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January 2023 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter




Happy New Year Brewers,


Welcome to 2023 and what I hope will be an exciting year of new brewing events, challenges, and opportunities to share and grow our love of creating excellent (and sometimes unexpected) beer, wine, and mead!


Our next meeting is at Country Club Brewing in Bethlehem. Please join us as we welcome this new brewery to the Lehigh Valley! Membership renewals will be opening up soon, watch your email for the renewal link and annual membership survey.


We had an excellent turnout for the Homebrewer of the Year competition in 2023 with 31 brewers participating. We'll announce the overall HBoTY winner at the January meeting, as well as the line up and changes for the 2023 competition. Remember to check the sale forum on the website for deals on gear to set you up for success!


A big thanks to Strange Brew Tavern for hosting our annual Holiday Party in December and to everyone who was able to join us for an evening of scrumptious food, beer, and deserts. The label competition had some amazing and hilarious entries!


Speaking of labels, we also have a new offer for members! GrogTags is generously offering club members 15% off custom labels, so take those entries and get them out into the world to share with friends and family! Find the code on our member page.


Finally, I'd like to thank our outgoing club officers: Secretary Dan Miller, Vice-President Joe Kalinosky, and President John Litak. Their commitment to working to expand opportunities for the club to share our brewing with and give back to the local and international community, to collaborate with club members who've gone pro, and their shepherding of the club through an especially tumultuous and challenging couple of years have set a high standard for the club moving forward in 2023 and beyond.



See you 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


We're working hard to set events for 2023, so expect great things!


 

OUR BREWERS (are awesome!)


Thanks to all our brewers who participated in the festivals at Fegley's and Sherman Theater!




 

CLUB COMPETITIONS


Lehigh Valley Homebrewer of the Year


Let's gear up for 2023! Expect the competition list and some changes at the January meeting.

 

UPCOMING BJCP COMPETITIONS

Full list is available here.


Recommended Local Homebrew Competitions:

Competition

Date

Registrations Due

2/18/2023

​01/29/2023

2/25/2023

02/18/2023

3/24-4/24/2023

01/31/2023

3/18/2023

2/22/2023


 

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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