Lincoln Lagers Challenge
Big shout out to the one and only Doug Finke – brewer extraordinaire – for sealing the deal on our Lincoln Lagers Big Brew Challenge contest. He took on 13 other brewers’ creations – all of which were brewed using the Ploughshare Brewing Co. Farm Boy base wort – and his bad-to-the-bone Honey Braggot dominated the competition!
He has since brewed his scale-up batch of Braggot with Matt Stinchfield – and they report that, after adding 36 Lbs. of Hickman, NE honey – it clocks in at a whopping 11.5% ABV.
Look for Doug’s Braggot on tap at Ploughshare Brewing Co. during the Sower’s Cup weekend! Cheers!
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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.
Bigger than ever! Hosted by Blue Blood Brewing!
The annual Lincoln Lagers Big Brew Day is upon us! This year, we will brew on Saturday, May 4th – and we’re being hosted at the Blue Blood Brewing Co. brewhouse! Mash-in is at 9AM, we will have a pot-luck luncheon and there may be a local food truck present that day, and we will hold the May club meeting sometime later in the afternoon.
For the low-down on what’s going on, visit the Lincoln Lagers Big Brew information page. Final cost per 5 gallons of wort isn’t yet available, but as soon as we calculate it, we’ll post it on that page.
The Big Brew Wort is the basis for the 2013 Lincoln Lagers Challenge contest — meaning, if you want to enter a beer into the Challenge, you need to get wort from the Big Brew! There is no substitution! For more details on the Challenge, click through to the Big Brew info page.
2013 Dues-paid members, please sign up to reserve your wort on the forum at: http://www.lincolnlagers.
If you plan to bring a guest to the Big Brew, we ask that you give us a heads-up by posting on the Forum Thread or emailing Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org — We ask that all guests who are not current 2013 Lagers Members please register in advance. If you have not registered in advance and still want to observe the Big Brew, we would ask that you join us as a public guest during Blue Blood’s official tap room hours, but also please respect any rules or boundaries that BB puts into place in order to keep the tap room business and Lagers Brew Day separated.
Lagers! Sorry for the late Blog post – hopefully you already saw the forum thread that has been set up to discuss the July 2012 meeting! If you did not see it until now, y’all don’t be scared of us, get them hands dirty and dig into our Forum and our Facebook page!
Now that you have those links tucked away, it’s time for me to post some details! Here ya go:
Date: THIS THURSDAY, July 12th, 2012, at 7:00 PM.
Address: 5000 Tipperary Trail – click for Google Map.
Agenda: Judging each of our individual batches of the 2012 AHA Big Brew Day – Bucksnort Brown Ale from May 2012. The winner’s beer will be brewed by Blue Blood! Cool, huh?
Bring: 3 x 12oz bottles of your Challenge entry. Other beer that you want to share. Snacks if you want to share those too.
[lg_image folder=”2010 Big Brew/” image=”TPIX003.jpg” caption=”Photo from Big Brew 2010″ align=”left” display=”thumb”]LOCATION: 1601 SW 50th Street (map)
Lagers, the 2012 AHA Big Brew is quick upon us! Our very own hop abuser (aka Doug Finke) has agreed to again host this always-fun event on Saturday, May 5th. We will be making our beer wort using the AHA’s posted Big Brew recipe called “Bucksnort Brown Ale“.
The Lincoln Lagers’ May 2012 Club Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Big Brew! THE CLUB MEETING IS AT 2:00PM. Even if you do not participate in the Big Brew, please try to come out to Doug’s for the meeting portion of the day!
Any beers produced from our big batch of Bucksnort Brown Ale wort will be qualified for the 2012 Lincoln Lagers Club Challenge. Votes will be cast, and the winner will receive a special opportunity – the chance to brew their beer with Brian and the team at Blue Blood Brewing Company!
Thursday, September 2, 2010, at Misty’s downtown. 7:00 pm.
Come early for a bite to eat! Enjoy a Modern Monks brew! (forum thread)
NEW Lincoln Lagers T-SHIRTS
About 28 shirts have been picked up. If you’re a member, then you get one for free. (forum thread)
2010 Lincoln Lagers CHALLENGE: YEAST
Full details will be on the Web site at a later date.
The bottom line is everybody will get the same grain and hops, probably something similar to a brown ale. We will start a list of your preferred yeast strain. No duplicates.
If we can get the minimum confirmations, then Kim will coordinate the kits with Kirk and have them ready for the September meeting. The contest will be a “best damn beer” format and will take place in December. Please (contact Kim T.) and let him know you’re interested in the comparison contest.
THE AHA CLUB ONLY COMPETITION
We’re looking at a deadline to get any entries to Mark Beatty by 8/22. This next theme is “Pucker Up: Sour & Wild Ales.”
Beers are due in the first week in September.
BJCP STUDY GROUP
Jason McLaughlin is coordinating. The exam is scheduled for Sunday, November 7. (Let him know) if you are interested in the class and/or want to retake any part of the examination.
The 17th annual benefit for the Nebraska State Stroke Association will take place on Thursday, October 21.
As in the past several years, we will need some beer to donate to this worthy cause. We donated 20 or 25 gallons last year. Please let us know if you’d like to brew and/or donate to the cause. This is pretty much the only charity the club has and it’s one heck of a party. (forum thread)
Here is more information on the following events:
New T-Shirts Are In!
2010 Lincoln Lagers Challenge Details
Great American Beer Festival
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