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May 20, 2020 virtual meeting

May Virtual Meeting Minutes:
12 SOBs loaded up the WebEx meeting for what we hope is our last online meeting. COVID has had a large effect on our plans for the year; many of our usual events have needed to be canceled or drastically changed to reflect safer social interactions. Our number one goal is the health and safety of our members, so we used this meeting to discuss event planning for the rest of the year.
June Meeting:
Like many events and gatherings, we have had to cancel our live meetings for the past three months. However, as businesses and organizations are finding better, more safer ways to operate in the midst of COVID we feel that we are going to have the chance for a live meeting in June.  The location is not yet confirmed but we should expect an outdoor venue with ample room to spread out. More details to come soon.

Bi
g Brew Day:
Although we were unable to meet as a group in early May to participate in the official Big Brew Day the club would still like to hold a Big Brew Day style event. We believe that meeting outside will afford adequate possibility for social distancing. With added hand sanitizing stations, we fully believe this would be a great way for the SOBs to reunite and partake in our usual camaraderie. We have thought about holding the event in tandem with a wort share at Fifth Ward. More details to come soon.

W
ort Share:
Our friends at Fifth Ward have offered the opportunity for the SOBs to join in a wort share sometime in June. The wort would be post-boiled Octoberfest style. Members would be able to take some of the wort home and ferment however they desire with whatever additions the desire to achieve a final beer. More details to come soon.
SOB Picnic:
Every August the SOBs meet for a picnic to celebrate our friendship. We should expect nothing different this year. The date (third week in August) will remain the same, but the details might look a little different. More details to come soon.

Ca
sks and Caskets:
Unfortunately, with many local businesses, including our sponsors, feeling the effects of reduced business over the last three months we do not feel at this time that we will be able to plan a full-blown Casks and Caskets. We rely heavily on funds from our sponsors to host the event and we do not feel at this time it would be appropriate to ask for such an investment. We would still like to hold a C&C type event, but on a smaller scale and limited to SOB members and their family.  More details to come soon.
Bus Trip:

Assuming conditions continue to improve the SOBs would like to take a trip to Green Bay in October. We would visit some great breweries and share some great laughs. More details to
come soon

February 2020 Meeting

February Meeting Minutes:

Our first official meeting of 2020 was held on February 19th, at O’Marro’s Pub. We had several great beers from 3 Sheeps brewery, many home brewed beers, and discussions about the happenings in the brewing community.

Fond du Lac Brewfest:

A group of fine SOB’s took a trip to Fond du Lac in early February to represent the club at the Fond du Lac brew fest. From all reports the event was excessively fun with a huge variety of craft and home brewed beers. There were many positive comments on the quality of the beers from delivered by the club. One observation made during the event was a slight drop in attendance. A drop in attendance is a problem that has plagued our own home brew fest; this seems to be a trend for many brewing events.

Membership Feedback:

We invited all members present at the meeting to participate in an open forum to discuss what events, topics, or changes should be implemented to club activities. Some of the ideas we heard are listed below:

·       Grain and malt discussion with a representative from Briess

·       Hop discussion with the folks from Hidden Valley Hop Farm

·       Yeast adventure with an expert from Omega

·       Wort share with a local brewery

Tentative Calendar:

The board has put together a tentative calendar for the upcoming year. Included in the plan are trips to local breweries, a beer competition, a mead/wine/cider competition, as well as our usual picnic and Christmas parties. Coming up next month is a trip to McFleshman’s Brewery in Appleton to soak in the British style pub complete with beer engines and stained-glass windows.

Date

Topic

Location

February 19th

3 Sheep’s

O’Marro’s

March 18th

McFleshman’s

McFleshman’s

April 15th

Omega Yeast

O’Marro’s

May 20th

Pure Class

Pure Class

June 17th

Emprize

Emprize

July 15th

Beer Competition

O’Marro’s

August 19th

Picnic

Menominee Park

September 16th

Wine Competition

Rushford Meadery

October 21st

O’Marro’s

November 18th

Stone Arch

Stone Arch

December 16th

O’Marro’s

January 16th

Christmas Party

Fifth Ward

 

Upcoming Club Events:

Big brew day is coming up in 2 short months on May 2nd and will be held at the Cellar. Our friends at Emprize Brew Mill have offered to cater the event to make the day more fun and provide sustenance to our day of beer. Coming up will also be a club beer competition in July and a mead/wine/cider competition in September. Casks and Caskets is going to once again be the biggest event of the Fall, so start planning what great beers you want to serve at the event.

