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Important Announcement!

We’re moving the Lincoln Lagers Monthly Social! We want to give a big shout out to Jake’s Cigar & Spirits! We invaded their cooler space and they have given us so much support to this year’s Sower’s Cup! Please drop in for a beverage, socialize and say thanks!

The Monthly Social: No agenda. Just beer.


Note: The next monthly club social will be Thurs, Nov. 21, at the Green Flash Brewhouse & Taproom! Cheers!

Brewers! Believe it or not, it’s almost OctoBEER! Come join us for some brew at the Happy Raven on Thurs., Oct. 3, 2019, for the monthly meeting. As per the established format, we’ll be doin’ some socializin’ at 6 and beer business-in’ at 7. The main order of business will be our biggest event of the season: The Sower’s Cup.


It’s just around the corner! The main event takes place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 & 12, 2019, at the IBEW Hall, 1409 Old Farm Rd, in Lincoln. Additional opportunities are everywhere and it would be awesome if every one of our members could help out.

Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 8-10, will be our preliminary judging sessions; we’ll need judges and stewards. On Sunday, Oct. 13, we’ll need some help cleaning up.

And don’t forget to enter your home brew! As of this posting, we have 447 entries, with a cap at 500. Midnight on Monday, Oct. 30 is THE DEADLINE. Time is running short. Register and log ’em in right now!

We want to thank the SC committee for all the hard work they’ve done so far. We want to find a spot for you to help. This is YOUR event! It’s loads of fun and there’s lots of beer!

Go here for all your questions and comments. You can also find out more information about the event by clicking the Sower’s Cup tab at the top of this page and you can get us on Facebook.



  • THE LINCOLN LAGERS SOCIAL: Join us at the Green Flash on Thursday, Oct. 17, for the monthly social. No agenda. Just Green Flash beer!
  • NEXT FESTIVAL: Next on the festival circuit is THE NEBRASKA HARVEST ALE FESTIVAL! This event is happening in Plattsmouth, Neb., on Saturday, Oct. 19.
  • NOVEMBER MEETING: Another fun-first-thirsty Thursday get together at the Happy Raven on Thurs., Nov. 7.
  • DECEMBER MEETING: We’re heading out to Lee’s Chicken, Thursday, Dec. 5. We’ll plan some merry beery tasting for your palate.
  • THE 2020 BUS TRIP: Mark your calendars for most fun you can have in a bus – The Annual LL Bus TripSaturday, Jan. 25, 2020. More details at the meeting!


The September meeting is coming up! We’re at the Happy Raven on the first Thursday, September 5th. Social hour at 6 and club business at 7. Please bring some homebrew or mead or cider to share!

The inaugural Capital City Oktoberfest is right around the corner! It will be held out at Gateway Mall on Sept. 7 & 8. We’re still looking for some beer (or mead or cider) and volunteers for both the Lincoln Lagers’ booth and for the event in general. If you have beverages and/or want to volunteer, contact us here for the club booth and here for the festival. Don’t forget: all members of the Lincoln Lagers club will get a 20% discount on admission. Let’s help them make this event a huge success and celebrate the return of homebrewed beer to Nebraska’s beer festivals!

Don’t forget the Lagers’ Fall Picnic on Saturday, Sept. 21. This annual potluck will be out at Tim & Theresa Thomssen’s place. Bring a side dish, chairs and, of course, homebrew and your best mead. We’ll talk the Lady Lagers into judging the annual mead contest. Plus, we’ll be celebrating former Lagers’ president and Modern Monk Dave Oenbring. More details in the September Brewsletter.

The Sower’s Cup is scheduled for October 11 & 12. Registration is open. We will need entries and volunteers! As of this posting we’re closing in on 200 early registration with a goal of hitting 500! Hit up the Facebook page for the latest info. Go here for the official entry information and the rules. The page on this site will be a work in progress. Check in frequently for the latest sponsor updates.

Fall is right around the corner! Stay cool! Cheers!

The inaugural Capital City Oktoberfest (CCO) – a Lincoln celebration of community and beer – takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 & 8, at the Gatweay Mall. After the recent change in the state laws, this will be our first opportunity to serve homebrewed beer to the public. The Lincoln Lagers will be there and we need your cooperation!

From the Start: The CCO would like five gallons of homebrewed beer (preferably a German style) for the opening “Ceremonial Tapping.” We will get some publicity, note the return of homebrew to public events, and kickoff the event. At the August meeting, Doug Finke volunteered to brew a German beer for this request. Thank you, Doug!

Brew Demo: The organizers would like the Lincoln Lagers to provide a brewing demonstration. We will brew five gallons of beer per day (maybe ten, depending on setup and the brewers involved). One or two brewers would brew their choice of beer with one or two additional volunteers answering questions of the attendees. On Saturday, the brewing session starts after the ceremonial first tapping and will start at noon on Sunday.

Ice and Electricity: There will be no access to running water, so we’ll have to bring our own for chilling. The CCO will provide ice, so in addition to keeping our homebrew cold, we’ll use that for chilling. They will provide generators for electricity; we’ll need to bring a pump circulate ice water for the chilling.

