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February 2024 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter




Happy New Year Brewers,


Our meeting this month will be on Tuesday February 27th, at Lost Tavern's production facility in Hellertown. This isn't their location that's open to the public, rather it's just down the street, behind the Dunkin'. Remember to grab something to eat before the meeting and to bring cash if you ordered a shirt at the Holiday Party! Membership renewals are open and available on the website, please renew soon so we can provide an updated list to our homebrew supply shop sponsors. Note that in order to ensure the club can cover core operating expenses, the Officers voted to raise dues by $5 this year, to $25 for new members and $15 for renewals.


A reminder that we are running the first leg of the 2024 HBoTY competition (Tropical Stout) through the Garden State Homebrew Competition. I will be at Sherman Street Brewing from 12-2pm this Saturday, the 17th to collect paid entries for transport to Brew Hardware. If you are unable to make that window and have an entry, please reach out to arrange drop off with me by Wednesday the 21st; I'm planning on heading out Thursday AM (2/22) to deliver those. If you missed the deadline for the competition and have an entry, let me know and we'll make arrangements. The full schedule is expected to be added by the February meeting.


Festival season is approaching quickly, the club will be serving at the ArtsQuest Spring Beer Fest again this year, which will be on March 30th, so get those brews started! Note that members serving at this event are required to be RAMP certified. We're working to try to coordinate an in person course opportunity for members before the festival, or you can complete server/seller training online. If that's not enough festival time for you, the Bucks Beer Bash at the FUGE Event Center in Warminster is March 9th. See the Events page for details!


Finally, we've been looking for an alternative with a low barrier to entry for notifying those interested in news, festival opportunities, or event reminders, etc. outside of the monthly newsletter cycle. To this end, we've created the "LVHB News" Google Group and will be trialing that over the next few months. If you're interested, you should be able to search for lvhb-news@googlegroups.com in the Google Groups search and request to join.






See you on Tuesday,


Steve Anthony

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!

 

UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS


The Bucks Beer Bash at the FUGE Event Center is March 9, 2024 - see the events page for details and the link to their site to register!


The ArtsQuest Spring BrewFest at Steelstacks will be back March 30, 2024 - watch the Events page to register!



 

OUR BREWERS (are awesome!)


We're hibernating this month, but check back in March for more!


 

CLUB COMPETITIONS


Lehigh Valley Homebrewer of the Year


The first style for March is Tropical Stout. We'll be running the judging for this leg through the Garden State Homebrew competition, so make sure to register and pay for your entry. I'll be at Sherman Street Brewing from 12-2pm on Saturday the 17th, collecting entries to transport to Brew Hardware before the deadline on the 23rd of February.


 

UPCOMING BJCP COMPETITIONS

Full list is available here.


Recommended Local Homebrew Competitions:

Competition

Date

Registrations Due

3/9/2024

2/23/2024

3/1/2024

2/24/2024


 

OTHER CLUB INFO


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



Are you an AHA member? As we prepare to do club membership renewals, it's a good time to consider adding or renewing 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!   https://www.keystonehomebrew.com/ 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.  https://hopandgrain.us/


Brew Hardware offers members a 5% discount as well! https://www.brewhardware.com/Default.asp


GrogTags offers members 15% off with the code on the member page - get creative with your labels and prepare for the 2023 label competition!


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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