Updates in the World of Beer:

Beer events in the Fox Valley are constantly coming and going, so this meeting we took some time to highlight the events that are coming up soon:

·       Reports are in that brewers have been at Omega Brewing Experience in Omro. Hopefully this means that more beer will once again be flowing in the Fox Valley.

·       Oshkosh Craft beer week will kick off on March 7th with the Winter Beer Fest at Barebones. Many events are scheduled for the week of March 7th to the 14th that can be found on Oshkosh Craft Beer Week Facebook page.

·       Stout Fest 2020 delivered by McFleshman’s Brewing is being held on March 27th.

Member Beers:

This month members delivered many great homebrewer beers. Rob brought a raspberry stout with a distinct fruit flavor. This was his second attempt at the beer, but he felt something was missing. A few members thought the beer could use a slight bit more body to round out the beer flavors. Ty offered a coffee amber ale that was steeped with approximately 16 tablespoons of McCafe coffee. The coffee covered up some undesirable flavors that Ty noticed in the original beer. Jeff had a chai stout that utilized his own recipe of chai spices to create a full bodied, full flavor beer.

Speaking of members beers, Jeff had his Czech Pilsner brewed at Lion’s Tail in Neenah. The beer was released on February 21st and was a huge hit. Additionally, Justin has been helping at Emprize Brew Mill and will have his first beer, a red IPA, go on tap starting on March 1st. Congratulations to these two brewers for getting involved in the commercial brewing world!

3 Sheep’s Brewery:

Our brewery of the month comes from Sheboygan in the form of 3 Sheep’s Brewing (a play on three sheets to the wind.) The brewery stands in an old soda distribution building with two buildings and a magnificent taproom. What started as a two-man operation has expanded to 17 full time employees that pumps out one fantastic beer after another. The first beer we sampled was Cashmere Hammer, which is a nitro beer served in a bottle. The nitro is achieved by purging the bottle with nitrogen and adding liquid nitrogen prior to filling the bottle. Waterslides IPA is a one of 3 Sheep’s flagship beers that helped put the brewery on the map. Next, Veneration is a barrel aged Belgian Quad. One opportunity that 3 Sheep’s fans take advantage is the Barrel Society Membership that allows members access to exclusive barrel aged beers. For example, the Cuvee beer we sampled was a mixture of barrel aged beers from throughout the year. However, it was only a second tier beer compared to the exclusive Cuvee reserved for barrel society members.

December 2019 Meeting

December Meeting
This month we were on the road to visit our friends at Omega Brewing Experience, one of the few nano breweries in the area. We had the great opportunity to hear from the brewery owners after a brief business meeting.
Club Hats:
When we received the SOB club hats from the wholesaler, we realized a few imperfections in the embroidery. Because of these mistakes we sent a few of the hats back to be reworked. The fitted hats and a few of the standard baseball caps should be reworked and ready for pick up at the January Christmas party.
SOB Classifieds:
Hopefully you noticed the new section of the SOB newsletter – the SOB classifieds section. This is a resource available for all SOB members to list the items that they are selling or searching for.
We will post the classifieds section in every newsletter.

C
hristmas Party:
We love a good party, especially a Christmas party. As we have done in previous years the SOB’s will be hosting a Christmas party at Fifth Ward Brewing Co. The club will provide a
turkey for dinner along with buns, condiments, and plates. We are asking for the members to also bring a dish to pass; please see the sign up HERE to add a dish to pass. A gift exchange will be included in the party. If you bring a gift (approximately $15 or less) you will go home with a gift. Also, on the plan is a raffling of items left over from Casks and Caskets. Included in the raffle will be a one-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn – Oshkosh. All proceeds will benefit the Oshkosh Area Food Pantry. We are planning to elect new board members for the positions of
webmaster, treasurer, and event coordinators during our Christmas party.

2020
SOB Theme:
Because we are fortunate enough to have so many local breweries, we will be continuing the theme of local breweries for the next year. We have plans to make a stop at Emprize Brewing in Menasha as well as a possible bus trip to Green Bay to discover all the hot new breweries there. Keep on the look out for what can be expected in the year to come.

