More virtual homebrew fun can be had at our monthly get together on Thursday, July 9. Join us around 6 p.m. for some chat and the regular business portion will commence at 7 p.m. Hang out for more conversation after the business portion, which will last until 9 or when you’ve had too much virtual fun. You can join us via Zoom. The meeting link can be found here in the latest edition of the Lincoln Lagers Brewsletter (link here to the electronic archives). We’ll be discussing the Nebraska Shootout (scheduled for this coming Sunday, July 12), ideas for another “anti” social, Brewers at Arm’s Length, fall picnic and options for the August meeting. In addition, we will be making plans for Mead Day; we have 120 pounds of some amazing varietal honey ordered from Z Specialty Foods. We will also be joined by Chris Proulx from the 402 Homebrew Club as our guest speaker.
Speaking of the 2020 Nebraska Shootout, the event takes place this Sunday, July 12, in Omaha. It will be hosted by the Brauer Unterstützungs Verein at the German American Society (Rathskeller). Details on times and car pooling options will be reviewed at the Thursday meeting. If you want to help by being a steward or judge, set up an account and log in here. Our club Shootout finalists are Zach Fenton & Lacy Phillippe, James Ehrman, Jordan Messerer, Brad Brown, Dustin Deisher, James Garner, Brett Jeffrey and Paul Breitkreutz! Good luck in the final round!
The 2020 Kegs for the Cure is in the books. Due to the COVID, this year’s event was a “bottle edition.” They distributed over 112 six packs from 19 homebrewers and raised over $6000 for the American Cancer Society.
Last chance for bottles! I have several vintage boxes (over 30 years old and still strong as ever) holding a case each that are looking for good homes. You know you still need to bottle condition those big brews, right? Filling up one or two of these retro cases is what you need. I can’t hold on to ’em forever. Send me a note and let me know… or they’re going to the recycler.
For all the beer details, Zoom link and local homebrew fun, click here to subscribe to the monthly Lincoln Lagers Brewsletter! Cheers!
Yep, it looks like things may be opening up a bit, however, we’re going to do at least one more virtual gathering. Meet up with us in cyberspace on Thursday, June 4, via Zoom. We’ll start to gather around 6 p.m. for general chatting and then on with the business at 7 p.m. Click here to join. More information about the meeting is in the June Brewsletter. “Wait! What! Where’s the Brewsletter?” Look up at the top of this page an click on About Us. Then click on the eNewsletter Archive. The recent edition is at the top. Click and read the latest info. OK, that’s too much work for ya? Then just click here. Do it!
This year’s 11th annual Kegs for the Cure (KFTC) will be held on June 19. Typically, this fundraiser is held at a public space with patrons making a donation and then sampling home brew from a bunch of local brewers. This year, however, it will be a different format. With concern about the safety of brewers and attendees, the KFTC will be providing beer in take-home bottles. Remember, we’re living in unprecedented times … and if you drank a beer every time you heard the word unprecedented you’d be intoxicated since mid March…
The rest of the story on the KFTC – info for donating beer and how you can take part is in the latest Brewsletter! Check it out!
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, we’re meeting in cyberspace on Thursday, May 7, via Zoom. Check out the Brewsletter for details. “Wait! What! Where’s the Brewsletter?” Look up at the top of this page an click on About Us. Then click on the eNewsletter Archive. The recent edition is at the top. Click and read the latest info. OK, that’s too much work for ya? Then just click here.
As far as what’s going, we’re looking at another Grain Giveaway. We had eight takers in the last run for the Nebraska Shootout – scheduled to take place in July. The next one will be for the Kegs for the Cure (KFTC). This is an event that’s raising money for the American Cancer Society. They’ve been going at it for ten years and this will be year #11. The club was quite active with the Okto Beerfest for many years and its quest to donate funds to the Nebraska Stroke Association. That event has run its course and we need to brew for a cause. Please consider getting some grain and brewing for the cure! KFTC founder Gordon Coke will be on board to talk about the event and get you the latest details on how you can contribute.
