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  • 03/06/2013 7:49 PM | Anonymous

    April Club-Only Competition: Extract Beer (Any Style)

    The 6th and final round of the 2012-13 AHA Club-Only Competition season ends with a whopper: any style of beer, but 50% or more of the fermentable sugar needs to come from malt extract. Any all-extract or partial-mash beers qualify (let me know if you need help doing the malt-math). This is a great opportunity for all-grain brewers to play with partial-mash recipes and for extract brewers to put out their best. We’ll select one member’s brew April 9th before our out-meeting. Have your entries at FH Steinbart by 5pm April 9th. One bottle, no entry fee for 1st round, and email with the number of entries and styles. This helps procure judges. No limit on number of entries, but please submit just the good ones!

    OBC vs. Beers Brew-Off

    Round 1 Update:
    The IPA brew-off quickly maxed out at 10 entries. We negotiated an additional 2 slots with the Tampa Bay BEERS and the High Plains Drafters. The new slots are also full! I am taking names for a wait-list (email me). We’ll be doing a pack-and-ship party mid-April for those brewers sending entries. OBC will cover (reasonable) shipping for this event.

    Round 2 will be later this year. Style and hosting competition will be selected by Tampa Bay. Please stay tuned!

    Online Competition Calendar Updated

    The website now hosts updated competition information for 2013.
  • 03/06/2013 7:47 PM | Anonymous
    Whether or not you brew beer, there are two other ways to help your club: one is to be sure and volunteer at our events (contact

    The other is to represent the OBC as a judge at homebrew competitions.

    You don’t have to be certified BJCP to help judge beer! Generally speaking, every competition has a shortage of judges. Novice judges can help fill out the ranks. Just contact your local competition / judge coordinator as they appear on our calendar.

    Here’s a few upcoming competitions and their registration web site / contact info to get you started:

    March 9th Slurp-n-Burp 

    April 5th-6th NHC 1st Round Seattle

    April 14th Oregon Garden Classic

    April 20th Heart of Cascadia 

    April 27th Joint Cascade Brewers Cup and Puget Sound ProAm

    May 18th Oregon Homebrew Festival

  • 03/06/2013 7:30 PM | Anonymous
    Northwest Canning is offering OBC members an opportunity to have their homebrew put into 16oz cans. The canning event will take place at Coalition Brewing on May 11th (Saturday) from 11 am - 7 pm. In order to participate in this event, you must register or contact Warren Johnson. When you register you must specify your time preference for the canning event and the amount of beer you intend to bring. Canning times are available in 15 minute per person increments (we will try accommodate your time preference if possible).

    All beers brought to the event must be fully carbonated and contained in either a corny or sankey type keg. You may bring any beer style that you like, with the exception of wild beers. Beers that are made with Brettanomyces WILL NOT be canned at this event.

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT ENDS ON APRIL 11, 2013. OBC members that sign up before April 11th will receive the discounted rate of $20 per five gallons of beer (or $55 for 15 gallons). As an additional bonus, Coalition Brewing will be offering the event participants happy hour pricing on beer and wine while their beer is being canned.

    Please remember that advanced registration is required and you must register by April 11th in order to receive the discounted rate. Space is limited - there are 12 time slots remaining. Don’t miss out.
  • 01/19/2013 8:48 AM | Anonymous member
    In November we lost a dear friend to the OBC as David Cato, former club secretary, passed away unexpectedly.  David's tireless energy will be sorely missed and friends of David are invited to remember him at a gathering at the Horse Brass Pub on Saturday, January 26th at 3:00 pm.  Please consider coming by to raise a pint to remember David and his contributions to the OBC.
  • 10/27/2012 10:49 AM | Anonymous member
    The presentation handout from Simon Blatz and Blue Dog Mead is now available on our Education Page.
  • 10/10/2012 8:37 PM | Anonymous member
    Hello everyone,

    My name is Trevor Lauman. I was an Oregon Brew Crew member from late 2010 through 2011. I was forced to put my membership on hold, but for good reason. My love of beer convinced me to enter the Oregon State University Fermentation Science program. The experience here has been amazing. But, homebrewing and ultimately owning my own brewery is not my only passion. In the summer of 2011, my Dad passed away from a disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Since his initial diagnosis in the early 2000's, I have been working on helping the ALS community through awareness and raising funds. I'm merging my two passions into an event for this holiday season in mid-December. The event will be named "Wayne's Annual Holiday Ale Fest" and will feature homebrewers like yourselves!

