April 2022 Meeting

The SOB’s gathered in their home base of O’Marro’s on 4/20 to imbibe in the only thing appropriate for that day…BEER!  About 7 different homebrewed creations, including Al’s infamous Duck Corn Wine (2008 vintage!), were sampled throughout the meeting and they were all delicious!  Thanks to those who brought some shareables.

Reminder of SOB membership dues approaching in June.  Don’t worry, unlike everything else that’s affected by inflation, your SOB annual membership is still a steal at $20!  Bring your dues to Kurt during the June meeting.

The Green Bay Brewery Tour trip was a success!  The SOB’s had a lot of fun tasting various beers and enjoying tours offered by the local Green Bay area breweries.  The club is looking to do another similar brewery tour trip in the fall.  This time we’re thinking about touring the Manitowoc/Sheboygan area.  So stay tuned for more details!

Big Brew Day is coming up on Saturday May 7th!  The club will be able to brew at The Cellar (back portion of the parking lot).  Also, we have the Ginger German Gastro food truck lined up to attend and keep you SOB’s from going hungry!  Even if you’re not planning to brew, come over and hang out with your favorite SOB’s.  If you plan to attend, we would appreciate you signing up HERE.

Message from our club President, Scott:
Regarding the upcoming Brews on the Bay beer garden events at Menomonee Park, as a club we have been looking forward with excitement to participate once again, as last year our booth proved not only to be an extremely popular spot at the event, but provided a fun way for our members to promote the club and share the labor of our efforts with the public.  At the end of last year, we were informed by the event director that we would be welcomed back in 2022 in the same capacity.  Unfortunately, we have just been informed today from that same individual, that will no longer be the case.  While the specific reasons were not provided, we were informed that we were welcome to set up a booth, but will no longer be able to hand out homebrew this year.  As a board, we are extremely disappointed in both the decision itself, as well as the timing of that decision.  Given all of this, the club board will circle back and discuss what we may want to do moving forward, and we will have a discussion on this matter at our next general membership meeting.  Thanks for your understanding.

Lastly, here’s a look at our upcoming meeting locations:
April – O’Marro’s
May – Barrel 41 Brewing
June – O’Marro’s
July – Club Competition at Bare Bones
August – SOB Picnic
September – Mead & Wine Competition at Rushford
October – O’Marro’s
November – Sturgeon Spirits Distillery (if they’re open by this date)
December – O’Marro’s
January – Club Christmas party at Fifth Ward

See you in May!

March 2022 Meeting

Reminder, the SOB’s are planning a Green Bay area brewery tour!  $40/person paid at the time of arrival on the bus.  All stops are booked for below times. We have 3 more spots to fill on the bus!  Sign up HERE
SOB Green Bay Brewery Tour April 9th, 2022

Bus picks up Park and Ride, Hwy 76 and 41- Oshkosh – 11

Zambaldi Beer (Tour, Pizzas and Beers) 50 min travel time – 12-2

Noble Roots Brewing Company (Tour, Samples) 10 min travel time – 2:30-4

Ahnapee Brewing Company (Samples) 20 min travel time – 4:30-6:00 

Drop off Park and Ride – Oshkosh 50 min 7:00
Scott kicked off the meeting as each SOB held up a pint of Guinness as an early toast to St. Patty’s Day.  We discussed the possibility of bringing back Casks & Caskets.  Some potential options are maybe doing a smaller version or hosting a beer dinner type event.  The board is also poking around at the idea of the SOB’s bringing back Brews ‘n Blues.  To make any of those fun events possible, it requires interest and hard work from the club.  If you have any interest in supporting an event, please reach out to a board member.

Big Brew Day is coming up on May 7th!  As of now, the club is expecting to be able to brew at The Cellar, but we need to confirm.  Maybe we could even organize a food truck to be present during the brew.  If you’re looking to have a beer ready to serve at Brews on the Bay this summer, this would be a great opportunity!

Are you interested in attending a Timber Rattler game with a bunch of SOB’s?  The board will look into some possible dates and share with the club to get interest.  Likely would be a game towards late summer.

While we were sampling some homebrewed libations including an Irish Red Ale, barrel aged maple Kviek, and Chuck’s “Itchy-nut Brown Ale, Kurt shared some of his cleaning techniques with the club.  Part of Kurt’s cleaning best practice is to bake his glassware.  He uses his kitchen oven at the lowest setting and steps up the temperature in 100°F increments until he reaches 350°F.  After an hour of getting baked, he turns off the oven and lets the glassware slowly cool with the door closed.  He warns if you let the glass cool too quickly, it can become brittle and break.  So be careful!  Thanks for sharing Kurt and if anyone has any suggestions for additional educational topics, reach out to a board member.

See you in April!

January 2022 Virtual Meeting

The SOB January meeting was held virtually on January 19th.  We hope to be able to resume our in-person gatherings for our February SOB Christmas Party!

Speaking of Christmas Party, it has been rescheduled for Sunday February 20th at Fifth Ward Brewing at 6pm!  Sign up is HERE for the pot luck.  Reminder that there will be an optional gift exchange.  If you want to participate, please bring a wrapped gift of $25 value.  Reminder that our regularly scheduled February club meeting would be held during the party.

Elections were held during our virtual meeting.  Please congratulate the below people on being elected to the SOB Board!  We would like to thank Bill for his years of service as Web Coordinator!

Web Coordinator – Matt Saunders
Treasurer – Kurt Weina

Event Coordinators – Jeff and Becky

The club also voted on the by-laws changes that were previously sent out for review.  The club voted to approve the changes.

The club is getting low on SOB merchandise to sell at events.  The board proposed buying more merchandise including t-shirts and other swag.  The proposal is about $500.  The club voted to proceed with getting the order quoted and moving forward with the purchase.  If the purchase amount exceeds the $500, then the board will come back to the club with an updated estimate.

The Fond du Lac Brew Fest is coming up on Saturday February 5th.  If you are interested in attending and serving beer to represent the SOB club, please sign up HERE.

Ideas for upcoming educational meetings.  The club is thinking about showcasing some of the brewing software that is available.  If you are interested in leading an educational session or have other ideas for a topic, please contact Scott or another board member.

The club is planning a Green Bay area brewery tour!  More details to come, however there are a lot of good breweries in the Green Bay area for us to explore.  We are debating whether a bus rental is appropriate for the tour or if we organize a few cars for a carpool.  If you have interest in the tour or suggestions for travel arrangements, stay tuned for a sign-up or reach out to a board member with your ideas.

Looking forward to seeing you all on February 20th for our Christmas Party!

Upcoming club events:
February 20th – SOB Christmas Party at Fifth Ward at 6pm
March 16th – SOB Meeting at O’Marro’s

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