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July 2021 Meeting/Competition

Our July 21st meeting was held at Omega Brewing in Omro as Steve graciously hosted us for a club beer competition!  Over 20 of you thirsty SOB’s attended expecting to fill your gullets.  More on that later.  First, let’s power through the business portion…

For those who couldn’t attend the 30th SOB Anniversary party at Fifth Ward, you missed a hell of a good time!  Lots of camaraderie between past and present SOB’s, speeches made by outgoing and incoming presidents, and there was even some beer bottling action!  On a side note, the club sold a lot of merchandise ($195 worth to be exact) and inventory is running low.  The board will put together a few proposals in order to restock, so stay tuned.  Can’t wait for the next anniversary party!

Friendly reminder to pay your membership dues if you have not already.  Kurt was handing out official laminated membership cards to those who have ponied up the $20.  If you have paid your dues and haven’t received your card, please see Kurt at the next meeting!

Lastly, before we get into the competition recap, here’s a look at what you SOB’s have to look forward to in the coming months:

Club Picnic – August 18th, Kiwanis Shelter Menominee Park
Club Cider, Mead, and Wine Competition – September 15th, Rushford Meadery
Fall-themed Beer & Oktoberfest Meeting – October 20th – Lion’s Tail Brewing 
Green Bay Bus Tour??? – Stay tuned for details about timing (tentatively October) and sign-up!We had a great turnout for the competition with 7 beer entries!  Shane, Laurel, Steve, and Jody were kind enough to lend their official beer judging expertise in addition to the people’s choice judging (those surly SOB members).  There was a wide range of entries including a Blonde Ale, Cream Ale, Saison, Trappist Single, Witbier, Irish Red, and Specialty Fruit Beer.  After hours of excruciating indulging of fermented beverages, the scores were tallied.  Here’s how those results looked:

Club Judging
1st place – Trappist Single – Logan
2nd place – Irish Red – Kurt W.
3rd place – Spiced Brown Ale – Kurt W.

Official Judging
1st place – Blonde Ale – Logan
2nd place – Witbier – Dawn
3rd place – Spiced Brown Ale – Kurt W.Congratulations to Logan for winning first place from both judging groups!  Dick brought back the traveling SOB trophy growler and pint set so Logan and his Trappist beer will be added to the prestigious list of other winners on the growler.  Steve at Omega will also be brewing Logan’s award winning Blonde Ale!

Thanks to everyone who participated in not only judging, but also entering their beers.  Participation like this keeps our club going strong and enjoyable to be a member.  And special thanks to our official judges and Steve at Omega for hosting all of us rowdy SOB’s!

See you at the August picnic.

June 2021 Meeting

Our June 17th meeting held at Fox River Brewing recognized new and departing board members and celebrated tapping #2 of the SOB anniversary beers!  Our new fearless president Scott Westphal kicked off the meeting with a cheers to beers while hoisting the Kellerbier (recipe by Logan Anderson) as part of the limited release beers honoring the SOB’s 30th anniversary.  Prost!

Mike Engel has handed off the torch to Scott as he completed yet another term as President of the SOB’s.  Mike has served on the board for over 15 years of his total 25+ years of being an SOB.  To add to the celebration, Mike also announced his retirement from his actual job!  So please take a moment to congratulate Mike if you haven’t had the chance already!  We thank you for all your years of service on the board and wish you all the best in your next adventure of retirement.  Cheers, Mike!

In other election news, Logan Anderson has transferred responsibility of Secretary to Michael Udelhoven.  Logan will be starting a new life journey in Germany later this year.  We’ll miss his enthusiasm and contribution to the club greatly (especially his beer).  I offered to let him keep his role as Secretary if he would stay in the states instead, but he wouldn’t go for the deal, ha!

In case you’re already bored with reading, let’s get to the exciting stuff! THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY FOR THE SOB’s IS THIS SATURDAY!!! June 26th at Fifth Ward Brewing in Oshkosh. The party officially starts at 2pm and doesn’t stop until we drink the entire batch (gotta have goals in life, right?) of Mike Engel’s Pumpernickel Rye! The 3rd installment of the limited release SOB beers. Former members, current members, and all are welcome to come celebrate and honor the SOB’s. I hear there will be cake too…like we didn’t already have you at beer.

If you weren’t able to attend the June Brews on the Bay at Menominee Park, I highly suggest you make an effort to go July 14th.  Mark and Logan represented the SOB’s in June while pouring some of their amazing beers.  Kurt, Logan, Travis, and Scott are signed up to pour beers during the July 14th event.  Stop on by to support your SOB’s and taste some beers from local breweries. 

July’s meeting will return to our regularly scheduled time of 7pm and third Wednesday (July 21st), however it will be held at Omega Brewing in Omro.  This will also be our SOB club competition.  If you have a beer you wish to enter into the competition, please submit them between July 11-18th at The Cellar and be sure to label them using the appropriate BJCP labels (which can be found HERE). Omega has even offered to brew the winning beer! 

Lastly, a quick highlight of upcoming events:

Club Beer Competition – July 21st, Omega Brewing

Club Picnic – August 18th, Kiwanis Shelter Menominee Park

Club Cider, Mead, and Wine Competition – September 15th, Rushford Meadery

Green Bay Bus Tour??? – Stay tuned for details about timing and sign-up!

Can’t wait to see everyone at the SOB 30th anniversary party June 26th!

April 2021 Meeting

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!

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