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August Meeting:

Thursday, August 7th
7pm – 9pm

Thanks to our hosts, Kim Theesen & Anita Jackson!

Click here for the August forum thread to get their street address and a link to Google Maps.

September Meeting:

Thursday, September 4th
7pm – 9pm

This month’s topic: Practicing Judging and Stewarding Skills, and The First Annual Sower’s Cup Homebrew Competition official work week KICK-OFF! Volunteer signup, training, and more.

Held at The Clubhouse
Click here for the September forum thread to get the Clubhouse street address and a link to Google Maps.

October Club Picnic:

Will be held Saturday, October 18th.

More information coming soon – Stay tuned for details, or check the Forum Thread for discussion.

We’re avoiding any conflict with all of your families’ Independence Day plans – we’re going to meet at Lazlo’s / Empyrean Ales on Thursday, July 10th.

We’ll meet up at the Lazlo’s Haymarket location – probably setting up shop inside the brewhouse area – right around 7:00 pm.

This month’s Tech Talk lecture will be on the topic of Water Chemistry, by Dr. Mark Beatty – he’ll begin right around 7:15 pm, and then we will move on to club business shortly afterward. We hope to see you then!

Postponed!! – Watch for more updates.

A message from Marcus Powers at Zipline Brewing Co.

Good morning fellow brewers. I am stoked to have you all out to our place tonight, but Mother Nature is trying to interfere.

I wanted to let you know that we will close the brewery in the event of a Tornado Watch. As there is no basement and you are surrounded by a thin metal building with lots of not-attached-to-the-ground metal equipment, we can’t take any risks. Also, I may close the brewery in the event of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, as we do not want to kick folks out if it escalates to a warning accompanied by a Tornado Watch.

So, basically, follow the weather closely tonight and stay alert. Hopefully we can dodge the weather pattern and share some tasty beers!
-Marcus

For the latest information, please visit our Facebook Page, we will post any further status updates on there first.

Thanks to Zipline Brewing for agreeing to host our June club meeting! This month’s Technical Talk will be Yeast by Aaron Carnes – and we will kick it off at about 7:15pm.  Then, we’ll shoot to talk about the remainder of the Club Business around 7:30pm. 

Date: TUESDAY, June 3rd, 2014
Time: 
7:00-9:00pm
Place: Zipline Brewing Co., 2100 Magnum Cir.

We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday!

Kolsch conquers competition!

Doug F. and Lagers win 2014 Shootout

Shootout judges and stewards gathered on a bright sunny May morning in a common quest: to judge 51 beer entries for this year’s Nebraska Shootout homebrew contest. By 2:00pm, the score sheets were tallied and we had answers. With a single point lead, the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club once again rallied to win the Shootout Trophy, on the back of Doug Finke’s superb Kolsch.

Doug’s beer won the Light Hybrids category as well as Best Of Show. Tom Malowski’s Porter came in second for BOS, with the Railroaders in third and fourth with Matt Misfeldt’s Maibock and Wayne Faris’ Rye Saison.

Wayne also won the Best Damn Beer contest with his English Barleywine – the same beer that also wowed judges in Kansas City at the NHC First Round. In the individual categories, Brian Hoesing took second in Porters and third in Bocks; and Sam Bates took third in Belgian and French Ales.

May2014 Lagers NewsThe May 2014 edition of the Lincoln Lagers eNewsletter just went out — did you get a copy?

If not, be sure to subscribe to our mailing list so that you get future updates. To do that, visit http://www.lincolnlagers.com/about/subscribe-to-email-list/.

You can read this month’s eNewsletter by clicking on the large image on the right side of this post.

Now that’s over with, so let’s dive in to our latest announcements:

May Meeting  / Big Brew Day

Most of you already know about this – but if you don’t, be sure to join us on Saturday May 10 for the annual Big Brew! Even if you don’t have free time to brew, we’d love you to stop by for an hour or two – chat with brewers, taste a beer or two, and say hi. Having company keeps our day more interesting!

Our club meeting will take place sometime during the afternoon of the Big Brew – there will not be a style of the month or tech topic since we’ll all be busy brewing beer.

We’re going to set up a side table for 2013 Lincoln Lagers Challenge Beers – if you recall, these are the beers we brewed a year ago at Blue Blood Brewing Co to celebrate 2013 Big Brew Day.

