October Lincoln Lagers Club Meeting:
Annual Lincoln Lagers’ Club Picnic & Mead Contest
Hosted by Tim & Theresa Thomssen
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
6PM until we can’t party anymore
All current Lincoln Lagers Members and their families/guests are invited. Kids are welcome (sigh, I guess…) – Please, no pets.
Dinner will be served! The club will provide BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches (incl. buns and all the fixin’s) for everyone!
Bring your own side dish, appetizer, dessert, etc. to share!
Bring homebrew! We will have 5 open taps for you to pour beer from! (Just chilled with ice – the compressor died!) The taps are ball-lock, please bring the appropriate fittings if yours is a a pin lock or Sanke keg.
Return of the Annual Mead Contest! Bring (1) 12oz. or larger bottle of your mead to enter for the Lady Lagers to judge. Any style or variety of mead is accepted!
Return of the Bolzen Beer Band! Drink beer, stuff yourself with food, and enjoy the hip, happening sounds of Eclectic Party Punk Polka from our favorite party animals!
P.S.: Bring some cash with you!! As usual, we will be doing the “50/50” raffle drawing!! The winner gets half of the pot, paid out in cold, hard CA$H!!! – and the other half goes to the Band! Plus – who knows? – maybe we will give away some extra SWAG to additional raffle ticket holders!
Yes, There’s Football!! – The Nebraska Cornhuskers play the Northwestern Wildcats on 10/18 at 6:30pm (away game). We will have the football game showing on the big screen in Tim’s basement in case you bleed so much Big Red that you can’t pry yourself away to judge some mead or to dance the polka. GO BIG RED! (But go HOMEBREW, too!)
21st Annual Okto Beerfest:
Once again, the Lincoln Lagers will be at the 21st Annual NSSA Okto Beerfest on Thursday, October 9th at the Lancaster Event Center. Come attend the Beerfest and stop by to see us at our booth. Tickets are on sale now!! Click the image below to buy yours today!
Our selection of homebrewed beer on tap at the Lincoln Lagers Booth will include these beers and more!
- American Amber Ale
- Tangelo & Black Pepper Robust Porter
- Lilikoi Berliner Weisse
- French Pilsner
Oct./Nov. Club Newsletter:
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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 are going to meet at The Clubhouse on Thursday, April 3rd.
We’ll get together at 7:00pm and we will go right into our Style Of The Month presentation by about 7:15pm. We’ll shoot to talk about the remainder of the Club Business around 7:30pm.
For the Clubhouse address, and a Google Maps link, go to the forum thread at: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1090
Big Brew 2014
We will brew on Saturday, May 10th at Doug’s house. You can find all the details on the forum at: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1091
Up to 20 Brewers can sign up for their share of the big group mash. Spots are limited, don’t wait too long! The official sign up form can be found via a link on the forum topic above. If you’re having trouble with the forum, email Chris at email@example.com and he will help you out.
The Homebrewers’ Night At The Ballpark has been moved to a new date. We apologize for the last minute change on this event. Here is the new information:
Come watch the Gary South Shore Railcats vs. the Lincoln Saltdogs.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – 7:05 PM
Open to all interested parties – You do not have to be a Lincoln Lagers member to join us! – Family & friends are welcome.
Sign up for tickets on the Forum at: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=964
July Club Meeting
We will meet at Lazlo’s in the Haymarket on Thursday, July 11th at 7:00PM.
If you are not a club member and would like to join us for our meeting, we would love to have you, but ask that you let us know you will be coming so that we have your name on our guest list. More details on the forum.
Sign Up For Beer Events Now!
Here’s your chance to donate and pour your homebrew at a Lincoln Lagers club booth this summer! As of writing this post, we have 4 spots left at our booth at Brews & Blues At The Zoo, on Saturday, July 13th, which is a benefit event to support the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. We also have 3 spots left at our booth at Great Nebraska Beer Fest in Papillion, NE on Saturday, August 24th, hosted by Nebraska Brewing Company.
Donating your 5-gallon batch of beer gets you free admission to the event! Don’t miss out, sign up now on the Lincoln Lagers Forum thread!! (Click the name of the event above to reach the corresponding thread.)
For both events, we need to know before July 1st that you will be joining us, and what kind of beer you are bringing (so that we can make it on to the printed programs this year!!).
Buffalo County Fair Needs Judges!
The 2013 Buffalo County Fair Beer/Mead/Wine AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition is right around the corner. The judging will be held at 10:00am, Saturday, July 13 at Cunningham’s Journal-15 W 23rd Street, Kearney, NE. Judges and stewards are needed!
Sign up to judge or steward at: http://www.kearneyareabrewers.com/?page_id=47
Sign up to carpool with other Lagers at: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=978
The full Bus Trip details are posted on the Info Page — Click Here.
Please join us Thursday, December 6th at 7:00pm for our December Club Meeting. We will be visiting the brand-new Zipline Brewing Co., where our host, Zipline head brewer and Lagers member Marcus Powers, will offer us a tour of their facility. Plus, we get to try some of Zipline’s beer!
