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January 2019 meeting/Christmas Party

On a frigid January evening, the merriest bunch of S.O.B’s you ever did see met at Fifth Ward Brewery for the annual Christmas party. It was a night of good food, great company, and of course all the beer one could wish for. We reveled in the memories we made over the past year; with outstanding events like big brew day, beer camping, and casks and caskets, how could we not? Of course, no Christmas party is complete without a moment or two of hard work – cue the abbreviated business meeting.

The only business task on the docket for the night was to elect a few new board members. This year three positions came open for election – President, secretary, and member coordinator. In true S.O.B. fashion the election was far less serious than expected with many “Dilly Dilly’s” belted out from the crowd. First on the list was member coordinator. No volunteers or nominations were forthcoming, however Travis Sullivan arrived in the nick of time to save us from the crickets in the room. Thanks, Travis, for your impeccable timing and for agreeing to be the new member coordinator. Next in line was club secretary. Logan Anderson was nominated and agreed to get drunk once a month to write these delightfully entertaining meeting minutes. Last but not least we needed a President. Again, no volunteers stepped up to the arduous task of leading the pack of wild brewers. Mike Engel, in knight-like fashion, agreed to hold the position for another term.

A special thanks to all past, present, and new board members for putting in the work to ensure the club runs smoothly.

With that being said, the board is looking for your input. Yes, you the one reading this. What would you like to see from the club in the next year? Does your brewing equipment demand to be used in more club collaborative brews, does your sense of adventure nag at you to visit every local brewery, or maybe your inquisitive mind is calling you to understand the finer tunings of brewing beer? Whatever your heart desires let us know so we can steer the club in a direction that suits the interests of the entire club.

Here’s to another amazing year of beer and friends! Cheers!


New Faces:

Unfortunately, the Christmas party didn’t wrangle in any new faces. Keep an eye out for new brewers and remind all your brewing friends of the areas most fun drinking club!


Upcoming Club Events:

•On February 2nd, several club members will be serving their very own recipes at the Fond du lac Brewfest. There is no longer room for more servers, but we’d love to see all your rosy faces. Stop down for a sample (or 6.)


Local Beer News:

•Lion’s Tale Brewery in Neenah is hosting the 2019 Homebrewer’s Open on February 19. All entries are welcome with the requirement that at least one Briess malt be used in the recipe.

•Looking to chill out and chug some beer? Head to Bare Bones Brewery on February 23, for the second annual Winter Beer Fest. Check out their Facebook page for more information and tickets.

•Northeast Wisconsin Beer Battles – so maybe you’re not into sports, well this is a bracket anybody can get behind. Simply go to one of 10 participating watering holes, drink the competing beers, and vote for your favorite. For more information follow this link: Beer Battles.

•Tired of leaving your furry friend at home while you enjoy a night of wine? Wine and Wags (March 2nd) is a dog friendly wine tasting event put on by Rushford Meadery in conjunction with N.E.W.PAWSibilities. Check out the event on Facebook or at either hosting establishment for more information

December 2018 meeting

Baby it was cold outside, so the SOB’s hunkered down at O’Marro’s Public House, where everyone wants to stay inside and have a drink.

New Faces

Blake Schlepy from New London – was a member of the SOB’s about 20 years ago.  Has an all-grain system he brews on and is currently in the process of a doppelbock that will be aged in a whisky barrel.  Darren Riechenberger – from Oshkosh, brewing about 15-20 years.  Note:  he was the one that came up with the recipe for the asparagus stout that was served at C&C.

Treasurer’s Report

Kurt Weina, our highly esteemed Treasurer, gave our financial report.  For those who have paid your dues, membership cards were available.  For those that haven’t…..our club Goon will see you shortly…..


In addition to the regular meeting signup, there was a signup sheet for the FDL Brewfest which is happening in February.  The SOB’s have been part of this since the inception (~ 6 years) and don’t see any reason why we should stop.

Casks & Caskets Donation Summary

Mike provided a summary of the 7 food pantries that benefited from the $6,200 that the SOB’s donated to them due to the monies raised from Casks and Caskets.

1stand 2ndBeers Sampled

Blake Schlepy – brought two beers. The first one was made with a Bohemian lager yeast, and the second was made from the second runnings and used a Belgian yeast.  The Doppelbock went over very well – very clean and malty.  On the second one, Shane Coombs offered some insight that it seemed to have higher tannins from the lauter process resulting in a higher pH (great feedback was provided, and I wasn’t able to capture the whole thing – thanks for the feedback!).  Nice work Blake!

Mike asked the group if they would like to have a pH topic at a future meeting and there were about 8-9 people who asked if we could do that.

3rdBeer Sampled

Kurt Weina – Spiced Brown Ale made with a plethora of spices and herbs.  Came in at a hefty 8.4% and was absolutely delightful. Kurt noted that all the spices, except for the clove, was ground by himself and added all in the boil.

