December 2021
Oregon Brew Crew Newsletter


Upcoming Meeting(s) & Events

December Meeting 12/9/21 at 7pm
at F.H. Steinbarts

234 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97216

Presidential Pint

Happy Holidays! It’s finally December and normally we would have our Oregon Brew Crew (OBC) Holiday Party but, this year we were unable to get a venue that would allow more than 50 people and our normal parties have 125-200 attendees. Your board didn’t want to exclude anyone so we opted for another meeting at FH Steinbarts where we will have a potluck get together.

We just finished a very successful OBC’s Fall Classic at Portland Cider. I was fortunate to be able to judge some very good beers that were submitted. Many of you were able to bring home some medals for your efforts. Congratulations!

We just had OBC’s elections and have added a few new board members to the 2022 board. I also want to thank Jodi Campbell, Will Minderhout, and Felicia Reninger for their time on the board! I would also like to welcome Jim Sullins, Corrie Heath, and Bill Midkiff to the board. I would also like to recognize Dan Koperski for stepping up to run for a position as well. I am looking forward to 2022 and its possibilities. 


-Jon Campbell

2020-2022 OBC President

A Note from your Treasurer

Newsletter Article Dec 2021

Submitted by Michele Lish, OBC Treasurer

Some of you might be wondering why you have not been getting the newsletter and OBC communications during these past challenging months.  The membership system we use was set to automatically put members, who did not pay due when they were up for renewal, into a “suspended” status.  That means you were still in our membership database, but not getting communications from us.  For this newsletter, that was changed so all people who had been members in 2019, have been activated again.  We want to keep you informed on what we have been doing and what we plan to do in the future months. I hope that for those of you who ended up in a “lapsed” status or “suspended” status will consider coming back to the club.  I also believe the system is going to send out an automatic renewal notice that your dues are due on Jan 1st.  Most of the members have that as a due date. 

So what have we have made during the past 20 or so months?  The board has met regularly via Zoom. We have had Zoom membership meetings with some pretty amazing speakers.  We have given away some very nice prizes (even at the Zoom meetings we had drawing among those who tuned in). At one in-meeting we even gave away 50 lb. bags of grain and lots of hops and a few other things.  For the few meetings we did hold that were in-person, we tried to run them as we normally have done in the past, and even had a chili cook-off in Nov.  The turnouts for all this have been smaller than normal, but we had a great time, although we could use more food and beer contributions for in-meeting.  We have conducted a couple of competitions, and the efforts put forth by all involved were tremendous. We sponsored two events that basically involved keeping track of finances and being on an organizing committee, but resulted in income for the club.  I, for one, hope everyone who has been getting our communications, has appreciated our efforts to keep you informed. As a reminder we have two Facebook groups: Oregon Brew Crew and OBC Used Equipment.  Please consider joining those.  They are not limited to only OBC members, and in fact we actually have members from different parts of the world, not just Oregon and the US. 

A side note on the in-meetings:  we recently discovered we are missing pieces of our beer dispensing equipment.  If you borrowed items, please let someone on the board know and return them.  Those items are not really for “loan” and we need them back to avoid having to spend funds to replace them.  I’m sure it is something someone forgot they even have.  If you have any pieces of the Pilot System, please return those as well.

We have started to get together in person recently for meetings, but with the new strain of COVID, who knows where things will be a few months down the road.  For now, we plan on having in-meeting, and have even talked about an out-meeting early in 2022.  We are looking forward to SheBrew in late February 2022.  We are trying to decide on a date for the 40th Anniversary party.  We are looking at dates for competitions.  

Speaking of the 40th Anniversay party, I need assistance with that, as some who were on the committee are not available to help for a variety of reasons.  If you are interested in being part of the committee, please contact me at:  We had been looking at April 9th, but the rental hall was scooped by another person/group before we could sign a contract.  Maybe that’s a good thing with uncertain times on the horizon with this new COVID strain. The committee needs to address things like: finding sources for donated kegs of beer; selecting a date; deciding whether or not we will brew another special beer at a local brewery; create a list of things we need to do to make it happen – that list is short, but if we have a committee, the work can be minimal for those on the committee.  Please step up to the plate and help.

Financially we have been able to hold our heads above water during this time, but our expenses have exceeded our income so we’ve had to tap into savings.  This is the what I have always told people who don’t understand why our bank accounts have funds in them…. In case of hard times, we need the funds to ensure we stay afloat, and we have the funds on hand to pay the bills when faced with income shortages.  We also have an account for the Bob McCracken Scholarship fund.  Read more about OBC Philanthropy here: The scholarship was supported by the funds donated to OBC by Widmer Brewing.  With the changes this brewery has undertaken, this donation might not come our way.  Fortunately, we still have funds in that account to support our philanthropic efforts to Oregon State University Fermentation Sciences program for a few more years.

I encourage all of you to get involved again if you haven’t been.  Brew again in you haven’t been; enter competitions; become a committee member; run for a board position; or simply attend meetings.  If you come to meetings, please bring beer and food, and be vaccinated so everyone is safe to meet face-to-face.  Let’s make OBC a great club again.  It starts with you, and paying your dues will help the club maintain its stability.

Competition Corner - December

Fall Classic

OBC’s largest yearly comp was just completed two weeks ago in its 20th year (Well technically 19, as we didnt have it last year, but you know).  Results are posted at:

Congrats to an former OBC member Todd Enlund for wining best of show with his Czech pils!

OBC was the club with the most medals, Congrats to the following:

Charles Macaluso with 4 golds, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze (most medals overall)

Jason Barker with 2 Golds, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze, 1 Honorable Mention (4th most medals overall)

Ryan Manis with 1 Gold and Best New Homebrewer

Kathleen Freitag with 1 Gold, 1 Bronze

Jim/Meagan Thompson 1 Gold, 1 Silver

Brady Gilchrist 1 Bronze

OBC won 12 golds, 5 silver and 10 bronze overall.

Also thanks to all the judges and staff who came out to judge, the judges from other clubs who came out in support and the judges we haven't seen in a while (including the competition chair for the 1st Fall Classic 20 years ago, Mark Wilson, who came out to judge and helped with BOS) we appreciate all the help and it was a smooth day, and we hope to see you all again soon.

Oregon Homebrew Festival, Corvallis, OR 12/18. Entries were due 12/5

Pared down Oregon Homebrew Festival this year, Oregon’s oldest homebrew competition. Look for results at Also the final OSHBOTY comp of the year, perhaps this is Chuck’s year to win, he is very close. 

Queen of Beer, California, 12/11. Entries were due 12/3

Female identified brewers only. Look for results at

Best of Craft Beer Awards 3/4/22

Commercial beer only, but I know a lot of the BJCP judges enjoy judging this one. It is moving to the fairgrounds in Redmond this year, and will be a little later in march. 

Stout Bout: Looks like our friends at Portland Brewers Collective are unlikely to be holding their annual stout only competition in January. So no need to start panic brewing stouts in dec, which is unfortunate as it is always a fun comp to enter and judge. Heres hoping 2023 is normal again. 

-Scott Nieradka

Burgermeister News

December IN meeting needs your delicious "holiday style" dishes! There will be meat, a non alcohol drink, and a sweet. But that will not be enough. So please, show us your skills and bring a side dish to the meeting. This will also get your tickets in the sweet, sweet raffle. 


MysTorri your Burgermeister 
Do the best you can, even when you don't want to. 


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!

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, OPEN

Events Coordinator, Will Minderhout

Bürgermeister, Torri Hansmann

Membership, Bob Davee

Historian, Jeremie Landers

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