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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.




February 19th

3 Sheep’s


March 18th



April 15th

Omega Yeast


May 20th

Pure Class

Pure Class

June 17th



July 15th

Beer Competition


August 19th


Menominee Park

September 16th

Wine Competition

Rushford Meadery

October 21st


November 18th

Stone Arch

Stone Arch

December 16th


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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