October 2022 Meeting Minutes

The SOB’s gathered together in October at their new home base, Fifth Ward Brewing!  We’re very excited to be invited by Fifth Ward to hold our regular meetings at the brewery.  The SOB’s once again feel at home.

New faces in the crowd!  Ken from 8th Day Brewing company joined us. Ken informed us Fifth Ward is helping them out brewing their first batch, a cream ale. Also, Nick has joined the club after attending the SOB picnic.  Welcome to the club guys!

Shareables during the meeting included:
Mark Stanek’s Avocado Saison, aged 2 weeks on avocados 
Al’s Beet Wine in an old, green, magical bottle. Was a flashback to the 90’s as that’s how long it’s been in Al’s care!
Kurt’s Centennial IPA that he made with his own homegrown centennial hops.  Kurt has lots of hops from his harvest!  Reach out to him if you would like some.

What’s brewing?!
Kurt picked a few pecks of apples and made a hard cider.  He’s also got a Colonial ale with smoked and rye malt with spruce tips fermenting. Kurt promises to bring this one to the next meeting. Planning to brew a big breakfast stout in the near future as well.
Brett brewed a Schwarzbier recently. He also made a base sour beer to be able to add cranberries as soon as he can get a supply. Do you know of a source of cranberries for Brett?
 Nick brewed an American Wheat with berries added at the end of the boil. 
Kevin participated in the Fond du Lac clubs apple pressing. He’s using his 5 gallons combined with maple and date sugar to make a hard cider. 
Lee has a Bohemian Dark Lager, a Vienna Lager fermenting and will be brewing a Dunkel soon. The Dunkel will be his 42nd beer this year!
Mark is brewing some mead using honey Mike Engel had from about 20 years ago. Using buckwheat honey that is super pungent. Also making a mead using orange blossom honey and pears.

The club proposed the idea of having an SOB sign to place at Fifth Ward to show it’s the home of the SOB’s. We need to consult Zach and Ian to get their thoughts. Club is aligned to spend some club funds to create a sign to hang at Fifth if they’re on board. 

Now that we have a new home, we may do more home base meetings than away meetings.
The SOB Christmas party is proposed to be during our normal meeting date and time in December and would be at Fifth Ward.  Need to double check with Zach and Ian before we can officially lock this in.

Fond du Lac Brew Fest is coming up Saturday February 4th. SOB’s are invited to homebrew alley.  Sounds like there is interest to brew and participate in this event so the SOB’s have officially registered to attend! The theme is Oktoberfest and encouraged to decorate our booth to win best booth.  If you are interested in brewing and serving beer at FDL Brew Fest, please reach out to a board member.

Logan will be back in December and the barrel program members plan to pull the sour out of the barrel and keg.  Should be really good!

Scott demonstrated to us how to use a tilt hygrometer that is also a thermometer. You drop it straight into the beer, leave it there, and it connects to an app to tell you the gravity and temperature whenever you would like to know. Displays the data real time.  Pretty slick!

Elections are approaching!  December is nominations for President, New Member Coordinator, and Secretary. January is the election month!  Start thinking of who you would like to nominate or if you have interest in a position yourself.  If you have any questions about the positions, please reach out to the current board members! Lastly, here’s a look at our upcoming meeting locations:

November – Sturgeon Spirits Distillery
December – Fifth Ward (Tentative Christmas Party)

2022 Wine, Mead, and Cider Competition

The 2022 Wine, Mead, and Cider Competition was held at Rushford Meadery & Winery in Omro on September 21. What was thought to be a small gathering turned into a dozen and a few entries into several! After a little controversy, the winners were chosen. Ted Engelke took 1st, followed by a tie between Travis Sullivan and Chuck Tomsovic. Congrats to all!

2022 Club Beer Competition

The 2022 Club Beer Competition was held at Bare Bones Brewery in Oshkosh on July 20th. Head brewers, Jody of Bare Bones, and Drew of Fox River were the official judges. Precompetition drinks were had and pretzels and crackers set out to make sure everyone had clean palettes for sampling. Seven beers were entered and one came out victorious. Lee Reiherzer swept the competition pulling off the top spot in People’s Choice and the Official Judges Choice with his Helen Kellerbier.

June 2022 Meeting Minutes

It was a dark and stormy night…Well not that bad, not in our O’Marros bunker with plenty of beer.

We had a special guest from Florida, Scott who brought the weather. He came with Brett to sample our fine beverages.

Dues are due! Despite inflation, the cost to renew is still $20. Pay Kurt as soon as possible.

President Emeritus Engel will be making a visit in a few weeks and would like to see members if you are around.

Beer #1: Brett brought a Roggenbier. He was kind enough to share his last growler. For his first beer share it was quite unique and delicious despite his own critiques and age in the keg. Blue Ribbon State Fair Winner. He’ll use Weinstephaner yeast per Scott’s recommendation next time. Prost!