C
anning:
Mike Engel has purchased a canner and is offering to bring the machine to Fifth Ward during the week to allow club members to can some of their beer. Keep your ears open on when this event will happen.

F
ond du Lac Beerfest:
At this time all positions are filled for serving at the Fond du Lac Beerfest. We will notify the
club if any spots become open.
Member Beers:
Hi Chuck – This was a heavy ale with an abundance of base malts (nearly 30 lbs.!!)
Mike – This was a special barrel aged barely wine that had gone slightly sour. A slight green
apple flavor made the beer excitingly strange.
Blake – Rye whiskey barrel aged doppelbock. Need we say more? This was one the smoothest beers of the night.

O
mega:
We were welcomed into Omega Brewing Experience with open arms. The brewery began in April of 2018 as the first brewery to ever operate in Omro. This is a special place for the brewery owners who plan to use the brewery as their retirement plan, like the name Omega suggests. Currently the brewery is open on limit hours as the owners are still employed full time. The location developed from a love and passion for homebrewing. Surprisingly enough many of the brews were not first developed as homebrews, but instead on the one barrel electric brewing system. Omega is typically brewing twice a week to keep beers on tap and roll out new beers
(like a smoking stout, Scottish ale, and milkshake IPA.) New releases can be found on the FaceBook page.

October 2019 Meeting

  • October Meeting Minutes:
    We found ourselves back home at O’Marro’s this October to enjoy the warmth of our familiar stomping grounds. We held a short meeting, focused primarily on the fast approaching Casks and Caskets. Beers were sampled from our friends at McFleshman’s in Appleton. And of course, there was more than a bit of laughing and giggling amongst the group.
    Treasurer’s Report:
    The Casks and Casket fund is all set and ready to pay for the charity event of the season.  Membership cards have arrived, if you have not yet received your card please see Kurt.  Additionally, yearly membership dues were collected in June; if you have not yet paid you must do so immediately – see Kurt with a $20 payment.
    Membership Hats:
    After a few years wait, hats are finally becoming popular again! 4Imprint gave us samples of 4 different hat styles that they offer. The general opinion was that the club does want hats, but very
    specific hats. Apparently, we’re picky with more than just beer, who knew? We will be looking into flex fit hats that form to your head. They will be printed with the SOB logo and cost in the $15-20 range. A signup will be going around soon.
    Casks and Caskets:
    If you’ve somehow missed the news… Casks and Caskets is coming up on October 19th! A schedule and information for the event went out on Thursday October 17th, including information for volunteers, servers, and the general game plan for the evening. This year we welcomed Nature the Band to party with us. There was a silent auction (which required no ancient
    licensing), a costume contest, and a best in show beer contest! Only 2 oz. samples were served, and last call was at 10:30 PM. T-shirts and glasses in the green and purple theme were offered to all volunteers and servers. Major sponsors were rolling in until the very last minute, helping us to strive for our goal of $10,000. We asked everyone to stick around for a few minutes after the
    event to help clean up the banquet hall.
    Member Beers:
    Scott Westphal brought in our only member brewed beverage of the evening. It was his “Stupid Flanders” beer that was served at Casks and Caskets. It was originally brewed from the Barebones wort share with a standard lager yeast. However, somewhere in the lagering process
    the beer turned a little sour. What was once a clean English brown ale turned into a delicious, clean, slightly puckering brown flanders ale
  • Featured Beers:
    This month we continued our theme of local breweries with McFleshman’s out of Appleton.  They opened on 2 short years ago, but in that time have made a big splash in the local brewing community. The owners bring a mix of knowledge and passion for beer that can clearly be seen in the quality of their libations. When you walk in the brewery its like being catapulted back in time to a classic English pub complete with 4 cask conditioned beer engines, 2 nitro taps, and 9 other beers on tap. With instruments on the wall for the musically inclined folks, this is a brewery that is dedicated to the community and those who live in it. All their tips are donated to
    a local charity with the belief that they offer their employees a fair, living wage. Moreover, on the rooftop is a bee apiary, with plans to turn the home-grown honey into wine, beer, and mead. We sampled three of their beers, starting with a classic Helles lager. Crafted after the Bavarian style, McFleshman’s Helles was crisp, clean, and slightly grainy as you would expect of the style. The second was a Hefeweizen crafted for the new Appleton symphony director who is a
    German native. Sutterbrau is a bubble-gummy, clovey, banana-soaked beer at an easy drinking 4.3% ABV. Finally, we wrapped up the evening with their Altbier. This is a special beer as it
    was made with fresh hops donated by local, home-growers. Being tapped only 5 short days before the meeting, this was about as fresh of a commercial beer as you can find. Themembership consensus was that the beer was slightly too hoppy for a true alt, but delicious none the less

