Upcoming Events

April 21, 2015
Shootout-Club Judging Round
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Tim T's house
April 25, 2015
Nebraska Shootout Homebrew Competition
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Zipline Brewing Co., 2100 Magnum Circle #1, Lincoln, NE 68522, United States
May 3, 2015
May Club Meeting & Big Brew Day
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Ploughshare Brewing Company, 1630 P Street, Lincoln, NE 68508, United States
May 9, 2015
Wort Transformation Challenge - Judging
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Nebraska Brewing Company, 7474 Towne Center Parkway, Papillion, NE 68046, United States

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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!

February Club Meeting:

Thursday, February 5, 2014 – 6:30pm – 9:30pm
The Clubhouse – 5000 Tipperary Trail – Lincoln, NE

If you’re one of the first to arrive or last to leave, please lend a hand with putting away tables & chairs, and making sure that everything is left spotless after we use it!

This month’s activity: Brewers-In-Arms Beer Tasting

This month, we’ll be tasting the results from each team project! Remember that in November, we assigned teams based on five countries or regions to our panel of 20 intrepid brewers. These masters of malt then set out in teams of four to execute their mission: to brew the “perfect” indigenous Pale Ale – basically, following the 10A American Pale Ale style guideline, and using only (1) Base malt, (1) Crystal-type malt, (1) specialty malt of their choosing, plus hops and yeast, all of which are native to their assigned region.

Join us next month to hear more from Teams America, England/UK, France/Belgium, Germany, and Southern Hemisphere — we’ll learn what ingredients they chose, how they sourced them, and we’ll get to taste the final result from each team! Many of the teams are bringing more than one variation of their beer!

Whose beer will reign supreme? Your vote will decide!

But wait – There’s more!!!  Continue reading

(Sorry for the late notice this month, I've been under the weather and running behind on projects! 
Be sure to follow us on Facebook and sign up for our e-mail list so that you're in the know, ya know? 
                                                                                       -Editor)

December Meeting at Lee’s Chicken

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 - mingle at 6:30 - meeting at 7:30pm
Oz & Jan’s Famous Lee’s Chicken, 1940 W. Van Dorn Ave.

If you have a Beer Gun or other gadget that you have been using to fill bottles from a keg, please bring it to the meeting and join in the discussion of good ways to do this.
Tim Thomssen will lead our monthly Tech Talk discussion by exploring how to fill your glass bottles for homebrew competitions.  We would like to know how other members do this as well, please join in the discussion with us!
We will get together around 6:30pm to order food, chow down, and mingle. Then we will plan to begin the Club Business and Tech Talk portion of the night at 7:30pm sharp.

Agenda items include:
– Welcome, new members!
– Thank you to the 2014 Officers for your service!
– About the 2015 Election held at January’s meeting…
– 2015 Bus Trip!! Announcement – Tickets not yet on sale.
– 2nd Annual Sower’s Cup Save-The-Date: Committees sign up is coming soon!
– Sign-ups now OPEN! for booth at 2015 Winterfest Ales & Auction (Sat. 1/31)
– Sign-ups now OPEN! for booth at 2015 Beertopia Extreme Beerfest (Sat. 2/21)
– Competition reminders:
— Brew your beers for Nebraska Shootout soon! Your Lagers & Sours should probably already be in progress! Refine that Session IPA recipe now!
 Spring competitions are around the corner! Champion of the Pint, Benson Home Brew Off, IBU Open are all before Easter 2015.

January Club Meeting

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 – 6-9pm
Hosted by The Allisons, 2500 S. 78th St.

Agenda includes:
– 2015 Lincoln Lagers Officers Election
– Spring Club Calendar Preview
– Status Report from the “Brewers In Arms” Project Teams
– Events Coordinator Update:
—Last chance for Winterfest Ales & Auction booth (Sat. 1/31)
—Sign-ups for Extreme Beerfest homebrew booth (Sat. 2/21)
– Spring Homebrew Competitions Update:
—Feb. 7, Champion Of The Pint, entries rcvd by 1/23/15!!
—Feb. 15, Benson Home Brewoff, entries rcvd by 1/31/15!!
—Mar. 28, IBU Open, entries rcvd by (tbd)
—April TBD, Nebraska Shootout, the Lagers are host club this year.

