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June 24 2017 6-10p
American Helicopter Museum
West Chester

A Celebration of Local Homebrewing

Saturday, June 24th, 2017
6 - 10 PM

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

The Chester County Homebrew Festival is proud to present our 7th 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 third year running, we'll have the backdrop of the American Helicopter Museum, and the in-house helicopter exhibits.

The Event: A Homebrew Festival

Chester County Homebrew Festival mugs

The Chester County Brewfest is Chester County Pennsylvania's home brewer festival, offering attendees the chance to sample and vote for their favorite home brewer.

Your ticket includes:

  • Buffet-style dinner!
  • Live music!
  • Souvenir event glass!
  • Voting chips for the Peoples Choice award.

Many home brewers will be in attendance, offering samples of their latest brews to attendees to judge. Official judges will be on hand to offer a Best of Show prize. Winning brewers receive awards at the end of the evening.

Live Music: Subterranean Groove Theory

Subterranean Groove Theory

Subterranean Groove Theory is a streamlined rock/reggae band with an edgy blues sound. With a catalog of covers that range from classic to contemporary and mellow acoustic pieces to hard, driven rock jams, they are sure to provide something for every member of the audience.

We're pleased to have SGT back to rock the 'Fest again in 2017!

The Chester County Brewers

The Homebrew Festival would be nothing without its brewers!

7 Layer Stout

Style: 33B - Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
%ABV: 8.0
SRM: 50
IBU: 43
This big bad stout boasts a huge complex flavor profile. American 2 row, flaked oats, and 5 different specialty grains round out the grain bill. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate were added in the boil to intensify the directive. If that was not enough, cold-brew coffee and cocoa nibs were added at secondary fermentation, because why not? Oh yeah, then it sat for 7 weeks in a 4 Grain Bourbon barrel from Bluebird distillery. 7 Layer Stout takes your palate through the whole journey.

by Grove Brewing

15 gallon electric keggle garage brewery, rotating brews with the season. 8 years of brewing experience. 1st place best of show - 2014 CCBF - Falcon Falls IPA. Stainless member of West Chester's BUZZ Homebrew Club.

Cream-N-Green

Style: 1C - Cream Ale
%ABV: 5.14
SRM: 4
IBU: 24
While other brewers are crafting funky fruits or high ABV's, I decided to go back to basics. . . a smooth cream ale, dry hopped with home grown Cascade hops. This medium-bodied and smooth brew is gold in color and low in bitterness; the specialty grain blend adds some complexity with a clean, sweet malt profile and a hint of buttered toast in the aroma and flavor. Relax with this frosty golden brew and enjoy the aroma of a freshly mown lawn. . . pretty hard to beat as a summertime thirst-quencher.

Stop by and sample beer bread crackers, baked with spent grains of this brew and topped with Cream-N-Green cheddar spread. Beer is good for other things as well as for drinking . . .

by Front Porch Brew

I've been brewing for friends and family since 2011, when I began to appreciate the different styles, flavors, and characteristics of beer. In the past, Front Porch Brew has presented several brews the Homebrew Fest. You may remember "Orange Kiss", "Baby Blues", or "Ya Bacon Me Crazy".

Creature of Habit Stout

Style: 20B - American Stout
%ABV: 5.3
SRM: 36
IBU: 41
Dark, roasty, and smooth with hints of chocolate and coffee. The complex grain bill and noble hops in the Creature create the perfect flavor and body to make it a year round favorite.

by Third Dam Brewing Co.

Third Dam Brewing Co. formed in 2010 and has grown from 2-gallon extract brewing to 10-gallon all-grain original recipe creations. We're a small home-brewery looking to make the leap into the professional brewing world in the next 2-5 years. 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!

Czech Out My Dog

Style: 3A - Czech Pale Lager
%ABV: 5.0
SRM: 4
IBU: 35
A hot summer day calls for a crisp bohemian pilsner. Our version is a classis recipe with a twist. Generously dry-hopped with an new hop variety from the Yakima Valley: Belma! These hops impart flavor of strawberries and citrus, with melony aroma. Sure to keep you coming back for more!

by Big Orange Brewing

We're just two guys that work together and decided to brew together.

Dragon's Tayl XE (eXtremely Evil)

Style: 31B - Alternative Sugar Beer
%ABV: 9.0
SRM:
IBU:
Tea Ale; brewed with decaf spiced tea, hot cinnamon oil, cayenne, sriracha, and pure capsaicin

by Taylwind Brewing

We've been brewing tea-based ales for about 2 and 1/2 years, having competed in the Chester County Homebrew Fest the last 2 years, (& taking home the coveted People's Choice award on both occasions). We also had the privilege of participating in the Conshohocken Beer Festival this past fall. Our brews are unique & have been well-received, and we plan to bring a couple more exciting varieties to this year's event.

Grapefruit Milkshake IPA

Style: Northeast IPA
%ABV: 7.0
SRM:
IBU: 40
Milkshake IPA brewed with oats and lactose. Hopped and dry hopped with Lupulin powder. Conditioned on fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and vanilla bean. 7% ABV 40 IBU

by Pierce Brewing Co.