September 2019 Meeting

September Meeting Minutes:
In September the SOB’s hosted our first mead/wine/cider competition at Rushford Meadery and Winery. For only 8 samples, we had quite the turn out and quite the knot tied on! Thank you to our hosts and judges Shane and Laurel Coombs for helping us make the event a success. There was a slight miscount in the votes that night which has since been corrected. The following is the final top three scores for our competition: In 1st
place, with 39 points, was Logan Anderson with a cherry wine. In 2nd
place was Spencer Morse with 37 points for his bourbon barrel cider. Travis Sullivan rounded up 3rd with 35 points for his white wine. Medals will be presented to the top
three beverages, with an addition prize of $25 gift card for the Cellar and a shirt from Rushford for 1st place. Congratulations to all our contestants! A complete list of both member and BJCP judge scores can be found HERE.

O
ctober Meeting:
After a few months on the road, we’re finally returning to O’marro’s for our October meeting.
We will be reviving our yearlong adventure exploring local breweries with a visit from either McFleshman’s or Omega. Additionally, you won’t want to miss this meeting because we will be announcing all last-minute details for Casks and Caskets. Which brings us to…

C
asks and Caskets:
If you haven’t heard of the charity event of the year, then you must have been preoccupied by
one very large beer! Casks and Caskets will be happening this year on October 19th at the Hilton Garden Inn of Oshkosh. The hotel is offering special rates for any event attendee – simply call, mention the event, and forget the ride home while you party the night away with the greatest of ghouls! Did we mention that this was for charity? This year we will once again be donating the proceeds of our event to the Oshkosh Area Hunger Task Force. We have set a lofty goal to raise $10,000 in one night, which means we’ll need your help. In addition to awesome buckets raffles,
jamming tunes from Nature the Band, and a costume contest like no other, the SOB’s like offer a wide variety of homebrewed goodness for our 350 guests to enjoy. We’re asking all members to prepare and serve 5-10 gallons of your one-of-a-kind beverages at the event. If you’re unable to help with the brewing we’d also like help with all the other festivities. Sign up HERE with a list of the beverages (with names) that you plan to serve or if you would rather volunteer.

July 2019 Meeting

Quick Reminders:

Because our July meeting was a little unorthodox on the account of the competition, we only had some brief announcements.

August Meeting:

Our next meeting will be a little unusual as well due to our club picnic. We will be meeting on the third Wednesday of August at Menominee park shelter by the mini train tracks. Meet at the park at 6pm and bring the whole family to join in the fun. Kurt will be whipping up some incredible pulled pork, Jeff is bringing root beer for the kids, and we’re certain there will be plenty of beer to go around. We ask that all members bring a dish to pass. Please sign up HERE.

Lake Arrowhead:

On the weekend of August 23rd, the SOBs will be camping at Lake Arrowhead near Montello for their beer themed weekend. There will be a beer walk on Saturday afternoon for us to serve our home brew to other campers. We have two sites still available if you are interested in camping. If you don’t want to spend the night, we still invite you to stop out Saturday for an afternoon of great beer. Sign up HERE if you’re interested in stopping out.

Timber Rattlers Game:

On August 29th the Timber Rattlers are putting on a BratoberFest where they will play the game in lederhosen and offer craft beers. The club will be meeting at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton. The club is offering to purchase tickets up front for $10. Sign up HERE to watch some ball with your favorite SOBs!

Mead/Wine/Cider Competition:

In September the club is putting on a special mead/wine/cider competition at Rushford Meadery in Omro. This will operate like the beer competition; a panel of judges will judge your beverages based on BJCP guidelines and the club will do the same. There will be prizes for the top three beverages. Stay tuned for more information and a sign up soon.

Casks and Caskets:

We are once again hosting Casks and Caskets. This year the event will be held on Saturday October 19th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Oshkosh. The hotel is offering a discounted rate for all attendees and volunteers of the event; call the hotel and mention C&C to get a room discount. Start brewing beer now because we’re asking all members to bring in and serve 5 gallons of a fermented beverage. More details will be coming out in the next few weeks, until then sign up HERE.

