May 2021
Oregon Brew Crew Newsletter


Upcoming Meeting(s) & Events

May education via Webinar 5/13/21 at 7pm (no OBC interactive meeting this month)

Meeting Zoom Link will be emailed & posted on Facebook the day before. Cheers!

Presidential Pint

Happy May! I know May 1st was the American Homebrewers Association’s (AHA) Big Big Brew Day. It is a great excuse to brew beer and share your brew day virtually. Hopefully some of you were able to participate and had a good time as well as made some good beer.

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. Some of those reasons are the blooming flowers and hops of course. I also look forward to the usually upcoming outdoor beer festivals that take place in parks. Unfortunately, it looks like all local brew festivals are likely postponed until 2022. Bend Brewfest was the latest to change their festival to May 2022 and it looks like Fresh hop fest in Yakima, WA is postponed as well.

If you enjoy entering your beer into competitions, I know some competitions are still taking place with safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID. The AHA had their National homebrew competition that is in Denver, CO. Oregon Brew Crew is planning on having it’s Heart of Cascadia, IPA competition, and I have heard of a few others in the works.

Please don’t forget to support your local homebrew shop, brewery, and taphouse for your pickup needs! Stay safe and enjoy the sun. 


-Jon Campbell

2020-2021 OBC President

Competition Corner

Competition Corner - May

Pacific Women Brewers’ Cup: Entries due 5/7

The Browns Point Homebrew Club, is having a competition for all female identified brewers. There is not a lot of info on the comp site, but they reached out to me and said there would be a Portland drop off point, and possibly, a Portland pickup point for remote judging, if you want to judge. I don't have a lot of details, but there's plenty of time to brew a beer for it if you are missing the comps this year. 

Heart of Cascadia: Entries due 6/4, Judging 6/12

Our annual IPA only comp is going forward this year. We are likely to be remote judging.but hopefully, at least we will be able to meet up and judge our flights in small groups of fellow vaccinated or otherwise comfortable judges in houses and backyards across the city by June. Start brewing your IPAs, you all have not entered many comps in the last year, and we all know how to brew an IPA of some sort, register your beers and judging today, lets get back to a semblance of normality. (even if it is drinking IPAs on zoom, small steps…) Oregon State Homebrewer of the Year qualifying event.

Running a remote comp on a short timetable is going to require a lot of planning, if you want to help out, please volunteer, at or hit me up on the OBC discord, we will be meeting in the next week or two to get everything rolling. 

Best of the Bay

Bellingham, WA

Entry Deadline: 07/24/2021


If you are entering comps, please submit your points. There will be enough competitions this year hopefully to have our club competition for the best competing homebrewer. Chuck has won the last so many years, someone has to not make it easy for him this year. Also, I am going to be optimistic and say we are going to have a holiday party this year which seems like a distant dream, but in that dream, your entries and medals in comps for OBC earn you sweet, sweet raffle tickets, redeemable for a myriad of potential prizes which will hopefully not be brewery branded n95 masks. 

-Scott Nieradka

Don't forget the OBC Pilot System!

Some of the equipment includes:

   • Added a 2nd, better pump on a new stand
   • Improved the existing pump
   • Added switches to both pumps
   • replaced all of the hoses
   • Added a sparge arm
   • Added a 3rd burner high BTU

Follow the link to use the brew system or to request specific parts for your next brew day!

Any questions? Send them to
Happy brewing!

Note from the Treasurer

By Michele Lish, OBC Treasurer

Please remember to use Amazon Smile with OBC as your preferred charity.  AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support OBC every time you shop, at no cost to you. Go to: and click on the “Get Started” button.  You can also download the app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Just remember to always log in at when you shop, and not just

Membership Extension:  Don’t forget for those of you who were membership last year, we extended the membership for six month.  Most of you have a Jan 1 due date for your renewal, but now it will be July 1.  For those of you with a different date, that has been adjusted to add six month.  The records still might not reflect that right now so if you get a notice to renew, no need to do that now.  You certainly can renew now if you so choose, and your extension will be applied.  Thank you to those who have done so.

Introducing the new OBC Discord Server!

Hello everyone, Jim here. I wanted to familiarize everyone with an excellent new resource for OBC members. In September 2020 we rolled out a dedicated, private Discord server for everyone to use as a new way of connecting, collaborating and sharing with fellow members and beer nerds.

What is Discord you ask?

Discord started in 2012 as a social networking platform primarily aimed at gamers. Like Slack, which you may have heard of or use at work now, Discord offers topic-based text channels, audio chat and screen sharing, and lots of great ways to integrate with other public and private web services, like the OBC website and membership system.

Signup for the OBC Discord at:

Benefits of Discord

  • Unlimited topics (brewing help, education, recipes, ingredients, gear, style specific, bjcp, etc)

  • Roles to differentiate members, judges, board members or even volunteers

  • Has a friendly mobile app (phones or tablets)

  • Customize how you are notified of updates (email, app notifications, likes and @mentions)

  • Ability to stream live events, brewdays and more (look for our first live brewday soon!)

  • Automatic posts from and Brulosophy (more to come)

  • Dozens of file uploads (recipes, presentations, videos

  • More of a “real-time discussion” as opposed to individual posts on a bulletin board

  • For some people, the fact that it is NOT Facebook is a major positive as well

So follow the link above, set up your account (or link your existing account to our server) and jump right in!

Please try to use your full name, or at least most of your name so that people will recognize you. Administrators may override your Username, but don’t worry you can still be “MegaDude95” on your favorite Minecraft server

2021 Board of Directors:

President, Jon Campbell

Vice President, Grace Schrick

Treasurer, Michele Lish

Secretary, Jodi Campbell

Education Committee Chair, Alex Parise

Competition Committee Chair, Scott Nieradka

Communications Chair, Felicia Reninger

Events Coordinator, Will Minderhout

Bürgermeister, Torri Hansmann

Membership, Bob Davee

Historian, Jeremie Landers

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