Our toast for the evening will be given to us by Mike Schlosser.
New Members & Guests
If you know of a guest that is joining us for the evening, please let one of the officers know ahead of time so that we may welcome them for the nights festivities.
The night’s guest speaker will be Kirby Nelson from Wisconsin Brewing Company in Verona. For those who may not know Kirby, he was the former brewmaster of Capital Brewery in Madison for 25 years. Kirby will give us a background in what got him into brewing and some info on his newest venture with Wisconsin Brewing Company. We ask that everyone holds off on asking any questions for Kirby until after he is finished. Although no time has been set, Kirby will be heading back to the Madison area when he is done, so the length of his presentation is entirely up to him.
At the last meeting we discussed the (3) changes that were proposed for our Bylaws. They were: A) The use of the words “fermented beverages” to cover all aspect of homebrewing products such as beer, wine, mead, cider, Kombucha, etc…; B) The restructuring of member removal to be the Executive Committee’s decision first and then to the membership if needed; and C) Officer term limit, which was decided to keep as currently worded. The response to these suggested changes was very positive and we would like to get them into action. Attached to this email is the latest version for you to review by Wednesday’s meeting. Please review this latest version for the exact wording and then after Kirby is done with his presentation we can vote on this.
Jeff Eaton sent out an email to all of the members this last week with the details for touring some Madison area breweries such as Ale Asylum, Karben4 (if time allows), Wisconsin Brewing Company, and Gray’s Tied House or Great Dane Fitchburg (if time allows). The tours are free but we need to know if you are interested in going. We would like to see the bus filled so that everyone’s cost is at a minimum. Please see Jeff by meetings end to let him know if you’d like to go and haven’t signed up yet.
In about 2-1/2 weeks we will be having our annual Big Brew Day. As with last year, it will be held in the parking lot of O’Marro’s Public House. Start time will be 8:00 am, of course you are welcome to arrive at any time you wish. We ask that you plan your brew schedule accordingly so that we can shoot for a 3:00 pm wrap-up time. This way we will be out of the way before the pub opens for the night. The club will be providing simple snacks such as chips & veggies and we would like for anyone else attending to please provide a dish to pass. Charlie’s Hot Dog Wagon will be onsite that day to sell his hot dogs for any and all interested. We will also have water and electrical access.
Other Club Events
If time allows we would like to have a quick discussion about the S.O.B.’s other upcoming events. Brews n’ Blues is only a couple months away (June 14), as well as the AHA Convention (June 12-14), and Casks & Caskets will not be too far behind (Nov 1).
HBW – Hooz Brewin Wut
Also, if we haven’t gone ridiculously over time, at the end of the meeting we’d like to know what you all have on your fermented beverages schedule.
Since our guest speaker is from Wisconsin Brewing Company the committee is planning on having some pairings with the variety of WBC beers.
These items will not be discussed in the meeting but for those who are interested in entering any competitions, these are what’s coming up in Wisconsin. Please check out the American Homebrewers Association’s website at www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/calendar/ for more details.
Apr 19 – Between the Bluffs Homebrew Competition, La Crosse
Apr 26 – MCAB XVI Championship, Milwaukee
Apr 26 – Titletown Open (20th Annual), Green Bay
May 9 – Wisconsin State Fair Homebrew Competition, West Allis
Jun 7 – All-American Beers Competition 2014, Appleton
Jun 14 – Door County Homebrewing Championship, Baileys Harbor
Jul 26 – German Fest Stein Challenge, Milwaukee
Sep 6 – Schooner Homebrew Championship, Racine
Oct 11 – 2014 Delafield Brewhaus Schnapp Hans Cup, Milwaukee
Also not to be discussed in the nights’ meeting are the following events where the S.O.B’s are being asked to serve homebrews. While the S.O.B.’s will be focusing on Blues n’ Brews and Casks & Caskets as their main events for showcasing our homebrewing talents, there are other events where you may serve your wares and represent The Society of Oshkosh Brewers if you are interested.
Jun 7 – 11th Annual Beer Barons’ World of Beer Festival, Milwaukee (www.wobfest.com)
Sep 13 – Great Lakes Brew Fest, Racine (www.greatlakesbrewfest.com)