Serving Homebrew: The Lagers will provide at least two or three five-gallon kegs of beer with two servers per day who would be in charge of serving small samples/tasters. The sampling schedule is to be determined. We will NOT be continuously pouring our homebrew, and not accepting tickets in exchange for beer. We will not be using the tap tower for this; picnic taps will be sufficient.

Volunteering: For each volunteer or five-gallon donation, the CCO will wave the entry fee and provide beer and food tickets. If we have more member volunteers than we need and you still want to be part of this exciting event, there are lots of opportunities available to help. Click here and sign up!

More Info: If you want to volunteer or need more information, please contact Kim Theesen or Lacy Phillipe.

Click here for the official Oktoberfest website.

It’s just about time for our August meeting! We’re back at the Happy Raven on the first Thursday of the month: August 1. Socializing at 6 and beer business at 7. Bring some homebrew to share!

In addition to regular business: after homebrew was declared legal to serve to the public, we’re looking at a return to the festival circuit. The first opportunity will be the inaugural Capital City Oktoberfest, to be held on the weekend of Sept. 7 & 8. Annie & Fidel from Perfect Pour Magazine will be sharing the event details at the August meeting.

While you’re updating your fall calendar, make a note on Saturday, Sept. 21. This will be our annual Lincoln Lagers picnic. Once again, we’ll be out at Tim & Theresa Thomssen’s place. Bring a side dish, chairs and, of course, homebrew and mead. In addition to the always awesome atmosphere, we’ll convince the Lady Lagers to judge the annual mead contest. And most importantly, we’ll be celebrating former Lagers’ president and Modern Monk Dave Oenbring. More details in the August Brewsletter.

Stay cool! Cheers!

We are fast approaching our July meeting! So we can celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, we’re moving the meeting to the second Thursday of the month. For this meeting, we will be showcasing the beers we brewed during the 2019 Big Brew at Doug Finke’s place. Tim T and Dean the Dream will be on hand to choose one of those beers for scale up at Boiler Brewing Co. In addition, we’ll award prizes for the favorite brews, plus we’ll have a special beer ‘n’ food pairing. See you on July 11 at the Southwood Clubhouse, 5000 Tipperary Trail.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July! Cheers!

We still have a few more tickets to sell and we’ve decided that for this trip EVERYBODY IS A MEMBER!

That’s right! Tickets for members and friends of members are all for sale at $40 each!

Your schedule:
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Depart Lincoln at 8:30 a.m. with return at 10 p.m.

Stops include: Exile BrewingBarn Town Brewing and a “Choose Your Own Adventure” in Downtown Des Moines with a walking map of fun destinations.
We’ve even arranged three one-way shuttle rides offered at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. to help you get around the downtown area.

Don’t be left out! Log on and sign up today!

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Join the Lincoln Lagers for the American Homebrewers Association Annual Big Brew! Doug Finke was kind enough to lug out his 100-gallon mash tun for this event. We will have 75 gallons of wort available to split among 12-15 individuals/teams, $15 gets you enough wort to brew a five-gallon batch. This year’s grist will consist of 83% Pilsner base malt, 15% flaked oats, 2% Cara Pils and lactose will be available. All you have to do is bring yourself, gear to brew, and hops and yeast. Doug will also have a grill for food. Let’s get together and brew big!

Follow the link for details and sign up today!

More details and directions to Doug’s to follow soon! Cheers!

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1 – 5 p.m.
Zipline Brewery, 2100 Magnum Cir, Ste. 1

Are you an extract brewer interested in learning how to brew all-grain, but don’t have the equipment or know how? Are you interested in learning the benefits of joining a homebrew club? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you do not want to miss the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Equipment Swap Meet, all-grain brewing demonstration and fundraiser for the Nebraska Hop Growers Association (proceeds to flood relief for our local hop farmers).

1 – 5 p.m.
Zipline Parking Lot / Receiving Door

Hosted by the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club, this great event will include a demonstration of how to brew beer using 100% malted grain and from start to finish. Get your questions ready.This is a great place to start for introductory information for beginners, as well as information for those homebrewers wanting to move to the intermediate and advanced procedures.

1 p.m. Mash
2 p.m. Sparge
3:30 p.m. Boil starts
4:30 p.m. Word chill

1 – 4:30 p.m.
Zipline Patio

Collecting the equipment needed to start brewing, or to start brewing all-grain, is one of the biggest hurdles for brewers. Buying new equipment can often be expensive and cut into the ingredient budget. On the other hand, many veteran brewers have more equipment filling up their spare bedrooms than they know what to do with. This swap meet will give you the opportunity to buy, sell and trade brewing equipment essentials.

More details about the event are here!

Thursday – April 18 – 5:30 to 9 ish

Stop by Yia Yia’s (1423 O Street) for the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club monthly social. No agenda, just beer… and pizza! This place has some of Lincoln’s best pizza and one of the largest selections of brew in town…over 250 in the coolers and 24 on tap. So stop by and talk about beer and have a slice of pizza on Thursday from 5:30 to 9 ish! Cheers!



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