Annual Swap Meet & Learn To Homebrew Day All-Grain Demonstration:

That’s right – it’s time for our annual Equipment Swap Meet! Raid your brewing closet and pick out all that unused gear that you never brew with anymore. Bring it out to Zipline and turn it into CASH! Plus, you’ll feel great knowing that you’ve handed your gadgets and doodads down to another fellow homebrewer – instead of sending it to the landfill or letting it accumulate even more dust!

Join us on Saturday, November 1st from 11:00AM to 3:00PM for our annual Swap Meet.

We will also be celebrating the national AHA Learn To Homebrew Day outside in the Zipline parking lot with a live 10-Gallon, All-Grain brewing demonstration! Bring your friends, bring your family, heck – bring your pastor if he or she is into beer! Co-brewers Chris Evans, Bill Luhman, and Sam Bates will demonstrate all grain brewing procedures for you, while answering your questions about home-brewing equipment, processes, and techniques. The demo will run from 11AM – 2PM.

Zipline’s taproom will be open during our event, so please grab a glass or two of deliciously delightful Zipline beer, brewed by the 2014 Lincoln Chamber of Commerce “Celebrate Business” Small Business Of The Year! (P.S. Congratulations, dudes!)

But, you’ve gotta help us out – please keep your pints indoors or on the patio only!!
NO BEER allowed outside in the Parking Lot!

> Lots more Swap Meet / Learn To Brew Day information available by clicking here! <

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/713600132040855/

November Lincoln Lagers Club Meeting:

Ploughshare Brewing Co., 1630 P Street

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 – 6:30PM to 10:00PM
(Club Business at 7:30PM)

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/346531615515421/

October Lincoln Lagers Club Meeting:

Annual Lincoln Lagers’ Club Picnic & Mead Contest
Hosted by Tim & Theresa Thomssen
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
6PM until we can’t party anymore

All current Lincoln Lagers Members and their families/guests are invited. Kids are welcome (sigh, I guess…) – Please, no pets.

Dinner will be served! The club will provide BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches (incl. buns and all the fixin’s) for everyone!
Bring your own side dish, appetizer, dessert, etc. to share!

Bring homebrew! We will have 5 open taps for you to pour beer from! (Just chilled with ice – the compressor died!) The taps are ball-lock, please bring the appropriate fittings if yours is a a pin lock or Sanke keg.

Return of the Annual Mead Contest! Bring (1) 12oz. or larger bottle of your mead to enter for the Lady Lagers to judge. Any style or variety of mead is accepted!

Return of the Bolzen Beer Band! Drink beer, stuff yourself with food, and enjoy the hip, happening sounds of Eclectic Party Punk Polka from our favorite party animals!

P.S.: Bring some cash with you!! As usual, we will be doing the “50/50” raffle drawing!! The winner gets half of the pot, paid out in cold, hard CA$H!!! – and the other half goes to the Band! Plus – who knows? – maybe we will give away some extra SWAG to additional raffle ticket holders!

Yes, There’s Football!! – The Nebraska Cornhuskers play the Northwestern Wildcats on 10/18 at 6:30pm (away game). We will have the football game showing on the big screen in Tim’s basement in case you bleed so much Big Red that you can’t pry yourself away to judge some mead or to dance the polka. GO BIG RED! (But go HOMEBREW, too!)

21st Annual Okto Beerfest:

Once again, the Lincoln Lagers will be at the 21st Annual NSSA Okto Beerfest on Thursday, October 9th at the Lancaster Event Center. Come attend the Beerfest and stop by to see us at our booth.  Tickets are on sale now!! Click the image below to buy yours today!

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Our selection of homebrewed beer on tap at the Lincoln Lagers Booth will include these beers and more!

  • American Amber Ale
  • Tangelo & Black Pepper Robust Porter
  • Lilikoi Berliner Weisse
  • Braggot
  • French Pilsner

Oct./Nov. Club Newsletter:

Click here to read more!

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