4 time Chester County Homebrew Fest participant. Proud Daddy of three great kids. Huge Penn State Football and RHCP fan. Ambitions of going pro in the future, however, ensuring a stable future for the kids is priority #1. In the mean time I love participating in great events like this for an awesome cause.

Honey Kolsch

Style: 5B - Kölsch
%ABV: 5.0
SRM:
IBU: 21
A pale color, light body, and smooth mouth-feel. Honey adds subtle floral character and lightens the body by fermenting to dryness. Really nice as a summer brew for barbecues and picnics.

Hyper Dank

Style: NE IPA
%ABV: 7.1
SRM: 5
IBU: 71
Juicy, Citrusy, New England style IPA brewed with oats using citra, mosaic, galaxy, and simcoe hops heavily dry hopped resulting in a tropical fruit flavor profile

by Delco Wooder Works

Delco Wooder Works is a Homebrew club , we are a group of homebrew enthusiasts who range from 25yrs experience down to 1yr, this is our second year together and as a club we have won quite a few awards throughout our local competitions and we are very passionate about brewing.

IIPA

Style: 22A - Double IPA
%ABV: 8.5
SRM: 6
IBU: 70
This IIPA is intensely hoppy . .. and the hop flavors cover the spectrum from citrus to piney, fruity to dank, and everything in between . . . all without being too intensely bitter. It's quaffable and a little dangerous. Enjoy!

by Monty and Tracy Leach

We have been brewing and enjoying homebrew and craft beer for years, especially enjoying the rare and unusual. We have been brewing for the Chester County Brewfest five years now, and can't wait til this year!

Isala Belgian Blonde

Style: 25A - Belgian Blond Ale
%ABV: 5.8
SRM: 4
IBU:
If you have a special spot in your taste palate for all of the wonderful beers produced in Belgium, this beer is for you! The blonde is much lighter than it’s Abbey Dubbel and Tripel relatives, but a fantastic drink to enjoy when the weather gets warm. The pilsner malts are complimented with pale and torrified wheat grains. True to the Belgian style of brewing, a bit of simple syrup is added at the end of the boil to enhance the fermentable sugars and allow the unique Belgian yeast to lead the flavor profile of this beer. Named after the first female Belgian doctor, Isala Blonde pays tribute to the science of medicine through a display of the science of brewing a great beer.

Just Right German Pilsner

Style: 5D - German Pils
%ABV: 5.0
SRM: 4
IBU: 19
Nothing like having a Pilsner on a hot summer day. This beer has a Medium Malt flavor, Hop with Hallertauer Mittelfrueh Hops , Pale Gold color with a refreshing lite taste.

by Jack Comiskey

In the early 90's I was introduced to craft beers and soon developed a passion for good tasting beers with some zest. I purchased my first home brew kit in 1996 from a store that was going out of business in Frazer. Boil over's were a common occurrence at first. I wanted to learn more about the craft beer industry, so I switched over to an all grain brewing system. I initially brewed Pilsners and Lagers and have since added Stouts and Belgium Wheat's to my repertoire. I enjoy sharing my brews and networking with other brewers. I am in process of opening up a micro brewery in Montgomery County.

Lanai Porter

Style: 20A - American Porter
%ABV: 6.8
SRM: 24
IBU:
This beer is brewed with a little inspiration from time spent in Hawaii, bumming around and drinking great brews. One of my favorites during this trip was a toasted coconut Porter brewed by Maui brewing company. This porter uses just over a pound of coconut flakes toasted until golden brown, then mixed into the mashing process of the brew day. In any beer that uses a unique flavor such as this, the goal is to have the coconut compliment but not overpower the harmony of malts and hops that create an excellent Porter. This beer can be enjoyed anytime, but especially as one sits on their back porch (“Lanai” in Hawaiian) celebrating the end of a perfect day.

Lunar Javity

Style: 31B - Alternative Sugar Beer
%ABV: 8.3
SRM:
IBU:
Tea Ale; brewed with a green tea blend, (including dried cardamom & lemon peel), medium roast coffee, Citra & Mosaic hops

by Taylwind Brewing

We've been brewing tea-based ales for about 2 and 1/2 years, having competed in the Chester County Homebrew Fest the last 2 years, (& taking home the coveted People's Choice award on both occasions). We also had the privilege of participating in the Conshohocken Beer Festival this past fall. Our brews are unique & have been well-received, and we plan to bring a couple more exciting varieties to this year's event.

Mr. Foggy Hopbottoms

Style: 21A - American IPA
%ABV: 6.0
SRM:
IBU:
This nice, easy drinking, IPA was made with flaked oats and wheat to give it a hazy unfiltered appearance. Dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe, this beer has flavors of melon, citrus, tangerine, and orange.

Off-the-Lip IPA

Style: 21A - American IPA
%ABV: 7.1
SRM: 6
IBU: 75
Named after a very aggressive and powerful maneuver, this crazily assertive, all American-hopped IPA, obtains most of its snapping bitterness from a traditional “C’” hop, but hits ‘off-the-lip’ with a generous amount of late tropical fruit flavor additions. The bitterness is heightened yet approachable, with a hefty malt backbone that curls just before the beer finishes semi-dry. If you like wave after wave of accentuated hop presence over a crisp malt profile, this is the beer for you!

