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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!

The 2014 Lincoln Lagers holiday pot-luck dinner and January meeting is coming up soon! Thanks again to Brian Allison for hosting us again this year. Come join us in enjoying everyone’s best pot-luck dishes, passing around and sharing our favorite beers, and also take a moment to renew your 2014 membership dues, vote in the annual officer election, and buy your Bus Trip tickets!

2014 membership dues are $30.00.

Bus Trip tickets are $25 ea. for members and all the details are posted at: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/bus-trip/

Date: Saturday, January 11th
Time: 6:00pm

The Allison’s address, directions, a map, etc. are posted on the forum thread at http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1065

President Jason McLaughlin announced at our December meeting that he will not be running for re-election this year — let’s take a moment to give Jason a big Thank You!! for all of his hard work leading the Lagers the past few years! You da man!

Click here for all of the details: http://networkedblogs.com/RJYmd

Monday, December 9th, 2013, Starts at 5:00PM – at Misty’s Downtown.

This tapping party is featuring the collaboration beer from Modern Monks & Zipline – a Bourbon Barrel Wee Heavy. This beer clocks in at 10% ABV and was aged in barrels for 7 months. All pints are $2 on Monday Night.

While you’re there, pick up a few of the stunning Modern Monks holiday ornaments, made by TMCO here in Lincoln – these dapper metal ornaments are $5 each and all proceeds will go towards medical costs for our fellow Lincoln Lagers club member Shaun McCabe, who currently awaits a double lung and liver transplant. For the full story, please check out the Nebraska Beer Blog link above.

November Meeting

Swap Meet & Learn To Homebrew Day

Saturday, November 9th, 10am-4pm
Zipline Brewing Co.

Please join us (while the Huskers play an away game at Michigan) on Nov. 9th for our next club meeting.

Zipline Brewing Co. will be hosting this year’s brewing demonstration and swap meet at their taproom in West Lincoln on S. Coddington and Magnum Cir.

Our all-grain brewing demonstration will be held outdoors (sorry, you’ve gotta leave your glass of beer inside!) during this event, and anyone of any skill level is invited to watch a brewday take place and ask any questions. Here is an approximate schedule:

10:00am - Setup demo
10:30am - Begin all-grain mash
11:30am - Collect & sparge beer wort
12:00pm - Boil begins
1:00pm  - Finish boiling, collect wort
1:30pm  - Brew day finished

Our 3rd annual equipment swap meet will be held on the same day between 10am-3pm.

Anyone and everyone are invited to shop at our swap meet and make purchases. Cash sales only.

Any current 2013 Lagers members are welcome to sell goods at the event. At the end when each person cashes out, the club will take a small cut of your total sales for the day.

Members, please check your beer gear boxes and closets for any old and unwanted equipment you’ve got that is gathering dust. Let’s put ‘em into the hands of someone who wants it!

For questions or more info, check the forum thread, or drop us a note and we’ll get in touch.

 

Lagers to host new Beer Competition within High Plains competition circuit

September 2014 will mark the arrival of a new BJCP-sanctioned homebrewed beer competition, which will be an addition to the existing High Plains Brewer Of The Year  and Club Of The Year competition circuits.

After a vigorous discussion (Apostrophes are SERIOUS BUSINESS, y’all) the Lincoln Lagers are excited to unveil the name of our new competition:

The Sower’s Cup, Sponsored by the Lincoln Lagers

Stay tuned as we iron out all of the details and rules…

 

December Meeting

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Lee’s Chicken

If you want to order dinner, feel free to come as early as 6:00pm, so that you can chow down before the meeting begins, which will be around 7:00pm.

We will have another Tech Topic this month: Kim Theesen will offer a demonstration on kegging.

We also plan to bring back the Tasting Challenge, where you blind-taste similarly-styled commercial beers and try to guess what beers they are (and also decide whether they’re any good!).

Full details at: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1034

On October 2nd, we are going to visit Branched Oak Farms to hold this month’s Lincoln Lagers club meeting, where we will tour the facilities, enjoy a cheese tasting to sample their fine local offerings, enjoy a Beer Education topic provided by Matt Stinchfield, Certified Cicerone, and proprietor of Ploughshare Brewing Co.