Board Members

There are 3 positions for voting at the January meeting: President, Secretary, and Membership Coordinator.  Mike ran through a list of all the duties that these positions take care of. Nominations were solicited.  Scott nominated Logan for club secretary and he accepted.  No other nominations were suggested at the meeting. Mike noted that nominations could be done via email as well.

Christmas Party Info

Will be on January 20that Fifth Ward Brewery.  The club will provide the meat and buns, and the members are asked to bring a dish to pass.  For those wanting to do a gift exchange, you can bring one (~ $15). Both gag and serious gifts are on the table (but let’s be honest, everyone loves the serious gifts).

SOB Schwag

Mike noted that we have a metric crap-ton of Casks & Caskets schwag for sale at the meeting. Empty your wallets people!!!!! This stuff ain’t going to move itself!!  All the money raised from this will go into the Casks & Caskets fund.

Mulled Wine

Jeff and Becky brought a mulled wine which was just what the German doctor ordered!!

Holiday Beers

Kurt Weina gave the spiel for the holiday brews and during the spiel, noted that Oshberg has a great history of holiday beers during its storied brewing past.  That being said, we sampled a number of different brews.

•Paulaner – Salvator Dopplebock (amazeballs)

•Shiner – Holiday Cheer (peach-y)

•Great Lakes Brewing – Christmas Ale (Christmas band-aid)

• Harpoon – Winter Warmer

•Rushford Meadery and Winery – Cider Rush Spiced Semi-Sweet Hard Cider


This was my last meeting as club Secretary part-deux.  It has been a pleasure.  I hoped you have enjoyed these notes over the past two years.  My heart and soul have been poured into this. Or not, it’s hard to say really.  Sometimes if I sampled too much, I wrote about robots.  And then sometimes I didn’t.  You tell me.  What?  Go home notes, you’re drunk.  Go SOB’s!!!!

October 2018 Meeting

October 17, 2018

The SOB’s once again returned to the hallowed halls of of O’Marro’s Public House in what was to become a most enchanting evening of fermented delight.  

New Faces

Logan brought in a whole crap-ton of German exchange students who where here for two weeks to study abroad.  As it turns out, what they really wanted to study was beer.  And the good news is that we had lots of it.  Zach, was also here checking things out tonight with Zach Frasier. 

Treasurer’s Report

If you haven’t paid your dues, please see Kurt right away.  Note:  Kurt has our membership cards and just needs to have them printed so stay tuned. 

Signups for Beer Tours

This weekend’s Milwaukee area brewer tour is on like Donkey Kong.

1st Beer Brewed

Steve Wissink – Bass Ale Clone kit recipe ‘borrowed’ from a popular brewing magazine.  Comments generally included that it was smooth and clean with a good finish.  

Homebrew Contest from July – Presentation of Medals

Spencer won second and third place, so the club presented him with medals along with gift certificates from The Cellar for his winnings.  

2nd Beer Brewed

Mike Engel – a lager brewed off of his new Pico C brew. The Pico system makes about 3.5L and is connected to the interwebs and uses an App, which is where this world is going. But to be fair, I’m pretty sure that King Gambrinus himself would have used such a contraption back in the day if he had the option.    

Casks & Caskets

Mike went over the fact sheet, which included the following:  

This year we will provide one souvenir glass for a $35 donation and two glasses for a $50 donation.

The band this year is the 432’s.  They do a little bit of everything, except for mumble rap.  They won’t be doing mumble rap.  If anyone asks them to do mumble rap, there is likely to be some throat punching.

Also this year, we will not have pictures for each beer (although everyone is welcome to make their own). Jeff has a template if anyone is interested they can contact him.

Food will be in the ballroom this year.

There will be a discount on the hotel at the Hilton Garden Inn ($89/night). Tell ‘em you’re a real SOB.

We should utilize Snaptweets, Instabooks, FaceSpace, and LinkedBook during the event to have people take pictures and post them to these various social media platforms.  The suggestion was made to come up with a hashtag and make sure that is put on the promotional material so that people know to take pictures with that hashtag. This will help promote the event real-time. #notjustformillenials

Will have the 3-tab wristbands for the voting.  

Lee will put out a blog tomorrow on Oshkoshbeerblog, and it will go to the Oshkosh Independent magazine.  Right now we’re at about 170ish people.  

Oktoberfest Beers

Revolution Brewing Company


Bull Falls

3rd Beer Sampled

Logan – Strawberry Rhubarb Berliner Weiss. This one was amaze-balls!!!

4th Beer Sampled

Cranberry orange caramel vanilla crème ale with 40,000x as much lactose as allowed by law.  

5th Beer Sampled

Logan’s – Brown Ale

6th Beer Sampled

Chuck’s – Kentucky Brown Ale

7th Beer Sampled

Logan – Vanilla Stout

Brewing Calendar

January 2019 will be the Christmas party, because that seemed to work well during this year. 

Megan added much content to the meeting as we discussed literature, horses, and the pros and cons of intrinsic semiconductors.  And not necessarily in that order. Also, Megan got one of the German guys to strip down, which was a little weird.   Also, Mike lost control of the meeting at about 7:30.  

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