Let’s hope we can get back to the Happy Raven in June. I’m sure I speak for many when I say, “When this thing’s over, we’re going to need a beer.”
Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, lots of stuff around town has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, that means the monthly meeting for April at the Raven will not be going forth as planned. We’re hoping to get together for the next meeting, scheduled for Thursday, May 7. Keep your eye on this page, Facebook and the Brewsletter.
As for now, the priority for your local homebrew club scene is planning to participate in the 2020 Nebraska Shootout. The event is scheduled for early July in Omaha. Details can be found on the event website. Click here!
And speaking of the Shootout, we have some grain for you! Yes! The first ten brewers will get 10 pounds each… just for being a member of the Lincoln Lagers! More details can be found in the April Brewsletter. Take a look up at the About Us tab. Hover over that and click on eNewsletter Archive. Click on the one at the top and get the latest local homebrew news. Or you can just click here.
Wait! What? Free grain! That’s correct! You heard right! Assuming your dues are all paid up for 2020 — that’s the only requirement… well, that and you’re going to give us some of your award-winning brew for the Shootout — you can contact the web guy at email@example.com and make an appointment to score your 10 pounds. That’s pretty much it. Hope and homebrew! Cheers!
Spring is just around the corner! We’ll kick off March with the monthly meeting at the Happy Raven on Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020. Be there at 6 with some homebrew for the social hour and we’ll have a brief business meeting at 7 p.m. This month’s beer ed will be a talk about hops from Jacob Robinson. Jacob, the president of the Nebraska Hop Growers Association, give a presentation on hop oils and he will be bringing samples! You don’t want to miss this one!
As mentioned in the last blog, the Lincoln Lagers will meet for the monthly social at Moran’s Liquor Works, 33rd & A Streets, on Thursday, 2/20, from around 6 to 8 o’clock. No agenda. Just beer.
Check out this link for the current lineup on their 12 taps in the tasting room.
Don’t forget the next meeting will be the first Thursday – March 5 – at the Happy Raven! Cheers!
Join us on Thursday, February 6, for the monthly meeting. Socialize at 6 p.m. and business begins at 7 p.m. Business items to review will include – but not limited to – the following:
- Kansas City Biermeisters Annual Comp (Feb. 10-15, 2020) Kansas City, Mo. Click here for more info and to take part!
- Review of the 2020 Bus Trip. Where do ya wanna go next year?
- Nebraska Shootout – Slated for June 30 – Maybe do a Brewers-in-Arms for the Lagers’ participation? Click here for comp details.
- Beer education to follow will include tasting the “mystery beer.” Is it an ale or lager? Can you guess the style? Let’s put your palate to the “mystery beer” test! Here is what inspired the idea for a “mystery” beer: Would you love or hate a Blind Beer Festival?
- Guest speaker will be Nate Rasmussen. He will conducting a demonstration of the Vessi Homebrewing System. Here’s their website for a preview.
The Lincoln Lagers monthly club social for February is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20. We’re meeting at the tastings room of Moran’s Liquor Works – 3400 A St. Check out their website here. We’ll socialize from 6 to 8 ish.
The next monthly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, at 6 p.m., at the The Happy Raven.
JANUARY! Time for the annual holiday get together!
It’s just about time for the Lincoln Lagers’ “Annual Post-holiday Get Together Pot Luck and Homebrew Celebration.” Doug Finke has offered up his “back garage and man cave” for the get together. We’ll be getting things going at 5 o’clock. Please bring along a side dish to go along with the beef brisket, which is courtesy of the club. As always, bring along some good beer – homebrew or commercial – to share with your fellow homebrewers.
In addition to food and beverages, you can renew their annual membership, only $25 for the calendar year. reserve your spot on the annual Lincoln Lagers’ bus trip.
