December Recap

Earlier this week, SODZ members were fortunate to be able to pick back up our annual tradition of meeting in-person at Lineage Brewing for our club Christmas party.

Thanks again to Lineage’s Mike Byrne, SODZ member and former club officer, for graciously hosting us! We had around 40 in attendance, with a mix of veteran and newer members and ‘plus ones’. The club provided Chipotle catering and members brought a variety of tasty desserts and sides to share. Merriment was had by all!

Becky Curran once again did an excellent job as the ‘Dirty Elephant’ bottle exchange emcee – lots of large-format awesome beer was circled about.

Congratulations to the winners of the December club competition, who entered the following, delicious holiday-themed beers: First place, Seth Bland, Cookie Brown Ale Second place, Jim Sudduth, Spiced Milk Stout Third place, Mitch McGreal, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale

Winners of the monthly SODZ club competitions are entitled to a $25 gift card to a LHBS of their choice. We’ve missed handing these out for the last few meetings, so please email if you’re owed a gift card – specify your shop of preference and we’ll get you squared away. Many thanks to Gautam Bagchi who has run the SODZ club competitions for a long time and is now passing the torch to Dave Curran, who has volunteered to step up as the new coordinator of the monthly club competitions.

Future event announcements, plus a few extra details that have developed in the meantime: British Beer Fest, SODZ BJCP competition (and long-time tradition), will return on April 9, 2022, and will be held in a new location at Olentangy River Brewing Co. in Lewis Center. This competition focuses on classic beer styles historically originating from the British Isles. More details to come, but start dusting off your recipe notebooks now!

January SODZ meeting, 1/17 at 7PM, Virtual Zoom Meeting. Details on how to join will be sent to members emails.

February SODZ meeting, 2/21 at 7PM, Barley’s Brewing Company in the Short North. SODZ will be back at our longtime favorite brewpub in town, catching up with Angelo in The Underground. Show up a bit early to snag some dinner and don’t skip their delicious wings. Metered parking should be free on account of the holiday.

November Meeting Recap

First and foremost thank you to everyone who showed up! This was one of the largest gatherings we've had in quite some time and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves!

The meeting started off with Eric recapping the month that was. From a successful canning day with Nocterra to put Learn To Dunkle in cans. We also had 21 members show up to Nocterra for Learn to Homebrew day!

Next month's informal meting will be at Lineage for our Christmas party. There will be a dirty elephant (commercial beer exchange). As well as our December Club Competition:

Christmas/Winter Speciality (21B) Belgian Specialty (16E), Wood Aged (22C) Speciality (23, convince us it’s Christmas)

After the announcements Ryan Torres talked about two of his most recent award winning beers. Toasty which won bronze in the English Mid or Bittter category! After describing the brewing process and answering members questions he moved into explaining Big Dog IPA. Big Dog IPA was named the best hoppiest beer in the nation by winning the Alpha King Challenge sponsored by Yakima Chief. Move over East Coast, Columbus would like to enter the game. Big Dog IPA uses CTZ, Mosaic, and Idaho 7 hops. Ryan also took questions from members on about the process of creating Big Dog IPA.

Congrats to this month's club competitions stand outs!

  • 1st Place: Thomas Babb - Chocolate Porter
  • 2nd Place: Mike Noonan - Smoked Amber
  • 3rd Place: Brad Reardon - Barrel Aged Porter
  • Honorable Mention: Bill Bopp - Russian Imperial Stout
  • Honorable Mention: Stacy Groene - Schwarzbier