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! Over the last eight years I have amassed a catalog of surfing, snowboarding and general themed beers, each with their own story to tell. When I can't actually brew, I find a creative outlet in conceptualizing a beer and then designing a recipe that fits it. The variables in recipe design fascinate me, and it is not uncommon for my one concept to develop into multiple beers. If I'm surfing the wave of "safe vs. creative", I'm eventually going to bailout on the creative side. I look forward to sharing my beer and stories with you!

Saison

Style: 25B - Saison
%ABV: 7.0
SRM: 5
IBU: 25
This saison manages to be light but complex. It's sparkling, fruity, slightly spicy, and easy to drink. It finishes dry and leaves you ready for another taste. It's our favorite saison to date!

by Monty and Tracy Leach

We have been brewing and enjoying homebrew and craft beer for years, especially enjoying the rare and unusual. We have been brewing for the Chester County Brewfest five years now, and can't wait til this year!

Teaquila

Style: 31B - Alternative Sugar Beer
%ABV: 7.9
SRM:
IBU:
Tea Ale; brewed with Earl Grey tea, lemon, lime and organic blue agave sweetener

by Taylwind Brewing

We've been brewing tea-based ales for about 2 and 1/2 years, having competed in the Chester County Homebrew Fest the last 2 years, (& taking home the coveted People's Choice award on both occasions). We also had the privilege of participating in the Conshohocken Beer Festival this past fall. Our brews are unique & have been well-received, and we plan to bring a couple more exciting varieties to this year's event.

The Big Hurt American IPA

Style: 21A - American IPA
%ABV: 6.7
SRM: 8
IBU: 61
Highly drinkable, amber-colored American IPA showcasing the crisp flavor and distinct aroma of Amarillo hops throughout the entire brewing process. This tasty lick drinks like a session but delivers the body and ABV expected by traditional hop heads.

by Third Dam Brewing Co.

Third Dam Brewing Co. formed in 2010 and has grown from 2-gallon extract brewing to 10-gallon all-grain original recipe creations. We're a small home-brewery looking to make the leap into the professional brewing world in the next 2-5 years. 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!

Travelling Leprechaun

Style: 31B - Alternative Sugar Beer
%ABV: 9.2
SRM:
IBU:
Tea Ale; brewed with green tea, dried mango, Citra, Mosaic, and Sorachi Ace hops

by Taylwind Brewing

We've been brewing tea-based ales for about 2 and 1/2 years, having competed in the Chester County Homebrew Fest the last 2 years, (& taking home the coveted People's Choice award on both occasions). We also had the privilege of participating in the Conshohocken Beer Festival this past fall. Our brews are unique & have been well-received, and we plan to bring a couple more exciting varieties to this year's event.

Turbid Ozone

Style: 21A - American IPA
%ABV: 7.2
SRM: 6
IBU: 30
Murky waters ahead! This New England style IPA was brewed with a combination of Pilsner and 2 Row malt, plus a generous heaping portion of flaked oats. The silky smooth and lightly sweet malt bill let the hops shine through. Lightly bittered; all of the hops in this bomb show up late to the game. This gives Turbid Ozone a heavy flavor and aroma that pops with fruit and citrus, providing that oh-so "galactic" remedy that has been in high demand in recent days. Not so nice on the eyes, but so good when it hits your lips.

by Grove Brewing

15 gallon electric keggle garage brewery, rotating brews with the season. 8 years of brewing experience. 1st place best of show - 2014 CCBF - Falcon Falls IPA. Stainless member of West Chester's BUZZ Homebrew Club.

wild citra IPA

Style: 21A - American IPA
%ABV: 7.0
SRM: 15
IBU: 68
Citra hops provides an aroma of tropical fruity lemon peel and mango.Toasty malt base.

by Jack Comiskey

In the early 90's I was introduced to craft beers and soon developed a passion for good tasting beers with some zest. I purchased my first home brew kit in 1996 from a store that was going out of business in Frazer. Boil over's were a common occurrence at first. I wanted to learn more about the craft beer industry, so I switched over to an all grain brewing system. I initially brewed Pilsners and Lagers and have since added Stouts and Belgium Wheat's to my repertoire. I enjoy sharing my brews and networking with other brewers. I am in process of opening up a micro brewery in Montgomery County.

You're "Blue-tiful" Just The Way You Are

Style: 29A - Fruit Beer
%ABV: 5.5
SRM:
IBU: 30
Saison brewed with Pilsner & Wheat. Conditioned on a heaping pile of fresh New Jersey blueberries at a rate of 2 lbs. per gallon. 5.5% ABV 30 IBU

by Pierce Brewing Co.

4 time Chester County Homebrew Fest participant. Proud Daddy of three great kids. Huge Penn State Football and RHCP fan. Ambitions of going pro in the future, however, ensuring a stable future for the kids is priority #1. In the mean time I love participating in great events like this for an awesome cause.

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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