    Why am I reaching out the Oregon Brew Crew?

    The Oregon Brew Crew is a fantastic group of people who are passionate about beer. They love to experiment and share their passion with others. Why not create a beer, share your passion, support a good cause, and do it on someone else's dime? Wayne's Annual Holiday Ale Fest will pay you for your supplies upon confirmation and delivery of the beer! You will be able to share your labor of love and receive feedback from an audience of 50+ people.


    -Many details are being worked out, but there is a large number of people behind this event to ensure its existence, and the support is spreading.
    -The group planning page is on Facebook:
    -Slated to happen December 15th.
    -Event will be held in the Portland-Metro area at a large, private residence.
    -Uses a donation/token system.
    -All profits from this event will be made to the Walk to Defeat ALS and the ALS Association
    -Listed on the page is an event planning document that outlines duties and volunteers. Volunteers are coming on board every day and the awareness of this event is growing!


    If you would like to volunteer your awesome beer making capabilities and be compensated for your supplies, please contact me! I can be reached through the Facebook page "Wayne's Holiday Ale Fest" (, Facebook message Trevor Lauman, or via email. My email is:

    Thank you for checking this post out and I hope to meet a few of you through this event!

    Trevor Lauman
  • 08/24/2012 6:36 PM | Anonymous member



    In collaboration with the American Brewers Guild, we are again offering a full-tuition scholarship to the Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering program. 


    The Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course is a 22-week distance education program with a final week of residential instruction.  The course is designed for brewers and homebrewers who lack formal training in brewing science and covers all the fundamentals of beer production and quality assurance.


    The American Brewers Guild is a premier school for the craft brewing industry dedicated to providing a comprehensive learning experience that focuses on the technical, scientific, and operational matters and issues that brewers face in a craft brewing environment. 


    The American Brewers Guild is now accepting applications for the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation slot in the Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course that runs from January 21, 2013 through June 28, 2013 with the final week of onsite instruction in Middlebury, Vermont.  The full application must be received no later than November 8, 2012.  Note: This class is full except for this scholarship slot.


    The scholarship is open to professional brewers and homebrewers from the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and California’s northern geographic region (San Francisco/Monterey Bay areas and north).  The full-tuition scholarship also includes a $1,000 stipend to help offset travel and lodging expenses for the residential week in Middlebury, Vermont.  Full details and scholarship applications are available at

    The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for professional and aspiring craft brewers from the Pacific Northwest to further their knowledge and expertise.  For more information on the Foundation please visit and follow us on Facebook.
  • 06/04/2012 9:31 AM | Anonymous member
    Is it you!  Come to the June meeting at The Commons Brewery to find out.  Results will be posted to the website the following morning.
  • 04/18/2012 7:23 AM | Anonymous member
    The club is currently accepting entries for our new logo and the contest is open to everyone. 

    Entries are due by April 30th and we will begin voting on May 1st with the winner announced at the May meeting.  If your design is chosen you will win a one year Family Membership to the OBC and a tshirt with your new logo.

    Digital entries are preferred and can be submitted to our VP, Chris Hummert, at

    Thank you and good luck!
  • 04/17/2012 2:31 PM | Anonymous member
    Thanks go out to Mike Szwaya for helping us understand the benefits and challenges of brewing with Portland water.

    Check out his PowerPoint presentation and "Driver's Ed" guidelines on the Education Page

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