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(Sorry for the late notice this month, I've been under the weather and running behind on projects! 
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                                                                                       -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!

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.

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