August 2018 Newsletter

  Welcome to August my friends, it's been a really good summer thus far. July was a pretty exciting month for us. Here's a recap.
  We had a meeting on the road at Aston Abbey Brewing Co. I'd like to thank Chuck McKenna for hosting us and taking the crew on a tour of the brewery. It was a lot of fun.
  We had a group brew day for the Keystone Big Barrel Brew Competition. A big thank you to everyone that made it out! As always your help is greatly appreciated.
  Our holiday quad (aka Bruce's quad) has made its way into a Dad's Hat barrel to soak up all that oak and whiskey goodness for us to enjoy at the holiday party in December. Thanks to everyone involved with that. Can't wait to try it!
  And last but certainly not least was our Summer Brewery Bus Tour to Philly. We visited 4 Philly breweries on an all day excursion that was fun from start to finish. We need to do this AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN!!! I've added some pictures of this and the brew day below. Check them out. 
  Now on to August. This month for our meeting we will be back home at The Sterling Pig for a Homebrew 101 meeting. We will be talking about the all so important topic of Sanitation... Products to use, how to use them, why to use them etc. Then we'll open up the floor for questions, so get those homebrew questions ready. And those homebrews! Remember sharing time is happy time! And a great way to get feedback on your homebrew. While at the tasting station please ask about signing the clubs consent form. It's something we try to get every member to sign. Thanks!
  Some things in the works are our Summer BBQ/picnic/beerfest. We are tentatively looking to have it the weekend after Labor Day, Saturday the 8th. We will post and send out invites as soon as we lock in a time and place.
  We are working on the details of another Delaware Valley Homebrew Community (DVHC) Pro-Am. This will be the second year for this great event. The details- this is a club competition first, where a panel of judges from Sterling Pig will choose the best beer to scale up and brew on their equipment. You will then compete against other breweries/homebrewers from across the Delaware Valley. Start planning those brews! This is a very exciting event, last year Sean Mellody won with his "Whiskey Wake Up", an English mild conditioned on Burlap & Bean coffee beans that were aged in whiskey barrels. His beer was also served for a limited time at the Pig. It was tasty! 
  We are in the early planning stages of a mentor program ("You're the bomb" tbd) . This will be where a seasoned brewer will be paired up with a novice brewer, or anyone really that wants to pair up to gain more knowledge. It will be more of a one on one learning experience. Communicating with each other with questions and answers, getting together for brew days etc. Like I said, we are in the early stages of planning, so stay tuned for more details.
  Looking ahead to September. It'll soon be time for another Bombing Run competition. This months style is Oktoberfest AKA Festbier/Marzen. Hope you are ready. It's a tight race. More details on bottle drop offs and times will be posted on our Facebook Group page as we get closer to the event. We are looking into doing another happy hour event for oktoberfests, this time at either The Craft Beer Store or Pinocchio's the week before the meeting Thursday, September 13.
  Something I haven't talked about in a while(or at all, my bad) is The Bomber of the Year award. This is an award given to a member that has gone above and beyond to participate and help out when needed with events, meetings, set ups, clean ups, brew days you name it. Last years award was won by Jesse Fast. He walked away with a pretty sweet custom mash paddle among other things. Winner will be determined by the board and awarded at the holiday party in December. Who will it be this year? Maybe you! Good luck!

  We, the board, are still working out the details on many things. But rest assured, when we know, you'll know. Most of the up to date info can be found on our Facebook "Group" page. It's also a great way to communicate with other members, ask questions, post brew days, or just share cool stuff with others. 
  Also don't forget to check the bottom of this newsletter for upcoming events. And remember to take advantage of those members only perks like the Bomb of the Month discount at Brew Your Own Beer in Havertown or the "anytime happy hour pricing on growler/crowler fills at The Sterling Pig.
  If your not a member yet you're missing out! One last thing, if you are a member of, or are planning on joining The American Homebrewers Association, please remember to put down The Band of Media Brewers as your homebrew club. It helps us out as a club. Thanks!
  And as always, CHEERS!!!
PS. That's a hell of a lot of words! Sorry Mike K. Lets see if you read this far...LOL!


