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President’s Message: August 2018

Fellow Homebrewers,

This month’s meeting is back at Germania Mannerchor. Don’t forget your can good, and cash for half pot (remember, it’s how we pay our monthly meeting rent). This month, we will be hosting a representative from the Evansville Museum Contemporaries regarding the Brew Ha Ha event.

I hope everyone has been brewing beers to donate to event season. We’re just short of a month away from SWIRCA; the largest beer event of the year, which will also kick off a stretch of four events across five weeks. I was able to brew an IPA yesterday, using all Patagonia malt. It will be ready just in time for SWIRCA and I’m planning at least one more brew day to get something else ready to donate. I would love to see us have another strong showing at each of these events, as we have always done in the past. We’ve built up quite the reputation, so let’s keep it up! Sign up sheets will be at the meeting for all upcoming events. Important note about Wandering Owl; the date has been moved to 10/27/2018 and will be set in their new Playscape feature and will accommodate as many as 400, which is double what has been done in the past. More details to follow. If you’ve never served in the past and are interested, please let myself or another board member know so we can walk you through the process of acquiring a volunteer servers license.

If you’re available, please be sure to sign up on the forum (or at the meeting) for equipment cleaning day. At Dutch’s house, on Sept 15 beginning at 10AM, we will work on a THOROUGH cleaning of all equipment so that we do not have any surprises during setup. Address will be listed on the sign up sheet.

Much like last month; OVHA has had more competition news to share. At Strassenfest in Jasper; OVHA took home several medals, including Ryan Roesch winning Best of Show and Homebrewer of the Year! He will get to brew his beer at Basket Case. Everyone, please join me in congratulting everyone on their achievements!

Ryan Roesch
Vienna Lager (Best of Show)

Cesar Gonzalez
Dark Rauchbier (2nd)

Brett Slayden
Saison (3rd)

Kenny Lucas
American Barleywine (3rd)

Have you been getting your recipes ready for Big Turkey? Below is your monthly reminder that this year’s categories are:

Category 5 – Pale Bitter European Beer
5a German Leichtbier
5b Kolsch
5c German Helles Exportbier
5d German Pils

Category 19 – Amber and Brown American Beer
19a American Amber Ale
19b California Common
19c American Brown Ale

These beers will be and will be scored against the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

Josh Wuertz
OVHA President

Important Upcoming Dates:

09/15/2018: Club Equipment Cleaning Day (@Dutch’s House)
09/22/2018: SWIRCA Brewfest
09/29/2018: Brew Ha Ha
10/13/2018: Evansville Wartime Museum
10/27/2018: Wandering Owl *REVISED DATE*
Late Nov/Early Dec: OVHA Big Turkey