June 2022 - Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club - Est. 1993
Next Monthly Meeting at White Elm Brewing Company

When: Thursday, June 2, 2022, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Six o’clock for socializing, business at 7 o’clock.
Where: White Elm Brewing Co., 720 Van Dorn Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
Beer: Be sure to bring some of your homebrew to share with your fellow club members. Wait. What!? No homebrew? Bring some craft beer! Have a pint of White Elm's delicious brew. They currently have 15 on tap. See their beer menu here.
50/50: In addition to the usual 50/50 - where half of the total goes to the winner and the other half to the host - we may be giving away the Zipline base grain. So, buy a ticket for a buck for a chance to win cash and malted grain!
Renew your membership! Click here to do it online. Still only $25. Such a deal! What are you waiting for? Seriously...

The club’s monthly meeting will happen at the White Elm Brewing Company, 720 Van Dorn Street (not the Haymarket location). White Elm just released their Malverde, a “Mexican-style lager,” and Caught in the Rain, an "American pale wheat." Both new brews are currently on tap and available in cans. In addition, if you have beers for the quarterly 402 contest - American pale ale or Saison - bring them. More details below.

During the last social at the 1867 Bar – where American style Pilsners were sold for the low, low price of two bucks (Oh, I know!!!) – for this meeting’s beer education, we discussed setting up a "5 & Five” tasting of American Pilsner lagers. Maybe get four macros (e.g., Bud "heavy," PBR, Old Style, Miller, Coors Banquet, etc.) and our host’s Lo-Fi American lager, a 4.1% brew that should go well with the others. 

To refresh your collective memories, and inform any newbies, we’ll explain the “5 & Five.” For round 1, we sample five beers labeled 1 through 5. Tasters take a few notes. We collect the glasses. Round 2 gets you the same five beers but now in a different order and addressed as A through E. The objective is to pay attention to what you're drinking and to see if there are any differences between these delicate-and-lighter brews. In addition, maybe we could have the participants state a preference for the best/favorite of the five and see if a local craft beer rates better than the macro stuff.

Local Brewing Odds 'n' Ends 
  • Lincoln Lager Lacy Phillipe took home first-place honors in the 2022 Turbine Flats Crawfish Boil. Her jalepeño cream ale won judges’ choice. Good job, Lacy!
  • Plan to bring a sample of your Big Brew to the July Meeting (Kim & Anita's house). We'll have some sort of tasting and prizes for the best brewed Big Brew beer. If you brewed with the Hopsteiner hops, be sure to note that and let us know. Many of us are curious as to how those are going to bitter, taste and smell.
  • Benson Beer Festival: The Brewsletter editor has VIP tickets and will report back on how things go. We’re curious if any Omaha homebrew clubs will be pouring. Homebrewers used to take part in this and other festivals a few years ago. Been a few years now – thanks to the pandemic – since I’ve been to a beer fest. This one happens on Saturday, June 4. More info and tickets here.
  • The June club social is happening at Yia Yia's Pizza and Beer, the downtown location. Stop in from 6 to 8 p.m. and have a beer with us. No agenda. Just beer... and pizza!
  • We've been doing some work on the club's website: Locating the current and past member rosters should be a little bit easier, as is finding the club's Brewsletters. Please take a look at it and let us know what you think. Thank you!
Save the Dates! 
  • Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, is the date for the return of the club's annual pot luck picnic. Tim & Theresa Thomssen will be our hosts. More details to come!
  • Friday & Saturday, Oct. 14 & 15, 2022: The Lincoln Lagers Sower's Cup. This is our annual, regional homebrew competition. This event is tons of fun ... and a lot of work. We are hoping for YOU to volunteer a little time to make this event the continued success that it's been for several years now. We'll be posting more details soon, along with sponsorship opportunities and deadlines for you to enter your brew.

402 Quarterly Contest

We are in the second year of the quarterly homebrew contest with the Local 402 Brewer’s Union from Omaha. This year we are mixing it up with each club choosing a style for each quarter. Please keep these styles in mind when planning out future brew dates. We are planning the intra-club judging of American Pale Ale and Saison at the June club meeting. Top two entries for each style advances to the head-to-head contest with the 402s. The rest of the styles and judging months are below. Brew your American Pale Ale and Saison. Check out the BJCP Style Guidelines for details on these and all of the recognized styles. Watch the club website and Facebook for second-quarter judging details. 