Dues:

Yearly dues were collected in June. If you haven’t paid, please see treasurer Kurt Weina with $20 as soon as possible to remain a member in good standing.

Competition:

Our competition was a huge success this year with a total of 13 entries. Our panel of judges consisted of two BJCP judges, Julie Lawson and Brandon Kolbe, and three professional brewers, Kevin Bowen (Fox River), Zack Clark (Fifth Ward), and Ian Wegner (Fifth Ward.) Bill Schwalbach, Kurt Weina and Travis Sullivan graciously took on stewardship to keep the beer flowing. Thank you to all the judges and stewards for helping make the event a success. Another big thank you to Nicole, Rachel, and the whole Fox River team for accepting us into their brewery! Judge scoresheets were averaged to determine the winners of this year’s competition.

The top 3 beers were recognized – 1st place received our competition traveling trophy, a medal, a 50-pound bag of Marris Otter, a bomber from Fifth Ward and their recipe brewed at Fox River. 2nd place received a medal, a brewing book, several smaller packs of grain and a bomber from Fifth Ward. 3rd place received a medal, a brewing book, several smaller packs of grain and a bomber from Fifth Ward. All other competitors were also award small packs of grain. This year, with a score of 44.75, Jeff Eaton’s British Brown ale took first place. In second was Travis Sullivan who scored a 42 on a Wood-Aged Quad. In third place was again Jeff Eaton, with a score of 41 on an Experimental Pizza Beer.

Congratulations to all our brewers! It was great to see how well we all did on our brews. The final scores from judges and club votes can be found HERE.

June 2019 Meeting

New Faces:

We had two new visitors this month. Scott tagged along with Justin Hammer to see what the club is all about. He has prior brewing experience, but now sticks to stirring and drinking with Justin.  Craig was our second new face. He’s been brewing extract for the past two years. He has an itch to start brewing all grain and hopes to find some insight from you SOB’s.

Treasurer’s Report and Dues:

Kurt reported this month that we had a big win – the Hilton Garden Inn accepted to be our Casks and Caskets venue and cashed our check. Additionally, dues were collected in June. If you were unable to be at the meeting, please see Kurt with $20 at your earliest convenience.

Casks and Caskets Report:
Casks and Caskets is full steam ahead. The Hilton Garden will once again be hosting us on
October 19th. October will creep up before you know it, so start brewing now. We’re asking all
members to donate and serve 5 gallons of beer, mead, wine, or cider to the event. If you can’t donate beer, consider donating your time. We need all the help we can get. If you know of a local business who would be willing to donate merchandise to our silent raffle, please contact one of the committee members.

Sign Ups:
The June meeting might have set a record for the most sign up sheets at one meeting. You should be receiving an email to sign up for each of the following events. If not, please contact Jeff or Logan to sign up.

Barrel Brew
Club Competition
Picnic
Lake Arrowhead
Timber Rattlers
Casks and Caskets

Barrel Brew:
The Fellowship has gathered and declared their brew – we will be brewing a wine barrel aged saison and a highland favorite, Scottish wee heavy. Our next meeting will be held on July 10th. If you are interested in this event you must attend the July meeting as it will be the last chance to be added to the official brewing list. If you are unable to attend, please contact Logan Anderson. In July we will be discussing and choosing a recipe for each style; if you have a recipe bring it with
to the meeting.

Club Competition:

Our member only competition will once again be held in July. This year we will hold the
meeting at Fox River Brewing Co. in Oshkosh and Kevin will brew the winning beer at Fox
River. Only beers will be accepted for this event. Beers will be judged by BJCP judges based on official style guidelines. Plan to drop off 4 – 12 oz. bottles (or the equivalent) to Fox River between July 10th and July 16th. Label your bottles with the standard BJCP labels that can be found in upcoming news blasts.

September Competition:
In addition to our usual club competition in, we are also hosting a competition for mead, wine,
and cider in September. This will take place during the September meeting at Rushford Meadery.  Keep an eye out for more information in the coming months.

World of Beer Fest:
The SOB’s are heading down to Milwaukee on June 22nd to serve at the World of Beer Fest put on by the Beer Baron’s of Milwaukee. We will be set up at the Bavarian Bier Haus in Glendale, so stop down for a visit.

