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August 2022 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter

Summer's winding down but our favorite hobby is as active as 98 degree Kveik fermentation! We just wrapped up Malt Madness and our club made a great showing racking up medals and taking the Best in Show 1st and 2nd places! Congratulations to Dave Barber and Preston Klingseis! Check out all our wins on the official site. Our August meeting will be at 5 Maidens Cider Company and we'll set up the prize table for anyone who wasn't able to attend the competition.

I'd like to thank everyone that submitted entries, got prizes donated, judged or stewarded! I'd especially like to recognize the efforts of Mel Homik, Joe Kalinosky, and Melissa Titus who took on the responsibility of critical organizational roles for the competition. Malt Madness would not have happened without their dedication and time. Finally, I'd like to thank all our generous sponsors who filled up the prize shelves at Retriever Brewing Company.

We've been invited to participate in a couple new events, two of which occur Labor Day weekend - please RSVP if you are able to make it so we can make a call if we can participate. As always, please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Brew on!

John Litak

LVHb Club President

Future Meetings:

Meetings are open to anyone (21 and older) who home brews (beer, wine, cider, mead) or is interested in learning about home brewing.  Our club has over 30 certified judges and several members who have "gone pro" by opening their own brewery, meadery, or distillery! - So bring your latest craft creation and get some constructive feedback and/or accolades!



Here are some upcoming events, we'll add more specifics as we work out the details for these events.


OUR BREWERS (are awesome!)

Lehigh Valley Homebrewers won 14 medals at Malt Madness! Congrats LVHb'ers! Check out all our wins here.

We had a couple brewers rack up some gold at the NJ State Fair Homebrew competition:



Beer Name


BOS Honorable Mention and 1st Place

Preston Klingseis Co-Brewer: Maggie Klingseis

The King Maker

24C: Bière de Garde

1st Place

Preston Klingseis Co-Brewer: Maggie Klingseis

Every Day I'm Dunkling

10B: Dunkels Weissbier

1st Place

John Litak

Apricots for Cricket

29A: Fruit Beer

Congratulations to LVHb'er Rob Myers for placing 3rd overall at the Pilger Ruh Homebrew Competition at the Schuylkill County Brew Fest!

Congratulations to Katherine Winchell with her 2nd Runner Up art entry in the "Art of Troegs" competition. Check out Katherine's entry envisioning the harmonious marriage of hops and barley:



Lehigh Valley Homebrewer of the Year

We will announce the winners of the latest HBotY competition, Belgian Blondes vs. Munich Helles at the August Meeting. Also, if you placed at Malt Madness, we'll be adding those points to your total.

Check out the 2022 leaderboard here!

Upcoming Challenges:

  1. Clam Jam - "People's Choice" - Crowd votes

  2. September - "Ice Cream Beer" - Best representation of an ice cream flavor or ingredient in a style of your choice.



Full list is available here.

Recommended Local Homebrew Competitions:



Registrations Due












The details for most of our happenings (news, events, etc.) will either be included in the monthly newsletter or will be found on the LVHB Website Club Info page.   More random thoughts, photos, and links will be shared via the club Facebook page.   Find photos of our brewing activities on Instagram!  @lehighvalleyhomebrewers

LVHB T-Shirts

LVHB t-shirts are being redesigned...

Looking for a gift idea? How about an AHA Membership for yourself or your brewing buddy? Use our link (click the image below) and the club gets credit for your membership!

Member Benefits

Keystone Homebrew Supply offers 10% off online and in-store purchases for LVHB members as well as a points based loyalty reward program.  They offer weekly local delivery on Saturday at Bonn Place in Bethlehem (just place your order by Thursday).  Keystone offers full sacks of grain as well as a large selection of brewing and wine making equipment.  Also, for most local competitions they provide a drop off point so you don't have to mail in your entries! Hop and Grain offers members 20% off purchases on their online store, free shipping and flexible local pick-up options.  You'll find them very accommodating, even if you require a special order.

There's no excuse not to brew because you can't get ingredients or equipment!  Thank you to the local shops that support our club!

See all the benefits of membership as well as how to join here.

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