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January 2024 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter




Happy New Year Brewers,


Welcome to another year of brewing! Our meeting this month will be on Tuesday January 30th, at Taylor House Brewing in Catasauqua. They're closed to the public on Tuesdays, so remember to grab something to eat before the meeting. Remember to bring cash if you ordered a shirt at the Holiday Party! Membership renewals will be opening up soon, watch your email for the renewal link.


We had an excellent turnout for the Homebrewer of the Year competition in 2024 with over 30 brewers participating. We'll announce the overall HBoTY winner at the January meeting, as well as the line up and changes for the 2024 competition. For those of you who can't make it, 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. We'll work to coordinate drop off locally, with the club transporting entries to Brew Hardware before the deadline on the 23rd of February.


A big thanks to McCall Brewing Collective for hosting our annual Holiday Party in December and to everyone who was able to join us for this event! There were some great entries for the label contest and prizes for those winners to follow.


Congratulations to Judy, Brian, Adam, and the rest of the team at Keystone Homebrew Supply on their successful move to Keystone's new home in Souderton, PA! They're open, so stop by to say hello and grab supplies for the HBoTY competitions, or place an order for pickup at Bonn Place Brewing.


Finally, there are a couple events this weekend that may be of interest to everyone. Hijinx Brewing Company will be celebrating the grand opening of their new location at 6616 Ruppsville Rd in Upper Macungie, so stop by and help them celebrate. Additionally, Deer Creek Malthouse will be doing a pop up market at Lit Coffee Roastery and Bakeshop on Saturday from 9am-2pm. Matt has offered to bring orders for pickup, so if you're interested, select local pickup and put Bethlehem in the notes section on the order form.






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



 

OUR BREWERS (are awesome!)



Thanks to everyone who came out to serve at the Pocono Winter BeerFest at the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg!

 

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. We'll work to coordinate drop off locally, with the club transporting entries 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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