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July 2022 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter




It's July, fellow LVHb'rs! This means Malt Madness is just around the corner. This is the time of year where we need the most help from our membership. Here's what you can do:

  1. Enter a beer in Malt Madness. Or two. Or ten. How many style tables can we sweep? Also, remember those July HBotY entries need to be entered into Malt Madness!

  2. Sign up to Judge or Steward. Club Judges, we really need your help with the early sessions. Prepare to be cajoled, bribed, bullied, and shamed into supporting your club! You don't need any experience to help as a steward. Stewards help move beer and empties around and learn more about judging and competitions by participating.

  3. Help with competition logistics:

    1. We need prize donations. Gift cards work perfectly - $25 would be generous. If you are a member and business owner, we'd love to send new customers your way!

    2. We need help with food coordination. Breakfast and Lunch arrangements for Aug 20th.

    3. We need six-pack holders and beer cases. We need about 40 cases and all the six pack holders. Yep. All of them. Please bring what you have to the July meeting.

    4. Sign up and help with the Bottle sort.



If you want to help out but aren't sure how, just reach out to an officer or to the competition coordinator, Mel Homik. We'll know what the most pressing need is at that moment. If you want to judge/steward, Sign up at the Malt Madness site.



This month, the meeting will be at Sherman St. Brewing in Allentown PA. There is a slight overlap with another event that night, so we won't start announcements until 8PM-ish.




Next Saturday is the Club Barrel Brew Championship, so please sign up immediately if you want to attend so the officers can arrange for the ingredients purchase (Club will buy ingredients).



Brew on!


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.











 

OUR BREWERS (are awesome!)


No competitions to report in the last month...


 

CLUB COMPETITIONS


Lehigh Valley Homebrewer of the Year


Check out the 2022 leaderboard here!


Upcoming Challenges:

  1. July: Munich Helles & Belgian Blonde (Fruited versions allowed; will be judged in Malt Madness - Free entry for club members for one of these styles)

  2. Malt Madness - "Go for Gold" - Style Guidelines

  3. Clam Jam - "People's Choice" - Crowd votes

 

UPCOMING BJCP COMPETITIONS

Full list is available here.


Recommended Local Homebrew Competitions:

Competition

Date

Registrations Due

Multiple Dates

3/28/22

7/23/2022

7/7/2022

7/24/2022

TBD

8/20/2022

Soon!

8/28/2022

TBD

10/1/2022

9/12/2022

SCH ABC 15

11/12/2022

11/5/2022

12/03/2022

11/19/2022


 

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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