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June 23 2018 6-10p
American Helicopter Museum
West Chester

A Celebration of Local Homebrewing

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
6 - 10 PM

American Helicopter Museum
1220 American Blvd., West Chester, PA

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The Chester County Homebrew Festival is proud to present our 8th annual charity event, raising money for David's Drive, a local non-profit benefitting homeless and hospitalized veterans.

Join us for our seventh year of good music and food, and vote for your favorite homebrewed beer.

We'll have the best local homebrewers in Chester County, PA, presenting their best drafts for you to taste and rate.

For the fourth year running, we'll have the backdrop of the American Helicopter Museum, and the in-house helicopter exhibits.

Live Music: Josh Komorowski

Josh Komorowski

Front man for Philadelphia-based band The Love Syndicate, Josh Komorowski continues to please local crowds since his solo album release in 2005.

We're happy to have him performing live for us in the 2018 brewfest!

The Chester County Brewers

The Homebrew Festival would be nothing without its brewers!

Bourbon Barrel S'mores Latte

Style: 34C - Experimental Beer
%ABV: 11.0
SRM:
IBU: 50
"Bourbon Barrel S'mores Latte", is an Imperial Stout brewed with graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, molasses, caramel & roasted malts, and smoked cherry wood malt. Conditioned on vanilla bean, coffee beans, and bourbon infused oak chips. Notes of summer campfires, dessert, and indulgence. 11% ABV 50 IBU

Chasin Tail NE IPA

Style: NE IPA
%ABV: 6.5
SRM: 5
IBU:
Hopefully what you find in your glass is a phenomenal nose backed by a creamy, pillowy mouthfeel, loaded with the best that Citra, Galaxy, and Zythos hops have to offer. Fruitiness, strong tropical notes, and a hint of Tangerine and pine. Enjoy.......and repeat!

by Mountain Dog Brewing

I started brewing about 2 years ago. I was in search of a hobby that would command much more time than golf, but would afford me the ability to stay home for weeks at a time staring at inattimate objects while talking to myself. I have always loved craft beer and have always appreciated beer culture. I was reluctant to start homebrewing because I thought I was too much of a beer snob to appreciate my efforts.....I was wrong! Homebrewers created the craft brewing industry and tonight's offerings will prove that! Enjoy.......and repeat!

Cherry Limeade Slurrrp!

Style: 34C - Experimental Beer
%ABV: 5.5
SRM:
IBU: 15
"Cherry Limeade Slurrrp!", kettle soured and brewed with wheat, spelt flour, oat milk, and a whole lotta lactose. Conditioned on cherries, lime juice & zest, and vanilla bean. Fruited at a rate of 2.5 lbs. of fruit per gallon of beer. Fermented with the funky and tropical sacch trois blend. Cherry bomb with notes of key lime pie, mango, pineapple, guava, and vanilla pudding. 5.5% ABV 15 IBU

Double Coffee Brown Ale

Style: Brown
%ABV: 9.4
SRM: 25
IBU: 27
The perfect blend of two things that make life better: beer and coffee. For those that enjoy that roasted coffee taste, but are tired of the usual coffee stout. This brew is infused with dark roast, cold brewed coffee, dry hopped with EKG, and blended with milk sugar for that creamy mouth feel and easy drinking. This is an imperial brew, so sip it to savor the flavor. Contains Lactose.

by Third Dam Brewing Company

Third Dam Brewing Co. formed in 2010 and has grown from 2-gallon extract brewing to 18-gallon all-grain original recipe creations. We rotate brew 10 different recipes, but are constantly looking for inspiration in flavors and methods to create new and unique craft beers. We hope you enjoy our beers as much as we do. Cheers!

Dubble Shot

Style: 26B - Belgian Dubbel
%ABV: 8.5
SRM: 27
IBU: 18
Sweet malty and dark, this is a typical Dubble. Using candy sugar to get some extra fermentation and that traditional caramel flavor associated with the style, this brew comes in at over 8%. Rich and malty with spicy phenols and mild alcoholic heat, this is a typical example of the style.

by Kool Kat Brewing

Last year was the first year I missed serving a brew at CCHB since 2012 and I am happy to be back this year. As a homebrewer since 2010, I enjoy both drinking and making beer, and occasionally judging a homebrew competition.

