November 2022

Oregon Brew Crew Newsletter

Upcoming Meeting(s) & Events

November "IN" Meeting 

Thursday, 11/10/22 at 7pm

FH Steinbart

234 SE 12th Ave,
Portland, OR 97214


Annual OBC Election meeting. 

Chili Competition. See Burgermeister Brews News for more details.


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

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

Presidential Pint

Happy November! The month of elections and the OBC Anniversary Party.

This time of year is a great time to start breaking out those darker, bigger beers as our weather gets colder. I enjoy making Wee Heavy’s and Stouts this time of year. 

Speaking of elections, please do not forget to vote and I am not just talking about local elections, but for your OBC board members. With that being said we need you to run for board positions. Many board members want to stay while we do have some members who would like to run for open positions. We still want and need more members to run, especially for leadership positions such as President and Vice President. All positions are available to run for. Please consider running for the board to help bring new energy to the board. We need you!

Don’t forget about OBC’s Fall Classic Homebrew Competition. If you haven’t registered your beer, do it now. Also I am sure we could still use judges and other helpers. There is still time to register your beer and to judge or steward the competition.

The November OBC meeting will be on Thursday 11/10/22 at FH Steinbart’s at 7pm. This is our annual election meeting.


-Jon Campbell

2020-2022 OBC President

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. We have In-meetings scheduled for July, September, October and November.

Members can always bring bottles and growlers as well but this incentive only applies to kegs. To sign up for these meetings please email  


Grace Schrick

Vice President

Burgermeister Brews News 

Helloooo Brew Friends,

We are near the end of the year and I want to first thank everyone for accepting me as your Burgermeister this past year. We saw ourselves through the pandemic and into our new norm of meeting again with precautions more acceptable than ever before. Hopefully we all can be a lil more compassionate for those who have always struggled with immune issues and respect each other's desires to stay away during flu season. Maybe we can find that the new year brings new things to offer like tapes meetings available on our website. Or live streaming. 

Anyway, I have two more topics to talk about here. 

November IN meeting brings the annual Chili Cook-Off!

Oh baby!

I will have corn bread, sour cream, and shredded cheese available but you need to bring the main course, Chili! Some years we have had as little as 4 chilis entered and other years upwards of 10! Can we make it 12 this year?! Let's get those cauldrons a good amount of butter and garlic a melting, peppers a simmering, and spices a roasting. I wanna see those pots full of spicy goodness! And if you want a chance at everyone's votes please label meat/spice/dairy/and onion in your recipe as some of us will need to avoid them. I am severely allergic to onions including chives and shallots. If you feel you need them in your chili, feel free but please label it so I stay far away.

I will have "medals" for the top 3 voted pots and a prize for each. Let the good times roll and the eyes water from the heat!

December Holiday party, December 10, is nearing and I need volunteers to help with the food aspect of the party. If you would like to be apart of my team, please send me an email or text (I don't have a chance for taking calls often) let me know how you can help. Set-up, clean-up, two huge needs for help.

And if you cannot volunteer,  please start thinking about what you would like to bring for the potluck. I will not cater the whole thing, this is potluck. Group effort needed as we always ask for at IN meetings. 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. 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. 

Do you remember that yummy punch recipe I shared with you all? You know the one, when we were all deep in the "COVID is rampant and we must stay home" faze. Well, I was writing recipes in my share of the newsletter and I hope you enjoyed them, maybe even tried them. My herb punch is 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.



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

Competition Corner - November

Upcoming competitions:

Fall Classic,11/11-11/12 Portland OR. Drop off at Steinbarts and elsewhere by 11/4. Judging at Imperial Yeast. Please get entries in.Obc' large competition of the year; and we are looking at record entries, we need help, email if you wish to help stewarding, bottle sorting, etc. 

Stout Bout, TBD, Late Jan/Feb. Portland, OR. 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.  

OBC Cup:

Charles Macaluso


Corrie Heath


Adam Lund


Come on, I know more than these 3 have won medals this year, Fill out the form here whenever you enter any competition, win or lose, and get points for competing. Points can be traded for tasty raffle tickets at our annual holiday party, and the overall winner gets a prize. See full details at the link above.

40th Anniversary Party Reminder 

Date: Saturday, Nov 5th

Location: Laurelhurst Club, 3721 SE Ankeny - This is on the north side of Laurelhurst Park. (Do not confuse it with the pub.) 

Time: Doors open at 6 PM. 

Food is catered by Elephants Delicatessen & Catering. Please do not bring food or beer. Save all of that for the holiday party! 

We will have beer from:

  • Level / OBC - "Level 42" Smoked Porter
  • Ecliptic / OBC - "Deep Voyager" English Barleywine
  • Hair of the Dog / OBC - "Madame from the Wood" Barrel Blend
  • Zoiglhaus - "Zoigl-Pils" German Pilsner
  • Breakside - "Low Places" Amber/Bock
  • Pono Brewing - "Pineapple Express" Pineapple Kölsch
  • Upright - "Shoulder Season" Rye Saison (Cask if we can swing it)
  • Crooked Creek - "Unnumbered 17" Belgian Dubbel
  • Ninkasi - Chad's Five Hop IPA and Double Cold IPA
  • Cider Riot - "Bourbon Barrel 1763" Cider.  