March: English IPA & British Golden Ale (Omaha)
> June: American Pale Ale & Saison (Lincoln)
September: Cider & Vienna Lager (Omaha)
December: Imperial Stout & English Barleywine (Omaha)


2022 Kegs for the Cure - Zipline Brewing - Friday, June 24

Gordon Coke is looking for beer for the Kegs for the Cure, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year will be the 13th annual event, to be held at Zipline Brewing Company on Friday, June 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. If you would like to contribute cash or homebrew, contact Gordon at (402) 730-8480, Click here for the event website.


2022 Nebraska Shootout

The Nebraska Shootout is slated for July 30, 2022, with Homebrewers Anonymous acting as the host club. It was recently announced on Facebook that the Shootout judging and award ceremony will take place at Monolithic Brewing Company, 4915 N. 12th Street, in Omaha. For those who don't know how this competition works, it's a competition that is restricted to homebrew clubs in Nebraska. There are a handful of styles that are chosen each year and each club is allowed two entries per category. Points are awarded and bragging rights follow. 

2022 Shootout Categories:
If you would like to research more about the beer styles and substyles, the links above go to BJCP website for each one.

Sources: Facebook, Google Groups

Next monthly meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 7, at Kim & Anita's house!

Craft beer and beer in the news, along with some other trivia...
First Woman-owned brewery
Brooklyn, NY - LeAnn Darland and Tara Hankinson opened Talea Beer Co., in March of 2021. They now have over 30 employees and brewing over 20 different beers. "The pair met while working at Hopsy, a beer e-commerce start-up, in April 2018, and decided to combine their knowledge to create Talea, a play on their first names. Trusting in the originality of their brand, Hankinson and Darland spent eight months developing a business plan ... Today, Talea Beer Co. has over 20 different draft beers, an online merch store and almost 20,000 supporters across social media platforms." More about their adventure on

Fifty Worst Beers in the World
According to a recent poll of the thousands of beer enthusiasts at, AB's Natural Light and Natural Ice, got first and second, respectively. For what it's worth, AB had over ten in this "bottom" fifty. Miller took four spots and Coors got one. Fifteen of these had light in their names, while ten included ice. What is an "ice beer" anyway? King Cobra Malt Liquor made the fiftieth spot. The whole list is here on

The History of Beer in the United States
We found a fun timeline of our favorite beverage. Starting in 1607 ("First shipment of beer arrives in the Virginia colony from England") to 2020 ("Now more than 8,000 breweries in the USA"). Highlights include 1860: "More than 1,269 breweries produce over one million barrels of beer for a population of 31 million. New York and Pennsylvania account for 85 percent of production." In 1982, "Charlie Papazian, homebrewer, starts the Great American Beer Festival in Boulder, Colorado). For the complete history, go here.

Competition Links
For all of your competition information and comprehensive schedule, check out the BJCP website and AHA's events page.
More events are listed on Reggie Beer's website. Click here to see the latest.
For important dates for the National Home Brew Competition, go here.
More info on these links for the High Plains and Midwest competitions.


Scott Andrews • Mark Beatty • Bob Catherall • Jeff Bloom • Paul Breitkreutz • Bob Catherall • James Ehrman • Zach Fenton • Tyler Garrelts • Doug Finke • Edward Hines • Adam Johnson • Brian Kaiser • Jason Krontz • Jason Larson • Scott Levander • Patrick McCabe • Jason McLaughlin • Steve Olsen • Lacy Phillipe • Craig Samek • Terry Schwimmer • Roger Stortenbecker • Kim  Theesen • Adam Thimmesch • Tim Thomssen • James Tierney • Levi Viter • Brett Walburn • Britt Weiser

Say what!? You paid your dues and you're not on the list!? Give us a call. Send us an email. Post on Facebook. Tell us at the meeting and we'll get you
on it! (5.30.2022)

