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June 7, 2018
  • Club Meeting - Happy Raven
    Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
July 5, 2018
  • Club Meeting - Happy Raven
    Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
August 2, 2018
  • Club Meeting - Happy Raven
    Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
November 1, 2018
  • Club Meeting - Happy Raven
    Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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May Social Meet-Up

Join us this Sunday, May 20th for the “Casual Crock-Pot Social-Meet-Up” at Zipline Brewing Co. TAPROOM! We’ll get together from 1 PM to 3:30 PM!
(NOT at the BEER HALL – Taproom on West O / Magnum Cir.!)

Bring an easy-peasy, no-effort crock-pot / munchie / snacky type dish! We will have some (but limited!) electricity for those needing to plug in.

No need to go whole-hog here, just bring something you like to munch on to share! Club will provide plates & cutlery. If you choose to bring a soup, please bring paper bowls with you. Tip your bartender well.

Summer BIA Teams, you can pick up your club-issued Centennial hops at this event!

Homebrew Equipment Swap Meet!

Come out to Backswing Brewing Co. on Saturday, June 2nd from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM! If you want to sell stuff or give away stuff, come out right at 12:30 PM and get your wares set up! The Lagers will provide a few folding tables – If you are bringing a lot of stuff, please bring your own table to help us spread things out! There will also be a “Freebie Table” for any stickers, coasters, etc. that you want to give away.

Homebrewing gear – Empty bottles – Kegs – Growlers – Memorabilia – Brewing Ingredients – Everything’s welcome! (…Except your homebrewed beverages, that is!)

“Is there a cost?” NO!

Shopping for stuff? No charge! Selling less than $25 of stuff? No charge! Selling more than $25 of stuff? There is a suggested $5 donation to the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club treasury to help us pay for future fun events & educational sessions, but it’s not mandatory!

NO HOMEBREWS ALLOWED – But we’ll have Backswing beers on tap starting at Noon in their taproom, so take advantage of that LL Member Deals ID card discount and come see us! :-)

June Club Meeting

We will see you on Thursday, June 7th at The Happy Raven for our monthly meeting – Show up after 6 PM to hang around and shoot the breeze, meeting business portion of the evening will start at around 7 PM.

If you haven’t paid your dues yet, you’re a schmuck but we love you anyways – Pay Terry some money!!!

July Club Meeting

Mark your calendars – Due to the 4th Of July holiday, we will meet on the second Thursday of the month, July 12th, at The Happy Raven.

Same times as above. If you show up on Thursday the 5th, you might as well buy a beer and tip your bartender, but don’t expect the rest of the club to be there!

Presenting Brewers In Arms #8: “Keep It 100!”

It’s time for the next installment in the Brewers In Arms Project, where we group brewers together into teams and assign them a fun task to complete together, requiring them to combine their ideas, ingredients, equipment, and techniques to brew a unique batch of beer and share it with the club! We are looking for 12 to 20 people, who randomly assigned to teams together. Sign up today – Don’t wait around!

This Challenge’s theme is: Brew a beer showcasing Centennial hops, “inspired by” Founders Centennial IPA and/or Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.

We will provide the Centennial pellet hops. You provide the malts of your choosing + everything else! What exactly “inspired by” means is ultimately up to your team to decide! We do ask that you use at least 50% Centennial hops in your recipe, but you can include other varieties if you’d like to.

Want to participate? Sign up is now closed! Stay tuned for the next BIA Sign Up coming at the end of June!!!

Sign up closes on Sunday, May 13th! Teams will be announced on Monday, May 14th.

April Social Meet-Up at Empyrean

Join us for a fun social meet-up at Empyrean Brewing Co. on Wednesday, April 25th from 5:30 to 7:30pm – We’ll be hanging on the middle floor in the Employee Lounge in the Coffee & Spice Bldg.

More details to come soon.

May Club Meeting

We’ll see you at The Happy Raven on Thursday, May 3rd for our monthly club meeting from 6:00 to 9:00pm – the Club Business portion will take place at 7pm.

Five Brewers In Arms teams will be presenting their SMaSH beers, so come prepared to taste and vote on your favorite Single Malt and Single Hop beer, brewed with 2-Row plus a hop and yeast strain of the team’s choosing! Best beer’s team wins a little somethin’ somethin’. Tasting will run 6:30 to 7:30pm, results announced at 8:00pm.

May “Crock-Pot Social” at Zipline

On Sunday, May 20th from 1:00 to 3:30pm, come hang out with us at the Zipline Taproom on Magnum Cir. and bring a snack or dip or something to share!

No need to do anything super-fancy, we’re going for low-key snacks and stuff here: chips and salsa, artichoke dips, cheesy potatoes, cocktail weenies, cookies, you know… – Whatever kinds of hors d’oeuvres you like to munch on in the afternoon or early evening, at a party or watching the game, etc.

We’ll see you at The Happy Raven on Thursday, April 5th any time after 6:00pm – Club Business will be held at 7:00pm – and you can look forward to a great Tech Talk on kegging beer from our resident hardware guru Jason McLaughlin! Homebrew is allowed in the South (big) room only – Please don’t take your homebrew with you through the doorway to the bar/serving area – And please do not bring any commercial beers in respect for our host.