Something new for this year’s party will be the inaugural bottle exchange. If you wish to participate, here are the details: Bring along a wrapped bottle of something to exchange. It could be beer, wine or spirits. This isn’t necessarily a traditional “white elephant” exchange – there will be no stealing. It’s just something fun to do. So bring a wrapped bottle of something – something that you wouldn’t mind receiving yourself. We’ll give you a ticket and then when it’s time, we’ll pull tickets out of the hat. When we pull yours, you pick a bottle from the table. Exchanges after the fact are on your own.
Cheers! See you at Doug’s!
What else is happening in the brew club?
- The Nebraska Shoot Out date is now set for June 30.
- It’s time to enter your beer in the Kansas City Bier Meisters 37th annual competition: Winter Buzzzz!
- Read about the Lincoln Lagers and the Sower’s Cup featured in the January/February issue of Zymurgy.
All that and more in the latest Brewsletter of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club. Cheers and Happy Brew Beer to all!
We’re excited to check out Backswing’s latest brews. Check out their website here.
No agenda, however, if you want to reserve your spot on the club bus trip, there should be members of the Bus Trip Committee in attendance to take your cash or check and pick your seat! Plus here the latest about the club’s holiday party in January. Cheers!
DECEMBEER – Why aren’t you brewing this weekend!?
Lagers! We are back to our annual Decembeer meeting at Lee’s Chicken (S. Coddington and W. Van Dorn)! Join us on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 o’clock for some chicken and homebrew! We’ll have some beer business at 7, followed by a battle of porters versus stouts. Our friends at Lee’s always show us a great time and we look forward to everybody joining in the chicken fun!
It’s that time of year where we’re seeking your help in nominating our officers for the next go round. We’ll be taking nominations to the end of November and starting our voting process at our December meeting.
Please send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Offices include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Events Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, and Social Media/Newsletter Coordinator.
Porter vs. Stout – Can you tell the difference? Is it only the malted barley or the unmalted roasted barley? Where does that coffee flavor come from? Maybe it’s the black malt? What about a coffee porter? Can anybody agree? Can we settle this dilemma? We’ll try. Please let us know if you can submit a porter or stout. We’d prefer to have all homebrews for this exercise, but we’ll commercial if necessary. Contact Kim at email@example.com and let him know if you can contribute two bottles. Thanks!
The next-in-a-series, long awaited, much anticipated members’ survey is now ready for your input! If you would please click right here and give us your input. This ten-question survey focuses on our club’s activities and monthly meetings. If you pour a beer and sit down at the survey, upon completion you’ll have most of your beer left. It shouldn’t take you more than three or four minutes to blast through this. This is your club! Tell us what you think and thank you in advance! Cheers!
THE 2020 BUS TRIP – SATURDAY – JAN. 25!
It will be here before ya know it! Reserve your seat with an early bird tickets at the DecemBEER meeting at Lee’s. They’re only $35 before the end of the year and you’ll save $5 on the beer bus. Prices will rise to $40 for members and $50 for non-members after Jan. 1, 2020. Where are we going in 2020? We are headed to Jukes Ale Works in Elkhorn, Marto Brewing in Sioux City and Divots Brewery in Norfolk. You don’t want to miss this one!
SOME OTHER HOME-BREW HIGHLIGHTS COMIN’ UP – SO GET OUT YER CALENDARS!
- THE LINCOLN LAGERS SOCIAL: Join us at the Back Swing on Thursday, Dec. 19, for the monthly social. No agenda. Just Backswing beer!
- THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY POT LUCK PARTY: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Doug Finke’s place. Details to follow!
- THE 2020 BUS TRIP: Mark your calendars for the most fun you can have on a bus – The Annual LL Bus Trip – Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. More details at the meeting!
More information about the Lincoln Lagers in the monthly newsletter! Click here for the Brewnews. Click here to take our short survey! Let us know if you can bring a porter or stout to the meeting! Cheers!
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