Anyone who still has their Big Brew beer from last year, please bring a bottle or two for a very informal tasting & judging. The Best Damn Beer will get bragging rights. And if you’re real nice, Chris will let you lick his mash paddle clean. ;-)

And – don’t forget – we have 5 shares of Big Brew Wort still left to claim! We’re starting out with delicious Best Malz Pilsner base malt, ripe for you to impart your brewing creativity upon.

Nebraska Shoot-Out Club Judging Round – Drop-Off Information

If you have beers that you hope to enter in the Nebraska Shoot-Out, please give them to us as soon as possible! We will perform the club judging round on this coming Friday, May 2nd, at 7:00pm.

All entries need to arrive at Tim Thomssen’s house by 6:00pm on Friday at the absolute latest — ideally, we’d like you to submit your bottles prior to then, so that they can chill and settle before judging takes place.

The best way to turn in your beers is to talk to Tim T. & arrange a time to drop them off at his place. If you don’t have his phone number or email, you can also contact him via Facebook message – which, in turn, you can locate on Lincoln Lagers’ Facebook discussion about the drop-offs. He is loaning us his cooler space, and has plenty of room to store your entry.

2014 Calendar Update

Here is a quick run-down of what the 2014 calendar looks like right now:

May 10th – Big Brew / Meeting – Doug’s House
May 17th – Nebraska Shoot-Out – Farnam House Brewing Co., Omaha
June ?? - Club Meeting – meeting venue TBA
June 12-14 – National Homebrewers Conference, Grand Rapids, MI
July 10 - Club Meeting – Empyrean Ales / Lazlo’s Haymarket
July 19 - Blues & Brews At The Zoo – come drink our beer!
August ??Club Meeting - meeting venue TBA
August 23 – Great Nebraska Beer Fest - NBC – Papillion
Sept. 6 – TENTATIVE DATE - Lincoln Lagers Club Picnic / Meeting
Sept. 13 – 1st Annual The Sower’s Cup Competition – Lincoln
Oct. 2-4 – Great American Beer Festival – Denver, CO
Oct. ??Club Meeting and Annual Swap Meet – meeting venue TBD
Oct. 9 – 21st Annual NSSA Okto-Beerfest - Lancaster Event Ctr.
Nov. 6 - Club Meeting - meeting venue TBA
Dec. ??Club Meeting and The Clone Challenge Beer Judging

Keep watching the Lincoln Lagers web page (and Mailing List!!) for more information as each of these events draws nearer.

April Meeting

We are going to meet at The Clubhouse on Thursday, April 3rd.

We’ll get together at 7:00pm and we will go right into our Style Of The Month presentation by about 7:15pm. We’ll shoot to talk about the remainder of the Club Business around 7:30pm.

For the Clubhouse address, and a Google Maps link, go to the forum thread at: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1090

Big Brew 2014

We will brew on Saturday, May 10th at Doug’s house. You can find all the details on the forum at: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1091

Up to 20 Brewers can sign up for their share of the big group mash. Spots are limited, don’t wait too long! The official sign up form can be found via a link on the forum topic above. If you’re having trouble with the forum, email Chris at lincoln.lagers.beer.club@gmail.com and he will help you out.

We are going to meet at Blue Blood Brewing Co. on Thursday, March 6th from 7pm-9pm.

The style of the month will be IPAs and we’re going to hear a Tech Talk on hopping your IPAs from our own resident “hopping-mad” scientist, Tim Thomssen.

If you have questions/comments, the forum thread is here, jump on in: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1088

Lagers Night at the Stars Rink!

It’s back! That’s right, it’s the return of Lagers Night at the Stars game! Come join us on Saturday, March 22nd for a hockey game, good company, and cold beer! You can find the details and sign up sheet at: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1081

Happy New Year 2014, everybody! This is a pretty awesome year for our organization — because we’re turning 21!

If you have ideas about how we should celebrate this momentous occasion, jump in on the Facebook page and let us know what you think!

In the meanwhile… just like a finicky batch of beer, we’re still trying to get the February meeting plan to ferment out “just right”, so while you wait, here’s a teaser… the newly-printed batch of Lincoln Lagers business cards just arrived in time for the big Winterfest Ales & Auction this weekend! (Tickets are on sale at T.O. Haas locations now, follow @AAFLincoln on Twitter for more details.)

Lagers Biz Cards reprint

Oh yeah… and speaking of Winterfest… you probably want to know what’s going to be on tap? I’ve got that in store for you too. Enjoy!

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