WLVR Flight Club

WLVR Flight Club

Introducing Flight Club! Flight Club airs Thursday afternoons at 3:44 p.m., Thursday nights at 7:44 p.m., Friday afternoon at 2:33 p.m., Friday evening at 5:44 p.m. and Saturday at 5:35 p.m.

On WLVR’s Flight Club, Christine Dempsey and Devan Kortan will visit a local brewery each week. They’ll sit down with the Brewer, talk beer and test out a flight. You’ll have a seat at the table as they discover some interesting concoctions and the backstory of how they were conceived. 

Hosted by Christine Dempsey and Devan Kortan

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WLVR Flight Club: Bonn Place Brewing

Flight Club for Thursday, Aug. 11

Bonn Place Brewing’s owner Sam Masotto is a master storyteller.  Just ask him a question, and he’ll give you a colorful, elaborate answer. Try it when you visit this cozy brewery on Bethlehem’s Southside.  Masotto and his wife opened Bonn Place in 2016 after they relocated from NYC. They first came upon Bethlehem when they were actors, touring with Tony and Tina’s Wedding. Just ask Sam to tell you the story!

Christine’s Flight:

  • Orsino – Plum Foundrebier
  • Obus – Amber Ale

Devan’s Flight:

  • Skootch – Double Pale Ale
  • Fastnachtator – German Style Doppelbock Lager

WLVR Flight Club: Cave Brewing Co.

Flight Club for Thursday, Aug. 4

When Jeff Bonner Jr. was growing up, his dad, Jeff Bonner Sr., would head to his man cave to do some home brewing. Fast forward some years later and father and son are working together producing ales, lagers and seltzers, except now Jeff Jr. is the brewer. Cave Brewing Co. is hidden in the garage, and even though their space is small, the beer is bursting with flavor. 

Christine’s Flight:

  • Peach-Mango – Witbier Sour
  • American Craft Pilsner

Devan’s Flight:

  • Blood Orange Sour
  • Hop Nectar – IPA

WLVR Flight Club: HiJinx Brewing Company

The motto of this brewery is, “Drink some HiJinx and let the tomfoolery begin!” HiJinx Brewing Company has a real community feel to it.  So much so that owner and Brewer Curt Keck gets ideas for brews and names for the creations from his patrons. HiJinx was born in Keck’s garage, before becoming an official brewery in 2014.

Flight Club for Thursday, July 28

Christine’s Flight:

  • Earth, Wit & Fire – Imperial Witbier with ginger, lemongrass and white pepper
  • Stolen Heart – Raspberry Imperial Stout

Devan’s Flight:

  • Potable Pilsner
  • Smoked, Two Joints – Smoked Brown Ale

WLVR Flight Club: Lehigh Valley Girls Pint Out

A special guest joins Christine and Devan to test a flight of beer. Kim Hellwig is with the local chapter of national non-profit, Girls Pint Out. She joined us at Bonn Place Brewing to try a flight and to tell us about Lehigh Valley Girls Pint Out. The organization is building a community of women who love craft beer. There is no membership process- just join them for a pint! For more info, follow Lehigh Valley Girls Pint Out on social media @LehighValleyGPO or email lehigh.valley@girlspintout.org

Flight Club for Thursday, July 21

Christine’s Flight:

  • Intercooler with cucumber and mint.

Devan’s Flight:

  • The Bunny Farm

Kim’s Flight:

  • Skootch

WLVR Flight Club: Five Maidens Craft Cider

We finally have something for our Gluten-Free friends – apples! Five Maidens Cider Company co-owners, Brian Williams and Andrew David, started off as home beer brewers. A family members dietary restrictions had them thinking of something different to home brew. That then morphed into this Southside hideaway. When you visit, you’ll find some ciders with literary or movie character names…have fun figuring them out!

Flight Club for Thursday, July 14

Christine’s Flight:

  • Intercooler with cucumber and mint.
  • Rizzo – this cider is 100% Pink Lady Apples. (Stockard Channing would be proud.)

Devan’s Flight:

  • India Bound – dry hopped with citra and mosaic hops.
  • Steep Series – with peach white tea.

