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May Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter


Greetings Brewers!


Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, May 26th at 7:30 PM. Please RSVP here and we'll send you the Zoom link.


Blake Strobl will be talking about his brewing school experience with the American Brewers Guild.


And we'll have the opportunity to do some virtual tasting with our friends from Taylor House and HiJinx! If you're interested in participating (we know it's short notice, but) here's the info you need:


1) Visit one or both of the breweries this weekend

2) Pick up a can of the suggested beer (and anything else you may need)

3) Join us on Tues night and the brewers will talk briefly about the beer as we enjoy them

Taylor House Brewing

Declaration

American Pale Ale

6.8%


Place your order on line here


Pickup hours will be

Saturday 5/23 5P-7P

Sunday 5/24 4P-6P


HiJinx Brewing

'Merica

American Double IPA

8.8%


Place your order online here


Pickup hours will be

Saturday 5/23 12:30P-3P

Tuesday 5/26 12:30P-5P


Please call the breweries with any questions you may have about pickup


Future Meeting Locations:

June 30th @ Zoom

July 28th @ TBD (hoping we may be back at Fegley's Brewworks Steelgaarden Pub)


Meetings are open to anyone (21 and older) who home brews (beer, wine, 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!


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Election of Officers

As set forth in our club by-laws, elections for officers are normally held during the May meeting, and we typically try to open the floor for nominations in April, but that did not take place. The officers and board members have discussed this issue and primarily for organizational purposes, but also given the current situation, we'd like to propose a change in the by-laws which would allow us to hold our annual elections in November instead of May. On Tuesday night, we'll be asking our members to vote on this change, so please plan to join us if you are available.

If the club membership agrees to this change, all of our current officers have agreed to extend their current terms by an additional 6 months and continue in their roles until elections are held in November.

If there are objections to extending the current terms of the officers, we can move forward with an election process for a six month term and elections will again be held in Nov (providing membership agrees to the change.)


Review the proposed By-laws change here.


Club Competitions

As you all know, things are changing at a rapid pace each day. We're working hard to figure out the best way to hold the club competitions in the face of the challenges. We should have more detailed info available on this Tuesday night, but for now, brewers/teams should plan to have their 1st round bracket submissions available for the June meeting on 6/30. Also, please plan to bottle or can your beer and have at least two 12 oz. bottles or cans available to drop off by June 26th. We're not sure we can make things work with growlers and can't promise you'll get them back. Sorry!


Put it on a shirt!

We're working on some ideas for a new club shirt (and other club merchandise), lead by the efforts of our VP, Ken Solt. We're asking for your suggestions and will be putting some ideas up in the Forum on the website.


AHA Hosts Lehigh Valley Homebrewers

Last month, the AHA and John Moorhead hosted a virtual meeting of the Lehigh Valley Homebrewers. Topics discussed included the impact of Covid-19 on the homebrewing hobby, how to prepare for becoming a certified judge or cicerone, and some fun homebrew club ideas. John also shared his perspective on our legal challenge with serving at local beer festivals. To see John's presentation, click below!


AHA Presentation for LVHB.pdf
Download PDF • 1.35MB



Member Benefit Reminder

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 Saturdays at Bonn Place in Bethlehem (it's one of the shipping options available at checkout - it's super easy, 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. Active Members will receive a special link to renew their memberships via email shortly.


UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS


We'll let you know as soon as we can confirm info. Hopefully soon! Check out the Events page for the festivals tentatively scheduled for later this summer.


OUR BREWERS (are awesome)


We look forward to posting our award winning brewers here again soon once competitions resume.


In the meantime, Lehigh Valley Homebrewer, Ryan Celia, recently contributed a blog post for Brewer's Friend. Check out what Ryan has to say about hops!




CLUB COMPETITIONS


Bracket Competition

We'll update the status at Tuesday's meeting. See the Bracket Page for the latest info.


Iron Brewer Challenge

TBD for now


Clone Competition

TBD for now



UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

Full list is available here.


Hope to have updates on this soon.


CLUB COMMUNICATION

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 available for sale. Please see a club officer for more information and to purchase. Styles and pricing are as follows:

T-shirts - blue only, Short sleeve L-XXL

$10


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