Click here for the Lagers’ Forum Thread, including address & directions: http://www.lincolnlagers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=698
Agenda items for December include…
– Tour of the Zipline brew house
– 2013 Lagers Bus Trip announcement & ticket sales
– Last Call for Volunteers to donate beer & pour at Winterfest Ales & Auction, sign up by 12/25! Contact Chris E. for more info.
– Registration opens in late Dec. for the Upper Mississippi Mash-Out Homebrew Comp.
– The next AHA Club Only Comp. for Jan./Feb. 2013 is the theme “Un-Session Beers” – beers over 1.040. List of acceptable styles on the Lagers’ Forum.
– KC Biermeisters 30th Annual Comp. is coming soon, held on Feb. 15 & 16, 2013.
Huge Congratulations to Lagers member & Beer Quest Winner Tim Thomssen!
Tim has been a very busy braumeister this year: First, he brewed all of those single-hop IPAs for the Hop Tasting early on in 2012, and then cranked out batches of Cheech & Chong Pale Ale like it was going out of style. He also hosted numerous Lagers’ events at his house, and spent his time crafting the super-swanky Lagers Beer Tap Tower that has already seen a lot of action this year… The list goes on, and on!
But somehow, Superman Tim still managed to find enough time to brew a wicked “Smashed Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Ale” which cleaned up the competition at Lazlo’s Beer Quest on Sunday, November 11, 2013. Job well done, Tim, and thanks for representing the Lagers at the event! You rock!
Come join us on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:00am for the November Club Meeting. (For address, map, and discussion, go visit the Forum Thread!)
This month, we will be celebrating AHA Learn To Homebrew Day by hosting a demonstration in which we brew a batch of beer on the front patio at Misty’s Steakhouse. Bring your spouse, friend, mum, or anyone else who is interested in the transformation of grains into liquid cheer. Watch while beer is being made right before your eyes, then enjoy one of the Modern Monks’ ales at the bar inside!
We will also be hosting the 2nd Annual Lincoln Lagers Equipment Swap Meet. Bring any extra equipment, parts, ingredients, or what-else-have-you that you want to get rid of – and peruse the selections of our other attendees’ Spare Parts Bins for, let’s say, that 5/8″ Double-Reverse-Threaded Beer Oxygenation Inline Tubing Insert Fitting that you’ve always needed to buy and never got around to searching for. (Actual availability of 5/8″ Inline Insert Fittings is subject to change.)
Last year, some of the swap meet “highlights” were: Corny Kegs, Extra Fermenters, Small Plastic Parts & Pieces, Hops, Hardware, Antiques, Bottle Cappers, and more. Of course, you’ll want to bring a few bucks with you in case something catches your eye!
So get ready for the quickly-arriving Winter season, take a second, clean out your Brew Box, and find all of those bits, bobs, and unfinished projects that are destined to collect dust – and maybe you will turn them into a fistful of bills towards your next Triple IPA hop bill!!
Date: Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm – Whenever
Address: 330 South 44th St.
In addition to the monthly meeting activities, Ryan is hosting his annual commercial beer tasting, “The Hair of the Un-Bitten Dog”.
As usual, we encourage all of those attending to bring a commercial or homebrew to share. Ryan will have some delicious meats to eat, but please bring a SIDE DISH.
Once again this year, Ryan will also going to hold a “Best of Show Competition” between the homebrewers. This competition will be based on the people’s choice. Everyone in attendance will have a vote to determine the “Best of Show Winner.” The winner will have their name placed on a traveling trophy and awarded a cash prize.
We have a small change to the format for the competition on Saturday (10/6/2012)! Due to the potentially large number of entries, we will limit the quantity to the first 20 that show up and register. The fee is only $1. Plus, all beers should be under 8% ABV. Ryan will need to sign you in at the meeting on Saturday. Arrangements for entries can be made with Ryan by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Judging will be done Saturday at the meeting, it will *not* be done Friday night as previously announced.
See you in October! And don’t forget about the Nebraska State Stroke Foundation’s Okto-Beerfest tasting event, which is coming up soon on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Lancaster County Event Center. You can check out the Event’s Facebook Page here, or you can go directly to the Four Star Gifts web site to buy tickets!
You should definitely consider attending this fantastic night of fermented offerings, firstly to cheer on your fellow Lincoln Lagers who will be serving our homebrewed beers at the event, but also to check out all of the breweries & wineries in attendance and to support the Foundation!
Join the Lagers at Brews & Blues At The Zoo where our members will be donating our Homebrewed Beer towards a great cause – Stop by and have some of our beer, have some other local Nebraska beers, listen to great music, and support the Zoo! Click on the image below to visit the Zoo web page to get more info and buy your tickets! $25 in advance, or $30 at the door.
Saturday 1/7/2012 – 6:00pm
The Annual Holiday Potluck Party and Monthly Meeting
Brian & Janet Allisons, 2500 S. 78th
Bring a pot luck item, your favorite brew(s), and plan to enjoy an evening of socializing with fellow home-brewers. Spouses, children, and interested guests are welcome.
Thursday, 2/2/2012: Groundhog Day Meeting TBA
- 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
- 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
- Thunderhead Brewing – Kearney, NE
- Upstream Brewing Co. – Omaha, NE