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October 2020 Meeting

SOB October 20 GM Minutes

This month, a virtual meeting took place and a total of 8 members were in attendance via the Zoom format. We marveled at the medicinal drug, er beer cabinet, that Chuck was in front of. Here’s what we discussed (while drinking our beverage of choice):

  • From here on out, we will hold meetings virtually until it’s considered safe to hold them live.
  • Unfortunately, the Christmas party is put on hold until its safe to do so. We’ll schedule it as soon as we can. The board will discuss a re-scheduling of the wine, cider, mead competition as well.
  • We are holding dues to the $10 mark until the end of the year. That’s a deal! Please send to Treasurer Kurt Weina.
  • Dick Waltenberry’s winning entry in our recent beer competition, an English Porter, was brewed several weeks ago at Fox River in Oshkosh and will hit the tap line in a few weeks. We’ll send out an email once it’s available.
  • We discussed the rise in home brewing during the pandemic and an idea was brought forth to hold a “beer share” among our membership. Quite simply, it would involve signing people up and then bringing the beers to a central location (we discussed Fox River during Dick’s opening day beer release) for distribution. Everyone liked that idea with at least 6 people stating they would like to get in on it. Link to sign-up in this blast below.
  • President and Secretary elections in January. Mike is stepping down and Logan may not have time to continue in his position, although he has done a great job and we think he should stay! Please consider these positions as your next opportunity to continue the great fun of the SOB!
  • During our open forum, a few items of note: FW’s Buffalo Plaid is back, along with Double Oat 7 and Infinity Crisis, a Chocolate Amber. And, just yesterday, Blueberry Pancake Stout!

October 2020 meeting

SOB Octoberfest!

It was almost just like old times. These wort shares are going to have to continue if this keeps happening! 
Attendance at the September Octoberfest meeting was superb. Guess that’s what happens when you provide free beer and brats!

25 people came out of hiding to attend and no less than 11 different Octoberfests hit the ground running. A world of different palettes were uncovered from this experiment: case in point – two that were fermented with the same yeast resulted in very different tastes!

We also signed up two new members on the spot! Welcome new members Brent Bowman and Michael Gumtow to the SOB fold.

Thanks to all those who brought their wort share beer along; to Kurt Weina, for donating and cooking the food and to Zach and Ian, for providing the wort, setting up the beer garden and bringing out samples of their own Octoberfest and a special sampling of their forthcoming Doppelbock, which by the way, will is now on tap!

Coming up in October is the Wine, Mead and Cider Competition, to be held at Rushford Meadery and WInery in Omro.

We also wanted to mention that Fox River will be brewing Dick Waltenberry’s winning entry in the SOB beer competition on Friday, October 2nd, beginning at 7am! Only five people will be admitted and masks must be worn.

One last note. We think not all of the members received the notice about the Octoberfest tasting. We apologize for that are are going over the membership list with a fine tooth comb to make sure all members receive club communication. Thanks for understanding!

July 2020 Meeting

Society of Oshkosh Brewer’s July Meeting
Although a somewhat rainy day, the SOBs practiced safe social distancing in the
O’Marro’s banquet hall where plenty of room was left between tables as members judged entries in the annual SOB club only competition.

ew Faces:
We welcomed one new member during our July meeting. Michael Gumtow heard about the SOBs during a visit to the Cellar and knew he had to see what the buzz was all about. He even took advantage of some club benefits by entering the club competition. Welcome, Michael.

easurer’s Report:
Dues will be collected during the August meeting at a discounted rate of $10. Please plan to renew your membership at that time.

August Meeting: The August meeting will once again be the club’s annual picnic. We
will take the time to breakaway from the normal business/education moments of the club to enjoy some much need camaraderie. We are meeting on August 19th at the Menominee Park pavilion near “little Oshkosh.” The club will be providing meat for the event and we are asking members to bring a dish to share. As always this is a family friendly event. Naturally, there will be beer (we are SOBs after all) and games to enjoy. See you all there.

Lake Arrowhead Beer Camp: The SOBs have been invited back the Lake Arrowhead 
Beer camp for the third year in a row. If you have never had the opportunity to attend, the campground provides the club three sites, where we partake in brewing, serving during the beer walk, and imbibing. If you are interested the event is held on the weekend of August 28th-30th.  There is still room left for those interested in camping.

SOB Mead/Wine/Cider Competition: Our second annual mead/wine/cider competition is 
coming up in September. Any mead/wine/cider you have brewed is eligible for entry. We are hosting the event at Rushford Meadery. Winning beers will be chosen by BJCP judges Shane and Laurel and a “Best in Show” beverage will be chosen by the club

SOB Bus Trip: We had to postpone our bus trip until October but have plans to come 
back strong with a trip to Green Bay breweries. The details are still in the works, expect more information on the upcoming bus trip soon.

asks and Caskets:
Due to COVID restrictions we have elected to cancel Casks and Caskets this year. Our foremost concern is for the health and safety of our members and the community. We do not feel that we can offer a sufficient level of safety during such a large event. We will be developing plans to hold a scaled down version of the event for members. More information coming soon.
  • Annual Beer Competition:
    During the July meeting the club participated in the annual beer competition. This was an open style competition, meaning that a wide range of styles were submitted. Head brewers from the local breweries acted as the judges for the competition, choosing the most true to style beer from the 13 beers entered; thank you to Zach and Ian from Fifth Ward, Jody from Bare Bones, Andrew from Fox River, and Mike from High Holder. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies were awarded to the top three, most to style beers as chosen by the panel of judges. Additionally, the
    1st placebrewer will be memorialized on the traveling trophy and have their beer brewed at Fox River Brewing Company this fall. A “People’s Choice” beer was also selected from the entries by the membership during the July meeting. This brewer is awarded the “People’s Choice” medal. The results of the competition are as follows:
    1st: Dick Waltenberry – English Porter
    2nd: Kurt Weina – Vienna Lager
    3rd: Mike Engel – Experimental Beer (Imperial Porter with Vanilla and Bourbon)
    Peopls’s Choice: Kurt Weina – Vienna Lager
    Thank you to all brewer’s who participate in this year’s competition. Thank you to all members who assisted in selecting the “People’s Choice” beer. We were exceedingly surprised by the similar results of the membership and judges scoring this year. And again, thank you to the judges for taking the time to judges beers made by these SOBs!

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