Lehigh Valley Beer Week festivities brewing

Beer lovers will appreciate that the first ever Lehigh Valley Beer Week, Feb. 11-17, encompasses Valentine’s Day. Is there a better way to express abiding affection for craft brews than enjoying a special beer dinner on Feb. 14 at Allentown or Bethlehem Brew Works or Sagra Bistro in Hellertown?

Maybe a Valentine’s Flight at Liberty Street Tavern in Allentown, where guests can meet the brewer from Free Will Brewing Co.? These and numerous other events fill every day of the sudsy celebration, from a Magic Hat Mardi Gras Party at Volpe’s Emmaus to a BeerMuda Triangle Pirate Pub Crawl that roams from Black & Blue to nearby Easton pubs.

More than 30 area restaurants, pubs, breweries and beer-related businesses will be tapping into the excitement with live music, giveaways, tours, tastings, rare beer releases and brewing classes at Keystone Homebrew Supply in Bethlehem.

Founder Jesse Albertson, general manager of Fegley's Bre Works, reports that “tap takeovers” — replacing a venue’s regular taps with offerings from a single brewery — are popular among participants. “It’s a good way to expand your tastes and try beers you might not otherwise order,” he says. Featured companies include Sixpoint Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery and Victory Brewing.

Beer Week launches with the official tapping of “Lehigh Valley Beer Week 1” at Allentown Brew Works. This limited-production beer was the winner of Fegley’s Brew Works “Brewer for a Day Competition” for home brewers held earlier this month. Its creator, Michael Sexton, helped Brew Works’ brewmaster craft 15 barrels of his Black Eye Rye.
Info: www.lehighvalleybeerweek.com. Check Facebook for frequent updates.