Upcoming Events

September 19, 2015
Club Picnic & Sept. Meeting
Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Tim T's House
September 24, 2015
Great American Beer Fest (Denver CO)
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
September 27, 2015
Tentative - Cellar Unboxing Day
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
September 30, 2015
Tentative - Cellar Labeling Day
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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It’s time again for the annual Members Only Club Picnic and – along with it – the Lady Lagers Mead Contest!

Here’s what you need to know:

Date:  September 19th – which is the Huskers’ only Away game in September, vs. Miami, FL.
Time: Food is ready around 5:30pm – You can come as early as 5pm, stay until Tim T. kicks you out (or 10:30-ish).
Place: Tim T’s house – If you don’t know where that is, watch for an email to go out between now and then (or check the Club Forum!).

Dinner details:
The club provides the main course – which is still TBD right now! Check back soon.
Members are invited to bring their favorite appetizer, salad, fruit, side, dessert, or what-have-you. (Hint: If you bring fresh baked bread, we WILL eat it all!)
Bring beer, mead, cider, or wine to share! Especially if it’s homebrewed!

Want to bring a KEG?
There are a few open spots on the garage kegerator – we just ask that you message Tim T. so he knows to expect you and your beer. Please bring a bucket & ice — the garage fridge is broken, but it still POURS beer just fine!

Mead Contest details:
Limit 1 Mead per Person! Bring one bottle (At least 12 oz.) of your finest, best mead! Any vintage – whether 6 months or 6 years old – is welcome! Clean, fruited, funked, whatever your single best batch of mead is, bring us a bottle of that.
Limit 12 Entries Total! First come first served, get your mead to the party as soon as you can!
Limit 12 Judges! Calling all Lady Lagers – this competition is just for the ladies!
We are looking for 12 female Lagers members/wives/moms/sisters, etc. (All of legal drinking age, of course!) to put your taste to the test as you try our mead entries, and you will decide together which ONE mead rules them all!
The winner gets a Lincoln Lagers’ Trucker Hat and bragging rights for the next 12 months!

Entertainment:

Check back soon… we’re working on it!

Club Merchandise:

If everything goes as planned, we expect to deliver all of the 2015 Lagers Merchandise at the club meeting! If you ordered merch, be sure to find Chris Evans and pick it up!
If you owe us money for any high-dollar or extra items you may have ordered, please bring cash, a check, or message Chris Evans in advance to pay with PayPal.

We’ll see you in September at the Picnic!

Big shout out to the one and only Doug Finke – brewer extraordinaire – for sealing the deal on our Lincoln Lagers Big Brew Challenge contest. He took on 13 other brewers’ creations – all of which were brewed using the Ploughshare Brewing Co. Farm Boy base wort – and his bad-to-the-bone Honey Braggot dominated the competition!

He has since brewed his scale-up batch of Braggot with Matt Stinchfield – and they report that, after adding 36 Lbs. of Hickman, NE honey – it clocks in at a whopping 11.5% ABV.

Look for Doug’s Braggot on tap at Ploughshare Brewing Co. during the Sower’s Cup weekend! Cheers!

What: Club Meeting and backyard homebrew gathering – and Big Brew beer tasting!
Where:
6623 Cleveland Ave – Parking available on-street, you can go right ahead into the back yard.
When: Thursday, July 9th — 7:00pm – 9:30pm

We Need: A few more plastic folding tables to set beers out on! If you have one, please bring it!

We will have one or two canopies already set up there when you arrive, and a table for beer.
We will also provide a couple of large round tubs with ice if you need to keep anything cold.
Feel free to bring folding chairs or a picnic blanket. If you have an instant-up type canopy, those are welcome, too (although we should be in full shade by around 7pm).

HOMEBREW & SNACKS:
– Homebrewed beer, mead, wine, cider, maplewine, garlic juice, skeeter pee, and whatever else have you are welcome.
– Feel free to bring a light snack to share with your friends! Doesn’t have to be fancy… just outdoor munchies. (In other words, there will NOT be anywhere to plug in crock pots and such.)

BIG BREW BEER TASTING:

It’s time to taste what we all brewed up at May’s meeting / Big Brew day!  Here’s what you need to know:

– Bring as much of your Big Brew beer as you would like to share. At least one growler would be a good start…
– Please bring a sign of some kind with a summary of your beer (8.5″x11″ paper is fine – something to identify you!)
– We hope to set up a few tables for you to pour beer on (but we need someone to bring those tables!) – and we will provide tasting cups.
– Voting for your favorite Big Brew will be done with paper ballots – pick your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd favorite beers then drop your ballot in the submission box.
– Winner wins bragging rights — and who knows, maybe more?

IN CASE OF RAIN, WATCH FOR FACEBOOK POSTS & EMAILS TO THE MAILING LIST.

Last night’s NHC Awards Ceremony held in San Diego brought some great news for our club!

Brian Hoesing took 3rd place in Cat. 13 Stouts with his Russian Imperial Stout.

Tim Thomssen won the gold medal in Cat. 20 Fruit Beers and also took 2nd place in Cat. 24 Traditional Mead.

Congratulations, brewers! Job well done!