The Trub Zone - Kim Theesen, Brewsletter Editor

Three Kinds of Beer: Beers I'll Taste, Beers I'll Drink and Beers I'll Drink Again

What do you drink when there's nothing on the menu that looks good to your palate? We recently spent the evening at a concert (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) at Stir Cove, Harrah's Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa.They advertised three beers on the "craft beer" menu: Lagunita's IPA, Lagunita's Summer Shandy and Corona. For those of you who are regular readers, you know my stance on IPA (a beer I'll taste). Any guess as to how Corona (a beer I'd drink, if I'm dying of thirst and that's all you have - save your lime) made the jump from watered-down macro lager to "craft beer." I decided to go with the Summer Shandy (a beer I tasted). Um, I'll probably never have another one of those. I'm surprised there wasn't any pulp in it, seeing how lemony it was. It was all I could do to choke down the entire 16-oz can. My second beverage was an Angry Orchard cider (not a beer, but I will drink it again). Who's in charge of distribution at these venues? 

Just two days later, As I was strolling through the cooler at Moran's, I found a smoked porter from Alaskan Brewing Co. Now there's a beer I'll drink again. On an impulse buy, I picked up a can to take to a little holiday cookout; it paired well with the beef brisket. It was dark (92 SRM) and robust (five malts, two different hops), with a well-balanced smokiness. ABV is 6.5% with a bitterness of 45 IBU. I plan to go back for a couple more cans and may try to age one for a while. In addition, our dinner host also had Alaskan Amber to share. I still remember sampling the beer from Alaskan Brewing Co. at a Great American Beer Festival, oh so many years ago. Their smoked birch bock left a solid impression on my palate. 

Big Brew Tasting... We are planning to host the July monthly meeting at our house. At that meeting, we'll plan some sort of organized tasting and informal competition of the Code "Big Brew" cream ale wort. I'm guessing we'll do a simple ranking of your favorite three or give you some tickets to vote for your favorite(s). We have some cash in the club treasury, so I'm pushing to award some prizes to the winners. Gift certificates to Code, what else?

Garage Sale... Over the past few years, the club has held a swap meet or garage sale, something to help clear out some of our gently used brew gear, surplus grain and hops. I know of several members who are sitting on lots of stuff, including myself. Tomorrow's homebrewers can get into the hobby cheap these days. Lots of equipment is just waiting to find good homes. Combining my recent retirement with wanting to pare down some possessions, what is the best way to do this? The recent "thing" in front of White Elm, primarily set up for the bicycle crowd, didn't go over well for our homebrewers; it just wasn't the target audience. I'm sure we can get one of the local craft breweries to give us a spot in a parking lot or in a corner inside. The main concern is how to market this and get people to show up. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

See you Thursday, Cheers! 


Random Beer Quote for the Month: “Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer” - Arnold Schwarzenegger.
THE LINCOLN LAGERS LOG: The Local Beer Calendar

2... Thurs... 6 p.m. Monthly Meeting - White Elm Brewing - 402 Quarterly Contest - Entries Due
4... Sat... Benson Beer Festival - Omaha - Benson
16... Thurs... 6 p.m. Monthly Social - Yia Yia's Pizza & Beer... No agenda. Just beer. And pizza.
24... Fri... 6 p.m. Kegs for the Cure - Zipline Brewing Co.
TBD... 402 Quarterly Contest - Judging

7... Thu... Monthly Meeting (Kim & Anita's house, details in July's Brewsletter)
21... Thu... Monthly Social & Nebraska Shootout Judging (TBA)
30.. Sat... Nebraska Shootout - Omaha - Monolithic Brewing

4... Thurs... 6 p.m. Monthly Meeting - (TBA)
18... Thurs... 6 p.m. Monthly Social (TBA)... No agenda... Just beer...

1... Thurs... 6 p.m. Monthly Meeting - (TBA)
24... Sat... The Return of the Annual Fall Potluck Picnic... Details TBD!

(Disclaimer: Dates and details subject to change. Confirm with the organizers that these are accurate. Shit happens, man. Got it? OK.)
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