August Picnic:
Every year we hold a club picnic for the whole family. This year the picnic will be on August
21st starting at 6 pm. We once again reserved the shelter at Menominee park near the amusement park. The club will provide dinner, but we ask all attendees to sign up and bring a dish to pass.

Timber Rattler’s Game:
August 29Th is the Timber Rattler’s Brats and Brews/ Bratoberfest game. Players will be wearing lederhosen and you can get a 12 oz. beer and a brat for the low, low price of just 2 dollars! We are planning to meet at the Fox Valley Stadium to enjoy the game and beer together. The club will purchase tickets up front. There will not be a bus, but we will meet beforehand at the stadium. Contact Jeff for more information.

Empty Bottles:
Former SOB, Don Demick, is moving out of Berlin soon. He has some 500 – 12oz. bottles that he is willing to donate to the club. If you are interested in getting some free bottles, contact Mike Engel.

The Cellar Needs Help:
The Cellar is hiring a part time employee to help around the shop. If you’re interested in learning more about beer, contact The Cellar to apply.

Member Beers:

Chuck Tomsovic brought in a clone of Speckled Hen that he’s dubber “New Polka Dot Pullet.” It was a delicious beer very similar to the original. A slight hop bitterness was supported by a strong malt backbone to create smooth, sessionable beer.

Knuth Brewing Company:
This month’s Brewery of the Month was Knuth Brewing Co. out of Ripon. In 2015 the company started with a small half barrel system. Since, they have expanded to a 7-barrel system with a total of 7 fermenters. Although they’re known as a brewery, they have an incredible menu with amazing food! Maybe this is what helped them to grow. Last year they expanded by adding an attached Bier hall. Knuth can be found in 50 local waterholes in a variety of styles. We sampled three of these styles – Red ale, brown ale, and a Belgian triple. Each beer was better than the one before. Thanks to Dave for the great experience!

Grains Discussion:
Few brewing clubs are lucky enough to have someone as knowledgeable as Dave Koepke
available to teach the in-and-outs of grains. Dave stopped by the meeting to discuss exactly what went into one of the backbones of brewing. He discusses the four kinds of malts – base (2-row, pale, pilsner), highly kilned (Munich, Vienna), caramel (crystal in England), and roasted. These distinct kinds of malts are developed during the malting process depending on time and heat.
Each malt will impart a distinct color, flavor, and mouthfeel to the beer. Although some brewers insist on performing a decoction mash, all modern grains can be mashed using a single infusion with no adverse effects to sugar extraction.  Malts from each company will have a slightly different flavor, smell, color. Each of these will in turn be affected by the age of the malts. The only way to find what each malt will deliver to a beer is to taste each in a grain library. With the many complexities of malt the only way to become a master is to brew time and again with as many malts as possible