Date: Thursday, April 2nd

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm-ish

Where: Empyrean Brewing Co. Tasting Room, 1st floor, Coffee & Spice Bldg., 729 Q St. (The loading dock entrance)

What: Battle of the Session IPA’s from our two Brewers In Arms teams! Homebrew-and-Cookie pairing from Kitchen Sink Cookie Company! Appetizers from Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill! Homebrew! And club business!

Save The Date — Sunday, May 3rd— Big Brew Day — Coming Soon!

#1 – You must enter through your homebrew club – Each club will, in turn, judge their members’ entries entries and pick the TWO best beers to represent their club in the Shootout. ( 5 Styles x 2 entries each ) + 2 BDB entries = only 12 Beers can advance per club! 

#2 – Contact your individual homebrew club to find out when their Club Judging Round is being held.
(Are you a Lincoln Lagers Member? If so – we’re still lining up a date, but your Club Round Entry Form is located here: http://goo.gl/forms/OXYa2lW44f )

#3 – If you advance to the finals, we need you to bring us TWO (2) 12oz bottles or the equivalent. Yes, a caged or corked bottle is okay, yes 22oz’s and Magnums are okay, etc. However it should definitely be free of any identifiying markings – and if it has any, please do the best you can to hide or minimize them. (Be a real pal, and rubber-band a BJCP Entry Form onto your bottles, would ya?)

#4 – The entry fee is $5 each. Usually your homebrew club will pay this fee for you. Yes, this fee also applies to Best Damn Beer/BDB entries.

#5 – Registration is open right NOW! Once your club has held your judging round, please have a club representative visit this link ( http://goo.gl/forms/mxa5op3RhM ) and fill out the form – including ALL of the beers your club is entering. (Exception: Bring your BDB entries with you on the day of the competition! We’ll check those in on the morning of the event.)

#6 – We need Judges & Stewards! If you are free on Saturday, April 25th and want to help, please sign up at this link: ( http://goo.gl/forms/Nv9BW7UIHE )

#7 – The event is being held at Zipline Brewing Co., 2100 Magnum Cir., on Saturday April 25th. Best Damn Beer entries will be accepted from 9AM- 10AM.  Table & chair set-up will start around 9AM. Judges & Stewards, please arrive BY 9:45AM for instructions. Judging starts at 10:00AM.

#8 – When you’re done judging, please stick around! We will have a social hour from “When You’re Done” (or, about 11:30AM) until 1PM out front in the Taproom.  Zipline will have bartenders on the clock early for us, and they will be slinging pints of delicious brave brew for you to quaff. We have arranged for a food truck for lunch service! Our friends from Heoya will be there to serve lunch at around 12pm. (At 1:00PM, Zipline officially opens for business, and the 2015 Shootout is, more or less, over – but ya don’t have to leave.)

#9 – Awards Ceremony – Results will be announced as soon as we are done tabulating data – this should happen sometime between about 12:30 – 1:15pm or so… Please hang around to hear who won, pick up your scoresheets and prizes, and so forth!

and finally…

#10 – Everyone is welcome at the Shootout! Even if you will not be judging or stewarding beer, please come by to support your club and your fellow homebrewers and cheer each other on! Non-volunteer guests are welcome starting at “around” 11:30-12:00 — in other words, about the same time that we’re all done filling out score sheets and begin ordering our lunch.

Questions? Comments? A great place to start is our Facebook Event Page for the Shootout, located at https://www.facebook.com/NEshootout .

Join us tomorrow evening (March 5th) at Ploughshare Brewing Co., 1630 P Street, Lincoln, NE for our monthly club meeting. We will get together around 7pm and start the Meeting Business right at 7:30pm. This month’s technical topic is Decoction. (Come by early if you’d like to order dinner — they’re open at 4pm every day! )

Tim T Pumpkin Beer Quest WinnerThe results are in – Tim Thomssen has succeeded in his quest to net back-to-back High Plains Brewer Of The Year awards, bringing home the bacon in both 2013 and 2014! Congratulations, dude, on a job REALLY well done!

Thanks to Tim’s efforts and also thanks to a few other Lincoln Lagers members who diligently shipped entries across the Midwest to competitions throughout 2014, the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club are the proud recipients of the 2014 High Plains Club Of The Year award, as well!!

For full standings, visit the official High Plains Brewer site at:
http://www.kcbiermeisters.org/competitions/high-plains-award.html

The Lagers hope to repeat this feat in 2015, but it’s going to take the efforts of each and every one of you brewers to pull this off!! — Please follow us on our new Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/lincolnlagers where we’ll be posting alerts throughout the year, keeping you up to date on all the High Plains and MWHBOTY competitions that will help us bring home the gold all over again! (For those of you already joined on our Facebook Group: We’re not going anywhere! Daily chit chat, etc. can still go on the Group — we will be using the Page as more of a streamlined news feed for competitions, contests, current events and anything else hop-pening around town.)

Tim racked up an impressive 49 Medals in 2014, and holds a 34% win ratio in the MWHBOTY circuit. For more detailed scoring results from last year’s contest, look here.
Although finalized results are not yet available, we’ve heard rumors that Tim also won the 2014 High Plains Brewer Of The Year award — we’ll post an update as soon as we hear more!

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