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September Lehigh Valley Homebrewers Newsletter

Greetings Brewers!

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 29th at 7:30 PM via zoom. Please sign up for the meeting on the events page to receive an email with the link.

Bryan Hoke will be giving a brief presentation about monitoring fermentation with a refractometer. And this month's deep dive on styles will be 4B Festbier and 6A Märzen (Oktoberfest) beers. For our virtual tastings, we've selected two classic examples that should be readily available at local stores such as Tanczo's, Wegmans, Shangy's, etc. Those interested in participating should pick up a bottle of one or both of the following:

Weihenstephaner Festbier

Ayinger Oktober Fest

We'd also like to encourage everyone to check out the local festbier scene. Several of the breweries have theirs available or tapping soon! Here's a few to consider.

Yergfest (cans only)

Olly's Oktoberfest

Future Meeting Locations:

27th October @ TBD

24th November @ TBD (LVHB officer elections)

We're working on plans for an in-person, social meeting in order to socialize and share homebrew as we'd all like to be doing each month. Everyone's safety and comfort is our number one priority, so please bear with us as we work out the details.

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!



Malt Madness XIV

This month, our club was able to continue the long, proud tradition of hosting our AHA/BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition, Malt Madness. Not only was our competition one of the first to be held with all of the challenges and restrictions imposed by the pandemic, it's likely the only homebrew competition to be completed at this time via in-person judging sessions. This is only possible because of the large number of BJCP judges and professional members that are part of our club.

We want to send out a big thank you, to all of the participants, judges, stewards and competition staff that made Malt Madness XIV a success. You can see our members who earned medals for their brews below.

A special thanks to our members who agreed to host judging sessions at their homes this year: John Litak, Joe Kalinosky and Scott Minnich. And a huge thank you to our sponsors for this year: Gallows Hill Spirits, Taylor House Brewing, Keystone Homebrew Supply and BrewHardware.

New Brewery looking for crowd funding

Pilger Ruh Brewing, a new local (Pottsville, PA) brewery in planning is looking for some help getting the final stages of their renovations done. You may have met these guys at the Fegley's Craft Beer Festival last year, and they have invited our club to participate in their local Schuylkill County Brew Fest (cancelled due to Covid-19). Check out what they have planned and some of the awards available for helping them hit their funding goal.