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  • 06/25/2011 11:06 AM | Anonymous
    Greetings everyone!

       Here's some big news on the joint Widmer/OBC project known as Collaborator. The 2011 Collaborator judging was held on Wednesday, June 15th to the tune of 47 varied style homebrews created exclusively by Oregon Brew Crew members. Amongst the unique entries this year were a Smoked Rye, an Earl Grey Kölsch, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie beer, and a Licorice Lager. Let it not be said that this project doesn't get it's fair share of highly experimental brews. Not all beers can win though, but there were three definite standouts; the winners have already been notified.

       To be sure, the delay in public notification of the winning beers was due to the need for recipe clarification and determination of the ability to safely brew them. So without further delay, I present the winners of this year's Collaborator:

       Josh Huerta with a Pineapple Weizen Ale
       Colin Reese with a Sour Pale Ale
       John Heasley and co-brewer Rich Hawthorne with a Dunkel Starkbier Lager

       As a general note, the sour pale ale was not soured *after* primary fermenatation, but rather prior to the boil as a sour mash. Then, after lautering, the wort was boiled, sterilizing any leftover souring bugs. Voilà! "Safe" sour beer!

       Congratulations again to our winners, and cheers!

       Jeremie Landers
       Oregon Brew Crew | Competition Chair
  • 06/19/2011 12:14 AM | Anonymous
    The results and winners of June's Pale Ale competition have been posted to the competition page here (points to doc directly). Scoresheets have been scanned and will be sent to all entrants. If will, take a moment to look around the competition page here for more upcoming competitions and information.
  • 06/18/2011 9:54 PM | Anonymous
    The PFBF homebrew competition results have been posted and can be found on our homebrew competition calendar:

    Congratulations to all the winners!
  • 06/09/2011 6:49 PM | Anonymous
    Hey all,

       The OBC Store is now up and active. You can now purchase T-shirts and hoodies now using PayPal and receive your order at the next meeting. The new page is here:

       If there are any problems with ordering, please contact me via email:


       Jeremie Landers
       Oregon Brew Crew | Competition Chair
  • 06/06/2011 4:54 PM | Anonymous
    This past weekend, 35 entries from 24 brewers were judged in three categories (light, dark and sour). Winners in all categories and Best of Show will be announced at the Portland Fruit Beer Festival on Saturday at 5:p.m.
  • 06/06/2011 4:52 PM | Anonymous
    Hey everybody,

       I want to congratulate *all* winners of Slurp & Burp 2011, especially those who listed affiliation to the OBC: Mark Easton, Tim Gazdziak, Tim Hutchins, Rick Strauss, Joel Bergman, Mike Marsh, Dave Hamilton, and Philippe Cornet. As I know there are dual members between Strange Brew and OBC who won, I send hearty congratulations to those members as well! All winners are listed here.

       I went out on Saturday to judge and it was a great turnout. Many entries, many judges, and a blazingly fast results turnaround. Also, if you didn't come out, you missed a mega-raffle; a great time was had by all.

       I know many people claim an excess difficulty in driving out and driving back. I'd like to address this: A) you can usually coordinate a carpool (simply ask someone!), and B) Tri-Met Bus 30 goes all the way out to downtown Estacada - no joke. So, I would like to encourage everyone to consider judging at Strange Brew next year; it's a fantastic competition, and brethren club Strange Brew deserves our support.

       In the coming months, I will be working with Slurp & Burp coordinator Paul Johnson of Strange Brew (and OBC!) to see how we may incorporate some of their tips and tricks into making this year's Fall Classic the smoothest ever.


       Jeremie Landers
       Oregon Brew Crew | Competition Chair
  • 05/23/2011 9:54 AM | Anonymous member
    Congratulations to all the winners!

    Winners are here
  • 04/09/2011 11:37 AM | Anonymous member
    Want to show off your homebrew skills or looking for constructive feedback?  Check out our new competition calendar for the latest news in local homebrew competitions! 

    Judges, don't forget to volunteer.
  • 03/30/2011 1:03 PM | Anonymous
    Burnside Brewing, OBC's host for the recent March out meeting, will be introducing the Portland Fruit Beer Festival on Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th featuring many one-off, special brews from commercial brewers. They've has asked the Oregon Brew Crew to spearhead and participate in a brand new local homebrew competition: Fruit Beer.

    Full details about this open competition are listed on the Events page.

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