If you have a Scottish Ale to submit for the April Club-Only Competition judging, please register your beer entry and then bring it to the meeting by 7pm. See you then!

P.S. Please continue to register your Shootout Club Round entries and also sign up to help judge/steward. Refer to the previous blog post for information (right below this one).

Entry registration is now open for the 2018 Nebraska Shootout Club Judging Round.

Fill out the online registration form to sign up – You must click through all 8 pages and press Submit. (If you do not receive an email confirmation after you register, then you didn’t fill the form out completely!)

  • You must be a paid Lincoln Lagers club member to submit entries the Shootout club round.
  • This year’s Shootout styles are Czech Lager, Scottish Ale, American Amber & Brown Ale, Strong Belgian Beer, and SMaSH Beer.
  • You can enter one beer per each SUB-category. You can also enter one beer into the Best Damn Beer (BDB) contest.
  • We need (1) 12oz bottle for the Club Round judging.
  • All entry bottles are due by Friday, April 13th at the latest. Give your entry to Chris E.
  • If you advance to the Shootout, you will need to fork over (2) more 12oz bottles.
  • The top two entries in each category will represent the Lincoln Lagers in the main competition, held on Sunday, April 22nd.

We need your help judging the club’s Shootout Beers!

Judging will be conducted on the afternoon of Sunday, April 15th.

We will be working at Turbine Flats on the 2nd floor in their new co-working space.
Enter through the door at the corner of 21st & Y St. Go up the stairs, then hang a left.

Judges & stewards, please arrive between 1:15-1:30pm, we will try to start on time right at 1:30pm. If you cannot make it until a later time, please contact Chris, as we may be able to set a category aside for folks who can show up later in the afternoon. Depending how many entries we get, we might have to split it up into two rounds – We’ll know more soon.

We need at least 12 judges and 4 stewards, but many hands make light work – we want everyone we can get!
Fill out the online Judge/Steward sign up form to register. (You should receive an email confirmation after you register. Contact Chris if you don’t receive one.)

The Nebraska Shootout needs judges and stewards, too!

You can sign up to help at the main Nebraska Shootout event by clicking here. Open the drop-down Register menu at the top, and select Judge or Steward to get started. Judging will be held Sunday, April 22nd at Kros Strain Brewing Co. at 8:00am.

The March Social Meet-Up will be held on Monday, March 19th at 5168 Brewing (5730 Hidcote Dr.) and featuring beers on tap brewed by our very own Brian Hoesing. Come join us any time after 5:30 pm, we’ll be there until the cows come home (or rather, until we all wander off).

Please note: Homebrewed or other commercial beer is not allowed at social meet-ups.


The April 2018 Club Only Competition sign-up form is now live – Register your Scottish ales, then bring them to the April Meeting on 4/5/18 at The Happy Raven. You’ll have your beer evaluated by qualified beer judges and you’ll receive written score sheets in return.

Club meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, at The Happy Raven from 6 to 9 pm. (Club Business will begin around 7pm). Homebrew is welcome at monthly club meetings, however we ask that you do not bring commercial products to bottle-share.

Presenting Brewers In Arms #7: “SMaSH The Competition!!”

It’s time for the next installment in the Brewers In Arms Project, where we group brewers together into teams and assign them a fun task to complete together, requiring them to combine their ideas, ingredients, equipment, and techniques to brew a unique batch of beer and share it with the club! We are looking for 12 to 20 people, who will be split into 4 teams of 3-to-5 people each. Sign up today – Don’t wait around!

This Challenge’s theme is: Brew a beer using only one malt plus only one hop.
We will provide the malt, which you must use. You provide the hops of your choosing + everything else!
Want to participate? 
Click here for the full challenge rules & important dates – and to sign up!!.

Sign up closes on Sunday, March 4th! Teams will be announced on Monday, March 5thSign up extended through Noon on Tuesday, March 6th. Teams will be announced late Tuesday or early Wednesday, with malt pick up available immediately after.

Club-Only Competition:

March’s competition will cover Amber & Brown Ales. More specifically, we are judging the following six styles:

  • 13A. Mild Ale
  • 13B. British Brown Ale
  • 13C. English Porter
  • 19A. American Amber Ale
  • 19B. California Common
  • 19C. American Brown Ale

So if you want to have your beer judged at the next full meeting, you need to get to brewin’ (if you haven’t already). Like any other competition, you’ll need two full bottles for judging. For more information click here!

Monthly Club Meeting:

We’ll be going back to a set schedule again this year to try and wedge in some predictability into our business meetings. Find us on the first Thursday of every month, at The Happy Raven. Meaning March 1st will be the next full-on meeting from 6 to 9 pm. (Club Business will begin around 7pm).

Homebrew is welcome at monthly club meetings, however to we ask that you do not bring commercial products to bottle-share.

2018 Club Dues:

That’s 20 bucks for you veterans and 30 dollars for any first time members (you get a piece of club apparel!). Find Terry at the meeting; give him money.

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/BTr4y9yJyAiQW6xh2
Judge/Steward Registration: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/cup/index.php?section=register&go=judge
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.

Judges Needed!
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.

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