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September 21, 2019
  • Lincoln Lagers Picnic
    Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Location: Home of Tim & Theresa Thomssen
October 11, 2019
  • Sower's Cup
    Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    Location: IBEW

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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.

It’s that time again — We’re loading up the Beer Bus and heading to Omaha on Saturday, February 10th, 2018!

If you’ve already paid up your 2018 membership dues, then give your $20 bucks per seat to Treasurer Terry — Non-member attendees, it’s gonna run you $30 bucks per seat.

This year we’re requiring pre-payment for bus seats — Please be sure to pay Terry as soon as you possibly can, to reserve your seat! (PayPal links are at the bottom of this post!)

You can look forward to sleeping in, as we’ve planned a later start time this year since we’re just meandering up the road to Omaha.  We’ll begin to board the bus at the Indian Village Shopping Center (13th & High St.) at approximately 10:30am – Beware: we’ll leave the parking lot at 11am Sharp, so you’d be better be on board before then! Homebrew and bottle-sharing is welcome on the bus; but please pace yourselves, we’ll be going all afternoon. Make sure you’ve got a plan to get enough food & water in you so that you can keep it on the level.

We will begin our day in La Vista, NE with a brewery tour of Kros Strain, and we’ve set aside enough time for you to pop in next door at Pint Nine‘s taproom as well.

Our afternoon stop will be at Vis Major Brewing at 35th and Center.

We will end our day in the Blackstone District with brewery tours at both Scriptown and Farnam House, and feel free to stop into any of the fine taprooms at Beer Corner USA while we are there.

We aim to depart Omaha by 7 and return to Lincoln right about 8:00pm, so you can arrange your ride home right now!

Get on it – Reserve your seat TODAY!! Let’s go take Omaha by storm!

Social Meet-Up: Join us at Jake’s Cigars & Spirits-Lincoln for a pint of beer and fun conversation with fellow brewers! No homebrew permitted – Anyone is welcome to join us, there is no set agenda, and you can stick around as long as you’d like. If you’re curious about what the Lincoln Lagers are, this is a great opportunity to come say “Hi!” and get to know us.

Thursday, January 18th – 5:00-6:00 PM – Jake’s Cigars, 101 N. 14th St

February Club Meeting: We’ll see you at The Happy Raven for the next monthly meeting, led by our new 2018 Club Officers! Homebrew is permitted in the large South room only – Please do not take any outside beverage into the North (bar) room! We will hold the official club business meeting at around 7PM.

Thursday, February 1st – 6:00-9:00 PM – The Happy Raven, 122 N 11th St.

November Club Meeting

Join us on the evening of Thursday, November 2nd at The Happy Raven.

Homebrew is welcome (in the South room only – Do not take it with you up to the bar!). No outside commercial beer, please.

November Learn To Homebrew Day / Social Meet-Up

This year’s annual AHA Learn To Homebrew Day falls on Saturday, November 4th – Join us between 11AM-4PM at Turbine Flats (2124 Y Street).

This is a combined monthly Social Meet Up and our annual brewing demonstration event. Visit our Facebook event for more info.

No outside homebrewed beer is permitted, please!

December Club Meeting

Join us at Lee’s Chicken on the evening of Thursday, December 7th for our annual finger-lickin’ fried-chicken club meeting. (Tradition is tradition!)

Homebrew is welcome (in the Meeting Room only – Do not carry it out into the rest of the establishment, please!).

September Club Meeting

Our September 2017 club meeting will be held at Trent & Jennifer Konecky’s house on Wednesday, September 6th at 6PM.

All Lincoln Lagers members & emeriti are invited — We do ask that guests who are interested in a club meeting please email us first to let us know to expect you! Send a note to and introduce yourself, we’d love to have you join us.

Refer to the latest Newsletter or the Facebook event to find their home address.

2017 Club Pot-Luck Picnic & Mead Contest

The annual Lincoln Lagers Club Picnic will be held on Saturday, September 30th at 5PM. Our wonderful hosts Tim & Theresa Thomssen have invited us back again this year, so you know it’s gonna be a real party! This event is limited to our paid club members & their family members. Sorry, no guests.

Don’t forget about the annual Lincoln Lagers Mead Contest, held at the Picnic and judged by our lovely Lady Lagers! Bring one bottle (750mL or 22oz preferred) of your best and finest mead – Limited slots available, first-come first-entered, you snooze you lose, winner gets bragging rights!

If all goes according to plan, your 2017 Club Merchandise Orders will also be ready for pick-up! Come see Chris and get your sweet new swag!

October Club Meeting & Sower’s Cup Training

Our October 2017 club meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 4th at 6PM – in the Cafe at Turbine Flats, 2124 Y Street.  Parking is available in the lot immediately to the West of the building, on Y Street.

This will be a hands-on, education-heavy meeting! We will be experimenting with beer off-flavor tasting samples and will discuss flavors & exercise our Beer Judges’ palates!! Meanwhile, our stewards take will take a minute to prepare for their role in the 2017 Sower’s Cup Homebrew Competition, and go over stewarding procedures, competition rules, and so forth.

All club members are encouraged to attend & prepare for your role in the competition!! We need all hands on deck this year, whether you’re a National judge or you just want to help set up tables & serve food. Each and every one of you are a valuable part of our team!!


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