May 2019 Meeting

  • May Meeting Minutes:
    Every meeting is special to us SOB’s, but there’s nothing quite like the experience of sharing the same beer brewed by 15-some people. At the May meeting the SOB’s gathered at Bare Bones
    Brewery to share the beer that was produced from the wort share back in early April. It was hard to imagine that so many flavors could come from a single base beer.
    New Faces:
    We had the privilege of welcoming two new faces to the club this month. Tom Kontos discovered beer while in Germany serving the U.S. military. Although he has attended Casks and
    Caskets in the past, he has not yet brewed his own beer. Jeff Duhacek first started brewing when he lived in Jersey, although the hobby didn’t follow him to Wisconsin. Instead, Jeff’s love of beer led him to help at Emprize Brew Mill in Menasha and co-purchasing the Cellar in Oshkosh.  We welcome both to the club and hope to see you again soon.
    Treasurer’s Report:
    As a reminder, dues are coming up next month. Club fees are $20.00 for a single membership of $30.00 for a couple. We assure you that $20 will get you ample beer, fun, and companionship.
    Please pay Kurt at the next meeting.
    Big Brew Day Review:
    How can we get so lucky? Sitting under the warm spring sun, brewing beer, and munching on BBQ from DD’s BBQ adds up to the perfect day for the SOB’s. About 10 brewers stopped out to
    the event and many more community and club members attended. We even filled a spot in the Oshkosh Herald. Way to go SOB’s on an awesome Big Brew Day!
    Annual Competition:
    July is staged as the SOB’s 3rd
    annual club competition. We’re switching it up a little this year, so pay close attention. There is no cost to enter the competition and any BJCP style is allowed.  Simply sign up and have your beer scored. This year the July meeting and competition will be held at Fox River Brewing Company in Oshkosh. Additionally, we are limiting entries to beer only, as wines, ciders, and meads will be judged at the September meeting at Rushford. On top of that, BJCP judges will score beer with the winning beer being brewed by the Fox River crew.
    Brewing Law Changes:
    In an attempt to raise more money at Casks and Caskets this year, we are trying to update brewing laws to allow for charity-based home brew events to charge admission. To do this we
    are formulating letters which anyone can sign and send to their local representatives. Moreover, we are creating a petition for all club and community members to sign. Help us change laws to benefit the community!
    June Meeting:
  • We’ve been meeting at many venues this year, but the June meeting will once again be held at O’Marros. At this meeting expect a discussion on grains and a visit by beers from Knuth Brewing Company out of Ripon. With so many events happening this year, please keep on eye on the SOB website calendar.
    Fellowship of The Barrel:
    Many of our favorite beers are aged in whisky, bourbon, or wine barrels, which can be hard to come by for the average homebrewer. Luckily the Fellowship of The Barrel is forming anew to deliver some barrel aged goodness to the club. A meeting will be help on June 12th
    at Oblio’s to discuss the logistics of the brew. Look for an email soon for more information.
    Casks and Caskets Update:
    The Hilton Garden Inn locate in Oshkosh is more eager than ever to host the SOB event. However, this year we will be pushing the fest a few weeks earlier on October 19th. A committee
    is currently forming to plan for the event. See Mike Engel if you’re interested in planning.
    Proximity Maltster:
    Proximity is a malting company out of Milwaukee that is on the cutting edge of malt. They are interested in hosting a group of SOB’s in the future for a tour of their facility in Milwaukee. Perhaps this would be a good time to tour more breweries from the Brew City. Stay tuned for more information.
    Bare Bone’s Beer Sampling:
    We can’t thank Jody and the Bare Bone’s crew enough for allowing us to bring home wort and ferment it into so many wonderful beer renditions. The club sampled 13 beers made from the
    same wort, but not even one tasted alike. There were additions of pecans and coffee, pitches of Belgian and Norwegian yeasts, and of course Jody’s tried and true Nemesis Brown Ale. During the tasting ample notes were taken of comments for flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. See the June
    newsletter for the results

April 2019 Meeting

April Meeting Minutes:

The SOB’s found ourselves back at O’marro’s this month for an evening of informative sipping and laughter. We welcomed several new faces and enjoyed a wide variety of beverages.

New Member Welcome:

This month you SOB’s did a great job of spreading the word and inviting guests. Colin and Rodney are two fine fellas who are just getting into brewing. So far, they’re doing a great job; they’re extract brewers who brought in a few bottles of beer to share. More on those later. Jonathan and Micah were introduced next. Jonathan has a few years of brewing experience and is starting to get into all grain brewing. Micah, on the other hand,has a year’s worth of brewing experience and is utilizing an extract set up. Last but not least, Stafford and Tom are a brewing pair sent over by our friends at Barebones. Tom has a long history of brewing but now sticks mostly to wines and helping Stafford in his brewing explorations. Stafford began brewing a few months ago with IPAs, only recently finding the decadence and excitement of brewing darker style beers. Thanks to all of you for inviting such fun groups of people. We hope to see allthe new faces at upcoming events and meetings.

Treasurer’s Report:

That time of year is once again approaching – membership renewals. See Kurt to renew your membership by June. The cost is still $20 for the year. New members can also see Kurt to officially register. If you have been waiting for membership cards, they’re hot off the press. Again, see our esteemed treasurer for your proof of membership.

Survey Results:

We got the survey results in and are using them to improve the SOB experience. Moreover, the club gave away a brewing clock to one lucky survey participant. Congratulations Matt Saunders and thank you for helping us!

Barebones Wort Share:

Earlier this month the SOB’s were at Barebones to help Jody brew and English Brown Ale. The wort produced during the day was shared amongst the group to be fermented and flavored however they see fit. Some brewers are adding strange yeast strains, some are adding sugars, while others are adding funky adjuncts. These beers will be shared at the May meeting which will be held at Barebones. Stay tuned for more on that!