Please join us at the farm! See the above Forum link for address, map, and time.

We hope all of our club members & their family and friends will join us on Saturday, September 7, 2013 for the annual Lincoln Lagers Club Picnic. It will be hosted again at Tim T.’s house, and we will rev things up right at 5:00pm. If you are not sure where Tim’s place is at, check the Forum Thread for his address & a map link.

Yes, it’s true, the Huskers are playing vs. Southern Miss at 5:00pm. Luckily, the game will be on the big screen TV in the basement in case you identify as a Die Hard Husker Fan and don’t want to miss the action.

The picnic will be Pot-Luck, bring out your best dishes! Apps, salads, bread, cheese, sides, soups, desserts, whatever you want to bring!

As in past years, the club will buy a bunch of meat, which Tim will smoke and serve up for the main course - If you are bringing a food item that needs to be smoked, like small appetizers, etc., be sure to shoot Tim a message to coordinate when the smoker racks will be free and what time you need to be there with your food.

The picnic also marks the return of the annual Lincoln Lagers Mead Contest. Please bring at least (3) 12oz. bottles of your mead if you want to enter it!

We need all the Lady Lagers that we can get, to participate in the judging! Even if you don’t “know what makes a good mead”, this is simply a Best Tasting Mead contest. So please, jump in there and try it out, even if you’re a neophyte to the world of fermented honey.

Last, but I assure you, CERTAINLY not least — please welcome back with a hearty cheer – The Bolzen Beer Band!! Come get stuffed with great food, even better beer and mead, and have a stomping good time dancing polka!

Our July Lincoln Lagers eNewsletter has been published and is available online – click here to read it!

We hope to see you at our club meeting on Thursday, July 11th, 7:00pm at Lazlo’s Haymarket location! We will meet in the Brewhouse, so please feel free to enter through the main Lazlo’s door and the hosts will point you in our direction.

Our August club meeting & Mead Making Day will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, at 5:00pm. Click here for the forum thread – it has the address & a link to a map.

Our September club meeting, Annual Club Picnic, and Lady Lagers’ Mead Contest, will be held on Saturday, September 7th.

The Homebrewers’ Night At The Ballpark has been moved to a new date. We apologize for the last minute change on this event. Here is the new information:

Come watch the Gary South Shore Railcats vs. the Lincoln Saltdogs.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – 7:05 PM

Open to all interested parties – You do not have to be a Lincoln Lagers member to join us! – Family & friends are welcome.

Sign up for tickets on the Forum at: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=964

July Club Meeting

We will meet at Lazlo’s in the Haymarket on Thursday, July 11th at 7:00PM.

If you are not a club member and would like to join us for our meeting, we would love to have you, but ask that you let us know you will be coming so that we have your name on our guest list. More details on the forum.

Sign Up For Beer Events Now!

Here’s your chance to donate and pour your homebrew at a Lincoln Lagers club booth this summer! As of writing this post, we have 4 spots left at our booth at Brews & Blues At The Zoo, on Saturday, July 13th, which is a benefit event to support the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. We also have 3 spots left at our booth at Great Nebraska Beer Fest in Papillion, NE on Saturday, August 24th, hosted by Nebraska Brewing Company.

Donating your 5-gallon batch of beer gets you free admission to the event! Don’t miss out, sign up now on the Lincoln Lagers Forum thread!! (Click the name of the event above to reach the corresponding thread.)

For both events, we need to know before July 1st that you will be joining us, and what kind of beer you are bringing (so that we can make it on to the printed programs this year!!).

Buffalo County Fair Needs Judges!

The 2013 Buffalo County Fair Beer/Mead/Wine AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition is right around the corner.  The judging will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, July 13 at Cunningham’s Journal-15 W 23rd Street, Kearney, NE. Judges and stewards are needed!

Sign up to judge or steward at: http://www.kearneyareabrewers.com/?page_id=47

Sign up to carpool with other Lagers at: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=978

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