August Club Night
- Homebrewing 101 / Sanitation

Aug 16, 7pm at Sterling Pig Brewery
Some have said we don't talk homebrew enough, so we are starting a new type of meeting. Homebrew 101. Where we will talk about a specific subject and answer questions and really just talk homebrew. First up will be where we should all start, sanitation. If it isn't clean it won't be good. (Usually). So bring those homebrews to share, pull up a chair and get your knowledge on! See you there! CHEERS!🍻



A great time was had by all! Sorry if you missed it, here are some photos for you to enjoy...



Thanks to everyone that helped out on Big Barrel Brew day. See you in April for the judging.

.2018 Bombing Run


  Congratulations to Mike Kinsley, our inaugural BOMBing Run Champion! He will be looking to defend his championship in 2018 and it's up to you to brew your best beers to take the trophy home in 2018. To that end, we have made a few adjustments to the BOMBing Run rules for this year and also have finalized the details on the beer styles for each round.

All information for the BOMBing Run will now be on our website. To keep up to date on standings, timing of beers and styles, bookmark the BOMBing Run page.
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Round 1 - IPA (BJCP 21a)- March 15th Club Meeting
Round 2 - Saison (BJCP 25b, 30a with 25b as the base beer) - June 21st Club Meeting
Round 3 - Oktoberfest (BJCP 6a) - Sept 20th Club Meeting
Round 4 - Porter (BJCP 20a, 30a with 20a as the base beer) - TBD December Holiday Party
Round 1 IPA Results

  1. Dan Copper             11points
  2. Jesse Fast               10points
  3. Michael Kinsley          9points
  4. Chris Noll                    8points
  5. Tim Downey                7points
  6. Mike Harville                6points
  7. Ed & Laureen               5points
  8. Mike Pantalone            4points
  9. Jeff Martin                    3points
  10. Sean Mellody               2points
  11. Dave Harding               1point
Round 2 Saison Results

  1. Sean Mellody         11pts.
  2. Mike Pantalone       10pts.
  3. Laureen&Ed              9pts.   
  4. Dave Harding            8pts.
  5. Dan Copper              7pts.
  6. Tim Downey              6pts.  
  7. Mike Harville              5pts.
  8. Jesse Fast            tie-4pts.
  9. Mike Kinsley         tie-4pts.
  10. Chris Noll                   2pts.
 CONGRATULATIONS to all! See you in September for those Oktoberfests…
Current Standings

  1. Dan Copper            18pts.
  2. Jesse Fast              14pts.
  3. Mike Pantalone       14pts.
  4. Laureen&Ed            14pts.
  5. Mike Kinsley            13pts.  
  6. Sean Mellody          13pts.
  7. Tim Downey            13pts.
  8. Mike Harville           11pts.
  9. Chris Noll                10pts. 
  10. Dave Harding           9pts.
  11. Jeff Martin                3pts.






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Bomb Of The Month!

This months Bomb of the month deal at Brew Your Own Beer.
All Munton's 3lb LME or DME $3 off. Brewers Best Kit(s) of the Month: $5 off any Belgian-Tripel, Dark Strong, IPA, Saison or Golden Ale. Go support your local homebrew shop. And save some dough. CHEERS!🍻 ***members only***

Support Your Local Homebrew Shop!
  • Thu 8/9- Malt Madness drop off ends
  • Thu 8/16-Club Night, Homebrew 101 "Sanitation"
  • Tue 8/21-Board Meeting
  • Sat 8/25-Malt Madness Judging
  • Sat 9/8- Bomb Summer BBQ
  • Sat 9/8- Delco Wooder Works Competition
  • Thu 9/13- Bombing Run Happy Hour TBD
  • Thu 9/20- Club Night, Bombing Run Pt.3 Oktoberfest
  • Sat 9/22- Made On American Street
  • Tue 9/25- Board Meeting
  • Thu 10/18- Club Night, All About Cider TBD
  • Tue 10/23- Board Meeting
  • Thu 11/15- Club Night, Recipe Formulation TBD
  • Tue 11/20- Board meeting
  • Fri 11/23- Blackout Friday,BOMB Bar Crawl TBD
  • Fri 12/21- Holiday Party, Bombing Run TBD???

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