This year’s Sower’s Cup Homebrew Competition is rapidly approaching! If you have not already signed up, please go register as a steward, judge, or volunteer and help us make our third year of the competition another huge success! This year we’ve raised the entry cap to 500 – and we reached it!! We have a ton of work ahead of us, and we can’t do it without all of you!
Entry Labeling Night – Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00pm
Pre-Judging Session – Check-in Friday, October 14th at 5:30pm
First Judging Session – Check-in Saturday, October 15th at 7:30am
Second Judging Session – Check-in Saturday, October 15th at Noon
Ticketed Beer Pairing Banquet Dinner – Check-in Saturday October 15th at 5:30pm
Awards Ceremony – arrive around 7:00pm / starts at 7:30pm on Saturday October 15th – all Lincoln Lagers are welcome to join us!
Clean-Up Day & Social Meet-Up – Sunday, October 16th from 2:00-4:00pm
Volunteer Sign Up Sheet: http://goo.gl/forms/
Judge/Steward Registration: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/
Want to do both? Complete both forms, please!
More info: www.lincolnlagers.com/sowers-cup/
Saturday, April 2nd
12:00pm – 2:30pm at Ploughshare Brewing Co.
We need at least 10 people to evaluate beer, plus 2 or more for mead & cider. Many hands make light work – We’d like more than one pair of judges per style, in case we receive a lot of entries.
Register Here To Judge Beer <- Fill out this form to help judge beer!!
Entering the Nebraska Shootout Club Round:
To enter, you need to submit (1) bottle of your beer to the Club Judging Round, plus you must have at least (2) more bottles of that same beer ready to go for the statewide competition if you are chosen to advance and represent the Lagers at the event!
You can drop off your Club Round homebrew entries at Ploughshare during regular taproom hours on the week of 3/28-4/1. Give them to the bartender and they’ll add it to the Club Round box in the cooler. Make sure you have some form of identification rubber-banded to your entry! We suggest you use the BJCP Bottle ID Form for both the club round and the main event.
(You don’t have to fill out the entire address section, just make sure you’ve got your Name, and all of the Beer Information present!)
Nebraska Shootout Main Event:
The Nebraska Shootout will be held on Sunday, April 10th at Benson Brewery in Omaha.
Judges & Stewards are needed!
To sign up as a Judge or Steward for the Main Judging Round, fill out this form.
Judge Check-In is at 9:45am. Judging begins at 10:00am and we hope to announce results live around 1:00pm, right after all judges are finished and BOS has been conducted. They have arranged for a food truck on site to buy some lunch from while you wait for results.
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!).
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!
Check back soon… we’re working on it!
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!
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!
#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!
#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 .
The 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:
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.)
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
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.
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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.
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!
- American Homebrewers Association
- Benson Homebrew Club – Benson (Omaha), NE
- Brauer Unterstützungs Verein – Omaha, NE
- Kansas City Biermeisters
- L.A.G.E.R.S. – Louisville, KY
- Local 402 Brewers Union – Omaha, NE
- OmaHops Brewing Club – Omaha NE
- Railroaders Brew Club – Omaha, NE
- South Omaha Brewers – Omaha, NE
- Benson Brewery – Omaha, NE
- Borgata Brewery & Distillery – Omaha, NE
- Farnam House Brewing Co. – Omaha, NE
- Gottberg Brewery & Pub – Columbus, NE
- Infusion Brewing Co. – Omaha, NE
- Jaipur Brewing Company – Omaha, NE
- Lucky Bucket Brewing – Omaha, NE
- Nebraska Brewing Company – Omaha, NE
- Schilling Bridge Brewery & Winery – Pawnee City, NE
- Scratchtown Brewing – Ord, NE
- Spilker Ales – Cortland, NE
- Thunderhead Brewing – Kearney, NE
- Upstream Brewing Co. – Omaha, NE