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March 2018 Meeting

March 21, 2018

The SOB’s gathered at HighHolder Brewing Company, the latest in a fantastic series of new breweries to grace Oshkosh.

New Faces

No new members in tonight’s meeting.

Theme for the Night

This year we have decided to do a world beer theme for each meeting and tonight is Belgium. More details on that later on in the minutes.

Treasurer’s Report

Kurt Weina , our prestigious Treasurer, gave us our financial report.

Member’s Beers

Travis Sullivan brought an American Pale Ale, which was an all grain recipe brewed the end of January. The beer came in around 6.5% ABV, and had 1 oz Simcoe, 1 oz Centennial, 2oz Bavaria hops, some other hops I didn’t write down (he also mentioned an experimental hops that he couldn’t quite remember).  He called this beer ‘More Better’, and I’d have to say that it was definitely More Better than a lot of Pale Ales that I’ve had, and certainly drank easier than a 6.5% beer normally does!

Kurt Weina brought a single malt Vienna Lager, made with Dingman’s Vienna malt, hopped with Saaz hops, and with a dry lager yeast.  This was a one-gallon batch size, and he served this in that schnazzy S.O.B. growler that he won at the S.O.B. beer contest.

Jeff Eaton brought a Belgian Golden Strong that he brewed at Lion’s Tail.  This beer is called Devil’s Gold and was made in celebration of Lion’s Tail’s 100 beer.  Great job Jeff and super-kudos on having your beer on tap locally!

Brewing Calendar

Printed club calendars were made available and is slightly revised from last month.  Some highlights:

Brewery tours in Milwaukee for April 14th
o Travis contacted 8 breweries and is waiting for feedback. Goal is to get to new, smaller breweries that people may not have been to or heard of.
o Tentatively leaving Oshkosh around 9am.
Tyranena is up for coming to the April 18th meeting
Big Brew Day is May 5th at The Cellar
o Note:  The Cellar is moving onto Washburn street on March 31st
The rear of the building has a lot of open space that will work for us.
Chilton Brew Fest on May 20th
June 2nd will be the Beer Camp at Lake Arrowhead.
o We’re still looking for one additional person for that so contact Mike Engel if you’re interested.
July is the homebrew competition.
August will be the SOB picnic.
September 8th will be the SOB Homebrew Showcase, to be held at The Cellar from ~ 9am-4pm
o We will plan on having homebrew demonstrations (~ 1 hour each) over the course of the morning and afternoon.  The public will be invited and it’s a pretty good chance that there will be homebrew.
o Looking for people to volunteer to be part of a planning committee so please contact Mike Engel as soon as possible.
September 19th at Vines and Rushes
o We discussed taking the India/Sri Lanka topic off and go with Knuth brewing at Vines and Rushes.
This idea went over well so the change will be made pending successful arrangements with the proprietors.
January 2019 will be the Christmas party, because that seemed to work well during this year.

Belgian Beer Update

Chris Mills had volunteered to discuss the style this month.  He gave a great historical run down and provided some great information about the regional brews as well as specific breweries.  Thanks Chris!!!

Delirium Tremens – Golden Strong
Culen and Aaron from Fox River –  Tripel
o This one won gold at the Mid-Winter Homebrew Festival
Lion’s Tail – Golden Strong
Leffe – Blonde
Oval – Trappist
St. Bernardus – Abt 12
Lindeman’s – Kriek
Duchesse De Bourgogne – Flanders

February 2017 Meeting

February 21, 2018
The SOB’s gathered at O’Marro’s Public House, home of McDiablo, the fiery leprechaun of Oshkosh’s south side.

New Faces
Five new faces were present tonight, but fair warning: I may have boogered up these names. Mea culpa, mea culpa. Rob Barewald, who has been brewing for 15 years and who has been wanting to join for a while. Ty Shifte, one of Rob’s brewing compatriots, and Kip Spanbauer, a brewer of about 3-4 years, of whom the other two pulled in. We also had Zach, who has been brewing for about 6 years. And then we welcomed back Richard Sturm, who returned to the SOB’s after a 5 year hiatus.