Early Retirement

Style: India Red Ale
%ABV: 4.86
SRM: 18
IBU: 35
"Invest in your tastebuds!" Traditional, american style red/amber ale dry-hopped with Amarillo hops to give it a smooth and well-balanced finish. This beer will appease the average hop-head and malt lover. This is not complex brew with crazy additives; it's just pure, simple deliciousness!

by 8 Point Brewery

Homebrewer of about 5 years now and a craft beer enthusiast of about 10 years. I've brewed and assisted in the brewing process of well over 50 different brews. Homebrewing is a passion of mine and I plan to continue it until I am unable to do so any longer.
For this event, I am offering one of the 1st all-grain recipes (and one of my personal go-to recipes) that I have ever done. I enjoy it as a session beer and brew it about once per year.
CHEERS!

Han Dynasty

Style: 25B - Saison
%ABV: 6.3
SRM: 5
IBU: 21
Han Dynasty is a Saison brewed with flaked oats, wheat, honey and some secret spices. The refreshing qualities of this beer make it fantastic for the hot summer days ahead.

by Blue Whale Brewery

I started brewing in 2013 with extract recipes. I quickly moved to an all-grain setup for the flexibility in designing recipes. I am a hop-head at heart, so I am usually brewing IPAs. I'm digging the NE IPA trend and have been honing my Hazy IPAs of late. This is my first Chester County Homebrew Fest...in fact this is the first time sharing my beer with anyone outside of my friends and family. Stop by and let me know what you think.

Hop Check

Style: 21A - American IPA
%ABV: 6.5
SRM: 4
IBU: 60
Chinook, Comet, and a touch of Apollo give off an intense aroma of grapefruit rind with a sticky earthy spiciness on the palate leaving one yearning for another sip.

Kick Ass Stout - Imperial Stout infused with coffee and vanilla

Style: 30a - Spice, Herb, or Vegetable beer
%ABV: 8.0
SRM: 44
IBU: 62
Kick Ass Stout will do just that. At 8%, the alcohol is restrained for the "imperial" style, however the mellow and sweet mixture of coffee and vanilla will bring a smile to your palate. We infused with "Kick Ass" dark roast coffee from Kicking Horse Coffee, and conditioned on Tahitian vanilla beans, hoping to bring a blend of flavors that you will like a latte.

by Grove Brewing

I've been home brewing for over 8 years. I typically brew to the season, because I appreciate almost every type of ale and lager. However, I will brew IPAs year round. I took first place best of show at the 2014 Chester County Brewfest with Falcon Falls IPA.

Love and Affection in the Right Direction - Passion Fruit and Blackberry Gose

Style: Gose
%ABV: 4.3
SRM:
IBU: 10
Love and Affection in the Right Direction is a passion fruit and blackberry fruited gose. Sweet, salty, and a bit tart, this beer will remind you of sherbert on a hot summer day and leave you feeling refreshed and ready for some affection.

by Rock Hammer Meets Lock and Key - Beer Collaboration

Amongst the ownership group of Levante Brewing Company, Jim Adams has been studying the art of brewing beer for a many years. Well before Levante, Jim brewed under the name Rock Hammer Brewing and continues to brew regularly in his fully electric basement brewery. Sean Duke has been part of Lock and Key Brewing (home-brew team) that has entered brews in the Chester County Homebrew Fest since its inception and twice won the People's Choice Award. This year, Jim and Sean have joined forces to enter two new beers! Rock Hammer Meets Lock and Key!

North Side of the Casino Pier

Style: 22A - Double IPA
%ABV: 8.1
SRM: 12
IBU: 105
Brewed to highlight the extreme ends of the IPA spectrum, this beer was inspired by the crisp, powerful “rights” that exploded off the Northside of the now shortened Casino Pier in Seaside Height, NJ. This bitter, dry East Coast style double IPA showcases a heavy amount of traditional American 'C' hops, with just a splash of a new world variety used during the dry hop. This beer is a throwback of sorts to the days of the "bitterness wars" and holds true to the older East Coast approach with a noticeable kiss of caramel malt.

Bright. Bitter. Dry.

by Landlocked Brewing

Born and raised on the Jersey shore, I have called West Chester home since 2007.  Having spent most of my life with the ocean in my back yard, I always joke that I am now landlocked in PA.... and so, "Landlocked Brewing" was born!


This year, I attempt to illustrate just how different two local surf breaks can be through a pair of IPA’s that stretch across the style's spectrum. To the North we have the more traditional sharp, bitter, East Coast style Double IPA, and to the South the emergent, softer, fruit-forward New England style IPA.

Oh Em Gee

Style: 21b - Specialty IPA - NEIPA
%ABV: 6.8
SRM: 5
IBU: 45
A delicious concoction brewed with only a half ounce of hops during the boil, and a full pound of Citra and Amarillo hops added post boil and dryhop per 5 gallons. Huge fruity, citrus, and juicy flavors come rushing through, and just for fun, we conditioned this one with a couple Tahitian vanilla beans. From the first sip, this citrus creamsicle will have you saying, Oh Em Gee....

by Grove Brewing

I've been home brewing for over 8 years. I typically brew to the season, because I appreciate almost every type of ale and lager. However, I will brew IPAs year round. I took first place best of show at the 2014 Chester County Brewfest with Falcon Falls IPA.

