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July 2021 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter

Greetings Brewers! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far! We have a ton of homebrew related activities coming up for the rest of summer and early fall. However, the mini-beer festival that was planned for this weekend had to be delayed until fall. I'll share more info as I learn more, however we have an opportunity to share our brews with the public at the Keystone Customer Appreciation Day on the 31st.

We are 3 weeks into our BJCP training course, and we're well on our way to adding more judges to the club's ranks. We'll give our judging candidates their first real test as we ask them to judge this month's HBoTY challenge!

We're also closing in on Malt Madness - get your entries registered! You'll also see we've added a sign-up for the bottle sort, please come out and help us get entries labeled and organized in the right boxes. But even before that, we have the Keystone Customer Appreciation Day and the Grand Opening of Buttzville Brewing on July 31st. We've also made plans for a members' picnic which will include a river tubing and plenty of homebrew!

See you next week!

John Litak

LVHB Club President

BJCP Class is in session with Professor K.!

Future Meetings:

July 27th Lost Tavern Brewing (Hellertown) - RSVP Here

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!


Meeting Minutes from Last Month

June Meeting - Tuesday, 29 June 2021

In July, Lehigh Valley Homebrewers met at Weyerbacher Brewing and was attended by 36 brewers.

Agenda included:

  • Tour of Weyerbacher Brewing Operations

  • Judging and discussion of HBoTY Beers (cherry beers), Leaderboard is updated here.

  • Sharing of Homebrew

Sharing some homebrew and sampling delicious brews from Weyerbacher Brewing!



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

  • Malt Pallet Buy - As soon as we fill the Pallet (40 sacks)

  • Keystone Customer Appreciation Day (Serve Your Beer) July 31st

  • Tubing Trip and Members Picnic - August 21st

  • Malt Madness - August 14th 2021

  • Clam Jam September 19th

  • Oktoberfest Inter-Club Challenge (Fall TBD)

  • Learn to Homebrew Day - November 2021

  • Holiday Party - December 2021


OUR BREWERS (are awesome)

Nothing to report this month...

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



Lehigh Valley Homebrewer of the Year

The fourth flight in the competition will have its entries due at the Club Meeting on July 27th. They will be judged on the 28th in the BJCP class (if you are attending that class, just bring your entries that night). Please RSVP to get your entry number.

Check out the details here. Start planning your next entry!



Full list is available here.

Malt Madness XV

Clam Jam Seafood Festival

Note: this is a public pour event in downtown Easton. If there is enough interest we'll bring out the club jockey box (7 taps).

Downingtown Library Beer Festival - From email received by the club:

D-Town Brew-Down, benefit for the Downingtown Library on October 30th. This is a self pour competition (each brewer pours for the public), 4 brews allowed per entrant,4 gallon minimum per brew. 1st place $400, 2nd $200, 3rd $75 and the peoples choice winners' recipe gets brewed by Locust Lane Brewery in Malvern, a 475 gallon batch. If any of your members are interested please email me at

Note: If there are several LVHB members planning on attending, we can arrange for the club jockey box to be there.



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 for 2021.

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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