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January 2022 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter




Greetings Brewers!

Our next meeting is at Yergey Brewing in Emmaus. I hope to sample all the wonderful brews our talented brewers conjured up during the holiday season!


Membership renewals will be opening up soon, watch your email for the renewal link and annual membership survey. One key aspect of the survey will be your feedback on the HBoTY competition last year. Based on your feedback, we will either continue that format or change to something else. Regardless of overall format, we'll be asking for suggestions for the brewing challenges you want to see this year. What are the styles, techniques, or ingredients you would like to see featured this year? Overall, we had 27 club members that participated in brewing challenges throughout the year which is a large improvement over prior formats which ultimately was the goal of the change. Thank you to everyone who participated!


Speaking of HBoTY, I do want to congratulate our overall winner, Ryan Celia! In addition to the brewing collaboration with 14th Fret, we had a custom pair of tap handles created to memorialize his achievement. Ryan will receive one of the tap handles as a trophy and the other will become part of the club Jockey Box - so anytime Ryan is serving at a club event, we'll mark his beer with the custom tap.


But Ryan isn't the only winner! We have gift cards for anyone winning 1st Place on any of the individual competitions and we have gift bags for everyone who entered at least one of the competitions. If you didn't pick yours up at the holiday party, please look for it at the next meeting!


I have to be honest, I'm pretty excited about our hobby in 2022. Expect more public serving opportunities (starting with Fegley's at the end of the month!), more brewing challenges, more club purchasing discounts (watch for our next pallet buy), and Homebrew Con is in our home state (Pittsburgh)! Now would be a good time to join the AHA in preparation for Homebrew Con - see the link at the end of the newsletter. See you on Tuesday!


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!

 

UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS

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



  • Fegley's Craft Beer Fest - January 29th - Please RSVP by Jan 25th, so we can plan final logistics







 

OUR BREWERS (are awesome!)


Join us at the next meeting to hear about the successes and contributions of our brewers to the homebrew and professional brewing community.

 

CLUB COMPETITIONS


Lehigh Valley Homebrewer of the Year


Check out the 2021 results / leaderboard here!


We'll be crafting the 2022 challenges shortly... In the meantime, please enter War of the Worts!

 

UPCOMING BJCP COMPETITIONS

Full list is available here.


Mountain View Homebrew Competition (Non-BJCP competition)


War of the Worts

Lancaster Iron Brewer 2022

Sixth PA Homebrew Open Competition


Valhalla: The Mead-ing of Life

SCH ABC 15


 

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


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!   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/


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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