Theme for the Night
This year we have decided to do a world beer theme for each meeting and tonight was going to be Australia. However, we could only find down-under beers from down-under Oshkosh (that is, at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee), and unfortunately, for reasons out of our control, the individual who was to bring those beers from Milwaukee was not able to make the meeting. So, the next best thing was done, and the Aussie beers we could find in Oshkosh, Fosters, were to be passed around. Jeff Eaton also made an Australian sparkling al.

Treasurer’s Report
Kurt Weina , our new Treasurer, reported on our finances for both General fund and Casks and Caskets account. Mike noted that we are planning to do C&C this year again

Member’s Beers
Dave Lamb – Belgian Tripel. Dave wanted this to taste like a whisky old fashioned, so he added a little bit of orange peel and coriander, with maraschino cherries thrown in at secondary. It was aged on Jack Daniels barrel chips and medium toast French oak chips soaked in Irish whisky. Good night! This really did taste like an old fashioned. The whole experience was similar to when your favorite actor from that one show you like, suddenly appears in that other show you like as a mashup, and then you’re like “Woah! Did that just happen?” And your buddy is like, “Yeah dude, that just happened.” And all you want is more, and when it’s over you kinda hate life for awhile.
Zach brought a ginger beer (a non-alcoholic version), and said that the best ginger beers in the world are actually made in Australia (since we are talking about Australian beers this month). His is mildly spiced and had some lemon flavor. This concoction is quite good for hangovers, says he, and I have to say it was quite refreshing. His imbibation (note: that is a made up word, not to be confused with imbibition, which is what happens to my belly when I drink this ginger beer). This tasty number contained sugar, lemonade, ginger, cream of tartar. Zach said that if you wanted to make this alcoholic, you’d use white wine yeast, ferment part of it, and then back-sweeten it.

Brew Your Own
A discounted subscription offer is still available, and Jeff Eaton has the list. If you want to take part in this, the club offer is $20 for the year and the club gets to keep half. We will make our turn in date at Big Brew Day in May.

BJCP Classes at The Cellar
Hops, adjuncts, and special ingredients is the next topic. Julie Lawson, club member, and BJCP judge, is leading these courses. The cost is $10/session and you can call The Cellar to sign up. You can do session-by-session if you like, however, so you don’t have to pay for the whole course. Per Jody, The Cellar’s Facebook page has the schedule and the topic list.

Camping Weekend
Beer Walk Camping Weekend – the purveyors of Arrowhead Lake Campground host a beer camp the first weekend in June, and at this beer camp they also host a homebrewing demonstration. This year they are expanding this to Wisconsin clubs, to allow them to demonstrate brewing, brewing techniques, and their beers. The Campground takes care of all the checking of I.D.’s and gives each club 3 spots for camping for the weekend. They are hoping for at least 3 homebrews per club. Dick Waltenberry is not opposed to brining his RV and allowing some peoples to stay with him.

Brewing Calendar
Mike suggested that based on the issues we ran into with finding Australian beers, that we group beers into regions. For example, Scott suggested that we replace Finland with Scandanavia. That way we could have more options from places like Iceland, Norway, and Denmark for example (think Mikkeller, and Nøgne Ø). It was noted that if people would like to volunteer to take a country or region for a given month, please let a board member know. If you can find the beers, the club will reimburse you.

Other Dates
• Next week on February 27, is a beer dinner at Fifth Ward Brewing.
• Brewery tours in Milwaukee for April 28th : Travis suggested 1840 Brewery, Jody suggested Urban Harvest (which is right next door to 1840,
• Tyranena is up for coming to the April meeting
• Big Brew Day is May 5th
• Chilton Brew Fest on May 20th
• July is the homebrew competition
• August will be the SOB picnic.
• January 2019 will be the Christmas party, because that seemed to work well during this year.

