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June 2021 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter




Greetings Brewers! It was great to see a bunch of you last month at our first in-person meeting since before the pandemic. Things continue to look good and we'll be headed to a new location for our club this month, Weyerbacher Brewing in Easton. At Weyerbacher we'll get to talk to some of their brewing staff and learn more about their operations. Also, we'll be judging the next round of HBoTY - Beers that incorporate the special ingredient of "Cherry". Please RSVP for both events so we can keep track of attendance and entries. It will be especially helpful for us to have a good headcount for Weyerbacher, as they are making special arrangements to be open that night for our club, including keeping their food truck open past normal hours. In fact, we'll be starting the meeting at 7PM (instead of the usual 7:30) to make it easier for them to host.


I'd like to remind everyone that Malt Madness is coming up on August 14th. Please start planning your brews for that event in support of our club. We'd like to get the entry count back up to where it was before we had to impose entry limits for social distancing.


Also, we're still targeting a serving event at a mini-beer festival on July 24th in South Bethlehem Township and possibly one on July 30th in Schuylkill County.



John Litak

LVHB Club President





Future Meetings:

June 29th Weyerbacher Brewing - RSVP Here


Beer Homework:

Cancelled for Summer!


The May Meeting Agenda will feature:

  • Announcements

  • HbotY 3rd Round Judging and Feedback

  • Weyerbacher Tour

  • Sharing Homebrew!!!



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


May Meeting - Tuesday, 25 May 2021


In May, Lehigh Valley Homebrewers met at Yergey Brewing and was attended by 26 brewers.


Agenda included:


  • Update from Jim Yergey on plans for Yergey Brewing's new Tap Room

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

  • Sharing of Homebrew


 

UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS

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



  • BJCP Classes - July/August 2021 - Sign-ups now available! (limited spots available! Note, if you plan on taking the test, you'll need to RSVP to both events)

  • Members Picnic - Summer 2021

  • Malt Madness - August 2021

  • 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.

 

CLUB COMPETITIONS


Lehigh Valley Homebrewer of the Year

The third flight in the competition will have its entries due at the Club Meeting on June 29th.

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



 

UPCOMING BJCP COMPETITIONS

Full list is available here.




25th Annual New Jersey State Fair Homebrew Competition / SCUBA


Start planning your entries for Malt Madness in August!

 

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 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!   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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