Big Brew Day:

This year national Big Brew day is held on Saturday May 4th. We’re hosting a big brew at the Cellar to celebrate. We’ll begin brewing at 9AM. Feel free to brew or just stop in for some samples and company. The AHA has announced that blonde ales and NEIPA’s are this year’s “official’ styles (no need to brew either.) Sign up HERE if you are planning to stop by. So, get ready for the big day and spread the word far and wide!

Bus Trips:

The bus trips have been planned! This Spring we’re taking a bus tour to the Wausau/Waupaca region. On the itinerary are stops at Red Eye for lunch, Bull Falls, 22 Lakes, and HH Hinder. The bus will depart May 11th at 9:30 AM from the old JCP parking lot in Oshkosh. We will return the same day at approximately 7:30 PM. Anticipated cost is $35 which includes bus fares and a tour at Red Eye (pay at the bus). If you’re interested, sign up HERE. Additionally, the SOB’s are offering a bus ride to the Chilton beer fest on May 19th. The cost is $10 for the bus ride; there are still (2) tickets available for the event at a cost of $40 (contact Jeff Eaton). The bus will depart the old JCP parking lot at 11:30 AM on the 19th and return at 7:00 PM. To get on the bus sign up HERE. Remember to pay Jeff and Becky for event and bus ride tickets.

SOB Club Competition:

Every July the SOB’s host a club competition for members. We’re changing things up this year. First, the competition (and July meeting) will be held at Fox River Brewing Co. in Oshkosh; the winning beer will then be brewed at Fox River. Second, the July competition will only accept beer entries. We will be hosting an additional competition at our September meeting at Rushford for all mead, wine, and cider entries. You heard that right, two competitions this year! We are investigating the possibilities of having BJCP judges for the events, making this a great opportunity to receive feedback on your brews. More information will be coming soon. Until then, whip up some grade-A beverages, set aside (4) 12-oz bottles (or the equivalent), and prep for the 3rd annual club competition!

Lake Arrowhead Beer Camp:

We have once again been invited to the beer camp/walk at Lake Arrowhead campground. This year the event takes place on the weekend of August 23rd-25th. Three campsites will be set aside for SOB’s to occupy during the event at no cost; all you need to do is bring beer to serve during the walk. Last year three groups camped during the event, two brewed, and more stopped down to serve. A sign-up sheet will be available at future meetings.

Contacting Representatives:

The SOB’s are on a mission to update homebrew laws that would allow us to charge admission at events where homebrew is served. This will help us to raise more money for charity at events like Casks and Caskets. To aid in this effort, the SOB’s are drafting a letter that you can sign and send to your local representatives. This letter will be available at future meetings and events (particularly Big Brew Day.)

Member Beers:

Ty Shippee brought in two versions of “quick” lagered beers. His bohemian rye lager took only 10 days to lager utilizing gelatin for clarity, a kegerator to maintain temperatures, and a diacetyl rest that raises the beer slowly raised the temperature to 65℉ for a few days (until it stops stinking.) Both of Ty’s rye and vienna lagers are fine examples of the style, with only a slight diacetyl character. Not bad for a short lagering period. New member Rodney and Colin brought in some of their first brews, which are recipes available at the Cellar. Rodney’s Irish red and Colin’s Blonde are both excellent interpretations of Dave’s original recipe. They’re clean, easy drinking, and true to style. Keep up the good work, fellas! Chuck shared a few bottles of cinnamon cider that he’s been aging since 2014. It smelled like fall and the 19 (ish) ABV was easily disguised behind a dry, enjoyable drink.

Lion’s Tail Beers:

This month we focused on beers from Lion’s Tail Brewing in Neenah. Head brewer Alex Wenzel is a chemical engineer by trade with an obsession for water. Each beer he brews is carefully treated with the appropriate water adjustments to create the perfect water profile for that style. Alex brews a wide range of styles, including traditional styles like Rock the Block Bock (which donates 50% of the profits to Habitat for Humanity) and Too Caught Up IPA which is a tried and true centennial IPA recipe. More adventurous beers like Pineapple Milkshake Pale Ale and the upcoming Golden Stout Collaboration can also be found on tap. Thank you to Alex and the crew at Lion’s Tail for sending us delicious samples of your amazing beers!

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