WLVR Flight Club: Two Rivers Brewing

Flight Club for Thursday, July 7

Two Rivers Brewing Company in Easton is housed in the historic, former Mt Vernon Hotel. Their first floor bar room looks like it did in the 1920’s and they name many of their beers to honor the history of Easton. Head Brewer, Ben Gangaware, uses some interesting hops to accentuate flavors in his creations. Christine and Devan tested some of these historically named beers.

Christine’s Flight:

  • Moore’s Cup (named after Hugh Moore, inventor of the paper cup)
  • Delaware Shad Hazy Golden (named for the Shad Festival)

Devan’s Flight:

  • Dutchtown 25 (named after the former PA Dutch Community of Easton)
  • Fred’s Franconian Kellerbier (named after Fredrich Seitz, founder of the first brewery in Easton)

WLVR Flight Club: Fegley’s Brew Works

Flight Club for Thursday, June 23

Fegley’s Brew Works is the OG of craft breweries in the Lehigh Valley. Operating since 1998, this family-owned business has continually celebrated the Steel history of the region through it’s brews and establishment decor. Christine and Devan tested some flagship beer and seasonal favorites.

Christine’s Flight:

  • Steelgaarden Wit
  • Blueberry Belch-Fruit Beer

Devan’s Flight:

  • Doozy of A Smoothie BRB Sour
  • In-a-Gadda-Sativa IPA

WLVR Flight Club: Yergey Brewing

Flight Club for Thursday, June 16

Jim Yergey shared his love of home brewing with his son Matt.  Jim is now the owner of Yergey Brewing and Matt is the Head Brewer. This father-son team recently relocated their business to a former bank building on Main Street in Emmaus. The space is welcoming and comfortable and the Yergey Brewing Team is personable and FUN! Their beer is not available canned, because they prefer patrons enjoy the local business in person and socialize with other customers.

Christine’s Flight:

  • Blimey! Blackberry Lime Radler
  • Kolsch Krusch:Kolsch Style Ale

Devan’s Flight:

  • US101: The Pacific Coast Hopway
  • Amber Ryes: Amber Rye Ale

WLVR Flight Club: Sherman Street Beer Company

Flight Club for Thursday, June 9

Sherman Street Beer Company’s Beau Baden is a career brewer. After college graduation, with his accounting degree in hand, he decided to follow his passion instead of his major. Beau has brewed as far away as California and as close as Bethlehem.  He’s worked for a variety of breweries, but Sherman Street is the first place he has owned.  It occupies the former Mink’s Candies factory and is spacious and welcoming.

Christine’s Flight:

  • New Mexican Lager
  • Special Sauce – Saison with shitake mushroom

Devan’s Flight:

  • Skootch – Double Pale Ale
  • Fastnachtator – German Style Doppelbock Lager

WLVR Flight Club: Funk Brewing Company

Flight Club for Thursday, May 12

Funk Brewing Company has been micro-brewing in Emmaus since 2014.  They recently expanded to a Tap Room at 518 Bank St. Scott Adams is one of their co-owners and also the Head Brewer. Like many, Scott started brewing in his kitchen with a home kit, before bartending at Funk then working his way up the Funk Brewing ladder.

Christine’s Flight

  • Banana Stand – Tropical Stout
  • Look Left (2020) – Irish Red

Devan’s Flight

  • Citrus – IPA
  • OGC – IPA

WLVR Flight Club: McCall Collective Brewing

Flight Club for Thursday, May 5

McCall Collective Brewing is Allentown’s first female-owned craft Brewery and was founded by CEO Kaitlin McCall. Her husband, Chris McCall is the co-founder and CFO and Chris’ brother Matt McCall is the Head Brewer. McCall Collective Brewing was the site of WLVR’s first public member Flight Club.

Christine’s Flight 

  • Shucksquehanna – Cream Ale
  • Hittin Diners – Raspberry Sour Fruited Berliner Weisse

Devan’s Flight

  • Who Runs The Wort – Pale Ale
  • Little Lehigh -IPA

Reach Out!

Have a question for Christine or Devan, or have a brewery suggestion?


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