Brews on the Bay update. See the email blast, but to recap, Scott talked with Ray Mauer the Director of the Parks Department. Scott felt he was not in the loop and Ray was surprised by our response and questions. Scott corrected him and updated him with our feelings about all of this. The parks department ultimately was concerned with their liquor license and the rules with that. So, long story short, we can serve our beers at Brews in the Bay as long as we abide by some of their rules and concerns. We need to serve in the same spot as their servers, no more than 3oz pours, share what we are bringing in advance, we cannot drink while serving (you can sub out with someone to go get a beer and come back when you’re done drinking), and nothing over 6.5% ABV. The next event is June 29th.

So that being said, if you are interested, we need a few beers in two weeks. Please check the link https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11VKUNsJlBmuVXFdTaNhTSMN6MG8KvGwT_HEWgDIz0rM/edit

Beer #2: Jeff brought a Milk Stout for dairy month. The ingredients are a closely guarded secret. For all you know it doesn’t exist. A little sweet and a little bitter. Another great beer.

Next month is the Club Competition at Bare Bones! August is our Club Picnic at Menominee Park. Make sure you get to the right shelter! The one with beer. Same as last year near the water. September is our annual Wine and Mead competition at Rushford.

As for next months competition, it better be brewed or brewed soon! For those submitting beers, it is recommended to bring six 12oz bottles, four at a minimum. We will have BJCP judges as well as club members sampling for the competition like usual. Beers need to be dropped off no later than the day of the meeting (before the meeting starts) at Bare Bones. However, please let Scott Westpfahl know what style ahead of time so we can print correct style sheets. Bare Bones will do their best to fit the winning beer into their schedule (with caveats to the style of beer). They would also like us to wrap up by 9pm. So be ready to drink fast!

Beer #3: Travis brought the Imperial Belgian Blonde from the Club’s Fellowship of the Barrel. This was the second filling from the barrel. It has definitely aged with some unique characteristics.

To wrap up, would there be interest in more brewing opportunities? Scott is open to having people to his house for a mini-brew day in his garage. He will follow up.

Beer #4: Jody brought a very rare beer (at least he said it was beer, rumor has it, it was distilled). Only for those willing to appreciate a fine specimen of a beverage. He obtained the last beer brewed by Bare Bones former brewer. A Triple IPA that has been aged in a barrel for three years and boy you can tell. 12 bottles were made and this is the last known one. 120 IBUs and a high ABV! A reward for braving the storms tonight!

May 2022 Meeting Minutes

On a calm, cool, evening, the SOB’s traveled to Barrel 41 Brewing in Neenah to hold our May meeting.  About 20 members attended and we even gained one new member.  Welcome, Brett Helmbrecht!

Big Brew Day held at The Cellar was a success this year!  Thanks to everyone who came out to participate in brewing or watching others brew.  Many styles were brewed including a Vienna lager, ESB, salted caramel porter, dark lager, SMASH beer, and more.  Thanks again to Matt for coordinating the drone footage and capturing pictures of the event which you can view HERE

New SOB merchandise has arrived!  Let Jeff or Becky know if you’re interested in any swag.  We’ll of course bring the merchandise to any events we attend as well.

As mentioned in the last meeting, the Oshkosh Parks Department will no longer allow the SOB’s to have a presence at the Brews on the Bay event to serve beer.  While exact details are unknown, the club board made every effort to get the SOB’s able to attend and serve beer.  The club consensus was if we’re unable to serve our homebrew, we do not wish to have a presence at the event.  The board will continue looking into other events this summer to promote the SOB’s and share our homebrew.  One possibility is participating in the Slow Roll Ride event on July 27th.  Kris Larson of Beckett’s is organizing the event and expressed interest in having the SOB’s attend and serve beer at the pavilion in Menominee Park following the ride.  Chris and Scott are working out further details to see if this is something we can do.  If you have any other ideas (e.g. Fifth Ward Vintage Market, club brew at a brewery, samples at Farmer’s Market, etc.), please reach out to a board member.

Do you like barrel aged beer?!  Do you wish you could participate in a barrel brew collaboration?!  The SOB’s are again looking to form another Barrel Society to collaborate on a brew which will be aged in a barrel.  The last series of aged beers resulting from the Barrel Society were amazing!  So if you have interest in participating (brewing minimum 5 gallons), please reach out to Travis.

Reminder that our club beer competition is during our July meeting.  If you would like to have your beer entered, please plan on providing 6 bottles of your beer.  Bottles should be labeled and follow the BJCP guidelines which can be found HERE.  The competition will be held at Bare Bones Brewery in Oshkosh.  More details such as the deadline to submit entries will follow during our June meeting.

Lastly, here’s a look at our upcoming meeting locations:
June – O’Marro’s
July – Club Competition at Bare Bones
August – SOB Picnic
September – Mead & Wine Competition at Rushford
October – O’Marro’s
November – Sturgeon Spirits Distillery (if they’re open by this date)
December – O’Marro’s
January – Club Christmas party at Fifth Ward


See you in June!

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