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November 2023 Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter




Greetings Brewers,


Our November meeting will be on Tuesday, November 28th, at Hijinx Brewing Company in Allentown, PA. There will be no food option at the meeting this month, so grab something ahead of time.


November is club elections month! Edward, Rob, and I are willing to stay on for another year; Harleigh won't be able to commit time to return as Treasurer, but we've secured a nomination for Kyle Stout to replace her in 2024. Note however that ALL positions are eligible to be challenged, and you can nominate yourself or someone else up to the moment voting begins. Reach out to an existing officer if you'd like to take on a more active role as an officer in 2024!


Our Holiday Party at McCall Brewing is on December 19th at 7:30. In order to get a handle on the food, we'll need to provide them with a count of attendees by December 5th. The fee for food will be $20 per person. If you plan to attend, please register ASAP. As the club will be fronting the money whether you show up or not, we'd ask all those who register to expect to pay, even if you end up unable to attend.


The American Homebrew Association has finally released a Code of Conduct template for homebrew clubs to adopt, to promote a more formal position on including everyone who's interested in brewing. While the club has informally always been vocal about making sure everyone is welcome, the officers have decided to modify and adopt the AHA's template, as well as provide a reporting mechanism to ensure that individuals who are subject to or witness actions or behavior contrary to this code have an easy means of alerting the Officers and Board of Directors to these incidents so that we can address them. One of my personal goals for 2024 is to work to invite other clubs and organizations to learn more about homebrewing, and along with our non-profit status, I think the Code of Conduct acts as an important prerequisite to grow our membership. Please take time to review it HERE, and feel free to reach out with any questions.


A reminder that one of our premier level prizes, the Oktober BenchMK drill powered can seamer, was not selected by our best of show winners. Rather than store this for next year, we've decided to run a silent auction to give one of you the opportunity to put it to use, with the proceeds to help defray costs for Malt Madness in 2024. This will run again at the November meetings, so show up for your chance to win. Bidding to start at $500.


This month's Homebrewer of the Year challenge is wood aged beers. Bring your best as we near the conclusion of a thrilling 2023 Homebrewer of the Year competition! As a personal fan of wood aged beers, I'd also recommend bringing enough extra to share with your fellow club members, because while there can be only one winner, it sure feels ilke there are no losers when it comes to this style!




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






 

OUR BREWERS (are awesome!)



Congratulations to John Litak, who took first place on the IPA table, as well as 1st place on the Other Belgians table, 3rd place on the UK table at SHC ABC 16!

 

CLUB COMPETITIONS


Lehigh Valley Homebrewer of the Year


October is Fruit or Sour beer month! Check out the competition listing for details for the full year.

 

UPCOMING BJCP COMPETITIONS

Full list is available here.


Recommended Local Homebrew Competitions:

Competition

Date

Registrations Due

12/02/2023

11/19/2023


 

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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