January 2022
Oregon Brew Crew Newsletter


Upcoming Meeting(s) & Events

January Meeting 1/13/22 at 7pm
via Zoom


Meeting ID: 862 9566 3340
Passcode: 839016

Presidential Pint

Happy New Year! It’s January 2022 and it has been icy and cold recently. I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year’s. This time of year I really enjoy drinking a rich stout like a Fremont B Bomb. I enjoy just sitting around and enjoying one of these tasty beers that are a wonderful dessert at the end of the night or after dinner. 

Hopefully you have been doing some homebrewing or at least enjoying some beer. I have been very fortunate and have been enjoying some very good homebrew and commercial beer. I hope to do some judging at the upcoming beer competitions. I also hope to compete again soon with Stout Bout and Oregon Brew Crew’s Heart of Cascadia. These are both very fun competitions to compete in and there are lots of good beers at these competitions made by all of you.

This month’s meeting will be virtual on Zoom as we hope to avoid the latest variant of COVID 19. Your board at Oregon Brew Crew looks forward to having some “Out” meetings at breweries or parks, etc. and also having our “In” meetings where we all meet at FH Steinbart’s on the second Thursday of each month. I look forward to meeting with you all soon!


-Jon Campbell

2020-2022 OBC President

A Note from your Treasurer

January 2022 Newsletter Submission

Membership Reminders that were recently sent out, might be wrong for a couple people because I’ve been trying to work on the membership database and have run into a glitch or two.  First, a couple people paid more than once this past year because our free six-month membership timeframe ran out and they then paid, that ended up being credited to the full 2021 timeframe creating a renewal date of Jan 1 again when it should have been Aug 2022. When they got the recent renewal notice, they paid again for the full year of 2022.  I will just change your renewal date to correct this error.

Secondly, I reactivated many people late last year who hadn’t renewed in 2020.  I did that so they would get the newsletter in Dec in hopes of reminding them the club is still alive and well and we are doing some activities. Because they didn’t renew, the system automatically put them into a “suspended” status sometime in early 2021, so they have been unaware of what is going on with OBC. It was my way of trying to keep everyone informed as that newsletter contained some good information. This also meant they received a renewal notice on Dec 15 and/or Jan 1. 

If you are in this second group of people, please think about joining again as the club tries to come together again and find ways to have activities safely.  With more people discussing ways we might meet club member needs, maybe we can find ways to make the club more beneficial to members while we deal with limited in-person meetings.  If you think you won’t get your money’s worth for your dues, then I hope you will remember us when things get better in the future and we are back in full swing and rejoin then.  If you have any questions or concerns about dues or payments please reach out to me at my email address:  michele.lish@oregonbrewcrew.org

I hope I’m not sounding like I’m harping at people who had decided to not renew, as that is not my point.  I just want you all to know I recognize there may be a valid reason you don’t want to pay dues right now and encourage you to reach out and share your concerns with me or other members of the board so we can find our way forward in these difficult times.

Michele Lish, OBC Treasurer

Competition Corner - December

Fall Classic

Competition Corner - January

New BJCP guidelines were released: https://www.bjcp.org/bjcp-style-guidelines/ . The 2021 are a pretty minor update to the 2015 guidelines. Only a few new styles, and the majority of styles are unchanged. I will be going over the changes at the next meeting in detail, but largely nothing massive to get used to (Unless Kellerbiers are your jam, and if so, you will be happy the guidelines are vastly improved, and disappointed they got shoved in historical now) but it's good for the BJCP judges to give it a once over. The history sections are much improved, though that doesn't impact judging directly. 


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

Results at https://hotv.org/ohf/ 

Congrats to Jason Barker with Silver and Bronze in Belgian Ales, and to Chuck Macaluso with a Gold in Dark Ales, a Silver in Cider and Mead, and a bronze in Pale and Amber Ales.

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

Results at https://queenofbeer.oregonbrewcrew.org/

Congratulations to Corrie Heath and Kathleen Freitag for medaling in the Queen of Beer competition.  Corrie received a gold with her English Barleywine, and Kathleen received two silvers: one for her Imperial Stout, and the other for her Double IPA.

Upcoming Competitions:

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. 

SheBrew, Portland OR 2/27/22,

Due 2/18/22 (multiple local drop off points) 

Registration is open! https://shebrew.oregonbrewcrew.org/

Female Identified brewers only, Organized by the Oregon Brew Crew and HRC. Still 6 weeks away from drop off, plenty of time still to brew most styles.

National Homebrew Competition: 

No official announcement yet, usually dates are posted mid-late january. While there is nothing official yet, I have the feeling they are going with a one round format again this year, as of what I heard a few months ago. We should know more soon. 

Heart of Cascadia: Early June

OBC’s yearly IPA only competition, if you wish to help with planning or organizing reach out to scott.nieradka@oregonbrewcrew.org. We managed to hold it last year so we will hold it somehow again this year in early June, (barring some new mutant death variant that melts people's faces)  

-Scott Nieradka

Burgermeister News

Hello! And Happy New Year to you all! As we are not meeting together yet again, I thought I would share something a lil different, as I have this past 2 years.

I am constantly learning something new about healing plants and want to share my experiences with other like-minded people, you.

Whether it's brewing a beer with something new or making a new tincture. My experiences could become your experiences. So here you go, my cookies and my doggie....



In light of the recent current events, I like to call "Beautiful Bombs Explode Over Your House Day" but the rest of the country's population may call it the New Year's Celebration ie; fireworks, I think a recipe share is in order. Our dog, Chester, as many other dogs out there, hate days that bring loud booms and snaps. We like to help him get through this time with a little help from nature. We give him a couple "Chill-Out Cookies" and he begins to get less annoyed and more relaxed during all the boom


I'd say he looks pretty relaxed. As you can see, Chester is an Australian Sheperd. Australian Shepherds are very energetic and

this guy is also very vocal around other beings. These cookies are also helpful when we know we are going to have company visiting. Also, the herbs in it are good for our fur babies. Chamomile aid digestion, help prevent stomach ulcers, depresses the central nervous system, relieves arthritic joint inflammation, and topically applied helps prevent infections. Lavender relaxes the mind and calms the skin topically. Lemon balm helps soothe and relax when one is stressed or irritable, it helps reduce inflammation and helps aid digestion. These are definitely something I want in my cookies as well.


1 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup apple butter or apple sauce

2 large eggs

1/3 cup coconut oil

and 32 tea bags, cut open, and just save the herbs of chamomile, lavender, lemon balm mix, I use the Traditional Medicinals brand because that is what I drink too.

Mix all ingredients together. This will be a very crumbly blend. Heat

oven to 275° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. I use a tsp to fill it with cookie dough, pressing down firmly and smoothing it out. I then tap the spoon on the edge of the bowl until the cookie pops out, and place it on

The cookies can be placed as close as you like, to fit more on your sheet. No worries, they won't spread and stick to each other. Bake the cookies for 45 minutes. Let cookies cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. I give my 45# dog 2 cookies when preparing for an event and 1 cookie each

night before bed. I have been known to have one with him from time to time. If it's not good enough for you, it's not good enough for Fido. I hope you enjoy making these cookies as much as I do.

Keep brewing, keep cooking, and most definitely keep healing,


MysTorri your Burgermeister

Do your best, 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 HomebrewFinds.com 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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