December 2022

Oregon Brew Crew Newsletter

Upcoming Meeting(s) & Events

OBC Holiday Party!

Saturday, December 10, 
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

The Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge

4834 N. Lombard St.,
Portland, OR 97203

For details, see OBC Holiday Party article below.

Note: There will be no regular OBC meeting in December.

Reminder: You can renew your membership online at or at the monthly meetings.

Note: Regularly scheduled club meetings occur on the
second Thursday of each month.

Presidential Pint

Welcome to December and happy holidays! Winter is my favorite season to enjoy dark beers and winter warmers. This is when I enjoy opening those bourbon barrel aged stouts with hints of chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla while sitting by a fireplace while it’s cold outside. It’s even better if it’s snowing outside.

I have enjoyed being your Oregon Brew Crew President for the last three years and serving on the board for four other years as well, but all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately COVID changed a lot and prohibited most of our normal meetings, both at FH Steinbart’s, and at breweries for a few years. It was nice getting back to working at the brewfests which help OBC fundraise for our scholarship at OSU brewing program. 

I have also been in talks with Widmer for the last couple of years to bring back the Widmer Collaborator. Several years ago the project went away after the Widmer brothers both retired. A couple of years ago Jake Neilson, the brand manager for Widmer, reached out to the OBC board wanting to bring the project back. Since then we have been working out the details. It looks like that will happen early next year. Look for a presentation on the Collaborator early next year from Jake Neilson.

Don’t forget that the annual OBC Holiday Party will be on 12/10/22 at 6pm at the Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge, 4834 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203.


-Jon Campbell

2020-2022 OBC President

OBC Holiday Party

December 10th, 6pm - 10:00pm

The Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge 
4834 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

<Correction: No child care services will be provided.>

Can you believe that the holidays are here?! While this season can feel full of "to-do lists" it is also full of celebrations! That means, it's time for our Annual OBC Holiday Party! Come join us for the raffle, slide show, awards, and great people! In order to make this another event to remember:

We really need your help! 

We need VOLUNTEERS for: Check in; raffle sales; and kitchen staff to keep things organized, clean and served. 


We also need POTLUCK: While OBC provides proteins and meat-substitutes, we need your help to provide the feast! Therefore, we also need folks to commit to bringing a dish - salads, sides and desserts! And of course it wouldn't be a party without BEER!


Another important reminder: Member of the Year and Homebrewer’s Cup points must be submitted by November 30th in order to receive your raffle tickets!

Other helpful information:

  • The OBC Holiday Party is for OBC members. Partners and family members are invited (no child care services will be provided)
  • There is very limited onsite parking, with additional parking in the adjacent neighborhood. We strongly suggest that folks make arrangements with a designated driver or ride-sharing to avoid challenges with parking, and ensure a safe and sober ride home.
  • There is limited oven space in the kitchen, so if you are bringing hot food, please bring it hot and ready to serve!
  • The entry is through the front door off Lombard street, and the festivities will all be upstairs. There is a chair lift available for those needing assistance with the stairs. There is no entry to the event through the back door (from the parking lot).

Have A Safe And Happy Holiday Season!

Burgermeister Brews News 

Helloooo Brew Friends,

OBC Holiday Party, Saturday, December 10, 6PM!

I need volunteers to help with the food aspect of the party. Set-up, clean-up, two huge needs for help. See Sign-Up links in Holiday Party article above. 

Also be planning what you would like to bring to contribute to our potluck. Maybe it's time to bring out the old family recipe books and try out grandma's famous cookie recipe or mom's awesome casserole she always made for Sunday dinners. See Sign-Up links in Holiday Party article above. 

I know my family is full of amazing cooks and I have a tin stuffed with their recipes. I will dig one out and make it for the party. My herb punch is also amazing and I think we should have it at the party.    You àre welcome.

So cheers my friends.

And as always, Keep brewing, Keep cooking, And most of all, Keep healing.



Competition Corner - December

Competition Results:

Fall classic results are posted at: A big thank you to all the staff, judges, and stewards; and a special thanks to the non OBC judges and stewards that came to help out our club.

On to the OBC medals:

  • Rodney Kibzey 1 bronze (3d), 2 Silver (6C, M1B) 1 Gold (C1A)
  • Chuck Macaluso 2 Silver (9C, C2E)
  • Ian Romanick 1 Silver (13B)
  • Jason Barker 1 Gold (15B)
  • Patrick Ready 1 Gold (22A)
  • Carlos Pabon 1 Bronze (22A)

OBC won more medals than any other club!

Congrats to Mark Beck of Portland Brewers Collective for winning BOS with his session IPA.

Upcoming competitions:

Well I was looking forward to taking a few weeks off from brewing, but no luck, comps are coming back in 2023; we got two great comps at the end of January/early Feb, so time to make some beers over the holidays!

KLCC: Entries due Jan 28th, Judging 2/4 Eugene, OR, 10$. Steinbarts drop off. Klcc is always a well run comp, and they always send us plenty of entries for our comps, so please support them and send a beer or three.

Stout Bout, TBD, Late Jan/Feb. Portland, OR. Steinbarts drop off. Our friends at PBC, stout only competition is likely back on after a few year covid hiatus. Start brewing your stouts that need age before the holidays distract you from brewing. Always a fun, friendly, and well run comp.  

NHC 1st Rnd, TBD Late March-Late April. Seattle WA, Some sort of Steinbarts drop off. National Homebrew Competition is back to a two round format. Hosted in Seattle this year, register entries, (must join the AHA) around feb usually. Please, plan on judging if you are BJCP and available, Seattle will need all the help possible. 

Learn to Brew Class

December 3, 9:30 AM
FH Steinbart, Co. at 234 SE 12 th Ave

The class is FREE and open to anyone 21 and older.