Casks & Caskets
Will be the last Saturday in October this year, 10/27/18.

Australian Beer Update
Mike and Jeff gave an update on the history of Australian beer.
Jeff shared Fosters Premium Ale. It is an ESB and is very traditional for Australian beers. The other one was Fosters Lager, which according to the Crocodile Hunter, is Australian for Beer. It was sweet, light, and maybe possibly good for boiling bratwurst. Both are made in Texas…..
Then Jeff shared his Australian Sparkling Ale. It’s kinda like a cream ale with a lot of carbonation and his had more IBU’s than the traditional style. He used Topaz hops, 10lbs of 2-row, 6 oz of white wheat, and Nottingham yeast. It’s only 2.5 weeks old and he brewed it specifically for this meeting. This was a rather good tasting beer and if this is what Australians drink, I can see why they get a reputation for being heavy drinkers, because if I had access to this I’d drink it a lot.

New Brewery Coming to Omro
Omega Brewery on Main Street will be opening soon. Kurt says the owner has been working on it for about 2 years now.

Christmas Party 2017

January 21, 2018
Happy Brew Year everyone, and welcome to 2018!!!! The SOB’s gathered at Fifth Ward Brewing for our annual Christmas gathering, a place of good tidings and cheer to be sure.
The business side of our Christmas meeting is kept intentionally short, so that everyone can focus on fellowship, good food, good beer, and the ever popular gift exchange. So expect the minutes to be likewise! Or not.
It was time to elect several positions to the board. Those positions were as follows: Member Coordinator, Webmaster, Treasurer, and Event Coordinator(s)
We started with the Member Coordinator, and opened the floor for nominations. Crickets. We then moved to Webmaster. More crickets. Moving on to Treasurer. Lots of crickets. Come on folks, you gotta step to the plate here!! After a few moments of awkward silence, Mike, our fearless leader, spoke up with a “I nominate Kurt Weina!”. With everyone looking around nervously for what seem liked an eternity, Kurt exclaimed, “I accept!”. So with that glorious act of selfless ambition we had our first nominee! To no surprise, the motion was seconded and then unanimously approved and Kurt became our new Treasurer. Dilly dilly!!
With one position filled, the mood lightened from anxious apprehension to optimistic confidence and we moved hither to Event Coordinator(s). With an enthusiastic shout, the name of Jody Cleveland was lifted high and strong above the crowd. From amongst the populace, now having grown giddy with the prospect of two in a row, another voice declared, “Seconded!!” At this point, the exuberance was turned to perturbation as Jody declared in no uncertain way that he did not accept that nomination. At any other gathering, this could have easily turned to anarchy and unbridled debauchery. But, nay! We are the SOB’s, and so another shout filled the air with a defiant roar. “I nominate Jeff and Becky for another term!” This was followed quickly by a “Seconded” and brought to a vote posthaste. The vote was nearly unanimous as only Lee was the singular dissenter. And even with that, it was only to lighten the mood so the motion carried and Jeff and Becky were voted in for another term. Welcome back Jeff and Becky!!
At this point in the evening, with everyone eager to start gorging themselves with the delicious array of food and fermented fantasy, another voice was heard. That of Jessica Beightol, who declared she would volunteer to be the new Member Coordinator. At that point, needing only to fill the Webmaster position, we concluded the business portion of the meeting and begin the merriment of being alive in a beer/food centered city.
Bill Schwalbach was later contacted and agreed to serve another term as Webmaster, and with that we filled all open positions for the board of the greatest club in the history of ever, the SOB’s. Welcome to the board Kurt and Jessica! Thanks for being willing to serve again Jeff, Becky, and Bill. And thank you to the former members of Zach Clark and Ian Wegner, who served the club well in their positions of Treasurer and Member Coordinator.

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