Thank you to all our sponsors for their collaborations and donations!

Our MC for the night will be none other than our friend Damian DeBuiser of the Brew Happy Show Podcast!

There will be an historic slide presentation. You will receive a special 40th Anniversary Glass donated by Imperial Yeast.  Cake from Chuck's Produce will be served.  The event will end around 9 PM as the committee needs to clean up the event space. 

Tickets are still available at:   Members (Individual and Family) $35, non-members $45.

OBC 40 Planning Committee

OBC Holiday Party – open to family members

OBC will be hosting our annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 10 at the Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge located at 4834 N. Lombard St. Portland. It’s the same place we’ve held this party for a few years (prior to Covid).  

Torri, our Burgermeister, will be in charge of the food, and will need some volunteers, and of course we need for you to bring pot luck dishes.

We also need people to help set up and decorate. We will have food and drink, the new board for 2023 will be introduced, we’ll probably have a small raffle, if there are any awards to be given out it will happen at that time, but there will not be a bottle ring toss.

The club will be looking for donations for the raffle, so if you have any yourself or have connections, please let a board member know. Also if you have photos to contribute to the slide show, send them to a member of the board who can put them on a shared Google Drive file. We also will need people to help clean up at the end of the evening.

AHA Learn To Brew Day

Learn how to brew day is still happening. My place Nov 5th start at 9am. Forecast is wet and cold so bring a rain jacket and a chair as I brew OUTSIDE!!!

Please contact me via email or phone for the address and any additional questions. Simple pizzas and beer will be provided. 

 Also the same day we have the 40th party   !!! Looking forward to it and trying some really cool unique beers! 

503 995 8562

OBC Learn to Brew Class – Everyone welcome – Mark your calendar

At the Oregon Brewers Fest, OBC had a sign-up sheet at our booth and asked people to provide an email address if they were interested in learning to brew. That list contained over 30 email addresses. We have now selected a date/location for this class, and anyone is welcome to attend at no charge. It will be held on Saturday, Dec 3rd at Steinbart’s.

Chuck Macaluso, Chris Manzi (maybe) and Michele Lish will be doing the presentation. If you are interested in attending, please contact to let her know. If you know anyone who wants to attend, reach out to them and have them contact Michele.

If this is successful and well received, we might plan to make this an annual event.

Widmer Collaborator Program

Oregon Brew Crew,

It has been a few years since we had the opportunity to get everyone together back at the Widmer Brothers Brewery for Collaborator! The Brothers have now long retired, but our history and incredible partnership with the Oregon Brew Crew and the Collaborator Program remains an important part of our Brand and a tradition that we would love to continue.

I am more than happy to answer any questions – and looking forward to seeing everyone at an upcoming meeting!


Jake Neilson – Brand Manager Widmer Brothers Brewing

Proposed 2023 OBC Budget Explained
(see spreadsheet below)


1. The new amount is less for our membership income as we have lost members steadily over the last 4 years. Currently we have a lot of overdue membership payments.

2. Since we are back to having in-meeting, we hope to sell the merchandise we have on hand, so there won’t be a cost to OBC, but we will have income from this.

3. If an item is struck through, it was in the 2022 budget, but not in the 2023 budget.


1. Our liability insurance dropped in 2022 because cost is based on “number of members”.

2. We are working to get Widmer’s Collaborator started again, but Hair of the Dog is closing, so was struck as a line item.

3. The P.O, Box has been closed because we get so little mail, and F.H. Steinbart is allowing our mail delivery to their address.

4. Wild Apricot (our membership database program): is currently in the second year of our two year paid subscription. The next payment will be due on Jan 6 2024. However, we also pay for use of a competition website, and that amount is noted.

5. Intangible Assets: this include GoDaddy (Domain name purchases), SSL Certificate (website security service) and corporate fees to the State of Oregon.

6. We cancelled our membership with Zoom as we no longer have a need to use this service.

If you want any more details about any line item or want to see a full spreadsheet or bank statements, contact the Treasurer:

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.

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.

Member of the Year Points / Volunteer Points

Don’t forget to put your volunteer points into the Members Benefits section of the OBC website.

Log in, go to Competition> For Members> Member of the Year. Then fill out the form. The only person who has entered anything for 2022 is Chuck Macaluso. I know many of you did some of the following: beer demo at festival, served beer at festival, staffed booth at festival, helped at meetings, brewed a beer for National Hombrew Day (May 7), were a judge or steward at an OBC competition and probably more things. If it is affiliated with OBC in some way, it counts.

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.

This might be your last Newsletter...

We are sorry to see you go, but some of you have not paid your dues in a while and it is time for us to put your account into our archives. If you recently received an email reminding you to pay, please take care of that now.

If at any time you want to stop by an IN meeting, you are always welcome. You can also enter competitions and volunteer for things even if you are not a member.

If ever you want to rejoin, just contact a board member so your account can be reactivated. Archival will be done right after our election meeting on Nov 10th .

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

If you are willing to write up an article for
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