Sienna NE

Style: NE IPA
%ABV: 5.8
SRM: 6
IBU: 42
It's all about the water! This NE style IPA is fresh, juicy and hazy. Double dry hops of Citra, Idaho 7 and Mosaic hops make Sienna NE a crushable beer that is best when it's fresh. Get it while it lasts!

by Blue Whale Brewery

I started brewing in 2013 with extract recipes. I quickly moved to an all-grain setup for the flexibility in designing recipes. I am a hop-head at heart, so I am usually brewing IPAs. I'm digging the NE IPA trend and have been honing my Hazy IPAs of late. This is my first Chester County Homebrew Fest...in fact this is the first time sharing my beer with anyone outside of my friends and family. Stop by and let me know what you think.

Simple Pale Ale

Style: 18B - American Pale Ale
%ABV: 5.2
SRM: 8
IBU: 43
Using basic Cascade hops this beer is a back to basics execution of an American Pale Ale using a single hop variety and no dry hopping. I was enjoying a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which watching the Eagles NFC Championship game at the Linc and got to thinking I should brew something like this that everyone loves. Watching the people all around me buy Light Lagers from the beer vendors I realized a back to basics homebrew would be a nice change. Just like the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale that inspired this effort, the focus is on Cascade Hops and simple brewers malt.

by Kool Kat Brewing

Last year was the first year I missed serving a brew at CCHB since 2012 and I am happy to be back this year. As a homebrewer since 2010, I enjoy both drinking and making beer, and occasionally judging a homebrew competition.

Sniffin

Style: 25B - Saison
%ABV: 7.6
SRM: 4
IBU:
Go ahead....give it a Sniff! Make friends with it! This Saison was built on a backbone of Pilsner, malted wheat and flaked oats then dry hopped with Citra and Lemondrop hops. It will make your nose pucker with the aromas of lemon zest, white wine, and grapefruit.

by Mountain Dog Brewing

I started brewing about 2 years ago. I was in search of a hobby that would command much more time than golf, but would afford me the ability to stay home for weeks at a time staring at inattimate objects while talking to myself. I have always loved craft beer and have always appreciated beer culture. I was reluctant to start homebrewing because I thought I was too much of a beer snob to appreciate my efforts.....I was wrong! Homebrewers created the craft brewing industry and tonight's offerings will prove that! Enjoy.......and repeat!

Whatswitit

Style: 26B - Belgian Dubbel
%ABV: 6.0
SRM: 15
IBU:
A Belgian Dubbel without the deep dark chocolate maltiness. A hint of orange is rich with caramel sweetness. With the help of dark candy sugar, you may discover some raisin-y caramel flavors, and a full body that hides the 6% ABV very well. A simple sipper that evokes warm summery memories with every sip, yet fits perfectly into the colder months' brewing repertoire.

by Front Porch Brew

Front Porch Brew is back for another year of funky beer and snack pairings. Starting down the brew path in 2011, several beers have been showcased at the Chester County Home Brew Festival over the years. This year's "Whatwitit" is an interesting Belgian Dubbel, being paired with homemade hard pretzels made with spent grains from the boil. You can enjoy these crunchy treats coated with chocolate or dipped into beer cheese created with "Ya' Bacon Me Crazy" (2016's submission). Either version will enhance the flavor profile of the ale, making you wonder . . . Whatswitit?

White IPA

Style: 21B - Specialty IPA - White IPA
%ABV: 6.0
SRM: 4
IBU: 30

Widowmaker White IPA

Style: 21A - American IPA
%ABV: 5.5
SRM: 4
IBU: 74
A summer favorite; light, crisp, and hoppy. Pretty to look at too! 5 different hops are used in this recipe, but Simcoe is showcased the most in this New England style IPA. Hop heads look no further than the Widowmaker to please your palate.

by Third Dam Brewing Company

Third Dam Brewing Co. formed in 2010 and has grown from 2-gallon extract brewing to 18-gallon all-grain original recipe creations. We rotate brew 10 different recipes, but are constantly looking for inspiration in flavors and methods to create new and unique craft beers. We hope you enjoy our beers as much as we do. Cheers!

Location: American Helicopter Museum

1220 American Blvd., West Chester, PA 19380

American Helicopter Museum

The American Helicopter Museum is the nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. The museum collects, restores and displays historic aircraft, chronicling the development of rotary wing aircraft.

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