Courtesy of Lehigh Valley Beer Week:
On Wednesday, January 14th the winning home brewed beer from Lehigh Valley Beer Week’s ‘Be Our Brewer’ competition will be brewed at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works. Fegley’s Brew Master Beau Baden will be joined by winning homebrewer, Jim Yergey to brew his winning Imperial IPA “Hoptileitious”. Lehigh Valley Beer Week will name that beer LVBW3, the official beer of Lehigh Valley Beer Week, Feb 15-22.
Lehigh Valley Beer Week hosted their yearly ‘Be Our Brewer For a Day’ competition this past August 23rd at the Allentown Brew Works. Over 40 homebrewers came out to compete and more than 300 attendees voted for their favorite homebrew. Yergey’s “Hoptileitious” won the public vote.“Hoptileitious” will be renamed “LVBW3” and will be available to Lehigh Valley Beer Week participating bars, restaurants and distributors to serve on draft. The first taste of this brew will occur at the Third Annual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Official Tapping at the Allentown Brew Works on February 15th at 1pm.
Jim Yergey has been a homebrewer for the more than 20 years and is a member of the Lehigh Valley Homebrewer’s Club. When asked to describe the winning brew, Jim said, “I wanted to make a strong IPA that had a big citrus front end, plenty of bitterness in the finish, but a good malty middle… that can be enjoyed by IPA drinkers and even many who don’t like IPAs… I make my home brews for me and hope everybody I serve them to enjoys them as much as I do”.
The brewing of LVBW3 marks the beginning of Lehigh Valley Beer Week, a week-long celebration of craft beer in the area. Lehigh Valley Beer Week has grown over the past 3 years to more than 40 participating breweries, bars, distributors, and venues. The week will feature events spotlighting craft beer and it’s effect and influence on the local scene. Events will include tap takeovers, meet-the-brewers events, beer dinners, exclusive tappings and much more. Lehigh Valley Beer Week is February 15th through February 22nd.
Lehigh Valley Beer Week was co-founded and presently organized by president Jesse Albertson. Having shown significant growth over the past 3 years in both venue participation and craft beer events, Albertson said, “The Lehigh Valley is embracing the craft beer movement and we are excited to celebrate alongside them.”