PLEASE RSVP ASAP to so we can have an accurate head count to prepare for the class, get coffee and bagels for the attendees and set up enough chairs. We also hope to have some samples of homebrew for the attendees, and don’t want to run out. Speaking of samples, I haven’t asked for contributions yet, so if you are able to contribute a growler or two, please let me know.

The class will be held in the warehouse area, so dress accordingly as it is not a heated area of the building. I have invited people who signed up during Oregon Brewers Fest, and some personal friends, and I’ve heard that others have passed this info on to their friends. However, as I write this (Nov 29th ) I have had only 1 confirmed reply. I don’t want to have to cancel this class.

We will be using a propane gas burner with a SS brew kettle to make a simple Brew in a Bag (some call it Extract Brewing, others call it a Partial Mash) recipe beer.

We also plan to bring other items to show options for those who want to know more about brewing with an electric kettle and using other equipment. Chris Manzi uses an electric kettle so should be able to answer your questions, and he is also one of the instructors. We will also cover things about all grain brewing in our presentation.

Our plan is to use a new kit FH Steinbart just created called Noble John Altbier. It will have some specialty grains, LME, 2 type of hops and use a dry yeast. Steinbart’s staff will keep it there for the fermentation process and we will serve it at one of our in meetings (possibly January).

We also plan to have assorted equipment on display. For example we will have a variety of equipment for taking temperatures and reading gravity, different chilling equipment, different packaging equipment etc. and will discuss all this while we go through the whole process of brewing: from heating the water through to preparing it for fermentation.

Even if you have been brewing for a while, you might learn something new, or see some equipment you haven’t tried.

If you want a Word Document version of this to share with an interested friend, contact me.

Michele Lish

2023 SheBrew Homebrew Competition

Enter the largest all female National AHA/BJCP Homebrew Competition!

The 6th "Annual" SheBrew Competition will be held at Imperial Yeast on Sunday, February 26th, 2023.

The Festival will be Sunday, March 5, 2023 at The Redd!

At the sister event, SheBrew Festival, 10 of our female homebrewers will again pour their beers alongside over 30 female professional brewers!

Register Here

Odd Ball Fez Fest – a fun party with People’s Choice Homebrewer Prize

Make a “save the date” entry on your 2023 calendar for the Peninsula Odd Fellows “Odd Ball Fez Fest” being held on Saturday, April 29, 2023. OBC has a good working relationship with this Lodge and we have supported this event in prior years. Our support is not only to attend this fun event, but to provide homebrew for it. They are looking for 4 donations (in the form of 5 gal kegs) to be served at the event. It will be a fundraiser for the Lodge and there will be a prize for the “people’s choice homebrewer.” More details to follow, or contact Michele Lish if you have questions.

Free Beer!

For the meetings…

We need beer for the meetings! We are looking for members to sign up and bring kegs to our In-meetings held at Steinbarts. To help incentivize and offset the cost of ingredients we are giving a $10 Steinbarts gift certificate to anyone who brings a keg.

Please sign up before the meeting so we know who is bringing beer. Members can always bring bottles and growlers as well but this incentive only applies to kegs.

To sign up please email  


Grace Schrick

Vice President

Your AHA Membership Benefits OBC

Members, please consider joining American Homeberewers Association (AHA). If you are already a member, be sure to add OBC on your membership profile as your homebrew club. The more club members affiliate with AHA, the better chance the club has of reaching the necessary number in order for OBC to receive insurance premium reimbursement. Insurance is expensive, so if AHA reimburses us, we can spend that money for other things that benefit the club members.

Amazon Purchases can help the club

If you buy from Amazon, please add Oregon Brew Crew to your charity of choice. OBC get a small amount of funds from them quarterly, based on the total amount our supporters spend on purchases. To date we have received $18.51 for the year. It isn’t much, but every little bit helps. You can use your existing account if you have one, or create a new account at if you don’t. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization, so select Oregon Brew Crew and that’s it. Encourage friends and family to list OBC on their Amazon accounts too.

Your OBC Profile in the Member Directory

Many of you have not edited your personal data on the OBC website. You can add a photo, tell a little about yourself, add even more contact details if you so choose to do this. All this is seen in the Member Directory.

To edit:

1.  Open your profile page (next to the logout button)

2.  Select "Edit" and "Privacy"

3.  Check the box "Allow to show profile" and then select what information you would like to display.  The default is set to Name and Photo Album.  Create a photo album, if you wish.

OBC Membership Benefits 

Renew Now - OBC membership is the best deal around at $35/year Individual or $55/year for a family! Log In and renew today!  

Here are just a few of the great benefits membership provides:

  • Encouraging newer Brewers to take up this rewarding hobby.
  • Learning about new beer styles through education presentations and by trying new beers when a member brings in a sample of their latest treasure.
  • The potluck feast that we have at our In Meetings!
  • The feedback on the beer that we brew – it always helps to talk to someone who really knows their stuff.
  • The amazing pilot system- the first five times I brewed were on our pilot system.
  • The 10% discount at FH Steinbart company- it’s back!
  • The ‘Out’ meetings at awesome breweries!
  • All the amazing Education topics!
  • Most importantly, the people I’ve met at the meetings and through the meetings, wow truly a unique group of individuals.

Bob Davee

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!

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

2022 Board of Directors:

President, Jon Campbell

Vice President, Grace Schrick

Treasurer, Michele Lish

Secretary, Corrie Heath

Education Committee Chair, Alex Parise

Competition Committee Chair, Scott Nieradka

Communications Chair, Jim Sullins

Events Coordinator, Bill Midkiff

Bürgermeister, Torri Hansmann

Membership, Bob Davee

Historian, Jeremie Landers

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