Quad. In third place was again Jeff Eaton, with a score of 41 on an Experimental Pizza Beer.
Congratulations to all our brewers! It was great to see how well we all did on our brews. The final scores from judges and club votes can be found HERE.