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September 2021 meeting

Our September 15th meeting was held at Rushford Meadery & Winery for our annual club wine, mead, and cider competition!  Scott kicked things off by giving an update on the SOB 30th Anniversary beers that were brewed and served at Bare Bones, Fifth Ward, and Fox River.  We’ve raised a significant amount of money through this effort and expect to donate over $700 to the Hunger Task Force!  Thanks again to the breweries who hosted the brews and supported a great cause.

Speaking of donations!  The SOB’s will be making a donation to the Children’s Activities in Menominee Park charity that was supported during the Brews on the Bay events this summer.  These events were great publicity for the SOB’s and our Facebook followers increased by over 25%!!!  Must’ve been because of all those tasty beers.  Huge thanks to all the club members who donated their time and/or beer to support this event!
We had some really good entries for the competition this month!  There were lots of meads and even a wine thrown into the ring as well.  During the competition, Shane also shared a sneak peek of a new release called Cyser which is a honey mead and apple wine barrel aged together for 6 months.  Thanks for sharing, it was delicious!  After all the SOB’s finished sippin’ on the entries and totaling the scores (math was pretty hard by that point), this is how it shook out:

Competition Results
1st place – 50/50 Honey & Maple Syrup Mead aged in a Maple Whiskey barrel – Chuck
2nd place – YOLO White Wine – Travis
3rd place – Orange Blossom Honey Mead – Travis

Great job and big thanks to everyone who participated!

Lastly, here’s a look at what you SOB’s have to look forward to in the coming months.  We are looking for club input for activities and meetings in 2022!  So if you have any ideas or suggestions, please reach out to a board member.

October Meeting – Oct. 20th – Lion’s Tail Brewing 
November Meeting – Nov. 17 – O’Marro’s
December Meeting – Dec. 15 – Oblio’s

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!

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